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#RoadToTheShow: Golden Eagles Take 7th Straight Title

Fleming Island wrestlers with the team’s 2A-District 2 team championship won Wednesday at Columbia (Photo submitted by Markus Paridon via Facebook).

LAKE CITY — New classification, no problem for Fleming Island on Wednesday at Columbia.

The Golden Eagles picked up their seventh straight district title, with a 107-point margin of victory (283.5-176.5) over runnerup Lincoln for the 2A-District 2 title, moving 13 wrestlers through to next week’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles.

Fleming Island collected nine titles on Wednesday, with two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th.

As for the Trojans, Lincoln will send 11 wrestlers to Region 1, with one champion, five runners-up, three 3rds and two 4ths.

Lincoln wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 2A-District 2 team runnerup trophy Wednesday afternoon at Columbia (Photo submitted via Lincoln team Facebook page).

Chiles outpointed Ridgeview, 137-132.5, for third place, with both teams qualifying out eight wrestlers. The Timberwolves had one champion, one runnerup, four 3rds and two 4ths, while the Clay County Panthers had one champion, two 3rds and five 4ths.

Middleburg was fifth, also with eight qualified region wrestlers, and 125.5 points. Host Columbia took sixth behind five qualifiers, scoring 94 points with one champion, one runnerup, one 3rd and two 4ths.

Orange Park, with one runnerup and one third, was seventh with 38.5 points, while Leon had one champion and finished eighth with 35.

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a weight class with four 1st-time region qualifiers, Fleming Island freshman Shane Duhaylungsod (44-9) had a pair of first-period falls to win the title. Duhaylungsod pinned Ridgeview freshman Conner Carroll (1:05) in the semis, and then came back to fall Middleburg freshman Jackson Hornback in 1:47 to win the title. Hornback (37-11) advanced to the final with a forfeit over Lincoln freshman Joe Tucker (19-14), who edged Carroll (12-16), 13-12, for third place.

113: Fleming Island freshman Jayce Paridon (51-0) also pinned his way through the bracket, with a 25-second semifinal pin over Ridgeview freshman Jason Barrett, then falled Lincoln sophomore Vaniel Caceres in 5:18 to collect his bracket. Caceres (22-13) qualified for regions for the second time with a 15-5 major in the semis over Middleburg sophomore Grady Woodard; Woodard (35-11) came back for third place and his second region appearance with a pin in 3:02 over Barrett (11-21).

120: In a battle of Clay County freshmen for the title, Fleming Island’s Laird Duhaylungsod (44-11) was the Golden Eagles’ third to pin his way through, with a semifinal pin over Lincoln sophomore Jashawn Washington and a championship pin over Middleburg freshman Wyatt Leduc. Leduc (32-5) reached the final behind a 15-4 semifinal major over Chiles junior Sam Tolomeo. Washington (25-11) won twice in the consis to rally back for third place and qualify for regions for the second time, as he decisioned Tolomeo, 9-2, in the medal round. Tolomeo (37-15, front-side pin) earned his second region qualification with a bye in the consi semis.

126: Chiles junior Garrett Marschka (45-5) secured his third region tournament appearance, taking his first title behind decisions in the semis over Fleming Island sophomore Matthew Newman, 5-0, then again in the championship over Middleburg senior Riley Girgis, taking a 3-1 win there. Girgis (26-3) qualified for Chiles for the fourth time, after a bye and semifinal pin (1:03) over Columbia freshman Arthur Vanderpool. Newman (21-12, front-side pin) took a pair of majors in the consis to rally back to third and qualify for regions for the first time, with an 11-3 major over Vanderpool. Vanderpool (9-16, front-side pin) added a blood-round fall (1:07) to go to regions.

132: Fleming Island senior Joshua Mukaddam (32-20) made his first region appearance and won his first district title, falling his way through the bracket with pins over Middleburg’s Dylan Johns (1:06, semis) and over Chiles senior Hunter Brown (2:48) in the championship match. Brown (27-7) reached the district finals for the fourth time behind two pins in 76 seconds (:33 over Orange Park’s Braden Owenby in quarters, :43 over Columbia junior Jayden Thomas in semis). Thomas (25-15, front-side decision) advanced to his second region tournament after a year away, with two pins in the consis that included a third-place fall (5:06) over Ridgeview junior Kaiden Tibbetts. Tibbetts (29-9) won twice in the consis for his second region qualification, taking a 12-5 decision in the semis.

138: Fleming Island sophomore Kaden Schaefer (36-6) qualified for regions for the first time, winning his first district title after bonus-pointing through the day with a 52-second semifinal pin over Chiles freshman Jacob Johnston and a tech fall in the championship (15-0 in 2:36) over Middleburg junior Logan Moore. Moore (29-14) reached his second region tournament behind pins over Orange Park’s Dionne Hall (4:18, quarters) and over Ridgeview junior Blake Pu (4:33, semis). Johnston (34-17, front-side pin) won twice in the consis to make his first region appearance, with a takedown in sudden victory for an 8-6 third-place win over Pu; Pu (20-11, front-side pin), in turn, also had a takedown in sudden victory for a 6-4 win and his second region appearance after a year away.

145: Leon senior Nolan Zirgibel (28-3) won his second district title and advanced to regions for the third time, bonus-pointing through the day with an 11-3 semifinal major over Ridgeview’s Coleman Matheny and a championship pin (3:38) over Fleming Island sophomore Matthew Kotler. Kotler (37-10) got to regions for the second time after a bye into the semis, where he falled Chiles freshman Cooper Hill in 50 seconds. Hill (17-12, front-side decision) won by fall twice to qualify out, with a pin (2:53) over crosstown rival and Lincoln freshman Vincent Crump in the third-place match. Crump (15-13) made it to regions behind a 9-4 blood-round decision.

152: Fleming Island sophomore Christopher Chop (27-10) didn’t give up a point all day for his first region qualification and district title; after a bye into the semis, Chop pinned Middleburg junior Aden Thornton (:53) in that round, then shut out Lincoln junior Connor Edwards, 7-0, in the championship match. Edwards (30-8) reached his second region tournament as district finalist behind a 6-4 win over Chiles senior Andrew Mullins (47-11, front-side pin), who pinned his way back to third in qualifying for regions for the third time, pinning Thornton in 4:41. Thornton (19-13, front-side pin) advanced to Chiles for the second time behind a consi-semi TF (20-3 in 5:35).

160: Fleming Island junior Ronan Bozeman (41-15) made it back-to-back titles for his first region appearance and district title, with a semifinal pin (1:47) over Chiles’ Luke Pickels, followed by a 3-1 championship-round decision over Orange Park junior Trevion Sermons. Sermons (25-4) got to regions for the second time behind a pair of bonus-point wins, teching Columbia’s Caleb James (16-0 in 3:27, quarters) and majoring Ridgeview senior Logan Keester (15-6, semis). Keester (19-5, front-side major) added two more bonus-point wins in the wrestlebacks for his second region tournament, with a third-place TF (15-0 in 5:32) over Lincoln sophomore Keller Shea. Shea (17-17) won twice in the consis to make it to the second round for the first time, with a 9-8 blood-round win to advance.

170: Columbia senior Joseph Rice (36-5) qualified for regions for the third time, winning his third district title as well behind a semifinal pin (1:29) over Chiles’ Langston Tillman, followed by a 7-2 decision in the championship round over Fleming Island junior Joshua Sandoval. Sandoval (50-7) reached the final behind a 34-second pin in the semis over Lincoln junior Jerry Bowman (16-12, front-side win), who advanced to the third-place match behind a bye in the consi semis and 5-1 third-place win over Ridgeview sophomore James Laycock for his second region tournament appearance. Laycock (17-16) advanced for the second time to regions after a 9-6 blood-round win.

182: Fleming Island junior Jhoel Robinson (54-3) qualified for regions for the first time and won his first district title, pinning his way through the draw with falls over Chiles senior Kadis Nafal (2:26, semis) and over Lincoln junior Jacob Nowak in 5:05 for the gold medal. After a bye into the semis, Nowak (15-12) punched his first Chiles ticket with a pin over Columbia senior Jayden Drew in 3:29. Nafal (31-12, front-side decision), too, reached the region round for the first time after two consi-side pins, falling Drew (2:29) for third place. Drew (21-18, front-side pin) was the only qualifier with prior region experience, making the second round for the second time with a consi-semi fall (1:40).

195: Lincoln senior Cayden Bevis (39-1) got out to regions for the third time, winning his second title by teching his way through the tournament, with TFs over Orange Park senior Geoffrey Jules-Delice (26-10 in 3:20) in the semis and over Columbia senior Shawn Raggins (17-2 in 3:12) to take the bracket. Raggins (26-6) qualified for Chiles for the fourth time after a quarterfinal bye and fall (2 minutes) in the semis over Fleming Island’s Walter Poe. Jules-Delice (26-8, front-side decision) took two wins in the consis to reach regions for the third time, with an 8-6 decision over Chiles junior Dillon Elliott (36-16), who found a takedown in sudden victory during the blood round to earn his first region appearance.

220: Ridgeview senior Derrick Mosley (36-6) reached his fourth district final after a 42-second pin over Fleming Island sophomore Ladarius Jackson, then won his third title with a 5-2 decision in the final over Lincoln senior Omarion LaRoach. LaRoach (24-5) advanced to regions for the third time after a quarterfinal bye and a 15-5 semifinal major over Middleburg sophomore Tucker Cody (27-11), who won twice in the consis for his first appearance, taking an 8-6 win over Jackson in grabbing third place. Jackson (23-21, front-side pin) advanced to regions for the first time, with a bye in the consi semis.

285: Fleming Island junior Ethan Hoffstetter (28-10) qualified out for the second time to the region round, winning his first district title behind a semifinal pin over Middleburg junior Bryce Meldrum and a 3-2 win in the finals over Lincoln senior Nic Weaver. Weaver (25-15) also got to regions for the second time after falling Ridgeview junior Trenton Manis in 2:28. In the third-place match in a matchup of first-time region qualifiers, Manis won by fall over Meldrum in 5:21.

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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