North Florida Matmen staff report
AUBURN, ALA — For three teams in various stages of program build, the chance to get seven to 10 matches against new competition can be invaluable.
And that was more important than team finish, at least for the three north Florida teams involved with the Swede Umbach Invitational this past weekend.
Ft Walton Beach was the top local team in the field, finishing 14th as a group with 210.5 points, while Ridgeview was one spot behind the Vikings in 15th, with 199.5. Wewahitchka was 23rd with 47 points.
Huntsville ALA won the title with 546 points, with Lee County in Georgia second at 509.5 and Gardendale ALA third with 454.
Below follows a summary of the tournament:
106 — Pool A champ Chad Strickland of Wetumpka ALA (4-0, 3 pins & decision) tacked on three more wins on Saturday, with a major, fall and 8-2 decision in the championship match over Huntsville’s Brock Fields, who was 3-1 in Pool A). Ft Walton Beach’s Reid Gannon (15th) was the only local competitor in the weight class. Competing in Pool A also, Gannon was 1-3 in pool play, with one pin in Round 4. That put Gannon in the 9th-place bracket, where he took losses in his first two matches before decisioning Columbus GA’s Tyson Morris, 5-1, for 15th.
113 — Gardendale’s Isaiah Powe won Pool D with two pins and a major, with a second major and two decisions for the weight-class win, decisioning Spain Park ALA’s John Thompson, the Pool A champ, by a 6-5 count in the finals. Ridgeview’s Blake Pu was 11th and Wewa’s Justin Johnson 18th. Pu was 1-2 in Pool C, with a tech fall win in Round 5 of pool play, and was 1-1 in the 9th-place bracket, falling in the semis. He rallied to shut out Lee County’s Jose Hernandez, 9-0, for 11th. Johnson was 0-4 in Pool B and lost his one match in the 17th-place bracket by an 11-0 count to Spain Park’s Granger Scarborough.
120 — Pool A champ Xander McWilliams of Wetumpka (4-0, all pins) kept on rolling in the championship bracket, with a pin, 6-2 decision and a second pin in 5:53 over Westminster Christian ALA’s Luke Richman (Pool B champ, 2-0, 2 pins) in the final. Ft Walton Beach’s Brandon Mallin was third in the bracket. Mallin won Pool D with one pin, one major and two decisions. In the championship bracket, Mallin falled Ben Russell ALA’s Lee Leonard in the quarters, but then lost by fall to Richman (4:15) in the semis. Mallin came back strong, with a 7-5 win over Beauregard ALA’s Jamal Whittington in the third-place match.
126 — In one of just two weight classes where all three local teams in the tournament had representation, Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez reigned supreme. Rodriquez was 5-0 to win Pool A, all by pins, recording five in 3:34. The pins took more time in the bracket, but he started with a 15-second fall in the quarters over Gardendale’s Brody Scoggin and then falled Huntsville’s Zander Fields in 5:43 in the semi. In the final, Rodriquez pinned Lee County’s Ethan Dooley, a 2019 Georgia 6A placer, in 5:46 for the championship. Ft Walton Beach’s Weston Burbidge was 9th and Wewahitchka’s Conner Roberts was 15th. Burbidge was 3-2 in Pool D (pin/major/inj default), while Roberts was 2-3 in Pool A (2 pins). They faced off in the 9th place quarters, with Burbidge winning by fall in 2:29. He’d go on to two more bonus-point wins (10-0 over Spain Park’s Thomas Hardy & Wetumpka’s Mason Dickey for 9th). Roberts took another loss to Pike Road ALA’s George Coley (12-9) in the consi semis before pinning Baldwin County ALA’s Kaledrek Gray (1:44) for 15th.
132 — The other weight class fully repped by the area, Wetumpka’s Kyler Adams (Pool A champ, 5-0, 3 pins & 2 majors) added a tech and pin before handing Tallassee ALA’s Zack Haynes, the Pool B champ, his first loss of the season in a 4-2 decision. Leading the charge for the area was Wewahitchka’s Jaden Moseley, who was sixth. Moseley was second in Pool C with a 3-1 mark (all wins by pin), then fell to Haynes, 15-4, in the first bracketed match. He took a medical forfeit win over Huntsville’s Max Morrow, but then lost by fall to Gardendale’s Luis Sanchez (4:10) in the sixth-place match. Ridgeview’s Shawn Tahir was 11th, Ft Walton’s Max Vosburgh 19th and Ridgeview’s Robby Morris 20th. Tahir was 2-2 in Pool C, then was 1-1 in the 9th-place bracket, winning by medical forfeit over Beauregard’s Hunter Gasaway. Vosburgh was 1-4 in Pool B and Morris 0-4 in Pool C. Morris was 1-1 and Vosburgh 0-1 with a bye in the 17th place bracket, leading to their matchup, where Vosburgh won by fall in 2:34.
138 — Lee County’s Phin Johnson pinned his way through Pool B, five falls in all, adding a major and two decisions in the bracket, including an 8-1 win over Pool D runnerup Levi Fouts of Smiths Station for the championship. Wewahitchka’s Kaylee Easter was the lone area competitor at the weight class, finishing 18th. Easter was 0-5 in Pool B and lost her only bracketed match by fall to Spain Park’s Easton Steed (1:27) for 17th-18th.
145 — Huntsville’s Zeke Smotherman, the Pool A champ (4 pins & decision) bonus-pointed his way into the final, where he turned back Ridgeview’s Gabe Guzman, 3-1, for the title. Guzman won Pool B with a 4-0 record on two pins, a medical forfeit and decision. In the championship bracket, Guzman shut out Lee County’s Logan Frost, 6-0, in the quarters, then pinned Bob Jones ALA’s Manuel Marrero in 1:25 in the semis. Ft Walton’s Martin Muniz was 15th and Malachi Santiago 16th in the weight class. Muniz was 2-3 in Pool D (wins by injury-default and pin) and Santiago 3-2 in Pool C (however, he had injury-defaulted his last match and didn’t compete on Saturday). Muniz took two losses in the 9th-place bracket, with the medical forfeit over Santiago for 15th.
152 — Ben Russell’s Saxon Coker won Pool A with three pins and a tech fall, then had an injury-default and pin to reach the final, where he handed Gardendale’s Russ Boackle, the Pool B champion, his first loss of the season in a 1-0 decision. No local wrestlers at this weight.
160 — Columbus’ Robert Mulvany was the Pool A champ, going 3-0 with three pins, then added two more first-period falls before handing Gardendale’s Carson Kim, the Pool B champ, his first loss of the season in a 6-0 decision. Ft Walton Beach’s Caleb Tourgee was the only area representative, placing ninth. Tourgee was 1-2 in Pool A, but he, too, rolled through bracketed competition, with wins over Robert E Lee ALA’s Jathian Taylor (9-1, quarters), Beauregard’s Jacob Clark (:46, semis) and shut out Huntsville’s Parker Nelson, 6-0, for ninth.
170 — Bob Jones’ Chris Congress won Pool C with two pins and a tech fall, then had a pin, decision and 19-3 tech fall in the finals over Robert E Lee’s Julius Owens, the Pool B champ, for Owens’ first loss of the season. Ridgeview’s Nick Siemenof was eighth in the weight class. Siemenof was 5-0 (4 pins & decision) and the Pool D champion, but took a 5-4 loss in the championship quarters to Lee County’s Bradyn Suber and did not compete from there. Ft Walton Beach’s Carter Tobik was 20th overall. Tobik was 0-5 in Pool A, but won his first bracketed match by forfeit before two losses resulted in 20th.
182 — Auburn’s Dylan Pearson had three pins and a tech to win Pool A, then pinned his way through the championship bracket, falling Wetumpka’s Mason Blackwell, the Pool B champ, in 2:48 for the title. Ft Walton Beach’s Eddie Alexis placed fourth overall. Alexis won Pool D with three pins and a decision, and opened with an 11-4 win in the championship bracket over Baldwin County’s Tabarro Reed beofre losing by fall (:30) to Blackwell in the semis. He then fell to Bob Jones’ Evan Pippin, 16-3, for third.
195 — Spain Park’s Gage Hughes pinned his way through Pool D (5 pins), then added two more en route to the title, falling Bob Jones’ Thomas Riley, the Pool D runnerup, in 6:17 in sudden victory for the weight-class win. Ft Walton Beach’s Patrick Adams was 9th and Ridgeview’s Trent Porter 15th. Adams was third in Pool D (2 pins & decision), then added two more pins en route to the 9th-place match, where he decisioned Smiths Station’s AJ Braswell, 10-3. Porter was 0-3 in Pool B and took two losses in the bracket before winning by medical forfeit over Prattville ALA’s Avery Johnson for 15th.
220 — Huntsville’s Cole Batson pinned his way through Pool A (5 falls), then had a fall and two decisions, the second of those a 2-1 double-overtime win over Pool B champ Kyle Watson in Watson’s first loss of the season. Ft Walton Beach’s Spencer Mackenzie was 10th in the weight class. Mackenzie was 1-2 in Pool C, but rallied for pins in the 9th-place bracket quarters and semis before falling to Smiths Station’s Michael Mellage (2:35) in the ninth-place match.
285 — Opelika ALA’s Michael Dawson won Pool C with two pins, adding two more bonus-point wins before giving Ben Russell’s Damien Lawry his first loss of the year with a 3-2 win in the final. Ridgeview’s Keegan Powell was 18th in the weight class. Powell was 0-5 in Pool D, and lost his only bracketed match to Central-Phenix City ALA’s Angel Rodriguez (:36) for 17th.
Complete results from the tournament can be found HERE.
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