NEPTUNE BEACH — The season still seems new, but tightly-contested duals have no season.
Monday night, in a matchup of former district rivals both hopeful to challenge for at least the region level once again in next month’s FHSAA dual series, visiting Oakleaf pushed past Fletcher, 36-33.
The dual had no decisive momentum surges until 160/170. The teams traded pins at 106/113 (Ana Bradshaw for the Senators at 6, Kaleb Almario for the Clay County Knights at 13).
Fletcher (1-1) pushed out to a 15-6 lead on Cole O’Brien’s fall at 120 and Ryden Ashmore’s 8-1 win at 126, but Oakleaf (3-2) answered with a 15-0 run to take a six-point lead on a 6-0 decision from Logan Gilbert (132) and pins from Trevor Owens (138) and Christian Griffith (145).
But Fletcher tied the dual at 21 on Joel Rodriguez’s fall. At that point, with a forfeit in hand, Oakleaf’s experience at 160 and 170 was a factor, as James McClintic (160) found a takedown in sudden victory for a 5-3 win and Sebastian Lopez de Victoria’s fall at 170 proved to be enough cushion to clinch the dual for the Knights, as Oakleaf surged to a 30-21 lead with the forfeit in hand at 220 and two contested matches left.
Fletcher closed out with two pins from Ryan Klein (182) and Ethan Hollenbach (285) to make the final gap a 3-point margin.
Specific results on the dual can be found HERE.
Oakleaf swings back into action on the road again Wednesday night with a dual at Middleburg, while Fletcher also goes on the road tonight, traveling to Sandalwood for a dual.