FLEMING ISLAND — The Keystone Memorial two-day tournament at Fleming Island was created to commemorate the life and wrestling style of former Golden Eagle wrestler Robert “Keystone” Northway.
Keystone would have been pleased with his future teammates and how they defended the home mat this past weekend, as Fleming Island, the top-ranked #matmenTEN team, was 3-0 in Friday night duals and then held off Georgia’s 6A state-ranked Brunswick, 213-198, for the IBT title on Saturday afternoon.
Fleming Island took dual victories over Fletcher (53-18), Oakleaf (60-13) and Raines (75-3) to win Pool A1 on Friday evening. Oakleaf (72-12 over Raines and 72-3 over Bishop Snyder) and Fletcher (72-6 over Bishop Snyder and 71-12 over Raines were both 2-1, while Raines was 1-3, with a 35-18 dual win over Bishop Snyder.
In Pool A2, Bartram Trail was the top team in the group, going 3-1 with dual victories over Ponte Vedra (43-35), Bolles (48-24) and Union Cty (42-24), plus a 62-15 loss to Brunswick. Ponte Vedra (42-24 over Union Cty and 54-28 over Bolles, with an additional 69-12 loss to Brunswick) was 2-2, while Union had a 48-30 win over Bolles and 83-0 loss to the Pirates; Brunswick also defeated Bolles, 63-16.
A second two groups weighed in later in the afternoon and got going Friday night, with Seabreeze taking Pool B1 behind dual victories over Mosley (33-27), University Christian (36-13) and Florida High (48-33). Florida High was 2-1, with wins over Palatka (39-18) and University Christian (54-18); Mosley was 1-2, with a 30-18 win over University Christian, while Palatka took a 33-22 win over the Dolphins for its lone win. University Christian also had a late win Friday night, with an 11-6 truncated dual victory over Palatka in which only HTH matchups were sent out.
In Pool B2, Suwannee was 3-0, with wins over Middleburg (56-24), Fleming Island B (60-14) and Palatka (48-15). Middleburg had a 2-1 record, with wins over Mandarin (46-21) and Fleming B (54-24). The Mustangs were 1-1, with a 36-24 win over Fleming B.
Saturday saw a couple of teams leave for other competitions (Seabreeze, most notably, going to 2A-District 4), and a couple of teams come in (two Georgia teams made the trip south to scrap in the IBT). Notes on the IBT follow below the links.
THE TRADITIONAL TOURNAMENT NOTES
Team scores: 1. Fleming Island 213. 2. Brunswick GA 198. 3. Fletcher 163. 4. Oakleaf 129. 5. Colquitt 104. 6. Suwannee 91. 7. Bolles 90. 8. Palatka 81. 9. Mosley 78. 10. (tie) Florida High & Middleburg 69. 12. Mandarin 60. 13. Raines 59. 14. Bartram Trail 54. 15. Fleming Island B 48. 16. Union Cty 46. 17. Glynn GA 41. 18. University Christian 33. 19. Bishop Snyder 30. 20. Ponte Vedra 29.
Championship matches —
106: Jayce Paridon (University Christian) d. Ethan Vugman (Bartram Trail), 7-4.
113: De’Quon King (Raines) d. Hunter Herrington (Fleming Island), 4-1.
120: Sellers (Colquitt) p. Christian Villanueva (Bishop Snyder), 2:33.
126: Riley Holton (Fleming Island) md. McKinney (Brunswick), 11-0.
132: Xavier Logan (Fleming Island) d. Jameel Smith (Mandarin), 4-2.
138: Taylor (Colquitt) d. Crump (Brunswick), 6-2.
145: Paradice (Colquitt) p. Dawson (Brunswick), 4:35.
152: Joel Rodriguez (Fletcher) d. David Parkes (Fleming Island), 3-1, SV.
160: Noe Pena (Mosley) d. Joshua Sandoval (Fleming Island), 14-8.
170: Raynarde Thomas (Raines) d. Jhoel Robinson (Fleming Island), 10-8.
182: Gavin Smith (Fleming Island) p. Jackson Wakeland (Glynn).
195: Micah Perdue (Florida High) p. Isaiah Schevchook (Oakleaf).
220: Jack Pyburn (Bolles) d. Ethan Hollenbach (Fletcher), 7-4.
285: William Abbott (Brunswick) p. Toby Matson (Fletcher).
THE ACES OF THE DAY
Fleming Island: Senior Riley Holton (126) was 4-0 and had three bonus-point wins as one of the Golden Eagles’ three title-holders. Holton won by forfeit in the round of 16, then teched Bartram Trail by a 17-2 count in the quarters before his toughest match, a 5-3 decision over Florida High, in the semis. Holton then shut out Brunswick, 11-0, in the championship match.
Fletcher: Senior Joel Rodriguez (152) bonus-pointed his way to the championship match, with a 15-0 tech over University Christian (rd of 16), and falls over Suwannee (quarters) and Bolles (semis). In the final, Rodriguez found his way to a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 win over Fleming Island.
Oakleaf: Sophomore Isaiah Schevchook (195) was the Knights’ only finalist, with a 2-1 tournament in which Schevchook won by fall over Palatka in the quarters and then took a 6-2 decision over Fleming Island in the semis. Schevchook then lost by fall to a fellow Ace in the championship match.
Suwannee: Freshman Austin McKinney (113) had a 3-1 day, with three bonus-point victories. McKinney had first-period falls over Bartram Trail (rd of 16) and Glynn (quarters) before falling to Raines, 5-3, in the semi. In the third-place match, McKinney took a 12-2 major over Bolles to claim the bronze.
Bolles: Junior Jack Pyburn (220) pinned his way into the finals; after a bye, Pyburn had a quarterfinal pin over Oakleaf and a semifinal pin over Brunswick to reach the final, where he took down Fletcher, 7-4, to win the weight class.
Palatka: Junior Brandon Lewis (132) was one of two Panthers to place third after a 3-1tournament. Lewis teched Bishop Snyder (16-0) in the round of 16, then falled Middleburg in the quarters; after a 4-2 semifinal loss to Fleming Island, Lewis took third with a win by DQ over Oakleaf.
Mosley: Senior Noe Pena (160) was 4-0 and won the Dolphins’ lone title. After a pin over Bartram Trail in the round of 16, Pena majored Oakleaf by a 15-2 count in the quarters, then pinned Middleburg in the semis. The championship match saw Pena overcome Fleming Island by a 14-8 decision to win gold.
Florida High: After taking a loss Friday night, senior Micah Perdue (195) dominated the bracket on Saturday for the Seminoles’ lone title. Perdue opened with a 16-0 tech over Ponte Vedra, then shut out a Fleming wrestler in the semis before winning by fall over Oakleaf in the title match.
Middleburg: Senior Alex Nayfack (160) was the Broncos’ top placer, taking third with a 2-1 bracket. After a bye and quarterfinal 7-4 win over Fletcher, Nayfack lost by fall in the semis to the eventual champ and a fellow Ace, but then battled back for a 6-0 win over Brunswick in the third-place match.
Mandarin: Junior Jameel Smith (132) was 3-1 and reached the final, with pins in the round of 16 over Bolles and in the quarters over Brunswick and a win by disqualification over Oakleaf to reach the final round, where he fell by 4-2 decision to one of Fleming Island’s three champions.
Raines: After falling Friday night, junior De’Quon King (113) got that loss back on Saturday. After a pin over Mandarin and major over Middleburg to reach the semis, King took down a Suwannee semifinalist, 5-3, and gained a small revenge measure with a 4-1 championship-round victory.
Bartram Trail: Sophomore Ethan Vugman (106) was the top placer for the Bears, bonus-pointing his way to the final behind a fall over Fleming B and a 10-0 major over Fleming Island. Vugman then fell by a 7-4 count in the title match to a fellow Ace.
Fleming Island B: Senior Grant Travis (195) put together a 2-1 weekend for the Golden Eagles’ second squad, good for its highest finish (3rd). Travis decisioned Brunswick in the quarters, but then fell by a 4-0 count to the eventual champ from Florida High in the semis. Travis then took a forfeit victory over a teammate in the medal round.
Union Cty: Sophomore Christian Simmons (106) was fifth, the top Tiger place effort, with a 4-1 tournament. After a decision over Fleming B, Simmons lost by fall in the quarters to a fellow Ace and bracket champ; after that, Simmons took pins over Raines, Mosley and Fleming B to rally back to fifth.
University Christian: Eighth-grader Jayce Paridon (106) was the Christians’ lone champion. Paridon had pins in the quarters and semis over wrestlers from Union Cty and Palatka, then decisioned Bartram Trail, 7-4, to complete the run to bracket gold.
Bishop Snyder: Senior Christian Villanueva (120) was the Cardinals’ lone placer with his runnerup finish. Villanueva won by fall over Middleburg and by injury-default over University Christian before edging an Oakleaf wrestler, 4-2, in the semis. Villanueva’s only loss was against a former Georgia 7A placer in the title match.
Ponte Vedra: Senior Rett Maritato (170) was 3-1 on Saturday and placed third, the Sharks’ lone placer, with a one-point loss in the semis to the eventual runnerup. Maritato took pins over Suwannee and Brunswick leading up to the semis, with a third-place untimed fall over Bartram Trail in the medal round.