TALLAHASSEE — The 2A-Region 1 team race has been one with, in a few recent instances, sometimes as many as eight or nine teams well within striking distance of the title heading into the placing round.
That was definitely not the case this year.
In qualifying 11 wrestlers for Thursday’s FHSAA 2A state tournament, Fleming Island more than doubled up the point total of its nearest competitor last weekend at Chiles HS, taking seven titles — including wins in six of the first seven weight classes — along with one runnerup finish and three 3rds to win its seventh straight region title.
The Golden Eagles had the biggest margin of victory in any of the 12 regions statewide in the process. Next biggest was Palmetto Ridge’s win in 3A-Region 2, with an 81.5-point margin of victory.
Co-host Lincoln, with 115.5 points, held off New Smyrna Beach for second. The Trojans qualified six wrestlers out, with one champion, one runnerup, two 3rds and two 4ths.
The Barracudas, defending champions from a year ago, were third with 110 points and five qualifiers, taking one champion, one runnerup, two 3rds and one 4th on to states.
District 1 rivals Ft Walton Beach and Pace were fourth and fifth, respectively. The Vikings had 95 points and got three through to states, with one champion, one 3rd and one 4th, while the Patriots rounded out the top five with 91.5 points and four qualifiers (two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th).
Middleburg, with 87.5 points and four state qualifiers (two runners-up and two 3rds) was sixth, with Matanzas seventh (86 points, three qualifiers, with one champion, one runnerup and one 4th), Gulf Breeze eighth (71.5 points, one 4th), Niceville ninth (67.5 points, three qualifiers: one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th), and Fletcher 10th with 66 points (two qualifiers, one champion & one 4th).
Chiles, in 11th, had 65 points and two qualifiers (one runnerup and one 3rd), followed by — among teams with qualifiers — Mosley (12th, 61.5 points, one champion and one runnerup); St Augustine (13th, 57 points, one champion & one 4th); Belleview (14th, 43 points, one 3rd); Ridgeview (15th, 41.5 points, one runnerup); Columbia (16th, 31 points, one runnerup); Westside (17th, 27 points & one 4th); Choctaw (18th, 20 points & one 4th); Leon (19th, 19 points & one runnerup); Orange Park (T-21st, 16 points & one 4th) and Englewood (23rd, 15 points & one 4th).
Top team among teams with no qualifiers was Mainland, in 20th with 18 points, followed by Ed White (T-21st, 16); Riverside (24th, 13); Terry Parker (25th, 10); Pedro Menendez (26th, eight); Arnold & Gainesville (T-27th, seven); Crestview, Ponte Vedra & Stanton (T-29th, six). Milton and Tate competed and did not score.
A summary of Saturday follows —
Championship: After not wrestling on Friday, Fleming Island freshman Shane Duhaylungsod (47-9) took two wins on Saturday, with a semifinal pin (1:29) over Gulf Breeze’s Alec Poole, followed by a 9-7 win in the championship over Mosley sophomore Derrick Williams. Williams (51-4) reached the final with a semifinal TF (17-0 in 4:36) over Ft Walton Beach freshman Landon Burbidge.
3rd place: After a quarterfinal loss by fall to Williams on Friday, Middleburg freshman Jackson Hornback (42-12) bonus-pointed through four consi-side rounds, with Saturday wins over Lincoln’s Joe Tucker (pin in 1:44, quarters), over Poole (:29, semis) and over Burbidge by third-period tech (18-3 in 4:34). Burbidge (32-24) secured his Kissimmee space with a fall in the blood round over Ridgeview’s Conner Carroll (2:44); Carroll reached that round after a 14-6 major over Matanzas’ Christian Borgmann in the consi quarters.
Championship: Fleming Island freshman Jayce Paridon (55-0) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with a semifinal pin (4:38) over Choctaw senior Deagan Kilpatrick, followed by a 12-3 major in the title round over Lincoln sophomore Vaniel Caceres, in a District 2 rematch. Caceres (25-14) followed up two Friday pins with a 12-7 semifinal win over Middleburg sphomore Grady Woodard.
3rd place: Woodard (39-12) made it 1-2-3 District 2 with two decision wins in the consis, shutting out Belleview’s Caleb Mullinix, 6-0, in a rematch of their round-1 encounter (which Woodard won by fall). Woodard then held off Kilpatrick, 6-5, to claim third. Kilpatrick (51-10) punched his Kissimmee ticket with a 9-5 blood-round win over district rival Zak Vosburgh of Ft Walton Beach. Both Mullinix and Vosburgh reached that round with pins in the consi quarters, Mullinix over Terry Parker’s Shamar Jones (:23) and Vosburgh over Stanton’s Elias Spurlin (4:54).
Championship: Fleming Island freshman Laird Duhaylungsod (48-11) bonus-pointed to the final, with a 14-0 major in the semis over Chiles’ Sam Tolomeo, then shut out Middleburg freshman Wyatt Leduc, 4-0, to win the championship without giving up a single point. Leduc (35-6) got to Duhaylungsod with a shutout of his own in the semis, 7-0, over Fletcher senior Ryden Ashmore.
3rd place: After losing in sudden victory to Ashmore in the quarters on Friday, Lincoln sophomore Jashawn Washington (30-12) ran the table for four consi-side wins, including Saturday decisions over New Smyrna Beach’s Jonathon Bruner (3-2, consi quarters), over Tolomeo (5-2, consi semis) and over Ashmore, 3-2, for third place. Ashmore (37-9) secured his state space with a 6-3 decision over Gulf Breeze’s Coby Shields, who reached the consi semis after an injury-default win in the quarters over Niceville’s Garrett Jarvis.
Championship: New Smyrna Beach senior Jamey Bruner (46-4) won his second 2A region title and became a four-time state qualifier, with decisions Saturday in the semis over Chiles junior Garrett Marschka (2-1) and then again in the championship match over Middleburg senior Riley Girgis, 4-2, in a rematch of last year’s final in the same weight class (which Bruner won, 10-5). Girgis (29-4) got the rematch opportunity after an 11-3 semifinal major over Mainland’s Kaden Golder.
3rd place: Marschka (49-6) staved off an early deficit to turn back Fletcher’s Cole O’Brien, 5-3, in the blood round, then had an easier time in the third-place match with Gulf Breeze sophomore Michael Mancuso, winning by fall in 1:56. Mancuso (39-17) won three consi-side decisions to make podium, including Saturday wins over district rival Hazen Esary of Pace (6-5, quarters) and over Golder, 4-3, in the blood round. O’Brien reached that round with a consi-quarters pin (2:05) over Niceville’s Ethan Pinto.
Championship: Fleming Island senior Joshua Mukaddam (36-20) kicked off another 3-peat of Golden Eagle titles, with an 8-6 semifinal win over Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott, followed by a 3-2 decision in the championship round over Chiles senior Hunter Brown, in a rematch of the District 2 final. Brown (30-8) got to the final with his third 1st-period pin of the tournament, this one in 35 seconds over Mainland’s Brian Harris.
3rd place: Belleview senior Mark Willis (42-9), who’d lost by major to Mukaddam in the quarters on Friday, pinned his way back on the podium, with Saturday falls over Crestview’s Landon Brown (2:08, consi quarters) and over Harris (1:55, semis), followed by a 1-0 decision over St Augustine senior Wilson Nguyen. Nguyen (6-2 post-season) had three wins in the consis as well after losing by fall in the quarters to Brown, with Saturday victories over Mosley’s Sebastian Schultz (1:42, quarters) and over Elliott, 7-5, in the blood round.
Championship: Fleming Island sophomore Kaden Schaefer (40-6) bonus-pointed through all rounds of the tournament, with a Saturday fall (2:14) in the semis over Westside junior Olleon Hickmon. Schaefer then teched Pace freshman Maeson Otwell, 16-0 in 2:40, to win in the finals. Otwell (39-8) edged New Smyrna Beach senior Jace Engberg, 7-6, to secure a state space by reaching the final.
3rd place: Engberg (41-9) bounced back for third, but it wasn’t easy at first, as he had a determined challenge from District 4 rival Dylan Parkinson of Matanzas, needing a takedown in sudden victory for a 7-5 win. The medal round was easier, as Engberg falled Hickmon in 2:46. Hickmon (25-7) advanced on to states thanks to a 9-6 blood-round win over Middleburg’s Logan Moore. Parkinson and Moore both went 6 minutes in the consi quarters to move on, with Parkinson downing Gulf Breeze’s Logan Merritt, 6-4, and Moore taking an 11-1 major over district rival Jacob Johnston of Chiles.
Championship: Fleming Island sophomore Matthew Kotler (41-10) pinned his way into the final, with a semifinal fall (3:06) over St Augustine’s Christian Jackson, then found a takedown in sudden victory for a 6-4 win over Leon senior Nolan Zirgibel, avenging a loss to Zirgibel in the District 2 final. Zirgibel (31-4) reached the final after taking a 5-2 win over Ft Walton’s Steven Banfield.
3rd place: After a loss by fall in the quarters to Kotler on Friday, Niceville sophomore JJ Martinez powered through four consi-side decisions to get back to third, including Saturday wins over Westside’s Nathan Williams (5-1, quarters), over district rival Banfield (3-1 in sudden victory, blood round) and over Englewood senior DiSean Hires, 4-0, for third place. Hires (21-4), who’d lost in the quarters by decision to Banfield, also won three times in the consis, with Saturday victories over Gulf Breeze’s Garret Rudick (7-6, quarters) and over Jackson (fall in 2:43, semis).
Championship: Mosley senior Nick Hejke (44-4) won his second region title after a runnerup finish last year, with a first-period fall (1:19) in the semis over Lincoln junior Connor Edwards, followed by a 7-2 decision in the title match over Matanzas senior Tyson Mills. Mills (42-6) secured his finals space with a 2-0 win in the semis over Fleming Island sophomore Christopher Chop.
3rd place: Chop (31-17) bounced back for third behind a blood-round 5-2 win over Niceville’s Aidan Kyllonen, then pinned Edwards in 3:47 during the medal round. Edwards punched his Kissimmee ticket with a 7-4 consi-semi win over Fletcher’s Christopher Strong. Both Strong and Kyllonen advanced to the semis with decision wins, Strong 2-0 over Ft Walton Beach’s Alexander Davidson and Kyllonen 5-3 over Chiles’ Andrew Mullins.
Championship: St Augustine senior Clint Griffin (6-0 post-season) bonus-pointed to the final, including a Saturday semifinal pin over Ed White’s Benny Lewis, powering past Pace senior Atticus Waters, 8-5, to win the region bracket. Waters (42-3) had an 8-5 win of his own in the semis, over Fletcher’s Josh Daltro.
3rd place: After a quarterfinal loss to Lewis on Friday, Fleming Island junior Ronan Bozeman (46-16) won four consi-side matches, including Saturday wins over Ft Walton Beach’s Marquis Muniz (11-2, quarters), Daltro (4-1, semis) and over Orange Park junior Trevion Sermons, 4-2, to take third in a rematch of the District 2 final. Sermons (29-6) had three wrestleback wins of his own including wins over Saturday over district rival Logan Keester of Ridgeview (16-4, quarters) and over Lewis, 4-3, in the blood round.
Championship: Matanzas sophomore Jordan Mills (48-4) ran a gauntlet through three very capable competitors from the quarters on to win the title, with a first-period fall (1:05) over Niceville senior Martin Black in the semis, followed by a 7-0 decision in the championship over Columbia senior Joseph Rice. Rice (39-6) bonus-pointed into the final, including a semifinal pin (3:21) over Pace’s Ty Morgan.
3rd place: After a 6-5 loss to Mills in the quarters on Friday, Fleming Island junior Joshua Sandoval (55-8) won four times in the consis, with Saturday wins over Ft Walton’s Darius Brundidge (4-0 decision, quarters), over Morgan (10-2 major, blood round) and over Black (fall in 1:17) for third place. Black (52-11) punched his Kissimmee ticket with a fall (1:30) over district rival Micah Barker of Gulf Breeze. Barker had reached the consi semis after pinning Fletcher’s Joseph Kohlhaas in 2:33.
Championship: Fleming Island junior Jhoel Robinson (58-3) won his team’s seventh region title, bonus-pointing through the tournament with Saturday majors over Gulf Breeze’s Blake Fluck (9-1) in the semis and over Niceville senior Harrisen Wall, 16-7, to take the championship. Wall (39-7) reached the final with a 50-second fall over district rival and Pace sophomore Isaac Waters.
3rd place: After losing by fall to Waters in the quarters, New Smyrna Beach sophomore Sawyer VanRider won all the way back to third place and getting some revenge in the process, with Saturday victories over Ft Walton Beach’s Connor Roberts (11-4, consi quarters), over Fluck (7-5, consi semis) and over Waters, 3-1, to take third. Waters (32-11) punched his Kissimmee ticket with a third-period fall in the blood round (3:37) over Lincoln’s Jacob Nowak, who’d gotten to that round by pinning Matanzas’ Adyn Cox in 1:58.
Championship: Lincoln senior Cayden Bevis (43-1) bonus-pointed through the weekend for his second region title, with a semifinal tech fall (21-6 in 4:16) over Chiles’ Dillon Elliott and a second-period fall (2:30) in the finals over New Smyrna Beach junior Dylon York. York (40-8) pinned his way into the final, with a semifinal fall in 3:02 over Pace senior Aidan Bryan.
3rd place: Bryan (32-6) won twice in the consis, first by fall (2:53) in the blood round over district rival Carter Tobik in a rematch of the District 1 final, then by 3-2 decision over Matanzas junior Landon Wright for third and fourth, respectively. Wright (31-15), who’d lost 2-1 to Tobik in round 1, won four times in the consis to make the podium, including Saturday wins over Mosley’s Marshall Dixon (6-4) and over Elliott, 2-1, in the semis. Tobik had gotten to Bryan by virtue of a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Gainesville’s Aiden Kittelson.
Championship: Ft Walton Beach senior Cedric Fairrow (43-0) stayed unbeaten with two wins on Saturday, first pinning New Smyrna Beach senior Austin Mitchum (2:44) in the semis, then outlasting Ridgeview senior Derrick Mosley, 7-4, in a matchup of defending region champs and 2021 state placers. Mosley (39-3) pinned his way into the final, with a 33-second semifinal fall over Pace’s Hale Wood.
3rd place: After a quarterfinal decision loss to Fairrow on Friday, Lincoln senior Omarion LaRoach (29-6) won four times on the back to claim third, with Saturday wins over Ed White’s Jordan Jackson (pin in 3:34, quarters), over Wood (12-5) in the blood round, and then taking a 3-2 decision over Mitchum for third. Mitchum (40-13) secured his state space with a third-period fall (4:39) over Riverside’s Thomas Jones, who’d gotten to that matchup with a fall (2:27) over Arnold’s Eimantas Skirius.
Championship: Fletcher junior Toby Matson (41-2) won a pair of decisions for his title, with a 4-2 win over Ft Walton Beach senior Spencer Mackenzie in the semis, followed up by a 4-1 decision over Fleming Island junior Ethan Hoffstetter, 4-1, in the final. Hoffstetter (31-11) shut out St Augustine’s Jaquan Whitty, 5-0, in the semis in order to get to Matson.
3rd place: Mackenzie (43-8) came back from the loss to Matson with two consi-side victories, pinning Gulf Breeze’s Phillip Dillard in 4:50 in the blood round, then finding a takedown for a 3-1 decision over Lincoln senior Nic Weaver in the medal round. Weaver (29-17), who’d lost by decision to Matson in the quarters on Friday, won three times by decision in the consis, with Saturday victories over New Smyrna Beach’s Cole Billings (3-1 in sudden victory) and over Whitty (3-0). Dillard had reached the consi semis after a 12-1 major in the quarters over Choctaw’s Chase Pelfrey.
Brackets for this region and all four regions in 2A can be found HERE.