North Florida Matmen staff report
LAKE CITY — Lincoln had a major stumble the previous weekend at the Manatee Duals in Bradenton.
But, as they say in this sport, you win or you learn, and the lessons learned — and a fuller lineup seeing the light of those lessons — were enough to see the Trojans through to their third consecutive FHSAA 2A-District 2 title Friday at Columbia, as well as their 13th straight district championship of any kind.
Lincoln defeated Orange Park, 45-33, in the semifinals, then took down Chiles, 51-22, in the championship match.
The Trojans will advance to the 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals, this year staged at Pace, where they will face Ft Walton Beach in a quarterfinal match.
Lincoln had seven wrestlers go 2-0 on the day. Four of them were max-pointers and three — Jimmy Martin (113), Steven Leger (126) and Jeremiah Brown (220) — pinned both of their opponents.
Tyler Moss (285, pin) also “max-pointed” (scored 6 team dual points in all duals contested) his tournament, while Elijah Hendley (106, pin & decision), Patrick Blanca (152, 2 decisions) and Tanner Washburn (195, pin & decision) all also were 2-0 for Lincoln.
Adam Barnes (120, pin over Chiles), Curtis Jones (145, pin over Chiles) and Cayden Bevis (160, pin over Orange Park) also each had one contested win for the Trojans.
Chiles started the day with a 42-28 semifinal victory over Columbia, but after falling to Lincoln, 51-22, in the final, the Timberwolves had to wait to see how the consis would play out; when Columbia was the survivor in the consis, Chiles’ path to the region round — the first time it has gotten this far — was secured.
The Timberwolves will face Pace in the other 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal. Quarterfinal winners will meet in the semis for a spot in the Region 1 final, to be contested on January 24 at Osceola.
Kevonte Times (170, decision & injury-default) and Kyle McGill (182/195, pin & major) were both 2-0 in Chiles’ duals.
Garrett Marschka (106, decision over Columbia), Hunter Brown (113/120, pin over Columbia), Alex Adkins (132, pin over Lincoln), Olufemi Egberongbe (138, pin over Lincoln), Will Wiggins (160, injury-default win over Columbia), Kadis Nafal (182, pin over Columbia) and Austin Wheeler (195/220, pin over Columbia) also had contested victories for the Timberwolves.
After falling to Chiles in the semi, Columbia rallied back to third with victories over Leon (60-12) and Orange Park (42-41).
Jaycob Jones (285) pinned all three of his opponents in max-pointing through the day, while Obie Smith (152/160, 2 pins) also was a max-pointer and 3-0. Ian McGuigan (132, 2 pins & major) and Alex McGuigan (138/145, pin & 2 decisions) also were 3-0 for the Tigers.
Brett Millard (106, pin), Cooper Mote (126, 2 pins), Daveyon Brown (145/152, pin & decision) and Shawn Raggins (195, pin & decision) all won twice for Columbia.
Orange Park was fourth in the tournament. The Raiders opened with a 72-12 victory over Leon, but then lost to Lincoln and Columbia in successive duals.
Davon Bailey (120) and Julian Moore (170) pinned all three of the opponents put in front of them during the tournament. Cameron Broughton (145, 2 pins & tech) and Jacob Moore (182, 2 pins & decision) were also both 3-0.
Wesley Carlisle (113), Vincent Walker (132, 2 pins), Arlo Wilson (138, 2 pins), Trevion Sermons (152, 2 pins) and James McArthur (220, pin) each won twice for the Raiders.
In taking its losses, Leon did have one wrestler max-point through the tournament. Nolan Zirgibel (126) pinned both of his opponents in both the Orange Park and Columbia duals. Noah Bounds (182) won by fall in the Columbia dual and Josh Seabrooks (195) had a pin in the Orange Park dual.
Complete results from all rounds of the tournament can be found HERE.
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