JACKSONVILLE — It wasn’t all that long ago that Creekside, Matanzas and Bartram Trail clashed in head-to-head fashion for the 2A-District 4 title.
That’s no longer the case, with the St Johns Knights and Bears now in 3A, but the three teams invaded Duval County from the south and wreaked a fair share of havoc on Saturday at the inaugural Wolfson Challenge one-day IBT event.
Creekside, split into two squads, saw its Black side put 10 wrestlers into the finals (three winning titles) and total up 224.5 points, 31 ahead of Matanzas and 60 ahead of the third-place Bears.
Matanzas had 11 placers (as did Creekside Black), with four champions. Bartram Trail matched the Pirates’ champion total and had seven placers in the top four, six of those as finalists.
Host Wolfson was the city’s top team in the 13-team field, with 129 points and eight top-four finishes, with one champ and one runnerup. Robert E Lee rounded out the top five, with 74 points, four placers (three finalists) and one champion.
Note: Individual notes for all teams could not be listed due to missing results. Full results for all teams can be found HERE.
Team scores: 1. Creekside Black 224.5. 2. Matanzas 193.5. 3. Bartram Trail 164.5. 4. Wolfson 129. 5. Robert E Lee 74. 6. Atlantic Coast 59. 7. (tie) Bishop Snyder & Terry Parker 48. 9. Creekside Red 43. 10. Paxon 42. 11. Ribault 24. 12. Stanton 18. 13. Baldwin 10.
Championship matches —
106: Ethan Vugman (BT) p. Andrew Feeks (CrB).
113: Connor Wright (CrB) p. Samual Harris (Wolfson).
120: Mayhem Woolsey (BT) p. Hunter England (CrB).
126: Trevor Tagarelli (BT) p. Christian Villanueva (Sny).
132: Logan Mayer (Mat) d. Cathan Simpson (CrB).
138: Preston Pena (BT) p. Noah Connahey (CrB).
145: Jeff Brown (TP) p. Grady Hutchinson (BT).
152: Tyson Mills (Mat) p. Diego Rivera (CrB).
160: Jordan Mills (Mat) p. Breon Jordon (Rib).
170: Ahmahd Denmark (Lee) p. Hunter Brown (CrB).
182: Grant Authelet (Wolf) p. Oraldo Visha (CrB).
195: Robbie Balke (CrB) p. Zachary Morton (Lee).
220: Vincent Approbato (CrB) p. Craig Harper (Lee).
285: Robert Elder (Mat) p. Ryan Piersza (BT).
THE ACES OF THE DAY
Creekside Black: Robbie Balke (195) pinned his way through the bracket for one of the Black side’s three titles. After a bye into the semis, Balke had a fall over Wolfson before his championship-round pin.
Matanzas: Logan Mayer (132) won three times for his bracket. Prior to his decision victory in the final, Mayer won by fall over Paxon and by technical fall over Wolfson to advance to the championship round.
Bartram Trail: Mayhem Woolsey (120) won by fall twice to take the title, with pins over Creekside Red and Black wrestlers to win his first IBT crown for the Bears.
Wolfson: Grant Authelet (182) pinned his way through the bracket, with a bye into the semis and a fall over a fellow Ace to get to the championship match, where he picked up his second pin.
Robert E Lee: Ahmahd Denmark (170) pinned his way through the tournament, including his finals win in one of the marquee matches of the day. Denmark had prior pins over Ribault and Bartram Trail wrestlers in reaching the championship match.
Atlantic Coast: Nick Shay (145) rallied from a semifinal loss by decision to the eventual runnerup to come back and place third for a 3-1 tournament. Shay had a pin over Creekside Red on the front and consi-side pins over Wolfson and Matanzas to take third.
Bishop Snyder: Christian Villanueva (126) was the Cardinals’ lone finalist after a 1-1 tournament, with a semifinal pin over Terry Parker prior to his loss in the final.
Creekside Red: Joseph Bartels (182) was 2-1 at 182, with his only loss to the eventual champion and a fellow Ace in the semis. Bartels had a pin over Paxon on the front side, and a third-place fall over the same Paxon wrestler in the medal match.
Paxon: Matthew Brunelli (195) took fourth with a 2-2 day, with losses to the eventual runnerup and in the third-place match to Wolfson. Brunelli had pins over wrestlers from Bartram Trail and Terry Parker.
Ribault: Breon Jordan (160) reached the final at his weight class, with a 2-1 tournament for the Trojans. Before falling to a fellow Ace in the final, Jordan had pins over wrestlers from Paxon and Baldwin.
Stanton: Matthew Mock (132) was 1-2 on the day, with a win by fall over Robert E Lee in the pigtail round, and losses to two eventual placers (to third-place Wolfson wrestler in the quarters and fourth-place Matanzas wrestler in the consis).
Baldwin: Taylor Davenport (160) was 1-2 in the tournament and one match from placing in his bracket, with a fall over Paxon and losses by fall to the eventual runnerup and fourth-place wrestlers from Ribault and Creekside, respectively.