North Florida Matmen staff report
ST JOHNS — There aren’t many fully roundrobin tournaments contested in the Jacksonville area any longer.
The last purely roundrobin event was at Raines a few years back. On Saturday, St Johns County teams brought the idea back with the inaugural county tournament contested at Creekside.
No team scores were kept in the tournament, keeping the focus on the individual kids, most of whom had had nearly two weeks away from competitive action.
A summary of the tournament follows here:
106 — Bartram Trail’s Ethan Vugman pinned his way through the day, with four pins against the rest of the varsity group. His fall in Round 4 over Nease’s Brielle Bibla (5:36) was the effective championship match. Bibla was 3-1 to take second, with all of her wins by fall as well. Her first match of the day, a 51-second fall over Creekside’s Andrew Feeks, decided second place, as Feeks was 2-2. St Augustine’s Gavin Barro was fourth and Ponte Vedra’s Aiden Taylor fifth.
113 — In a three-person bracket, Nease’s Trevion Demus won twice by bonus-point margins, majoring Bartram’s Michael Moore and pinning Ponte Vedra’s Julian Villegas in 1:56 for the title. Moore falled Villegas (:45) for second place.
120 (boys) — Creekside’s Hunter England was 5-0 on the day, with four pins and a forfeit in Round 5. England’s fall in Round 1 over Nease’s Parker Stamschror was the effective championship match. Stamschror was 4-1 (3 pins and 5-0 decision), with that decision deciding second over Bartram’s Jacob August, who was 3-2 and placed third. Pedro Menendez’s Joseph Lepera was fourth and Ponte Vedra’s James Richie fifth.
120 (girls) — Creekside’s Anjel Balkenbush was 2-0, with a pin over Ponte Vedra’s Zaira Khan (:49) and 9-0 major over the Sharks’ Cynthia Kowitski. Khan and Kowitski, who did not face each other, tied for 2nd.
126 — Bartram’s Trevor Tagarelli was 4-0 on the day to win the Bears’ second title. Tagarelli had three wins by pin, but his round 4 victory over Creekside’s Michael Galiani was the effective championship (it was noted on the results as a decision, but with a fall time). Galiani was 3-1 for second, with a pin and two decisions on the day. His Round 5 5-4 win over St Augustine’s Wilson Nguyen, who was 2-2 with two pins, effectively decided second. Ponte Vedra’s Stephen Kowitski was fourth and Nease’s Daniel Ray fifth.
132 (boys) — The Bears’ Ayden Nguyen was his team’s third titlist, with pins in each of his matches for a 4-0 day. Nguyen’s Round 3 pin over Creekside’s Nolan Anderson (3:54) was the effective championship match, as Anderson was otherwise 3-1 with two pins and a forfeit. That forfeit win in round 5 over Pedro Menendez’s Logan Meehan effectively decided second, as Meehan was 2-1 with two pins for third. Ponte Vedra’s Drew Hissam was fourth and Nease’s Wilson Whitehead fifth.
132 (girls) — Bartram’s Emmanuelle Sutherland pinned her way to the title, with three falls in all on the day. In Round 3, Sutherland pinned Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie in 1:21 in what was the effective championship match, as Richie was 2-1 with a decision and pin. That decision, in Round 1 over teammate Emma Verner, was the match that decided second. Verner was third and Nease’s Olivia Drayton was fourth.
138 — Ponte Vedra’s Alex De Almeida pinned his way through the day, with a 5-0 record and five falls in the weight class. De Almeida’s Round 4 fall over Nease’s Jalon Lumar in 2:24 was the effective championship match. Lumar was 4-1, with two pins and two decisions. In Round 3, Lumar had a 9-2 win over Bartram Trail’s Matthew Tayloe, who was 3-2 with two pins and a decision. St Augustine’s Jakob Hartline was fourth and Creekside’s Mateo Ramirez fifth.
145 — Bartram’s Stephen Farris was 5-0 on the day, with all matches won by pin. In the final round of competition, Farris pinned Creekside’s Nathan Manning in 1:10 for the effective title match. Manning was 4-1 in taking second, with three pins; his 6-4 win in Round 4 over St Augustine’s Carlos Quintanal decided second place, as Quintanal was 3-2 with two pins and a decision. Nease’s Chad Severt was fourth and Creekside’s Jose Barrera fifth.
152 — St Augustine’s Hayden Yanni picked up the Yellow Jackets’ first title; after a forfeit in Round 1, Yanni pinned his way through the day to go 5-0. His Round 5 fall over Creekside’s Kalvin Tan (3:37) was the effective championship match. Tan was 4-1, with three pins and a forfeit, with his Round 3 pin over Pedro Menendez’s Nathan Luckadoo (2:24) deciding second. Luckadoo was 2-2 with a pin and forfeit for third. Ponte Vedra’s John Whitley was fourth and Bartram’s Gareth Glynn fifth.
160 — Bartram Trail’s John McNames ran the table with a 5-0 mark for the day, with three pins, a decision and forfeit in Round 2. McNames fall in Round 2 over Creekside’s Hunter Brown (3:49) was the effective championship match for the weight class, as Brown was 4-1, with two pins, a tech fall and forfeit in Round 5. Brown’s 17-2 tech fall over St Augustine’s Clint Griffin decided second place. Griffin was 3-2 with a pin and two forfeits for third. Ponte Vedra’s Joseph Skinner was fourth and Pedro Menendez’s Jared Howard fifth.
170 — Pedro Menendez’s Connor Spossey won the Falcons’ only title with a pin, major, two decisions and a forfeit in Round 5 to go 5-0. His decision in Round 2 over Creekside’s Jalen Hines was the effective championship match of the weight class, as Hines was 4-1 with two pins, a tech and major. Hines’ 11-3 major over Ponte Vedra’s Rett Maritato decided second place. Maritato was 3-2 with two pins and a decision. Nease’s Colin White was fourth and Bartram Trail’s Ralph Hamilton fifth.
182 — St Augustine’s Ryan Murphy was the Yellow Jackets’ second champion, going 4-0 with three pins and a decision in the tournament. Murphy’s 6-1 win in Round 3 over Creekside’s Josh Benavides was the effective championship match, with Benavides going 3-1 (all wins by pin). Benavides’ fall over Pedro Menendez’s Logan Parham (1:46) decided second place. Parham was 2-2 with two pins for third place. Bartram Trail’s Davis Hoak was fourth and Nease’s Shawn Anderson fifth.
195 — Bartram Trail’s Clarke Hamilton had pins against three different opponents to win the weight class. His Round 5 fall over Nease’s Kobe Ross (3:50) was the effective championship match, as Ross was 2-1 with two pins to take second. Ross’ Round 3 fall over Pedro Menendez’s Dane Litzinger (:29) decided second place, as Litzinger won by a 5-0 decision for third over Ponte Vedra’s Max Henry, who finished fourth.
220 — Creekside’s Wyatt Galloway was 5-0 on the day, with 4 pins and then a 5-3 win in Round 5 for the effective championship match over Nease’s Donald Haraway. Haraway was 4-1 with four pins; his Round 3 pin over teammate Landrum Watts (1:08) decided second, as Watts was 3-2 with three pins for third. St Augustine’s Nate Bumbalough was fourth and Bartram Trail’s Robert Hunter fifth.
285 — Bartram Trail’s Ryan Piersza won the title with a 3-0 tournament, with a Round 1 decision over Creekside’s Vincent Approbato (in what was the effective championship) and pins over the Knights’ Noah Stone in Round 2 and St Augustine’s Justin Ballard in Round 3. Approbato was 2-1 for second, with falls over Ballard in Round 2 and Stone (1:45) in Round 3 for third. Stone was 1-2, pinning Ballard in Round 1 for third place.
Full results from the tournament, including JV results, can be found HERE.
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