ORANGE PARK — Any Clay County rivalry dual is always going to have a little bit of, well, extra attention on a fellow county team’s schedule.
Wednesday night at Orange Park, visiting Oakleaf came in and found themselves trailing, 21-6 early on against the Raiders.
But the Clay Knights would break back behind four wins in a row and eight of the final nine matches to take a 51-24 victory.
After Ben Gaddis opened the Oakleaf ledger with a fall at 220, Orange Park 285 Gabriel Hecht broke back with a pin to tie it up. From there, the Raiders (8-9) would take a double-digit lead behind Davon Bailey’s fall at 113 and a 7-6 decision for Elijah Serrano at 120, plus a forfeit win at 106.
But after that, it was mostly all Oakleaf (13-7), as the Knights got back-to-back-to-back falls from Keon Barrientos (132), Trevor Owens (138) and Jason Stewart (145), plus a 6-2 win from Andrew Brandt at 126.
Orange Park would halve the gap to 27-24 behind Trevion Sermons’ 7-6 win at 152, but from there Oakleaf would pin out, on falls from James McClintic (160), a dual-clincher from Sebastian Lopez de Victoria (170), plus pins from Braden Cole (182) and Isiah Shevchook (195).
Oakleaf goes on the road again tonight, this time at First Coast, while Orange Park’s calendar is open until February 3, when the Raiders go to region rival Robert E Lee’s quad meet.
Fletcher 58, Bishop Kenny 6: At Fletcher, the hosts romped to victory, with wins at every contested weight between 120-285.
Ana Bradshaw (106), Cole O’Brien (120), Kaden Solomon (138), Ryan Klein (182) and Toby Matson (285), with a forfeit win at 220 for Fletcher. Gabe Daltro (15-0 at 145) won by technical fall and two more bonus-point wins came via majors from Ryden Ashmore (10-0 at 126) and Josh Daltro (13-0 at 132).
Additionally, the Senators (10-3) got decsions in back-to-back-to-back weights from Joel Rodriguez (2-0 at 152), Christopher Strong (8-2 at 160) and Joseph Kohlhaas (5-3 in sudden victory) at 170. Bishop Kenny (13-9) got its only points via fall at 113 from Ryan Mayer.
The Senators go to New Smyrna Beach tonight for 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal wrestling, with a possible semifinal dual in play. Bishop Kenny will next host St Augustine and Atlantic Coast on January 20.
DeLand 40, University (Orange City) 33: At DeLand, the hosts had a pretty firm grip on the middle of the dual, with six wins at eight weights between 132 and 195, to win the 2020 installment of the Battle of the Chunk, a rivalry trophy between the two programs.
Kellen Chapman (120), Zane Canada (138), Paul Derosby (160), Bryce Minsky (170) and Andrew Knowles (195) each won by fall for DeLand (6-3 in duals), which got an 8-0 major from Lane Wishart (145) and a forfeit win at 132.
The Titans (0-3) countered with pins from Grady Bryant (113), Malique Hargett (126), Cooper Braden (152), James Houck (182) and Christian Kennick (285), with Jordan Greene taking an 11-4 win at 220.
DeLand will go to Oviedo’s Showdown at O-Town dual tournament on Saturday, while University (Orange City) will head to 5 Star Conference rival New Smyrna Beach’s Cuda Duals, also on Saturday.
Terry Parker 36, Bishop Snyder 18: At Terry Parker, the hosts used a more-complete lineup to double up the Cardinals, with forfeit victories at 120, 132, 138 and 170.
The Braves (2-4) got falls from Jeff Brown (152) and Jesus Ramirez (285), while Bishop Snyder (0-18) scored all of its points via pins from Christian Villanueva (126), Aaron Villanueva (160) and Matthew Carmona (195).
Terry Parker hosts a quad meet on Friday night, while Bishop Snyder will host Ed White and Keystone Heights tonight.
RESULTS: Box scores for all of these duals can be found HERE.