#1ADist3: Yulee Needs One Win For 3rd Straight Title

Yulee wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate the Hornets’ third straight 1A-District 3 title Wednesday night at Episcopal (Photo submitted by Brandon Crowder via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Just three teams congregated at Episcopal School to contest Wednesday night’s 1A-District 3 duals tournament.

But they were three of the top four seeds for the tournament, and the competition was pretty feisty nonetheless, particularly in the final, where two-time defending champion Yulee had to stretch to overcome the pesky hosts, 42-36, to win a third straight 1A-3 duals title.

Yulee (8-1 in duals for the season) will host next week’s 1A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. The Hornets will face Baker County in one quarterfinal, while Episcopal (7-9) will take on District 4 champion Clay in the other quarterfinal, with the two winners meeting for a spot in the Region 1 final on January 21 at Osceola HS in Kissimmee.

The Hornets spotted the Eagles a 21-0 lead, as Cohen Chesser (120), Christian Ryan (132) and Baylor Maurer (138) all had pins, with Scott Busey (126) taking a 7-5 sudden-victory win as well.

But Yulee cut that lead to 21-18 on a 3-pin run from Dylan Johns (145), Austin Adamson (152) and Jesse Johnson (160); the teams would then trade points at 170 and 182, with Brennan Doherty winning by fall for Episcopal at 170 and Alex Smith by pin at 182. Lawson Perry’s 5-1 win at 195 got the lead back to six, 30-24, but Braylen Ricks’ fall at 220 effectively clinched the dual for the Hornets, who had forfeits in hand at 285 and 113. Turner Glenn (106) closed out competitive action with a pin for Episcopal.

The Eagles got to the final thanks to a 49-26 win over Fernandina Beach in the semi. The Pirates (5-5) did have one lead, 14-13, but the Eagles effectively put the dual away thereafter, with five wins in six weights from 152 through 220.

Episcopal wrestlers are all smiles after taking second in Wednesday’s 1A-District 3 duals tournament at home, the second straight year the Eagles have qualified out for Region 1 competition (Photo submitted by Darren Glenn via Facebook).

Chance Wolffe (152), Christian McGarity (182), Perry (195), Maddox Davidson (220) and Glenn (106) had pins for Episcopal, with Busey taking an 8-0 major at 126 and Ryan winning by 8-3 decision at 132.

For Fernandina Beach, Woods (138) and Brooks Rohe (170) won by fall, with Cael Kubatzke taking a 16-0 tech fall and Cole Misciagna winning by a 12-6 count at 145.

Yulee will host its two-day Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border IBT starting on Friday, while both Episcopal and Fernandina Beach will go to Riverside’s USMC Challenge, a one-day IBT starting on Saturday.

Box scores from the two duals can be found HERE. (There’ll be a little scrolling involved)

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