PACE — New classification. So far, same result.
Moving into Class 2A proved to be no trouble at all for Fleming Island, which made its fifth consecutive appearance in the FHSAA state duals tournament after 2A-Region 1 wins over Gulf Breeze (74-0) and host Pace (50-15).
The Golden Eagles (unknown season record), one of just three teams in all of Region 1 to make five straight region finals (and the only one to win four so far), will face New Smyrna Beach, the defending 2A-Region 1 champion, on Friday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m. at Osceola.
The winner of that January 21 dual will move on to the 2A state semifinals the next morning against either Tampa Jesuit or Charlotte, who will contest for the 2A-Region 3 title on the 21st.
Pace (8-1), the Region 1 runnerup of a year ago, reached its shot with the Golden Eagles by turning back Chiles, 43-27 in the quarterfinals.
The rout was on from the jump in the quarters, as Fleming Island took an 18-0 lead over Gulf Breeze (14-6) before one full-length match would normally be completed, with Shane Duhaylungsod (106), Jayce Paridon (113) and Laird Duhaylungsod (120) all taking pins. It wasn’t until 152, the eighth match of the night, when any contest got into the third period, as Ethan Myers (126), Kaden Schaefer (138), Matthew Kotler (145) and Dylan Beck (152) all took pins, plus a forfeit win at 132.
The pins kept coming until 182 and 195, where Jhoel Robinson won by technical fall (17-1) at 182 and Walter Poe took a 5-1 win at 195, with pins the rest of the way from Ronan Bozeman (160), Joshua Sandoval (170) and Ladarius Jackson (220). The dual double-forfeited at 285.
While Pace wound up winning by 16 in its quarterfinal, the dual with the Timberwolves (unknown season record) had some drama early on, as the teams traded points, for the most part through four (12-12) and eight weights (22-21 Pace), as the Patriots won by forfeit at 106 and 113, with Hazen Esary (132) taking a fall and Maeson Otwell (13-2) a major decision. Chiles had pins from Sam Tolomeo (120), Garrett Marschka (126), William Greenwald (145), with Andrew Mullins taking an 8-3 win at 152.
Pace then got some separation thanks to a 15-0 run behind pins from Atticus Waters (160) and Ty Morgan (170), plus a 3-1 win from Isaac Waters at 182. The Timberwolves cut the lead to 10 behind Dillon Elliott’s fall at 195, but Hale Wood (220) got that gap back with a pin at 220. The teams then double-forfeited at 285.
As they did against Gulf Breeze, the Golden Eagles got out to an 18-0 start against Pace on falls from Paridon, Laird Duhaylungsod (120) and Myers (126) in a combined time of 3:43. Esary’s 6-2 win at 132 got the Patriots on the scoreboard, but Fleming Island tacked on another 11 points behind a 15-0 Schaefer tech at 138 and a Kotler fall at 145.
After a win by disqualification in favor of Pace’s Jordan Baxter (152), the Golden Eagles put the dual away with another run, this one 19 points in a row, as Robinson (182) and Poe (195) won by fall, Sandoval (170) by a 17-6 major and Bozeman with a takedown in sudden victory at 160. Wood put six more on the board with a fall at 220 for the Patriots, with (following a double forfeit at 285) Shane Duhaylungsod closing out the dual for Fleming with a 9-3 win at 106.
Fleming Island is at Suwannee this weekend for the Billy Saylor Invitational duals tournament, while Pace is in Daphne (AL)’s duals tournament all this weekend as well. Chiles will be at Lincoln’s one-day Trojan Invitational duals event, while Gulf Breeze is off until Monday, when the Dolphins will compete in the one-day Crestview IBT.
Box scores from all three duals at Pace, along with all other available boxes in the state, can be found HERE..
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