North Florida Matmen staff report
TALLAHASSEE — It’s pretty tough for Florida teams to stand up to the might of a multiple-time state championship team like Georgia’s Camden County.
Taking the Georgia Wildcats out of the equation, with their 391.5 points and eight weight-class titles won, showcased a nice battle among some of the stronger teams in north and north-central Florida.
Wakulla was second in the 28-team tournament, with 239 points, with tournament co-host Lincoln fourth with 184.
Matanzas was sixth, with 174 points, while Columbia was seventh (157.5), Chiles eighth (155), Fletcher ninth (93.5) and Marianna 10th (89).
Florida teams in the remainder of the field included Florida High (11th, 88.5 points), Raines (13th, 83), Mosley (14th, 79), Seabreeze (15th, 73), Niceville (17th, 68), Robert E. Lee (18th, 67), Bishop Kenny (19th, 59), Ponte Vedra (20th, 49), Choctaw (22nd, 43), Bolles (24th, 30.5), South Walton (18.5), Godby (26th, 15), Leon (27th, three) and Maclay (28th, zero).
Individually, things were a bit tougher. Georgia teams won titles at 12 of the 14 weights, with Wakulla wrestlers Cole Baggett (160) and John Trevor Hinsey (195) the only Floridians to win on Saturday.
Below follows a summary of the tournament from a Florida perspective, noting all Florida finishers in the top eight at each weight class (losses to GA wrestlers will not note the Georgia opponent, but wins, where appropriate, will). We will be writing up this tournament this evening, with an all-Georgia perspective and will link the stories once both are completed and posted:
106 — Wakulla’s Julian Harvey was second, with pins in the round of 16 over Matanzas’ Carter Wilder, quarters over Colquitt GA’s Gabe Freeman and semis over Bolles’ Jacob Witt, before losing, 11-0, in the final. Witt bounced back from the semifinal loss with a 4-1 consi-semi win over Chiles’ Garrett Marschka and 18-3 tech fall (in 4:29) for third over Columbia’s Brett Millard (also a semifinalist). Marschka came back to pin Fitzgerald GA’s Ryan Smith in 1:22 for fifth place.
113 — Raines’ DaQuan King was second, with techs over Seabreeze’s Joseph Kent (18-1 in 4:14) in the round of 16 and a second tech fall in the quarters (15-0 in 3:31). King then took an 8-3 win in the semis over Camden B’s Jacob Fink to reach the final, where he lost by fall in the third period. Wakulla’s George Hernandez, who lost by a 7-0 decision in the quarters, came back for third behind three falls and a 6-0 decision over Lincoln’s Elijah Hendley in the third-place match. Chiles’ Hunter Brown, who reached the semis on Friday, pinned Fink in 4:07 for fifth. Choctaw’s David Tambula and Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Mayer were one match short of placing (Mayer had won 3 consi-side matches to get a chance at podium).
120 — Raines’ Kyle Hopkins made his Vikings debut, getting to the final. Hopkins pinned Rutherford’s Brandon Horak (rd of 32), won by fall in 21 seconds in the round of 16 and pinned Camden B’s Daniel Fredericks in 3:49 in the quarters, before outlasting Colquitt’s Ethan Sellers, 6-5, in the semi. In the final, Hopkins fell by a 3-1 count. Matanzas’ Ethan Goodman, who lost 13-1 in the semis, came back to take third with consi-side wins over Lincoln’s Jimmy Martin in the semis and Sellers (6-5) for third place. Martin pinned Robert E. Lee’s Jamal Burkes in 2:31 for fifth.
126 — Matanzas’ Shaun Culbreth was second, with pins over Mosley’s Darius Mailhot (rd of 32), Columbia’s Cooper Mote (rd of 16) and Camden B’s Julius Orendi (quarters), with a 10-9 semifinal win over Florida High’s Brooks Dyer. Culbreth then lost in the final by a single point, 3-2. Columbia’s Ian McGuigan, who lost in the semis, came back to take third, pinning Wakulla’s Raymond Hatchman in the consi semis and decisioning Camden’s Caleb Picard, 5-3, for third place. Hatchman won by forfeit over Dyer in the match for fifth, while Bishop Kenny’s Sebastian Deara was one match short of placing.
132 — Florida High’s Tyler Reeve reached the finals with a tech over Cairo GA’s James Cartwright (rd of 32), major over Colquitt’s Michael Bledsoe (rd of 16), fall over South Walton’s Canyon Dart (quarters) and an 8-4 win over Columbia’s Alex McGuigan (semis), but took a 9-2 loss in the finals to the tournament’s eventual OW for the lowers. McGuigan would come back for third with a consi-semi win over Mosley’s Nick Hejke and 8-6 third-place win over Camden B’s Johnny Doyle. Hejke decisioned Florida High semifinalist Emil Ganim, 9-4, for fifth place. Matanzas’ George Joanos was one match short of placing.
138 — Matanzas’ Sam Russo was the top Florida finisher, taking fourth. Russo had three wins on the front side to reach the semis; he decisioned Bishop Kenny’s Roberto Cuartero, 6-2, in the consi semis, but then fell, 11-4, in the third-place match. Cuartero was fifth, with a 6-2 win over Chiles’ Olufemi Egberongbe. Mosley’s Jaylan Griffin was one match short of placing.
145 — Matanzas’ Griffin Wilder was the top Florida finisher, with a third-place effort. After losing by fall in the semis, Wilder falled Florida High’s Dennis Ganim (:19) in the consi semis and then edged Niceville’s Keane Creager (won 3 consi-side matches), 5-4, for third. Wakulla’s Noah Wilson, a semifinalist, won by forfeit over Ganim for fifth. Mosley’s Logan Gall was one match short of placing.
152 — Columbia’s Obie Smith reached the final, with pins over Seabreeze’s Brock Roberts (rd of 32), Cairo’s Devlin Duvenhage (rd of 16), Matanzas’ Noel Alicea (quarters) and a fourth pin in the semis before falling in the final, 6-2. Fletcher’s Joel Rodriguez was fourth, with two pins and a decision in the consis after falling in the quarters; he then took a 15-1 loss in the third-place medal match. Alicea had two consi-side wins to make podium, and took a 5-3 decision in the fifth-place match. Roberts was one match short of placing.
160 — The War Eagles’ Baggett became the first Florida champion in the tournament behind a 7-0 shutout and three pins. After a bye, Baggett shut out Lincoln’s Evan Taylor in the round of 16 in his only match that went the full six minutes. He then pinned Colquitt’s Nathanial Taylor (2:39, quarters), Matanzas’ Drew Castanheira (3:39, semis) and falled Camden’s Josh Morton in 2:28 for the championship. After losing in the round of 16, Robert E. Lee’s Ahmahd Denmark won six (SIX) consi-side matches to wrestle back for third, with a fall over Castanheira in the consi semis and a 5-4 win over Camden B’s ChaMari Johnson for third place. Marianna’s Chase Maddox, a semifinalist, took fifth with a fall in 3:44 over Castanheira. Castanheira’s Pirates teammate, Tristian Williams, was one match short of placing.
170 — Matanzas’ Quenteen Robinson got to the finals, with pins over Colquitt’s Jesus Grijalva (rd of 32) and Robert E. Lee’s Vincente Waugh (rd of 16). Robinson then majored Ponte Vedra’s Rett Maritato in the quarters, before holding off Marianna’s John Maddox by a single point in the semi. Robinson then fell, 4-2, in the title match. Maddox bounced back with a pair of bonus-point wins, falling Lincoln’s Cayden Bevis in the consi semis and majoring Chiles’ Kevonte Times, 10-2, for third. Bevis needed sudden victory, but found the needed takedown for a 6-4 win for fifth over Maritato. Wakulla’s Jackson Osteen and Seabreeze’s Victor Lipsey were both one match from placing.
182 — Chiles’ Kyle McGill made the final, with four pins: one in the round of 32, Wakulla’s Tyler Edenfield (rd of 16), Camden’s Deonte Dozier (quarters) and Lincoln’s Wyatt Yown (semis), before losing by fall in the title match. Yown came back for third with a major over Mosley’s Noe Pena in the consi semis and 16-9 decision for third over Lincoln’s Andrew Collins. Pena was sixth, falling by a 5-2 count in the fifth-place match.
195 — Wakulla’s Hinsey won the other Florida title, pinning his way through the bracket. After a bye, Hinsey won by fall in the round of 16 (in 1:15), then falled Chiles’ Austin Wheeler (5:55) in the quarters and Camden’s Deanthony Hendrix (2:20) in the semis. The final saw Hinsey need just 1:24 to fall Lincoln’s Tanner Washburn in what was the only all-Florida final. Washburn had three bonus-point wins, with pins over Camden B’s Travante Dozier (rd of 16) and Mosley’s Isaac Hall (quarters), plus an 11-1 major over Marianna’s Corey Davis in the semis. Davis came back for third, majoring Wheeler in the consi semis and falling Hendrix in 2:22 for third place. Wheeler pinned Colquitt’s Travis Summers in 2:57 for fifth. Fletcher’s Michael Strong and Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves were both one match short of placing.
220 — Fletcher’s Ethan Hollenbach made it to the final, with pins over Leon’s Joshua Seabrooks (rd of 32) and South Walton’s Nick Lee (rd of 16) and decisions over Camden’s Brian Jones in the quarters and Wakulla’s Slade Watkins in the semi. Hollenbach then lost by a 2-1 count in double overtime in the final. Watkins came back for third, with decisions over Rutherford’s Xavier Stillgess in the consi semis and a 7-1 win over Lincoln’s Jeremiah Brown in the third-place match. Stillgess would pin Jones in 2:46 for fifth place. Seabreeze’s Nathan Boyd and Chiles’ Hezekiah Moore were both one match short of placing.
285 — Raines’ Jamon Goodwine got to the final, with three four bonus-point wins. Goodwine pinned Colquitt’s Fulton King (rd of 32), Choctaw’s Michael Barton (rd of 16) and won by fall in the quarters as well, with a major over Columbia’s Jaycob Jones in the semi before falling in sudden-victory, 3-1. After losing in the quarters, Lincoln’s Tyler Moss won four matches on the back side to rally back for third, with a pin over Jones in the consi semis and 6-2 win over Wakulla’s Jayven Hearns for third. Jones would finish sixth, falling by a 10-6 count in the fifth-place match.
Editor’s Note: Due to missing results from Thursday, not all teams that competed in the tournament could be completely recapped and included in the summaries of each weight class.
Complete tournament brackets can be found HERE.
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