North Florida Matmen staff report
MELBOURNE — Both Atlantic and Palatka are in line for potential top-five team finishes after the first day of 1A-Region 2 wrestling on Friday.
The Sharks stand fourth and Panthers fifth in the 31-team tournament, hosted by Palm Bay. Atlantic has six semifinalists and two in the wrestlebacks, with 56 points, while Palatka has two semifinalists and two in the wrestlebacks, with 38 points.
Lake Highland Prep holds a 15-point lead over host Palm Bay and also Hernando, 98.5-83.5.
For Atlantic, Jamey Bruner (120), Jeremiah Epps (138), Avante Chamble (145), David Arcieri (160), Michael Sklare (220) and Jared Jackson are all in the semis. One win for them, on either side of the bracket, gets them into The Show.
Palatka’s semifinalists after the first day were Drevon Wallace (126) and Brandon Lewis (132).
Keystone Heights is T-19th, with 14 points and two wrestlers in the wrestlebacks. Pedro Menendez is 23rd with 11 points, led by semifinalist Connor Spossey (170). FSDB is 26th, with five points and one wrestler left in the wrestlebacks, while Lake Weir is T-28th, with four points and one in the wrestlebacks.
Below follows a recap of the first day, with all semifinalists and local wrestlers’ performances noted:
Semifinals: Tyler Rodier (Hernando, 37-18) v Tyler Perrow (Palm Bay, 53-2); Alexander McMiller (Satellite, 32-13) v Ethan Rivera (Lake Highland, 14-1).
Local recap: Palatka’s Mikade Harvey had a first-round forfeit win, then fell to Rodier, 11-4, in the quarters. In the second round of wrestlebacks, Harvey falled Central, Brooksville’s Colson Mackay-Johnson (3:53) and will face Zephyrhills Christian’s Talon Maple in the quarters.
Semifinals: Shaver Jackson (Palm Bay, 43-12) v Anthony Edwards (Space Coast, 41-8); Gage Persons (Citrus, 24-8) v Elijah Lusk (Merritt Island, 44-2).
Local recap: Atlantic’s Bernie Alvarez opened with a second-period fall over Bishop Moore’s Anthony Meyer (3:24), but then lost by fall to Jackson (2:21) in the quarters. In WB round 2, Alvarez pinned Wesley Chapel’s Kevin Mesquita (2:12), and will face Lake Highland’s Josh Boykin in the quarters.
Semifinals: Jamey Bruner (Atlantic, 19-5) v Keyshaun Taylor (Leesburg, 38-6); David McClelland (Lake Highland, 18-4) v Billy Day (Cocoa Beach, 43-12).
Local recap: Bruner had a pair of first-period falls over Wesley Chapel’s Caleb Hall (1:25, round 1) and Rockledge’s Cameron Furnari (1:48, quarters) to get to the semis. Palatka’s Ontarriyus Reid is alive in the consis, after a round-of-16 fall over Nature Coast’s Corbin Hager (3:23) and quarterfinal loss by pin to McClelland (1:48). Reid turned back Space Coast’s Ryan Vite, 11-5, in WB round 2, and will face Weeki Wachee’s Dominick Scaffedi in the quarters. Keystone Heights’ Samuel Ulsch (losses by fall to Zephyrhills Christian’s Javier Lopez & Space Coast’s Ryan Vie) and FSDB’s Lance Gardenhire (losses by fall to Weeki Wachee’s Scaffedi & Citrus’ Jacob Reynolds) were both 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Drevon Wallace (Palatka, 38-12) v Danny Nini (Lake Highland, 29-7); Billy Gould (Hernando, 38-14) v Rocco Senia (Palm Bay, 51-5).
Local recap: Wallace reached the semis in 61 seconds of wrestling, with pins over Villages’ Brett Wilke (:28) in the opening round and Cocoa’s Ronald Theilacker (:33) in the quarters. Atlantic’s Tyler Livingston and Pedro Menendez’s Gavin Rosario were both 1-2 and eliminated from competition in the wrestlebacks. After a loss by fall (1:00) to Leesburg’s Seth Brown, Livingston pinned Merritt Island’s Jeremiah Johnson (:55) but then lost by fall to Weeki Wachee’s Lane Beck (4:09). Rosario lost by fall on the front to Citrus’ Kobe Rosario (:32), but came back to pin Hudson’s Tyler Hearld (2:04) before losing by fall to Theilacker (1:55) in WB round 2. FSDB’s Ty Snow (losses by fall to Nini & Space Coast’s Dylan Rivera) was 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Brandon Lewis (Palatka, 38-14) v Michael Watson (Cocoa Beach, 38-7); William Kennedy (Lake Highland, 8-5) v Dominick Carter (Palm Bay, 47-13).
Local recap: Lewis reached the semis without giving up a point, shutting out Central, Brooksville’s Gabriel Daniels (14-0 in round 1) and Bishop Moore’s Cade Eisenhut, 2-0, in the quarters. Atlantic’s Azizbek Rustamiy and FSDB’s Sean Meyers are both still alive in the consis. Rustamiy decisioned Zephyrhills’ Jaiden Martinez (4-0); after a loss by tech to Kennedy (16-1 in 4:59), he then decisioned Citrus’ Jesse Pounders, 4-1, and will face Central, Brooksville’s Gabriel Daniels in the quarters. Meyers took a front-side 8-2 loss against Zephyrhills Christian’s Caleb Gaskin, but then falled Crystal River’s Josh Neal (:55) and Eisenhut (3:29) to reach the quarters, where he’ll face Hernando’s Michael Brown. Pedro Menendez’s Logan Meehan injury-defaulted in the first round and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Jeremiah Epps (Atlantic, 36-8) v Michael Squires (Space Coast, 39-3); Noah Dovin (Merritt Island, 37-9) v Chris Rivera (Lake Highland, 28-6).
Local recap: Epps bonus-pointed his way into the semis, with wins over Rockledge’s Gregory Mitchell (16-7 major in round 1) and Central, Brooksville’s Caleb Wood (fall in 46 seconds). Palatka’s Dre Nealy was 1-2 and was eliminated Friday late afternoon. After losing by fall to Dovin (5:31) on the front, Nealy pinned Crystal River’s Jayden Jobe (1:50), but then lost by fall to Nature Coast’s Jaxson Morris (1:16) in round 2. Pedro Menendez’s Alex Binkiewicz (losses by fall to Squires & Citrus’ Maxal Simpson) and FSDB’s Joshua O’Connor (losses by major to Palm Bay’s Braden Baxter and Zephyrhills Christian’s Gage Flanagan) were both 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Avante Chamble (Atlantic, 4-0 in post-season) v Jack Dinberg (Palm Bay, 35-5); Jeremiah Funk (Cocoa, 35-10) v Justin Rivera (Lake Highland, 29-3).
Local recap: Chamble took decisions over Rockledge’s Connor Justice (14-8, round 1) and Bishop Moore’s Antonio Bundy (3-2, quarters). Lake Weir’s Grant Kincannon (losses by fall to Dinberg & Citrus’ Logan Simpson), Pedro Menendez’s Jose Ruiz (loss by fall to Funk, medical forfeited to Hernando’s Justin Fabela) and Palatka’s Adaris Medina (losses by fall to Cocoa Beach’s James Clark-Herndon & Central, Brooksville’s Peyton Chancey) were all 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Gavin Wheeler (Bishop Moore, 42-9) v Billy Fetzner (Hernando, 36-12); Noah Castillo (Lake Highland, 20-4) v Cameron Komat (Palm Bay, 49-9).
Local recap: Lake Weir’s Dean Marquis is alive in the consis after a 2-1 Friday. After decisioning Nature Coast’s Caleb Murray, 5-3, in the round of 16, Marquis lost by fall (:31) in the quarters to Wheeler. He rallied with a 10-1 major over Citrus’ Jessiah Cobo in WB round 2 and will face Villages’ Kevin Coon in the quarters. Pedro Menendez’s Nathaniel Luckadoo (losses by fall to Cypress Clark, Wesley Chapel’s Jonathan Cardona and Merritt Island’s Slater Beard) was 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: David Arcieri (Atlantic, 38-10) v Dominic Isola (Lake Highland, 29-4); Josh Pritz (Hernando, 30-5) v Anthony Holden (Palm Bay, 43-12).
Local recap: After a first-round bye, Arcieri falled Nature Coast’s Jose Flores in 3:44 in the quarters. Keystone’s Sheppard Wingate had a 2-1 day; on the front, Wingate pinned Bishop Moore’s Jonathan Hooper (1:51), but then lost by tech fall (21-6 in 4:12) to Holden in the quarters. He then won by forfeit in WB round 2 and will face Weeki Wachee’s Aidan Mayberry in the quarters. Palatka’s Samuel Lafferty was 1-2 and was eliminated. After a front-side loss by fall to Crystal River’s Johnathan Bruce (:47), Lafferty won by fft in round 1 of the consis, but then lost by fall to Cocoa’s Troy Sawyer (1:54) in round 2. Pedro Menendez’s Jared Howard (losses by fall to Isola & Weeki Wachee’s Aidan Mayberry) was 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Connor Spossey (Pedro Menendez, 43-4) v Ethan Hatcher (Villages, 53-3); Austin McCombs (Hernando, 19-9) v Bailey Flanagan (Lake Highland, 33-5).
Local recap: Spossey had a pair of first-period falls, pinning Cocoa Beach’s Christian Taylor (1:06) and Zephyrhills Christian’s Robert Keldie (1:55). Atlantic’s Noah Anderson was 1-2 and was eliminated. After a front-side tech-fall loss (16-0 in 3:49) to Satellite’s Michael McCarthy, Anderson pinned Master’s Academy’s Dustin Jonas (1:59) before losing by fall to Rockledge’s Khalil Mitchell (2:46) in WB round 2.
Semifinals: Delcory Allen (Leesburg, 36-9) v Matthew Lewis (Palm Bay, 53-9); Maddox Romain (Hernando, 37-19) v Hunter Brinkman (Lake Highland, 25-7).
Local recap: Keystone Heights’ Eliyah Cole had a 2-1 day and is alive in the consis. On the front, Cole pinned Cocoa’s Derrick Green (:30) in the first round, losing by fall to Allen (4:30) in the quarters. Cole then knocked out Atlantic’s Christian Henry in WB round 2, with a fall in 1:29, and will face Citrus’ Blake Coleman in the quarters. Henry had lost on the front to Merritt Island’s Colby Fisher (pin in :39), but falled Nature Coast’s Donovan Healy (1:50). Pedro Menendez’s Dane Litzinger (13-12 loss to Space Coast’s Allen Wasmund, loss by fall to Bishop Moore’s Daniel Flatch) was 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Jahree Holmes (Palm Bay, 48-8) v Easton Tobia (Lake Highland, 18-7); Christopher Spellman (Hernando, 38-12) v Daylyn Randolph (Merritt Island, 38-5).
Local recap: Palatka’s Jack Tilton was the only area wrestler to win a match Friday, with a front-side fall over Master’s Academy’s Christopher Pacheco (:21) before falling to Holmes (loss by pin in 3:38) and Zephyrhills Christian’s Elijah Austin (4:22). Atlantic’s John Wyman (losses by fall to Tobia and Cypress Creek, Wesley Chapel’s JoVanni Addison), Keystone Heights’ Steven Raab (losses by fall to Villages’ Mason St John & Rockledge’s Torianno Macklin) and Pedro Menendez’s Logan Parham (losses by fall to Bishop Moore’s Jacob Suggs & Austin) were all 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Michael Sklare (Atlantic, 3-0 in post-season) v Matt Kaplan (Lake Highland, 26-9); Qwenton Coney (Hernando, 34-6) v Devon Krajewski (Rockledge, 60-2).
Local recap: After a bye into the quarters, Sklare needed just 58 seconds to secure his battle to get into states, with a fall over Hudson’s William Akossou-Harvey. Keystone Heights’ Gabe Adams (losses by fall to Villages’ Nic Heise & Zephyrhills’ Theotis Smith) and Palatka’s Lane Heuer (injury default to First Academy’s Jacob Forbes, with no further competition) were both 0-2 and did not compete further.
Semifinals: Jared Jackson (Atlantic, 3-0 in post-season) v Malik Jones (Zephyrhills Christian, 28-0); Francisco Tobar (Lake Highland, 16-12) v Jordan Love (Rockledge, 61-1).
Local recap: Jackson reached the semis with a 5-2 round-1 decision over Nature Coast’s Michael Marotta and fall in the quarters over Cocoa’s Hunter Gfell (3:00). Palatka’s Marlon Williams was 1-2 and was eliminated from the tournament. After a front-side loss (pin in 5:46) to Zephyrhills’ Dajuan McCullough, Williams pinned Astronaut’s Austin Johnson (2:32) before losing by fall to Palm Bay’s Carlos Gerardino (2:05). Keystone Heights’ Cody Saley (losses by fall to Hernando’s Sam Fleming and Leesburg’s Jordan Willie) was 0-2 and did not compete further.
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