Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border
When & where: Friday & Saturday at Yulee.
Teams in the field: In addition to the host Hornets, area teams include Atlantic Coast, Baker County, Bishop Kenny, Columbia, Episcopal, First Coast, Mandarin, Nease, Orange Park, Stanton, Tocoi Creek, Union County, University Christian. Out-of-area teams include Booker, Cocoa, Villages.
Returning team champion: None. Last year’s team champion, Wakulla, is not returning.
Returning individual champions: Lewis Duhan (Yulee); Dylan Johns (Yulee); Kevin Coon (Villages); Braylen Ricks (Yulee); Austin Hoyle (Yulee).
Synopsis: This year’s field is a little less star-powered compared to the teams that were here a year ago, but there are several solid teams that could emerge as a traditional team favorite, including district-dual champions Episcopal and Union County from the coverage area and Villages just outside it. The host Hornets and Baker County are also region-duals qualifiers and should be considered as potential challengers for top-3 finishes as well.
State-ranked wrestlers (listed by weight class in ranked order) —
106: Josh Harris (Yulee, 6th-1A); Cole Webb (Cocoa, 9th-1A).
113: Jareb Lauramore (Baker County, 15th-1A); Devinn Dunn (Villages, 17th-1A); Alessandro Bazan (Tocoi Creek, 18th-1A).
120: Turner Glenn (Episcopal, 10th-1A); Elias Spurlin (Stanton, 11th-1A); Jacob Harless (Bishop Kenny, 20th-1A).
126: Scott Busey (Episcopal, 10th-1A).
132: Blaise Nelson (Villages, 12th-1A); Nicholas Pressley (Episcopal, 14th-1A); Ian Halfacre (Union County, 17th-1A).
138: Austin Adamson (Yulee, 11th-1A); Parker Stamschror (Nease, 16th-3A); Cohen Chesser (Episcopal, 19th-1A).
152: Roberto Cuartero (Bishop Kenny, 2nd-1A); Keith Ratliff (Baker County, 16th-1A); Samuel Sahrphillips (Yulee, 19th-1A).
160: Kevin Coon (Villages, 5th-1A); Jacob Lutz (Nease, 7th-3A); Trevion Sermons (Orange Park, 15th-2A); John Fernandez (Episcopal, 17th-1A).
170: Dylan Johns (Yulee, 4th-1A); Brennan Doherty (Episcopal, 12th-1A); Luke Ghannam (Bishop Kenny, 13th-1A).
182: Christopher Aud (Yulee, 9th-1A); Collin Hearn (Bishop Kenny, 13th-1A); Christian McGarity (Episcopal, 14th-1A).
195: Alex Smith (Yulee, 6th-1A); Lawson Perry (Episcopal, 9th-1A).
220: Braylen Ricks (Yulee, 8th-1A); Jaelen Simmons (Mandarin, 9th-3A).
285: Austin Hoyle (Yulee, 13th-1A); Randall Wise (Villages, 15th-1A).
All boys rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings