By SHANNON HEATON
North Florida Matmen
NEPTUNE BEACH — When the wrestling calendar ticks over to February, the days feel like moments.
For the seniors competing at their schools’ Senior Nights their time on the mat — whether a 6-minute decision or a 10-second fall — the moment will one day be just a blink.
Wednesday night, at Fletcher’s Senior Night, the Senators seized enough moments, including seven wins in a row between 120 and 160, to take a 54-18 victory over Nease in their final dual of 2019-20.
“There’s always room for improvement every time you go out,” Fletcher coach David Harrison said. “But, in most of the matches, we should have been favored.
“I’m mystified by a couple of weights, but, overall, we wrestled fairly well.”
The teams traded points at 106 and 113, with the Senators’ Ana Bradshaw (1:06 at 106) and Panthers’ Trevion Demus (:11 at 113) both recording falls.
Fletcher then went on a tear, starting with pins from Hayden North (came from behind for a second-period fall in 3:52 at 120), Gabriel Daltro (:19 at 126) and Kaden Solomon (1:33 at 132 after giving up the first takedown).
But the momentum of the dual was effectively decided at 138, when senior Tyriek Caldwell rallied from a 4-1 deficit to secure a third quarter takedown that effectively forced overtime, then was awarded a penalty point in sudden victory for a 6-5 win.
From there, fellow Senator seniors Tyson Petrie (2:22 at 145), Joel Rodriguez (:54 at 152) and Tyler Dalldorf (2:26 at 160) all had falls to put Fletcher up by 39, 45-6, with five weights to go.
Nease rallied with back-to-back wins on a first-period pin from Colin White (1:28 at 170) and an injury-default win in the second period for Mario Powers (182).
“Colin has been solid for us the whole year; we’re going to miss him next year,” Panthers coach Bradley Lucas said. “And Tre (Demus) had a nice win too.
“We’ve got things that needed to be tightened up. We’re getting there. Still rebuilding.”
The final contested match saw the Senators’ Ethan Hollenbach wrap up with a 7-1 decision; Fletcher got a forfeit at 285 as well.
“We want to build on, we don’t want to tear down,” Harrison said. “Tonight told me who we’re taking and not taking (this weekend) to the Braves Invitational (hosted by Lake Gibson).”
Complete results for the dual can be found HERE.
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