ORANGE PARK — Fleming Island might be in Class 2A for this year at least, but no matter the classifcation, there are still county rivalries to master for the Golden Eagles.
Tuesday at Oakleaf, they achieved that feat over three of those rivals, winning the inaugural Hammer Invitational by a substantial margin over the host Clay County Knights, 325-236 — and by extension fellow county teams Keystone Heights and Orange Park.
Apopka was third in the 12-team tournament, with 211 points, nearly doubling up fourth-place Palatka at 107.
Keystone Heights rounded out the top five with 77 points, followed by Englewood (67), West Nassau (63), Orange Park (50.5), independent team Springs Academy (53, and another program located in Clay County), Riverside (38), Mainland (31) and Sandalwood (23).
Below follows a summary for each weight class’s top 4 wrestlers:
106 — Fleming’s Shane Duhaylungsod had a bye into the semis, with a 25-second pin in that round over Oakleaf’s Adrianna Barrientos and a 10-second pin in the final over Oakleaf’s Angel Rodriguez, his first loss of the year. Rodriguez pinned Palatka’s Samuel Doran (1:32) in the semis; Barrientos (bye into the semis) pinned Doran in 50 seconds for third.
113 — The Golden Eagles’ Matthew Newman won three times, with a 4-2 win over West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb (quarters) and first-period pins in the semis and final over, respectively, Oakleaf’s Ion Hortinela (1:13) and Springs Academy’s Hunter Hare (:45). Hare had a bye into the semis, where he falled Apopka’s Shelby Sherman (pin in quarters) in 3:07 to get to Newman. Hortinela (front-side forfeit) majored Sherman, 16-2, for third.
120 — Apopka’s Tamarion Kendrick pinned his way into the final, where he took a 6-3 win over Fleming’s Laird Duhaylungsod. Prior to the final, Kendrick had pins over Palatka’s Evan Williamson (2:48, quarters) and Springs’ Bryan Utgard (1:22, semis). Duhaylungsod reached the final with a forfeit in the quarters and first-period fall over Oakleaf’s Lincoln Moralesd (1:22, semis). Morales (front-side pin) rallied for third with a 25-second fall over Utgard.
126 — Palatka’s Mikade Harvey bonus-pointed through the day, sandwiching a 10-1 semifinal win over Fleming’s Ethan Myers with pins over Apopka’s Sebastian Olivencia-Grafals (4:22, quarters) and over the Golden Eagles’ Joshua Mukaddam (2:35) in the championship. Mukaddam pinned his way into that matchup, with falls over Apopka’s Samantha Sherman (:46, rd of 16), West Nassau’s Landon Higginbotham (4:13, quarters) and Mainland’s Kaden Golder (1:02, semis). Golder (front-side pin) needed double-overtime to push past Myers, 6-5, for third.
132 — Apopka’s Jalen Moliere needed just 3:11 to pin his way through the tournament, with falls over Orange Park’s Dionne Hall (1:30, quarters), Palatka’s Alexander McCrystal (:28, semis) and Oakleaf’s Keon Barrientos (1:13) to win the title. Barrientos had pins of his own over Orange Park’s Braden Owenby (1:01, quarters) and Mainland’s Brian Harris (5 minutes, semis) to reach the final. In the third-place match, Harris (front-side major) pinned McCrystal in 43 seconds.
138 — Fleming Island’s Kaden Schaefer wasn’t scored upon all day, with a forfeit victory in the quarters, a 9-0 major over Palatka’s Brandon Lewis in the semis, and a 3-0 win over Apopka’s Rocco Vargas in the championship round. Vargas won by fall over Fleming’s Eli Erby (1:30, quarters) and found a takedown in sudden victory for a 4-2 win over Oakleaf’s Marcus McGee in the semi. Lewis (front-side pin) then pushed past McGee, 4-1, to claim third.
145 — The Golden Eagles’ Matthew Kotler pinned his way through the draw, with three pins in 7:07, including falls over Keystone’s Saige Dennis (:22, quarters), Englewood’s DiSean Hires (1:56, semis) and in the championship match against Apopka’s Bonosky Fidel (4:49). Fidel had two first-period pins to get to Kotler, falling Keystone’s Jason Gray (:38, quarters) and Talon Lybarger (1:32, semis). Hires (front-side pin) took third with a second-period pin (3:09) over Lybarger.
152 — Fleming Island’s Christopher Chop made it three brackets in a row, with falls in the quarters over Apopka’s Sean Javier (3:12), in the semis over Orange Park’s Jasmine Hecht (:29) and again in the final over Englewood’s Ke’Eric Merrell (4:36). Merrell took pins over Palatka’s Hayden Edwards (3:13, quarters) and Oakleaf’s Jacob McClintic (:39, semis) to get to the final, with McClintic (fft into the semis) winning by fall over Hecht (:29) to take third.
160 — The Golden Eagles’ Ronan Bozeman extended the streak to four weight classes, with three pins in 1:42 before edging past Apopka’s Ransom Randolph, 5-4, to win the title. Bozeman falled a second Blue Darter, Dylan Johnson in :23 (rd of 16), then took falls over Oakleaf’s Jacob Dewald (:20, quarters) and Keystone’s Sheppard Wingate (:59, semis). Randolph reached the final with a forfeit into the semis, where he majored Orange Park’s Trevion Sermons, 10-2. Sermons (front-side pin) teched Wingate, 19-4, to claim third.
170 — Fleming’s Joshua Sandoval made it five brackets in a row, pinning his way through the weight class with falls over Sandalwood’s Malik Wilson (1:14, quarters), Palatka’s Gaitlin Carreras (5:42, semis) and then again in the final over West Nassau’s Jakob Turnage (1:21). Turnage had first-period pins over Apopka’s Berlens Pericles (1:23, quarters) and Oakleaf’s Jeremiah Baker (1:21, semis) to reach a shot at Sandoval, with Carreras (front-side fft) turning back Baker, 9-3, to take third.
182 — Jhoel Robinson took the Golden Eagles’ sixth weight-class win in succession, with first-period pins over Oakleaf’s Gabriel Castro (1:31, quarters) and West Nassau’s Nolan McKelvy (1 minute, semis) before majoring the Knights’ Onjel Caraballo, 16-3, in the final. Caraballo took pins over Orange Park’s Donald Young (1:57, quarters) and Apopka’s Donovan Massie (3:12, semis) to get to the title round, with McKelvy (front-side pin) falling Massie in 27 seconds for third.
195 — Oakleaf’s Isaiah Shevchook was able to break the Fleming streak, taking the title behind a forfeit win in the quarters, a 6-0 shutout over Englewood’s Melvin Wiggins in the semis, and third-period fall over Fleming’s Walter Poe (5:02) for the title. Poe had two first-period pins over Palatka’s Christian Brannen (1:32, rd of 16) and Apopka’s David Bowerman (1:19, quarters) before winning by DQ over Orange Park’s Geoffrey Jules-Delice in the semi. Wiggins (front-side pin) edged Jules-Delice, 6-5, for third.
220 — Apopka’s Ralph Sanchez collected three pins in 4:54 for his team’s third title, taking falls over Riverside’s Thomas Jones (3:14, quarters), Fleming’s Ladarius Jackson (1:09, semis) and over Oakleaf’s Ben Gaddis (:31) in the title match. Gaddis had a forfeit win in the quarters and pinned Keystone’s Matthew Delano (1:24) to get to the final. Jackson (front-side pin) came back for third, falling Delano (2:19) in the medal match.
285 — Oakleaf’s Jordan Mitchell took two pins in 1:47 to reach the final, where he needed all six minutes to turn back Fleming’s Ethan Hoffsetter, 10-3, to win the championship. Prior to the final, Mitchell falled Riverside’s Larry Davis (:27, quarters) and Kamari Perkins (1:20, semis). Hoffstetter also had two pins in reaching the title round, with falls over Riverside’s An’Dreas Washington (3:52, quarters) and Englewood’s Keith Forbes (:37, semis). In an all-Gateway Conference match for third, Riverside’s Perkins (front-side pin) pinned Forbes in 4:04 to win bronze.
Complete team scores and brackets from this tournament can be found HERE.