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#RoadToTheShow: Fletcher Takes 2A-Dist 3

Fletcher wrestlers and coaches celebrate with the team’s 2A-District 3 championship trophy Thursday evening at Westside (Photo by Shannon Heaton; action photos from four championship matches are available on the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

JACKSONVILLE — Particularly in the homestretch of any sports season, coaches often want to stay in the moment.

But Fletcher coach Paul Schloth couldn’t help but keep an eye on what Thursday night’s dominant 2A-District 3 team championship would mean for the Senators’ future as well as its very present present.

“To be honest, this is just the beginning of what this team can do,” Schloth said following the Senators’ 87-point margin of victory over runnerup Ponte Vedra and the rest of an eight-team field at Westside HS Thursday.

“We’re getting ready for what’s to come, not just this year, but for next year. These guys are learning what tournament-style wrestling is all about. We tell them they have 12 matches in the post-season. Now they have eight left.”

Fletcher advanced its entire 13-wrestler contingent to next weekend’s 2A-Region 1 tournament at Mosley, with seven champions, three runners-up, two 3rds and one 4th, scoring 212 points on Thursday as a team.

“We had some good district championships, won some matches that we lost earlier and now let’s see how many can, how you say it, punch their tickets to the big show (states) next week,” Schloth said.

Ponte Vedra has had its share of struggles after a year in which the Sharks were expected to break out. Some of that happened, as the team did qualify for dual regions last month, but not without a lot of dual losses and not without taking lumps.

“We’ve been trying to keep it in perspective in the room,” Sharks coach Josean Gonzalez said. “We didn’t really have everybody where we wanted them, and we’re just starting to get where wanted to be, but I’m happy with the end result. Kids really pushed themselves.”

Ponte Vedra wrestlers and coaches take home the 2A-District 3 team runnerup trophy Thursday evening at Westside (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

Ponte Vedra qualified 10 out for Region 1 next week, with one champion, two runners-up, five 3rds and two 4ths. The Sharks pushed past Englewood for the second spot late in the day, scoring 125 points to the Rams’ 105.5.

Englewood got seven of its eight wrestlers out, with two champions, two runners-up, one 3rd and two 4ths.

Robert E Lee pushed past First Coast, 96-72, for fourth place. The Generals had two champions, two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th, to get six wrestlers out.

First Coast also moved six wrestlers through to regions, with one champion, two runners-up, one 3rd and two 4ths.

Host Westside was sixth, with 6 points, followed by Terry Parker (60) and Stanton (25).

The Wolverines moved five out to regions, with one champion, two runners-up and two 4ths, while the Braves moved four through (one runnerup, two 3rds and one 4th) and Stanton qualified two (one 3rd and one 4th).

Brackets from Thursday’s tournament can be found HERE.

THE QUALIFIERS
Fletcher: Ana Bradshaw (106-1st); Jimi Baur (113-4th); Cole O’Brien (120-2nd); Ryden Ashmore (126-1st); Josh Daltro (132-1st); Kaden Solomon (138-3rd); Gabe Daltro (145-1st); Joel Rodriguez (152-1st); Christopher Strong (160-2nd); Joseph Kohlhaas (170-3rd); Ryan Klein (182-1st); Ethan Hollenbach (220-1st); Toby Matson (285-2nd).
Ponte Vedra: Lucas Kirkman (106-2nd); Aiden Taylor (120-3rd); Andrew Hissam (126-2nd); Grady Dolan (132-3rd); Cyrus Ferraro (138-4th); William Ross (152-3rd); Joseph Skinner (160-3rd); Rett Maritato (170-1st); Zachary Underwood (182-3rd); Luke Calamari (195-4th).
Englewood: Raequan Staples (113-1st); Lynden North (138-1st); DiSean Hires (145-4th); Ke’Eric Merrell (152-4th); Darryl Sam (182-2nd); Sam Howard (195-2nd); Melvin Wiggins (220-3rd).
Robert E Lee: Jamal Burkes (120-1st); Ty’Juan Jones (145-2nd); Ahmahd Denmark (160-1st); Jeremy Porter (195-3rd); Craig Harper (220-2nd); Thomas Jones (285-4th).
First Coast: Domorrien Wright (132-2nd); Payton London (145-3rd); Josiah Mossor (152-2nd); Isaiah Tucker (160-4th); Cleon Johnson (195-1st); Jaquan Dennis (220-4th).
Westside: James Matthews (113-2nd); Tesla Kirkland (126-4th); Olleon Hickmon (138-2nd); Caleb Baltazar (182-4th); Ray Bolden (285-1st).
Terry Parker: Christian DeSouza (120-4th); Chris Wright (126-3rd); Benny Lewis (170-2nd); Jesus Ramirez (285-3rd).
Stanton: Jose Toledo (113-3rd); Matthew Mock (132-4th).

THE DISTRICT CHAMPS
106: Senior Bradshaw (18-8) won her second district title — the first girl in north Florida to win two district titles this year after being the first girl in north Florida to win a district title in 2020 — with a second-period fall in the final (2:44) over Kirkman.
113: Staples (12-2), a senior, qualified out for regions for the third time (runnerup last year, 4th in 2019), with a semifinal tech (18-3 in 3:31) over third-place Toledo and a fall (4 minutes) in the finals over Matthews.
120: Senior Burkes (28-3) won his first district title after a runnerup effort in 2020 and fourth-place region showing in Georgia (that state’s equivalent of districts), with a 21-second semifinal pin over fourth-place DeSouza, followed by a 6-4 win in the final over O’Brien.
126: Ashmore (24-5), a junior, won his first district title after a runnerup effort in 2020, with a semifinal pin over third-place Wright (2:38) and a 7-0 shutout in the final over Hissam.
132: After a third in 2020, sophomore Daltro (20-9) won his first district championship with a semifinal pin over fourth-place Mock (1:53) and a 5-3 win over Wright in the finals match.
138: North (20-1), a junior, qualified out for regions for the third time, with his second district title (won last year, 3rd in 2019) won with two pins in 3:12, including falls in the semis over fourth-place Ferraro (1:45) and in the finals over Hickmon (1:27).
145: Senior Daltro (27-3) won his second district title (won in 2020 also) Thursday, with a 7-3 semifinal win over third-place London, followed by a 59-second pin in the finals over Jones.
152: Rodriguez (27-1), a senior, reached the region round for the third time (fourth in 2019) and won his second district title (won last year as well). After a 31-second semifinal pin over Terry Parker’s Justin Rangeloff, Rodriguez took a 4-0 win over Mossor for the championship.
160: Like Rodriguez at 152, senior Denmark (34-1) got to regions for the third time (3rd in 2019) and won his second district championship (also won in 2020). Denmark took two pins in 1:46 of mat time, with falls in the semis over fourth-place Tucker (1:08) and over Strong (:38).
170: Maritato (35-3), a senior, got to regions for the fourth time (3rd in 2018, 4th in 2019, 3rd last year), winning his first district title with a bye into the finals, where he teched Lewis in the second period, 16-1 in 3:23.
182: After an 0-2 district performance last year, sophomore Klein (25-6) responded this year with his first district championship, taking pins over Terry Parker’s Andrew Hodges (1:42, quarters) and third-place Underwood (5:57, semis), followed by finding a takedown in sudden-victory for a 7-5 win over Sam.
195: After finishing a match short of regions in 2020, Johnson (19-6), a senior, took home his first district title. Johnson found an escape in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 6-5 win over third-place Porter in the semis, then came back with a second-period fall (3:21) over Howard in the final.
220: Senior Hollenbach (26-3) got out to regions for the third time (3rd in 2019) and won his second district championship (won in 2020 as well) behind a fall in the semis over fourth-place Dennis (2:02), then securing a takedown in sudden victory for a 4-2 win over Harper in the championship match.
285: Bolden (16-1), a senior, qualified out for the fourth time (4th in 2018, 3rd in 2019), winning his second district title (won in 2020), with a semifinal pin over fourth-place Jones (2:48), followed by a 7-4 win in the title round over Matson.

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