#USMC: Eagles Fly To Title

Episcopal wrestlers and coaches celebrate a team championship won Saturday at the USMC Challenge IBT, hosted by Robert E Lee (Photo submitted by Darren Glenn via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Winning’s the best cure for a loss.

After falling in the finals of the 1A-District 3 dual team tournament midweek, Episcopal needed a pick-me-up, and got it on Saturday at city rival Robert E Lee’s USMC Challenge one-day IBT.

The Eagles rolled up 221 points as a team, well-distanced ahead of the host Generals, who took second with 154. Episcopal had 11 top-3 individual finishes, including seven finalists and three titles (106, 126 and 170) on the day.

The Generals held off Gateway rival Englewood, 154-151, for second place. Robert E Lee had seven wrestlers in the top 4 (champions at 120, 160 & 220, plus one runnerup and three 4ths).

Englewood also had three champions (113, 182 & 195), with six wrestlers in the top 3 (two runners-up and one third. The Rams finished 11.5 points ahead of Ridgeview, which also had six in the top 4 (champions at 132, 138 & 285, with one runnerup and one 4th).

Westside pushed past Keystone Heights, 127-112, to round out the top 5 teams. The Wolverines had six placers (three 2nds, one 3rd and two 4ths), while the Indians had four (champion at 145, one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th).

Wolfson was seventh, with 94 points, followed by Paxon (65), Stanton (63), Ribault (48) and Ed White (23). The Wolfpack had six placers (3 3rds & 3 4ths) in the top 4, while Paxon had three (1 each of 2nd, 3rd & 4th). Stanton had one champion (152) and one 4th, while Ribault placed four wrestlers (two 3rds & two 4ths) and Ed White one (3rd) in the top 4.

Brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

Team scores: 1. Episcopal 221. 2. Robert E Lee 154. 3. Englewood 151. 4. Ridgeview 139.5. 5. Westside 127. 6. Keystone Heights 112. 7. Wolfson 94. 8. Paxon 65. 9. Stanton 63. 10. Ribault 48. 11. Ed White 23.
Championship matches —
106: Cohen Chesser (Episcopal) p. Kael Teevan (Ridgeview), 1:28.
113: Raequan Staples (Englewood) p. Ricky Hicks (Robert E Lee), :48.
120: Jamal Burkes (Robert E Lee) p. Kaiden Tibbetts (Ridgeview), 2:09.
126: Christian Ryan (Episcopal) p. Jacare Johnson (Westside), 3:07.
132: Matthew Rodriquez (Ridgeview) p. Joe Jackson (Episcopal), 1:42.
138: Ian Finnorn (Ridgeview) p. Lynden North (Englewood), 3:11.
145: Canyon Hayes (Keystone Heights) p. Aidan Chupp (Episcopal), :53.
152: Grant Kelsey (Stanton) p. John Fernandez (Episcopal), 1:17.
160: Ahmahd Denmark (Robert E Lee) p. Sheppard Wingate (Keystone Heights), 1:24.
170: Christian McGarity (Episcopal) md. Michael Dramis (Paxon), 9-0.
182: Darryl Sam (Englewood) tf. Caleb Baltazar (Westside), 16-1, 2:36.
195: Sam Howard (Englewood) p. Lawson Perry (Episcopal), 1:31.
220: Craig Harper (Robert E Lee) p. Melvin Wiggins (Englewood), 1:34.
285: Derrick Mosley (Ridgeview) d. Ray Bolden (Westside), 8-3.

Episcopal: Eighth-grader Christian McGarity (170) bonus-pointed through the tournament and avenged a loss to a teammate in the process, beating two fellow Aces to win the weight class. McGarity had pins over wrestlers from Stanton and Ribault to reach the final, where he shut out a Paxon competitor by a 9-0 count.
Robert E Lee: Senior Craig Harper (220) pinned his way through the weight class for one of the Generals’ three titles, with all three of his matches ending in the first period. Harper had falls over Keystone Heights, Ed White and Englewood to win the weight class.
Englewood: Senior Sam Howard (195) was one of three Rams champs, max-pointing his way through the draw with an injury-default win over Westside in the quarters and pins over Keystone Heights and Episcopal to take the bracket.
Ridgeview: Junior Derrick Mosley (285) won one of the marquee finals matches of the day, if not the match of the day, with pins over Robert E Lee and Wolfson wrestlers to get to the final, where he pushed past a fellow highly-regarded 285, 8-3, for the title.
Westside: Junior Jacare Johnson (126) was one of three finalists for the Wolverines, with pins over Paxon and Wolfson to get to the championship match, where he lost by fall to Episcopal.
Keystone Heights: Sophomore Canyon Hayes (145) needed just 1:48 of mat time for his title, with falls over Ed White in the semis and Episcopal in the championship match. Both pins came in under a minute.
Wolfson: Junior Max Lewallen (132) was 3-1 and one of three Wolfpack wrestlers to earn thirds. Lewallen had pins over two Englewood wrestlers and a third from Ridgeview for his wins, losing only to the eventual runnerup.
Paxon: Senior Michael Dramis (170) was the Golden Eagles’ lone finalist, with a 2-1 tournament. After a forfeit into the semis, Dramis won by injury-default to get to the championship match, where he took a loss to a fellow Ace.
Stanton: Senior Grant Kelsey (152) had two byes to start the day, then picked off two first-period pins over wrestlers from Englewood and Episcopal to win the Blue Devils’ lone title.
Ribault: Sophomore Ahmad Barney (170) was one of two Trojans that placed third. Barney was 3-1 on the day, with pins over Paxon, Ed White and Stanton, losing only to the eventual champ in the semi.
Ed White: Senior Sebastian Gonzalez (145) was the top placer for the Commanders, going 2-1 and placing 3rd. Gonzalez had falls over Westside and Wolfson wrestlers, with his only loss to the weight-class champ and fellow Ace.

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