#So.Paint: Creekside Runs Table At MTZ

PALM COAST — Creekside sailed through the Southern Paint Scuffle on Saturday, the first tournament of the season for the five area teams in contention.

And, just as the St Johns Knights had done Wednesday night at Ponte Vedra, they continued on Saturday, with four dominant double-digit wins over Wolfson (71-6), Mainland (67-12), Oviedo (78-6) and host Matanzas (51-23), winning the tournament with an average margin of victory of 54.5 points per dual.

Creekside wrestlers and coaches enjoy a 4-0 day at the Southern Paint Scuffle Duals, hosted by Matanzas on Saturday. Holding the tournament’s OW trophy is Colton Leavell (145). with the team trophy centered (Photo submitted by Rick Marabell).

Eight wrestlers were unbeaten on Saturday for the Knights (5-0 in duals for the season), with the Leavell brothers – Colton (145) and Lee (152) both pinning their way through the day.

Andrew Feeks (106, 2 pins) and Alexavier Panganiban (113, 2 pins) were max-pointers for Creekside, scoring 6 team dual points in every round the Knights wrestled, while Vincent Approbato (220, 2 pins & major) bonus-pointed his way through the day.

Keanan Sexton (138, pin, major & decision), Eddie Craig (182, 2 pins & decision) and Eli Pagan (195, pin, major & 2 decisions) also were all 4-0 for the Knights.

Additionally, Conner Wright (120, pin), Chihaya Cook (132, 3 pins), Tristen Darling (160, 3 pins) and Nathan Manning (170, 2 pins) all contributed 3-1 tournaments. As it turned out, every Creekside starter — the Knights used the same 14 wrestlers in all four rounds — won at least twice on Saturday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the tournament:

Matanzas (3-1 overall & on the day): The Pirates were off in round 1, and then rolled through the middle three rounds before running into Creekside in the final, with victories over Wolfson (60-21), Mainland (66-9) and Oviedo (48-24).

Four Matanzas wrestlers were 4-0 in the tournament, with three earning max-point days and one — Brandyn Cox (160) — pinning his way through the day. Toryion Stallings (126, 2 pins) and Jordan Mills (170, 3 falls) were the other Pirate max-pointers.

Additionally, Landon Wright (182, 2 pins) and Adyn Cox (220, 2 pins) were each 3-1.

Oviedo (3-2 overall, 2-2 on the day): The Lions bookended the day with victories, defeating Mainland, 48-36, in round 1, and then pushing past Wolfson, 48-33, in round 5.

Malachi Williams (285, 3 pins) was a 4-0 max-pointer for Oviedo, while Josh Sabbia (113, decision) and Lukas Crawley (145, 3 pins) were each 3-1. Eight Lion wrestlers had their hand raised at least twice on the day.

Mainland (1-3 overall & on the day): The Buccaneers found a win in their final round of competition, round 4, when they took down Wolfson, 43-22.

Mainland had just 10 wrestlers appear, with only eight in regular roles, but all but one recorded at least one win. Leading the charge was Kaden Golder (126/132, 3 pins & decision), who was 4-0 on the day.

Wolfson (1-5 overall, 0-4 on the day): While team wins weren’t found, three individuals did find some successes on the Matanzas mats. Tristian Martinez (106, pin), Andrew Harbin (132, 3 pins) and Liam Strange (152, 2 pins & decision) all were 3-1 for the Wolfpack.

Girls wrestling was staged on Saturday as well, but per director was wrestled as exhibitions. No results were kept.

You can see the complete set of box scores HERE.

Creekside, Mainland and Wolfson all go back on the mats Wednesday, all as hosts. The Knights will host Bishop Kenny, while Mainland welcomes Lake Mary and Wolfson will take on Gateway rivals Stanton and Paxon in a tri-meet. Matanzas is off until Friday, when it competes at Chiles’ Capital City Classic. Oviedo is off until Saturday, when it will compete in the Deltona Duals.

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