#Cardinal: Keystone Heights Takes Classic Title

JACKSONVILLE — Keystone Heights got its duals season kicked off last Saturday, taking four duals at Bishop Snyder to win the Cardinal Classic.

The Indians took victories over Dunnellon (42-36), Bishop Snyder (40-35), Tocoi Creek (36-33) and Ed White (42-36) to win the five-time duals event

The host Cardinals were second on the day, followed by the Commanders and Toros (who won their first dual as a team), and then Dunnellon, the event’s only outside-the-area squad.

Keystone Heights had a greater ability to mix-and-match in the lineup than the other clubs did at this early date, as the Indians sent out 17 different wrestlers to compete.

Two Keystone wrestlers were 4-0 on he day, as Baron Bryson (120) and Phoenix Contes (126, decision) got their hands raised in each round of competition, with Bryson a max-pointer with 6 team dual points in each round.

Sheppard Wingate (160, 2 pins) was also unbeaten at 3-0 for the Indians, while Ethan Cosby (132, 3 pins) and Jacob Andrews (195, 2 pins) each were 3-1.

Keystone Heights is now off until next week, when the Indians will compete in Oakleaf’s Hammer Invitational on December 20-21.

Here’s a look at the three other area teams in the event and how their day fared:

Bishop Snyder (3-6, 3-1 in event): The Cardinals opened with the loss to Keystone Heights, but didn’t lose thereafter, taking down Ed White (42-24), Tocoi Creek (36-33) and Dunnellon (42-24).

Bishop Snyder saw three wrestlers — Ryan Gutierrez (145, pin & tech), Amari Akel (152, 3 pins) and Angel Lecointe (285, 3 pins) — go 4-0 on the day.

Ethan Preston (113, pin) and Jose Fuerte (126) each were 3-1 for the Cardinals.

Bishop Snyder will go from being host the past two Saturdays to just participant this week, going to the Yulee Duals on Friday and Saturday.

Ed White (2-4, 2-2 in event): The Commanders picked up their first dual wins, taking down Tocoi Creek (34-18) and Dunnellon (30-24).

Joseph Henderson (138) was a max-pointer for Ed White, going 4-0 with three pins. Xavier Wimmer (182, pin) and Kaelin Baker (285, 3 pins) chipped in 3-1 days for the Commanders.

Ed White will also travel to Yulee for its two-day dual tournament this coming weekend.

Tocoi Creek (1-5, 1-3 in event): Saturday will mark a historic day for the Toros, as they won their first dual, taking down Dunnellon, 30-24, in round 2 of the tournament.

Adarins Medina (113, pin & decision) and Ethan Anderson (182, 2 pins) each were 4-0 for Tocoi Creek on the day, while Willie Sims (126/132, 3 pins), Lucas Haraway (132/138, 2 pins) and Lawton Case (170, pin) each turned in 3-1 efforts for the Toros.

The Toros will be on the road Wednesday night, going to county rival Ponte Vedra for a midweek dual.

You can see the full set of box scores for the tournament HERE.

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