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#TheRecap: Fletcher Returns To Gateway Top, Makes History

North Florida Matmen staff report

JACKSONVILLE — A little history was made last weekend at the Gateway Conference.

And, at the same time, there was a sense of deja vu.

Fletcher, which had won Gateway Conference titles most recently in 2014, 2017 and 2018, returned to the top of the conference heap Saturday afternoon at home. The Senators were the only team in the 15-team field with a full lineup, and used that depth to push past Robert E Lee at the top of the table, outpointing the Generals, 177-146.5.

The Senators had four individual champions, with junior Ana Bradshaw making the history. In winning the conference title at 106, Bradshaw — the first Gateway female placewinner back in 2018 — became the first female champion.

Bradshaw was joined by fellow Senators Ethan Hollenbach (220-2nd title) and first-time winners Gabriel Daltro (126) and Joel Rodriguez (152), along with five additional placewinners.

Robert E Lee also had nine placewinners in taking second, with one champion in two-time Gateway winner Ahmahd Denmark (160).

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Raines outpointed Englewood, 132-107, for third. The Vikings brought just six wrestlers to the tournament, but five of them — DaQuan King (113), Kyle Hopkins (120), Raynarde Thomas (170), Jamari Watson (195) and Jamon Goodwine (285) — won titles, with King and Goodwine taking their second Gateway wins, and had six finalists.

Englewood’s Lynden North (132) led the Rams as a conference champion, while First Coast took fifth with 96 points and one conference champion in Josiah Mossor (145). Westside was sixth, with 84 points, while Sandalwood was seventh (74), with one champion in two-time Gateway champ Lavaughn Brown (138). Mandarin, led by first-time champion Tony Carter (182), was eighth with 66.

Stanton was ninth with 52 points, followed by Atlantic Coast (26.5), Wolfson (26), Paxon (24), Terry Parker (23), Ed White (18.5) and Baldwin (three).

Below follows a summary of the tournament:

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Fletcher’s Ana Bradshaw with her 106-lb bracket after winning the Gateway title on Saturday, along with her finals opponent, Lee’s Ricky Hicks (Photo submitted by Lee Ann Bradshaw via Facebook).

106: In a four-person bracket, Bradshaw (4th in 2018, injured last year) had a bye into the finals, where she pinned Lee’s Ricky Hicks in 1:23 for her first title and the first title won by a female in Gateway history. Hicks got to the final with a fall over Stanton’s Kenneth Caldeo (1:57, pigtail) and major over Westside’s Deshawn Reaves (17-8, semis). Caldeo then pinned Reaves in 3:17 for third.

Check out ActionSportsJax’s feature on Bradshaw HERE: https://www.actionnewsjax.com/sports/making-history-fletcher-high-school-student-first-girl-win-wrestling-tournament-weight-class/GCBDLL6D4BHIXBAXF2JGGVE5MM/?_website=cmg-tv-10050

113: Raines sophomore DaQuan King won his second Gateway title with three pins, falling Mandarin’s Devin Foster (5:42, quarters), Atlantic Coast’s Eric Harper (1:27, semis) and Englewood’s Raequan Staples in 25 seconds in the championship match. Staples majored First Coast’s Ian Leschinskey (17-9, quarters) and decisioned Westside’s Ollean Hickmon (11-6, semis) to get to the final. Harper wrestled back for third with a third-period tech fall (19-2 in 4:48) over Foster.

120: In his first Gateway tournament, Raines senior Kyle Hopkins pinned his way through the draw, with pins over Mandarin’s Ethan Harvey (1:48, semis) and Lee’s Jamal Burkes (2:39, championship match). Burkes, also in his first tournament, won by forfeit in the quarters and then pinned Westside’s Jacare Johnson (3:32) in the semis. Johnson wrestled back for third with an 11-4 decision over Fletcher’s Josh Daltro.

126: Fletcher junior Gabe Daltro broke through for his first Gateway title after fourths in 2018 (at 113) and 2019 (at 120) for Sandalwood. Daltro had two pins, over Englewood’s Ricardo Rivera-Resto (:24, quarters) and Westside’s Nathan Williams (:58, semis), then downed former Saints teammate Juvens Augustin, 6-1, in the final. Augustin reached the title round with pins over Wolfson’s Max Lewallen (4:43, quarters) and Mandarin’s Tristan Garcia (5:36, semis). Garcia won twice for third, with a 6-5 decision over Lewallen in the place match.

132: Englewood sophomore Lynden North (runnerup in 2019 at 138) pinned his way into the final with falls over Terry Parker’s Eljani Abraham (1:01, quarters) and Fletcher’s Kaden Solomon (2:00, semis), then took down Sandalwood’s Ben Peterson, 8-3, in the final. Peterson got to the championship match with victories over First Coast’s Jace Austin (18-10, quarters) and Wolfson’s Emarre Campbell, 6-2, in the semis. Westside’s Donovan White wrestled back to third behind three decisions, taking down Campbell, 4-2, in the place match.

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Sandalwood Gateway Conference champion Lavaughn Brown works a cradle toward a fall Friday night at the Gateway Conference meet at Fletcher (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

138: Sandalwood senior Lavaughn Brown won his second title (runnerup in 2018 at 152, 1st last year at 145), teching or pinning his way through the draw. Brown teched Fletcher’s Tyriek Caldwell (15-0 in 4:34, quarters) and pins over Ed White’s Sebastian Gonzalez (:19, semis) and Robert E. Lee’s Ty’Juan Jones (2:40, championship match). Jones pinned Paxon’s Ashton Burgess (:33, quarters) and Atlantic Coast’s Joel Dudley (3:49, semis) to get to the final. Caldwell came back for third with four wins on the bounce on the back side, shutting out Stanton’s Gabe Navarro, 6-0, for third.

145: First Coast junior Josiah Mossor (3rd in 2019 at 132) won his first Gateway title, pinning Englewood’s Gary Perez (1:18, quarters), majoring Sandalwood’s Jermell McCall (12-2, semis) and decisioned FLetcher’s Tyson Petrie, 4-1, in the final. Petrie pinned Westside’s Steven Millikin (1:49) in the quarters and then turned back Robert E. Lee’s Jeramiah Stevens, 6-4, in the semi. Stevens battled back for third with two wins, shutting out McCall, 2-0, in the third-place match.

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152: Fletcher junior Joel Rodriguez (3rd at 170 in 2019) bonus-pointed in two rounds to get to the final, with a pin over Englewood’s Rasean Rayam (1:46, quarters) and an 11-0 major over Paxon’s Michael Dramis in the semis before decisioning Robert E. Lee’s Savion Johnson, 4-1, for the weight-class win. Johnson had pins over Atlantic Coast’s Parsa Mokhlesabadi (:43, quarters) and Wolfson’s Cameron Frison (2:39, semis) to get to the championship match. Frison wrestled back for third with two wins, majoring Dramis, 13-3, in the place round.

160: Robert E Lee junior Ahmahd Denmark (2019 champ at 152) won his second title on Saturday, with early-round pins over First Coast’s Tyler Heflin (1:11, quarters) and Sandalwood’s Joshua Brown (2:53, semis). Denmark then teched Terry Parker’s Ashley Saddler, 15-0 in 5:06, for the bracket win. Saddler got to the finals with a forfeit in the quarters and third-period fall (5:17) over Fletcher’s Tyler Dalldorf in the semi. Dalldorf won twice on the back to wrestle back for third, downing Englewood’s Sam Howard, 4-3, in the place match.

170: Raines junior Raynarde Thomas (2nd in 2019 at 170) won his first Gateway title, pinning Englewood’s Jordan Mitchell (3:39, quarters), then knocking off 2019 champ DeVante Wyatt of First Coast, 10-5, in the semis and Westside two-time Gateway placer Angelo Philpot, 5-4, in the championship match. Philpot pinned Terry Parker’s Darius Farmer (:45, quarters) and majored Robert E Lee’s Vincente Waugh, 12-3, in getting to the final. Wyatt had two pins on the back to get back to third, falling Waugh in 2:59 in the place match.

182: Mandarin sophomore Tony Carter won his first Gateway title, pinning his way into the final with falls over Paxon’s Cameron Avery (1:38, quarters) and Robert E Lee’s Keshawn Waters (2:57, semis) before finding a takedown in sudden victory over Fletcher’s Stone Rockhill, 7-5, in the finals. Rockhill pinned Wolfson’s Elijah Giles (:38, rd of 16) and Westside’s John Merritt (5:15, semis), with a 13-12 win in the quarters over Stanton’s Timothy Sinclair, in reaching the title match. Englewood’s Darryl Sam won four matches on the back to take third, scoring a takedown in sudden victory over Sinclair, 6-4.

195: Raines sophomore Jamari Watson won his first Gateway title by pinning his way through the weight class, with falls over Atlantic Coast’s John Jonson (1:50, quarters), Robert E Lee’s Jeremy Porter (2:34, semis) and First Coast’s Hakeem Culberson (3:26, championship match). Culberson pinned Paxon’s Matthew Brunelli (:52, quarters) and a 7-1 decision over Stanton’s Charles Woo in the semis. Englewood’s Justin Mendez won four times on the back for third, winning by forfeit over Porter in the third-place match.

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Fletcher wrestlers and coaches celebrate their return to the top of the Gateway Conference at home Saturday afternoon (Photo submitted by Luci Tappin via Facebook).

220: Fletcher junior Ethan Hollenbach won his second Gateway title (1st in 2019 at 220), sandwiching a 7-3 semifinal win over Robert E Lee’s Craig Harper with pins, as he pinned Baldwin’s Samuel Barnum (1:15, quarters) and Raines’ Jalen Graham (4:56) in the championship match. Graham pinned Englewood’s Melvin Wiggins (1:15) in the quarters and First Coast’s Grayson Peterson (1:13) in the semis. Harper took two decisions for third, with a 3-2 win over Peterson in the place match.

285: Raines senior Jamon Goodwine won his second Gateway title (1st at 285 in 2019) with first-period pins over Englewood’s Isaiah Musca (1:31, quarters) and First Coast’s Dylan Lampkin (1:16, semis) before pushing past Westside’s Ray Bolden, 3-2, in the final. Bolden got to the championship match with a fall over Robert E Lee’s Edward Peterson (2:24, quarters) and a 7-3 win in the semis over Mandarin’s Nick Wilbur. Lampkin had two pins on the consi side for third, falling Ed White’s Salvador Rodriguez in 4:32 in the place match.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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