KISSIMMEE, FL — South Dade. Camden. Lake Gibson. Southwest Miami. Osceola. Fleming Island.
Those six teams alone, from a getting-competition standpoint, are reason enough to compete in the Danny Byron Invitational at Osceola, which, this past weekend, had more area teams from north Florida than ever before.
The Golden Eagles and Buchholz have been fixtures in the two-day tournament, in which no team scores are kept. Teams are flighted into three separate traditional tournaments on Friday. Top performers from each of the three flights are then slotted into a gold roundrobin flight on Saturday, with a blue flight for the next-best and a white flight (not contested depending upon #s of participants) for who remains.
Joining the Golden Eagles and Bobcats this year were Flagler Palm Coast, St Augustine and University Christian, all first-time participants at least in terms of our knowledge going back to 2013-14.
Each of the three 3A local teams in the field — Fleming Island, Flagler Palm Coast and Buchholz — had four placers in the Saturday Gold flight. All three of University Christian’s wrestlers placed in Saturday Gold, while St Augustine had two placers in the Saturday Gold top-six.
Results for the entire tournament can be found HERE.
First back on the mats will be the 3A-District 2 teams, Flagler Palm Coast and Buchholz, along with St Augustine. The Bulldogs go on the road to Creekside Wednesday night, while Buchholz hosts Union Cty and St Augustine hosts Terry Parker. University Christian will be at Union Cty’s Scrap for the Strap on Friday and Saturday, while Fleming Island will host the St Johns River Conference tournament on Saturday.
Championship matches (gold flight only) —
106: Jayce Paridon (UChristian) d. Heap (Osceola), 6-3.
113: Morales (SDade) p. Placer (SWMiami), 5:18.
120: Haase (Osceola) d. Dahlgren (Camden GA), 7-6.
126: Whidden (LkGibson) d. Sellers (Colquitt GA), 3-2.
132: Melguizo (SWMiami) p. B. Walker (LkGibson), 2:19.
138: Hines (Osceola) d. Clark (Camden GA), 6-2.
145: Taylor (Colquitt GA) p. Neco (SDade), 2:52.
152: Abdon (LkGibson) d. Paradice (Colquitt GA), 9-2.
160: Solorzano (LkGibson) d. Moreno (SWMiami), 3-1.
170: Swan (SDade) md. Johnson (Camden GA), 8-0.
182: Gavin Smith (FIsland FL) md. Silimon (SDade), 13-5.
195: McCutchen (Valdosta GA) tf. Jason Martin (Buchholz), 17-0, 4:00.
220: Burnette (JensenBch) d. Gaston (Camden GA), 5-3.
285: Yancey (Camden GA) p. Sans (SWMiami), 3:55.
ACES OF THE DAY
Fleming Island: Senior Gavin Smith (182) was the Golden Eagles’ lone champ, bonus-pointing through the Saturday Gold flight with three pins, a forfeit in Round 3 and 13-5 major for his effective championship match against South Dade. Smith’s falls came in rounds 1 (Flagler Palm Coast), 2 (Osceola) and 4 (SW Miami), with his forfeit against a second Osceola wrestler in round 3. On Friday, Smith was 2-0 with two pins in 1:44 in the Gold flight.
Buchholz: Senior Jason Martin (195) was the runnerup in the Gold flight on Saturday, going 4-1 on the day with three pins and a decision, with his only loss in round 5 to a Valdosta GA competitor. Martin had pins over Camden (rd 1) and Lake Gibson (rds 2 & 4), pushing past a second Camden wrestler, 10-9, in round 3. On Friday, Martin was 1-1 in the Blue flight, with a pin and loss by pin to the wrestler that he decisioned on Saturday.
Flagler Palm Coast: Junior Timothy King (160) was 2-3 and placed fourth in Gold flight on Saturday, with three losses by fall to South Dade, Southwest Miami and Lake Gibson in rounds 3-5 after a 12-0 major over University Christian in round 1 and fall over Colquitt GA in round 2. King was 3-0 with a pin and two decisions in the Blue flight on Friday.
University Christian: Eighth-grader Jayce Paridon (106) avenged a Friday loss with a 5-0 Saturday in the Gold flight, with four bonus-point wins and a decision in Round 3 over the wrestler that beat him on Friday. Paridon had pins over Timber Creek and Buchholz wrestlers, with a 16-0 tech over Camden in round 2 and 12-0 major over Fleming Island in round 4. On Friday in the White flight, Paridon was 1-1, with a pin and 7-3 loss to Osceola, his effective championship opponent on Saturday.
St Augustine: Senior Connor Spossey (170) was 3-2 and placed third in Saturday’s Gold flight, the Yellow Jackets’ top placer. Spossey had a pin over Jensen Beach in round 1, a 5-0 decision over Valdosta in round 4 and a forfeit over another Valdosta wrestler in round 5, with decision losses to South Dade (5-2) in round 2 and Camden (6-5) in round 3. Spossey was 2-1 on Friday, with his only loss to the eventual weight class champ.