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#Recap: Fleming Tunes Up For Dual State

Fleming Island wrestlers and coaches take a team photo Saturday after cruising to an 8-0 weekend at Suwannee’s Billy Saylor Invitational (Photo via fleming_island_wrestling via Instagram).

By MATMEN, Tuesday, 11:20 p.m.

LIVE OAK — The two (arguably) best teams in north Florida hooked up early on Saturday in the second day of competition of the Billy Saylor Invitational.

That Fleming Island was one of those teams, there’s no doubt. As for their early Saturday opponent, host Suwannee, one of the biggest reasons that the Bulldogs can stake a claim for that second position is that nearly all of Suwannee’s top kids make road trips of nearly 180 miles per shot, multiple times per off-season if not even per week, to train at Fleming Island’s offseason facility for six months of the year.

Still, the Golden Eagles rolled through the field last weekend, with their 38-point win over the Bulldogs (53-15) by far the closest dual they had in an 8-0 tournament, improving to 15-0 in duals for the season.

Fleming Island had wins over South Walton (66-9), Union County (72-6), Columbia (72-0), Fernandina Beach (66-6), a team forfeit over West Nassau, Ft Myers (57-12) and Raines (66-6) in the 10-way, two-day tournament.

Seven Golden Eagles were 8-0 on the weekend, including Laird Duhaylungsod (2nd-2A at 120, also competing at 126, 3 pins & 3 techs), Jayce Paridon (2nd-2A at 126, also competing at 132, 5 pins & tech), Kaden Schaefer (2nd-2A at 145, 4 pins), Ronan Bozeman (4th-2A at 170, 6 pins), Joshua Sandoval (4th-2A at 182, 3 pins & 2 majors), Walter Poe (16th-2A at 195, 5 pins) and Jhoel Robinson (1st-2A at 220, 6 pins).

Shane Duhaylungsod (7th-1A at 113, 3 pins & decision) was 7-1, while Matthew Newman (2nd-1A at 106, pin/major/decision) put together a 6-0 weekend. Dylan Beck (138, 3 pins) was 5-0 on Friday, while Cooper Beck (132/138, 2 pins & decision) and Matthew Kotler (4th-2A at 152, also competing at 160, 3 pins) were both 5-2; Ladarius Jackson (220/285, decision) turned in a 5-3 weekend.

Suwannee (34-3 in duals for the year), was otherwise spotless, going 8-1 for second place. The Bulldogs defeated Raines (72-9), Oakleaf (61-14), South Walton (63-18), Union County (66-15), Columbia (77-6), West Nassau (69-3), Fernandina Beach (54-21) and Ft Myers (51-24).

Ayden Kirby (19th-1A at 138, also competing at 145, 4 pins & 2 techs) and Austin McKinney (7th-1A at 152, 5 pins & decision) were both 9-0 for Suwannee.

Eli Jolicoeur (2nd-1A at 106, 2 pins & decision), Justin Contreras (13th-1A at 113, 4 pins & decision) and Brody Boehm (5th-1A at 126, 4 pins & 3 decisions) were all 8-1, while Austin Howard (3rd-1A at 160, 4 pins) was 7-1. Sam Ballard (220/285, 2 pins) compiled a 6-2 weekend, while Topher Pearson (2nd-1A, 3 pins & tech) and Dustin Wood (10th-1A at 170, 4 pins) were 5-1. Benjamin Lewis (182/195, 3 pins) and Holden Corbin (220/285) were both 5-3, while Jonathan Gonzalez (132, pin) finished 4-4 in the tournament.

Oakleaf (17-9 in duals) did not wrestle Fleming Island; otherwise the Clay County Knights were 7-1, with wins over West Nassau (52-18), Ft Myers (42-33), Raines (66-12), Fernandina Beach (38-36), South Walton (51-18), Union County (54-20) and Columbia (45-15).

Caleb Pope (138, 4 pins & tech) and Jerimiah Baker (160/170, 3 pins & 4 decisions) were Oakleaf’s lone unbeatens at 8-0.

Ion Hortinela (120, 4 pins) was 7-1 for the Knights, while Micah Caetano (113, 3 pins) was 6-2. Connor Barnes (20th-2A at 106, pin) and Preston Lewis (152, major) were both 5-3, while Jacob McClintic (160/170, major) was 4-3 and Evan Brown (195/220, 2 pins) 4-4.  Christopher McKeel (120/126, pin) was 3-2 and Jacob Dewald (170/182, 3 pins) 3-3 in regular roles..

Fernandina Beach (13-5 for the season) took fourth with a 6-3 tournament, with wins over Ft Myers (38-30), Columbia (60-12), Raines (42-18), West Nassau (47-15), South Walton (54-30), and Union County (37-36, criteria).

Cael Kubatzke (13th-1A at 132, 5 pins & 2 decisions) and Enzo Gamba (2nd-1A at 160, 6 pins & 2 decisions) both posted 9-0 weekends for the Pirates.

Cole Misciagna (15th-1A at 145, also competing at 152, 4 pins & tech) was 8-1, while Anthony Fancher (170, 3 pins & decision) and Gauge Housely (195, 2 pins & decision) were both 6-3. Lucas Crawford (6th-1A at 182, 2 pins & tech) had a 5-3 weekend, while Patrick Lee (138, decision) put in a 4-4 tournament.

South Walton (10-10) was 4-5 in the tournament, with wins over West Nassau (36-24), Raines (48-12), Union County (dual did not fully report to Trackwrestling#) and Columbia (48-9), plus a 52-30 loss not otherwise noted earlier in this recap to Ft Myers.

In records we could confirm (a scoresheet on the Union dual was not available at time of this writing), Cody Johnson was the Seahawks’ top individual, going 6-2 with 4 pins. Nathan Lyttle (106, 2 pins) and Gibson Moore (17th-1A at 132, also competing at 138, 3 pins & decision) were both 4-3, while Jackson Roach (138/145, 3 pins) and Kaden Shaw (160/170 Friday, 152/160; 4 pins) each were 4-4.

Union County (13-13 in duals) was 3-6 in the tournament, with wins over Columbia (48-27), West Nassau (42-25@) and Raines (42-21), plus a loss not otherwise noted above to Ft Myers (45-36).

In records Matmen could confirm, Alexander Cortese (182, 4 pins) was 6-1, while Danny Thornton (195, 2 pins & decision) was 5-2. Ian Halfacre (18th-1A at 132, 2 pins) and Colin Hadlock (160/170, pin) were both 4-3, with Kale Waters (113, 2 pins) going 4-4.

Despite having the smallest group in terms of numbers — just six wrestlers appeared in the lineup — West Nassau (3-10 for the season) did win two duals over the weekend, with victories over Columbia (36-18) and Raines (30-24), plus a loss not noted above to Ft Myers (57-21).

In records Matmen could confirm, Nolan McKelvy (11th-1A at 182, 5 pins & decision) was 7-0, while Blayden Tharpe (9th-1A at 126, 3 pins & 2 decisions) was 6-1. Both Landon Higginbotham (7th-1A at 120, 3 pins) and Aidan Melson (145/152, 4 pins) were both 5-2 for the Warriors.

Columbia (unknown duals record due to missing midweek results last week) couldn’t find a dual win, with losses as noted above plus a 54-18 loss to Ft Myers. The Tigers did not dual against Raines.

Jayden Thomas (145/152, 4 pins) led Columbia with a 5-2 record, while Alexander Ulloa (138/145, pin & 3 decisions) was 4-3 and Arthur Vanderpool (152/160, 3 pins) had a 4-4 weekend. In a regular role, Parker Schneider (138/145) turned in a 3-2 tournament, with 2 pins.

Raines (1-21 in duals) also had a loss to Ft Myers otherwise not noted above (66-18).

Jhalill Rochardson (195, pin & 3 decisions) was 7-1 for the Vikings, while D’Cari Wilson (220, 4 pins & decision) turned in a 6-2 weekend. In a regular role, Jay’Quan Vaughn (113, 3 pins) was 5-0 for Raines.

# — confirmed in email with participating coaches
@ — final score only was posted on Track; no individual matches were recorded

Complete results for the tournament can be found HERE. All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings

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