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#TheRecap: Oakleaf Owns USMC Duals Field

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Oakleaf wrestlers and coaches celebrate the team championship won Saturday in the USMC Duals hosted by Terry Parker (Photo submitted by Marcus Miller).

North Florida Matmen staff report

JACKSONVILLE — In just half a season, Oakleaf has gone from midpack to the middle of the spotlight.

The Clay County Knights announced their presence with a 5-0 duals and top-six IBT showing at the Keystone Memorial 10 days ago, then forged their first appearance in the 3A-Region 1 dual team tournament midweek last week.

So Oakleaf entered last weekend’s USMC Duals at Terry Parker with a target planted on its back.

No problem. The Knights dominated the field last Friday and Saturday, doubling up — at least — every other team put in front of them, rolling through Pool A with a 6-0 record and then holding Westside to just four weight-class wins in a 59-24 championship dual victory.

Oakleaf hammered Bolles (49-24; the Knights’ closest dual of the weekend, in Round 1); Mandarin (66-18, Round 2); Robert E. Lee (58-24, Round 3); Paxon (77-3, Round 4); host Parker (60-16, Round 5), and Gainesville (63-6, Round 7; teams in Pool A had to take a bye).

Marcus McGee was the Knights’ only wrestler to go 7-0 on the weekend. McGee had four pins and a decision during the two days. David Parkes (152, 3 pins) was 5-0 in a regular but not exclusive starting role.

Trevor Owens (132, 3 pins), Isiah Schevchook (182/195, 3 pins & decision), Onjel Caraballo (182/195, 4 pins) and Jason Mitchell (220, 4 pins) — plus the 285 combo of Josh Murrell and Benjamin Gaddis (4 pins) — were each 6-1 for Oakleaf, while Jason Stewart (126, 3 pins & decision) was 5-1. Denzell Keeton (106, pin), Andrew Brandt (113) and James McClintic (160/170) were all 5-2, while Roman Polinsky (138/145, 2 pins) was 4-2 and Sebastian Lopez (160/170, major) 3-3 for the Knights.

Below follows a summary of the other 14 teams in the tournament —

Westside (2nd, 6-1 in Pool B): The Wolverines found themselves on top of a five-team logjam for first place in the pool; after opening with a loss to Pedro Menendez, Westside took wins over Wolfson (60-18, Round 2), Englewood (40-36, Round 3), Stanton (60-12, Round 4), First Coast (37-30, Round 5), Episcopal (43-42, criteria, Round 6) and Keystone Heights (63-12, Round 7) to get to the tournament championship against Oakleaf. Two Wolverines — Angelo Philpot (170, 4 pins & 2 decisions) and Ray Bolden (285, 5 pins & decision) — were 8-0 during the tournament.

Jacare Johnson (120, 4 pins & major) was 7-1 for Westside, while Deshawn Reaves (106, 2 pins & decision), Olleon Hickmon (113, 2 pins & decision) and John Merritt (182, 5 pins) each were 6-2. Nathan Williams (126, pin & 2 decisions) was 5-3, Kristopher Fleming (138, win by disqualification) 4-3 and Steven Millikin (145/152, 3 pins) and Elijah Williams (220, 3 pins) were both 4-4 for the Wolverines.

Robert E. Lee (3rd, 5-1 in Pool A): The Generals had their only dual loss of the weekend against Oakleaf, with pool victories over Gainesville (60-0, Round 1), Bolles (42-21, Round 2), Mandarin (54-24, Round 4), Paxon (64-6, Round 5) and Terry Parker (37-18, Round 6), plus a 39-27 win over Englewood in a crossover dual to determine third place overall in the tournament. Vincente Waugh (170, 6 pins) was a 7-0 “max-pointer” (scored 6 dual team points in every dual the team contested) for Lee, while Ty’Juan Jones (138/145, 5 pins) was 6-0 over the weekend. Five Generals were 6-1, including: Ricky Hicks (106, 2 pins); Jamal Burkes (120/126, 6 pins); Jeramiah Stevens (145/152 Friday, 152/160 Saturday, 2 pins & major); Savion Johnson (152/160, 2 pins/major/decision) and Jeremy Porter (195, 4 pins). Craig Harper (220, 2 pins & decision) was 5-2 for the Generals, while Keshawn Waters (182, 3 pins) was 4-3.

Englewood (4th, 5-2 in Pool B): The Rams started the weekend with wins over Wolfson (66-18) and Episcopal (41-35) in Rounds 1 & 2, then won over Keystone Heights (60-24, Round 4), Stanton (59-9, Round 5) and Pedro Menendez (51-22). Sam Howard (160, 4 pins) was an 8-0 max-pointer for Englewood, while Lynden North (132/138, 5 pins/2 techs/major) also was 8-0 for the Rams. Raequan Staples (113, pin & major), Justin Mendez (195, 3 pins & tech) and Melvin Wiggins (220, 4 pins) were all 6-2 during the weekend, while Calvin Williams (106, 2 pins) and Darryl Sam (182, 3 pins & decision) were both 5-3 and Jordan Mitchell (170, 2 pins) 4-4 for Englewood. In a recurring starting role, Isiah Musca (285, 2 pins) was 3-2 for the Rams (the combo with Neil Gutierrez was good for a 6-2 record at the weight class, with four pins).

Episcopal (5th, 5-2 in Pool B): The Eagles were in the three-way tie for 2nd in Pool B, taking pool victories over First Coast (46-36, Round 1), Keystone Heights (48-27, Round 3), Pedro Menendez (40-30, Round 4), Wolfson (54-26, Round 5) and Stanton (54-30, Round 7), plus a 42-41 win over Bolles in a crossover dual for fifth (the two teams are scheduled to dual again tonight). Christian Ryan (113, 4 pins) was an 8-0 max-pointer for Episcopal, while Joe Jackson (120/126, 3 pins/tech/major) was 7-0, Reid Hampton (152/160, 5 pins) 6-0 and Cooper Jevic (152, 2 pins) 5-0 for the Eagles. Scott Busey (106, 4 pins) and Ben Helton (126/132, 4 pins & major) were both 7-1 for Episcopal, while Noah Meyer (132/138, 5 pins & major) was 6-2, John Fernandez (170/182, pin & major) 5-3, Brennan Doherty (160/170, pin & major) 4-3 and Robert Jackson (145, 3 pins) 4-4 for the Eagles during the course of the tournament.

Bolles (6th, 4-2 in Pool A): The Bulldogs had their two pool losses early on Friday, but forged their way into the top six on pool wins over Paxon (42-27, Round 3), Terry Parker (54-24, Round 4), Gainesville (54-3, Round 6) and Mandarin (52-12, Round 7). Tyson Riley (145, 5 pins) was a 7-0 max-pointer and one of three 7-0 unbeatens in the Bolles lineup, with Jacob Witt (106/113, 2 pins/tech/major) and Jack Pyburn (220, 4 pins & decision) the other two. Dalton Posick (132, decision) was 5-0 in a regularly-appearing role, while Julian Morris (138, 2 pins & decision) and Cam Neal (285, 2 pins) were each 6-1 and Denny Vohs (126/132, 5 pins) was 5-2 for the Bulldogs.

First Coast (7th, 5-2 in Pool B): The Buccaneers were the last third of the Pool B three-way tie for second, with wins over Keystone Heights (51-21, Round 2), Pedro Menendez (42-25, Round 3), Wolfson (42-33, Round 4), Stanton (51-9, Round 6) and Englewood (40-21, Round 7), plus a 42-21 crossover victory over Mandarin for seventh. Josiah Mossor (145, 5 pins) and Grayson Peterson (220, 6 pins) were both 8-0 max-pointers for First Coast, while Hakeem Culberson (195, 3 pins) was 5-0 in a regular appearance. Devante Wyatt (170, 4 pins) and Dylan Lampkin (285, 5 pins) were both 7-1 for the Buccaneers, while Peyton Landon (138 Friday, 152 Saturday; 5 pins) was 6-2 and Ian Leschinskey (113, 2 pins) 5-3 for First Coast.

Mandarin (8th, 3-3 in Pool A): The Mustangs cracked the top half of the tournament with just seven wrestlers starting and five finishing the weekend, as Mandarin defeated Terry Parker (36-30) in Round 1, Gainesville (23-18) in Round 5 and Paxon (30-18) in Round 6. Tony Carter (182, 5 pins & tech) was 7-0 for the Mustangs, while Devin Foster (113, 2 pins & decision) was 6-1, Ethan Harvey (120/126, 2 pins) 5-2, and Tristan Garcia (126/132, 2 pins) 4-3 on the weekend for Mandarin.

Pedro Menendez (T-9th; 4-3 in Pool B): The Falcons started off with dual victories over Westside (42-39) in Round 1 and Stanton (48-36) in Round 2, with the third win in Round 5 over Keystone Heights (48-24) and the last in Round 7 over Wolfson (33-30). In a regular but exclusive role, Nathan Luckadoo (152, 2 pins & major) was 5-0 for Menendez, while regular starters Jose Ruiz (145, 4 pins) and Logan Parham (182/195, 5 pins & decision) were 6-1 each. Logan Meehan (132, 3 pins/injury default/major) and Connor Spossey (170/182, 4 pins & tech) were each 5-2; in regular roles, Gavin Rosario (120, 2 pins) and David Howard (160) were each 3-2 for the Falcons.

Terry Parker (T-9th; 2-4 in Pool A): The host Braves had wins over Gainesville (39-24) in Round 3 and Paxon (36-27) in Round 7 of Pool A. Leading the charge for Terry Parker was Ashley Saddler (5-1 at 160, 2 decisions), while Darius Farmer (170, 2 pins & decision was 4-2. Andrew Bailes (285, pin) was 3-2 and Kimoni Alfred (120), Eljani Abraham (126, 2 pins), Mina Gibson (145, pin) and Tijuan Boyance (152, major) were each 3-3 for Terry Parker.

Wolfson (T-11th; 2-5 in Pool B): The Wolfpack picked off dual victories over Stanton (54-30) in Round 3 and Keystone Heights (43-42, criteria) in Round 6. Max Lewallen (126/132, 3 pins/major/decision) was Wolfson’s top performer over the weekend, going 5-2. Cameron Frison (152, 3 pins) and Lyric Richardson (160, 2 pins) were both 4-2, while Andrew Harbin (120, pin) and Rashawn Spears (285, 2 pins) were both 4-3. Emarre Campbell (132, 2 pins & decision) chipped in a 3-3 weekend for the Wolfpack.

Gainesville (T-11th; 1-5 in Pool A): The Hurricanes’ lone victory came in Round 2 in a 32-18 victory over Paxon in what was the Golden Eagles’ first dual of the weekend. Logan Fernandez-Smith (170, pin & decision) was 3-2 and Brennan Kade (126, 2 pins & tech) and Zachary Collins (138, pin) were each 3-3. In a regular but not exclusive starting role, Nicholas Hanson (160/170, pin & decision) was 2-2 for the Hurricanes.

Stanton (13th; 1-6 in Pool B): The Blue Devils bookended the weekend with their two wins, knocking off Keystone Heights (48-36) in Pool B and then winning over Paxon, 36-18, in a crossover dual for 13th place. Charles Woo (195, 5 pins & decision) led Stanton with a 7-1 record over the weekend, while Artin Rezaei (120/126, 3 pins & decision) and Gabriel Navarro (138/145, 4 pins) were each 5-3 for the Blue Devils. Kenneth Caldeo (106, pin) was 4-3 as well for Stanton.

Paxon (14th; 0-6 in Pool A): The Golden Eagles had a bye in Round 1 and got within single digits of Terry Parker, but otherwise did not find a win on the weekend. Michael Dramis (152, 3 decisions) was 6-1 for Paxon, while Joshua Leynes (170, pin) had a 3-3 record on the weekend for the Golden Eagles.

Keystone Heights (15th; 0-7 in Pool B): The Indians might have finished higher and fared better against other smaller teams like themselves in Pool A, but they weren’t slotted into that pool, and were the only team without the opportunity to cross over. Jonas Cole (138/145, 4 pins & decision) and Eliyah Cole (182, 5 pins) each were 6-1 for Keystone Heights, while Samuel Ulsch (120/126, 3 pins) and Gabe Adams (220, 2 pins) each were 4-3.

Complete round-by-round dual results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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