#2ADistrict3: Fletcher Adds 3rd Straight Duals Title

Fletcher wrestlers, coaches, managers and a fan or two celebrate the Senators’ third straight 2A-District 3 duals title Tuesday at Westside (Photo submitted by Joe Stetzer via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Most of Fletcher’s starting lineup has never known anything but wins at the FHSAA district duals level.

That continued on Tuesday at Westside, as the Senators won their third straight duals title behind 2A-District 3 dual victories over Riverside (78-6), Ed White (72-12) and Westside (47-30) to roll into hosting duties for next week’s Region 1 quarterfinals and semifinals.

Fletcher (18-5 in duals for the season) will face the District 4 runnerup in one quarterfinal. Westside (5-4) reached the region round for the first time in school history by reaching the final; the Wolverines will take on the District 4 champion in the other quarterfinal at Fletcher, with the two winners then facing off. District 4 duals are being contested today at New Smyrna Beach.

In the final dual, the Senators got out to a 12-0 start behind pins from Cole O’Brien (126) and Fred Saporita (132), but the Wolverines tied it on falls from Olleon Hickmon (138) and Nathan Williams (145). Fletcher re-took the lead behind an 18-0 run on a forfeit at 152 and pins from Josh Daltro (160) and Joseph Kohlhaas (170), but Westside got it back to a six-point deficit on falls from Ja’Cory Martin (182) and Caleb Baltazar (195).

The teams would trade points at 285 and 106, with Fletcher winning by forfeit at 285 and Westside’s Jacob Jackson (106) by fall, but the Senators would clinch it on Jimi Baur’s forfeit win at 113 and Ryden Ashmore (120) closed it out with a 15-0 tech fall.

Eight Fletcher wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, with two — O’Brien and Saporita — both pinning their way through the tournament. Baur, Elisha Purdy (152, pin), Daltro (2 pins), Kohlhaas (2 pins) and Toby Matson (285, pin) were also 3-0 max-pointers, while Ashmore (pin & tech) bonus-pointed through the day.

Logan Locantora (106, pin), Robert Eubanks (138) and Dylan Tate (195) all were 2-1 for Fletcher, which will be in competition at region rival Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial on Friday for duals and Saturday for IBT action.

Here’s how the rest of the district fared Tuesday:

Westside, with its first 2A-District 3 duals trophy in school history, was the runnerup in Tuesday’s competition at home (Photo submitted by Nichole Smith via Facebook).

Westside (5-4 for season, 2-1 Tuesday): The Wolverines put together their groundbreaking day with wins in the quarterfinals over Stanton (64-18) in the quarters and Englewood (54-30) in the semis.

Jackson (106, 3 pins) pinned his way through the tournament and was one of three Westside 3-0 max-pointers on the day. Joining him were Hickmon (138, pin) and Martin (182, pin).

Emma Smith (120, pin), Jacare Johnson (126, pin), Williams (145, pin), Krosby Porter (160, pin), Ponchelo Cadet (170, pin) and Baltazar (195/220, 2 pins) all turned in 2-1 efforts for the Wolverines.

Westside will go to Yulee on Friday for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, a two-day IBT event.

Ed White (6-10 for season, 2-1 Tuesday): The Commanders got to Fletcher behind a 40-28 quarterfinal win over Terry Parker, and bounced back for third with a 48-24 win over Englewood.

None of the 11 wrestlers that suited up for Ed White were 3-0, but seven were 2-1.

Tiera Collins (106, pin), Aaron Jones (120, pin), Dawian Mobley (126), Benny Lewis (160, major), Malakhi Lewis (170, pin), Xavier Wimmer (182) and Demarkus Raysor (220, pin) each won twice for the Commanders.

Ed White will next compete in a quad meet at Raines on January 12.

Englewood (2-3 for season, 1-2 Tuesday): The Rams secured a top-four finish with a 42-30 quarterfinal win over Ponte Vedra in the opening round, along with the losses as noted above.

Four Englewood wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, as DiSean Hires (145, 3 pins) and Ke’Eric Merrell (152, 3 pins) both pinned their way through the tournament. Melvin Wiggins (195, pin) and Keith Forbes (285, 2 pins) joined them as max-pointers.

Billie Maynard (220) turned in a 2-1 day for the Rams.

Englewood is now off until Saturday, when the Rams will compete in Riverside’s USMC Challenge one-day IBT.

Terry Parker (5-12, 2-1 Tuesday): After falling to Ed White in the quarters, the Braves came back behind wins over Riverside (54-12) and Ponte Vedra (36-27) to claim fifth.

Jeff Brown (152, 3 pins) pinned his way through the tournament, with three pins in all, while Daniel Mays (138/145) bonus-pointed through the day, with a pin and major. Defario Dennison (220, pin) was unbeaten as well, going 2-0.

Shamar Jones (113), Jordan Larson (132/138, pin), Justin Rangeloff (160) and Joel Hernandez (170) each were 2-1 for Terry Parker.

The Braves will join Westside at Yulee for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border on Friday.

Ponte Vedra (2-8 after event, 1-2 Tuesday): After falling to Englewood in the quarters, the Sharks bounced back with a criteria win, 31-30, over Stanton in the consis to reach the fifth-place dual.

Aiden Taylor (120, 2 pins) and Grady Dolan (132/138, 2 pins) both were 3-0 max-pointers for Ponte Vedra.

Poulo Milea (113, 2 pins), Ryan Finniss (126) and Andrew Hissam (138/145, decision) each were 2-1 for the Sharks.

Ponte Vedra competed at Matanzas on Wednesday; results are already up on our Week 6 duals page.

Stanton (0-5, 0-2 Tuesday): The Blue Devils placed T-7th in the event, battling Ponte Vedra to criteria on the mats.

Elias Spurlin (113, 2 pins) and Hansel Larrate (285, 2 pins) both were 2-0 on the day for Stanton.

The Blue Devils will next compete in the Polk IBT at George Jenkins on Saturday.

Riverside (0-5, 0-2 Tuesday): A short-handed Generals squad (just six suited up Tuesday) got just one contested victory in the team’s two rounds. No wrestlers won twice.

Riverside will next compete by serving as host for Saturday’s USMC Challenge.

RESULTS: Complete box scores from Tuesday’s wrestling, along with all other local districts contested and reported thus far, can be found HERE.

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