TALLAHASSEE — Yulee had the bracket wins, but Lincoln’s depth carried the day at the 2020 Cam Brown Classic Saturday at Florida High.
The Trojans outpointed the Hornets, 254.5-245, for top honors at the tournament, the long-standing season-opening event in the Tallahassee area.
Taking third was Buchholz, making its first appearance in the tournament, with 202.5 points. Host Florida High’s A side held off Bainbridge A, 129-119, for fourth, while Godby (87 points), University Christian (80.5), Marianna (80) and Leon (76) finished the top nine, with three B-side teams filling out the field.
Every area team in the tournament had at least one champion over the course of the weekend. Yulee’s four led the way, while Lincoln, Florida High and University Christian each had two.
Complete results from the roundrobin tournament can be found HERE.
Buchholz will be the first team back in action this week, hosting 3A-District 2 FHSAA dual team preliminary competition on Wednesday night. The Tallahassee teams will all return to Florida High on Friday, as the Seminoles serve as physical host for Chiles & Lincoln’s Capital City Classic two-day IBT. Yulee will be off until December 18, when it hosts its own two-day duals tournament.
Team scores: 1. Lincoln A 254.5. 2. Yulee 245. 3. Buchholz 202.5. 4. Florida High A 129. 5. Bainbridge A 119. 6. Godby 87. 7. University Christian 80.5. 8. Marianna 80. 9. Leon 76. 10. Bainbridge B 54. 11. Lincoln B 37. 12. Florida High B 4.
Championship matches —
106: Jayce Paridon (UChristian) p. CJ Liddle (Buchholz), :53.
113: Jacob Proffitt (Yulee) p. Siddharth Bianchi (Buchholz), 2:24.
120: Egan Gustilo (UChristian) p. Jedidiah Brown (Buchholz), 2:28.
126: Tyler Reeve (Florida High) d. Elijah Hendley (Lincoln), 11-4.
132: Venumadhava Mirel (Buchholz) p. Daniel Cofty (Bainbridge), :35.
138: Nolan Zirgibel (Leon) p. Mekhi Williams (Lincoln), 2:57.
145: Ethan Heinemann (Marianna) p. TJ Bowen (Buchholz), 2:41.
152: Isaiah Shook (Yulee) d. Nigel Brown (Godby), 7-1.
160: Aston Ricks (Yulee) p. Kason Nichols (Buchholz), 5:35.
170: Collin Sewell (Yulee) p. Josh Fillingame (Bainbridge), 3:10.
182: Cayden Bevis (Lincoln A) p. Braylen Ricks (Yulee), 3:42.
195: Micah Perdue (Florida High) p. Wyatt Yown (Lincoln), 5:25.
220: Omarion LaRoach (Lincoln A) d. Drew Lewis (Buchholz), 3-0.
285: Robert Harrell (Godby) p. Connor Gilbert (Lincoln B), :31.
ACES OF THE DAY:
Lincoln: Junior Cayden Bevis pinned his way through the 182 bracket. He pinned two Yulee wrestlers in pool play, with both of those matches going into the second period, but otherwise, he falled wrestlers from Leon, Bainbridge and Buchholz in a combined total of 1:53, with his round-3 fall proving to be the effective championship match.
Yulee: Senior Aston Ricks (160) had to win seven matches, most among any of the Hornet champions over the course of the weekend. Six of those seven were max-point victories, including five pins, two of those in the semis and final. His only six-minute match was a 10-4 win over Lincoln in Round 2 of pool play, and his fall in the finals was a matchup of unbeatens going in.
Buchholz: Bobcat junior Venumadhava Mirel (132) was one of the Bobcats’ seven finalists over the course of the weekend, but Buchholz’s lone champion. Mirel dominated his bracket, with three pins and a forfeit victory, and needed just 99 seconds to pin all three of his contested matches. Before his fall in the final, he’d faced Bainbridge earlier in the bracket, with a 39-second pin in pool play.
Florida High: Senior Tyler Reeve (126) pinned his way into the final, where he won in one of the higher-profile finals matches of the tournament with his decision victory. Before that, Reeve had three pins, two against Lincoln wrestlers and a third against Yulee, in which he needed just 4:10 to set up his bid for the bracket victory.
Godby: All four of the Cougars placed in the top seven, with senior Robert Harrell‘s bracket win at 285 leading the charge. Harrell had five pins over the course of the weekend, winning his pool with four of those falls before needing just 31 seconds to take his weight class. Harrell was extended past the first period just once, with a fall in 2:48 in round 2.
University Christian: 8th-grader Jayce Paridon didn’t give up a single point all weekend, taking the 106 bracket with four pins and a tech fall. Paridon went into the second period twice in the tournament, in round 3 (the 15-0 tech) and in the final round (fall in 2:47). His effective championship match was in round 4. All three of the Christians placed in the top six in their respective weights.
Marianna: The Bulldogs had five placers in the top eight, with junior Ethan Heinemann carrying the day with a title at 145. Heinemann, a 1A state qualifier last year, had three falls over the weekend, along with a 9-5 decision in round 4 of the roundrobin weight class. His effective championship match came in the first round.
Leon: Junior Nolan Zirgibel‘s title at 138 led the Lions, who finished with seven placers on the day. Zirgibel pinned his way through the 138 bracket, with five falls in all over the weekend, and he never had to go past the second period in so doing. He had pins over Buchholz, two Florida High and Yulee before his championship fall.