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#TheRecap: Wakulla Wrangles Gator Brawl Win

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Wakulla wrestlers and coaches with their championship trophy won Saturday at Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl (Photo submitted by Jennifer Calhoun via Facebook).

North Florida Matmen staff report

WEWAHITCHKA — Looking at just the point total, Wakulla’s 418-point team effort at last weekend’s Gator Brawl looks pretty good.

Which asks the question, how good is pretty good?

The bottom seven teams in the tournament combined for 436 points, with 71 wrestlers (including a group of their own teammates) to the War Eagles’ 17. The combined effort of third-place Columbia and fourth-place Chiles — both of which have had plenty of successes on their own this year — was just a point and a half better than Wakulla’s, and with 11 more wrestlers in the group to choose from.

Yep, that 418-point team effort looks pretty good indeed. The Gator Brawl served as Wakulla’s final tuneup just prior to the FHSAA 1A state dual team tournament, which kicks off Friday afternoon with a dual against Clay for the Region 1 title.

Wakulla outdistanced runnerup Pace, 418-253.5, for the team title. Columbia was third with 214 points and Chiles fourth at 205.5, with Mosley (185) wrapping up the top five with 185 points.

The second five teams were Gulf Breeze (177.5), Arnold (174.5), Raines (159), Crestview (128.5) and Ridgeview (110).

Rounding out the remainder of the field were Choctaw (112), Marianna (106), Rutherford (99), Tate (93), First Baptist Christian (77.5), Bay (73), South Walton (68.5), Rocky Bayou Christian (61.5), Wewahitchka (61), Bozeman (60), Wakulla’s B group (56.5) and North Bay Haven (55.5).

Below follows a summary of the tournament, along with eligible* top-eight wrestlers noted:

106:
Pool A: Chiles’ Garrett Marschka (19th-2A) won the pool with seven pins, a tech fall and 14-2 major over Gulf Breeze’s Nate Weber in Round 9, the championship match of the pool. Weber (8-1, 4 pins, 2 techs, forfeit and major) majored Mosley’s Cole Bell, 14-2, for second place. Bell (7-2, 7 pins) won by first-period fall in Round 9 to claim third in the pool.
Pool B: Wakulla’s Julian Harvey (7th-1A) won the pool with six pins, a forfeit, an 11-2 major and an 8-4 decision in Round 9 over Columbia’s Brett Millard (9th-2A) in the pool championship match. Millard (8-1, 7 pins & medical forfeit) falled Ridgeview’s Blake Pu in Round 8 for effective second. Pu (7-2, 5 pins, medical forfeit & decision) beat Wakulla B’s Conner Brown, 5-3, in Round 2 for effective third. Brown was 6-3, with a pin, two forfeits, two majors and a decision.
Crossover: In the title match, Marschka held down Harvey, 1-0, for the title, while Millard decisioned Weber, 4-1, for third. Bell edged Pu, 3-2, for fifth, and Brown won by a 12-1 major for seventh.

113:
Pool A: Raines’ DaQuan King (3rd-1A) won the pool, going 8-0 with seven pins and an 8-3 decision over Wakulla’s George Hernandez (4th-1A) in Round 9. Hernandez was 7-1, with all victories by pin, including a fall in Round 1 over Arnold’s Lucas Biddle (16th-1A) for second place. Biddle had a 6-2 record, with five pins and a major, falling teammate Porter Beach in 5:01 for third in the pool. Beach was fourth, going 5-3 with five pins.
Pool B: Chiles’ Hunter Brown (9th-2A) didn’t know his Round 1 win by decision, 13-12, would be enough to win the pool, but Brown would finish the pool at 8-0, with seven pins. Choctaw’s David Tambula (15th-2A) was third with a 6-2 record, with three pins, one tech and two decisions, with a 10-9 win in Round 5 over Ridgeview’s Kaden Tibbetts. Tibbetts was 5-3, with four pins and a tech.
Crossover: King falled Brown in 5:03 for his eighth pin of the tournament. Hernandez won by fall in the first period to claim third place, while Biddle pinned Tambula in 1 minute to claim fifth. Beach was seventh, with a 6-4 decision over Tibbetts.

120:
Pool A: Raines’ Kyle Hopkins (3rd-1A) lost his first match by injury-default, but then ran the table to go 6-1 in the group, with two pins, two medical forfeits, one tech fall and a 12-5 decision over Pace’s Derrick Lancero (2nd-2A) in Round 3. Lancero was also 6-1, with three techs and three IDs/medical forfeits to place second, including a tech (17-1 in 4:57) in round 1 over Wewahitchka’s Conner Roberts. Roberts was 5-2, with three pins, a medical forfeit and 9-8 decision in Round 6 over Wakulla’s Juan Jimenez. Jimenez took fourth in the group, going 4-3 with two pins and two medical forfeits.
Pool B: Wakulla’s Raymond Hatchman (18th-1A) was 7-0 to take the pool win, with four pins, a medical forfeit, major and decision. His Round 1 fall over Bay’s Jamie Balmeceda was the effective pool championship match. Balmeceda was 5-2, with three pins, a medical forfeit and tech fall and was second on the basis of points over Gulf Breeze’s Logan Merritt and Arnold’s Will Ashby, both of whom were also 5-2. Merritt had two pins, an injury-default and two decisions, while Ashby had three pins, an injury default and decision.
Crossover: Hopkins won the title with a semifinal pin over Balmeceda (1:25) and 12-3 major over Lancero in the title match. Lancero downed Hatchman, 4-2, in the semis, with Hatchman coming back for a 10-6 third-place win over Balmeceda. Roberts was fifth, with decisions over Merritt (10-9) and Ashby (fall over Jimenez in 5:39 in semi; 5-3 in sudden victory). Merritt then pinned Jimenez in :22 for seventh.

126:
Pool A: Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez (1st-1A) was 8-0 to win the pool, with seven falls in 3:53 and a 10-0 major in Round 6 over Pace’s Ethan Billhimer (10th-2A) in the pool championship match. Billhimer was 6-2 and took second, with four pins and two techs, including a 24-second fall over Columbia’s Cooper Mote (also 6-2, 5 pins and tech) to determine second and third. Mote falled Choctaw’s Deagan Kilpatrick for third; Kilpatrick, in turn, was 5-3, with three pins, a tech and decision for fourth.
Pool B: Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott was 8-0, with six pins, a tech fall and a 7-4 win in Round 9 that was good for the pool championship match. Wakulla’s Jae Thaxton was 6-2, with four pins, a tech and a win by disqualification for third place. Thaxton pinned Arnold’s Spencer Korol in Round 6 for effective third; Korol was 5-3, with four pins and a tech to place fourth.
Crossover: Rodriquez took a 4-minute tech fall, 19-4, over Elliott in the championship match, and won the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for the lower weights. Meanwhile, Billhimer won by fall in 2:25 in the third-place match. Thaxton majored Mote, 12-2, for fifth place, and Korol downed Kilpatrick, 11-6, for seventh.

132
Pool A: Mosley’s Nick Hejke (7th-2A) won the pool with a 9-0 record, with seven pins and two medical forfeits. In Round 6, Hejke pinned Chiles’ Alex Adkins in 1:49, in what was the effective championship match. Adkins took second with an 8-1 record, with five pins, a forfeit, tech fall and 11-7 decision, clinching second with a Round 4 third-period fall (4:32) over Wewahitchka’s Jaden Moseley. Moseley was 6-3, with four pins and two technical falls, with a Round 1 fall (3:14) over Choctaw’s Steven Banfield for third. Banfield was 5-4, with two pins, two IDs/medical forfeits and a tech fall to place fourth.
Pool B: Wakulla’s Matthew Owen (3rd-1A) won the pool with a 9-0 record, with eight pins and a 3-2 decision in Round 9 over Columbia’s Ian McGuigan (11th-2A at 126) for the pool championship. McGuigan was 8-1, with six pins, a tech and a 12-2 major in Round 3 over Pace’s Atticus Waters for second. Waters was third at 7-2 in the pool, with all victories by fall. His Round 2 pin over South Walton’s Canyon Dart was good for third; Dart, in turn, was 5-4, with two pins, two techs and a decision.
Crossover: Owen won by fall over Hejke in 4:46 for the overall championship, with McGuigan taking a first-period pin for third place over Adkins. Moseley held off Waters, 7-2, in placing fifth, while Dart pinned Banfield in 4:35 for seventh.

138
Pool A: Columbia’s Alex McGuigan (5th-2A at 132) was the pool champion, going 8-0, with two pins, three medical forfeits, a major and a 7-1 decision in Round 3 over Chiles’ Olufemi Egberonbe (18th-2A) for the pool victory. Egberongbe was 7-1, with two pins, three forfeits, a major and decision, with that decision — a 13-7 win over Gulf Breeze’s Dylan Lawrence (12th-2A) good for second. Lawrence was 6-2, with four pins, an injury default and 15-3 major in Round 5 over First Baptist Christian’s Jordan Mills for third. Mills was 5-3, with three pins and two medical forfeits.
Pool B: Mosley’s Jaylan Griffin was 9-0, with eight pins and a 12-2 major in Round 8 over Columbia’s Thomas Greene (19th-2A) for the effective pool championship. Greene was 8-1 in the pool for second, with all victories by fall, including a Round 3 fall over Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick (15th-1A) for second. Merrick finished the pool at 7-2, with seven pins for third, including a Round 4 pin over Chiles’ Preston Scoggins. Scoggins had five pins and a major in taking fourth with a 6-3 record.
Crossover: McGuigan took the overall title with a 7-2 decision in the championship match over Griffin. Egberongbe edged Greene, 6-5, in the third-place match, while Lawrence falled Merrick in 4:16 for fifth and Mills pinned Scoggins in 4:33 for seventh.

145
Pool A: Wakulla’s Noah Wilson (4th-1A) won the pool with a 9-0 record, with seven pins, a 18-3 tech and a 4-1 decision in Round 9 over Mosley’s Logan Gall (11th-2A) for the pool championship. Gall was 8-1, with six pins, one tech and one 13-2 major in Round 3 over Rocky Bayou Christian’s Wyatt Kirkpatrick (18th-1A). Kirkpatrick was 7-2, with six pins and a 5-3 win for third over Chiles’ Andrew Mullins, who in turn finished the pool at 6-3, with all victories by pin.
Pool B: Ridgeview’s Gabe Guzman (8th-1A) also was 9-0 in pool competition, winning the pool with four pins, a medical forfeit, tech fall, major and decision. Guzman’s Round 4 tech fall (19-3 in 5:12) over First Baptist Christian’s Tyson Mills was the effective pool championship match. Mills was 8-1, with six pins, a medical forfeit and 12-9 decision in Round 5 over Columbia’s Daveyon Brown. Brown was 7-2, with five pins, a medical forfeit and a technical fall (17-2 in 5:28) in Round 1 over Pace’s Kevin Burgess for effective third. Burgess was 6-3, with four pins, a medical forfeit and win by disqualification, for fourth.
Crossover: Wilson won the overall title with a 3-1 decision over Guzman, while Gall majored Mills, 14-4, in the third-place match. For fifth, Kirkpatrick turned back Brown, 7-1, while Burgess edged Mullins, 4-3, for seventh.

152
Pool A: Wakulla’s Chase Roberts (10th-1A) was 8-0 to win the pool, with six pins, a medical fofeit and a decision. Roberts’ fall in Round 7 over Pace’s Joseph Cortez (4:22) was good for the pool championship. Cortez finished second at 7-1, with six pins and a 7-4 decision over Mosley’s Jonathan Griffin in Round 3. Griffin was 6-2, with five pins and a medical forfeit for third, pinning Choctaw’s Sherman Fuller in Round 2 (2:43). Fuller had a 5-3 record, all wins by pin, to take fourth in the pool.
Pool B: Columbia’s Obie Smith (6th-2A) won the pool with a 7-0 record, taking six pins and a 10-2 major in Round 9 over Arnold’s Nick Kendrick (13th-1A) for the pool championship. Kendrick was 6-1, with four pins, a medical forfeit and a tech fall; his pin in Round 1 over South Walton’s John Lopez was enough for second. Lopez was 5-2, with three pins, a medical forfeit and a decision; his Round 9 fall (4:47) over Rocky Bayou’s Calvin Wells was the difference between third and fourth. Wells was 4-3, with three pins and a medical forfeit.
Crossover: Roberts shut out Smith, 6-0, in the overall championship, while Cortez held off Kendrick in the third-place match, 3-1. Griffin pinned Lopez early in the second period (2:35) for fifth, while Fuller majored Wells, 16-8, for seventh.

160
Pool A: Marianna’s Chase Maddox (8th-1A) won the pool with a 7-0 record, with six pins and a tech fall. In Round 9, Maddox pinned Columbia’s Preston O’Quinn in 2:48 for the pool championship match. O’Quinn was 6-1, with four pins, a tech fall and 10-1 major over Pace’s Brody Andrews in Round 7. Andrews was 5-2, with four pins and a technical fall for third, with a Round 3 fall over Columbia’s Jesse Bragdon (1:17). Bragdon was 4-3, with three pins and a decision, in taking fourth.
Pool B: Wakulla’s Cole Baggett (6th-1A) pinned his way through the pool, going 9-0 with nine pins in 8:27 of wrestling. Baggett’s 49-second fall over Mosley’s Kaydon Lester in Round 9 was the effective pool championship match. Lester was 8-1, with five pins, a major and two decisions in taking second in the pool, with a 20-second pin over Wakulla B’s Dylan Harvey. Harvey was third at 6-3, with five pins and an 8-4 decision over Arnold’s Max Gaylord. Gaylord was fourth in the pool at 5-4, with five pins.
Crossover: Baggett took the title with a fall (his 10th of the tournament) in 2:56 in the overall championship match over Maddox. Baggett was the only wrestler in the tournament to pin his way through any weight class. O’Quinn held off Lester, 6-1, for third place, while Harvey falled Andrews in 4:18 for fifth. Bragdon won by forfeit over Gaylord for seventh.

170
Pool A: Marianna’s John Maddox won the pool (5th-1A), with a 9-0 record generated by six pins, a medical forfeit and pair of decisions, including an 8-3 win in Round 9 for the pool championship over Wakulla’s Jackson Osteen (10th-1A). Osteen was 8-1, with five pins, a tech fall and two decisions, with the second of those a 2-1 win in Round 8 over teammate Jayvon Brown (19th-1A) for second. Brown had a 7-2 record, with six pins and a major, including a fall in 3:20 over Pace’s Aiden Bryan for effective third. Bryan was 5-4, with three pins and two majors, and finished fourth.
Pool B: Although he took a loss in Round 5, Chiles’ Kevonte Times (18th-2A) won the pool with an 8-1 record, with seven pins and a decision. Columbia’s Joseph Rice, who knocked off Times, 8-6, also was 8-1 with seven pins and a decision, with a 10-9 loss in Round 4. That loss came at the hands of Raines’ Raynarde Thomas (4th-1A), who also was 8-1 with seven pins and a decision; Thomas lost, 11-4, in Round 9 to Times.
Crossover: Times took an 11-9 decision for the overall championship over Maddox. Osteen won by injury default early in the third period over Rice, while Brown won with an escape in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 3-2 win over Thomas for fifth. Bryan finished eighth, losing by fall in the first period. However, for his actions in the final round of pool competition, Bryan was named as the tournament’s upperweight Outstanding Wrestler.

182
Pool A: Chiles’ Kyle McGill (6th-2A) won the pool with a 9-0 record, taking eight pins and an 18-5 major in Round 1. McGill’s third-period fall over Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves (5:07) in Round 9 was the effective championship match. Reeves was 7-2, with five pins, a forfeit and an 8-0 major over Mosley’s Noe Pena in Round 2. Pena had a 6-3 record, with four pins, a forfeit and win by decision. Pena pinned Marianna’s Christian Cosson (16th-1A) in 4 minutes in Round 1 for the effective third; Cosson was also 6-3, with five pins and a decision (he had beaten Reeves in Round 4 by a 6-5 count) for fourth.
Pool B: Pace’s Gabe Jacobs (10th-2A) was 7-0 to win the pool, with six pins and a forfeit on the day. His Round 7 fall (1:22) over Ridgeview’s Spencer Robertson was the effective championship match. Robertson had a 6-1 pool record to place second, with five pins and a forfeit. Wakulla’s Tyler Edenfield was fourth in the group, finishing 4-3 with all wins by pin.
Crossover: Jacobs won the title with a fall in 1:11 over McGill, completing a max-point tournament. while Reeves won by fall (4:27) over Robertson for third place. Pena took a 4-3 decision in finishing third, while Edenfield held on for a 10-8 win over Cosson in picking up seventh.

195
Pool A: Columbia’s Shawn Raggins was second in the pool, with a 4-1 record, all wins by pin (his loss also was by fall). Raggins pinned Arnold’s Tyler Lewis (1:04) in Round 6 to effectively clinch second. Lewis, in turn, was 3-2, with all wins by pin, including a fall in Round 3 (1:40) over Choctaw’s Caden Nimmo. Nimmo was 2-3 for fourth in the pool, with two pins.
Pool B: Wakulla’s John Trevor Hinsey (2nd-1A) was 6-0 in winning the pool, with four pins and two decisions. His Round 2 6-5 win over Pace’s Wyatt Dillon (16th-2A) was the effective pool championship match. In finishing second, Dillon was 5-1, with all wins by pin. Dillon falled Chiles’ Austin Wheeler (11th-2A) in Round 4 (4:49) for effective second, as Wheeler was 4-2, with all wins by pin. Wheeler pinned Raines’ Jamari Watson (1:32) for effective third. Watson had a 3-3 pool record, with two pins and a decision.
Crossover: Hinsey had two pins, falling Raggins (1:02) in the semis and by third-period fall (5:31) to take the championship. Dillon, who’d lost 3-1 in the semis, majored Raggins, 11-3, for third. In the fifth-place bracket, Watson pinned Lewis (2:41) and decisioned Wheeler, 8-5, for fifth. Lewis falled Nimmo, who’d lost by fall to Wheeler (1:52) in 3:33 for seventh.

220
Pool A: Wakulla’s Slade Watkins (5th-1A) won the pool, going 8-0 with eight pins, with just one going past the first period. His Round 4 pin over Gulf Breeze’s Bryson Wick (1:35) was the effective championship match. Wick was 6-2 in taking second, with four pins, a medical forfeit and decision, with a 46-second fall over South Walton’s Nick Lee for effective second. Lee was also 6-2, with five pins and a medical forfeit; his Round 9 fall over Marianna’s Roosevelt Williams (1:07) sealed third. Williams was 5-3 for fourth, with all wins by fall.
Pool B: Crestview’s Kennard Madden (9th-2A) was 8-0, all victories by pin in a combined total of 7:16. Madden’s fall in 2:24 (his longest match of the pool) in Round 8 over Mosley’s Logan Strickland was the effective pool championship match. Strickland was 7-1, with six pins and a decision. He pinned Arnold’s Justin Harry (5:15) in Round 1 for effective second. Harry, in turn, was 6-2 with five pins and a 17-3 major in Round 5 over Bay’s Dexter Anderson for effective third. Anderson was 5-3 for fourth, with four pins and a medical forfeit.
Crossover: Watkins decisioned Madden, 9-2, for the overall championship, while Strickland pinned Wick in 2:52 for third. Harry took fifth with a fall in 2:56 over Lee, while Anderson pinned Williams in :53 to finish seventh.

285
Pool A: Wakulla’s Jayven Hearns won the group with a 9-0 record, max-pointing through the pool, with eight pins and a medical forfeit. Gulf Breeze’s Cameron Anderson was fourth in the pool at 6-3, with five pins and a medical forfeit.
Pool B: Pace’s Cam Goodenow (9th-2A) was second in the pool, finishing it with a 5-1 record, with all wins by pin, including a 4-3 loss. Goodenow’s fall in 57 seconds over Rocky Bayou Christian’s Kyle Burden was for effective second. Burden was 3-3 for third, with three pins, including a 45-second fall in Round 5 over Crestview’s Rolando Hernandez. Hernandez was also 3-3, with three pins.
Crossover: Hearns took second, with a 3-2 loss in the overall championship. Goodenow needed just 50 seconds to win by fall for third, while Burden won by fall in 2:54 for fifth. In the seventh-place match, Hernandez pinned Anderson in :57.

* — Editor’s Note: Due to missing results, four teams could not be fully recapped here. Coaches can get with Matmen at any time to provide those missing results.

Complete results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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