GREEN COVE SPRINGS — With 17 teams contesting Saturday for the inaugural Clay Rotary Invitational girls’ tournament on the Clay HS campus, there were plenty of eyes on this meet.
And, at the end, Ponte Vedra’s group had enough firepower to outdistance the rest of the field, winning the team championship trophy with 79 points to runnerup Mainland’s 57.
Mosley, with 56 points, was third, followed by host Clay (51.5) and Orange Park (38) rounding out the top five.
Middleburg (36 points) was sixth, followed by area teams Raines (34), Tocoi Creek (32), Bartram Trail (27), Matanzas (26) and Bishop Kenny (21) to complete the top 11. Baker County and Nease (17 points each) tied for 13th, with Buchholz 16th (10) and Columbia 17th (nine).
Below follows a summary of the tournament, conducted in round-robin and bracketed format —
100: In what was essentially a two-person weight class, Mosley’s Valarie Solorio falled Mainland’s Abby Couillard in 43 seconds for the title. Solorio had a pair of takedowns, with a 3-point nearfall scored before the pin.
105: Middleburg’s Gracie Bradshaw pinned her way through the bracket, with falls in the quarters (3:33) over Buchholz’s Talia Robbins, semis (:36) over Mosley’s Amanda Adams and in the championship (3:36) over Raines’ Shanise West. That match had Bradshaw leading throughout, with two scoring moves and a pair of first-period turns before picking up the fall. West rached the final with pins over Columbia’s Krysta Chaffin (:26, quarters) and over Key West (3:29) in the semis. Ponte Vedra’s Chandler Wildrick, after a 7-6 quarterfinal loss to Key West, rallied back to fourth with two consi-side pins before falling by a 12-4 count to Key West in the third-place match.
110: Ponte Vedra’s Cynthia Kowitski pinned her way through all three rounds of RR competition, pinning Clay’s MiKayla Wyrick (:52), Baker County’s Makayla Johnson (2:44) and Tocoi Creek’s Julia Rich (1:22). The round 2 pin over Johnson being the effective championship, Kowitski gave up no points in that match, with takedowns in both periods and a pair of turns before securing the fall. Johnson falled Wyrick in 1:37 in round 3 to clinch the runnerup spot, with Wyrick pinning Rich in 4:53 to ensure third in Round 2.
115: The Lady Sharks’ Erin Rizzuto ran the table in four rounds of RR competition, with three first-period pins and a third-period fall to go 4-0. Rizzuto had falls over eventual 3rd Rachel Howard (1:15) of Bishop Kenny, teammate and eventual 4th Sophia Mallon (1:02), eventual runnerup Tesla Kirkland of Matanzas (5:02) and 5th-place Vanessa Stobe of Bartram Trail (:50). In the round-4 match with Kirkland, Rizzuto had rolled up a 17-3 lead, with five turns to her credit before picking up the fall. Kirkland pinned Howard (:57) in round 5 to clinch second, with Howard falling Mallon (1:31) in round 4 to assure third. Mallon won by fall (3:26) in round 1 over Stobe.
120: A two-person roundrobin saw Tocoi Creek’s Brielle Bibla take a pair of pins over Matanzas’ Christina Borgmann (3:01 in round 1, :41 in round 2) for the weight-class win. Bibla went up 14-3 behind three turns, although gave up one scoring move, before securing the first pin; in the second match, one takedown was all that was required.
125: In a three-person roundrobin, Clay’s Aubrianna Apple won the title behind a round-2 TF (23-6 in 3:19) over Middleburg’s Chaya Jeanette and an 8-1 decision over Ponte Vedra’s Natalia Choquegonza. That second match saw Apple pick up scoring moves in each period, with a 2-point turn in the second. Choquegonza took second with a fall (1:52) over Jeanette.
130: Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn won three matches by fall in a four-person RR, with pins over eventual 3rd Allison Boyer of Mosley (2 minutes), eventual 4th Olivia Drayton of Nease (1:54) and runnerup Kendall Bibla of Tocoi Creek (3:16) for the title. The offseason teammates met in Round 5, with Blackburn scoring twice and taking a pair of 3-point turns in the first period before getting the fall in the second. Bibla pinned Boyer in 2:39 (round 2) to assure second place, while Boyer falled Drayton (4:06) in the final round to take third.
140: Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie pinned her way through the bracket, taking pins over Tocoi Creek’s Saniyah Callahan (1:55, quarters), Mosley’s Savannah Pitts (3:48, semis) and Nease’s Olivia Carr (2:56, championship). Richie racked up three first-period takedowns, with a fourth one in the second plus a pair of 2-point turns before the pin. Carr reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin (2:54) over Bartram’s Paige Stewart and a 7-0 semifinal win over Bishop Kenny’s Mallory Frattle; Frattle (front-side pin) came back for third with a consi-side pin and 7-2 win over Pitts in the medal round.
145: In a four-person RR, Bartram Trail’s Katherine Stewart recorded three pins, with falls over Clay’s Jaysie Garcia (1:46, round 1), Columbua’s Carlee Morrison (2:04, round 2) and Baker County’s Savannah Powell (1:13, round 3). In round 1 against Garcia, the effective championship match, Stewart had one takedown and one 3-point turn before taking the fall victory. Garcia pinned Morrison (2:01) in round 3 to secure second, while Morrison pinned Powell (5:49) in round 1 to clinch third.
155: In a three-person roundrobin, Orange Park’s Jasmine Hecht took a round-2 pin (4 minutes) over Bartram Trail’s Ava Burre, then came back to decision Mainland’s Jah’Mya Hill, 10-5, in round 3 for the weight-class win. Hecht trailed, 5-4, after being put to back late in the second period, but a third-period takedown, plus a four-point nearfall with 54 seconds left, sealed the deal. Hill clinched second with a round-1 fall over Burre (2:56).
170: Mosley’s Henlee Haynes racked up four pins in 2:42 for her title in four rounds of RR competition, with falls over eventual 5th Hannah Matalobos of Bartram (:56), eventual runnerup Claire Holt of Tocoi Creek (1:12), eventual 3rd Gabrielle Proctor of Matanzas (:20) and eventual 4th Trinya Tillman of Mainland (:14). In the effective championship match against Holt, the two-time finalist (2020 state champ) had one takedown and one 3-point turn before securing the fall. Holt pinned Proctor (1:30) in round 5 to grab second, while Proctor falled Tillman (1:47) in round 1 to assure third. Tillman took fourth with a pin (1:26) in round 4 over Matalobos.
190: Middleburg’s Cheyenne Cruce was the top area placer, going 3-1 with three pins, with only a loss by fall (3:48) to the eventual champ from Palmetto Ridge in round 2. Cruce pinned Buchholz’s Kiona Upegui (1:46) to take effective second, with Upegui falling Mainland’s Eva Rojas (:37) in round 2 for third; Rojas decisioned Matanzas’ Brooklyn Watt, 9-5, to clinch fourth.
235: After pins in the quarters (1:33) over Mainland’s Summer Snow and Kevarrionn Sloan (1:10) in the semis, Orange Park’s Andrea Smith took the title with a 6-3 decision in the final over Raines’ Jada Arnold. Arnold scored first takedown in the first period, but Smith was able to reverse out; Arnold tied it with an escape in the second, but Smith secured the win with a third-period escape and eventual takedown. After a bye into the semis, Arnold had a fall over Mainland’s Cheyenne Wigley (1:36) in that round; Wigley, in turn, came back for third with a consi-side pin, then a TF (20-3 in 4 minutes) over Sloan in the third-place match.
Full brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.