#Gator: War Eagles Win 5 1sts, Team Romps To Title

WEWAHITCHKA — Already considered the leading light of northwest Florida wrestling, Wakulla put on a dominant performance confirming that once again last weekend at the Gator Brawl.

The War Eagles held a substantial lead over runnerup Mosley, 381-243, when the event concluded into the evening Saturday night. Chiles, with 233 points, was third, while Crestview (184.5) and Rocky Bayou Christian (170) rounded out the top five.

Choctaw (165.5) was sixth and Rutherford (138) was eighth, followed by host Wewahitchka (124.5), Marianna (106.5), Bay (104.5), North Bay Haven (90), Liberty County (88.5), Milton (68), Bozeman (62.5), Arnold (35) and a small South Walton delegation (12.5; the main group competed elsewhere).

A breakdown of each weight class follows —

106: The War Eagles’ Julian Harvey won Pool A with four pins and two TFs; Harvey then added two more victories in the championship flight, with a fall over Waccamaw SC (3:18) in the semis, followed by an 8-5 decision over Mosley’s Derrick Williams in the final. Harvey set the pace early with three takedowns in the first two periods; while Williams got one of his own late in the the third, he couldn’t hold Harvey for long. Williams won Pool B with six pins and one TF, adding a seventh fall in the semis over Liberty County’s Keaton Ellis. Ellis powered past Waccamaw, 9-7, in the third-place match, with Wewa’s Jake Parker winning by forfeit over Choctaw’s Olivia Culpepper to claim fifth.

113: In a battle of the Browns, Liberty County’s Jay Brown made his return to the Wewahitchka mats a successful one, with four pins, a tech and major to win Pool A, then added two more bonus-point wins in the championship flight, first majoring Choctaw’s Deagan Kilpatrick (12-2) and then falling Wakulla’s Conner Brown in 4 minutes for the title. The early parts of the match were going the host Brown’s way, as he had a 3-pt turn in the first period and was up 9-0 before Jay Brown got a reversal that led to the fall. Conner Brown had six pins and a 6-4 decision to take Pool B, pinning teammate Anthony Fondo (1:37) in the championship semis. Kilpatrick shut out Fondo, 3-0, for third, with the Gators’ Tyler Johnson taking sixth after a loss by fall (:51) to Waccamaw.

120: Mosley’s Calvin Williams picked up his team’s first title, winning Pool B with six pins and a TF, then adding two more pins in the championship flight with a semifinal pin over Milton’s Dayton Williams (1:22) and a championship pin over the hosts’ David Culley (5:13). Williams had all the scoring moves in the match, with two first-period takedowns and a reversal early in the third before securing the fall. Culley, who’d lost (fall in 4:22) to Calvin Williams in pool as well, was 6-1 (4 pins/major/decision) to take second in the pool, then shut out Pool A champ Sam Tolomeo of Chiles, 4-0, in the championshp flight semi. Tolomeo came back with a fall (2:48) over Milton’s Williams for third, with Bay’s Leonardo Sanchez falling Liberty County’s Hunter Brown for fifth.

126: Chiles’ Garrett Marschka won his second Gator Brawl title and eclipsed the 100-wins career mark, pinning his way through the weekend. Marschka posted a 7-0 record in winning Pool A, then falled the hosts’ Juan Jimenez in 4:48 for the title. During the match, Marschka had takedowns in the first and third periods; while Jimenez was able to ride in the second, he also couldn’t secure a turn, while Marschka had the advantage on the feet. Jimenez was 8-0 with seven pins and major to win Pool B. Waccamaw wrestlers were third and fourth, with Choctaw’s Jacob Johns pushing past North Bay Haven’s Tristan Le, 5-3, for fifth.

132: Like Marschka at 126, Wakulla’s Isaiah Wilson pinned his way through the tournament for the War Eagles’ second bracket win. Wilson had seven pins to win Pool A, adding an eighth in the final against Rocky Bayou Christian’s Luke Latham, in 5:07. Latham’s mid-period takedown in the first netted him a 2-0 lead that he held for most of the match, but Wilson tied it at 2-2 with a takedown with 1:05 left and 12 seconds later secured the fall. Latham had seven pins and a 6-4 decision to go 8-0 and win Pool B. Chiles’ Hunter Brown, the only Pool B competitor to extend Latham to six minutes, came back for third with a 4-0 win over Wakulla’s Nate Jacobs, while Chiles’ Ethan Jackson turned back the War Eagles’ Bricyn Kennedy, 3-1, for fifth.

138: After rolling through Pool B with seven pins and a TF, Rutherford’s Romero Black added an eighth pin in the final, falling the hosts’ Wyatt Welch in 5:16. Black never trailed in the match, with a first-period takedown late in the period. Black added a second one midway through the third period and that was enough to build a falling combination from there. Welch won Pool B with seven pins and a TF. Rocky Bayou’s Ethan Heathershaw was third, with a walkover forfeit over Waccamaw, while Chiles’ Jacob Johnston pinned the hosts’ Wesley Spencer in 2:03 for fifth.

145: Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves bonus-pointed through the tournament, winning Pool A with four pins and a major. In the championship flight, Reeves pinned his way through the bracket, with falls over Rocky Bayou’s Owen Parry (4:41, quarters), Crestview’s Marc Beaurivage (1:39, semis) and over the hosts’ Conner Roberts (2:52) for the War Eagles’ third bracket win. Roberts, who went over the 100-wins career mark during the weekend, was 4-1 for second in Pool A and the only wrestler to extend Reeves to six minutes. Roberts then pinned Mosley’s Landon Jacobs (2:46) and majored Bay’s Corban Cherry, 9-1, to reach the final. Cherry pinned Beaurivage in 2:26 for third and Parry falled Jacobs in 1:23 for fifth.

152: Mosley’s Nick Hejke also bonus-pointed through the tournament for the Dolphins’ second title of the weekend. Hejke had three pins, a forfeit and a 12-0 major to win Pool A, following a similar path in the championship flight. There, Hejke took pins over NBH’s Julian Hernandez (:50, quarters) and Waccamaw (2:40, semis), shutting out Wakulla’s Jae T Thaxton, 10-0 for the title. Hejke scored in each period, with turns in both the first and second periods as well. Thaxton was 4-0 (3 pins & major) to win Pool B, with a quarterfinal pin (1:04) over Crestview’s Christian Brito and an 8-4 win over Chiles’ Andrew Mullins in the semi. Mullins fell, 7-6, to Waccamaw in the third-place match, while the War Eagles’ Landon Mulphurs falled Brito in 1:45 for fifth.

160: Rutherford’s Keaton Schirmer gave the Rams their second title, bonus-pointing through the weekend. Schirmer won Pool B with a 4-0 record, all wins by pin; after a 15-2 major in the quarters over Marianna’s Trett Phillips, Schirmer would add two more falls, over Mosley’s Andrew Yeats (1:38) in the semis and again in the final over Chiles’ Luke Pickels (1:12). Schirmer scored a takedown 10 seconds in and kept up the aggression from there in the title match. Pickels had four pins and an 11-10 decision to win Pool A, adding championship-flight falls over Bay’s Nicholas Wood (:15, quarters) and Crestview’s Landon Davis (3:07, semis). Yeats rallied from the loss to Schirmer for third, pinning Phillips in 3:47, while Wakulla’s Zabdiel Garcia-Esquilin took fifth with a 5-2 win over Davis.

170: The War Eagles’ Daniel Brattain was second in Pool B, with a 4-1 record that included two pins, a med forfeit and decision, but won his last six matches in taking the title, with championship-flight pins over Waccamaw (:24, quarters), Pool A champ Kadis Nafal (2:17, semis), plus a 7-3 win over Rocky Bayou Christian’s Peyton Andersen for the championship. Brattain had a pair of turns in the second period to build a 7-0 lead, making that stand up. Like Brattain, Andersen was second in Pool A (4-1, 4 pins), with an injury-default win over Choctaw’s Samuel Santos (quarters) and fall over Crestview’s Layne Franks (4:32, semis). Franks had two pins in the consis, falling Nafal in 54 seconds for third, while Santos pinned Waccamaw in 4:33 for fifth.

182: In a full eight-person roundrobin, Wakulla’s Tyler Edenfield bonus-pointed through the field, winning the War Eagles’ fifth title behind five pins, a third-period 16-0 TF (4:32) and a forfeit. Edenfield’s tech fall over Crestview’s Salvador Gallegos in round 5 was the effective championship match, as Gallegos otherwise was 6-1 with five pins and a forfeit, finishing second. In that round, Edenfield had scoring moves in each period, racking up four turns as well to secure the tech. Marianna’s Marquis Patterson-Rhodes was third, pinning the War Eagles’ Sultan Ellington (:56) for the effective 3rd-place match, with Mosley’s John Mengel fifth and Rutherford’s Tyler Hall sixth.

195: In a seven-person roundrobin, North Bay Haven’s David Mercado bonus-pointed through the tournament, going 6-0 with five pins and a first-period TF (19-4 in 2 minutes). Mercado’s round-7 fall (2:29) over Chiles’ Dillon Elliott was the effective championship match, as Elliott was also 5-0 going into that match, with four pins and a 12-3 major. That round saw Mercado earn two first-period takedowns and a 3-point turn, with the third takedown, in the second period, leading ultimately to the pin. Rocky Bayou’s Jeremiah O’Sullivan falled Mosley’s Andre Trice in 2:41 for effective third, also in round 7, while Crestview’s Andrew Russ was fifth and Arnold’s Bryan Beard sixth.

220: Choctaw’s Caden McKinney won his team’s lone title, taking Pool A with a 5-0 record (4 pins & decision), adding a fifth fall in the championship flight semis (1:24) over Wakulla’s Herschel Blackmon, followed by a 5-3 decision in the final over the War Eagles’ Kohl Pippen. Trailing, 1-0, early in the third period, McKinney got untracked, with a reversal followed shortly thereafter by a 3-point nearfall, which proved to be enough for the win. Pippen won Pool B with a 6-0 record, with three pins, a medical forfeit and two decisions. He then pushed past teammate Aaron Caquimbo, 5-3, in the top flight semis to get to McKinney. Blackmon pinned Caquimbo in 21 seconds for third place, with Crestview’s Caleb Sims falling Waccamaw in 1:25 to claim fifth.

285: Mosley’s Robert Wills gave the Dolphins their third title, as he pinned his way through the weekend. Wills had seven falls in taking first in Pool B, adding two more with a fall over Rutherford’s Edward Johnson (1:19) in the championship semis and a subsequent pin (2:24) over Choctaw’s Chase Pelfrey in the final. Pelfrey had the first takedown and led, 2-1, early in the second, but Wills’ ride was too strong, as he secured the pin. Wills had earlier falled Pelfrey in 2:17 in the final round of Pool B, where Pelfrey was 6-1 with six pins. Pelfrey then pinned Choctaw teammate Roman Jackson, the Pool A champ, in 1:22 in the semis. Jackson bounced back with a fall over Johnson in 2:20 for third, with Milton’s Kyle Flores falling Wakulla’s Adleigh Caquimbo in 4:25 for fifth.

Complete results from the tournament can be found HERE.

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