ST JOHNS — In the first year of the St Johns Scuffle in which out-of-county teams competed, seemed appropriate enough for the farthest-flung visitor to win the whole thing.
And that’s just what Merritt Island did in Saturday’s one-day duals event (on the boys side*), running the table with a 5-0 record, with four Group B victories followed by a 50-30 dual win over Group A champ and host Creekside for the championship.
The St Johns Knights (15-2 in duals for the season) took home Group A wins over Nease (65-15), Pedro Menendez (59-21), Ridgeview (54-18) and Bartram Trail (37-30) before falling to the islanders.
Three Creekside wrestlers were 5-0 on the day. Andrew Feeks (106/113) pinned his way through the tournament, with five falls in all, with Vincent Approbato (220, 3 pins) joining Feeks as a max-pointer. Eli Pagan (195, 3 pins & major) bonus-pointed through the day.
Alexsavier Panganiban (113, pin) was 3-0 in a regular role for the Knights, while Conner Wright (120), Justin Umali (126, 3 pins) and Diego Rivera (160, 4 pins) all were 4-1.
Keanan Sexton (138/145, decision) and Eddie Craig (182, pin & tech) each chipped in 3-2 tournaments for Creekside.
Here’s a look at the rest of the tournament field:
Bartram Trail (8-2 for season, 4-1 for event, 3rd overall, 2nd in Pool A): The Bears’ only loss was to Creekside, with pool victories over Nease (51-21), Pedro Menendez (66-6) and Ridgeview (54-18) and a crossover win over Bishop Kenny, 42-34, to claim third.
Ethan Vugman (120/126, 4 pins) and John McNames (170/182, 4 pins) were both 5-0 max-pointers for Bartram, with both Preston Pena (145/152, 4 pins) and Aydan Nguyen (160/170, 2 pins & 2 decisions) going 4-0.
Travis Tagarelli (120/126, pin), Jacob George (195, 2 pins & decision) and Shane Armstrong (220, 3 pins) each were 4-1 on the day for the Bears.
Chase Newmans (106/113, 3 pins), Grady Hutchinson (152/160, 3 pins) and Lorenzo Aramayo (285, 3 pins) each added 3-2 tournaments for Bartram.
Bishop Kenny (4-3 for season, 3-2 for event, 4th overall, 2nd in Pool B): The Crusaders took pool wins over Ponte Vedra (69-12), Tocoi Creek (70-6) and a forfeit win over St Augustine, with a pool loss to Merritt Island (47-30).
Jacob Harless (113, 2 pins), Roberto Cuartero (152, 4 pins) and Kevin Thallemer (285, 4 pins) all were 5-0 max-pointers for Bishop Kenny.
At 4-1 for the tournament were Noah Ossi (120/126, decision), Jack Raynor (138, 2 pins), Paul Barakat (145, 2 pins & major), Collin Hearn (160/170, 3 pins) and Michael Bagan (220).
Jordan Hampton (106), Luke Ghannam (160/170, pin & major), John Slade (182, pin) and Maximillian Thallemer (195) each were 3-2 for the Crusaders.
Nease (12-5 for season, 3-2 in event, 5th overall, 3rd in Pool A): The St Johns Panthers opened with two losses, but rallied with pool wins over Pedro Menendez (60-12) and Ridgeview (46-18), plus a crossover win over Tocoi Creek, 66-12, for fifth.
Parker Stamschror (132, 4 pins & decision) and Jacob Lutz (152, 3 pins & 2 decisions) each were 5-0 for Nease.
At 4-1 were Jaiden Zajni (106, 3 pins), Jason Choi (113, pin) and Chad Severt (170, 2 pins & decision).
Jhon Olivar (126, pin), Peter Simon (182, pin & major) and Albio Jakupi (195, pin) all turned in 3-2 days for the Panthers.
Tocoi Creek (4-8 for season, 2-3 in event, 6th overall, 3rd in Pool B): The Toros took pool victories over St Augustine (39-12) and Ponte Vedra (34-29), with a pool loss to Merritt Island, 58-6.
Just one Tocoi Creek wrestler passed the above-.500 threshold Saturday, as Jason Callahan (285, 4 pins) was 4-1.
Ridgeview (2-3 for season & in event, 7th overall, 4th in Pool A): The Clay County Panthers opened their duals season Saturday, with a pool win over Pedro Menendez (48-30), plus a crossover win for seventh against Ponte Vedra (54-24).
Derrick Mosley (285, 3 pins) was a 5-0 max-pointer on the day for Ridgeview.
Kaiden Tibbetts (132, 3 pins) was 4-1 for the Panthers, with Shane Burnette (145, 3 pins), Mykel Gaddis (160, 3 pins), James Laycock (170, 2 pins) and Raymond Goforth (182, pin) each turning in 3-2 tournaments.
Ponte Vedra (1-6 for season, 1-4 in event, 8th overall, 4th in Pool B): The Sharks picked up their first dual win of the season over St Augustine, 36-30, with losses as noted above and also against Merritt Island (59-12).
Poulo Milea (113, 2 pins), Aiden Taylor (120) and Ryan Finniss (126, 2 pins) were each 4-1 for Ponte Vedra, while Grady Dolan (132, pin & tech) added a 3-2 day for the Sharks.
Pedro Menendez (3-7 for season, 1-4 in event, 9th overall, 5th in Pool A): The Falcons’ only win came by team forfeit in the crossover for ninth place over St Augustine.
Luke Johnson (138/145, 2 pins) and Logan Meehan (138/145 3 pins) put together 4-1 days for Menendez, whle Colby Leth (285, 2 pins) added a 3-2 day for the Falcons.
St Augustine (1-5 for season, 0-3 in event, 10th overall, 5th in Pool B): Injuries to a short-handed lineup caused an early exit for the Yellow Jackets, who also fell against Merritt Island (53-9) as well as to those teams noted above.
Individually, Christian Jackson (152, 3 pins) and Clint Griffin (160, 2 pins & decision) were bright lights for St Augustine.
Complete results for the boys tournament can be found HERE.
*NOTE: A girls roundrobin tournament was also conducted Saturday. Results will be sent, per tournament director, after entry to office space is possible and bout sheets can be scanned, which likely will not be until after the new year.