North Florida Matmen staff report
HOOVER, AL — With short-handed sides, it was going to be difficult for any of the four area teams competing at the Scott Rohrer Hoover Invitational to contend for high team honors.
But the four teams managed to have substantial individual impacts nevertheless.
In the team race, Ridgeview was 21st, with 423 points, while Niceville was 22nd (354), Marianna 24th (326) and Pace 26th (283.5, but with just three wrestlers).
Vestavia Hills AL held off Richmond Hill GA, 1142-1089.5, for the team title, with Louisiana’s Catholic Brothers third (995.5) and Alabama teams Huntsville (910) and McAdory (897.5) rounding out the top five.
Below follows a summary of the local entrants** in the tournament:
113 (no locals at 106) — Ridgeview’s Kaiden Tibbetts was 23rd and Marianna’s William Carrel 27th in a weight class of 32. Tibbetts was 1-2 in Pool B and Carrel 0-3 in Pool D. In the 17th-place bracket, Tibbetts was 1-2; after two losses by fall, he pinned Sarasota Military’s Rajendra Fuller in 3:06 for 23rd. Carrel was 3-1 (all matches by pin) in the 25th-place bracket, falling Daphne AL’s Michaela Childs in 1:11 for 27th.
120 — Ridgeview’s Robby Morris was 21st and Marianna’s Hunter Cornelius 27th in a weight class of 27. Morris was 0-2 in Pool F and Cornelius was 0-3 in Pool G. In the 17th-place bracket, Morris was 2-2, with pins on both sides of the bracket, including his final match, where he falled Carver AL’s Trevon Lee in 3:05 (had earlier fall over Lee). Cornelius’ only Saturday match was a loss by fall to Spanish Fort AL’s Aaron Kinslow.
126 — Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez was the overall champion in a weight class of 30. Rodriquez won Pool A with three pins in a combined total of 53 seconds on Friday; on Saturday, he falled Mountain Brook AL’s Coleman Bates (:47) in the quarters, then had a pair of 12-2 majors to take the title, the first over Vestavia Hills’ Bryant Segars in the semi and the second over Pace’s Ethan Billhimer in the final.
132 — Ridgeview’s Shawn Tahir was 15th and Marianna’s Dustin Arnold 25th in a weight class of 32. Tahir was 1-1 in Pool A and Arnold 0-3 in Pool D. On Saturday, after two earlier losses, Tahir ended his tournament on a winning note, with a pin in 1:14 over Ben Russell AL’s Jamarion Whetstone for 15th. Arnold was 2-0 on Saturday, with a pin and 8-6 decision for 25th over Richmond Hill’s Bradley Barrett.
138 — Marianna’s Ethan Heinemann was 18th, Ridgeview’s Ian Finnorn 19th and the Bulldogs’ Trett Phillips 23rd in a weight class of 32. Heinemann was 1-2 in Pool G, Finnorn 1-2 in Pool C and Phillips 1-2 in Pool A. In the 17th-place bracket, Heinemann was 2-1 (both wins by fall), falling to Tuscaloosa Cty AL’s Logan Anders for 17th. Finnorn won by medical forfeit, but then lost by fall (3:04) to Heinemann in the semis; on the back, he had two pins, the second in 1:41 for 19th over Catholic Brothers’ Brandon Medica. Phillips lost his first two matches Saturday, but won by medical forfeit for 23rd over Hill.
145 — Ridgeview’s Gabe Guzman was the overall runnerup in a weight class of 32. Guzman won Pool B with a pin and two decisions on Friday. Decisions were the watchword on Saturday as well, as Guzman overcame Mountain Brook’s Woody Fipps, 5-1, in the quarters and Richmond Hill’s Zachariah McQuillan, 2-0, in the semi, before falling in the final to Sarasota Military’s Mason Marchbank, 6-1, in the championship match.
160 (no locals at 152) — Marianna’s Chase Maddox was seventh in a weight class of 32. Maddox won Pool G with two pins and a 9-5 decision on Friday. After taking losses to Vestavia Hills’ John Edwards (12-5, quarters) and the hosts’ Evan Warren (5:01, consi quarters), Maddox pinned Live Oak LA’s Anthony Dodson in 2:26 for seventh.
170 — Marianna’s John Maddox was third in a weight class of 31. Maddox won Pool E with three falls on Friday. He started Saturday with his lone loss of the tournament, falling 8-6 in the quarters to the hosts’ Gabe Cason. From there, though, Maddox won out, with decisions in the consi quarters over Southside Gadsden AL’s Carnel Davis (8-7) and Catholic Brothers’ Canon Hunt (9-4) before pinning Cason in 3:37 for third place.
182 — Marianna’s Christian Cosson was 13th in a weight class of 29. Cosson was 2-1 on Friday, finishing second in Pool C with a pin and tech fall. On Saturday, Cosson was 2-2, opening with a loss by fall to Spain Park’s Brandon Fortenberry (1:06) in the quarters. He decisioned Smiths Station AL’s James Franklin, 5-2, in the consi quarters and then lost by a 10-8 decision to McAdory’s Savian Graham, finishing the day with a pin (3:58) over Huntsville’s Hunter Wilson for 13th.
195 — Ridgeview’s Spencer Robertson was 17th in a weight class of 26. Robertson was 1-2 (win by fall) in Pool G on Friday, but didn’t lose on Saturday. On that day, Robertson had pins over McAdory’s Carson Roberts (:32), Southside Gadsden’s Zane Pruit (:46) and Catholic Brothers’ Jermaine Vessell (:53) for 17th.
220 (no locals at 285) — Marianna’s Roosevelt Williams was 20th, Ridgeview’s Desmond Stokes 23rd and the Bulldogs’ Lawson Jackson 29th in a weight class of 32. Williams was 1-2 (win by fall) in Pool E and Stokes 1-2 (win by fall) in Pool H, while Jackson was 0-3 in Pool G. Williams was 2-2 on Saturday, with two consi-side pins and a loss by fall (:50) to Huey AL’s Cooper Forsyth for 19th. Stokes was 0-2 in earlier matches (one of the losses by pin to Williams in 3:04), but won by medical forfeit for 23rd. Jackson was 2-2 in the 25th-place bracket, with both wins coming by forfeit.
** — Editor’s Note: Recaps for all area wrestlers competing in this tournament were not possible due to missing results.
Full brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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