By MATMEN, Monday, 12 p.m.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Thirteen wrestlers. Thirteen finalists. Eleven champions.
One singular form of dominance.
Wednesday afternoon at Clay, Fleming Island began its run at the 2A state IBT brass ring with an 11-title performance in the District 4 event, scoring 301 points as a team and winning its eighth straight district IBT title.
The Golden Eagles didn’t have presence at 120, but otherwise grabbed runnerup positions at their two other covered weights, and will send their entire team to the 2A-Region 1 IBT at Chiles on February 24-25.
Fleming Island built up a 106-point margin of victory over their rivals, the host Blue Devils, who were second with 195 points. Clay moved through 10 wrestlers to the region round, with one champion, three runners-up and six 3rds.
That was enough for Clay to hold off New Smyrna Beach by 21 points for second place. The Barracudas, in scoring 174 points, moved nine wrestlers to the region round, with one champion, five runners-up, two 3rds and one 4th.
Pedro Menendez outpointed Matanzas, 121-113.5 for fourth place, as the Falcons sent six wrestlers on to regions (two runners-up, four 4ths) while the Pirates will take seven (one champ, one runnerup, two 3rds, three 4ths). Mainland was sixth, with 105 points and four region qualifiers (one runnerup and three 3rds).
Seabreeze (one 3rd, one 4th) had 58 points for seventh, followed by Belleview (three 4ths) at 48 and St Augustine (two 4ths) at 40 to round out the district.
Below follows a brief summary of each weight class.
Final: Fleming’s Matthew Newman (7th per Matmen-endorsed statewide rankings, these rankings are from prior to districts) won his first district title behind a semifinal pin (over 5th-ranked Timothy McLean of Matanzas) and a 2-0 shutout over top-ranked Jacob Bucci of Clay. After riding Bucci out all second period, a mid-third period reversal was the difference. Bucci pinned New Smyrna Beach’s Adam Novak to reach final.
3rd: In a four-person bracket, McLean falled Novak in 32 seconds.
Final: In a full bracket, Matanzas’ Kaden Golder (4th) had pins over Seabreeze and Clay before shutting out 7th-ranked Shane Duhaylungsod of Fleming Island, 2-0, behind a third-period escape and penalty point, getting Golder his first district title. Duhaylungsod made final behind pins over Pedro Menendez and St Augustine.
3rd: After a quarterfinal pin over Mainland, Clay’s Drew Holmquist had pins in the consis over New Smyrna Beach and in the medal round (2:59) over St Augustine’s Brenner Logan (decision over New Smyrna, pin over Seabreeze).
Final: Clay’s Vonte Burke racked up a pair of second-period pins for his first district title, first over Seabreeze in the semis, then in the final (3:41) over New Smyrna Beach’s Spencer Timm, who’d falled Pedro Menendez to get to him. Burke had two turns in the first period and led, 9-0, when he secured the fall.
3rd: Seabreeze’s William Sites rallied after the semifinal loss to Burke with pins over St Augustine and over Pedro Menendez’s Eric Smith (front-side pin over St Augustine) in 3:12 to claim third.
Final: Fleming Island’s Laird Duhaylungsod (5th at 120) picked up two victories for his second district title, with a fall over Matanzas and a 4-1 win over Clay’s Brady Glavin (9th). Duhaylungsod had takedowns in both the first and second period in securing the win. Glavin had a semifinal pin over Pedro Menendez to clinch his region spot.
3rd: After a 7-6 loss to Matanzas’ Kyler Corley in a pigtail, New Smyrna Beach’s Merrick Miller rallied for third with a pin and a 5-4 decision for third over Corley, who’d pinned Seabreeze to secure his Chiles space.
Final: The Golden Eagles’ Jayce Paridon (1st) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with pins over St Augustine and Belleview before shutting out New Smyrna Beach’s Jonathan Bruner (12th), 10-0, in the final, winning his third district title. Paridon had takedowns in each period, plus a 3-point nearfall midway through the second, in taking the major. Bruner reached the final behind pins over Clay and Mainland.
3rd: After the loss to Bruner in the semi, Mainland’s Brian Harris (front-side pin over Seabreeze) added two in the consis, with falls over Pedro Menendez and in 54 seconds over Belleview’s Christian Lewis (front-side pin over Menendez, consi pin over Seabreeze) to take third.
Final: After a quarterfinal pin over St Augustine, New Smyrna Beach’s Aidan Sutton took decisions over Clay (semis) and over Fleming Island’s Dylan Beck, 3-1, for his second district title. Sutton scored the match’s only takedown late in the first period and was able to ride Beck out in the third. Beck made finals with a pin over Seabreeze and decision over Matanzas.
3rd: Clay’s Landen Solomon (front-side pin over Belleview) came back from a 3-1 loss to Sutton in the semis with a consi-side pin over Pedro Menendez and 6-2 win for third over Matanzas’ Carter Wilder (sudden-victory decision on front, major in the consis).
Final: Fleming Island’s Kaden Schaefer (2nd) earned his second district title behind three pins in 2:26, falling Matanzas, Belleview and Pedro Menendez’s Archer Bosick in 1:19 to win in the final round, setting off a run of eight Golden Eagle district titles. Schaefer had first takedown, but the wrestlers would exchange reversals before he was able to secure the pin. Bosick had preliminary pins over Clay and New Smyrna Beach to get to Schaefer.
3rd: After a 9-7 loss to Belleview in the quarters, Mainland’s Sam Ayodele stormed through the consis, bookending a major in the semis with pins over Matanzas and over St Augustine’s Tashaun Whitfield (two consi-side wins, major and decision) in 2:36 to rally back for third.
Final: The Golden Eagles’ Matthew Kotler (8th) picked up his first district title behind three first-period pins in a combined mat time of 3:23, with falls over Seabreeze, Pedro Menendez and over Matanzas’ Dylan Parkinson (17th) in 1:47. Kotler needed just one takedown to establish control in the match, getting the fall a little over a minute later. Parkinson reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin over Mainland and semifinal tech over Clay.
3rd: Clay’s Tayshawn Tate (front-side pin over Belleview) took two wins on the back, with a 5-2 win over St Augustine and forfeit over Pedro Menendez’s Liam Molloy (quarterfinal pin over St Augustine, decision in consi semis over Mainland).
Final: Fleming Island’s Christopher Chop (4th) earned his second district title behind pins over Belleview in the semis and in the championship (3:36) over Pedro Menendez’s Bryce Alli. Chop scored twice in the match (takedown in 1st, reversal in 2nd) over Alli before taking the pin. In getting to the final, Alli had a fall over Seabreeze and a 5-3 win over Matanzas.
3rd: After the loss to Alli, the Pirates’ Landon Wright (front-side tech over Clay) rallied for dominant consi wins, pinning Mainland and winning by a 16-1 count (3:19) for a tech fall over Belleview’s Riley Green (decisions over Mainland on front and over Clay on the back).
Final: The Golden Eagles’ Ronan Bozeman (6th) secured his second district title after a semifinal pin over New Smyrna Beach and a 3-1 win in the championship round over Clay’s Dominic Martin (11th). Bozeman scored the match’s only takedown 40 seconds in and made it hold up, as both wrestlers picked up escapes from bottom otherwise. Martin made finals with a pin over Matanzas in the semis.
3rd: After his loss by fall to Bozeman, New Smyrna Beach’s Micah Nilsson (front-side pin over Pedro Menendez) advanced for third with a bye, winning by medical forfeit over the Falcons’ Maddox Lehman. Lehman punched his Chiles ticket with a consi-semi pin over Matanzas.
Final: Fleming Island’s Joshua Sandoval (3rd) collected his first district title behind preliminary pins over Pedro Menendez and Clay, going on to win a 7-3 decision over New Smyrna Beach’s Sawyer VanRider (14th). Sandoval scored takedowns in each period, riding for more than two minutes in the match while allowing just three escapes. VanRider had pins over Mainland and Belleview’s Eric McLaughlin (10th) to get to Sandoval.
3rd: After a quarterfinal loss to VanRider, Mainland’s Malik Daniels max-pointed through the consis, with pins over St Augustine and Clay before winning by injury default over McLaughlin (front-side pin over St Augustine, consi pin over Menendez).
Final: The Golden Eagles’ Walter Poe (9th) won his first district title with just one contested match, with a walkover into the final and second-period fall (2:16) over New Smyrna Beach’s Derek King (16th). Poe staved off an early 5-0 deficit (takedown and turn), closing to 5-4 at first period’s end before an early takedown and fall in the second. King reached the title round after a semifinal pin over Clay.
3rd: Stacey (front-side pin over Belleview) added two more falls in the consis, pinning Mainland and Seabreeze’s Jackson Pruett in 1:34 for third. Pruett had two pins of his own (front-side pin over Mainland, consi pin over Seabreeze) to punch a Chiles ticket.
Final: Fleming Island’s Jhoel Robinson (1st) won his second district title, max-pointing through the day with a semifinal injury-default over Seabreeze and late fall (5:46) over New Smyrna Beach’s Dylon York (5th). Robinson built a 7-1 lead behind three takedowns, then rode York throughout the third before taking the pin. York reached the final behind a decision victory (11-4) over Clay’s sixth-ranked Kedtric Wilbourn.
3rd: Wilbourn (front-side pin over Matanzas) won twice in the consis for third, with a sudden-victory decision over Mainland, then pinning Matanzas’ Tyler Thomas in 3:07, duplicating an earlier pin in the quarters. Thomas earned his Chiles space after winning by injury-default over Seabreeze.
Final: The Golden Eagles’ Ethan Hoffstetter (17th) secured his second district title after a semifinal pin over Pedro Menendez, followed by a 5-2 win in the final over Mainland’s Christian Singleton-Hudson. Hoffstetter forced three stall warnings, but it was his takedown with 10 seconds left that secured the title. Singleton-Hudson reached finals behind third-period pins over Seabreeze and Clay’s Will Kelly (18th).
3rd: After the loss in the semis, Kelly (front-side pin over Matanzas) took two max-point wins in the consis, with a fall over New Smyrna Beach and a first-period injury-default win over Pedro Menendez’s Colby Leth.
You can see results from this event and all other 2A districts HERE.