#Kiwanis: Clay Rolls Through 40th Annual Tourney Field

Clay wrestlers and coaches celebrate a title victory at the Hernando Kiwanis Invitational on Saturday in Brooksville (Photo submitted by Brandon Crawford).

BROOKSVILLE — Clay led wire-to-wire in dominating the 40th Annual Kiwanis Invitational at Hernando HS.

The Blue Devils rolled up 310 points in the two-day IBT, scoring nearly as many points as fourth-place Heritage and fifth-place Yulee combined. Clay had 90 more points than runnerup Winter Springs, which had dominated University (Orange City)’s Clash of the Titans in siimlar fashion the previous weekend, and nearly doubled third-place Hernando’s total of 177.

Heritage had 164.5 points for fourth, with the Hornets scoring 149 for fifth. Locally, Forest was 14th, with 80 points, while West Port — kicking off its season over the weekend — was 19th with 66 points, with Lyman finishing 33rd in the 34-team field, with 25 points.

Below follows a summary of the local top-four finishes in each weight class:

106 — Unseeded Jacob Bucci of Clay reached the final behind four bonus-point wins before falling, 7-5, to unbeaten second-seeded Land O’Lakes senior Cole Henderson in the final. Prior to that, Bucci majored Lyman’s Jackson Fredrickson (13-2, pigtail), 4th-seeded Hernando (11-3, rd of 16), Cypress Creek-WC (fall in 1:30, quarters) and shut out top-seeded Heritage, 12-0, in the semi.

113 — After an 11-6 loss in a pigtail match to Winter Springs, Clay’s Brady Glavin bounced back with six wins in the consis, including a 9-3 win in the blood round over the same Winter Springs wrestler, with four pins along the way. The last of those came over Newsome in 2:31 for third place.

120 — No locals in top four.

126 — Clay’s Maverick Rainwater bonus-pointed his way into the final, where he fell to Winter Springs’ Ryan Phillips, 14-3, to place second. Prior to that, Rainwater had first-period falls over Robinson, Newsome and Yulee’s Logan Pugh (1:38, quarters) to get to the semis, where he pitched a 9-0 major over Citrus.

132 — After Forest’s Jakob Zawosky had two front-side wins to get to the quarters, a loss by fall to Winter Springs sent him into the consis, where Zawosky took falls over Robinson, Newsome and Weeki Wachee to get to the third-place match and a rematch to the same Winter Springs wrestler, where he fell by a 6-5 count to place fourth.

138 — No locals in top four.

145 — Clay’s Luke Boree and Yulee’s Dylan Johns placed second and third, respectively, as the pair of locals met in the quarters, where Boree took a 5-2 win. Boree had a major prior to that win and a 4-2 ultimate-tiebreaker win over the top seed from Winter Springs before falling, 2-0, in the final to Master’s Academy’s Brandon Cody. Johns, who had two max-point wins on the front, had three bonus-point wins before decisioning the same top seed that Boree got in the semi, this time by a 7-2 count for third place.

152 — No locals in top four.

160 — No locals in top four.

170 — Two Clay wrestlers wound up in the top four, as Ethan Larsen won the weight class and Luca Fiannca placed fourth. Larsen, the second seed, teched or pinned his way to the final, with falls over Gaither, Lyman’s Vincent Savelli (2:58, rd of 16) and Weeki Wachee before teching Heritage (16-0 in 5:26) to get to the final. There, against Winter Springs’ Davis Deal, Larsen broke open a scoreless tie with two scoring moves in the third to push past Deal, 4-2, for the title. Fiannca had two bonus-point wins before falling, 4-1, to McKeel Academy in the quarters; in the consis, Fiannca added two pins and a decision to get to the bronze-medal match, where he fell, 3-2, to Lecanto.

182 — The Blue Devils’ Dominic Martin joined Larsen as a weight-class champion, bonus-pointing into the final, where he led the match throughout in taking a 6-4 win over McKeel Academy’s Wayne Campbell. Earlier in the tournament, Martin had majors over Zephyrhills and Hernando, with a fall in the semis over Strawberry Crest to get to the title round. Yulee’s Alex Smith, who lost in a pigtail match to Strawberry Crest, wrestled all the way back to third behind five pins and an injury-default win, falling Newsome in 4 minutes for the bronze.

195 — After two max-point wins (injury default over Zephyrhills, pin over West Port’s Rowlin Richardson) on the front side got Clay’s Jadon Bell to the semis, where he lost by 4-1 decision to McKeel Academy. In the wrestlebacks, Bell won by sudden victory over Pinellas Park and by decision over Hernando to rally back for third.

220 — In the only all-local final, Clay’s Garrett Tyre turned back Yulee’s Braylen Ricks, 5-4, for the Blue Devils’ third title. Tyre had takedowns in the first and third periods, but Ricks nearly got those back and more with a 3-point turn with 28 seconds left in the match. Prior to that, Tyre had pinned or teched his way through, with pins over Gulf, Forest’s Ellis Lawson (1:54, quarters) and Hudson, with a 16-1 TF in the round of 16. Ricks, on the other hand, had three second-period pins over Crystal River, Lecanto and Pasco to reach the final. Clay’s Kedtric Wilbourn had two bonus-point wins to reach the quarters where he lost to Pasco, but came back in the consis with three wins to get to the third-place match, falling to Pasco a second time.

285 — Clay’s Ethan Daniels had four pins to reach the final, where he took a 4-0 loss by decision to Hernando’s Devin Williams. Prior to that, Daniels had pins over Pinellas Park, Hernando, Nature Coast and Forest’s Cane Fernandez (3:03) in the semis. Fernandez, who had two pins and a decision of his own in getting to the semis, edged Hernando, 3-2, in the consi semis before losing by fall to Heritage to place fourth.

You can see complete brackets and team scores from this tournament HERE.

Clay will be in duals mode this week, hosting Orange Park on Tuesday and at Creekside on Wednesday. Yulee will as well, hosting the two-day Yulee Duals on Friday and Saturday. Forest will go back into IBT mode at Villages’ Amanda St John Memorial on Saturday, while West Port will be at Springstead’s Corey Hill Memorial on Friday and Saturday.

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