TALLAHASSEE — For Lincoln, getting off to the right start means a team win at an intracity rival.
And the Trojans were able to do that this weekend at the Cam Brown Classic, hosted by Florida High, taking the team title and four individual titles as well.
The two-day roundrobin featured 12 groups from nine different programs, with the Trojans outpointing Yulee, 288-264.5, on a weekend that celebrated the life of former Florida High 1A state runnerup Cam Brown, who passed away after a bout with osteosarcoma in November of 2017 after graduating that spring and reaching Saturday night that February for the Seminoles.
Bainbridge was third with 260, Ft Walton Beach fourth at 247, followed by North Bay Haven (182.5) and Florida High’s varsity squad in sixth at 169. Liberty County and Marianna tied for 7th with 56 points, followed by Florida High B (51), Leon (49), Bainbridge B (45.5) and Lincoln B (12).
A recap of Florida-side top performances at each weight follows (recap on Bainbridge will be written on our Georgia site):
106 — Florida High’s DJ Richardson won Pool A with two pins and an 11-7 decision, while Yulee’s Josh Harris was 4-0 with four pins in 3:39 to win Pool B. In the final, Richardson added a third pin, falling Harris in 4 minutes for the title. Lincoln’s Joe Tucker (decision & tech in pool), the only wrestler to go six minutes with Richardson, was third with a 16-14 decision over Florida High B’s Jasper Croom (2 pins & decision in Pool B).
113 — Liberty County’s Jay Brown — in his first tournament for the Bulldogs — won Pool B with two pins and a decision, then added a pair of decisions in the championship bracket, the second of those a pool rematch against Lincoln’s Vaniel Caceres. After winning, 7-4, in pool, Brown took a 6-3 win in the championship over Caceres, who otherwise had compiled two pins and a tech fall on the day. After losing by fall in Pool A to Yulee’s Lewis Duhan, Ft Walton Beach’s Zak Vosburgh got the pin back, falling Duhan in 2 minutes for third.
120 — In a full six-person roundrobin, North Bay Haven eighth-grader Zander Stillgess ran the table, with four pins and a 17-0 tech fall (4:23) to win the weight class in his first appearance for the Buccaneers. Stillgess’ third-period fall (5:15) over Ft Walton Beach’s Santiago Mayic (3 pins) was the effective championship match. Mayic, North Bay Haven’s Caleb Fuster and Leon’s Caleb Blum were each 3-2 with three pins (each one against the other), with criteria deciding the 2-4 order of finish.
126 — Lincoln’s Jashawn Washington had three pins and a tech to win Pool A, while Yulee’s Logan Pugh was 3-0 with two pins and tech in winning Pool B. In the final, Washington picked up win #5 with a 10-4 decision over Pugh. Liberty County’s Hunter Brown, the Pool B runnerup (2-1, 2 pins) was fourth after losing the third-place match by fall against Bainbridge’s Triston Wingate.
132 — Bainbridge wrestlers were 1-2-3 at this weight, with Marianna’s Josh Mercer the top Florida competitor in fourth. Mercer was 3-2 (3 pins) in Pool B, advancing out as the runnerup, but then took two additional losses by fall in the top flight.
138 — An all-Lincoln final ensued, as Pool B’s Zaire Fernanders-Jackson had four pins to win the pool and face Pool A champ and teammate Jermaine Yarborough (2 pins/major/decision). Fernanders-Jackson would take the title with a second-period fall (3:09). Florida High’s Wyatt Mann, the Pool B runnerup (3-1, 2 pins & fft) was fourth after losing by fall to Bainbridge’s Lawson Singleton (1:01) in the medal round.
145 — Yulee’s Dylan Johns pinned his way through the bracket, with five falls in 6:30 en route to the Pool A win and overall title. Johns opened with a fall over Ft Walton Beach’s Steven Banfield — in his first appearance for the Vikings — and ended it with a 44-second pin in the final over Banfield (3-2, 2 pins & decision). Pool B champ Bear Siegal had four pins to place third, with his only loss an 11-4 decision to Banfield, falling Lincoln’s Vincent Crump (2-3, pin & decision) in 2:45 in the medal match.
152 — Nolan Zirgibel of Leon won Pool A with three pins and a 12-0 major, then added a fourth pin in the championship over Pool B champion Alexander Davidson of Ft Walton Beach, who won his pool behind four pins in 6:02. Florida High’s Dean Wright (4-1, pin & 3 majors), the Pool A runnerup, majored teammate Nicholas Roeder (3-2, 3 pins), 17-3, to take third place.
160 — Lincoln’s Connor Edwards pinned his way through Pool A (3 in all), then pushed through two decisions in the championship round, finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 4-2 win over Pool B champ Marquis Muniz (3-1 in the tournament, 2 pins & decision). Florida High’s Caleb Keigans, who was 1-1 in pool after an 11-5 loss to Muniz, then lost to Edwards (8-4) in the semis, but bounced back to fall Marianna’s Trett Phillips (2-3, 2 pins) for third in 3:13.
170 — Florida High’s Xander Hawkes was 5-0 (3 pins/fft/decision) to win Pool B; after a forfeit win over eventual 4th and brother Liam Hawkes in the championship semis, Xander would add a fourth pin over Ft Walton Beach’s Darius Brundidge (1:40) in the final. Brundidge, the Pool B runnerup (4-1, 3 pins & decision in pool) pushed past Yulee’s Jesse Johnson with a sudden-victory takedown and 4-2 win in the semis. Johnson, the Pool A champ (5-0 with 5 pins), added a sixth pin in the third-place match over Liam Hawkes (:52), who was the Pool A runnerup (4-3 on the tournament, 4 pins).
182 — Yulee’s Alex Smith made his high school debut a successful one, with three first-period pins to win Pool B, adding two more in the championship bracket (5 falls in 5:05 on the weekend) to win the title, with the last in 35 seconds over Bainbridge’s Josh Fillingame. Ft Walton Beach placed fourth in the weight class, but a name was not available in the brackets posted.
195 — Lincoln’s Cayden Bevis picked right back up where last season left off, with four max-point wins and a 26-10 tech to win the tournament. Bevis took Pool A (pin/fft/tech), then had two more falls for the win, pinning North Bay Haven Pool B champ David Mercado (4 pins going into the final) in 5:30. Yulee’s Pheonix Barbour-Yerka, the only wrestler in the event not to be pinned by Bevis, was the Pool A runnerup (pin & decision), then bounced back from a semifinal loss by fall to Mercado with a pin over Lincoln’s Jacob Nowak, the Pool B runnerup (2 pins).
220 — Like Bevis at 195, fellow 2A 2021 state placer Cedric Fairrow of Ft Walton Beach bonus-pointed through Pool A (2 pins/fft/13-0 major), then added a third fall by pinning Pool B champ Braylen Ricks of Yulee (4 pins) in 3:39 for the championship. Pool B runnerup Omarion Laroach of Lincoln (4-1, 4 pins) bounced back from the pool loss with a fall over North Bay Haven’s Logan McAlister (3-2, 2 pins/fft) in 3:14 for third place.
285 — Ft Walton Beach’s Spencer Mackenzie, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, won Pool B with 3 pins and a 3-1 decision, then pinned Bainbridge’s Sesan Edwards, the Pool A champ, in 4:56 for the title. Pool A runnerup Austin Hoyle (4-1, 3 pins & decision) of Yulee took an 8-4 win over Lincoln Pool B runnerup Nic Weaver (3-2, 3 pins) to finish third.
Full roundrobin results from the tournament can be found HERE.