YULEE, FL — Fleming Island was supposed to have hosted the St Johns River Conference, an event it has dominated for the past several years, this past weekend.
Instead, the Golden Eagles found themselves dominating the two-day Yulee Duals, with an average margin of victory of 53.7 points per dual over the course of six duals, and walking away with that tournament’s title instead of another SJRC team trophy.
“We wrestled a lot of young kids. Watching them grow during the weekend and getting better. It was good; not all of our starters were in the lineup,” Fleming Island coach PJ Cobbert said. “Any wrestling’s better than no wrestling at all. We can still get in better shape, but I liked the way we wrestled. Last week (at Danny Byron) was really the first time we got in much wrestling.”
The Golden Eagles lost just nine individual matches over the weekend, and 13 of the 17 wrestlers that Fleming Island (6-0 in duals for the season had at least three wins. Nine of those 13 were undefeated, with five finishing with 6-0 weekends.
Episcopal (12-2) rolled through Pool C with three victories on Friday, defeating Camden B (57-24), West Nassau (60-24) and Heritage (42-36). After winning a pair of “extra” duals (42-39 over Florida High and 54-27 over Baker Cty), the Eagles then split duals in the championship pool, defeating Yulee in the battle for second, 45-31.
The host Hornets opened their dual season this past weekend, going 4-2 and placing third overall after a 4-0 Friday, winning Pool A with dual wins over Florida High (53-29), Glynn Academy (45-36), Bishop Kenny (54-28) and Bishop Snyder (66-6).
Suwannee (9-3) had a 5-1 tournament, taking second in Pool B, with its only loss on the weekend to the Golden Eagles. The Bulldogs defeated University Christian (54-6), Baker Cty (45-36) and Bolles (60-4) in pool play, and won twice on Saturday in the second-place pool (fourth overall), defeating Camden B, 44-33, and Bishop Kenny, 46-21.
Bishop Kenny (12-7) was 3-1 in Pool A, taking wins over Bishop Snyder (58-12), Glynn Academy (63-18) and Florida High (45-25). The Crusaders encountered three tough Saturday opponents, with losses to Heritage (46-30) and Camden B (46-32) as well as that noted above.
Florida High (3-5) had a 3-4 tournament, taking third in Pool A with a 2-2 record, with wins over Bishop Snyder (54-6) and Glynn Academy (54-21). The Seminoles split a pair of Saturday duals in the third-place pool, falling to Heritage (57-18) and defeating Baker Cty (48-36).
Baker Cty (5-13) for the season was 2-2 in Pool B, taking third in that pool with wins over University Christian (60-15) and Bolles (66-12). The Wildcats also lost to Heritage, 46-36, in the third-place Saturday pool as well as the losses noted above.
Bolles (4-8 in duals for the year) was 1-3 in Pool B, with a pool victory, 18-16, over University Christian, with a Saturday loss to Glynn Academy (48-10). The Bulldogs did pick up one dual victory at the end of the tournament, turning back Bishop Snyder, 30-12.
University Christian opened its dual season over the weekend, going 1-4 with a 15-12 win over Bishop Snyder on Saturday. The Christians also competed as extra wrestlers competing with Heritage against Bishop Kenny and with Bishop Snyder against Glynn Academy on Saturday.
Bishop Snyder (0-10) was winless in the tournament, with additional losses to Glynn Academy (60-6) on Friday and 31-30 (criteria) on Saturday. West Nassau (3-9) was 0-3 in Friday’s wrestling, with losses to Heritage (65-12) and Camden B (70-12) as well as that noted above.
Complete results from the event can be found HERE.
Standings: 1. Fleming Island. 2. Episcopal. 3. Yulee. 4. Suwannee. 5. Camden B GA. 6. Bishop Kenny. 7. Heritage. 8. Florida High. 9. Baker Cty. 10. Glynn Academy GA. 11. Bolles. 12. University Christian. 13. Bishop Snyder. 14. West Nassau.
ACES OF THE DAY
Fleming Island: Junior Hunter Williams (195) was the only Golden Eagles’ max-pointer (scoring 6 team dual points in every dual the team wrestled) on a team with many unbeaten wrestlers on the weekend, going 6-0 with three pins and three forfeits. Williams won by pin Friday against Baker County, with a pair of Saturday falls against Yulee and Episcopal.
Episcopal: Senior Noah Meyer (138) was the only Eagle to amass six wins on the weekend, with four pins. Meyer had Friday falls over Camden B and Heritage, with Saturday pins over Florida High and a weight up at 145 against Baker Cty, plus two forfeits as well.
Yulee: Senior Collin Sewell (170) was one of five Hornets to compile a 5-1 record, with his only loss against Fleming Island. Sewell had Friday pins over Florida High and Bishop Kenny, with a third fall over Episcopal on Saturday.
Suwannee: Junior Tyson Musgrove (138) bonus-pointed through the weekend, with four pins and a major to go with a Friday forfeit win. Musgrove had pins over Fleming Island, Baker Cty and Bolles wrestlers, then came back on Saturday with a major against Camden B and a fall against Bishop Kenny.
Bishop Kenny: Freshman Jacob Harless (106) emerged from the weekend with the Crusaders’ best overall tournament record, going 6-1 with Friday pins over Glynn Academy and Yulee, plus a Saturday decision over Camden.
Florida High: Senior Micah Perdue (195) was 7-0, one of three Seminoles with that record, collecting four pins and a decision. Perdue won by fall over Yulee on Friday, with pins on Saturday against Episcopal, Heritage and Baker Cty.
Baker Cty: Senior Daeshawn Larry (285) had the top overall record for the Wildcats, with a 6-1 weekend. Larry had three pins and three forfeits, with a Friday fall over Suwannee and Saturday pins over Episcopal and Heritage.
Bolles: Junior Denny Vohs (138) had the Bulldogs’ top record on the weekend, going 4-2 with two pins. One of those was in pool play against Baker County, and the other on Saturday against Glynn Academy in fourth-place pool competition.
University Christian: Sophomore Egan Gustilo (120) was one of two 7-0 wrestlers for the Christians, with five pins and a decision. Gustilo had falls over Baker Cty and Fleming Island in pool play, plus pins over Bishop Snyder, Bishop Kenny* and Glynn Academy* on Saturday.
Bishop Snyder: Senior Christian Villanueva (120/126) was 5-2 for the weekend, with pins in pool play over Bishop Kenny, Glynn Academy and Yulee. Villanueva bumped up to 126 in fourth-place pool competition, with wins by pin in both matches.
West Nassau: Four of the Warriors’ seven wrestlers were 2-1, with sophomore Jakob Turnage (160) taking falls against both Florida opponents.