North Florida Matmen staff report
PANAMA CITY — New year (or at least, new season). New coaching staff.
Same result, at least for Arnold when it comes to the 1A-District 1 dual team tournament.
The Marlins repeated as district dual team champions Thursday night at North Bay Haven, with victories over Wewahitchka (24-20) in the quarters, Rocky Bayou Christian (66-18) in the semis and then South Walton (45-36) in the championship dual.
The district title means that Arnold will host 1A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds in Panama City Beach on January 16. The Marlins will take on District 2 runnerup Suwannee in a quarterfinal round.
Three Arnold wrestlers were 3-0 and “max-pointed” (scored 6 dual team points in every dual contested) through the tournament. Lucas Biddle (113, 2 pins), Henlee Haynes (182, pin) and Justin Harry (220, pin) were the max-pointers for the Marlins.
Spencer Korol (126, pin), Nick Kendrick (152, 2 pins) and Max Gaylord (160, 2 pins) all were 2-0 for the Marlins, while Alex Starling (106, pin & decision) and Tyler Lewis (195) both won twice for Arnold. Porter Beach (120) had a pin in the Rocky Bayou Christian dual, as did John Starling (138).
South Walton reached the finals with dual victories over Bay (66-18) in the quarters and the host Buccaneers (49-27) in the semis, finishing second in the district dual team tournament for the third straight year.
The Seahawks will face, for the third straight year, District 2 champ Wakulla in the quarterfinals.
Two Seahawk wrestlers — Canyon Dart (132/138, 2 pins) and Ashton Nunes (145, pin) max-pointed the tournament, as both were 3-0.
Ryan Kurfirst (132/138), John Lopez (152/160, 2 pins), Seth Marshall (170, pin), Dylan Garner (182, pin), Noah Gabbard (195, pin), Nick Lee (220, 2 pins) and Andrew Thompson (285, pin) were all 2-1 for South Walton. CJ Inman (113/120) had a major and Randall Yates (126) had a win by decision in the North Bay Haven dual.
Rocky Bayou Christian opened with a 39-30 quarterfinal win over Bozeman, but couldn’t solve the Marlins in the semis.
The Knights had three wrestlers go 2-0 in the tournament, with two — Wyatt Kirkpatrick (145, pin) and Jaden Scruggs (170, pin) — max-pointing in the tournament. Luke Latham (126/132, decision) also was 2-0 for Rocky Bayou Christian, while Owen Parry (120, pin over Bozeman), Aden Hudson (138, pin over Bozeman) and Calvin Wells (152, pin over Bozeman) recording one contested win.
Likewise, North Bay Haven won in the quarterfinal round, defeating Rutherford, 52-30, but then fell to South Walton in the semis.
Ethan Cole (182/195) and Jonathan Serbest (285) pinned both of their opponents on the night. Michael Esquivias (138, pin) joined them as a max-pointer, while William Lundgren (106, major & decision) also was 2-0. Helmut vonKnoblauch (132, pin over Rutherford) and Ricardo Esquivias (152, pin over Rutherford) had contested wins during the tournament.
Wewahitchka, Bozeman, Rutherford and Bay all got just the one dual in which to compete.
Justin Johnson (17-2 tech at 106) Conner Roberts (pin at 113) and Jaden Moseley (18-3 tech at 138) each had contested wins for the Gators in the loss to Arnold.
Bozeman’s Joshua Vonkeyserling (106) and Nathan Monastra (113) had falls for the Bucks in their loss to Rocky Bayou Christian.
For Rutherford in its loss to the hosts, Elijah Stillgess (106), Colin Dutton (113) and Chad Allgood (170) had pins, while Zach Duncan won by injury-default at 160.
Bay had pins from Jamie Balmeceda (120), Corban Cherry (126) and Caleb Pippin (160) in its loss to the Seahawks.
Complete results from all rounds of the tournament can be found HERE.
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