North Florida Matmen staff report
WILLIAMSBURG, KY — Three north Florida college wrestlers, two of them making their #NextLevel debuts, were one match short of placing Saturday at the Patriot Open, hosted by University of the Cumberlands.
Sophomore Kishma Davis (Pace ’19), wrestling for Central Baptist, and freshmen Gannon Janssen (Fleming Island ’20, wrestling for St Thomas) as well as the hosts’ Gabe Jacobs (Pace ’20) all fell in the consi semis in their respective weight classes.
Davis got to the 149-pound semis while wrestling unattached, with a 14-7 decision over Marian University’s Harley Taylor in the round of 16 and an 18-2 technical fall over Thomas More’s Kevin Augustin in the quarters. Davis then fell in the semis to Southwest Miami alum Julian Hernandez, now wrestling for Life, by fall in 4:58. In the consi semis, Davis took another loss by fall, this time to Williams Baptist’s Nick Souder in 2:07.
Janssen (no photo available from college) kicked off his college career with a pair of pins at 157, falling Life’s Tyler Helfrich-Meyers in 4:29 in a pigtail match, then pinning unattached wrestler Derrick Bannister in 42 seconds in the round of 16. Janssen then lost by a 7-3 count in the quarters to the hosts’ Weston Milnes. n the consis, Janssen picked up two wins, with a 9-4 win over unattached wrestler Gregory Ewert in round 4 and a second fall over Helfrich-Meyers, this time in 6:58 in the consi quarters. Janssen then injury-defaulted to Reinhardt’s Cole Luallen in the consi semis.
Jacobs also got to the semis in the 184 bracket, with pins over Truett McConnell’s Nolan Cook (1:17) in the round of 16 and former Camden wrestler Myles Starke, competing unattached, in 3:34 in the quarters. Jacobs then took a pair of one-point losses, falling to eventual champ Sam Osho of Marian, 7-6, in the semis, and falling, 8-7, to fourth-place finisher Trent Knight of Reinhardt in the consi semis.
Also making his collegiate debut was Reinhardt freshman Tanner Hill (Fleming Island ’20, no photo available from college), wrestling at 157. Hill was 2-2 in the weight class on the day; after a bye, he dropped a 19-0 tech fall loss to Milnes in the round of 16. Hill then won twice in the consis, with a fall over Truett McConnell’s Chase Bond (2:30) in consi round 2 and a 19-9 major over Life’s Ian Clark in round 3. He then lost by fall to Life’s Kiesean Stephens in 25 seconds in round 4.
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