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#NEDailyRdp: December 8

ST JOHNS — Two teams that are mirror images of one another squared up Wednesday night at Creekside.

And it took a 15-0 run near dual’s end before the hosts were able to disengage from Bishop Kenny and take a 36-30 win over the Crusaders.

BKHS jumped out to a 9-0 lead thanks to a 19-second pin from Roberto Cuartero (152) and 4-3 win at 160 from Collin Hearn, but the St Johns Knights erased that early start with a 3-0 win from Nathan Manning (170) and third-period fall from Eddie Craig (182).

Bishop Kenny’s Michael Bagan then powered his way to a 5-1 win at 195, and, for the next four weights, the teams traded pins, with Vincent Approbato (220) and Andrew Feeks (106) pinning for Creekside and Kevin Thallemer (285) and Jacob Harless (113) winning by fall for the Crusaders (1-1).

Creekside’s Chihaya Cook (left) works for a cradle during the Knights’ critical run of points that led to their Wednesday night 36-30 dual victory at home over Bishop Kenny (Photo by Shannon Heaton; a set of photos from this dual can be found on Instagram at nflamatmen).

Noah Ossi’s 3-1 win at 120 put the Crusaders up six, 27-21, with four weights to go, but that would be Bishop Kenny’s last lead — and biggest since the first two. Pins from Justin Umali (126) and Chihaya Cook (132) put the Knights (7-0) back on top.

The teams then traded decisions in the night’s best two matches, as Creekside’s Keanan Sexton clinched the dual with a 6-5 win at 138, followed by the Crusaders’ Paul Barakat coming from behind for a 5-4 win at 145.

Creekside is now off until December 15, when they host Clay in a dual, while Bishop Kenny will compete in Tallahassee’s Capital City Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Clay 40, Flagler Palm Coast 21: At Flagler Palm Coast, the visitors spotted the Bulldogs an early 12-0 lead through three weights, but then won nine of the next 10 weights, going on a 40-6 run.

Marcelo Gonzalez (195) got the dual started with a pin for FPC (3-3 in duals), followed by decisions at 220 from Garrick Schwartz (4-2) and at 285 from Seth Davis (5-1) to build the early double-digit lead.

But that lead evaporated on pins from Clay’s Jacob Bucci (106) and Brady Glavin (113), a decision from Evan Jaeger (11-6 at 120) and major from Maverick Rainwater (14-1) at 126 to give the Blue Devils (1-0) a 19-12 lead.

Flagler’s John Hald (132) stopped Clay’s momentum temporarily with a third-period fall to make it 19-18, but the Blue Devils were not held for long, pushing another 21-0 run together behind Ethan Larsen’s fall at 170, plus decisions from Madisyn Blackburn (7-5 at 138), Luke Boree (3-1 at 152) and Josh Kumpf (6-0 at 160), plus a forfeit. The dual ended with the Bulldogs’ Blane DeFord taking a 6-4 win.

Clay will be going to Brooksville for the Hernando Kiwanis Invitational on Friday and Saturday, while FPC will stay coastal, trekking down to Merritt Island for the William Nutter Memorial tournament on Saturday.

Wolfson tri-meet: At Wolfson, the host Wolfpack won the “Brain Brawl” tri-meet with dual victories over Paxon (60-6) and Stanton (47-27).

The middle dual saw the Golden Eagles edge the Blue Devils in criteria, 37-36.

Double winners for Wolfson (3-5 in duals) were Tristian Martinez (106, 2 pins), Andrew Harbin (132, pin & tech), Max Lewallen (138, 2 pins), Liam Strange (152, 2 pins), Bryce Frye (160), Zach Molla (170, pin), Joseph Decunto (182/195, 2 pins) and Dallas Kemp (182/195, 2 pins).

Christian Shore (145) added a contested victory in the Paxon dual.

Paxon kicked off its dual season with contested wins from Lindsay Francis (220) in the Wolfson dual, with Louis Eckels (106), David Kang (132), Brendan Lawson (152), Andrew Rodriguez (182), Khoi Nguyen (195) and Matthew Brunelli (220) all with contested wins against Stanton.

For Stanton (0-3), Nathaniel Burns (113) and Jacob Hewitt (145, 2 pins) were double-winners, with Jose Toledo (138) and Carter Lemieux (285) taking contested victories over Paxon, while Matthew Langlois (220) and Hansel Larrate (285) had contested wins over Wolfson.

Paxon will be up next, giong to Fernandina Beach’s Dual in the Dunes on Saturday. Wolfson will be at Nease on December 15, while Stanton is off until December 17-18, when it travels to the Harmony Longhorn Classic two-day duals event.

Mandarin 57, Episcopal 18: At Mandarin, the Mustangs continued an unbeaten start in duals, spotting the visitors a 15-0 lead before rolling up two 5-match win streaks to cruise away with the victory.

Episcopal (0-2) got out to the solid start, with a fall from Scott Busey (120) and an overtime 9-7 decision from Turner Glenn (113), plus a forfeit, to go up 15. But Mandarin (4-0) would rally behind pins from Devin Foster (138) and Jameel Smith (145), plus three forfeits to not only erase the lead but eventually double up the Eagles.

In a wild 15-12 decision at 160, Episcopal’s John Fernandez was able to temporarily halt the Mustang momentum, but Mandarin got on its horse from 170 onward, closing out with pins from Jaelen Simmons (195), De’Shawn Wise-Minor (220) and Josh Edwards (285), plus a forfeit and a 6-3 win from Tony Carter at 182.

Both teams will be at Fernandina Beach’s Dual in the Dunes 12-team tournament on Saturday.

Mainland 45, Lake Mary 30: At home, the Buccaneers (2-3 in duals) secured eight weight-class wins, with three pins to the opponents’ two and four forfeits to the Rams’ three, plus a decision.

Kaden Golder (132, Brian Harris (138) and Jacob Weaver (170) each won by fall for Mainland, with Matthew Deakin (126) battling through to a 7-6 decision as well.

The Buccaneers are scheduled to attend Oakleaf’s Friday Knight Lights event on Friday.

New Smyrna Beach double dual: The Barracudas kicked off their dual season with a pair of victories over geographic rivals, with wins over Deltona (57-24) and Atlantic (78-6).

Jamey Bruner (126, pin & major), Jace Engberg (138/145, pin & tech), Aidan Sutton (138/145), Justis Chandler (152, 2 pins), Hunter Childress (160, 2 pins), Sawyer Vanrider (182, pin), Dylon York (195, 2 pins), Austin Mitchum (220, pin) and Cole Billings (285, 2 pins) all were double winners for New Smyrna Beach.

Deltona and Atlantic did not wrestle one another. The Wolves (0-1) got pins from Austin Riis (113), Nicholas Conboy (120) and Kevin Kerns (132) against the Barracudas. Noah Anderson (170) had Atlantic’s lone points, also by fall.

New Smyrna Beach will be at Winter Park’s Rumble in the Park on Saturday, while Deltona will be hosting its one-day Deltona Duals event, also on Saturday.

RESULTS: Box scores for these events and for every reported Region 1 dual Wednesday night can be found HERE.

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