FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA — When last we got to see St Thomas University sophomore Gannon Janssen, it was at the FHSAA state tournament for Fleming Island, with his last contested match ending in injury.
After what had to seem to like forever, though, Janssen got his chance to compete in a larger stage on Sunday in the Georgia Open, hosted by Emmanuel College, and he didn’t waste his opportunity.
Janssen (no headshot available from college) took home the 174-pound weight class title, with a 4-0 day that included three bonus-point wins.
After a bye into the round of 16, Janssen teched Montreat’s Malik Jenkins, 16-1, to get to the quarters, where he falled former Riverdale prep Terrence Clayton, now wrestling for Cumberland-TN, in the third period (6:24). His closest match of the day was in the semis, where he decisioned Lander’s Daniel Kitts by a 5-2 count to reach the final.
There, Janssen scored in each period against Cumberland-TN’s Justin Oldknow, with big nearfall points in both the first and second periods, three takedowns in the match and riding time en route to a 16-4 major and the Georgia Open title.
Here’s a look at the rest of the Matmen alumni that got a chance to compete in college events on Sunday:
Daniel Porter (Greensboro, Clay ’18): Compiled a 4-1 record and placed third at 125 in the Averett (VA) Cougar Open. Porter reached the semis behind wins over the hosts’ Austin Long (12-5 decision, pigtail), Coker’s Corey Gallivan (formerly of Miami Palmetto; 16-5, round of 16) and teching the hosts’ Daniel Parkulo (18-2, quarters) before falling to eventual champ Melvin Rubio of Queens University, 13-4, in the semis. Porter then placed third with a win by medical forfeit over the hosts’ Samuel Braswell.
Peyton Hughes (Clackamas CC; former Clay & Fleming Island): Was 5-1 and placed third at 141 in the Mike Clock Open in Forest Grove, OR. On the front of the bracket, Hughes had pins over Eastern Oregon’s Monte Zufelt (1:27, round of 32) and Simon Fraser’s Randy McDonald (1:56, quarters), along with an injury-default win in the round of 16 over Southern Oregon’s Justin Coon. Hughes fell to San Francisco State’s Joshua Fuentes-Norikiy, the eventual runnerup by 8-3 decision in the semis, but bounced back in the consis with an 11-6 decision over North Idaho’s Mario De La Torre and a walkover in the third-place match over Beaver Dam RTC’s Hunter Eveland.
Jack Johnson (Air Force; Niceville ’18): Was 1-2 and placed fourth in the Invitational division of the App State Invitational/Open, contested in Boone, NC. Johnson scored in each period in his 7-2 quarterfinal win over Indiana’s Matt Ortiz, but then lost by fall (2:26) to seventh-ranked (InterMat) Anthony Valencia of Arizona State, the eventual champ. Johnson then faced Falcon teammate Jack Ganos in the third-place match, scoring first 26 seconds in; however, after a Ganos takedown later in the first period, he trailed the rest of the way in a 5-4 loss.
Drevon Wallace (Allen; Palatka ’20, no headshot available from school): Was 4-1 and placed fifth at 141 in the Averett Cougar Open. After a bye into the round of 16, Wallace downed Greensboro’s Cody Williams, 6-5, but then lost by fall in the quarters to eventual runnerup Kyle Sanders of the hosts. In the consis, Wallace falled Ferrum’s Jonathan Ward (4:32) to assure a place finish, then took two decisions over Williams (5-4) in the consi semis and over Shenandoah’s Colton White, 8-1, to place fifth.
Cale Hoskinson (Notre Dame College; Clay ’21, no headshot available from school): Was 2-1 and placed fifth in the 165 bracket of the White division at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open in Tiffin. After falling by a single point, 5-4, to eventual runnerup James Ost of RIT in the quarters, Hoskinson had a bye into the consi semis, where he pinned Heidelberg’s Brady Salmons (1:08). Hoskinson then led wire-to-wire with takedowns in both the first and second periods, plus riding time, in a 9-2 decision for fifth over Heidelberg’s Logan Germaine.
Nicholas Vugman (Florida; Bartram Trail ’19, no headshot available from school): Was 2-2 for the NCWA club team Gators at the Georgia Open, competing at 149. Vugman took an 8-7 pigtail loss to Cumberland-TN’s Eli Clemmons on the front side, but came back with two consi-side victories. Vugman falled Montreat’s Jonthan Zafra (1:18) in his first consi match, decisioning Florida teammate Alfonso Vargas, 5-2, in consi round 3 before a third-period loss by fall (5:26) to St Thomas University’s Chris Espinoza in round 4.
Armando Acosta (Newberry; Buchholz ’20): Was 2-2 at the Wolfpack Open, hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh, competing at 184. Acosta decisioned unattached wrestler Vikram Ostrander, 8-6, in sudden victory during the round of 32, but then lost by second-period fall (4:04) to Seton Hill’s Brandon Mathews, the eventual 5th, in the round of 16. In the consis, Acosta won his first match by fall (1:17) over teammate Jacob Lesley, but then lost by fall (4:34) to Campbell’s Cole Rees, the eventual 6th.
Jacob Sandoval (Florida; Fleming Island ’18, no headshot available from school): Was 1-2 for the Gators at the Georgia Open, competing at 133. After a front-side 7-2 loss in the round of 16 to the hosts’ Anthony Cruz, Sandoval responded with a fall over former Doral Academy prep Omar Corrales (3:16), wrestling for St Thomas University, in consi round 3, but then lost by fall to Life’s Tyler Earick in 4:11 in round 4.
Ethan Pickren (Arizona State; South Walton ’19): Was 1-2 at 141 in the Invitational division of the App State Invitational/Open. Pickren took an 11-4 loss in the round of 16 to Gardner-Webb’s Trevon Majette on the front side, but bounced back in his first consi-side match, with two takedowns and three turns in the first period en route to a 15-3 major over Appalachian State’s Tyler Kellison. Pickren then fell, 12-0, in consi round 2 to Air Force’s Cody Phippen, the eventual 5th in the weight class.
DJ Perez (St Thomas University; West Orange ’21; no headshot available from school): Was 0-2 at 125 at the Georgia Open, with losses on the front to Life’s Grayson Patterson in a 7-3 decision, and in the consis to Cumberland-TN’s Alex Fields by a 12-3 major.
Joe Jackson (Roanoke College; Episcopal ’21): Was 0-2 at 141 in the Averett Cougar Open, with losses on the front to the hosts’ Sanders (fall in 2:02), and then in the consis to Greensboro’s Williams by a 12-5 decision in round 3.
Dalton Huckelberry (Roanoke College; Clay ’21): Was 0-2 at 141 in the Averett Cougar Open with losses on the front to Bluefield State’s Caleb Fritz (16-0 TF), the eventual 4th, and in the consis against Ferrum’s Ward (fall in :11).
Cameron Broughton (Gardner-Webb; Orange Park ’20): Was 0-2 at 157 in the Open division of the App State Invitational/Open, with losses on the front to Life’s Clint Morrissette (15-3 major, quarters), the eventual 4th, and in the consis to teammate Tyler Brignola (7-1), the eventual 6th.
Reid Hampton (VMI; Episcopal ’20): Was 0-2 at 157 in the Open division of the App State Invitational/Open, with losses on the front to Life’s Alexander Clark (fall in 2:26, quarters) and in the consis to teammate Mason Stewart, 7-6, in a match decided by riding time at the end.
Patrick Adams (Campbell; Ft Walton Beach ’20): Was 0-2 at 165 at the Wolfpack Open, with a third-period loss by tech fall (19-0 in 5:22) to teammate Kevin Muschel on the front side of the bracket, and a loss in consi round 2 by fall (1:09) to Seton Hill’s Colby Romjue.
Robert Parland (St Andrews; University Christian ’13): Coached the Knights at the Georgia Open, with one wrestler — Joshua Soliz at 157 — placing in the event. Soliz was 3-1 on the day and placed second.