North Florida Matmen staff report
LYNN HAVEN — Over the past couple seasons in the various iterations of The Bash, teams from outside the area have come to the Panhandle and dominated the scene.
That was certainly true for this year’s The Bash, physically hosted by Mosley last weekend, as Parkway LA outpointed Thompson AL, 314-296.5, for the team title. Springstead — while not an area team, certainly a familiar one, particularly for 2A-Region 1 teams — was third with 206.5 points and Gulf Shores AL fourth at 191.
Area teams made up most of the rest of the 12-team field, with the physical-host Dolphins fifth (138 points), followed by Gulf Breeze (112), Crestview (69.5) and Rutherford (59). Bayside, from east-central Florida, was ninth with 48.5 points, followed by Bozeman (35.5), Bay (25.5) and Wewahitchka (15).
Below follows a summary of Saturday’s IBT competition, for eligible* local athletes:
106 — Mosley’s Cole Bell and Gulf Breeze’s Nate Weber were fifth and sixth, respectively, after both lost in the quarters. Bell had two pins on the back, falling Weber in 59 seconds for fifth.
113 — Mosley’s Bradley Pennington and Gulf Breeze’s Elijah Johnson were fifth and sixth, respectively, after both lost in the quarters. Pennington had two pins for fifth, falling Johnson in 1:43 in the place match.
120 — Crestview’s AJ Richardson and Wewa’s Conner Roberts were fifth and sixth, respectively, after both lost in the quarters. Richardson had a pin and 9-2 decision over Roberts in the place match.
126 — Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott reached the final, while Bay’s Jamie Balmeceda and Corban Cherry were fifth, and sixth respectively. Elliott had two pins (Crestview’s Tyler Mason in :30 and Gulf Shores’ Yogi Childress in 4:21) to reach the final, where he lost by fall to Thompson’s James Latona in 2:42. Balmeceda won three times on the back, with two pins and 15-11 win over Cherry in the fifth-place match.
132 — Mosley’s Nick Hejke (6th-2A) was third and Crestview’s Easton Flamand sixth. Hejke had a 13-0 major over the eventual 5th in the quarters, but then lost to Springstead’s Joseph Gallo (10th-2A), 6-5, in the semi. Hejke then downed Bayside’s Sean Artman, 9-7, in the third-place match. Flamand lost by tech fall to the eventual champ in the quarters, but won by fall in the consi semis to make podium, with a loss by fall (:48) to Parkway’s Brandon Turner.
138 — Gulf Breeze’s Dylan Lawrence (9th-2A) was third and Mosley’s Jaylan Griffin fifth. Lawrence pinned Crestview’s Jakob Allen (1:24) in the quarters, but then lost by a 15-7 major to eventual runnerup Wilson Kennedy of Thompson. Lawrence then pinned Springstead’s Kyle Desmond (1:56) in the third-place match. Griffin lost to Kennedy, 9-8, but then had two pins on the back to finish fifth.
145 — The physical-host Dolphins’ Logan Gall (11th-2A) was the only area champion in the tournament, and the only placer from the coverage area. Gall had decisions over Thompson’s Will Garrett (3-0, eventual 5th), 7-5 in sudden victory over Gulf Shores’ Brady George (eventual 3rd) and then majored Parkway’s Hayden Wood, 16-7, for the championship.
152 — Mosley’s Kaydon Lester reached the final and Gulf Breeze’s Garret Rudick was third. Lester had pins over Bayside’s Daniel Molodkin (:37) and Rudick (:35) before losing by tech fall (22-7 in 4:41) to Thompson’s Will Miller. Rudick rallied in the third-place match with a 7-5 decision over Parkway’s Brendon Earnest.
160 — Crestview’s Layne Franks was third, Gulf Breeze’s Mason Bourgeois fourth and Mosley’s Dalton Kovacs sixth. Franks had lost in the semis to eventual champ Jacob Chittom of Parkway, then came back to pin Bourgeois in 3:46 for third. Kovacs lost to Franks in the quarter and took a second loss by fall in the fifth-place match.
170 — No local placers.
182 — Mosley’s Noe Pena was fourth and Crestview’s Julio Fernandez fifth in the weight class. Pena lost in the semis to eventual runnerup Jackson Carey of Gulf Shores, 4-3, losing by fall in the third-place match to Thompson’s Carson Freeman. Fernandez lost to Carey by fall in the quarters, but had two bonus-point wins in the back, with a 12-3 major over Springstead’s Caleb Mallek for fifth.
195 — Gulf Breeze’s Julian McCully was fifth and Crestview’s Mathew Sharp sixth. McCully lost by an 8-1 count to the eventual 3rd in the quarters, pinning Sharp in 3:36 for fifth.
220 — Crestview’s Kennard Madden was fourth in the weight class. Madden lost in the semis, 7-3, to eventual runnerup Charlie Hollis of Gulf Shores, then took a loss by fall to Parkway’s Peyton Miller in 54 seconds in the third-place match.
285 — Mosley’s Robert Wills was third in the weight class. Wills lost by fall in the semis, but came back for third with a 31-second pin over Gulf Shores’ Jackson Russ in the place match.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
Below follows a summary of eligible* local results from Friday’s dual portion of the tournament:
Mosley (5th): The Dolphins were 1-1 in Pool C, with a 72-6 win over Bay and 47-30 loss to Springstead. Mosley then defeated Crestview (59-24) and Gulf Breeze (45-21) to take fifth. Lester (152/160, 2 pins) and Pena (182, 2 pins) both “max-pointed” (scored 6 team dual points in every dual the team contested) in going 4-0. Hejke (132, 2 pins/tech/decision), Jaylan Griffin (138, 3 pins & decision) and Gall (145, 2 pins & decision) also were 4-0 for the Dolphins. Pennington (113, pin), Peyton La Fountain (170) and Wills (285, pin) were each 3-1, while Bell (106) and Isaac Hall (195) had two wins each.
Gulf Breeze (6th): The Dolphins were 1-1 in Pool A, with a 39-18 win over Rutherford and 79-0 loss to Rutherford. Gulf Breeze turned back Bayside, 42-18, to meet up with their fellow Dolphins for fifth. Weber (106, 2 pins & decision) and Elliott (126, pin) each were 3-1 for Gulf Breeze, while Johnson (113, decision), Lawrence (138), Rudick (152, 2 pins), Bourgeois (160, pin) and McCully (195, pin) each had two wins for the Dolphins.
Crestview (7th): The Bulldogs were 1-1 in Pool B, with a 48-30 win over Bozeman and 84-0 loss to Parkway. After falling as noted above in the fifth-place semis, Crestview defeated Bayside, 42-24, in the seventh-place match. Richardson (120, pin), Franks (160, pin), Mathew Sharp (195, pin) and Madden (220, pin) were all 3-1 for Crestview, while Tyler Mason (126, pin) and Benjamin Gross (145, pin) each had two wins for the Bulldogs.
Bay (11th): The Tornadoes were 0-2 in Pool C, with a loss to Springstead (72-6) as well as the loss noted above. Bay then lost to Bozeman, 42-18, in the ninth-place semis, but then won on criteria over Wewahitchka, 19-18, in the 11th-place match. Balmeceda (126) not only max-pointed through the four rounds, but pinned all four opponents in the day. Trenton Wood (145, pin) also had two wins for Bay.
Wewahitchka (12th): The Gators were 0-2 in Pool D, with losses to Bayside (24-18) and Gulf Shores (57-9), falling to Rutherford in the 9th-place semis (21-17). Still, though each Wewa wrestler had at least two wins. Justin Johnson (106, pin & tech), Conner Roberts (113, pin) and Jaden Moseley (132/138, pin & decision) were all 3-1 and Kaylee Easter (126/132, pin) had two wins for the Gators.
* — Editor’s Note: Due to missing results going back 4 weeks, full recaps for Rutherford and Bozeman were not possible. Coaches have been emailed on multiple occasions and can get with Matmen at any time with regard to missing results.
Complete duals from the tournament can be found HERE.
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