#RoadToTheShow: Clay Wins 21st In Row With 1A-4 Title

Clay wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate a 21st consecutive district championship after hosting and winning the 1A-District 4 meet Wednesday (Photo by Brian Huckelberry via Facebook).

North Florida Matmen staff report

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Clay couldn’t have asked for much more in how the Blue Devils won their 21st consecutive district title Wednesday afternoon.

The Blue Devils put 12 wrestlers into the final round of the 1A-District 4 tournament, with nine of them winning titles (including each of the final seven from 152 through 285), and will send their entire team to next week’s Region 1 tournament at Wakulla, after scoring 250 points as a team Wednesday.

Clay, which outpointed runnerup Bolles by 79 points for the title, had one third-place and one fourth-place wrestler in the tournament.

Blue Devil titlists were Luke Davis (120), Luke Boree (138), Cale Hoskinson (152), Tucker Reape (160), Isaiah Clifford (170), Jordan Bell (182), Joe Grelli (195), Garrett Tyre (220) and Derrek Mosley (285).

Bolles wrestlers and coaches with a runnerup team effort Wednesday at the 1A-District 4 tournament hosted by Clay (Photo submitted by Giovanni Dattoli via Facebook).

Bolles qualified out 11 for the region tournament, with two champions, four runners-up and five thirds. Jacob Witt (106) and Dalton Posick (132) brought home district titles for the Bulldogs.

Ridgeview outpointed Wolfson, 95-87, for third.

The Panthers qualified seven wrestlers for regions (two champs, one runnerup, two thirds and two fourths). Senior Gabe Guzman (145) and junior Matthew Rodriquez (126) were Ridgeview’s titlists.

Wolfson will take nine wrestlers to regions, with two runners-up, three thirds and four fourths. Bishop Snyder, in fifth with 54 points, qualified four wrestlers, with two runners-up, one third and one fourth.

University Christian moved three wrestlers through in finishing sixth with 42.5 points. Egan Gustilo (113) was the Christians’ lone champ; UCS also had one runnerup and one fourth.

Champions at the 1A-District 4 meet Wednesday. Front row, from left, are Jacob Witt (Bolles), Egan Gustilo (University Christian), Luke Davis (Clay), Matthew Rodriquez (Ridgeview), Dalton Posick (Bolles), Luke Boree (Clay) and Gabe Guzman (Ridgeview). Back row, from left, are Clay’s Cale Hoskinson, Tucker Reape, Isaiah Clifford, Jordan Bell, Joe Grelli, Garrett Tyre and Derrek Mosley (Photo submitted by Hunter Hill).

Baldwin had two fourths in placing seventh with 16 points, while Bradford was eighth with seven points and one fourth-place finisher.

Below follows a summary of the tournament:

106 — Witt (10th statewide per rankings updated tonight) won his third district title with a pin and two decisions, falling Bishop Snyder’s Ian Hall (1:14) and taking wins over Clay’s Maverick Rainwater (10-8) and University Christian’s Jayce Paridon (11th), 7-5 in sudden victory. Paridon advanced to the final behind a 5-2 semifinal win over Ridgeview’s Blake Pu. Pu then falled Hall (:49) in the consi semis to face Rainwater, who had a bye in that round. Rainwater won by pin in the third-place match (4:50).

113 — Gustilo (4th) won his first district title, dominating the bracket with an 18-second semifinal pin over Bolles’ Bryson Hubbard and a third-period technical fall over Clay’s Dalton Huckelberry (16th; 16-1 in 4:58). Huckelberry pinned Wolfson’s Liam Strange (1:25) in the semis;; Hubbard then falled Strange in 32 seconds in the third-place match.

120 — Davis (6th) won his third district title, and second with the Blue Devils, pinning his way through the draw with falls over Ridgeview’s Robby Morris (:29), Wolfson’s Andrew Harbin (:46) in the semis and Bishop Snyder’s Christian Villanueva (2:58) in the title match. Villanueva reached the final with a 25-second pin over Bolles’ Thomas Holt in the semis. After receiving a bye in the consi semis, Harbin claimed third with a pin in 1 minute over Morris (7-4 winner over Holt in the consi semi).

126 — Rodriquez (2nd) won his fourth district title, third with the Panthers and second 1A-District 4 bracket win, with a 25-second pin over Bolles’ Denny Vohs (semis) and a first-period injury-default win over Clay’s Josh Kumpf. Kumpf had a forfeit and then shut out Wolfson’s Max Lewallen, 12-0, in the semis; Lewallen would punch his Wakulla ticket with a 15-7 consi-semi win over Bishop Snyder’s Austin Davoli (pigtail loss by fall in 2:59 to Vohs). Vohs, who won by forfeit in the consi semis, then edged Lewallen, 4-3, for third.

132 — Posick won his second district title and qualified for regions for the sixth time, with pins over Bradford’s Andrew Crews (:36) and Wolfson’s Emarre Campbell (3:13), plus a 6-0 decision in the final over Ridgeview’s Shawn Tahir. Tahir made final with a third-period fall (4:44) over Clay’s Aiden Mayo. Campbell took third with a bye into the third-place match, falling Mayo (win by pin in 2:09 over Crews in consi semi) in 2:23.

138 — Boree (12th) took his first title with preliminary-round pins over Baldwin’s Taylor Davenport (1:28) and Ridgeview’s Ian Finnorn (5:50), then finding a takedown in sudden victory to avenge a Clay Rotary loss to Bolles’ Tyson Riley (11th), 3-1. Riley secured his space in the final with a 45-second pin over Wolfson’s Nathan Shad. Finnorn had a bye in the consi semis, then falled Davenport (pin in 2:55 over Shad in the consi semis) in 55 seconds for third place.

145 — Guzman (7th) won his third district title and first in 1A with a semifinal pin (1:25) over Wolfson’s Gavin Hill and 1-0 decision over Clay’s Dominic Martin (16th) in the title match. Martin reached the final with a 12-1 major over Bolles’ Julian Morris, who took third with a 10-second consi-semi pin over Bishop Snyder’s Joseph Miranda (lost by fall in :25 in a pigtail to Hill) and then a fall (2:47) over Hill in the medal match.

152 — Hoskinson (4th) won his third district title with a pair of first-period pins, falling BIshop Snyder’s Jamil Johnson (1:28, semis) and then pinning Wolfson’s Cameron Frison (1:10) in the championship. Frison reached the final with a semifinal pin (4:54) over Bolles’ Skylar Malone, who’d pinned Ridgeview’s Dylan Brown (:22) in a pigtail. Malone then had a bye into the third-place match, where he falled Johnson (winner by fall in :42 over Brown in consi semi) in 3:21 to take the bronze.

160 — After a three-year hiatus from wrestling, Reape won his first district title with two pins over Wolfson’s Lyric Richardson (3:23) in the semis and then over Bishop Snyder’s Clayton Beasley (1:46) for the title. Beasley falled Baldwin’s Johnatan Santiago (1:53, pigtail) and University Christian’s Matthew Flores (3:10) in the semi in order to reach the final. Brill (3:53 over Flores) and Santiago (2:13 over Richardson) punched their region tickets with pins in the consi semis, with Brill winning by fall in 55 seconds for third.

170 — In a two-person bracket, Clifford (12th) needed just one match and 1:20 for his first title, pinning Wolfson’s Elijah Giles in the final.

182 — Bell (20th) took a semifinal pin over Ridgeview’s Spencer Robertson (1:20), then avenged a Rotary loss to Bolles’ Ethan Asbury (19th), taking a 3-1 win in the final. Asbury got to the title match with an 8-5 semifinal win over University Christian’s Jackie Dinh. Robertson (who’d won by fall in 1:27 over Bishop Snyder’s Carson Bowers in a pigtail), had a bye into the third-place match, where he pinned Dinh (consi-semi pin over Bowers in 3:17) in 1:20 for the win.

195 — Grelli (10th) won his second district title the moment he made weight, as the only 195 in the bracket.

220 — Tyre (7th) won his first district title, with a semifinal pin over Wolfson’s Shydeim Deas (1:02), then was the third Blue Devil to avenge a Rotary loss, taking down Bolles’ Jack Pyburn (6th), 7-3, in the championship match. Pyburn reached the final with pins over Baldwin’s Samuel Barnum (:43) in a pigtail and Bradford’s Michael McDuffie (3:04) in the semis. Bishop Snyder’s Angel Lecointe, who’d lost in a pigtail to Deas (1:41), would avenge that loss as well, with pins over McDuffie (4:09) in the consi semis and over Deas (who pinned Barnum in 2:11 in the semis) in 1:13 to take third.

285 — Mosley (7th) won his first district title, with a semifinal pin over Bradford’s Austin Varnes (1:18) and an 11-3 major over Bolles’ Cam Neal in the title match. Neal falled Ridgeview’s Keegan Powell (:35) in a pigtail and Wolfson’s Tavion Ford (1:27) in the semis. After a bye in the consi semis, Ford falled Varnes (consi-semi winner by pin in 1:38 over Powell) in 1:13 to take third place.

Complete brackets from this tournament can be found HERE.

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