North Florida Matmen staff report
MARIETTA, GA — A pair of Fleming Island alums, now wrestling for different NAIA colleges, led the contingent of north Florida wrestlers that made the trip for the Life University Open on Saturday.
Golden Eagle powerhouses Jaquan English (Fleming Island ’18), competing for Southeastern University at 141, and Tanner Hill (Fleming Island ’20), wrestling for Reinhardt University at 157, were both runners-up in their respective weights.
English was 4-1 in the 141 bracket. After a 7-5 win in the round of 32 over Reinhardt’s Ethan Workman, English teched unattached wrestler Sneed (no first name listed on the bracket), 16-0, in 6:45 in the round of 16. His tightest win was a 3-2 quarterfinal decision over Life’s Jordan Mitchell. After winning by disqualification in the semis over Life’s Logan Sims, English fell in the title match to Life’s Tyree Johnson, 8-1.
Hill (no picture available from his college) was 3-1 at 157 on the day. After powering through a pair of decisions in the round of 16 over Life’s Noah Rutjens (5-1) and in the quarters over Midway’s Daylon Stafford (6-3), Hill falled Truett McConnell’s Chase Bond in the third period (5:56) to reach his final. There, he lost by fall to Life’s Jack Bass in 29 seconds.
Four additional Matmen alumni competed in the event, according to our review of the brackets (let us know, nicely, if we missed anyone; it’s Georgia, so they used FloArena, which is tougher to review systematically). Their results follow here:
Ethan Gustilo (Oakleaf ’18, Southeastern): Was 2-2 and one match from placing at 141. In the round of 16, Gustilo pinned St Andrews’ Aidan McDonald in 4:46, but then fell to eventual champ Johnson, 13-4, in the quarters. In the consis, Gustilo — making his first appearance Saturday for the Fire after two years at Reinhardt — falled Life’s Kason Sellers in 1:51, but then fell to teammate and former Palmetto Ridge product Adrian Ayala, 14-6, in the blood round.
Tracy Davis (Fleming Island ’16, Life): Was 1-2 in the 141 bracket. Davis started well, with a third-period tech fall (22-4 in 6:33) over U. of the Cumberlands’ Victor Zamora in the round of 32, but then took two tight losses, falling to former Hollywood Hills product Geowel Silvestre (now at Truett McConnell), 9-8, on the front, and fell to Reinhardt’s Workman, 9-7, in the consis.
Gabe Jacobs (Pace ’20, U. of the Cumberlands): Took a 1-2 record at 184. After a forfeit win in the round of 16 over unattached wrestler Zack Ramirez, Jacobs had to injury-default to eventual champion Kohl Drake of Southeastern in the quarters. Jacobs then forfeited to Keiser’s Josh Crandall in the consis.
Carlos Bogan (Ft Walton Beach ’19, Keiser; no still photo available from school): Bogan’s collegiate debut ended with an 0-2 start after a tough draw early on, as he lost by fall in the round of 16 to former Brandon wrestler Alijah Bliss, now at St Andrews, in 2:14. Bogan then medical-forfeited to former Cypress Bay wrestler Kade Clute, now at St Thomas, in the consis.
Cochran 3rd at UWW JR Greco: Jacob Cochran (Tate ’18, N. Michigan OTC) placed third in the 55-kg weight class at the UWW event, staged in Omaha, Nebraska, over the course of the weekend.
Cochran was 4-1 in the tournament. In the round of 16, he took a VSU win (10-0, 1:48) over Wyoming RTC’s Darrick Stacey, then falled unattached Andrew Chambal in 1:37 in the quarters. In the semi, Cochran fell to runnerup BIlly Sullivan of Legends of Gold (VSU1, 16-6, 3:54), but then bounced back for two wins and third, falling Wisconsin RTC’s Eric Barnett (:58) and then taking a 6-2 points win over Chambal to claim the bronze.
Dakota Wesleyan Open: At Mitchell SD on Saturday, Micah Lanier (Wakulla ’18) placed third in the 157C weight class for Briar Cliff University, with a 2-2 tournament.
Lanier opened with a pair of losses, falling to Northwestern (IA)’s Edward Punzalan (former Cypress Bay wrestler, fall in 2:27) and Concordia (NE)’s Jose Sanchez (8-2 decision). Lanier would rally, with a 17-0 tech fall over Northwestern’s Mason Vaas and fall in 1:55 over Waldorf’s Michael Teasley.
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