North Florida Matmen staff report
ST CLOUD — Creekside finished fourth at the two-day Bulldog Brawl, taking wins in five of eight duals on the weekend.
The St Johns Knights defeated Poinciana (51-30), Vero Beach (54-30) and Cocoa (66-10) on Friday. On Saturday, the competition got a bit rougher, as Creekside was 2-3 on the day, with wins over Celebration (45-25) and Cypress Creek (53-24). The Knights fell to Lake Mary (40-21), St Cloud (39-28) and Rockledge (44-36).
“We’re still knocking the rust off and still do not have our full team together due to either injuries or norovirus that has swept our program,” Creekside coach Rick Marabell said in email on Sunday. “Overall, I saw some good things…(but) Not our best start. Fortunately, wrestling is not a sprint but a marathon, and it’s how you start, but how you finish.”
Jalen Hines (170) was the only Creekside wrestler to finish the tournament with seven wins, going 7-1 with three pins, one tech, one major and one decision.
Four Knights were 6-2 — Andrew Feek (106/113, 5 pins), Hunter England (120, 3 pins), Michael Galiani (126, 3 pins & decision) and Hunter Brown (160, 4 pins & decision).
Lee Leavell (138, 3 pins) and Nathan Manning (145, 4 pins and win by DQ) were each 5-3, while Keanan Sexton (132, 2 pins & decision) was 4-3. In a regular but not full-time starting role, Josh Benavides (182, 4 pins) was 5-0 during the course of the weekend.
Below follow brief summaries of each dual:
Poinciana: The Knights went on a 39-0 run between 132 and 182, with pins in the dual from Feek, Sexton, Leavell, Manning, Hines, Benavides and Vincent Approbato (220), plus a 10-6 win from Brown.
Vero Beach: Creekside had two 24-point runs (120-138 and 160-195) to put the dual away. Sexton, Brown, Hines and Benavides all had pins.
Cocoa: The Knights jumped out to a 30-0 lead (120-145), then scored another 30 in a row (160-220). Manning, Hines, Benavides, Trevor Chesser (195) and Feek scored falls.
Lake Mary: The opponents took an early 11-0 lead through three weights and pinned out from 195-285. Manning won by disqualification, while Feek and England had pins and Hines took a 15-8 decision.
Celebration: After spotting the opponent a 7-0 lead, Creekside went on a 27-point run between 145 and 182 to grab and keep the lead. Manning, Brown, Benavides, Approbato and Galiani had pins, while Johnson took a 6-0 win at 152.
Cypress Creek: From 220 on through the dual’s conclusion, the Knights won five of six matches to take the victory. Leavell, Manning, Brown, Robbie Balke (220), Wyatt Galloway (285), Feek, England and Galiani all had pins, while Hines took a 26-11 tech fall victory.
St Cloud: The Knights closed out the dual with an 18-point run, but the hosts had won seven of nine matches between 145 and 106 to clinch the victory. Balke and Leavell had pins for the Knights, while Hines had a 16-6 major, and Galiani (7-5) and Sexton (10-6) took decisions.
Rockledge: The Knights won no contested matches from 170 on up, and Rockledge bonus-pointed out from 132 through 145 to come from behind for the dual win. Feek, England, Galiani, Johnson and Brown had pins for Creekside.
Sandalwood was scheduled to come to this tournament, but no results have been reported in at this writing. All Creekside dual results can be found HERE.
Creekside is now off until Wednesday, when the Knights host county and district rival Nease.
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