#RoadToTheShow: 2A-Region 1 Day 1 Recap

North Florida Matmen staff report

TALLAHASSEE — It’s still too close to call just yet.

Three teams are within 10 points of first-day leader Pace at the 2A-Region 1 tournament after Friday’s wrestling, and another four are just nine back of the third-place score.

The Patriots have pushed through four wrestlers to today’s semifinal round. Matanzas, in second place with 54 points, has five semifinalists, while Columbia (six semifinalists) and Ft Walton Beach (three) are tied for third with 51 points.

Tournament co-host Lincoln (five semifinalists) is fifth with 48 points, while St Augustine stands sixth with 46 points and two semifinalists. Co-host/site host Chiles is seventh with 43 points and five semifinalists, while Mosley has four semifinalists and 42 points in eighth.

Orange Park is the only other team in the tournament with three semifinalists; the Raiders are currently ninth with 39 points. Teams with two semifinalists are Fletcher (11th, 33), Robert E. Lee (T-12th, 31), Niceville (14th, 28.5), Westside (15th, 28) and New Smyrna Beach (T-19th, 19).

Several teams have one semifinalist, led by 10th-place Gulf Breeze (36.5), followed by First Coast (T-12th, 31), Seabreeze (16th, 26), Deltona & Ponte Vedra (T-17th, 20), Pine Ridge (T-19th, 19), Milton (21st, 17), and Leon & Terry Parker (T-26th, seven).

Below follows a summary of the tournament:


Semifinals: Garrett Marschka (Chiles, 44-6) v Brett Millard (Columbia, 44-15); Elijah Hendley (Lincoln, 36-10) v Cole Bell (Mosley, 30-13).
Semis recap: The District 2 kids all reached the semis, with Marschka taking a 25-second pin over Ponte Vedra’s Aiden Taylor and an 8-1 win over Gulf Breeze’s Nate Weber in the quarters. Millard had two first-period pins over Lee’s Ricky Hicks (1:08) and Belleview’s Zackery Young (:32). Hendley pinned Westside’s Deshawn Reaves (1:50), then teched Seabreeze’s Kayla Nguyen, 19-3 (4:00) in the quarters. Bell also had two pins, with falls over Fletcher’s Ana Bradshaw (2:54) and Pine Ridge’s Devon Heil (:57).
WB quarters: Heil v Nguyen; Young v Weber.
WB round 2 recap: All of the back-side Saturday wrestlers were quarterfinalists. Heil pinned St Augustine’s Gabe Barro (4:57), while Nguyen pinned Hicks in 1:27. Young pinned Ft Walton Beach’s Reid Gannon in 3:53, while Weber shut out Bradshaw, 5-0.

Orange Park

Semifinals: Kevin Kerns (Deltona, 27-16) v Jimmy Martin (Lincoln, 33-12); Hunter Brown (Chiles, 42-7) v Wesley Carlisle (Orange Park, 18-23).
Semis recap: Kerns reached the semis behind pins over Middleburg’s Jeffrey Parker (2:36) and Niceville’s Ethan Pinto (:31), while Martin pinned Belleview’s Mark Willis (:37) and then teched First Coast’s Ian Loschinskey, 16-1 (4:16). Brown had two pins in 100 seconds, falling Matanzas’ Henson White (:45) and Fletcher’s Ryden Ashmoe (:55), while Carlisle advanced to the quarters by forfeit, where he took down Englewood’s Raequan Staples, 13-10.
WB quarters: Parker v Willis; Loschinskey v Pinto.
WB round 2 recap: Parker won twice to get to Saturday, with a fall over Ponte Vedra’s Julian Villegas (2:44) and 5-4 win over Staples. Willis also won twice, pinning Gulf Breeze’s Elijah Johnson (1:21) and then knocking off Ashmore, 7-2. Loschinskey reached Saturday with a 3-minute fall over Pace’s Jacob Hobbs, while Pinto did not have an opponent and moved into the consi quarters with a bye.


Semifinals: Derrick Lancero (Pace, 49-4) v Jace Engberg (New Smyrna Beach, 41-12); Brandon Mallin (Ft Walton Beach, 38-14) v Ethan Goodman (Matanzas, 35-10).
Semis recap: Lancero bonus-pointed through Friday, with a fall over Columbia’s Jayden Thomas (1:29) and a 12-2 major over Seabreeze’s Kobe Baert, while Engberg pinned Fletcher’s Josh Daltro (:36) and pushed past Orange Park’s Davon Bailey, 11-7, in the quarters. Mallin knocked off Middleburg’s Riley Girgis, 5-2, and majored St Augustine’s Wilson Nguyen, 23-10, while Goodman got to the quarters with a bye, then falled Lincoln’s Adam Barnes (5:23).
WB quarters: Barnes v Nguyen; Bailey v Baert.
WB round 2 recap: The quarterfinalists all bounced back on the back side, as Barnes pinned Westside’s Olleon Hickmon (2:02) and Nguyen edged Tate’s Daniel McGaha, 10-9, in the top half. On the bottom half, Bailey shut out Girgis, 11-0, while Baert knocked off Niceville’s Noah Tritz, 12-5.


Semifinals: Michael Shannon (New Smyrna Beach, 43-5) v Weston Burbidge (Ft Walton Beach, 39-17); Nolan Zirgibel (Leon, 22-2) v Shaun Culbreth (Matanzas, 48-4).
Semis recap: Shannon got to the semis with a second-period fall over Orange Park’s Durrionte Myrick (3:00) and then knocked off Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott, 8-1, in the quarters. Burbidge had two pins, falling Fletcher’s Gabriel Daltro (5:23) and St Augustine’s Jordan Levy (2:34), while Zirgibel had two 6-minute wins over Deltona’s Carlos Pineda (10-2) and Tate’s Marcus Virgin (7-2). Culbreth falled Middleburg’s Ryan Browning (1:02), then came back to defeat Pace’s Ethan Billhimer, 6-4.
WB quarters: Billhimer v Daltro; Jamal Burkes (Robert E Lee) v Elliott.
WB round 2 recap: Billhimer bounced back with a 29-second pin over Westside’s Nathan Williams, while Daltro had two wins on he back over Columbia’s Cooper Mote (15-8) and Virgin (8-6 in sudden victory). Burkes also won twice on the back, with a 3-2 round-1 win over Pineda and fall over Levy in 3:55. Elliott qualified for the second day with a 7-1 decision over Ponte Vedra’s Stephen Kowitski.


Semifinals: Ian Daily (Gulf Breeze, 15-1) v Nick Hejke (Mosley, 53-7); Jayden Pinto (Niceville, 37-13) v Ian McGuigan (Columbia, 48-8).
Semis recap: Both Daily and Hejke had two pins on the top half of the front side, with Daily pinning Middleburg’s Gabe Burch (:52) and St Augustine’s Christian Jackson (2:37). Hejke’s falls came in the first period, over Ft Walton Beach’s Darius Brundidge (:23) and Deltona’s Jacob Swanson (1:50). Pinto would bonus-point through, with a fall over Chiles’ Alex Adkins (5:28) and 13-3 major in the quarters over New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler. McGuigan took decisions over Pace’s Atticus Waters (6-0) and Matanzas’ George Joanos (13-6).
WB quarters: Joanos v Chandler; Adkins v Waters.
WB round 2 recap: Joanos pinned Burch (3:39( and Chandler falled Fletcher’s Kaden Solomon (2:03) in the top half. Adkins won twice, with a forfeit and an 8-6 win over Swanson, while Waters had pins over Westside’s Donovan White (2:48) and Jackson (3:33).


Semifinals: Jaylan Griffin (Mosley, 35-7) v Olufemi Egberongbe (Chiles, 39-10); Alex McGuigan (Columbia, 50-11) v Carlos Quintanal (St Augustine, 26-13).
Semis recap: Griffin pushed through decisions over Lee’s Ty’juan Jones (8-1) in the first round and over Gulf Breeze’s Dylan Lawrence, 8-2, in the quarters. Egberongbe did the same in the second quarter, with 8-6 wins over Fletcher’s Tyriek Caldwell (round 1) and Milton’s Brandon Nicholson (in sudden victory in the quarters). McGuigan also had two 6-minute wins, over Stanton’s Gabriel Navarro (10-3) and Pace’s Seth O’Gara (10-0), while Quintanal took down Ft Walton Beach’s Martin Muniz, 10-5, and then pinned Orange Park’s Vincent Walker (4:21) in the quarters.
WB quarters: Jones v Sam Russo (Matanzas); Nicholson v Alex De Almeida (Ponte Vedra).
WB round 2 recap: Jones had two wins on the back, with a fall over Deltona’s Zane Hair (2:42) and 10-5 win over Walker, while Russo also had two wins in the consis (7-2 over Caldwell, 9-4 over O’Gara). Nicholson came back with a 7-0 shutout over New Smyrna Beach’s Hunter Childress, while De Almeida won twice (11-8 over Muniz, 13-2 over Lawrence).


Semifinals: Logan Gall (Mosley, 49-7) v Griffin Wilder (Matanzas, 24-6); Cameron Broughton (Orange Park, 43-1) v Josiah Mossor (First Coast, 37-1).
Semis recap: After a late fall (5:49) over Lee’s Jeramiah Stevens, Gall needed to go double-overtime to turn back Niceville’s Keane Creager, 6-5, in the quarters. Wilder pinned Gulf Breeze’s Kelly Scanlon (2:14) and then shut out Fletcher’s Tyson Petrie, 4-0, in the quarters. Broughton had two pins over Stanton’s Liam Salem and Ft Walton Beach’s Malachi Santiago (:38), while Mossor turned back Middleburg’s Dalton Falana (13-9) and St Augustine’s Gabriel Galloza (7-4).
WB quarters: Galloza v Santiago; Petrie v Creager.
WB round 2 recap: The quarterfinalists all rallied back in the consis, with Galloza pinning Stevens (4:42) and Santiago pinning Columbia’s Thomas Greene (3:57) in the top half. In the bottom half, Petrie majored Seabreeze’s Nik Crossman, 11-3, while Creager teched Falana, 17-2 in 5 minutes.


Semifinals: Hayden Yanni (St Augustine, 30-9) v Obie Smith (Columbia, 44-9); Joel Rodriguez (Fletcher, 25-4) v Noel Alicea (Matanzas, 25-12).
Semis recap: Yanni powered through to two wins, with decisions over Lee’s Savion Johnson (7-5) and Ft Walton Beach’s Jean Maldonaldo (8-6 in sudden victory). Smith had second-period pins over Tate’s Chad Luckey (3:01) and Terry Parker’s Tijuan Boyance (2:22), while Rodriguez had a first-round fall (3:06) over Belleview’s Eric McLaughlin and a 6-5 win in the quarters over Pace’s Joseph Cortez. Alicea needed just 87 seconds to reach the semis, with falls over Englewood’s Rasean Rayam (:32) and Mosley’s Jonathan Griffin (:55).
WB quarters: Griffin v Cortez; McLaughlin v Maldonaldo.
WB round 2 recap: In the top half, Griffin came back with a 6-2 win over Gainesville’s Nicholas Hanson, while Cortez falled Seabreeze’s Brock Roberts in 2:16. On the bottom portion, McLaughlin survived a wild 11-10 decision over Boyance, while Maldonaldo came through with a 10-7 win over district rival Garret Rudick of Gulf Breeze.


Semifinals: Daniel McDonal (Milton, 35-6) v Ahmahd Denmark (Robert E Lee, 35-3); Ashley Saddler (Terry Parker, 34-9) v Victor Lipsey (Seabreeze, 49-8).
Semis recap: McDonal bonus-pointed through Friday, with a fall over Englewood’s Sam Howard (4:53) and a 13-4 major over Matanzas’ Tristian Williams in the quarters, while Denmark max-pointed, with a forfeit and then a fall (1:42) over Columbia’s Preston O’Quinn. Saddler took six-minute wins over Pace’s Brody Andrews (13-4 major) and Mosley’s Kaydon Lester (8-3), while Lipsey took decisions over Middleburg’s Alex Nayfack (5-1) and Ft Walton Beach’s Caleb Tourgee (5-4 in double-overtime).
WB quarters: Cayden Bevis (Lincoln) v Clint Griffin (St Augustine); Andrews v Ethan Baur (Ponte Vedra).
WB round 2 recap: Each Saturday consi-side wrestler won twice on the back on Friday. Bevis falled Howard (:16) and then knocked off Tourgee, 12-7, in round 2, while Griffin had a forfeit and then pinned Lester in 4:02. Andrews took pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Braden Sullivan (1:30) and O’Quinn (3:49), while Baur falled Nayfack (2:18) and overcame Williams, 1-0, in the second round.


Semifinals: Rett Maritato (Ponte Vedra, 42-14) v Quenteen Robinson (Matanzas, 36-3); Joseph Rice (Columbia, 37-19) v Angelo Philpot (Westside, 46-4).
Semis recap: Maritato won by DQ in the first round over Chiles’ Kevonte Times, then pinned Gulf Breeze’s Hunter Dupont (2:31) in the quarters. Robinson had an 18-second fall over Niceville’s Jared Dieters, then pushed past First coast’s DeVante Wyatt, 10-5, in the quarters. Rice picked up two pins over Lee’s Vincente Waugh (3:46) and Pine Ridge’s Dylan Oglesby (2:50), while Philpot had two pins in a combined 1:42, over Middleburg’s Brayden Weaver (1:09) and Choctaw’s Samuel Santos (:33).
WB quarters: Times v Noe Pena (Mosley); Wyatt v Dupont.
WB round 2 recap: In the top half, both wrestlers won twice on the back, as Times had two pins in 57 seconds over Belleview’s Shaun Young (:47) and Santos (:10), while Pena also had two pins over Dieters (1:27) and Oglesby (1:31). Wyatt bounced back from the quarterfinal loss with a 15-3 major over Waugh, while Dupont powered past Weaver, 14-7.


Semifinals: Jacob Moore (Orange Park, 35-2) v Wyatt Yown (Lincoln, 25-15); Kyle McGill (Chiles, 42-3) v Jonathan Waugh (Pine Ridge, 14-6).
Semis recap: Moore falled Westside’s John Merritt (2:34) in the first round, then edged Ft Walton Beach’s Patrick Adams, 3-2, in the quarters. Yown picked up two pins over Englewood’s Darryl Sam (1:31) and St Augustine’s Ryan Murphy (3:49), while McGill did the same over Lee’s Keshawn Waters (3:18) and Matanzas’ Sean LeBeau (2:31). Waugh pinned Tate’s Jacob Turner (2:00) and then won by medical forfeit over Fletcher’s Stone Rockhill.
WB quarters: Merritt v Sam; Murphy v Adams.
WB round 2 recap: Both Merritt and Sam won twice on the consi half of the bracket on Friday. Merritt pinned New Smyrna Beach’s Dale Edwards (1:36) and then won by forfeit in the second round, while Sam had pins over Choctaw’s Gamaliel Harris (1:28) and LeBeau (1:58). Murphy bounced back with a fall over Waters (3:15), while Adams needed a 53-second fall over Mosley’s Isaac Hall to get to Saturday.


Semifinals: Gabe Jacobs (Pace, 52-0) v Austin Wheeler (Chiles, 38-10); Tanner Washburn (Lincoln, 37-6) v Sean Ripley (Niceville, 10-4).
Semis recap: Jacobs had first-period falls over Westside’s Terrance Alexander (1:21) and Mainland’s Doug Dittmer (1:15), while Wheeler bonus-pointed through the day, with an 11-1 major over Belleview’s Nathan Halstead and fall over Gulf Breeze’s Julian McCully (1:35). Washburn pinned Matanzas’ Vincent Iuliano (1:21), then edged Ft Walton Beach’s Eddie Alexis, 8-7, in the quarters, while Ripley took pins over Fletcher’s Michael Strong (2:52) and Seabreeze’s Caiden Patton (4:44).
WB quarters: Patton v Alexis; McCully v Dittmer.
WB round 2 recap: The quarterfinalists all came back for consi-side wins, with Patton powering past Columbia’s Shawn Raggins, 8-6, and Alexis falling First Coast’s Hakeem Culberson (1:36) in the top half. On the bottom half, McCully pinned Ponte Vedra’s Harlan Nikolov (2:53), and Dittmer pinned Strong in 4:31.


Semifinals: Wyatt Dillon (Pace, 49-5) v Ethan Hollenbach (Fletcher, 19-1); Craig Harper (Robert E Lee, 33-9) v Kaleb Williams (Ft Walton Beach, 33-10).
Semis recap: Dillon won by fall twice over Englewood’s Melvin Wiggins (1:52) and over Lincoln’s Omarion LaRoach (3:18), while Hollenbach took decisions over Niceville’s Ramsey Kidder (7-1) and Leon’s Josh Seabrooks (8-3). After a 9-2 round-1 win over Crestview’s Kennard Madden, Harper pinned Orange Park’s James McArthur in 5:48 in the quarters, while Williams had a fall (4:25 over First Coast’s Grayson Peterson) before finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 win over Deltona’s Ethan Chiu.
WB quarters: Chiu v D’angelo Baker (Pine Ridge); Madden v Peterson.
WB round 2 recap: Chiu escaped in the ultimate-tiebreaker for a 3-2 win over Seabreeze’s Nathan Boyd, while Baker had two wins on the back (3-1 in sudden victory over Kidder, fall in 3 minutes over McArthur). On the bottom half, Madden and Peterson both won twice, with Madden taking pins over Matanzas’ Pete Grimm (1:59) and Seabrooks (2:08), while Peterson falled Mosley’s Logan Strickland (:56) and then won by a 4-2 decision over LaRoach.


Semifinals: Cam Goodenow (Pace, 43-5) v Tyler Moss (Lincoln, 37-4); Ray Bolden (Westside, 37-2) v Jaycob Jones (Columbia, 34-9).
Semis recap: After winning by medical forfeit in the first round, Goodenow reached the semis with a fall over First Coast’s Dylan Lampkin (2:40). Moss had two pins over Ft Walton Beach’s Spencer Mackenzie (1:14) and Fletcher’s Toby Matson (2:41), while Bolden won by forfeit and then pin over Milton’s Alec Cavazos (2:41). Jones had two pins over Crestview’s Rolando Hernandez (1:20) and Matanzas’ Robert Elder (4:35).
WB quarters: Elder v Cavazos; Reese Sheehan (Orange Park) v Lampkin.
WB round 2 recap: Both Elder and Cavazos bounced back after quarterfinal losses, with Elder pinning Deltona’s Nathan Hatch (3:39) in a matchup of District 4 rivals, and Cavazos falling fellow District 1 rival Mackenzie in 1 minute. Sheehan had a forfeit and then pinned Matson in 3:25, while Lampkin pinned Hernandez in 1:50.

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