By MATMEN, Monday, 11:10 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — District duals were far too close for comfort for Lincoln last month.
So when it came time to try to get the 2A-District 2 double-title last Thursday at home, the Trojans left no doubt, winning eight weight classes, getting 11 wrestlers into the final and rolling up a 58-point margin of victory over crosstown rival Chiles, 260-202.
Lincoln will send 13 wrestlers to Chiles for this weekend’s Region 1 tournament, with one 3rd and one 4th in addition to the 11 finalists.
Chiles will have 12 on hand at home this weekend, with three champions, five runners-up, three 3rds and one 4th. That wwas enough to outpoint Mosley, 202-188, for second, as the Dolphins qualified 11 wrestlers out on one champion, four runners-up, three 3rds and three 4ths.
Arnold edged Columbia, 120-117, for fourth place. The Marlins advanced eight to regions on one runnerup, two 3rds and five 4ths, while Columbia qualified seven out, with two champs, one runnerup, two 3rds and two 4ths. Leon was sixth, with 78 points on four qualifiers (three 3rds & one 4th).
A brief summary of each weight class follows.
Final: The hosts’ Joe Tucker (10th) kicked off a four-pack of Lincoln titles in the first four weights, grabbing two pins in 1:57, falling Chiles (1:03) in the semi and then pinning Columbia’s Tyhler Phinney in 54 seconds for his first district championship. Tucker had one takedown in each match, and that would be all he’d need to get pins in both cases. Phinney got to the championship round with a semifinal win over Mosley.
3rd: In a four-person bracket, Chiles’ Jason Marsala decisioned Mosley’s Elijah Nolan, 7-4, to take third.
Final: Lincoln’s Vaniel Caceres (10th) pinned his way to his first district title, with second-period falls over Mosley in the semis and then in 2:52 over Arnold’s James Oliver in the championship. Caceres bagged three takedowns in a 47-second span in the first period, riding Oliver in the second to secure the turn and pin. Oliver reached the final after a semifinal major decision over Chiles.
3rd: In a four-person bracket, Chiles’ Patrick Brooks pinned Mosley’s Kale Mills in 3:48 to secure third.
Final: The Trojans’ Jashawn Washington (13th) picked up his first district championship, with a semifinal pin (3:09) over Columbia, then decisioning 19th-ranked Sam Tolomeo of Chiles, 5-2, for the championship win. Washington got takedowns in both the first and second period, not allowing more than a pair of escapes along the way. Tolomeo got to the final after a first-period semifinal pin over Mosley.
3rd: After his loss by pin to Chiles, Mosley’s Kyle Mahler racked up two pins in 75 seconds, with falls over Arnold in the semis and in 38 seconds over Columbia’s James Lane. Lane (front-side pin over Arnold) reached the medal round after a bye in the semis.
Final: Lincoln’s Zakary Jurado (20th) won twice for his first district title; after a third-period fall (4:27) over Arnold in the semis, Jurado held off Chiles’ Ethan Jackson, 1-0, in the final. After riding out Jurado throughout the second period but unable to turn, Jackson rode for an additional 42 seconds in the third before Jurado got out, and Jurado would make that escape stand up. Jackson got to the final after a semifinal pin over Columbia.
3rd: After his loss to Lincoln in the semis, Arnold’s David Crilly powered through two pins in the wrestlebacks, falling Mosley in the blood round and then pinning Columbia’s Kevin Fink in 1:06 for third. Fink (front-side pin over Mosley) advanced to the medal round with a bye in the consi semis.
Final: Columbia’s Jayden Thomas won his first district championship behind a semifinal win by fall (:47) over Mosley, taking first place with a 13-6 decision over Chiles’ Jacob Johnston. While Thomas never trailed, with three takedowns, a reversal and pair of nearfalls, he couldn’t get clear until the third, hitting a 5-point sequence midway through. Johnston reached the final behind a semifinal pin over Arnold.
3rd: After his loss by fall to Thomas, Mosley’s Isaac Biddle (front-side pin over Leon) added two more pins on the back, falling Lincoln in the semis and then pinning Arnold’s Zackary Wootton in 3:19 for third. Wootton (front-side decision over Lincoln) pinned Leon in the blood round to secure his region spot.
Final: The Timberwolves’ Garrett Marschka (4th) reached his fourth district final, taking his second title after a 39-second pin over Arnold and then shutting out Lincoln’s Zaire Fernanders-Jackson, 7-0, in the final round. Marschka scored a takedown and hit a 3-point nearfall in the first period, earning two penalty points by pushing the pace in the second. Fernanders-Jackson got to that title round after a quarterfinal pin over Leon and decision over Columbia.
3rd: After falling by an 8-2 count to Fernanders-Jackson, Columbia’s Alexander Ulloa rallied with two consi-side pins, first over Mosley, then again over Arnold’s Alex Neisler (2:20) in the medal round. Neisler (front-side decision over Mosley) won by fall over Leon in the consi semis.
Final: Chiles’ Cooper Hill won his first district championship, taking a semifinal pin (3:28) over Mosley, and then shutting out Lincoln’s Vincent Crump, 3-0, for the finals win. All of the scoring came in the second period, with Hill grabbing a takedown halfway through that period. Crump advanced to that final behind a semifinal decision over Columbia.
3rd: After his 6-3 loss to Crump, Columbia’s Arthur Vanderpool (front-side pin over Arnold) won twice more in the consis, pinning Leon in the semis and then turning back Mosley’s Sebastian Schultz, 10-5, to take third. Schultz (front-side pin over Leon) added a second pin in the blood round, winning by fall over Arnold.
Final: Lincoln’s Connor Edwards (5th) pinned his way through the bracket for his first title after two runnerup efforts, with pins in the semis over Arnold (3:50) and again in the finals (2:39) over Mosley’s Landon Jacobs. Edwards had a flurry of takedowns — five in all — with a pair of nearfalls in the first period before taking the pin. Jacobs reached the final behind a pin over Columbia and major over Chiles.
3rd: After falling by a 10-2 count to Jacobs, Chiles’ Scott Greenwald had two pins on the back, with falls over Leon first and then over Arnold’s Braxton Cook in 1:55 for third. Cook (front-side decision over Leon) punched his Chiles ticket with a consi-semi pin over Columbia.
Final: Mosley’s Andrew Yeats was the Dolphins’ lone champion in taking his first district title Thursday, with a semifinal pin (5:02) over Lincoln, followed up by a 5-2 win in the championship match over Chiles’ Luke Pickels. Pickels bagged first takedown, but Yeats was able to get out before the period ended; he’d pile up most of his points in the third, with a penalty point and escape before a late takedown was insurance for the victory. Pickels reached the final behind a semifinal decision over Arnold.
3rd: After his loss by pin to Yeats, Lincoln’s Jermaine Yarborough took a pair of consi-side decisions, first over Leon in the blood round and then by finding a takedown for a 3-1 sudden-victory win over Arnold’s Christian McDonald. McDonald (front-side pin over Leon) got a bye into the medal round after his 2-1 loss to Pickels.
Final: Columbia’s Kareem Kinloch picked up the Tigers’ other title, pinning his way through the bracket with falls over Leon (2:29) in the semis, followed by a fall (1:45) over Lincoln’s Mason Crowder to win his first district championship. Crowder scored first and hit a big turn immediately after, but Kinloch was able to reverse out and bag a couple of nearfalls before taking the pin. Crowder advanced to the final after a semifinal pin over Mosley.
3rd: After a loss to Mosley in the quarters, Arnold’s Tajay Richards grabbed two pins to wrestle back to third, with falls over Leon in the semis and then over Chiles’ Andrew Hutton (2:47) in the medal round. Hutton also lost his first match by fall to Leon, but came back in the blood round with a pin over Mosley to secure his region space.
Final: Chiles’ Cody Elliott (16th) won his first district title, bonus-pointing to the title behind a semifinal pin (4:43) over Leon, followed by a 15-4 major over 18th-ranked John Mengel of Mosley. Elliott hit a five-point move in the first minute of the match and another five-point move in the closing seconds to secure the major. Mengel took a semifinal pin over Lincoln to get to Elliott.
3rd: After his loss by fall to Elliott, Leon’s Santana Harris (front-side pin over Arnold) had a bye into the medals round, where he pinned Lincoln’s Israel Williams in 4 minutes to take third. Williams punched his Chiles ticket with a blood-round fall over Arnold.
Final: Lincoln’s Jakob Nowak (3rd) kicked off a three-pack of Trojan titles to close out the tournament, winning her first district title behind a semifinal pin (3:17) over Leon and a 9-1 major over Chiles’ Dillon Elliott. Nowak picked up takedowns in each period, including a quick turn midway through the third that secured the bonus point. Elliott reached the title round after pinning Mosley in the semis.
3rd: After his loss by fall to Elliott, Mosley’s Marshall Dixon took two pins in 98 seconds, with pins over Arnold and over Leon’s Wynton Bowers in 1:03. Bowers (front-side major over Arnold) moved to the medal round with a bye in the consi semis.
Final: The Trojans’ Kendrick Scott won twice for his first district championship, with a semifinal pin (1:29) over Arnold and a 10-6 finals victory over Mosley’s Andre Trice. Scott racked up takedowns in each period, four in all, only allowing escapes and a first-period reversal. Trice also won by fall in the semis, taking a pin over Leon.
3rd: After his loss by fall to Trice, in a four-person bracket, Leon’s Noah Summerlin falled Arnolds’ Paul Angelino in 27 seconds for third.
Final: In a three-person bracket, Lincoln’s Ryder Luck (17th) needed just one win to win his first district title; after a bye into the final, he decisioned Mosley’s Nicholas Bacot, 5-3. Luck led for most of the match, with takedowns in the first and third period, as all of Bacot’s scoring came in the last two minutes. Bacot reached the final with a semifinal pin over Leon’s Riley Rajotte.
3rd: After losing to Bacot, Rajotte received a bye for third place.
You can see results from this event and all other 2A districts HERE.