ST JOHNS — As the season moves into its homestretch, with less than three weeks of regular competition left, bragging rights are still needing to be established.
After a couple of hiccups early in January, Creekside has gotten back close to its season-beginning form. Coming off Saturday’s tournament win at Wolfson, the Knights turned back Bartram Trail, 40-34, to continue their top spot in St Johns County Wednesday night.
The Knights (19-3) got out to a 15-0 start behind pins from Conner Wright (113) and Hunter England (120), along with an 8-1 win at 126 from David Ferreira.
Bartram Trail (16-5) would cut the lead to five, 15-10, behind two bonus-point wins at 132 and 138 (pin from Trevor Tagarelli at 32, 15-5 major from Preston Pena at 138). Creekside re-extended the lead to 12 on a 16-8 major from Diego Rivera (152) and 8-4 win from Ryan Redfern (145).
The teams then traded pins from 160 through 195, with John McNames (160) and Sharif Denson (182) winning by fall for the Bears and Hunter Brown (170) and Robbie Balke (195, in a dual-clinching pin) for the Knights.
The teams then traded forfeits at 220 and 285, with Bartram’s Ethan Vugman (106) closing out the dual with a fall.
Deltona 37, Atlantic 36: At Deltona, the Wolves (4-12) won on their Senior Night, taking the win on Criterion D per Track (most wins to include forfeits).
Deltona took contested victories via fall from Kevin Kerns (120), Ethan Chiu (220) and Chris Nash (285), with forfeit wins at 106, 113 and 152.
Atlantic (season record unknown due to missing results) had pins at 126, 132, 138 and 170, with forfeit wins at 182 and 195. Check the box score for more.
The Sharks, who wrestled on Tuesday night as well (no results from that dual against Lake Howell), compete again Thursday night at Mainland. Deltona returns to competition on Friday at the Flagler Rotary.
Matanzas 46, University (Orange City) 24: At Orange City, the Pirates (9-2) had back-to-back-to-back bonus-point wins from 152-170 and two pins up top.
Braden Hawley (113), Jordan Mills (160), Quincy Cuthbert (170), AJ Pieroni (220) and Robert Elder (285) all won by fall for Matanzas, which also got a 9-1 major from Tyson Mills (152) and forfeit wins at 126 and 132.
The host Titans (4-4) had a pin from Malique Hargett (120) and decisions from Grady Bryant (7-3 at 106) and Luke Harrod (10-9 at 145), plus forfeit wins at 182 and 195.
In girls’ action contested before the boys, the Lady Titans won two of three contested matches, with Katie Roche (106) winning by fall and Alexandra Roche (132) taking a 7-4 win. Riley White (113) had a 4-0 decision for the Lady Pirates.
Matanzas is at Flagler for Rotary on Friday, while University (Orange City) is off until February 4, when the Titans host 5 Star Conference rival Atlantic.
Fernandina Beach 50, Bishop Kenny 25: At Bishop Kenny, the Pirates (17-4) clinched the dual behind back-to-back-to-back max-point wins from 120 through 132, building a 39-12 lead with four matches to go.
Nik Saldana (106), Caden Kubatzke (120), Dietrich Woods (132, with the dual-clincher) and Lucas Crawford (160) each had pins for Fernandina Beach, with Enzo Gamba (152) taking a third-period tech fall and Tyler Harris (182) winning with a 10-4 decision. The Pirates had forfeit victories at 195, 220 and 126 as well.
Bishop Kenny (15-13) collected pins from Kevin Thallemer (285), Aden Seepersad (138) and Christopher Hampton (145), with Ryan Mayer pitching a 10-0 shutout for a major at 113 and Michael Bagan taking a 10-6 win at 170.
Both teams are off until February, with Fernandina going to Englewood’s tri-meet on the 5th and Bishop Kenny scheduled for the Clay Rotary on the 5th and 6th.
Clay 74, Middleburg 6: At Clay, the hosts (10-2) gave up only a forfeit victory, winning all eight contested matches in an early birthday present for coach Jim Reape.
Dalton Huckelberry (120), Thomas Viens (132), Luke Boree (138), Dominic Martin (152), Ethan Larsen (170) and Hunter Huckelberry (182) each won by pin, with Josh Kumpf (11-2 at 145) and Cale Hoskinson (11-1 at 160) taking majors. The Blue Devils had forfeit wins at 220, 285, 113, 126 and 195.
Middleburg (5-7) had its lone victory at 106.
Clay will be at Flagler Rotary on Friday, while Middleburg travels to Wakulla for its MyHOUSE Big Bend Invitational duals tournament on Saturday.
Fleming Island 50, Yulee 27: At Yulee, the visiting Golden Eagles (15-1) roared out to a 30-0 lead and made it stand up.
Fleming Island took pins in the first four weights, as Raul Gonzalez (220), Ethan Hoffstetter (285), Joseph Forte (106) and Hunter Herrington (113) got the Golden Eagles out to a strong start.
The teams traded points between 120 and 152, with one forfeit and one pin each (Tristan Martinez for the Hornets at 126, Xavier Logan for the Golden Eagles at 132), then took one decision each, with Isaiah Shook (145) with a 5-4 win for Yulee (8-5) and David Parkes (152) with a 10-7 decision for Fleming.
The closest that Yulee would get would be 18, 39-21, and that came after Collin Sewell’s fall at 160 for the Hornets, but Fleming Island clinched the victory with Jhoel Robinson’s second-period, 21-4 tech fall at 170. After a forfeit win to Yulee at 182, the Golden Eagles had one more pin from Hunter Williams (195) to close out the dual.
Yulee also won by forfeit at 138, while Fleming had a forfeit victory at 120. The Golden Eagles now will go to Flagler Palm Coast for the Flagler Rotary on Friday and Saturday, while Yulee will travel to Crawfordville for Wakulla’s MyHOUSE Big Bend Invitational on Saturday.
RESULTS: Box scores for all of the reported duals can be found HERE.