#Scuffle: Half Point Separates Clay, Host Somerset

Clay wrestlers and coaches with the team’s runnerup trophy won Saturday at Somerset Academy’s Somerset Scuffle in Pembroke Pines (Photo submitted via Clay team Facebook page).

PEMBROKE PINES — An attempted turn that didn’t get hit. A takedown that couldn’t quite get completed.

Over two days, a half-point’s difference is the tiniest of margins between two teams.

That was the gap between host Somerset Academy and runnerup Clay in this weekend’s Somerset Scuffle, as the hosts finished with 339 points and Blue Devils finished with 338.5, well ahead of third-place Cypress Bay (270) in the two-day, 11-team tournament.

First Baptist (Naples) was fourth with 192 points and Key West rounded out the top five with 174.

Below follows a summary of Clay individual top-six performances from the weekend:

106: Jacob Bucci was 2-0 in the second group of 106 competitors, competing in Pool A, with two pins. In the Gold flight Saturday, Bucci was 0-3 in a four-person roundrobin, taking fourth. Additionally, the Blue Devils’ KJ Rheume won the bronze bracket (technically 5th), with three pins and a double-overtime semifinal win.

113: In an eight-person roundrobin, Braden Glavin was 5-2 to place third. Glavin had four pins and a decision in his five victories, falling only to the eventual champion and runnerup.

120: Maverick Rainwater was second and Rylan Herrera finished fifth. Rainwater was 3-1 with three pins in Pool A, with a major over Somerset in the top flight semis before falling to First Baptist (Naples)’ Michael Kersey, 6-2, in the championship (fell 4-1 to Kinsey in Friday’s pool wrestling). Herrera was 3-2 with three pins in Pool B, adding two more pins to take fifth.

126: Gunner Ivey was second in the weight class, bonus-pointing through Pool A with two pins, a tech and major without being scored upon. Ivey then took a 9-1 major in the championship flight before falling, 4-1, to Somerset’s Tristan Sainz, the Pool B champ.

138: Josh Kumpf was second in the weight class, with three pins and an 11-7 win to take first in Pool B. Kumpf added a fourth fall in the semis, but then fell to Somerset’s Rashad Hannon, 14-5, in the championship round.

145: Luke Boree was second in the weight class, winning Pool B with two pins and a decision. A takedown was the difference in the final against 3A’s Rafael Diniz of Cypress Bay, who got a takedown with 1:15 left in the second period and made it stand up for a 3-2 decision in the championship match.

152: Hayden Meszaros took third, going 4-1 with three pins to place second in Pool B, falling only to the eventual runnerup. After a loss by fall in the championship semis, Meszaros bounced back with a 9-4 win over Belen Jesuit to claim third.

160: Luca Fiannca was second in the weight class, winning Pool B with two pins. Fiannca added a third bonus-point win in the top flight semis, behind an 11-2 major, but then fell by a 9-1 major to Cypress Bay’s Connor Ivory in the championship match.

170: Ethan Larsen was second in the weight class, compiling a 5-1 record with three pins, a medical-forfeit and a decision. In the final round, Larsen lost via 18-2 tech fall to First Baptist (Naples)’s Christian Moder in the effective championship match.

182: Dominic Martin picked up Clay’s first title, winning Pool A with four first-period pins and a medical forfeit. In the championship flight, Martin had a fifth pin in the semis, then rolled past Sarasota Military’s Jayden Mayo in a rematch of pool competition, scoring four takedowns and three quick turns for a 14-1 major and the championship.

195: Clay’s Jadon Bell was second and Aaron Stacy was fourth. Bell bounced back from a tough district duals night to win Pool B with two pins and a decision, but then lost by fall (1:14) in the championship match to Key West’s Zachary Lewicki. Stacy was second to Lewicki in Pool A, with two pins and a medical forfeit, but then lost by fall in the third-place match to Port Charlotte.

220: Clay’s Garrett Tyre bonus-pointed through the weight class to win the Blue Devils’ second title, while Kedtric Wilbon placed third. Tyre had three pins and a win by medical forfeit before majoring, in the effective championship match in round 5, Port Charlotte’s Okten Logue, 15-4, to win the weight class (he also won a tournament Outstanding Wrestler) award as well. Wilbon was 3-2 with a pin, injury-default win and 11-8 decision in round 5 to secure third.

285: Ethan Daniels placed fifth in the weight class, going 2-2 with two pins in Pool A to place third. In the fifth-place bracket, Daniels had a forfeit and then pinned Port Charlotte in 1:19 for fifth.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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