#RoadToTheShow: 3-Peat For Fletcher in 2A-District 3

Fletcher wrestlers and coaches celebrate the win of their 2A-District 3 team championship trophy Thursday afternoon at Westside (Photo submitted by Stacy Peterson via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Three head coaches, three district IBT titles, three straight seasons.

For Fletcher, Thursday’s 2A-District 3 event at Westside was a chance to continue solid momentum after an FHSAA duals season went shorter than hoped for.

And they made the most of that chance, as every one of the 12 Senators qualified out for next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles, grabbing half the weight-class championships on offer and finishing the day with 226 points, a 62-point cushion over the runnerup host Wolverines for Fletcher’s third straight district IBT win.

The Senators also will take one runnerup, two 3rds and two 4ths to Chiles.

Westside was comfortably in second with 164 points, advancing nine to regions with two champions, four runnerups and three 4ths.

Englewood and Terry Parker tied for third with 112 points, and the Rams and Braves did so in very different ways.

Englewood also sent its entire team on to regions, with six wrestlers leading to two titles, one runnerup and three 3rds, while Terry Parker qualified eight out to the second round of post-season competition, with two runners-up, two 3rds and four 4ths.

Ponte Vedra outpointed Ed White, 98-90, for team fifth. The Sharks will move five on to regions, with one champion, two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th, while the Commanders qualified six out, with three runners-up, one 3rd and two 4ths.

Stanton, with 78 points and four qualifiers (one of each medal), finished seventh, while Riverside was eighth with 71 points, also qualifying four out (one champion and three 3rds).

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a two-person bracket, Fletcher freshman Landon Locantora (33-14) won by fall in the finals (1:23) over Westside freshman Jacob Jackson (12-9).

113: Stanton sophomore Elias Spurlin (14-6) bagged his first region qualification with a semifinal pin (3:46) over Ponte Vedra senior Julian Villegas, adding his first district title with a 12-10 championship decision over Terry Parker freshman Shamar Jones. Jones (24-13) pinned Fletcher sophomore Jimi Baur in 1:35 in the semis to get to Spurlin; Baur (20-11) qualified for regions for the second time, falling Villegas in 30 seconds to place third. Villegas (3-9) got back to the region event after a year away, with his third trip to Chiles.

120: Fletcher senior Ryden Ashmore (34-7) grabbed two first-period pins in getting out to regions for the third time and winning his second title, with falls in the semis over Englewood sophomore Christopher Moore (1:28) and in the final over Ponte Vedra junior Aiden Taylor (1:59). Taylor (18-14) earned his third region trip with a semifinal pin over Terry Parker freshman Anthony Laney in 1:35, while Moore (3-8, front-side pin) took third place after a bye and medal-round pin (3:36) over Laney after both had qualified for regions for the first time. Laney (10-11) secured his Chiles space with a consi-semi fall in 2 minutes.

126: Fletcher sophomore Cole O’Brien (38-1) collected his second region qualification, winning his first title behind pins in the semis over Stanton sophomore Jose Toledo (1:12) and in the final over Westside senior Jacare Johnson. After a two-year absence, Johnson (20-7) will return to regions for the second time after a semifinal pin (1:31) over Terry Parker junior Chris Wright. Wright (32-13), for his part, won twice in the consis by fall, pinning Toledo in 1:57 for third place; Toledo (9-16, front-side pin) earned his second trip out to regions with a bye into the third-place match.

132: Ponte Vedra’s lone title came at this weight, as junior Grady Dolan (17-11) pinned his way through the bracket, taking falls over Stanton sophomore Dean Holt (:20, semis) and over Fletcher freshman Elias Twigg in 2:16 for the championship. Twigg (4-4) reached the final with a semifinal pin (2:29) over Terry Parker junior Curnard Juluke, while Holt (6-11, front-side decision) punched his Chiles ticket with a bye into the third-match, where he pinned Juluke in 1:19. Juluke (10-11) grabbed his region chance with a pin in the blood round in 2:19.

Westside wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 2A-District 3 runnerup trophy won Thursday on the Wolverine home mat (Photo submitted by Christopher McNealy via Facebook).

138: Westside junior Olleon Hickmon (22-5) won his team’s first championship here, advancing to regions for the third time and taking his first district title on falls of 2 minutes (semis) over Fletcher senior Fred Saporita and 1 minute (championship) over Ponte Vedra junior Andrew Hissam. Hissam (11-16) advanced to regions for the second time with his semifinal pin (3:13) over Terry Parker sophomore Daniel Mays, with Saporita (16-25) securing his Chiles space with a third-place pin (4:39) over Mays (22-14); both are first-time region qualifiers.

145: Englewood senior DiSean Hires (17-2) took his team’s first championship, with first-period pins in both rounds. Hires falled Ponte Vedra sophomore Bryson Hubbard (:42) in the semis and Westside junior Nathan Williams (1:42) for the championship. After a year away, Williams (19-6) qualified for regions for the second time, thanks to a semifinal fall (3:57) over Ed White’s Joseph Henderson. Hubbard (4-6, front-side pin) had a bye and second fall in the third-place match to qualify out for regions for the first time, duplicating his quarterfinal win over Fletcher junior Jackson McEachin, this time by fall in 2:44. McEachin (5-9) secured his region space with a blood-round fall (2:39).

152: Fletcher senior Christopher Strong (25-6) will make his second trip to regions as a first-time district champ, after a semifinal pin (1:37) over Westside freshman Jamell Robinson and an 8-2 championship decision over Terry Parker sophomore Jeff Brown. Brown (35-7) made it to regions for the first time after pins over Riverside’s Cedric Livingston (:19, quarters) and over Englewood junior Ke’Eric Merrell (3:42, semis); Merrell (12-8, front-side pin) will make his second Chiles appearance after two consi-side pins, including a third-place fall (1:58) over Robinson (8-16, front-side pin), who will make his first trip to regions after a consi-semi pin in 2:08.

160: Senators junior Josh Daltro (36-9) qualified out for Chiles for the third time, going as a two-time champion thanks to a semifinal pin (3:01) over Westside freshman Preston Davis, followed by an 11-4 win in the championship over Ed White sophomore Benny Lewis. Lewis (24-5) pinned his way into his second final and region appearance, falling Terry Parker junior Justin Rangeloff (21-13), who pinned Davis (10-12) in 3:38 for third. Both Rangeloff and Davis will make their first region trips.

170: Fletcher sophomore Joseph Kohlhaas (26-12) made it a three-peat of Senator weight-class wins, rolling through the bracket on falls in the semis over Terry Parker’s Joel Hernandez (2 minutes) and again in the final over Ed White freshman Malakhi Lewis in 1:04 to take the bracket. After a bye, Lewis (22-7) punched a region ticket thanks to an 8-5 decision in the semis over Westside sophomore Ponchelo Cadet. After falling to Cadet, 9-6, in the quarters, Riverside sophomore Anthony Kearney (4-14) won his way back to a rematch with Cadet for third, where he would take an 8-1 win. Cadet (11-15) got out for regions with a consi-semi pin (2:58). Both Kearney and Cadet are making their first trips to Chiles.

182: In a weight class with first-time region qualifiers, Westside sophomore Ja’Cory Martin (15-5) won the title behind falls in the semis over Riverside sophomore Donald Reed (1:11) and over Stanton sophomore Carter Lemieux (3:27) in the final. Lemieux (4-10) reached the final with a pin in the semis (1:36) over Ed White senior Jaeden Scott; Reed (3-8) then pinned Scott (5-6) in 2:51 for third.

195: Englewood junior Melvin Wiggins (16-4) picked up his third region qualification, thanks to a semifinal pin (1:46) over Fletcher senior Dylan Tate, and then took his first district title behind an 11-7 win in the championship round over Westside senior Caleb Baltazar. Baltazar (8-5) picked up his second region appearance, after a bye into the semis, where he falled Ed White senior Josiah Shoemo in 44 seconds. Shoemo (7-7) punched his first Chiles ticket behind two pins in the consis, including a fall in 1:36 over Tate for third. Tate (12-20, front-side pin) advanced to regions for the first time with a bye in the consi semis.

220: Riverside junior Thomas Jones (27-6) collected two first-period pins in collecting his first district title, with a second region appearance in tow. Jones pinned Englewood junior Billie Maynard (1:07) in the semis and then came back to pin Ed White junior Jordan Jackson (1:46) in the championship match. Jackson (5-4) got out to regions for the first time with an 8-6 win in the semis over Terry Parker junior Jamelle Brown; Maynard (12-8, front-side pin) joined Jackson as a first-time qualifier with a bye in the consi semis and fall (1:35) for third over Brown, while Brown (23-14) also qualified out for the first time after a blood-round pin in 4:37.

285: Fletcher junior Toby Matson (37-2) won his first title and became a three-time region qualifier after a 50-second semifinal pin over Ed White senior Demarkus Raysor and a win by forfeit in the final over Englewood freshman Keith Forbes. Forbes (13-6) will compete in regions thanks to a 5-3 semifinal win over Riverside sophomore Kamari Perkins (25-3, front-side pin), who won twice in the consis to wrestle back to third, with a 7-4 decision in the medal round over Raysor for his first region space. Raysor (24-6, front-sidepoin) added a second fall in the consi semis (:49) to punch a Chiles ticket.

You can see complete brackets from this tournament and other 2A contested brackets in Region 1 and throughout the state HERE.

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