#DistrictDuals: Pace Repeats As 2A-District 1 Champion

North Florida Matmen staff report

PACE — For the second time in as many seasons, Pace has won the 2A-District 1 dual team tournament title.

For the first time this year, the Patriots will host the Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.

On Tuesday night, Pace defeated Milton (84-0) in the quarters, Niceville (63-13) and Ft Walton Beach (45-24) in the championship final. The Patriots will face Chiles in a Region 1 quarterfinal on January 16.

Ft Walton Beach got to the final for the first time and will face District 2 champ Lincoln in a Region 1 quarterfinal, also at Pace. Quarterfinal winners will meet in the semis for a berth in the Region 1 final, to be contested at Osceola on January 24.

Patrick Adams (182, 2 pins) was the Vikings’ lone “max-pointer” (scored 6 team dual points in every dual the team contested) and was 3-0.

Ft Walton Beach wrestlers and coaches celebrate with their first opportunity to compete in the 2A-Region 1 dual team tournament after finishing second at Pace in District 1 competition on Tuesday night (Photo submitted to Ft Walton Beach team Facebook page).

Joining Adams as 3-0 unbeatens for Ft Walton Beach were Malachi Santiago (145, 2 pins & decision), Jean Maldonaldo (152, 2 pins & decision), Caleb Tourgee (160/170, 2 pins & major) and Kaleb Williams (220, 2 pins & major.

Santiago Mayic (106, decision), Brandon Mallin (120, pin & tech), Weston Burbidge (132, 2 pins) and Eddie Alexis (195, 2 pins) all were 2-1 for the Vikings. Carter Tobik (170) and Spencer Mackenzie (285) each had falls for FWB in the Choctaw win, while Reid Gannon (113) won by fall in the Gulf Breeze win.

Niceville, the last team to win the 2A-District 1 dual team title back in the inaugural season in 2017-18, defeated Crestview, 43-21, in the quarters, before falling to Pace in the semis.

Ethan Pinto (113, pin) was a 2-0 max-pointer for the Eagles, while Jayden Pinto (132, pin & sudden-victory decision) and Keane Creager (145, pin & major) were Niceville’s only other unbeatens Tuesday night. Martin Black (160) both won by fall against Crestview, while Ethan Bueno (19-8 at 126) took a major and Noah Tritz (7-5 in sudden victory at 120) a decision.

Gulf Breeze, which reached the Region 1 level last year, was one win short this year. The Dolphins defeated Tate, 60-24, in the quarterfinals, but then lost to Ft Walton Beach in the semi.

Individually, Gulf Breeze had some success, with five max-pointers in the tournament. Three of them — Dylan Lawrence (138), Mason Bourgeois (160) and Cameron Anderson (285) — pinned both of the opponents put in front of them.

Nate Weber (106, pin) and Colson Elliott (126, pin) also were 2-0 max-pointers for the Dolphins. Hunter Dupont (170) and Julian McCully (195) both won by fall over Tate.

Milton, Crestview, Tate and Choctaw got just the one dual Tuesday night.

Kennard Madden (220) won by fall and Jakob Allen (4-3 at 138) by decision for the Bulldogs in the loss to Niceville.

The Aggies got pins from Daniel McGaha (120), Marcus Virgin (132) and Gabriel McKinley (220) in their quarterfinal loss to Gulf Breeze.

Finally, Choctaw got a fall from Ethan Pfhul (126), plus decisions from David Tambula (4-2 at 113) and Eli Devoid (11-7 at 126) in the Indians’ loss to Ft Walton Beach.

Editor’s Note: Not all teams could be fully recapped in this story due to missing tournament results.

Complete results from all rounds of the tournament can be found HERE.

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