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#RoadToTheShow: 2A-Region 1 Preview

2A-Region 1

When & where: Mosley HS, Lynn Haven. 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: I’d still say even without a starting 106 or 170, New Smyrna Beach’s powerhouses make the Barracudas the overall team favorite. With three projected region champs and a fourth region finalist, that’s a lot of points at the top; if the rest of the group can do their part and contribute to the team score, the ‘Cudas might pull off the double trophy. Lincoln, Pace, Ft Walton Beach and Fletcher will all be contending for top-five positions, and the competition will be spirited, as several brackets are absolutely loaded (looking at you, 120, 145, 152 and 195). Gulf Breeze, St Augustine and Columbia are also threats to crack the top 5 if anybody falters.

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

Brackets can be reviewed HERE: REGION 1 (MOSLEY)

Matmen’s state picks, sure to be wrong

106
The picks: 1. Brett Millard (Columbia, 4th). 2. Ryder Pimienta (Orange Park, 18th). 3. Ana Bradshaw (Fletcher). 4. Derrick Williams (Mosley).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Bradshaw v Williams, quarterfinals. If Ana wins, I think my projections hold. If Derrick wins, I could see a District 2 sweep of the top four spots.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Santiago Mayic (Ft Walton Beach); third quarterfinal loser; Carter Wilder (Matanzas, 15th).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Shane Jourdan (Middleburg); Sam Tolomeo (Chiles); Vaniel Caceres (Lincoln).

113
The picks: 1. Elijah Hendley (Lincoln, 5th). 2. Garrett Marschka (Chiles, 6th). 3. Calvin Williams (Mosley). 4. Aidan Sutton (New Smyrna Beach).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Zack Young (Belleview) v William Mitchell (Pace). Getting to at least a quarterfinal round is key for both wrestlers’ chances of putting themselves into the blood round; the bottom half of the bracket will be much tougher from which to advance.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Braden Hawley (Matanzas); bottom quarterfinal loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Zak Vosburgh (Ft Walton Beach); Raequan Staples (Englewood, 12th).

120
The picks: 1. Brandon Mallin (Ft Walton Beach, 8th). 2. Hunter Brown (Chiles, 12th). 3. Jamal Burkes (Robert E Lee, 15th). 4. Wilson Nguyen (St Augustine).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: There’s a number of them; Tristen Winfrey (New Smyrna Beach) v Davon Bailey (Orange Park, 13th) stands out as a matchup of guys in the mix for states. (There’s a LOT in this bracket, arguably 11).
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Deagan Kilpatrick (Choctaw); Winfrey/Bailey rd 1 loser; Ethan Pinto (Niceville, 14th); Cole O’Brien (Fletcher, 18th).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Kevin Kerns (Deltona); second quarterfinal loser; Coby Shields (Gulf Breeze).

126
The picks: 1. Jamey Bruner (New Smyrna Beach, 5th). 2. Riley Girgis (Middleburg). 3. Joseph Kent (Seabreeze, 14th). 4. Haze Esary (Pace).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Kent v Logan Merritt (Gulf Breeze) in rd 1. Winner could, COULD, get to the final and staying in the bottom half of the bracket will be key regardless of outcome.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Noah Tritz (Niceville); third quarterfinal loser; bottom quarterfinal loser (Kent/Merritt v Ryden Ashmore of Fletcher, 15th).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Elijah Serrano (Orange Park); Kent/Merritt rd 1 loser; Gage Alberty (Belleview).

132
The picks: 1. Jace Engberg (New Smyrna Beach, 7th). 2. Colson Elliott (Gulf Breeze, 11th). 3. Weston Burbidge (Ft Walton Beach, 18th). 4. Zaire Fernanders-Jackson (Lincoln, 17th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: I’m projecting Matanzas’ Logan Mayer v Fletcher’s Josh Daltro in the second quarterfinal. Winner gets a semifinal berth into Saturday and at least a blood-round shot. The loser of that match drops into a consi match that he could lose.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Chris DeGrella (Niceville, 19th); second quarterfinal winner.
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Morgan Cole (Belleview); second quarterfinal loser; third consi rd 1 winner.

138
The picks: 1. Olufemi Egberongbe (Chiles, 3rd). 2. Nolan Zirgibel (Leon). 3. Cam Friend (Pace, 19th). 4. Andrew Davis (Belleview).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Oh man, that Zirgibel/Lynden North (Englewood, 10th) potential quarterfinal. Winner can make the final. Loser can get to blood round, but it’s a monster. Not impossible, but a monster.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): third quarterfinal loser); Connor Edwards (Lincoln).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Carlos Quintanal (St Augustine); Alexander Davidson (Ft Walton Beach).

145
The picks: 1. Michael Shannon (New Smyrna Beach, 3rd). 2. Nick Hejke (Mosley, 7th). 3. Malachi Santiago (Ft Walton Beach, 6th). 4. Gabe Daltro (Fletcher, 20th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Third quarterfinal, which I’m projecting as Daltro v Atticus Waters (Pace, 8th). Best chance to get out is to make the semis and hope the top half holds to projection, because losing this quarterfinal means going through either Santiago or Hejke in the blood round.
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): third quarterfinal loser; Garret Rudick (Gulf Breeze, 19th).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Ty’Juan Jones (Robert E Lee); Gabriel Galloza (St Augustine, 12th); Alex Adkins (Chiles).

152
The picks: 1. Joel Rodriguez (Fletcher, 7th). 2. Ian Daily (Gulf Breeze, 10th). 3. Nick Kendrick (Mosley, 12th). 4. Thomas Greene (Columbia, 13th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Wow. Another target-rich environment. That Greene-Avante Chamble (New Smyrna Beach) first-rounder, though. This is another bracket with lots of quality kids (I could see up to 11 different kids getting out).
Dark horses (top half of consi bracket): Seth O’Gara (Pace, 9th); Hayden Yanni (St Augustine); Chamble/Greene rd 1 loser; Josiah Mossor (First Coast); Tyson Mills (Matanzas, 17th).
Dark horses (bottom half of consi bracket): Trevion Sermons (Orange Park); Chamble/Greene rd 1 winner; Brock Roberts (Seabreeze).

160
The picks: 1. Ahmahd Denmark (Robert E Lee, 2nd). 2. Joseph Cortez (Pace, 11th). 3. Caleb Tourgee (Ft Walton Beach, 12th). 4. Sean Jones (Gulf Breeze).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Alex Nayfack (Middleburg) v Tourgee in the third quarterfinal. Winner will get a shot at wrestling for state in the blood round, the loser will go into a tough top half consi. Not impossible to get out, but will be tough.
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Joseph Skinner (Ponte Vedra); Jordan Mills (Matanzas, 13th); third quarterfinal loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Clint Griffin (St Augustine, 18th); Patrick Blanca (Lincoln).

170
The picks: 1. Joseph Rice (Columbia, 4th). 2. Connor Spossey (St Augustine, 5th). 3. Rett Maritato (Ponte Vedra, 12th). 4. Martin Black (Niceville, 15th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Maritato v Brody Andrews (Pace, 16th), third quarterfinal. Seems like those third quarterfinals are providing some tasty matchups this year in 2A-R1. Winner gets to wrestle for the medal in the blood round, but the loser could have a tough consi quarter and a brutal blood-rounder against either Rice or Black.
Dark horses (top half of bracket): third quarterfinal loser; Eliyah Cole (Middleburg, 17th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Carter Tobik (Ft Walton Beach); Kaydon Lester (Mosley); Eric McLaughlin (Belleview).

182
The picks: 1. Cayden Bevis (Lincoln, 5th). 2. Ryan Murphy (St Augustine, 17th). 3. Hunter Dupont (Gulf Breeze, 12th). 4. Aidan Bryan (Pace, 13th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Bryan vs Ryan Klein (Fletcher); there’s that third quarterfinal once again. You want to stay in the bottom half of this bracket; it’s an easier path, on the whole, than trying to go through either Bevis or Dupont up top.
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Dalton Kovacs (Mosley); third quarterfinal loser; Tucker Cody (Middleburg).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Darryl Sam (Englewood); Zachary Underwood (Ponte Vedra); Bryce Travis (Niceville).

195
The picks: 1. Kyle McGill (Chiles, 1st). 2. Doug Dittmer (New Smyrna Beach, 5th). 3. Wyatt Dillon (Pace, 8th). 4. Caiden Patton (Seabreeze, 7th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Wyatt Yown (Lincoln, 6th) v Jeremy Porter (Robert E Lee). Either of these guys COULD make the semis; either COULD go 1-2 and be watching teammates Saturday. This is a bracket where the competition you’ve wrestled could matter a great deal Friday in the quarters and consi round 2.
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Sam Howard (Englewood); Yown/Porter rd 1 loser; Julian McCulley (Gulf Breeze, 15th); Josh Seabrooks (Leon, 19th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Yown/Porter winner; Shawn Raggins (Columbia, 17th); Cleon Johnson (First Coast).

220
The picks: 1. Cedric Fairrow (Ft Walton Beach, 4th). 2. Ethan Hollenbach (Fletcher, 5th). 3. Ethan Chiu (Deltona, 11th). 4. Omarion LaRoach (Lincoln, 12th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Chiu v Micah Barker (Gulf Breeze). The 2020 state qualifier has a tough quarter of the bracket to push through, starting with this intriguing first-rounder.
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Chiu/Barker rd 1 loser; David Polaski (Niceville); Nathan Boyd (Seabreeze, 13th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Craig Harper (Robert E Lee, 9th); Andrew Dunn (Belleview, 20th); Desi McGueen (Crestview).

285
The picks: 1. Ray Bolden (Westside, 3rd). 2. Jaycob Jones (Columbia, 5th). 3. Robert Elder (Matanzas, 6th). 4. Spencer Mackenzie (Ft Walton Beach, 18th).
The Friday match I’m most intrigued by: Elder v Mackenzie in the bottom quarterfinal (sure this shouldn’t be the third?). This is a match I think we could see happen twice, and it wouuldn’t surprise me if each wins once.
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Kegan Oshel (Pace); Toby Matson (Fletcher, 15th); bottom quarterfinal loser.
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Gabriel Hecht (Orange Park); Nic Weaver (Lincoln, 20th); Robert Wills (Mosley).

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