TALLAHASSEE — Strictly speaking, there is no official “third place” dual that is staged between losing teams upon the completion of the quarterfinal round at region dual sites.
We saw one such dual in 3A-Region 1 last year, and perhaps — in future seasons — there ought to be an official second dual.
Officially or unofficially, these uncertain times of this season might lead teams — as it did Thursday night between Chiles and Ft Walton Beach — to go ahead and get a good second scrap in, particularly given the distances that Panhandle teams have to travel just to wrestle any other part of the coverage area. Thursday night, after both teams fell in the 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals at Lincoln, they took on each other, with Chiles taking a 46-33 victory.
Alex Adkins’ fall at 138 sealed the deal for the Timberwolves (5-2 in duals for the season). Chiles also had pins from Cody Elliott (182), Garrett Marschka (113), Hunter Brown (126) and Luke Pickels (16), with tech falls in favor of Sam Tolomeo (17-1 at 106) and Olufemi Egberongbe (16-1 at 132, plus a forfeit win at 195.
Ft Walton Beach (11-5) got pins from Carter Tobik (170), Cedric Fairrow (220), Spencer Mackenzie (285), Brandon Mallin (120) and Malachi Santiago (145), plus a 7-4 win at 152 for the Vikings’ Darius Brundidge.
Chiles will compete on Saturday at the Trojan Invitational, with the Tallahassee Jr. Volleyball Club serving as physical venue. Ft Walton Beach is off until January 22, when it begins competition at the 2nd annual Geiorge Mulligan Memorial, hosted by area rival Bay.
Oakleaf 57, First Coast 9: At First Coast, the Knights (14-7) got out to an 18-0 start behind forfeit wins at 126 and 132 plus decisions frp, Trevor Owens (8-4 at 138) and Jacob Dewald (7-3 at 145).
After First Coast (3-4) got on the board behind a 4-0 win from Josiah Mossor at 152, Oakleaf extended its lead to 30-3 behind back-to-back pins from James McClintic (160) and Sebastian Lopez de Victoria (170).
The Buccaneers would get another weight-class win at 182 on Adam Haynes’ fall, but the remainder of the dual was all Clay County Knights, as Oakleaf went on a 27-0 run to close out the dual behind a pin from Ben Gaddis (220), Isiah Shevchook’s 3-1 overtime win at 195, and forfeit victories at 285, 106 and 113.
Oakleaf is off until January 27, when it competes against Ridgeview (we’re not sure which team is hosting at this point), while First Coast will compete in Saturday’s Westside Roundrobin.
Bishop Snyder tri-meet: Keystone Heights picked up its first dual victories of the season, sweeping Ed White (36-10) and the host Cardinals (30-18) to improve its duals record to 2-3. In the final dual of the night, the Commanders won their first dual, taking a 24-18 win over Bishop Snyder.
Canyon Hayes (145, injury-default against Ed White), Alix Nichols (152, pin over Bishop Snyder) and Jacob Andrews (220, pin over Ed White) were all double-winners for the Indians. Sheppard Wingate (170) added a fall in the Ed White win, while Steven Raab (195) won by pin against the Cardinals.
Ed White’s Jayonne Davis (138/145, 2 pins) and Davaughn Patterson (195, 2 pins) won twice on the night, as did Bishop Snyder’s Christian Villanueva (120/126, pin over Keystone Heights), Aaron Villanueva (152/160, pin over Keystone Heights) and Joshua Carter (285, 2 pins).
Kesytone Heights will go to Fernandina Beach’s War on the Shore on Saturday, while Ed White will be at Gateway rival Westside’s roundrobin on Saturday. Bishop Snyder is off until the Wolfpack Challenge at Wolfson on January 23.
Sandalwood quad: Englewood romped to three dual wins at its Gateway rival, taking down fellow conference members Ribault (51-12), Sandalwood (48-9) and Paxon (54-18). No other dual results were available as of Tuesday night.
Triple winners for the Rams (6-3) were Royce Reeves (106), Raequan Staples (113, decision over Ribault), Noah Price (120), DiSean Hires (145, pin over Paxon), Melvin Wiggins (220, pin over Paxon) and Billie Maynard (285). Travis Shaver (126) and Ke’Eric Merrell (160) contributed a fall in the Paxon dual, while Sam Howard (195) was 2-0 and won by fall in the Ribault dual.
The Rams will next be at Robert E Lee’s tri-meet with First Coast on January 20. Ribault will be next up on the mats when the Trojans compete at the Westside Roundrobin, while Paxon and Sandalwood are off until the Wolfpack Challenge at Wolfson on January 23. We are still waiting on Sandalwood/Paxon, Sandalwood/Ribault and Paxon/Ribault box scores.
RESULTS: Box scores for all of these duals noted above can be found HERE.