North Florida Matmen staff report
CRAWFORDVILLE — For a decade now — and counting — Wakulla has been the powerhouse of small-school wrestling in northwest Florida.
Friday night, the War Eagles won their 10th consecutive district title, qualifying their entire team to next week’s Region 1 tournament back home with a 259.5-point team effort.
The War Eagles had a 92.5-point margin of victory over runnerup Suwannee, with 12 wrestlers in the final round Friday. Of those 12, nine went on to become individual champions, with three runners-up and two third-place finishers.
Julian Harvey (106), George Hernandez (113), Raymond Hatchman (120), Matthew Owen (132), Noah Wilson (145), Chase Roberts (152), Jayvon Brown (170), John Trevor Hinsey (195) and Slade Watkins (220) all took golds for Wakulla.
Suwannee qualified 11 wrestlers out in finishing second. The Bulldogs had three champions, five runners-up, two thirds and one fourth on the night.
Champions for the Bulldogs were Timothy Jolicoeur (126), Tyson Musgrove (138), and Blaine Howard (182).
Despite no champions, Florida High held off Marianna, 94-92, for third place, with Baker Cty just a few points back in fifth with 87.5. The Seminoles had seven qualifiers for regions, with three runners-up and four thirds.
Marianna also qualified seven to Wakulla next week, led by champion Chase Maddox (160). The Bulldogs also had one runnerup, three thirds and two fourths. Baker Cty qualified 10 wrestlers for regions, with one runnerup, one third and eight fourths.
Godby was sixth among full teams with 68.5 points. The Cougars qualified five wrestlers out, led by champion Joshua Yarbrough (285), along with one runnerup, one third and two fourths. Maclay School brought one wrestler to the tournament, but did not score.
Below follows a summary of the tournament:
106 — In a two-person bracket, Harvey (9th statewide) won his first district title with a 4-3 decision in the championship match over Suwannee’s Brody Boehm (16th statewide).
113 — Hernandez (5th statewide) had two pins for his second district title, falling Baker County’s Thomas Torres (1:57) and Suwannee’s Foster Swain (5 minutes) in the championship match. Swain got to the final with a semifinal pin over Marianna’s William Carrel (4:43). Carrel took third place with a fall in 2:30 over Torres.
120 — Hatchman (8th statewide) had a max-point tournament, with a semifinal pin over Godby’s John Breaux (:41), then a win by forfeit in the finals over Suwannee’s Xander Kirkland (10th statewide) for his first district title. Kirkland reached the final with a pin over Baker County’s Shane Bullard (2:28); Bullard then falled Breaux in 2:01 for third place.
126 — In his third district final, Jolicoeur (13th statewide) won his first title, majoring Wakulla’s Jae Thaxton, 9-1, in the semis, then winning by forfeit in the final over Florida High’s Tyler Reeve (3rd statewide). Reeve reached the final with a 37-second pin over Baker Cty’s David Jackson. Thaxton came back for third behind pins over Godby’s Tony Howie (1:56; earlier loss by fall in a pigtail to Jackson) and over Jackson (4:19) in the third-place match.
132 — Owen (3rd statewide) max-pointed through the tournament, with a semifinal pin over Marianna’s Dustin Arnold (1:29) and then a win by forfeit over Florida High’s Brooks Dyer (4th statewide) for his second district title. Dyer reached the final with an 11-9 semifinal win over Suwannee’s Jaxon Sansouci. Sansouci came back for third with two consi-side wins, first a fall in 1:39 over Baker Cty’s Juan Torres (loser by fall in a pigtail to Arnold) and then a 10-5 decision over Arnold for third place.
138 — Musgrove won twice over ranked opponents for his title, first falling Florida High’s Emil Ganim (17th at 126 statewide) in 4:30 in the semis, then holding down Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick (20th statewide), shutting off Merrick’s offense in a 2-0 championship win. Merrick earned his finals shot with a first-period fall (1:21) over Baker Cty’s Dylen Goldsmith. Ganim came back for third with a medical forfeit in the consi semis over Marianna’s Trett Phillips and fall over Goldsmith (2:26) for third place.
145 — Wilson (3rd statewide) won his second district title with a semifinal pin over Marianna’s Ethan Heinemann (1:40), then teched Suwannee’s Caleb Parsons, 17-0 in 4:29, in the final. Parsons reached the final with a third-period fall over Florida High’s Dennis Ganim (5:57). Ganim came back for third with a 22-second consi semi pin over Godby’s Kimmareous McCoy (loss by fall to Heinemann in a pigtail) and a 9-5 decision over Heinemann for third.
152 — Roberts (9th statewide) won his second district title (last won in 2018) with a pair of pins, first over Florida High’s Liam Hawkes (1:52) in the semi and then in the championship match over Suwannee’s Austin Howard (2:34). Howard reached the final with a pin over Baker Cty’s Branden Bradley, in 1:39. After a bye into the third-place match, Hawkes downed Bradley, 6-3, in the medal match. Bradley punched his Wakulla ticket with a 25-second consi-semi fall over Marianna’s Cody Lewis (earlier loss by fall in a pigtail, to Hawkes).
160 — In his third district final and second title (first for Marianna), Maddox (7th statewide) pinned Florida High’s Micah Perdue (8th statewide) in 3:19 in the semis, then came back to decision the hosts’ Cole Baggett (6th statewide) by a 4-2 count. Baggett reached the final with a fall over Baker Cty’s Clayton Dennison (1:47); Perdue came back for third with a 9-6 consi-semi win over Suwannee’s Jim King and fall over Dennison (4:48) in the third-place match.
170 — Brown (7th statewide) won his first district title behind a semifinal pin over Suwannee’s Dustin Wood (2:21), then found a scoring move to push past Marianna’s John Maddox (4th statewide), 5-3 in double overtime, for the championship win. Maddox reached the final with a fall over Florida High’s Diego Duprety (2:43); Wood came back for third behind pins over Baker Cty’s Caleb Smith (2:10) in the consi semis and Godby’s Thomas Branson (:41) for third. Branson punched his Wakulla ticket with a fall in 3 minutes over Duprey in the consi semis.
182 — In his third district final, Howard (16th statewide) had two pins and a decision, with falls over Maclay’s Joe Butler (:53) and Marianna’s Christian Cosson (3:14), then decisioned the War Eagles’ Jackson Osteen (10th statewide), 12-5, in the finals round. Osteen pinned Baker Cty’s Toby Kinghorn (2:22) in the semis; Cosson (18th statewide) had two max-point wins to wrestle back for third, with an injury-default win over Florida High’s Collin Bishop and third-place fall over Kinghorn (2:33). Kinghorn secured his region space with a pin in 1:11 over Godby’s Seth Williamson in the consi semis.
195 — In his fourth district final, Hinsey (3rd statewide) won his third title, with a semifinal pin over Baker Cty’s Conner South (1:15) and a shutout decision over Florida High’s Marcus Haigler, 4-0, in the championship match. Haigler (13th statewide) falled Godby’s Julian Green (19th statewide) in 2:25 in the semis; Green wrestled back to third with a consi-semi tech fall over Marianna’s Lawson Jackson (17-2 in 3:08), then won by forfeit over South in the third-place match. South pinned Suwannee’s Mahri Roberts in 5:53 in the consi semis to punch his Wakulla ticket.
220 — Watkins (5th statewide) won his first district title by pinning his way through the draw, with a 53-second semifinal pin over Marianna’s Roosevelt Williams, then coming back to pin Godby’s Robert Harrell in 3:35 in the final. Harrell reached the final with a 40-second pin over Baker Cty’s Garrett Cain, while Williams, after a consi-semi bye, pinned Cain in 54 seconds for third place. Cain secured his region space with a 59-second fall over Suwannee’s Robert Robinson (earlier loss by fall in 3:27 to Williams) in the consi semis.
285 — Yarbrough (9th statewide) max-pointed through the tournament, with a 41-second fall over Suwannee’s Cayden Williams, then winning by injury-default over Baker Cty’s Jaqrez Elliott in the final, for his first district title. Elliott reached the final with a 5-4 win over Wakulla’s Jayven Hearns (17th statewide). Hearns came back to place third with a fall in 2:59 over Williams.
Complete brackets from this tournament can be found HERE.
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