#RoadToTheShow: 1A-Region 1, Day 2

Clay wrestlers and coaches celebrate a successful defense of their 1A-Region 1 IBT title Saturday at Wakulla (Photo submitted by Brandon Crawford via Facebook).

CRAWFORDVILLE — Clay’s torrid pace of action in Friday’s first day of the 1A-Region 1 IBT couldn’t be sustained. Could it?

Not quite, but the Blue Devils still put on a clinic in winning the tournament Saturday at Wakulla, collecting 251 team points, good for a 71-point gap over runnerup Suwannee, and advancing 11 wrestlers to Thursday’s FHSAA 1A state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

Clay will take five region champions, one runnerup, four 3rds and one 4th to state.

As for the Bulldogs, they advanced seven out to state, with two champions, four runners-up and one third in scoring 180 points, 30.5 ahead of third-place and host Wakulla. The War Eagles will take eight to state, with three runners-up, two 3rds and three 4ths.

Yulee was fourth, with 121.5 points and four state qualifiers (one runnerup and three 3rds), while South Walton rounded out the top five, with 92.5 points and three qualifiers (one champion, one runnerup and one 3rd).

Bishop Kenny edged Florida High, 89.5-88.5, for sixth and seventh places, respectively. The Crusaders qualified four to state (one champion, one 3rd and two 4ths), while the Seminoles will take three (one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th). Fernandina Beach (87.5 points, one champion & two 4ths) was eighth, with Palatka (61 points, one champion & one runnerup) ninth and Baker County (50 points, two 4ths) 10th.

Among teams with state qualifiers the rest of the way down the standings, Raines was 11th (48.5 points, two runners-up), Bolles & North Bay Haven T-12th (42 points, each with one champion), Episcopal 14th (40 points, one 4th), West Nassau 15th (37 points, one 4th), Bay 16th (36 points, one 4th), Liberty County 17th (30 points, one champion) and Rutherford 20th (26 points, one 3rd).

Union County was the top team among those with no qualifiers, finishing 18th (27 points), followed by Rocky Bayou Christian (19th, 26.5), Wewahitchka (21st, 20), Paxon (22nd, 14), Wolfson (23rd, 13), Bishop Snyder (24th, 10), University Christian (25th, nine), Bozeman (26th, eight), Marianna (27th, seven), Keystone Heights (28th, three) and Tocoi Creek (29th, one). Florida Deaf & Blind and Godby both competed and did not score.

A summary of Saturday follows —

Suwannee wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 1A-Region 1 runnerup trophy won Saturday at Wakulla (Photo submitted via SHS Wrestling Boosters Facebook page).

Championship: Suwannee sophomore Topher Pearson (51-5) took a pair of Saturday decisions, opening with a 5-0 win over Episcopal freshman Turner Glenn in the semis, then finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 decision over Wakulla senior Julian Harvey. Harvey (4-2 post-season) advanced to the final, a rematch of the District 2 final, with a 6-3 semifinal win over Clay freshman Jacob Bucci.
3rd place: Bucci (24-7) max-pointed through the consis, with a semifinal pin over Yulee’s Josh Harris (1:34) and a forfeit win in the medal round over Glenn. Glenn (33-8) punched his Silver Spurs ticket with an 8-4 blood-round win over Florida High’s Dewan Richardson. Richardson decisioned Wewa’s Jake Parker, 6-2, and Harris falled Bay’s David Drake (1:27) in the consi quarters.

Championship: Liberty County freshman Jay Brown (43-4) also won a pair of decisions on the second day, with a 2-1 semifinal win over Clay freshman Braden Glavin, followed by an 8-2 championship victory over Suwannee freshman Eli Jolicoeur, a rematch of the District 2 final. Jolicoeur (39-15) secured his finals slot with a 7-4 decision over another district rival, Wakulla junior Conner Brown, in the semis.
3rd place: Glavin (27-8) took two pins in the wrestlebacks, falling West Nassau’s Jackson Holcomb (4 minutes) in the semis and then pinning Brown in 2:48 for third. Brown (4-3 post-season) secured his state space with a 9-5 blood-round decision over Bishop Kenny’s Jacob Harless. Harless and Holcomb both won by fall in the consi quarters, with Harless pinning district rival Lewis Duhan of Yulee (2:48) and Holcomb falling Bay’s Leonardo Sanchez (:55).

Championship: South Walton senior Max Brewster (51-1) bonus-pointed through to the final, including an 11-0 major in the semis over West Nassau junior Blayden Tharpe, then held off Raines senior De’Quon King, 8-6, to win the title. King (15-2) advanced to the final behind a 9-7 semifinal win over Clay senior Maverick Rainwater.
3rd place: Rainwater (28-7) bounced back for third behind a consi-semi pin (4:10) over Fernandina Beach’s Cael Kubatzke and a 9-2 medal-round win over Tharpe. Tharpe (6-3 post-season) held down Bolles’ Jacob Witt, 2-0, in the blood round. Witt and Kubatzke both advanced to the consi semis with bonus points, as Witt majored Palatka’s Ishmael Foster (13-4) and Kubatzke pinned Wakulla’s Caleb Orr (3:58).

Championship: Suwannee junior Brody Boehm (49-6) won the Bulldogs’ second region title, bonus-pointing through the tournamentn. Boehm collected his third pin in the semis (1:00) over Clay’s Rylan Herrera, then shut out Wakulla senior Juan Jimenez, 8-0, in a rematch of the District 2 final. Jimenez (4-2 post-season) also bonus-pointed through each round prior to the final, pinning South Walton freshman Isaac Brinson (1:33) in the semis.
3rd place: Brinson (35-9) took third with a consi-semi pin (1:14) over Bay’s Elijah Stillgess and a 9-2 third-place win over Fernandina Beach senior Caden Kubatzke. After losing by a 9-0 count Friday to Jimenez, Kubatzke needed three consi-side wins to punch his Kissimmee ticket, with Saturday wins over Wolfson’s Andrew Harbin (10-0, consi quarters) and over Herrera (pin in 3:55, semis). Stillgess reached the blood round with a 9-5 win over Episcopal’s Scott Busey.

Championship: Palatka junior Mikade Harvey (26-2) won his second region title, first in Region 1, behind two Saturday bonus-point wins, falling Florida High’s Troy Carroll (1:05) in the semis and then majoring Suwannee sophomore Austin McKinney, 11-3, in the final. McKinney (55-7) pushed past Rocky Bayou’s Luke Latham, 3-2, in the top-half semi.
3rd place: After giving Harvey his closest match of the tournament in the quarters, Wakulla’s Isaiah Wilson won four times in the consis to rally back to third, with three Saturday wins over Fernandina’s Nik Saldana (pin in 1:58, consi quarters), over Latham (4-3, semis) and over Bishop Kenny sophomore Christopher Hampton by pin in 1:30 for third. Hampton had lost by fall to Harvey in round 1 Friday, and took four consi-side victories to wend his way onto the podium, with a walkover forfeit in the consi quarters and a sudden-victory takedown for a 5-3 blood-round win over Carroll.

Championship: In a rematch of the Green Cove Springs Rotary final from earlier in the month, this time it was Clay senior Josh Kumpf (25-9) that would emerge victorious. After a semifinal pin over district rival Denny Vohs of Bolles (4:41), Kumpf overcame Palatka senior Brandon Lewis, 5-2, to win the title. Lewis (31-6), who’d beaten Kumpf at Rotary, max-pointed into the final, with a semifinal pin (4:46) over Rutherford junior Romero Black.
3rd place: Black (43-3) bounced back for third with two bonus-point wins in the consis, shutting out Yulee’s Austin Adamson, 10-0, in the consi semis, then falling Bay senior Corban Cherry in 3:10 for third. Cherry (44-19), who’d lost by an 11-9 count to Kumpf in round 1, won four times on the back to secure a Kissimmee space, with Saturday victories over Fernandina Beach’s Dietrich Woods (pin in 4:36) and over Vohs, 10-3, in the blood round. Adamson got to the consi semis with a 4-2 win over Bishop Kenny’s Jack Raynor.

Championship: Clay senior Luke Boree (25-5) won the title, his second region win, with a pair of Saturday decisions, taking down South Walton’s Dylan Billingsley, 5-0, in the semis, and then overcoming Yulee junior Dylan Johns, 3-1, in the championship match. Johns (38-3) reached the final behind an 8-2 semifinal win over Wakulla senior Hayden Reeves.
3rd place: Reeves (6-1 post-season) took a pair of 6-minute wins over district rivals in the consis, first shutting out Suwannee’s Marshall White, 6-0, in the semi and then majoring Florida High senior Caleb Keigans, 9-1, for third. Keigans (12-8), who’d lost in the first round on Friday, pinned his way onto the podium, with four consi-side falls, including Saturday pins over Fernandina Beach’s Cole Misciagna (2:48, quarters) and over Billingsley (4:01, semis). White pinned Bishop Kenny’s Paul Barakat in 2:46 to get to the blood round.

Championship: Bishop Kenny junior Roberto Cuartero (37-1) bonus-pointed his way into the final, with a Saturday semifinal TF over Florida High junior Dean Wright (15-0 in 2:39), then overcame Suwannee senior Tyson Musgrove, 6-3, in the championship. Musgrove (45-8) advanced to the final with his third 1st-period fall of the tournament, pinning Clay’s Hayden Meszaros (1:19) in the bottom-half semi.
3rd place: Wright (18-13) won twice in the consis to take the bronze, with a semifinal TF (17-1 in 3 minutes) over Wolfson’s Liam Strange, then holding down Wakulla junior Jae T Thaxton, 1-0, in the third-place match. Thaxton (5-3 post-season), who’d lost by fall in the quarters to Cuartero, bonus-pointed onto the podium, with Saturday victories over Wewahitchka’s Conner Roberts (pin in 3:50) and over Meszaros (15-0 TF in 3:29). Strange reached the blood round with a 2-0 decision over Baker County’s Rasean Rayam.

Championship: Fernandina Beach sophomore Enzo Gamba (37-0) won his second region title, giving up just one point on the weekend. Gamba opened Saturday with a semifinal tech fall over Union County’s Caleb Crawford (17-1 in 3:58), then came back to pin Suwannee junior Austin Howard in 1:59 for the championship. Howard (54-8) got to Gamba behind a 6-1 decision over Clay senior Luca Fiannca.
3rd place: Bishop Kenny junior Collin Hearn (32-7), who’d lost by fall in the quarters to Howard, won four times in the consis to rally back to third, with Saturday wins over Rutherford’s Keaton Schirmer (6-1, quarters), over Crawford (pin in 2:18, semis) and over Fiannca, 9-3, in the third-place match. Fiannca (20-9) punched his Kissimmee ticket with a 4-2 blood-round win over Florida High’s Liam Hawkes, who’d reached that round with a pin (1:40) over South Walton’s John Lopez.

Championship: Clay senior Ethan Larsen (42-5) bonus-pointed through each round of the bracket, beginning Saturday with a 17-7 major — his closest match of the weekend — over Suwannee senior James Prentice in the semis. Larsen then falled Florida High sophomore Xander Hawkes in 3:07 for the title. Hawkes (28-4) pinned his way into the final, including a semifinal fall (3:08) over Bishop Kenny junior Luke Ghannam.
3rd place: Prentice (34-17) max-pointed in each of his four tournament wins, with pins in the consis over West Nassau’s Jakob Turnage (1:49, semis) and over Ghannam (4:11) for third. Ghannam (25-8) secured his state space with a 5-3 blood-round win over Wakulla’s Daniel Brattain. Brattain got to that round with a 9-8 win over Baker County’s Clayton Dennison, while Turnage majored Rocky Bayou’s Peyton Andersen, 12-4.

Championship: Clay junior Dominic Martin (31-5) made it back-to-back Blue Devil titles, with a 4-3 win in the semis over Yulee freshman Alex Smith, followed by a championship fall (4:40) over Wakulla senior Tyler Edenfield. Edenfield (5-1 post-season) reached the final behind a 6-2 win over Fernandina Beach junior Lucas Crawford.
3rd place: Smith (39-6) bounced back with wins over two district rivals, first pinning West Nassau’s Nolan McKelvy (3:40) in the consi semis, then decisioning Crawford, 9-5, for third place. Crawford (32-7) secured his state space with a 5-0 shutout over Suwannee’s Dustin Wood in the top-half consi semi. Wood and McKelvy both got to that round with decision wins, Wood overcoming Union County’s Alexander Cortese (6-4) and McKelvy turning back district rival Christian McGarity of Episcopal, 4-1.

Championship: North Bay Haven sophomore David Mercado (52-1) max-pointed through the tournament, with a forfeit in the semis over Baker County senior Toby Kinghorn. In all, Mercado was on the mat for 2:28 of contested mat time, with a 55-second fall in the final over Clay junior Kedtric Wilbon. Wilbon (17-7) got to Mercado after a third-period fall (5:30) over Fernandina’s Gauge Housley.
3rd place: Yulee freshman Christopher Aud (20-13), after a quarterfinal loss by fall to Kinghorn, came back for four consi-side wins, including Saturday max-point wins over Paxon’s Matthew Brunelli (pin in 2:12, quarters), over Housley (pin in 4:22, semis) and by forfeit over Kinghorn for third place. Kinghorn’s only contested match was in the blood round, where he pinned University Christian’s Deriz Andrews in 55 seconds. Andrews got to that round by falling Suwannee’s Torynn Johns in 2:02.

Championship: Clay senior Garrett Tyre (45-2) won his second region title, and first after a year away, with Saturday pins over Wakulla sophomore Kohl PIppen (2:22, semis) and in the championship over Raines senior Jamari Watson (5:05). Watson (15-2) pinned his way into the championship, including on Saturday with a pin over Bozeman’s Asher Burris (2:11).
3rd place: After taking an 8-2 loss to Tyre for Tyre’s only six-minute match of the tournament, Yulee sophomore Braylen Ricks (35-5) pinned his way back to third, with pins Saturday over NBH’s Logan McAlister (2:43, consi quarters), over Burris (1:54, semis) and for third in 2:41 over Pippen. Pippen (4-3 post-season) got out to state behind a 4-1 win in the blood round over district rival Collin Bishop of Florida High. Bishop got to that round after a pin (2:25) over Baker County’s Ian Doyle.

Championship: Bolles senior Jack Pyburn (31-0) needed just 3:29 of mat time to earn four pins, never going past the first period, including a pair of Saturday falls in the semis over Baker County senior Chase Crews (1:15) and in the title match over South Walton junior Nick Lee (1:34). Lee (35-6) reached the final with a semifinal pin of his own (1:06) over Clay sophomore Ethan Daniels.
3rd place: Daniels (20-7) won by pin twice in the consis, falling Yulee’s Austin Hoyle (2:11, semis) and then pinning Crews in 2:05 for third place. Crews (21-8) secured his space with a blood-round fall (1:14) over Bishop Snyder’s Angel Lecointe. Both Hoyle (1:42, over Raines’ D’Cari Wilson) and Lecointe (2:12, over Bishop Kenny’s Kevin Thallemer) took pins in the consi quarters.

Brackets for this region and all four regions in 1A can be found HERE.

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