North Florida Matmen staff report
SMITHS STATION, AL — Ft Walton Beach made its second trip over to Alabama in as many weekends last weekend.
On the whole, it was a better visit than the first one. The Vikings finished second out of 23 teams in the tournament, scoring 174.5 points. Only Lee County (GA) finished ahead of Ft Walton Beach, winning the tournament with 253 points.
Host Smiths Station was third with 165 points, with two other Georgia teams, Vidalia (137.5) and La Grange (113), rounding out the top five. Milton was the only other Florida team in the tournament. The Panthers were tied for 18th with 43 points.
Below follows a description of the Ft Walton Beach and Milton wrestlers’ tournaments:
106 — FWB’s Reid Gannon was 3-2 in the tournament and finished in the top six. After a bye, Gannon decisioned Ridgeland GA’s Alden Barbar, 7-4, in the round of 16 before losing to eventual champ Shelby Fugate of Russell County AL in the quarters. Gannon then majored the hosts’ Timothy Luttrell, 9-0, in consi round 4 and teched Hardaway GA’s Robert Blair, 15-0, in the consi quarters before falling to Shaw GA’s Jet Le, 4-2, in the consi semis. Gannon’s teammate, Santiago Mayic, was 0-2 in the tournament.
120 (no locals at 113) — The Vikings’ Brandon Mallin (13th-2A) was second in the weight class, reaching the finals with a bye in the round of 32 and pins over Prattville AL’s Ryan Allen (:39) in the round of 16 and Kendrick GA’s Jaden Fuller (1:54) in the quarters. Mallin then majored Hardaway’s Omari Mayes, 18-6, before falling to the hosts’ Conner Prins in the title match, 5-3.
126 — FWB’s Weston Burbidge was 2-2 in the tournament; after a bye, he took an 11-5 loss in the round of 16 to Kendrick’s Terance Jackson. In the consis, Burbidge pinned Jeff Davis AL’s Eric Herbert in consi rd 2 and Hardaway’s Cayden Barker (:45) in consi rd 3 before falling, 4-2, to Pace Academy GA’s Sam Howe. Milton’s Brock Wells was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall on the front to the eventual champion.
132 — The Vikings’ Daruis Brundidge was 1-2 in the tournament, with a pin in the round of 32, while Milton’s Micah Kendrick was 0-2 in the tournament.
138 — Milton’s Brandon Nicholson was a quarterfinalist and reached the top six overall. Nicholson had pins on the front over Northside Columbus GA’s Caleb Dills (:36) and Chattahoochee County GA’s Jameson Tatum (:25) before losing by tech fall, 20-2, in the quarters to the eventual champion. Nicholson then pinned Opelika AL’s Keon Brazier and Auburn AL’s Trey Nelms before falling, 11-2, to La Grange’s Colin Cavender in the consi semis. FWB’s Martin Muniz got to the quarters on pins over Rome GA’s Zachary Rodin and the hosts’ Isaiyah Bostic before losing by fall to eventual runnerup Levi Fouts of Smiths Station in the quarters. Muniz did not compete in the consis.
145 — The Vikings’ Malachi Santiago reached the semifinals and placed fourth. Santiago had pins over Opelika’s Ari Brogdon and Lee County’s Evan Ashley (1:50) in the quarters before losing by fall to eventual champ Matt Callaway of La Grange in the semi. Santiago then pinned Vidalia’s Zachary Lyles in the consi semis before falling to Northside Columbus’ Jaxon Price, 7-6, in the third-place match. Milton’s Michael McCain was 1-2 in the tournament, with a backside win by forfeit before losing by fall to Lyles in consi round 4.
152 — FWB’s Jean Maldonaldo reached the semifinals and placed third. After a bye into the round of 16, Maldonaldo pinned Russell County’s Eduardo Hernandez and then shut out Swainsboro GA’s Kytle Phillips, 7-0, in the quarters before losing by fall to eventual champion Justin Gregory of Lee County. On the back side, Maldonaldo pinned Hardaway’s CK Holloway in the consi semis and majored La Grange’s Julian Santiago, 20-12, in the third-place match. Milton’s Joslyn Anderson was 0-2 in the tournament.
160 — The Vikings’ Caleb Tourgee reached the finals and was the runnerup. After a bye, Tourgee pinned Robert E Lee AL’s Jathian Taylor (1:48), Swainsboro’s Matthew Hackle (quarters) and Milton’s Daniel McDonal (1:46) in the semis before falling to Vidalia’s Dawson Campbell, 5-3, in the championship match. McDonal rallied from the semifinal loss to place fourth. On the front side, after a bye, McDonal pinned La Grange’s Tayvon Howard (:48, rd of 16) and Lee County’s David Lowe (1:30) in the quarters. After the loss to Tourgee, McDonal pinned Taylor in the consi semis but then fell to La Grange’s Jacob Anderson, 9-6, in the third-place match.
170 — FWB’s Carter Tobik was 2-2 in the tournament, with two back-side victories. Tobik fell, 11-3, to Prattville’s Grant Johnson, but then had, after two byes, a pin over Jeff Davis’ Alonzo Woods-Shelby in consi round 3 and forfeit in consi round 4 before losing by fall in the consi quarters to Ridgeland’s Matthew Ballew.
182 — The Vikings’ Patrick Adams reached the semifinals and placed third. On the front side, after a bye, Adams pinned Opelika’s Ken Felder (1:00, rd of 16) and decisioned Vidalia’s Eddie Wadley, 3-1, in the quarters before losing by fall (1:00) to Robert E Lee’s Dylan Burke in the semi. Adams then pinned Hardaway’s Walter Bland in the consi semis and decisioned Prattville’s Kurt Reichert, 3-1, in the third-place match.
195 — FWB’s Eddie Alexis reached the quarterfinals and was among the last six wrestlers left in the bracket. After a bye, Alexis pinned the hosts’ Robert Sanborn in the round of 16, but then fell to Lee County’s Aiden Chilson, 5-3, in the quarters. In the consis, Alexis pinned Swainsboro’s John White and decisioned Prattville’s Avery Johnson, 9-2 in the consi quarters before falling to Opelika’s Benjamin Daughtry, 14-2, in the consi semi.
220 — The Vikings’ Kaleb Williams (8th-2A) was a finalist in the weight class. Williams had a bye into the round of 16, then pinned Auburn’s Gavin Storm and decisioned Prattville’s Chad Nichols, 3-1, in the quarters and Smiths Station’s Kyle Watson, 4-3, in the semis. In the final, Williams lost in double-overtime to Russell County’s Colton Danielson, 5-3.
285 — Milton’s Alec Cavazos was 2-2 and was one match short of the top six. After a bye into the round of 16, Cavazos pinned Northside Columbus’ Jacob Brown, but then lost by fall (1:50) in the quarters to Robert E Lee’s Reggie Fowler. Cavazos pinned Northside’s Jacorey Johnson in consi round 4, but then fell in double-overtime to Smiths Station’s Steven Flagg, 3-2. FWB’s Spencer Mackenzie had more wins than Cavazos, going 3-2, on the weekend, but didn’t advance as far on the back. Mackenzie pinned Chattahoochee County’s Zander Reyes (:52), but then lost by fall to Flagg (1:50) in the round of 16. On the back, Mackenzie pinned the hosts’ Trent Harris and Kendrick’s Cameron Trimble (1:53), losing by fall in consi round 4 to Auburn’s Joseph Frazier.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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