TALLAHASSEE — Surely, during the course of the weekend’s Capital City Classic, Wakulla got lots of looks, whenever it could, at odds-on FHSAA Class 1A favorite Somerset Academy.
But the War Eagles couldn’t just focus on Somerset, because there were plenty of area challenges to be had. From the host teams chasing them. From other 2A teams in the team race. From themselves.
Still, though, Wakulla pushed through the two days of competition at Chiles to emerge as the top team in the north, if only just, in taking second to Somerset Saturday night.
The War Eagles finished with 238.5 points, a bit back of Somerset’s 293.5, but enough to squeeze past Lincoln’s 234.5 for second.
Chiles was fourth with 175.5, with Middleburg & Niceville tying for fifth at 154. Matanzas was seventh with 148, followed by Bishop Kenny (134.5), Florida High (133) and Ridgeview (107) to round out the top 10.
Mosley and Cairo (GA) tied for 11th with 76 points, followed by Terry Parker (49), Bolles (41), Liberty County (22), Leon (four) and Wakulla B (zoer) in the 17-team event.
Here’s a look at area top-four performances over the weekend:
106 — Wakulla’s Julian Harvey had a bye into the quarterfinals, where he pinned Middleburg’s Jackson Hornback (2:58) and downed Mosley’s Derrick Williams, 4-2, in the semis. That set up a finals match with Somerset eighth-grader Lincoln Sledzianowski (3 pins prior to final), but Harvey was up to the task, with scoring moves in each period and a pair of turns in the third period en route to a 13-5 major. Williams and Mosley teammate Valarie Solorio, both of whom were semifinalists (Williams 2 pins, Solorio pin & decision), wound up meeting for third, where Williams took a 3-0 win.
113 — The top area finishers were third-place Carter Wilder (Matanzas) and fourth-place Grady Woodard (Middleburg), with Wilder taking a 7-4 win in the bronze-medal match. Both reached the semis, with Wilder recordng a pin and decision before falling, 9-0, to the eventual champ from Somerset. Woodward also had a pin and decision before falling, 10-5, to Cairo GA.
120 — Mosley’s Calvin Williams bonus-pointed through the tournament, with pins over Niceville’s Garrett Jarvis (5:25, rd of 16) and Bishop Kenny’s Noah Ossi (2:21, quarters), then majored Bolles’ Jacob Witt, 14-0, to get to the final and top seed Raymond Greene of Somerset (3 pins prior to final). There, Williams allowed only a third-period escape after building an earlier 7-0 lead on two takedowns and a reversal, adding a third takedown for a 9-1 major and the title. Matanzas’ Toryion Stallings (pin & major before loss by fall to Greene) and Witt (2 pins prior to Williams) both were semifinalists and won by pin in the consi semis to meet each other for third, with Stallings taking a 14-8 decision.
126 — Niceville’s Ethan Pinto reached the final, where he lost by first-period fall (1:25) to Somerset eighth-grader Tristan Sainz. Prior to that round, though, Pinto recorded pins over Wakulla’s David Culley (1:09, rd of 16) and Mosley’s Eric Sapp (:21, quarters), plus a 6-4 win in the semis over Lincoln’s Jashawn Washington. Middleburg’s Wyatt Leduc, who lost by fall in the quarters to Sainz after a front-side pin, rallied for four consi-side wins (including three pins), with a 3-2 decision for third over Chiles semifinalist Garrett Marschka (2 pins on front before loss by 14-2 major to Sainz).
132 — Wakulla’s Juan Jimenez had a bye into the quarters, then pinned his way through the draw, with pins over Chiles’ Ethan Jackson (1:34, quarters), Somerset (3:13, semis) and again in the final over Matanzas’ Dylan Parkinson (1:37) for the War Eagles’ second weight-class win. Parkinson reached the final with a quarterfinal pin (1:26) over Middleburg’s Mason Phillips and 4-0 win over Middleburg’s Riley Girgis in the semi. Girgis (2 pins on front) came back for third with a pin and 4-2 win over Somerset in the third-place match.
138 — Lincoln’s Zaire Fernanders-Jackson got to the final, where he took a loss by fall to Somerset’s Rashad Hannon (3:14) to place second. Prior to that, though, Fernanders had a 7-3 sudden-victory decision over Ridgeview’s Blake Pu (rd of 16); after a bye in the quarters, Fernanders-Jackson pinned intracity rival Preston Scoggins of Chiles (3:21) in the semi. Scoggins (2 front-side pins) would rally, though, with two decisions, the second of those a 10-4 win over the Trojans’ Jermaine Yarborough (semifinalist, pin & major before loss by major to Hannon on the front).
145 — Border Wars champ Hayden Reeves of Wakulla would reach his second tournament final in as many weeks, but couldn’t keep up with Somerset freshman Michael Sainz in the final. Reeves did lead, 4-1, at one point, but after that, Sainz had three scoring moves and a 2-point turn late for a 9-4 win. Prior to the final, Reeves had first-period falls over Florida High’s Isaiah Ridlen (1:57, rd of 16), Ridgeview’s Christian Garcia (1:26, quarters) and Bolles’ Denny Vohs (1:30, semis). Another semifinalist, Bishop Kenny’s Paul Barakat (2 decisions prior to 8-0 loss to Sainz), came back for two decisions, the second of those a 14-10 battle over Middleburg’s Logan Moore for third (Barakat had beaten Moore, 3-2, in Friday’s quarters).
152 — Bishop Kenny’s Roberto Cuartero got to the final, but couldn’t overcome the seven takedowns that Somerset’s Kendrick Hodge put up in a 14-6 major for the title. Prior to that round, though, Cuartero had a bye into the quarters, where he pinned Cairo (:26), then teched Wakulla’s Jae T Thaxton (17-1 in 3:57) in the semi. Thaxton (2 pins prior to Cuartero) came back for third with two decisions, downing the fourth semifinalist, Chiles’ Andrew Mullins (2 pins prior to Hodge), 4-2, to take third.
160 — Lincoln’s Connor Edwards pinned his way into the final; once there, he did give up the match’s first takedown against Bishop Kenny’s Collin Hearn, but rallied behind takedowns of his own in the second and third periods to push back for an 8-4 win and the Trojans’ first weight-class win. Prior to the final, Edwards had pins over Wakulla’s Zabdiel Garcia-Esquilin (1:28, rd of 16), Middleburg’s Aden Thornton (4:32, quarters) and Somerset (1:04, semis). Hearn got to the final behind pins over Chiles’ Cooper Hill (2:00, rd of 16) and Terry Parker’s Justin Rangeloff (4:19, quarters); he then edged Niceville’s Aidan Kyllonen, 6-5, in the semi. Kyllonen (pin & decision on front) duplicated his front-side effort in the consis, taking a 3-1 win for third over Florida High’s Liam Hawkes, duplicating his 1-0 win over Hawkes in the quarters on Friday.
170 — Matanzas’ Jordan Mills pinned his way through the bracket, only having to go into the third period in the final against Florida High’s Xander Hawkes. There, Mills would win by fall in 4:27, though it was a battle throughout, as both wrestlers had nearfall points. Mills earlier had pins over Niceville’s Ty Hawkins (3:07, rd of 16), Bishop Kenny’s Maximillian Thallemer (:27, quarters) and Lincoln’s Keller Shea (:34, semis). Hawkes had a bye into the quarters, then taking pins over Terry Parker’s Joel Hernandez (3:16) and Chiles’ Kadis Nafal (3:24, semis). After the loss to Mills in the round of 16, Hawkins won five times in the consis, majoring Nafal (pin & decision on the front prior to Hawkes), 11-3, to take third.
182 — Wakulla got its third weight-class win from Tyler Edenfield, who had a bye into the quarters and then pinned his way through the rest of the bracket, falling Cairo GA’s Tanner Ramm in 4:32 in the final. Edenfield had earlier pins over Chiles’ Destin Guest (3:46, quarters) and Matanzas’ Landon Wright (3:05, semis). Middleburg’s Austin Cruce (pin on front before loss by fall to Ramm) had two pins in the consis, falling Wright (decision on front side) in 35 seconds to take third.
195 — Niceville’s Harrisen Wall made it two tournament wins in as many weeks, with three max-point wins, including a first-period pin (1:32) over Lincoln’s Jacob Nowak in the final. Prior to that, Wall had a pin over Bishop Kenny’s Michael Bagan (3:48, quarters) and walkover forfeit in the semis. Nowak got to the finals with pins over Ridgeview’s Ray Delong (:44, rd of 16) and Somerset’s Jermaine Vaughn (:50, semis), plus a 6-4 quarterfinal win over Chiles’ Dillon Elliott. Elliott would come back behind four max-point wins (including three pins) to take third, falling Vaughn in 3:33 for third.
220 — Upper-weight OW Omarion LaRoach picked up Lincoln’s second title of the weekend, falling Florida High’s Collin Bishop in 2:37 for the title. After a bye into the quarters, LaRoach had pins over Ridgeview’s Trenton Manis (:32) and Wakulla’s Kohl Pippen (3:48, semis). Bishop got to the finals behind pins over Somerset’s Khamari Griffin (1:13, rd of 16) and Cairo (1:01, semis), plus an 11-5 win over Wakulla’s Herschel Blackmon in the quarters. Pippen (2 pins prior to semis) had two additional bonus-point wins in the consis, majoring Terry Parker’s Defario Dennison (lost by fall in rd of 16), 10-1, for third. Dennison had four consi-side wins to get to the third-place match.
285 — In what could be a preview of the 1A state final in March, Ridgeview’s Derrick Mosley reached the finals, where a second-period takedown by Somerset’s Matthew Jimenez proved the difference in a 3-2 win. Prior to the final, Mosley had a bye into the quarters, with first-period pins thereafter over Terry Parker’s Kimore Gilchrist (:35, quarters) and Mosley’s Robert Wills (1:30, semis). Lincoln’s Nic Weaver (forfeit & pin prior to loss by fall to Jimenez) had two wins in the consis for third, both by decision, with a 7-6 double-overtime win over Wills (semifinalist, pin & decision prior to Mosley) to claim third.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.