#NFlorida: Host Wilkinson’s Final Round Leads To Title

Oakleaf JH’s Kailani Barrientos (top of podium) after winning the 120-lb North Florida Championship bracket Saturday at Middleburg HS (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

MIDDLEBURG — In the annual battle between Wilkinson and Lake Asbury for north Florida supremacy, usually it comes down to a match or two that makes the difference.

Saturday, at the North Florida Championship, it wasn’t necessarily one match, but one finals round that made the difference in favor of Wilkinson, which held a 26-point lead at night’s end at Middleburg HS.

Riversprings in Crawfordville was third with 234, while Oakleaf was fourth at 177 and Suwannee fifth with 162. Green Cove Middle was sixth (137.5), followed by Lake City Middle (91.5), Wakulla JHS (77), Lakeside JHS (67), Florida High (60), Union County (42), Episcopal & Palatka (17), University Christian (two) and Bolles (zero) in the 15-team event.

Below follows a quick summary of each weight class —

75: Lake Asbury’s Bryce Jourdan had three bonus-point wins, with two pins and a 17-3 major, falling Palatka’s Gabriel Ramos (2:01) in the final. Jourdan had a 35-second fall in the quarters and 17-3 major in the semis. Meanwhile, Ramos had a pin and a 17-8 major to reach the final. Lake City’s Gaje Depoe was third, with three bonus-point wins and his only loss to Ramos. Depoe pinned Suwannee’s Levi Osborne in 4:40 for third.

80: Wilkinson’s Gavin Fisher also bonus-pointed through the tournament, with two pins prior to majoring Lake Asbury’s Landon Willard, 11-3, in the final. Fisher’s pins were secured at the 49-second and 4:36 marks in the quarters and semis. Willard had two pins to reach the final. Green Cove’s Jackson Linn was third, with two pins and a decision, his only loss to Fisher. Linn pinned Florida High’s Malik Leonard in 3:51 for third.

85: After a bye into the semis, Oakleaf’s Connor Barnes took a pair of majors to win the title, with a 14-5 major in the semis and then a second one, 11-1, over Wakulla’s Ashton Brooks. Brooks also had two decision victories, with a 13-0 major in the quarters and then a 6-1 decision in the semis. Green Cove’s Carter Shannon was third, with a pin and two decisions, turning back Riversprings’ Patrick Cooksey, 6-4, for third after a 7-3 quarterfinal win against him.

90: Lake Asbury’s Michael Miceli pinned his way into the finals, with falls of 1:37 in the quarters and 2:49 in the semis, then shut out Riversprings’ Matthew Thaxton, 5-0, in the championship. match. Thaxton picked up a decision and pin to get to Miceli and the final. Wilkinson’s Lilly Bradshaw had two pins and a loss to Thaxton, surviving a wild third-place match with Wakulla’s Kyler Jones for a 17-12 decision.

95: Florida High’s Jasper Croom pinned his way through the day, with falls in the quarters (2:28), semis (2:11) and over Wilkinson’s Jordan Walker in 3:53 for the championship. Walker took a 14-5 major in the quarters and an 11-6 win in the semis. Green Cove’s Fontenot Trace was third, with three pins and a semifinal loss to Walker, pinning Lake Asbury’s Liam Cooper in 2:24 for third place.

100: After bonus-pointing through two rounds, Lake Asbury’s Lemmy Kirkland took a 10-6 championship victory over Wakulla’s Reice Carraway. Kirkland had a quarterfinal pin (3:00) and a 19-2 tech fall in the semis, while Carraway had a pin (1:31) and a 9-5 decision. Union County’s Gage Howard was third, with three pins to go with a semifinal loss to Carraway, pinning Wilkinson’s Logan Horton in 2:26 in the third-place match.

106: Riversprings’ Troy Thaxton pinned his way through three rounds, with a quarterfinal pin in 1:51, a semifinal pin in 2:49, and a championship fall in 2:39 over Lake Asbury’s Calvyn St Clair. St Clair reached the finals with a pin (3:49) and injury-default victory in the semis. Wilkinson’s Hayden Bradshaw was third, with four consi-side wins and only a loss to Thaxton in the quarters, shuttng out Oakleaf’s Chris McKeel, 3-0, for third.

113: Green Cove’s Landon Martin brought home his team’s first title of the day, with a quarterfinal pin (4:49), followed by decisions in the semis (3-2) and again in the title round, 4-2, over Oakleaf’s Nolan Shevchook. Shevchook had an 11-3 quarterfinal major and a 9-7 overtime win in the semis. In taking third, Wilkinson’s Bryan Davis had a pin and two decisions, falling only to Martin in the semis, with an 8-6 overtime win for third over Wakulla’s Colt Sanders.

120: History was made in this bracket, as Oakleaf’s Kailani Barrientos became the first girl to win a weight class title in this tournament behind a 28-second quarterfinal pin and a pair of decisions, including a 6-1 win in the semis and a 4-3 championship win in the finals over Suwannee’s River Sansouci. Sansouci had pins of 3:54 (quarters) and 4:21 (semis) in getting to the final. After his loss by fall to Sansouci in the semis, Riversprings Aaron Robinson was third with a consi-side pin and a 9-3 third-place decision over Wilkinson’s Dusty Silcox.

126: Oakleaf’s Sebastian Bonochea pinned his way to the title, with falls in the quarters (1:57), semis (1:43) and over Lake Asbury’s Parker Richards (4:14) in the title round. Richards had a quarterfinal decision (8-1) and a semifinal pin (1:59) in getting to the championship. After falling in the quarters to Richards, Wilkinson’s Destin Watson won four times in the consis (3 pins & major), falling Suwannee’s Matthew Dykes in 3:45 for third place.

132: In the tightest final of the day, Riversprings’ Brady Jackson capped off a title run with a 2-1 victory in the final over Green Cove’s Cooper Beck. Earlier, Jackson had pins in the quarterfinals (:25) and the semifinals (3:36), while Beck won by DQ in the quarters and by fall (3:27) in the semis. Suwannee’s Maddox Martin, whose only loss was to Jackson in the semis, had two pins in the consis for third, falling Wilkinson’s Ricky Wolski in 4:20 in the medal round.

138: Suwannee’s Ty Moses pinned his way through the tournament, with falls in the quarters (3:34) and semis (3:22) before pinning Lake City’s Zhane Smith in 2:28 to win the championship. Smith reached the final with a quarterfinal pin (1:54 and 9-8 decision in order to get to Moses. After losing by fall to Moses in the quarters, Wilkinson’s Lawson Padgett won four matches on the back, including a pin (1:38) over Lakeside’s Tyler Frein for third place.

145: Riversprings’ Wyatt Brown won the championship with a 13-3 major in the finals over Riversprings’ Eric Brown. The Clay County Brown had earlier won by fall in the quarters (:46) and taken an 8-6 win in the semis to reach the final, while the Wakulla County Brown had a 13-6 quarterfinal decision and semifinal pin (4:20). After falling to Wyatt Brown by decision in the quarters, Lake Asbury’s Zion Longmire had two pins and an intense 14-13 decision for third over Lake City’s CJ Hughes.

152: Florida High won its second title behind Jordan Haigler’s pin (2:21) in the semis, followed by a 7-2 championship decision over Riversprings’ Gavin Mitchell. Mitchell also had a pin and decision, winning by fall (2:05) in the quarters and decision (6-2) in the semis. After the semifinal loss to Mitchell, Wilkinson’s Travis Pinkard took a pair of 8-2 wins, the second of those over Lake Asbury’s Sean Blouin for third.

160: Lake Asbury’s Keensdee Roseme bonus-pointed through the tournament, with a 15-1 quarterfinal major, followed by pins in the semis (3:24) and again in the championship (2:09) over Suwannee’s River Hahn. Hahn had a pair of decisions, with a 13-2 major in the quarters and 7-4 decision in the semis. After falling to Hahn in the semis, Riversprings’ Noah Vernon came back for third behind two pins, including over Oakleaf’s Israel Rivers (2 minutes) in the medal round.

170: Wilkinson’s Brad Darnold came through for the title with a key set of pins, with falls in the quarters (1:26), semis (2:00) and in the championship match over Union County’s Preston Griffin in 4:42. Griffin took an 8-5 quarterfinal win and a forfeit win in the semis. After a loss by fall in the quarters, Suwannee’s Colton Hagedorn rallied for three max-point wins (two pins & FF), falling Riversprings’ Alex Akins in 4:12 for third place.

182: Lake Asbury’s Jarius Rogers also pinned his way through the bracket, taking pins in the quarters (:48), semis (3:29) and in the finals over Lake City’s Landon Slater. Slater had gotten to Rogers behind falls in the quarters (2:02) and semis (1:26). Riversprings’ Blake Barodte, who’d lost by fall in the quarters to Rogers, answered with a 10-4 decision, followed by two pins, the second one in 58 seconds over Episcopal’s Chance Faucheaux in the third-place match.

195: After a semifinal pin (3:28) and bye into that round, Wilkinson’s Porter Loveland found a crucial takedown in sudden victory to turn back Lake Asbury’s Daniel Taylor, 4-2, in the championship round. Taylor had pinned his way through, with falls in the quarters (2:12) and semis (:45). After the semifinal loss to Taylor, Riversprings’ Luke Watford bounced back for third, with a pin and a 10-7 third-place win over Lake City’s Bronson Cooper.

220: Wilkinson’s John Elixson made it back-to-back titles, with two pins in 2:08, with a bye followed by a 50-second semifinal fall and championship pin (1:18) over Lakeside’s Garrett Davis. Davis also had two pins, with falls in the quarters (:13) and semis (2:39). Suwannee’s Holden Corbin responded to the semifinal loss to Davis with two pins, the second of those in 1:57 over Riversprings’ Jacob Hughes to take third.

285: A four-person bracket saw Oakleaf’s Christopher Joles win twice by fall, with a semifinal pin (1:50) followed by a 40-second final-round fall over Riversprings’ Aiden Burgess. Burgess had reached the final with a 27-second pin in the semis. Wilkinson’s Max Hanna, wh’d lost to Joles in the semis, came back for third with a 30-second pin over Green Cove’s Cameron Weisse.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to the date of the tournament.

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