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#RoadToTheShow: 1A-Region 1 Preview

1A-Region 1

When & where: Bolles School, Jacksonville. First session is set for noon Friday. Saturday’s first session set for 10 a.m.; finals usually are at discretion of tournament director and are most often slated for mid-afternoon starts.
Team favorite: Wakulla. Clay. Again. Need much more of a reason than that to show up? This tournament might be the coronation of a new king in the north — at least until next season begins, so your mileage might vary on how important that is — but the two giants should go 1-2 in one way, shape or form. I would guess Yulee will emerge as the clear #3 in this tournament field; a lot of the other contenders have had some difficulties at one point or another. Suwannee’s star power will help it some; look at South Walton, Florida High and Fernandina Beach as possible top five-threats.

Rankings are per Matmen-endorsed statewide rankings source Brant Parsons of the Orlando Sentinel.

Brackets can be reviewed HERE: REGION 1 (BOLLES)

Matmen’s state picks, sure to be wrong

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The picks: 1. Jayce Paridon (University Christian, 2nd). 2. Julian Harvey (Wakulla, 5th). 3. Nik Saldana (Fernandina Beach, 19th). 4. Jay Brown (Wewahitchka).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Saldana v Brown, quarters. That’s the match where we learn if Saldana is ready for a Kissimmee trip. Brown’s had to try to go through Arnold’s Valarie Solorio (13th; will not be wrestling per social media post by her father) all season, so he’s been battle-tested by solid competition.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Third quarterfinal loser; Topher Pearson (Suwannee).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Christian Simmons (Union Cty).

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The picks: 1. De’Quon King (Raines, 3rd). 2. Maverick Rainwater (Clay, 5th). 3. Max Brewster (South Walton, 7th). 4. Ryan Mayer (Bishop Kenny, 10th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: The third quarterfinal between Elijah Stillgess (Rutherford) and Caleb Orr (Wakulla). I see Stillgess being part of the matchup either way, but getting through Friday is going to be very much a test for Orr, who served as a backup for most of the season.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Jacob Witt (Bolles, 17th); third quarterfinal loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Bottom half semifinal loser; Turner Glenn (Episcopal).

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The picks: 1. Egan Gustilo (University Christian, 5th). 2. Austin McKinney (Suwannee, 12th). 3. Raymond Hatchman (Wakulla, 7th). 4. Dalton Huckelberry (Clay, 9th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: There’s actually two: Christian Villanueva (Bishop Snyder, 10th) v McKinney in rd of 16: how will McKinney deal with the size up in weight at the region. Also, the Huckelberry/Lucas Biddle (Arnold, 17th) quarterfinal should be a dandy.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Jackson Holcomb (West Nassau); the Villanueva/McKinney loser in Round 1.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Whoever loses in the top two quarterfinals. Guys, that bottom half is going to be loaded going into Saturday.

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The picks: 1. Tyler Reeve (Florida High, 2nd). 2. Timothy Jolicoeur (Suwannee, 4th). 3. Jeremy Mahoney (Fernandina Beach, 7th). 4. Isaiah Wilson (Wakulla, 6th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Wilson v Tristan Martinez (Yulee, 16th) in round 1. The winner has a reasonable, though by no means a slam dunk, shot to get to the semis; the loser has a chance to do some real damage in the consis, certainly with a decent shot at Saturday.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Christian Ryan (Episcopal, 19th); Martinez.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Joshua Carter (Baker Cty); Thomas Viens (Clay).

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The picks: 1. Matthew Rodriquez (Ridgeview, 1st). 2. Joe Jackson (Episcopal, 12th). 3. Jackson Merrick (Wakulla, 15th). 4. Luke Latham (Rocky Bayou Christian).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Canyon Dart (South Walton) v Dietrich Woods (Fernandina Beach) in round 1. Winner gets Merrick in the quarters and the winner of that will get a one-shot-for-state chance in the blood round. Dart’s been to The Show, while Woods has found a home with the Pirates.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Third quarterfinal loser; Romero Black (Rutherford).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket: Chandler Thomas (Clay, 14th); Brody Boehm (Suwannee, 17th); Dart-Woods loser in round 1.

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The picks: 1. Tyson Musgrove (Suwannee, 8th). 2. Luke Boree (Clay, 7th). 3. Emil Ganim (Florida High, 13th). 4. Jae T Thaxton (Wakulla, 18th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: The top half quarterfinal, which I’m projecting will match up Ryan Kurfirst (South Walton) and Noah Meyer (Episcopal, 16th). Both those guys want to be in the semifinal on Saturday; being in the semi is the best chance to have a chance to wrestle for states.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Dylan Johns (Yulee, 14th); Kurfirst.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Meyer; Cade Vaughn (Union Cty).

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The picks: 1. Hayden Reeves (Wakulla, 9th). 2. Ethan Heinemann (Marianna, 13th). 3. Isaiah Shook (Yulee, 10th). 4. Josh Kumpf (Clay, 15th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Heinemann vs Kumpf in what should be the bottom quarterfinal. The winner will have a chance to make finals — but don’t sleep on Shook there — and the loser will still have a very solid chance to get out on Saturday.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Corban Cherry (Bay); Caleb Parsons (Suwannee, 20th).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Sebastian Gonzalez (Ed White); Ben Helton (Episcopal).

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The picks: 1. Enzo Gamba (Fernandina Beach, 5th). 2. Dominic Martin (Clay, 7th). 3. Austin Howard (Suwannee, 20th). 4. Mathew Flores (University Christian).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Howard v Jesse Johnson (Yulee, 11th), which I project will be the third quarterfinal. Winner will be all but in line to qualify out for states and perhaps finish as high as third. The loser could still do some damage to the top half of the consi-side bracket as well.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Johnson; Colin Hearn (Bishop Kenny).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Calvin Wells (Rocky Bayou Christian); Keaton Schirmer (Rutherford).

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The picks: 1. Cale Hoskinson (Clay, 1st). 2. Cole Baggett (Wakulla, 9th). 3. Aston Ricks (Yulee, 8th). 4. Zach Duncan (Rutherford).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Ayden Kirby (Suwannee) v Lucas Crawford (Fernandina Beach, 20th), rd of 16. Not gonna sugarcoat it, the top half of the consi bracket is an easier place in which to advance, while the bottom half of that bracket is going to mean a win over either Ricks or Baggett in the blood round to go to state, eventually. Whoever loses that match gets to stay in the top half and might have an easier go as far as a road to Kissimmee.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Kirby/L. Crawford loser; Caleb Crawford (Union Cty).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Kirby/L. Crawford winner; Paul Barakat (Bishop Kenny).

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The picks: 1. Raynarde Thomas (Raines, 3rd). 2. Chase Maddox (South Walton, 5th). 3. Ethan Larsen (Clay, 16th). 4. Clayton Dennison (Baker Cty).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: The bottom quarterfinal, which I am projecting Larsen and Rocky Bayou’s Jaden Scruggs as contesting. What’s huge about that is that the winner of that match is going to have a substantial leg up to getting out by winning Friday afternoon.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Daniel Brattain (Wakulla); Larsen/Scruggs loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Collin Sewell (Yulee, 11th); Brooks Rohe (Fernandina Beach).

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The picks: 1. Jackson Osteen (Wakulla, 7th). 2. Ethan Asbury (Bolles). 3. Conner South (Baker Cty, 8th). 4. Keleb Reddish (Yulee, 12th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Both of the bottom-half quarterfinals — Asbury/South and Reddish/Peyton Andersen (Rocky Bayou) — will have seismic implications for this bracket because the winners will meet in the semis and the losers might very well meet in Saturday’s consi quarter round.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Chad Allgood (Rutherford, 11th); South/Asbury loser; Andersen/Reddish loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Tyler Harris (Fernandina Beach); Christian McGarity (Episcopal).

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The picks: 1. David Mercado (North Bay Haven, 10th). 2. Jamari Watson (Raines, 6th). 3. Micah Perdue (Florida High, 13th). 4. Toby Kinghorn (Baker Cty).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Round 1, Kinghorn v Braylen Ricks of Yulee (15th). For folks in that quarterfinal, staying in the top half of the bracket — whether championship or consi — might be the best way to get to state. Whoever loses that match drops into the bottom half. First match Friday night is winnable. But Saturday promises two very uphill climbs for that wrestler.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Tyler Lewis (Arnold); Kinghorn/Ricks loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Tyler Edenfield (Wakulla); Kedtric Wilbon (Clay); Blaine Howard (Suwannee).

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The picks: 1. Jack Pyburn (Bolles, 3rd). 2. Robert Harrell (Godby, 8th). 3. Xavier Stillgess (Rutherford, 7th). 4. Kolby Kidd (Fernandina Beach, 11th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Stillgess v Garrett Cain (Baker Cty, 19th) in the top quarter of the championship bracket. Whoever drops down after losing that match is going to still have a decent chance to get out to states. Cain’s seen good competition, but Stillgess has experience.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Kennan Wilder (Ridgeview); Tanner Lewis (Arnold).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Stillgess/Cain loser); Jackson Rowell (West Nassau, 15th); John Johnson (Clay).

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The picks: 1. Derrick Mosley (Ridgeview, 6th). 2. Ethan Daniels (Clay, 16th). 3. Jayven Hearns (Wakulla, 10th). 4. Daeshawn Larry (Baker Cty).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Larry v Angel Lecointe (Bishop Snyder, 20th) in the first round. Winner of that match could get a leg up into the semis (and maybe the final). Both of them are quite experienced kids and could be very tough outs.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Lecointe/Larry loser; Kyle Burden (Rocky Bayou Christian).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Aireous Rocha (Bozeman); Kevin Thallemer (Bishop Kenny).

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