North Florida Matmen staff report
YULEE — It would have been poetic justice, Hollywood-movie type stuff, for Hornets senior Bryce Bees to win his weight class in an IBT named for his late father.
It took a state medalist’s level of performance to flip the script on that fairy-tale ending.
But, because wrestling often has a sense of justice, it was only fitting that Bees would at least win his final match in the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border on Saturday, in the anniversary weekend of the passing of his father, Joe Bees, a Fernandina Beach-area chef and proud supporter of Yulee wrestling during his son’s career.
Bees’ third-place finish at 132, along with the performances of his teammates, lifted the Hornets to a runnerup team finish Saturday. Yulee outdistanced Mosley, 181-142, to take second in the 16-team tournament, won by Camden County’s B group.
Florida High was fourth with 138 points, followed by West Nassau (121.5) to round out the top five. Bishop Kenny (117) was sixth, followed by Middleburg (115), Baker Cty (86), Fernandina Beach (65), Nease (63), Bishop Snyder & Wewahitchka (37 each), Atlantic Coast (24), FSDB (14), Ed White (11) and Booker (zero).
Below follows a tournament summary, with all area placers noted (there will be a separate Camden-only story on our South Georgia site):
106 — West Nassau’s Blayden Tharpe was the top Florida finisher, taking second on pins over Bishop Snyder’s Ian Hall (:30) and Yulee’s Lewis Duhan (3:14), with a loss by decision in the final. After both lost to Camden in the semis and quarters, respectively, Mosley’s Cole Bell pinned Florida High’s William Curry in 4:28 for third place. Duhan and Bishop Kenny’s Allan Bustos were 1 match short of placing.
113 — Nease’s Trevion Demus pinned his way into the final, with falls over West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb (1:09) and Yulee’s Jacob Proffit (2:23), then decisioned Camden’s Jacob Fink (major & decision prior to final), 7-2, for the bracket victory. Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Mayer rallied from a semifinal loss with two pins, the second of those for third over Atlantic Coast’s Eric Harper in 4:26. Holcomb and Proffit were each one match short of placing.
120 — Wewahitchka’s Conner Roberts was the top Florida competitor, pinning his way into the final, where he took a 14-0 loss. Roberts had pins over Nease’s Parker Stamschror (rd of 16), Fernandina’s Caden Kubatzke (4:04, quarters) and Camden’s Carson Poston (1:03, semis). After a semifinal loss, West Nassau’s Brendan Ferenchik had a pin in the consi semis, then teched Poston, 16-1, for third. Bishop Snyder’s Christian Villanueva and Kubatzke were each one match short of placing.
126 — Florida High’s Tyler Reeve bonus-pointed through every round of the tournament for the bracket victory. Reeve pinned Middleburg’s Ryan Browning (1:42, quarters) and Bishop Kenny’s Sebastian Deara (1:03, semis), then took a 9-1 major in the final over Fernandina Beach’s Jeremy Mahoney (decision & major prior to final). Deara was fourth, with a pin in the consi semis, but he then lost by decision in the third-place match. Yulee’s Tristan Martinez and Browning were each one match short of placing.
132 — Mosley’s Nick Hejke was the script-flipper on the Hollywood story with two pins over Wewahitchka’s Jaden Moseley (1:29, quarters) and Bees in the semis. Hejke then took an 8-3 decision in the final over Florida High’s Emil Ganim (pin & decision prior to final). Bees had two pins on the back, falling Camden’s Gavin Daniels in 1:45 for third. Bishop Kenny’s Brock Hinson and Moseley were each one match short of placing.
138 — The Dolphins’ Jaylan Griffin made it back-to-back titles, pinning his way into the final, with falls over Florida High’s Dean Wright (5:14, round of 16), Ed White’s Sebastian Gonzalez (1:33, quarters) and West Nassau’s Bradley Hulett (5:36, semis) before winning the bracket with a 13-6 decision over Bishop Kenny’s Roberto Cuartero (pin & decision prior to final). Hulett had a pair of shutout wins on the back side, taking a 1-0 third-place win over Nease’s Jalon Lumar. Yulee teammates Dylan Johns and Dietrich Woods were each one match short of placing.
145 — Mosley’s Logan Gall made it three Dolphin titles in a row (and back-to-back titles for himself; he’d won at The Bash the previous weekend at home. Gall had a quarterfinal pin over Middleburg’s Aden Thornton (5:07), then decisioned Camden’s Porter Bryant, 8-4, in the semi. In the final, Gall won by fall in 3:10 over Yulee’s Jesse Johnson (2 decisions prior to final). Florida High’s Dennis Ganim, who’d lost 12-11 to Johnson in the semis, had a 5-2 consi-semi decision and a 20-7 major in the third-place match over Camden’s Porter Bryant. Thornton and Bishop Kenny’s Daniel Maher were each one match short of placing.
152 — Yulee captain Aston Ricks had three victories to secure the Hornets’ first individual title. After a bye into the quarters, Ricks falled FSDB’s Tre’Shaun Faison (:52) in the quarters, then took decisions over Camden’s Elijah Griffin (12-7) in the semi and Mosley’s Jonathan Griffin (2 pins prior to final), 9-2, in the championship match. Middleburg’s Michael Higganbotham, who’d lost by fall to Mosley’s Griffin in the semis, had a consi-semi pin and then finished fourth. Florida High’s William Hawkes and Faison were each one match short of placing.
160 — Florida High’s Micah Perdue was the top Florida finisher in the field, taking second after two bonus-point victories. Perdue pinned Middleburg’s Alex Nayfack (3:08, quarters) and majored Baker Cty’s Clayton Dennison, 16-8, in the semi. West Nassau’s Requan Works, in his first action of the season, rallied from a one-point loss to the eventual champ in the quarters with four bonus-point wins, including three pins and a 17-6 major over Yulee’s Isaiah Shook for third. Bishop Kenny’s Carter Wood and Dennison were each one match short of placing.
170 — Middleburg’s Brayden Weaver threaded the needle for three wins and the bracket title, bookending an 8-4 semifinal win over Yulee’s Collin Sewell with pins in the quarters over Baker Cty’s Char’Quez Mosley (:34, quarters) and West Nassau’s Deonte Robinson (2 pins & major prior to final) in 1:34 in the title match. Fernandina’s Jeremiah Giedrys overcame a quarterfinal loss by fall to Sewell with four wins on the back, decisioning Sewell, 13-6, in the third-place match. Nease’s Colin White was one match short of placing.
182 — Mosley’s Noe Pena was the top Florida finisher in the weight class, with two pins over Baker Cty’s Toby Kinghorn (3:16, quarters) and Camden’s Britt Blair (2:36, semis) to reach the final, where Pena would lose by an 11-6 decision. Middleburg’s Ethan Larsen overcame a semifinal loss with two pins, falling Blair in 40 seconds in the third-place match. Fernandina Beach’s Kolby Kidd and Kinghorn were each one match short of placing.
195 — Florida High’s Marcus Haigler gave the Seminoles their second weight-class win, with three bonus-point victories. Haigler pinned Bishop Kenny’s Michael Bagan (1:53) in the quarters, then majored Baker Cty’s Pierce Kirkland, 13-3, in the semi before picking up a second pin over Camden’s Blandon Causey in 4:47 for the title. Kirkland had two bonus-point wins on the back, majoring Fernandina’s Tyler Harris, 16-4, in the third-place match. Atlantic Coast’s John Johnson and Yulee’s Joseph Michel were each one match short of placing.
220 — Yulee captain Bradley Durrance pinned his way through the weight class, with four falls in all. Durrance pinned Baker Cty’s Garrett Cain (1:22, rd of 16), Nease’s Vincent Haraway (1:09, quarters), West Nassau’s Jackson Rowell (1:16, semis), before going briefly into the second period in the final against Middleburg’s Drew McDaniels (2 pins & decision prior to final), taking his fourth pin in 2:11. Rowell had a consi-semi pin on the back to assure a medal, taking fourth overall. Cain and Bishop Kenny’s Kevin Thallemer were each one match short of placing.
285 — Bishop Snyder’s Angel Lecointe was the top Florida finisher in the field, reaching the final, where he lost by thir-period fall. Lecointe falled Nease’s Brandon Almaria (1:29, rd of 16), then shut out Baker Cty’s Jaqrez Elliott, 3-0, in the quarters. Lecointe then pinned Yulee’s Darquill Brown in 1:30 to reach the final. Elliott had four pins on the back to come back for third, pinning Bishop Kenny’s Curtis Leggett in 1:01 in the third-place match. Brown and Ed White’s Salvador Rodriguez were each one match short of placing.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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