North Florida Matmen staff report
ALABASTER, AL — Ft Walton Beach finished eighth out of nine teams in the weekend’s Southeastern Pools, hosted by Alabama’s strongest and longest-running powerhouse program, Thompson.
The Vikings scored 113 points as a team, well clear (47.5 points) of ninth in the nine-team event. Another strong southeastern program, McCallie (TN), was second with 219.5 points, with five Alabama teams standing 3-7. Ft Walton Beach was 11.5 points out of seventh.
Below follows a Ft Walton Beach summary of the tournament, where applicable:
106 — Santiago Mayic and Reid Gannon were both 0-2 in the tournament. Mayic lost by falls to Mountain Brook AL’s Luke Ankney (1:37) and Hewitt-Trussville’s Alton Lucas (1:39), while Gannon lost by pin to Gardendale’s Daishun Powe (2:25) and by tech to Ankney (18-2 in 2:55).
120 (no wrestlers at 113) — Brandon Mallin was 2-2 and placed fourth. Mallin majored Hewitt’s Ethan Johnson (17-5, rd of 16) and then edged Oak Mountain’s Austin Buird (3-2, quarters) before taking a 4-2 loss to runnerup Xander McWilliams of Wetumpka in the semi. Mallin then lost in sudden-victory to the hosts’ Cory Jones, 6-4, in the third-place match.
126 — Weston Burbidge was 4-1 and placed fifth, while Galvin Fuston was 1-2 in the tournament. Burbidge pinned the hosts’ Ethan Philson (1:04) in the round fo 16, then lost by a 6-3 count in the quarters to eventual-4th Brody Scoggin of Gardendale. After that, Burbidge wouldn’t lose again, with wins over the back over Fuston (1:28), Central-Phenix City’s Kyron Sanks (8-0) and Oak Mountain’s Elijah Carlisto (1-0) in the fifth-place match. Fuston lost by fall to eventual-3rd Coleman Bates of Mountain Brook (:48) in the round of 16, but then pinned Hewitt’s Jack Strange (3:24) to get to Burbidge.
132 — Max Vosburgh and Darius Brundidge were both 0-2 in the tournament. Vosburgh lost by falls to Mountain Brook’s Brett Rrandolph (eventual-6th; 1:40) and Oak Mountain’s Andrew McCallister (2:37), while Brundidge lost to Gardendale’s Luis Sanchez (eventual-5th; 1:09) and Oak Mountain’s Owen Carrington (1:42).
138 — Martin Muniz was 1-2 in the tournament. After losing by fall to Wetumpka’s Christian Pearson (eventual-6th; 1:18) in the round of 16, Muniz pinned CPC’s Ricky Hong (:58) in consi round 1 before losing by fall (4:17) to Hewitt’s Logan Reaves (eventual-5th; 4:17).
145 — Malachi Santiago was 3-2 and placed sixth. Santiago downed CPC’s Steven Daniel, 7-3, in the round of 16, but then lost by fall (3:10) to eventual-3rd Woody Fipps of Mountain Brook in the quarters. In the back, Santiago had two wins to assure a place finish, with a 40-second pin over Gardendale’s Braden Murray and 9-8 consi-semi win over Gardendale’s Vincent Zeigler. Santiago then lost by fall to Oak Mountain’s Cole Burrough in 3 minutes in the fifth-place match.
152 — Jean Maldonaldo was 3-2 and placed sixth, while Ismond Santiago was 0-2 in the tournament. Maldonaldo pinned Wetumpka’s Cameron Bowman (1:07) in the round of 16, but then fell, 11-6, to eventual-4th Andrew Shelton of Hewitt in the quarters. Maldonaldo then won by fall twice to assure a place finish, pinning Hewitt’s Jake Allen (2:25) and Oak Mountain’s Landon Holcomb (2:18) before a 5-2 loss in the fifth-place match to Mountain Brook’s George McMinn. Santiago had losses by fall to eventual runnerup Russ Boackle of Gardendale (1:13) and Hewitt’s Bradley Coffman (2:33).
160 — Caleb Tourgee was 2-2 and placed fourth. Tourgee reached the semis with a round-of-16 pin (1:10) over the hosts’ Kyle Tarleton and 4-1 quarterfinal win over Oak Mountain’s Caden Avans, before losing by tech fall (18-2 in 3:46) to eventual champ James Whitworth of McCallie. Tourgee then dropped a 3-2 loss in the third-place match to Hewitt’s Owen Boren.
170 — Carter Tobik was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses by fall to Thompson’s eventual runnerup, William Browder (1:09), and to Wetumpka’s James Decoff (2:48).
182 — Patrick Adams was 0-2 in the tournament, but was only one match from placing. Adams took both losses by decisions to eventual-3rd Carson Freeman of Thompson (5-3 in the quarters) and to eventual-5th Harrison Kinsey of Oak Mountain (9-4 in the consi semis).
195 — Eddie Alexis was 3-1 and placed third. Alexis reached the semis on pins over Hewitt’s Luke Golden (:59, round of 16) and Gardendale’s Jeremy Simpson (2:25, quarters), but then lost by fall to eventual champ Michael Jackson of Thompson (2:24) in the semis. Alexis then needed just 38 seconds to fall Wetumpka’s Ezra Phillips in the third-place match.
220 — Kaleb Williams was 2-1 and placed third. After a bye into the quarters, Williams decisioned CPC’s Trace Gallman, 12-5, but then lost by fall (5:43) to eventual champ Alex Ward of Thompson in the semis. Williams came back to claim third with a 3-1 win over Mountain Brook’s Mason Brint.
285 — Spencer Mackenzie was 2-1 and placed third. After a bye into the quarters, Mackenzie falled Gardendale’s Cole Jenkins (1:28) to get to the semi, where he fell by an 8-6 count to eventual runnerup Michael Bubel of Thompson. Mackenzie then won by forfeit over Hewitt’s Harrison Asbury for third.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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