North Florida Matmen staff report
It’s a long way from the quiet streets and calm beaches of Palm Coast to the glitz and glam and Las Vegas.
And, at the same time, it’s been a long journey from an injured high-school senior season to current #11 ranking (per InterMat, Matmen’s exclusive college rankings) for Northwestern redshirt freshman Michael DeAugustino (Flagler Palm Coast ’18).
But that’s what a tournament like the CKLV (Cliff Keen Las Vegas) Invitational can do for a wrestler’s reputation.
Last Saturday, December 7, in Las Vegas, DeAugustino reached the semifinals of the 125-lb weight class for Northwestern, placing third in a 5-1 tournament.
After a fall in 1:44 over Cal Poly’s Benny Martinez in the opening round, DeAugustino knocked off #6 Jay Schwarm of Northern Iowa, 4-2, in the round of 16, then controlled the pace in a 12-5 quarterfinal win over Michigan’s Jack Medley.
That set up a semifinal with national #1 Jack Mueller of Virginia, who shut down DeAugustino for seven minutes in a 3-0 win. Undeterred, he rallied for third with decision wins over Arizona State’s Brandon Courtney (6-3) in the consi semis and Virginia Tech’s Joey Prata (5-2) for third.
Next up for DeAugustino will be the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, one of the longest-running college tournaments in the country, on December 29-30.
Ted Reese Open: At Gorham ME on December 7, Coast Guard won its third straight team title at the event. Five Bear wrestlers, among them sophomore Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island ’18), won individual weight-class titles.
Detwiler, the top seed, pinned his way into the finals, with falls over Maine Maritime’s Connor Kerwin (2:13, round of 16), Plymouth State’s Kevin Thomas (1:55, quarters) and Roger Williams’ Eli Wilson (1:35, semis). Detwiler then majored Castleton’s Jason Hoffman, 13-4, in the final.
At Bridgeport CT on December 11, the Bears (ranked 14th in D3) fell to fifth-ranked Johnson & Wales, 16-15 (criteria C). Detwiler (9th nationwide in D3) more than did his part; he was the only Coast Guard wrestler to record a bonus point, with an 18-5 major at 184 over Johnson & Wales’ Nick Caracappa.
Buena Vista Open: At Storm Lake IA on December 7, Scott Dollison (Episcopal ’16) was 2-2 for Briar Cliff at 285.
After a sudden-victory loss (4-3) in the round of 32 to SW Minnesota State’s eighth-place Dillion McEachran, Dollison majored the hosts’ Nick Mitchell, 12-3, and falled Simpson’s Adam Sepan (:15) in the first two round of cinsis before another sudden-victory loss, 3-1, in the consi bracket semis to Minnesota State’s Max Villnow.
Daniel Porter (Clay ’18) was 1-2 for Iowa Lakes CC, with a front-side win. He knocked off Briar Cliff’s Seth I’nama, 7-2, in the round of 32, then lost by fall (1:38) to eventual champion and Division I wrestler Kyle Biscoglia of Northern Iowa in the round of 16. Porter then fell, 5-1, in the consis to St Cloud’s Ashton Clark.
Josh Bower (Matanzas ’19) was 0-2 for Simpson at 133. Bower fell to Rochester CTC’s Parker Dobrocky, 12-2, in the round of 32, and then fell in the first round of consis to Briar Cliff’s Isiah Lysius, 12-2.
Caleb Bower (Matanzas ’19) was 0-2 for Simpson at 141. Bower lost by fall (5:58) in the round of 32 to Morningside’s Taylor Vasquez (eventual 6th-place finisher), then lost via 16-1 tech to William Penn’s Cody Lehman.
Micah Lanier (Wakulla ’18) was 0-2 for Briar Cliff at 149. Lanier fell to Wartburg’s Blake Bauer, 10-4, in the round of 32, and fell to SW Minnesota State’s Lucas Hodges, 4-3, in the first round of consis.
Lawrence Smith-Jackson (Buchholz ’19) was 0-2 for Iowa Central CC at 197. Smith-Jackson lost by fall to SW Minnesota State’s Jackson Ryan (5:15) in the round of 32, and then took an 11-1 loss to Grand View’s Jaden Davis in consi round 1.
Bob Smith Open: At Hays KS on December 7, host Ft Hays State’s Dy’Juan Carney (Wakulla ’15) was 2-1 and placed third at 133. After a bye, Carney took a 14-0 loss to eventual champ Jonathan Andreatta of Adams State in the semis, but rallied for two wins and third, with a 59-second fall over Colby CC’s Andy Rojas and 6-3 win in the medal match over Northeastern JC’s Dessmund Prospero.
At 285, Pratt (KS) CC’s Darius Wilkins (Wakulla ’19) was 0-2. Wilkins lost by fall in the quarters to the hosts’ Jordan Davis (1:47) and then lost by fall to former Miami Edison and 2A state placewinner Umari Dixon-Gordon of NW Kansas TC (1:09) in a consi pigtail.
University of Dubuque Invitational: At Dubuque IA on December 7, in a two-team scramble between the hosts and North Iowa Area CC, Delmontae Davis (Westside ’17) won his only match at 184 pounds, majoring NIACC’s Reldon Miller, 16-8.
At 125, Dubuque’s Brian Zerr (Bozeman ’19; no picture available) was 1-1 and placed second. Zerr decisioned teammate Mokbel Obeid, 14-8, in the semis then lost by fall in the final to NIACC’s Clarance Lee-Green in 2:22.
MSOE Invitational: At Milwaukee WI, St Olaf’s Robert McGlynn (Orange Park ’19) was 0-2 at 184. McGlynn lost by fall (:25) in the round of 16 to eventual champion Ben Sarasin of the University of Chicago, then after a bye lost by fall (:23) to UW-Platteville’s Jacob Sklenar in consi round 3.
UNC-Pembroke duals: It didn’t matter where in North Carolina Kaleb Warner (Columbia ’15) was on December 7; either way, the result was a bonus-point win.
At Belmont NC, in a 33-6 win over Belmont Abbey, Warner falled the Crusaders’ Greg Hilliard in 4:48, one of three UNCP bonus-point wins. In that same dual, Belmont Abbey’s Brian Girard (Arnold ’16) started at 197, where he fell to UNCP’s Marcus Montgomery, 6-3.
Matt Ross (Columbia ’19) got an exhibition match in that same event, losing by fall (2:21) to Belmont Abbey’s Cole Stoddard.
At Charlotte later that same day, as UNC-Pembroke defeated Queens University, 20-15, Warner took a 13-3 major over the hosts’ Jacob Balmas.
SIUE Invitational: At Edwardsville IL on December 7, Wisconsin was second in the tournament only to Missouri, with five individual titles.
Eric Barnett (125), Seth Gross (133), Tristan Moran (141), Evan Wick (165) and Trent Hillger (285) all won weight-class brackets for the Badgers, with nine additional UW wrestlers reaching the top six.
“I’m very happy for our guys today, coming back strong after our setback (two weeks ago at Iowa on November 30),” Badgers coach Chris Bono (Bolles alum) said in remarks published in the UW team page’s website. “I saw a ton of improvement, from a mentality standpoint, that really fires me up.”
Huntingdon tri-meet: At Montgomery AL on December 7, the hosts took wins over St Andrews (38-7) and fell to Emmanuel, 20-15.
Junior 285 Joseph Pearson (Ft Walton Beach ’17) was 2-0 on the night, with a second-period fall (4:10) over St Andrews’ Gavin McCullough and then powered past Emmanuel’s Seth Bell, 3-2, in the dual loss.
Davidson tri-meet: At Fairfax VA on December 6, the Wildcats defeated LIU-Brooklyn, 24-18, before falling to host George Mason, 41-3.
At 165, Davidson senior Noah Satterfield (Marysville OH ’15; family in Ponte Vedra Beach area) earned his first fall of the season, pinning LIU-Brooklyn’s Michael Parrish in 4:45. Satterfield lost, 12-0, to George Mason’s Neil Schuster.
Brewton-Parker 20, Cumberland 19 (criteria): At Mt Vernon GA on December 7, the visitors took the win, thanks in part to the efforts of Aaron Fountain (Suwannee ’12). Fountain took a 6-4 win over Cumberland’s Esteban Remilliard at 149.
At 184, the Barons’ Jonathan Whiting (Clay ’16) fell, 10-2, to Cumberland-TN’s Austin Antcliffe, while BPC’s Cameron Carr (Lake Weir ’19) fell to the hosts’ Patrick Depiazza, 6-3.
Western New England 29, Rhode Island College 11: At Springfield MA on December 6, RIC lost to their New England Wrestling Association rivals. The Anchormen’s Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13) started at 174, where he fell to Western New England’s Davey Goodall, 6-4. Ford will compete in Florida between Christmas and New Year’s, at the Citrus Invitational in Fort Lauderdale on the 29th and 30th.
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