North Florida Matmen staff report
MELBOURNE — Sandalwood was the lone area team to make the trip down I-95 to Palm Bay for the Ships N Duels two-day tournament last weekend.
On Friday, the Saints were 2-1 in the duals portion of the tournament, with wins over The Master’s Academy (48-19), Bayside (36-24) and a 43-36 loss to Space Coast.
Saturday was the IBT portion of the event, in which Sandalwood was 10th out of 17 teams, scoring 71 points. The Saints were just seven points out of eighth.
On Friday, Sandalwood started off in a 15-0 hole against The Master’s Academy, but then won eight straight matches with max points, with pins from Lavaughn Brown (138), Jermell McCall (145), Andrew Ramirez (152), Michael Torres (170) and William Rosenberger (195).
The Bayside dual was a bit more back-and-forth, with the Saints making a move between 152 and 195, where they won four of five. Lavaughn Brown (138), Jacob Kirkpatrick (152) and Joshua Brown (160) had pins in that dual.
Sandalwood started off down 22-6 against Space Coast but rallied for four straight wins between 160 and 195 to take a lead there and again after 285, but the Vipers closed out with four wins to rally back. Lavaughn Brown (138), Joshua Brown (160), Torres (170), Dennis Parrish (182) and Gus Martinez (285) had pins for Sandalwood.
Below follows a summary of the IBT portion, with Sandalwood performances where applicable:
106 — The hosts’ Tyler Perrow (2nd-1A) pinned or teched his way into the final, where he took an 8-2 win over Wellington’s Patrick Jones (19th-3A; 2 pins & decision prior to final). The Saints’ Kahari Miller was 0-2 in the tournament, with losses to Space Coast’s Raider Morelli (12th-1A; eventual 5th; they wrestled Friday) in :16 and to Suncoast’s Nicholas Kapsos (eventual 6th; 3:54).
113 — Wellington’s Ryan King (9th-3A) pinned his way through the preliminary rounds (3 falls), then decisioned Timber Creek’s Fernando Dominguez (17th-3A; pin & decision prior to final), 6-3, in the championship match. No Sandalwood wrestlers in the weight class.
120 — Master’s Academy’s Brandon Cody (7th-1A) bonus-pointed through the first three rounds (2 pins & major), then took a 6-3 decision in the final over Wellington’s Ethan Howard (15th-3A at 126; 2 pins & major prior to final). No Sandalwood wrestlers in the weight class.
126 — Timber Creek’s Jayden Tapia (3rd-3A) had two pins to reach the semis, then took two decisions for the bracket, the second of those a 3-1 win in the final over the hosts’ Rocco Senia (7th-1A; pin/major/decision prior to final). The Saints’ Juvens Augustin was sixth. After losing by tech to Cocoa Beach’s Ryan Beirne (20-4 in 5:28) in the round of 16, Augustin won three times on the back side to make podium (2:05 over Eau Gallie’s Eric Miller, 10-2 over Space Coast’s Dylan Rivera — Augustin had lost 11-9 to Rivera on Friday — and 9-1 over Leesburg’s Seth Brown, 20th-1A) before losing by fall (4:56) to Viera’s Andrew Pinzon (12th-2A) in the fifth-place match.
132 — Cocoa Beach’s Michael Watson (11th-1A) might have gone through the day unscored upon, with a 58-second fall and two shutouts, 8-0 in the semis and 1-0 in the final over Heritage’s Francois Ba (9th-2A; pin/major/decision prior to final). No Sandalwood wrestlers in the weight class.
138 — Wellington’s Jesse Weinberg (5th-3A) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with two pins and two majors, the second of those majors a 10-2 win over Lake Mary’s Alex Vazquez (pin/major/dec prior to final). Lavaughn Brown was third and a semifinalist. After wins over Viera’s Juan Gutierrez (:28, rd of 16)) and Heritage’s Zach Cook (11th-2A; 16-9, quarters) before falling, 18-4, to Weinberg in the semi. Brown responded with a 3-0 win for third over Palm Bay’s Braden Baxter (16th-1A).
145 — Wellington’s Lukas Forehand (3rd-3A) pinned his way through the draw, with four pins in all, the last in the final over Cocoa Beach’s James Clark-Herndon (5th-1A; 3 pins prior to final). The Saints’ McCall was fifth and Kirkpatrick 1-2 in the tournament. McCall lost by fall to Clark-Herndon (2:34) in the round of 16, but didn’t lose again, with pins over Master’s Academy’s Colin Brown (:31) and Kirkpatrick (3:35), then decisioned Eau Gallie’s Anthony Callahan (9-7 in sudden victory) and Lake Mary’s Ariel Petit (7-3) for fifth. Kirkpatrick pinned Wellington’s Cameron Gray (3:04) but then lost by fall to Forehand (2:14, his longest match of the tournament) on the front.
152 — Wellington’s Justin Henry (8th-3A) had a quarterfinal fall, then two decisions, pushing past the hosts’ Cameron Komat (11th-1A; 2 pins & tech prior to final), 8-7, for the title. The Saints’ Ramirez was 0-2, falling to Wellington’s Edol Adonis (9-5) on the front and to Space Coast’s Nathan Pyatt (1:28; he’d lost to Pyatt in the dual on Friday) on the back.
160 — Lake Mary’s Jared Purcell (8th-3A) pinned or teched through the bracket, needed just 1:11 in the final to fall Timber Creek’s Carson Rick (2 pins & decision prior to final) for the bracket. The Saints’ Joshua Brown was a semifinalist and placed third. Brown majored Satellite’s Caleb Griffith (12-0) and pinned Space Coast’s Lloyd Pankow (2:49; had won by fall over Pankow on Friday as well), then was the only wrestler not to be pinned by Purcell, losing by 20-4 tech fall in 2:49. Brown rallied with an 8-5 win over Palm Bay’s Anthony Holden in the third-place match.
170 — Eau Gallie’s Julian Stoneman had a quarterfinal pin, then won by decision twice, with an 11-5 win over Bayside’s Zander Owens (tech & decision prior to final) in the title match. The Saints’ Torres was 0-2, with losses on the front to Timber Creek’s Zach Hanks (1:16) and Lake Mary’s Ben Eppi (3:29) on the back.
182 — Palm Bay’s Matthew Lewis (4th-1A) bonus-pointed through the draw, with two pins and a major. Lewis falled Leesburg’s Delcory Allen (9th-1A; pin & decision prior to final) in 2:20 for the title. The Saints’ Parrish was 2-2 and was one match short of placing. Parrish majored Space Coast’s Shane Sutor (11-1; had pinned Sutor on Friday) in the round of 16, but then lost by fall to Allen (3:04) in the quarters. Parrish then decisioned Wellington’s Dakota Gray, 5-2, before losing by fall to eventual-5th Sebastian Macaulay of Suncoast in the consi semis.
195 — Lake Mary’s Dakota Phillips had two tight wins to get to the semis, where he had a pin and 9-0 major over Palm Bay’s Jahree Holmes (11th-1A; 2 pins & decision prior to final) in the championship match. The Saints’ Rosenberger was 1-2 in the tournament and one match short of placing. After a bye, Rosenberger lost by fall to Satellite’s Chris Morris (20th-1A; 2:54) in the quarters. He rallied with a pin over Heritage’s Daunte Daube (2:20), but then lost to Wellington’s Elijah Green (8th-3A; eventual-5th; :53) in the consi semis.
220 — Rockledge’s Devon Krajewski bonus-pointed through the bracket, with two pins and an 8-0 major in the final over Timber Creek’s Shamir Nelson (pin & decision prior to final). No Sandalwood wrestlers in the weight class.
285 — Rockledge’s Jordan Love (7th-1A) pinned through the weight class, with four falls in all. Love pinned Timber Creek’s Daniel Garcia (pin & 2 decisions prior to final) in 4:45 for first place. The Saints’ Martinez was 3-2 and was one match short of placing. In a pigtail match, Martinez pinned Cocoa Beach’s Remi Martinez, then lost by fall to Love (3:24) in the round of 16. Martinez then majored Heritage’s Williams Clement (14-0) and won by forfeit over Suncoast’s Teo Richards (7th-2A) before losing by fall to eventual-5th Carlos Gerardino of Palm Bay (14th-1A; 4:16) in the consi semis.
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