LIVE OAK — Even short-handed, Fleming Island is still much more than a handful of trouble than most teams.
This past weekend at the Billy Saylor Duals in the Suwannee gym, the Golden Eagles showed just how much trouble they could bring the other teams in the field, as they hammered six teams in double-digit victories to win the team title.
Fleming Island (unknown season record) ran past Ft Walton Beach (55-21), Niceville (56-16), West Nassau (78-0), Ft Myers (47-31), Union County (72-6) and, in the effective championship dual, the host Bulldogs (64-12), good for an average margin of victory of 47.7 points per dual, with at least two wrestlers that were expected to be in the Fleming post-season lineup not competing.
That didn’t seem to matter over the weekend, as every Fleming Island starter won at least three times during the tournament.
Seven Golden Eagle starters were 6-0 for the tournament, with three of them — Jayce Paridon (113, 5 pins; tournament’s OW for lower-weight wrestlers); Laird Duhaylungsod (120, 6 pins) and Joshua Sandoval (170, 5 pins) — earning max points in every round that Fleming Island wrestled.
Three more wrestlers bonus-pointed through the weekend, as Shane Duhaylungsod (106, 3 pins & major), Kaden Schaefer (138, 2 pins & 3 TFs) and Jhoel Robinson (182/195, 5 pins & tech) all collected at least one bonus point in every round. Ronan Bozeman (160, pin, 2 majors & 2 decisions) was the seventh Golden Eagle to go 6-0.
Joshua Mukaddam (132, 2 pins & decision) and Matthew Kotler (145, 3 pins, tech & major) were both 5-1, with Dylan Beck (152, 3 pins), Walter Poe (182/195, pin) and Ladarius Jackson (220, pin & decision) all putting in 4-2 weekends. Ethan Myers (126, 3 pins) chipped in a 3-3 tournament as well for Fleming Island, in its final tuneup before the FHSAA 2A state duals tournament at Osceola this coming weekend.
Here’s a look at the rest of the tournament field:
Suwannee (unknown season record, 5-1 in event): The Bulldogs were second in the tournament with wins over Union County (70-12), West Nassau (71-10), Ft Walton Beach (38-37), Niceville (55-18) and Ft Myers (36-31), the last dual essentially being a faceoff for second.
Suwannee finished with three unbeaten wrestlers; turning in 5-0 records for the event were Austin McKinney (132, 3 pins & decision) and James Prentice (170, 4 pins). On Friday, Tyson Musgrove (145, pin/tech/major) turned in a 3-0 day.
Eli Jolicoeur (106, 2 pins & tech), Brody Boehm (126, 4 pins & decision) and Austin Howard (160, pin, tech & 2 majors) all were 5-1 for Suwannee, while Ayden Kirby (138/145, 3 pins) put in a 4-1 weekend for the Bulldogs.
Eleteurio Meria (285, pin & decision) was 4-2 on the weekend, while Topher Pearson (113/120, 3 pins), Christian Socorras (152, 2 pins & decision) and Christian Harrell (220, pin) each added 3-3 records during the course of the two days.
Niceville (14-9 for season, 3-2 in event): The Eagles were third in the standings behind wins over West Nassau (60-17), Ft Myers (42-34) and Union County (46-28).
There were no 5-0 Niceville wrestlers when the team left early Saturday, but Aidan Kyllonen (152, 4 pins) was unbeaten, going 4-0.
Harrisen Wall (182, 4 pins) was 4-1 on the weekend, while Colt Dannenmueller (138, pin & major) contributed a 3-1 tournament effort.
Additionally, Garrett Jarvis (120, 3 pins), Ethan Pinto (126, 2 pins & decision) and Asa Adams (285, pin) all were 3-2 during the weekend for the Eagles.
Ft Walton Beach (4-5 for season, 3-3 in event): The Vikings had dual victories over Godby (84-0), West Nassau (66-14) and Union County (63-18) in finishing the weekend at .500.
Ft Walton Beach had three wrestlers go 6-0 during the weekend, led by Spencer Mackenzie’s 6-0, four-pin max-point performance at 285.
The tournament also thought highly of the 6-0 weekend from Cedric Fairrow (220, 2 pins & decision), as Fairrow was named the OW for upper-weight wrestlers. Alexander Davidson (152, 4 pins/major/decision) joined Fairrow and Mackenzie as 6-0 unbeatens.
Darius Brundidge (170, 2 pins & decision) was 4-1, with Landon Burbidge (106, pin), Zak Vosburgh (113, 2 pins & decision), Connor Roberts (182, 3 pins) and Carter Tobik (195, pin) all recording 4-2 efforts. Marquis Muniz (160, pin) chipped in a 3-3 tournament for the Vikings.
Union County (3-8 for season, 2-5 in event): The Tigers took wins over Godby (66-12) and West Nassau (42-30) for their two victories in the tournament.
Caleb Crawford (160, 3 pins) led Union County with a 5-2 tournament weekend.
Ian Halfacre (132, major) and Ethan Shea (138, 3 pins) both added 4-3 performances for the Tigers.
West Nassau (unknown season record, 0-6 in event): The Warriors didn’t find a team win, with just seven wrestlers competing over both days, but did have some individual successes.
Blayden Tharpe (120, 3 pins, tech & major) was 5-1 over the weekend to lead the Warriors.
Jakob Turnage (170, 2 pins) and Nolan McKelvy (182, 2 pins & major) each added 3-3 weekends for West Nassau.
Godby (0-3 for season & event): The Cougars dressed three starters, drafting two extra Suwannee wrestlers that competed for the team on Friday; Godby only wrestled on the first day of the event.
You can view complete box scores HERE.
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