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#NEDailyRdp: December 7

LIVE OAK — In-school duals offer a chance to wrestle in front of all of one’s friends, as well as teachers and staff.

And Suwannee gave a good in-school show Tuesday afternoon, winning all but one weight class in hammering Bay, 77-6, in improving to 8-1 in duals for the season.

The Bulldogs got tuned up from the weekend’s runnerup effort at Weeki Wachee, with 11 pins on the day. Eli Jolicoeur (106), Topher Pearson (113), Brody Boehm (126), Austin McKinney (132), Marshall White (138), Tyson Musgrove (145), Austin Howard (160), James Prentice (170), Torynn Johns (182) and Christian Harrell (220) each won by fall, all but Musgrove’s coming in the first period.

Suwannee will stay in duals format on Saturday, traveling to Fernandina Beach for the Dual in the Dunes tournament on Saturday.

 

RESULTS: You can see Suwannee’s box score HERE.

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#NWDailyRdp: December 7

BREWTON, AL — Pace opened its 2021-22 duals season Tuesday night with a pair of dual victories over Alabama opponents, taking down host W S Neal (68-12) and Escambia County (78-0).

Double winners for the Patriots were Daniel Sabo (106/113), Alexander Mendez (106/113, pin), Jacob Young (126), Todd Pace (132, pin), Maeson Otwell (145, 2 pins), Jordan Baxter (152, 2 pins), Atticus Waters (160, pin & major), Ty Morgan (170, 2 pins), Isaac Waters (182, pin), Aidan Bryan (195, pin) and Hale Wood (220, 2 pins). Pace lost just one contested match on the night.

Next up for the Patriots (2-0 in duals) will be a trip to district rival Gulf Breeze’s Ryan Blackwell Invitational, a one-day IBT, on Saturday.

Suwannee 77, Bay 6: At Suwannee, the Tornadoes (0-2 in duals) were unable to find much footing in an in-school dual, nabbing just one victory from Trenton Wood (152), who won by fall.

Bay will compete in its second tournament of the season on Saturday, going to Auburn, AL, for the Swede Umbach Invitational, with pool competitions on Friday and flighted brackets — if previous versions of the Umbach continue this year — on Saturday.

RESULTS: You can see all three box scores involving northwest area teams HERE.

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#So.Paint: Creekside Runs Table At MTZ

PALM COAST — Creekside sailed through the Southern Paint Scuffle on Saturday, the first tournament of the season for the five area teams in contention.

And, just as the St Johns Knights had done Wednesday night at Ponte Vedra, they continued on Saturday, with four dominant double-digit wins over Wolfson (71-6), Mainland (67-12), Oviedo (78-6) and host Matanzas (51-23), winning the tournament with an average margin of victory of 54.5 points per dual.

Creekside wrestlers and coaches enjoy a 4-0 day at the Southern Paint Scuffle Duals, hosted by Matanzas on Saturday. Holding the tournament’s OW trophy is Colton Leavell (145). with the team trophy centered (Photo submitted by Rick Marabell).

Eight wrestlers were unbeaten on Saturday for the Knights (5-0 in duals for the season), with the Leavell brothers – Colton (145) and Lee (152) both pinning their way through the day.

Andrew Feeks (106, 2 pins) and Alexavier Panganiban (113, 2 pins) were max-pointers for Creekside, scoring 6 team dual points in every round the Knights wrestled, while Vincent Approbato (220, 2 pins & major) bonus-pointed his way through the day.

Keanan Sexton (138, pin, major & decision), Eddie Craig (182, 2 pins & decision) and Eli Pagan (195, pin, major & 2 decisions) also were all 4-0 for the Knights.

Additionally, Conner Wright (120, pin), Chihaya Cook (132, 3 pins), Tristen Darling (160, 3 pins) and Nathan Manning (170, 2 pins) all contributed 3-1 tournaments. As it turned out, every Creekside starter — the Knights used the same 14 wrestlers in all four rounds — won at least twice on Saturday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the tournament:

Matanzas (3-1 overall & on the day): The Pirates were off in round 1, and then rolled through the middle three rounds before running into Creekside in the final, with victories over Wolfson (60-21), Mainland (66-9) and Oviedo (48-24).

Four Matanzas wrestlers were 4-0 in the tournament, with three earning max-point days and one — Brandyn Cox (160) — pinning his way through the day. Toryion Stallings (126, 2 pins) and Jordan Mills (170, 3 falls) were the other Pirate max-pointers.

Additionally, Landon Wright (182, 2 pins) and Adyn Cox (220, 2 pins) were each 3-1.

Oviedo (3-2 overall, 2-2 on the day): The Lions bookended the day with victories, defeating Mainland, 48-36, in round 1, and then pushing past Wolfson, 48-33, in round 5.

Malachi Williams (285, 3 pins) was a 4-0 max-pointer for Oviedo, while Josh Sabbia (113, decision) and Lukas Crawley (145, 3 pins) were each 3-1. Eight Lion wrestlers had their hand raised at least twice on the day.

Mainland (1-3 overall & on the day): The Buccaneers found a win in their final round of competition, round 4, when they took down Wolfson, 43-22.

Mainland had just 10 wrestlers appear, with only eight in regular roles, but all but one recorded at least one win. Leading the charge was Kaden Golder (126/132, 3 pins & decision), who was 4-0 on the day.

Wolfson (1-5 overall, 0-4 on the day): While team wins weren’t found, three individuals did find some successes on the Matanzas mats. Tristian Martinez (106, pin), Andrew Harbin (132, 3 pins) and Liam Strange (152, 2 pins & decision) all were 3-1 for the Wolfpack.

Girls wrestling was staged on Saturday as well, but per director was wrestled as exhibitions. No results were kept.

You can see the complete set of box scores HERE.

Creekside, Mainland and Wolfson all go back on the mats Wednesday, all as hosts. The Knights will host Bishop Kenny, while Mainland welcomes Lake Mary and Wolfson will take on Gateway rivals Stanton and Paxon in a tri-meet. Matanzas is off until Friday, when it competes at Chiles’ Capital City Classic. Oviedo is off until Saturday, when it will compete in the Deltona Duals.

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#Harmony: FPC Opens With 3-2 Day

ST CLOUD — Flagler Palm Coast opened its 2021-22 account with a trip to Harmony for the one-day Longhorn Duals event.

The Bulldogs came away with a 3-2 record, with wins over St Cloud (53-22), Colonial (56-12) and George Jenkins (45-36), falling to Cypress Creek (48-33) and host Harmony (40-31).

Flagler Palm Coast had two wrestlers go 5-0, as Blane DeFord (170) recorded four pins and one decision, while Marcelo Gonzalez (182) had three falls and a decision.

TJ McLean (106/113, 3 pins), Kole Hannant (120/126, 3 pins & tech), John Hald (132, 4 pins), Garrick Schwartz (195, 3 pins) and Seth Davis (285, pin, major & 2 decisions) were each 4-1 for FPC, while Kelton Howard (160, 3 pins) chipped in a 3-2 day for the Bulldogs.

A mostly-complete set of tournament results can be found on our Statewide page. Flagler Palm Coast box scores can be found HERE.

The Bulldogs will host Clay in a single dual on Wednesday.

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#Weeki: Suwannee Takes 2nd

WEEKI WACHEE — Suwannee kicked off its season last weekend with a runnerup finish at the Weeki Wachee Duals, a 16-team event.

The Bulldogs won their pool with a sweep of Gulf (72-12), Fivay (60-22), Dunnellon (66-9), Weeki Wachee (53-21), Crystal River (54-24), Pasco (66-12) and fellow area team Belleview (48-30), good for an average margin of victory of 41.3 points per dual.

In the championship dual, however, multiple-time 1A state duals qualifier Hernando was too strong for Suwannee, as the Leopards took a 39-33 win.

Suwannee sent out 19 different wrestlers over the course of the two-day tournament, and all 19 got their hand raised at least once during that weekend.

Leading the charge with 8-0 weekends were Christian Harrell (220) and Austin McKinney (132). Harrell was a max-pointer, scoring 6 team dual points in every round the team wrestled, with five pins. Meanwhile, McKinney had four pins, one major and two decisions during the tournament.

Four more Suwannee wrestlers finished the weekend unbeaten in regular roles, as Topher Pearson (106/113, 4 pins) was 6-0, Tyson Musgrove (145, 5 pins) 5-0 and both Austin Howard (160, 3 pins & major) and James Prentice (160, 2 pins) were 4-0 in split-time roles.

Eli Jolicoeur (106/113, 4 pins) was 7-1 as one of five Bulldog starters that made appearances in all eight duals, while Justin Contreras (113/120, 3 pins) was 5-3 as another every-round starter.

Jonathan Gonzalez (126) and Benjamin Lewis (152, 2 pins & decision) were each 4-1, Marshall White (138, pin, major & decision) was 4-2, and Tyler Grubb (170, pin) was 4-4 on the weekend for Suwannee.

Full Belleview results were not available at time of this writing. You can see a list of Suwannee’s box scores HERE.

Suwannee hosts Bay in an in-school dual today. Belleview is off until December 17-18, when it goes to Boca Ciega for the two-day Southside Duals event.

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#Charlton: Gamba Runs Table At Black Water

FOLKSTON, GA — Fernandina Beach competed in Saturday’s Black Water tournament, a one-day “callout”-formatted tournament, hosted by Charlton County.

No team scores were kept. At time of this writing, no place finishes were provided by the tournament host, which is part of the Matmen network for Georgia.

One wrestler finished the day unbeaten for the Pirates, as Enzo Gamba (160) had three pins and one win by technical fall.

Winning three times on the day were Nik Saldana (126, 2 pins), Caden Kubatzke (132, 2 pins) and Dietrich Woods (138, 3 pins).

Fernandina Beach will kick off its home season on Saturday, when it hosts the one-day Dual in the Dunes duals tournament.

A complete list of Fernandina Beach records compiled during the tournament, with some outcomes per wrestler, can be found HERE.

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#BW9: Fleming, Wakulla Go 3-4; 5 Area Champions

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Some questions started getting some answers over the weekend at South Walton’s Border Wars IX.

How will Fleming Island hold up against different competition and a different focus? Answer: Pretty well, as the Golden Eagles had two individual champions and was Florida’s top team in the tournament, placing third with 268 points, just six back of long-time Louisiana power St Pauls.

How will Wakulla bounce back from a huge graduation loss? Just fine, as the War Eagles were fourth in the 21-team event with 212 points.

2A teams Chiles (159.5 points), Gulf Breeze (147) and Niceville (145.5) were 6th through 8th in the two-day tournament, won by Alabama’s Vestavia Hills with 314 points. Jesuit (LA) rounded out the top five with 182.5.

Host South Walton was 10th (123.5 points), Mosley 13th (89.5), Crestview 14th (66), Rutherford 15th (51.5), Rocky Bayou 16th (41.5), followed by Wewahitchka (37.5), Tate (35), Arnold (34), Bay (26) and new independent program Destin (4.5).

A rundown of area top-4 performances in each weight class follows. For writing efficiency, we will be looking at Saturday performances only, although when we can start record-keeping, the Friday efforts will be noted.

106 — Wakulla’s Julian Harvey and Fleming’s Shane Duhaylungsod both reached the semis and placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. Harvey pinned Niceville’s Isabella Wall (1:36) and shut out Fleming’s Matthew Newman, 2-0, in the quarters, before losing by fall to the eventual champ from Vestavia Hills. Meanwhile, Duhaylungsod had pins over Rutherford’s Dylan Malott (3:18) and Wewa’s Jake Parker (1:31) before a loss by fall to the runnerup from Jesuit. In the third-place match, Harvey took an 8-0 major.

113 — After being seeded second in the bracket, Fleming Island’s Jayce Paridon bonus-pointed through the rounds to the title. After a bye into the quarters, Paridon falled Wakulla’s Anthony Fondo (:44) before his toughest match of the tournament, a 10-2 semifinal win over Chiles’ Sam Tolomeo. Paridon then built a 7-0 lead in the final over Vestavia Hills’ top-seeded Cale Tucker before winning by fall in 1:53. Tolomeo reached the semis with pins over South Walton’s Bianca Nunez (:39) and Wakulla’s Connor Brown (:41); after the loss to Paridon, Tolomeo fell by major decision (11-2) to St Pauls.

120 — The hosts’ Max Brewster made it back-to-back area titles, with three pins and a decision. Brewster pinned Destin’s Jimmy Singleton (:59, rd of 16) and Mosley’s Calvin Williams (1:32, quarters) before the lone match going six minutes, in which he decisioned Fleming’s Laird Duhaylungsod, 7-2. The final was somewhat simpler, as Brewster decked St Pauls’ Trey Faherty in 2:29. Duhaylungsod had a forfeit and then pinned Wakulla’s Caleb Orr (1:33) in the quarters, coming back after the semifinal loss to battle Jesuit to double-overtime, then ramping up the attacks for a 7-1 win and third.

126 — Chiles’ Garrett Marschka pinned his way into the final, but could not overcome Osceola’s Anderson Heap once there, losing by an 8-0 major. Before that, though, Marschka had falls over Mosley’s Eric Sapp (:59), Vestavia Hills (5:49) and Niceville’s Ethan Pinto (4:23) in the semis. Wakulla’s Juan Jimenez was third, with pins over Crestview’s Gary Gessendorf (:16, rd of 16) and South Walton’s Gibson Moore (1:07, quarters), plus a third-place pin (2:08) over Pinto. Pinto reached the semis behind a fall over St Pauls (3:58) and medical-forfeit win over Vestavia Hills in the quarters.

132 — Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott, the #2 seed, bonus-pointed his way into the final, where he lost by tech fall (24-8 in 4:22) to Osceola’s Corey Haase. Before that, Elliott had a forfeit win in the round of 16, a 14-5 major over Holy Cross in the quarters, and 44-second pin over South Walton’s Isaac Brinson in the semi. Wakulla’s Isaiah Wilson, who pinned Bay’s James Moos (1:02) and shut out Vestavia Hills (5-0) before a loss by fall in the semis to Haase, took third place with a 21-second pin over Brinson. Brinson reached the semis behind a 34-second pin over Niceville’s Michael Davis and quarterfinal TF (17-2 in 2:37) over Crestview’s Kiasah Goolsby.

138 — Rocky Bayou’s Luke Latham had three 6-minute wins to reach the final, where he lost by third-period TF (16-0 in 5:29) to St Pauls’ Jacob Houser. Before that, Houser sandwiched a 9-0 quarterfinal major over Wakulla’s Wyatt Welch with two decisions (9-2 over Wakulla’s Nate Jacobs in the round of 16, 10-4 over Gulf Breeze’s Logan Merritt in the semis. Merritt, who pinned Chiles’ Jacob Johnston (1:12, rd of 16) and Rutherford’s Romero Black (1:55, quarters) to get to the semi, took a 4-2 loss to Jesuit in the third-place match.

145 — Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves max-pointed through the tournament to take the coverage area’s third title. After opening with an injury-default win over Rocky Bayou’s Owen Parry in the round of 16, Reeves had pins over Fleming Island’s Matthew Kotler (2:00, quarters), Gulf Breeze’s Garret Rudick (4:43, semis) and falled St Pauls’ Ethan Viator in 49 seconds for the gold medal. Rudick, who pinned Destin’s Zachary Thomas (:53, rd of 16) and Niceville’s Tim Dwyer (:41, quarters) to reach the semi, also fell in the third-place match to Jesuit, 16-10.

152 — Mosley’s Nick Hejke had three max-point wins to reach the final, where he lost by a 13-2 major to Osceola’s Gunner Holland. Prior to that round, Hejke had pins over Bay’s Trenton Wood (:41, rd of 16) and Wakulla’s Jae T Thaxton (3:35, quarters), winning by injury-default over St Pauls in the semi. Chiles’ Andrew Mullins was a semifinalist and placed third, pinning Crestview’s Dalton Brown (:44) and pushing past Wewa’s Conner Roberts, 9-6, in the quarters before falling to Holland, 17-4, in the semi. Mullins won by medical forfeit to take third.

160 — Fleming Island’s Ronan Bozeman was a semifinalist and placed fourth. After opening with a fall over Wakulla’s Aiden Fetterhoff (1:55, rd of 16) and 14-1 major over South Walton’s Chase Haas in the quarters, Bozeman fell to the eventual champ from St Pauls, 7-0, in the semis, and took a second loss against Vestavia Hills, 5-0, to finish fourth.

170 — The Golden Eagles’ Joshua Sandoval brought home the team’s second title, with four pins in 5:02. After preliminary pins over Holy Cross (1:29, rd of 16) and Gulf Breeze’s Micah Barker (:23, quarters), Sandoval falled Niceville’s Ty Hawkins in :26 to reach the championship match. In an all-area final, Sandoval pinned Niceville’s Martin Black in 2:44 for the title. Black reached the final behind victories over Chiles’ Kadis Nafal (18-3 TF in 2:44, rd of 16), Villages’ Grant Kincannon (8-4 decision in quarters) and Vestavia Hills (fall in :05) in the semis. Hawkins, who reached the semis behind wins over Mosley’s Ronald McKaye (pin in 2:25, rd of 16) and Chiles’ Langston Tillman (12-8 win, quarters), came back to take third with a 5-1 decision over Vestavia Hills.

182 — Fleming Island’s Jhoel Robinson pinned his way into the final, where a takedown from his opponent, Vestavia Hills’ John Edwards, with 35 seconds left helped secure a 4-3 decision and send Robinson to the runnerup spot. Before that, though, Robinson had pins over Arnold’s Christian McDonals (:40, rd of 16), Chiles’ Cody Elliott (1:15, quarters) and Wakulla’s Tyler Edenfield (3:38, semis). Edenfield, who reached the semi behid a forfeit and quarterfinal pin (1:36) over St Pauls, then lost by fall to Jesuit (2:54) to place fourth.

195 — Niceville’s Harrisen Wall had 2 pins and 2 decisions to collect the area’s fifth title of the weekend. Wall falled South Walton’s Zachary Budd (:55, rd of 16) and then shut out Villages’ Nicholas Caudill, 7-0, in the quarters. In the semifinal round, Wall pinned Chiles’ Dillon Elliott in :45 seconds to reach the final. There, Wall scored in each period, with a first-period 3-point nearfall, to take an 11-5 win over Vestavia Hills’ Riggs Manown. Elliott, who advanced to the semis behind a forfeit and quarterfinal pin over Wakulla’s Sultan Ellington (1:48) placed fourth after a loss by fall to Jesuit in the third-place match.

220 — Arnold’s Eimantas Skirius reached the semifinals behind pins over Rutherford’s Ty’quarious Oats (:14, rd of 16) and Villages’ Ashton Hage (4:29, quarters) before losing by fall (1:29) to the eventual runnerup from Vestavia Hills. Skirius then advanced by medical forfeit over another Vestavia Hills wrestler to place third.

285 — Fleming Island’s Ethan Hoffstetter won three times in the bracket, reaching the final and Vestavia Hills’ Mitch Taylor, who secured a takedown for a 5-3 win over Hoffstetter for the title. Before that round, though, Hoffstetter pinned Wewahitchka’s Briceson Davis (:49, rd of 16) and Wakulla’s Jacob Cardoza (5:17, quarters), followed by a 4-2 win in the semis over Gulf Breeze’s Phillip Dillard. Dillard, who reached the semis behind pins over Niceville’s Asa Adams (:31, rd of 16) and South Walton’s Nick Lee (1:14, quarters), then lost in the third-place match by fall (2:09) to Holy Cross.

Full brackets and team scores from the tournament can be found HERE.

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#Clash: Vugman, Bruner, Tate Win Titles; Hagerty Takes 3rd

ORANGE CITY — Ultimately, the power of Winter Springs and Palm Bay was too much to overcome for the 10 area teams in attendance at Saturday’s Clash of the Titans one-day boys IBT at University (Orange City).

The Bears swamped the field with six individual champions, including three in a row between 160-182, and outpointed Palm Bay, 298-211, for the team title.

Hagerty pushed past New Smyrna Beach for top honors among teams in the coverage area, finishing third with 169 points to the Barracudas’ 131, with Freedom (Orlando) rounding out the top five at 127.

Bartram Trail was 6th with 104 points, followed by Windermere in seventh with 98.5, Lake Brantley in ninth with 61.5 and Deltona and Olympia tied for 10th with 56. The host Titans were 12th, with 40 pionts, while West Orange was 13th (36.5) and Ponte Vedra 15th (26.5) in the 16-team field.

Below follows a recap of top-4 area individual performances in the event:

106 — Hagerty’s Lochlann Higgins reached the final, where he lost by fall (:57) to Palm Bay’s Logan Delos Santos. Prior to that, Higgins had pins over Bartram Trail’s Chase Newmans (1:33) in the quarters and over Lake Brantley’s Rainier Zayas (:17) in the bottom-half semi. Windermere’s Franco Bustamante overcame a 9-8 quarterfinal loss to Freedom, with pins over West Orange’s Robbie Creager (3:00) and Zayas (1:48) before majoring Freedom, 15-7, to take third.

113 — Top seed Ethan Vugman of Bartram Trail pinned his way through the bracket, with falls over Ponte Vedra’s Julian Villegas (:58, round of 16), UOC’s Drake Alban (3:23, quarters) and Melbourne (:28) before falling Freedom’s Evan Martinez in 4:15.

120 — In his first HS tournament, New Smyrna Beach’s Jonathon Bruner had a quarterfinal pin over Winter Springs (4:46) before falling, 6-2, to Palm Bay in the semi. Bruner rallied for third behind pins over Ponte Vedra’s Aiden Taylor (:56) in the consi semis and over Winter Springs a second time (2:31) to take third.

126 — The Barracudas’ top-seeded Jamey Bruner had three victories en route to the area’s second championship, with a quarterfinal pin (1:29) over Melbourne, a 16-2 major over Deltona’s Kyle Yasses in the semis, and a 2-0 win over Winter Springs’ Silas Mantero, behind a late reversal from down position with 12 seconds left in the match. Windermere’s Lucas Drone, who lost to Mantero in a pigtail match, didn’t lose again with preliminary consi decisions over Melbourne (15-9) and Hagerty’s Jacob Genao (4-1) before pinning Atlantic (4:08) in the consi semis to get to the third-place match, where he shut out West Orange’s Chris Perez, 5-0. Perez fell, 5-0, in the quarters to Mantero, then took wins in the consis over Lake Brantley’s Tyler Walter (pin in 2:55) and Yasses (5-2 decision) to get to the 3rd-place match.

132 — After a bye into the quarters, second seed Kevin Kerns of Deltona pinned his way into the final, with falls over Atlantic (2:27) and Lake Brantley’s Dario Duany (:48). In the final, Kerns lost by fall to Palm Bay’s Ronald Theilacker in 1:24. Duany, who’d teched NSB’s Simjay Engberg (16-0 in 3:29) and pinned Bartram’s Eriq Beliard (:56) to reach the semi, had two bonus-point wins on the back, shutting out Engberg, 9-0, in the consi semis and pinning Winter Springs (1:27) for third.

138 — New Smyrna Beach’s top seed Jace Engberg had two pins to reach the final, with falls over Ponte Vedra’s Andrew Hissam (1:08) and Osceola (2:34) to get there, but then couldn’t overcome five takedowns against Winter Springs’ Aiden Reichert, falling by an 11-4 count to place second.

145 — West Orange’s Conner Smith was the only area competitor in the top four, placing fourth. After an early round-of-16 pin over Ponte Vedra’s Alex Valencia, Smith lost by third-period tech fall to the eventual champion from Palm Bay. In the consis, Smith won three times to reach the top four, with pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler (4:41) and Hagerty’s Gavin Nelson (3:37), plus a 10-4 win over Windermere’s Tyler Drone. Smith then lost by fall to Osceola (1:43) in the third-place match.

152 — In a matchup of the top two seeds, Hagerty’s top-seeded Blake Watts had three pins to reach the final, with falls over Olympia’s Matheus Bueno (1:28), Bartram Trail’s Grady Hutchinson (2:39) and Melbourne (1:42), but couldn’t generate a takedown against Winter Springs’ Luis Alvarado, falling, 7-5, in the title round. Windermere’s Jerry Vargas was a semifinalist and placed third, with front-side wins over Atlantic (:43) and New Smyrna Beach’s Hunter Childress (24-9 TF in 5:37); after falling in sudden victory to Alvarado, 7-2, in the semis, Vargas pinned Hutchinson (1:58) and a Freedom wrestler (3:42) to wrestle back to third.

160 — Top seed Kamdon Harrison of Hagerty reached he final behind three pins, with falls over Bartram’s London Hussey (:40, rd of 16), UOC’s Cooper Braden (:58, quarters) and Palm Bay (4:34) in the semi, but couldn’t stop the late attacks of Winter Springs’ Elijah Penton in the final. Penton had two takedowns in the third period for a 5-2 win. Braden, who pinned Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis (4:26) on the front, did wrestle back to the top four after the quarterfinal loss, with pins over West Orange’s Maxmillian Grantier (:58), New Smyrna Beach’s Jackson Farmer (3:43) and a medical forfeit win in the consi semis. He then lost by fall (2:37) to Palm Bay in the third-place match.

170 — Second seed Ethan Gomez of Hagerty pinned his way into the final, with falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Steven Harshman (1:24, rd of 16), UOC’s Josia Torres (:55, quarters) and Winter Springs (5:22) in the semi, but Winter Springs’ Davis Deal found a takedown in the final moment or two to grab a 7-5 win in the championship match. Bartram Trail’s John McNames, who pinned Freedom (:39) in the quarters before falling by an 8-1 count to Deal, had two pins in the consis over Freedom (2:01) and Winter Springs (3:53) to take third.

182 — Windermere’s Kurt Vollenweider was a semifinalist and placed third, with a 16-4 quarterfinal major over Olympia’s Gabriel Cuellar before losing by fall (1:57) to a defending 2A state champ from Winter Springs in the semis. Vollenweider then powered through to two decisions over Hagerty’s Connor Gilliam (6-5) in the consi semis and over Freedom (11-8) to grab third place.

195 — Hagerty’s Hunter Tate won the area’s third and last title of the day, pinning his way through the bracket. Tate had falls over UOC’s Slade High-Tompkins (3:06, round of 16), Freedom (4:36, quarters), Winter Springs (5:57, semis) and Palm Bay’s Caleo Carrera (1:43) in the final round. Olympia’s DJ McCray had three wins on the day and placed fourth. McCray pinned Bartram’s Jacob George (1:56) and majored Osceola (12-3) before falling, 9-4, to Carrera in the semi. McCray then pinned NSB’s Dylon York (4:27) in the consi semi before falling to Winter Springs, 6-4, to take fourth.

220 — After falling by major (12-4) in the quarters, Hagerty’s Landon Revis rallied for two consi-side wins (7-3 over Bartram’s Shane Armstrong and fall in 3:31 over NSB’s Austin Mitchum) before losing by fall to Winter Springs (4:10) to place fourth.

285 — After dropping a quarterfinal match in sudden victory, 3-1, to NSB’s Cole Billings, Deltona’s Nathan Hatch wouldn’t lose again in placing third. Hatch had pins over Hagerty’s Thad Elam (2:35) and Olympia’s Miles O’Toole (:36) to get to the consi semis, where he knocked off a second Olympia wrestler, Max Novell, 5-0. Hatch then won by forfeit over Freedom in the third-place match.

Full brackets and team scores from the tournament can be found HERE.

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WEEKEND DUALS

#NFDuals: Fletcher Survives Clay Cty Teams’ Challenges

JACKSONVILLE — Two preseason district favorites found themselves getting an early test from one another in the final dual on Saturday at Bishop Snyder’s North Florida Duals tournament.

2A-District 3 favorite Fletcher and 3A-District 1 favorite (or at least co-favorite) Oakleaf were able to run through the first four rounds and get a look at one another in the final round with an unbeaten day on the line.

Fletcher’s Toby Matson (top) kicks off the Senators’ 40-36 final-round dual victory over Oakleaf with a fall at 285 in Saturday’s North Florida Duals. Photos from the tournament can be found on the Matmen FB page and will be posted to Instagram (nflamatmen) tonight (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

And the Senators were able to build an early 12-0 lead; after the Clay County Knights erased that, a 9-0 run gave Fletcher a lead it would never relinquish, though it took back-to-back bonus-point wins at 170 and 182 for the Senators to clinch a 40-36 win and 5-0 tournament.

“The last two days, our guys dug into what they did right and what they did wrong (in Wednesday’s quad meet at home),” Fletcher coach Joe Stetzer said. “Guys are adjusting to the change in styles of previous coaching staffs and they’re starting to find the best balance that works for them.”

The 19-6 run that the Senators (7-1 for the season) built from 145 through 182 was critical Saturday, with pins from Shawn Porter (145) and James Kohlhaas (170), a 15-6 major from Ryan Klein (182) and a 9-2 win from Elisha Purdy (152) fueling that run for Fletcher.

Fletcher got to the final round with dual wins over Middleburg (40-39, with criteria E, fewest forfeits, deciding it), Terry Parker (59-22), Bishop Snyder (69-9) and Oakleaf’s B squad (48-34).

For the day, Fletcher had four wrestlers that went 5-0, two of them as max-pointers, scoring 6 team dual points in every round the team wrestled. Toby Matson (285) pinned his way through the day (5 falls in all), while Kohlhaas had four pins at 170.

Klein (4 pins & major at 182) and Ryden Ashmore (120/126, 2 pins & decision) also were 5-0 for the Senators, who got 4-1 days from Landon Locantora (106), Porter (2 pins at 145) and Purdy (pin & 2 decisions at 152). Josh Daltro (160, tech & decision) added a 3-1 day as well.

“Leadership is about who’s going to take the role, and we’ve had a lot of juniors and sophomores that stepped up,” Stetzer said.

As for the Knights, they rolled past Bishop Snyder (65-12), Oakleaf B (68-6), Terry Parker (60-15) and Middleburg (46-27) in opening their season Saturday.

“We should definitely be happy but can’t be satisfied losing by four,” Oakleaf coach Rory Roderick said. “We’ll get back in the room and fix technique, make sure everybody’s on weight for the next event. First tournament’s done, now we make adjustments; that’s the biggest thing.”

Everybody who dressed for the Oakleaf varsity saw at least one contested victory on Saturday, with nine wrestlers taking at least three wins.

Leading the charge as 5-0 max-pointers were Roman Polinsky (160, 4 pins), Isaiah Shevchook (195, 3 pins) and Ben Gaddis (220, 4 pins). Angel Rodriguez (113, 3 pins, tech & decision) joined the trio as an unbeaten competitor.

Lincoln Morales (120, 3 pins), Marcus McGee (138, 2 pins & 2 techs) and Jacob Dewald (170, 3 pins) were all 4-1 for the Knights, while Keon Barrientos (126, 3 pins) and Jacob McClintic (152, 2 pins) each contributed 3-2 performances.

Next up for Fletcher and Oakleaf will be a trip to the Knights’ Friday Knight Lights duals event on Friday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the tournament field:

Middleburg (3-3 for season, 3-2 on the day): The Broncos bounced back from the loss in criteria to Fletcher with wins over Bishop Snyder (60-18) and Oakleaf B (57-18); after falling to Oakleaf, Middleburg closed out the day with a 42-30 win over Terry Parker.

Four Bronco were undefeated Saturday, with two going 5-0. Logan Moore (145, 3 pins) was a max-pointer, while Grady Woodard (113/120) had four pins and a decision. In regular roles, Riley Girgis (132, 3 pins) and Wyatt Leduc (126, 2 pins & decision) were each 3-0.

Jackson Hornback (106/113, 3 pins), Dylan Johns (138, 3 pins & decision) and Austin Cruce (182, 4 pins) all were 4-1 for the Broncos, while Aden Thornton (160, 2 pins) contributed a 3-2 tournament.

Middleburg will next be going to the Capital City Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Oakleaf B (2-3 on the day): The group of Knight extra kids, combined with extra kids from Middleburg, opened with a 48-27 win over Terry Parker and closed the day by defeating the hosts, 54-24.

Onjel Caraballo (220, 4 pins) was the group’s lone unbeaten, with a 4-0 day. Christian Hutchens (138, 4 pins) was 4-1, with his lone loss against teammate Johns, while Markos Barfield (126, 2 pins & decision), Elijah Shevchook (160, 2 pins) and Tyler Jackson (195, major) all were 3-2 on the day.

Terry Parker (2-5 for season, 1-4 on the day): The Braves got on the winning side of things in round 4, at least in terms of team outcomes, with a 57-18 win over Bishop Snyder.

Jeff Brown (152, 2 pins, major & decision) was Terry Parker’s lone unbeaten, with a 5-0 day. Chris Wright (126, 3 pins), Jordan Larson (132, 2 pins), Joel Hernandez (170, pin) and Kimore Gilchrist (285, 2 pins) each were 3-2 for the Braves.

The Braves will next join Middleburg in Tallahassee at the Capital City Classic.

Bishop Snyder (0-5 for season/on the day): The host Cardinals had just one wrestler have a better than .500 day, as Angel Lecointe (285, 3 pins) was 4-1. But the Cardinals, who had just five wrestlers last year, had 13 make appearances, with eight seeing at least three duals.

The Cardinals will go to First Coast for a midweek dual on Wednesday, then will host the Cardinal Classic on Saturday in lieu of the Westside Kiwanis. It will be a smaller duals event.

Complete box scores from the tournament can be found HERE.

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#Blacktop: DeLand Powers Up Runnerup Finish

OVIEDO — Last year, DeLand’s season ended finishing 31st at 3A-Region 1. That’s out of 31.

Don’t look now, but after the weekend’s performance at The Master’s Academy, there’s another contender not only for district but also region honors, if the Bulldogs’ runnerup effort at the Battle for the Blacktop is any indicator.

DeLand wrestlers and coaches with the team’s runnerup trophy won Saturday at The Master’s Academy’s Battle for the Blacktop two-day IBT in Oviedo (Photo submitted by Christian Lohsen via Facebook).

DeLand wrestlers and coaches with the team’s runnerup trophy won Saturday at The Master’s Academy’s Battle for the Blacktop two-day IBT in Oviedo (Photo submitted by Christian Lohsen via Facebook).

Only multiple-time 3A state champion South Dade was able to outpoint DeLand’s 221.5, as the Buccaneers had 280.5. Space Coast (153), host Master’s Academy (100.5) and Satellite (99) rounded out the top five teams.

Ocoee was the next-highest team in the coverage area, as the Knights were seventh with 88 points, followed closely by Lake Howell in ninth with 85. Palatka tied for 11th with 79, with Winter Park 13th (72.5), Lake Mary 14th (57) and Lyman 17th (37) in the 18-team tournament, which served as the competitive season kickoff for all of the teams save Lake Mary (which had a Wednesday night dual) in the Matmen coverage area.

Below follows a rundown of top performances at the tournament:

106 — DeLand’s Victor Hopton came back to place fourth after a 13-4 loss on the front in the quarters to Space Coast’s Ernie Covert, the eventual runnerup. Hopton had pins over Winter Park’s Brendon Powers and First Academy’s Zach Ward to reach the medal match, where he fell in sudden victory to Master’s Academy Hunter Jessee, 4-2.

113 — DeLand’s Grady Bryant — making his first appearance in a Bulldog singlet — was third and Lyman’s Jackson Fredrickson was fourth. Both made the semis, with Bryant taking two pins on the front before a 7-6 semifinal loss to eventual runnerup Raider Morelli of Space Coast. Fredrickson had two byes into the quarters, with a pin in that round before losing by fall (3:44) to eventual champ Luis Acevedo of South Dade. Fredrickson pinned a Lyman teammate and Bryant falled a second Space Coast wrestler to get to the medal round, where Bryant won by 8-3 decision.

120 — Ocoee’s Nathan Ramirez reached the final, behind pins over Cocoa Beach, Lake Howell’s Colin Walsh (:26, quarters) and Bishop Moore before running into Satellite’s Alex McMiller in the title match, where he lost by fall (1:50). DeLand’s Phoenix Krauth, the only wrestler in the bracket not to be pinned by McMiller (lost by TF), came back with two pins in :53, over wrestlers from Tohopekaliga and Bishop Moore, to wrestle back to third.

126 — Palatka’s Mikade Harvey also was a finalist with a pin over Poinciana and techs over Tohopekaliga and DeLand’s Kellen Chapman (15-0 in 4:13, semis) to get to the championship match against Bishop Moore’s Mason Medina, who rallied from a 6-2 deficit behind a third-period reversal and two turns to take a 9-8 win over Harvey. Chapman, who had two pins on the front before falling to Harvey in the top-half semi, bounced back for third behind pins over Satellite and South Dade in the consis.

132 — DeLand’s Joshua Folsom came from an unseeded position to reach the final; after a bye into the round of 16, he edged Tohopekaliga’s Jayson Ortiz, 7-6, followed by pins over Edgewater in the quarters and South Lake in the semis (that one in 37 seconds) before losing by fall to South Dade’s KingJames Perry in :38.

138 — No local placers.

145 — DeLand’s Lane Wishart was a semifinalist and placed third. After pins on the front over Lake Mary’s Aden Eliason (3:59, rd of 16) and Winter Park’s Jonathan Ittera (1:12, quarters), Wishart lost by a single point, 6-5, to eventual runnerup Matthew Abreu of South Dade in the bottom-half semi. On the back, Wishart had two bonus-point wins, with a pin over Tohopekaliga and a 16-7 major for third over Space Coast.

152 — Winter Park’s Joey Parker was a semifinalist and placed fourth. Parker had pins on the front over Bishop Moore and Poinciana before losing by fall (1:28) in the semis to eventual runnerup and 2021 state runnerup Alex Couto of South Dade. After a tech fall in the consi semis over South Lake (16-1 in 3:47), Parker fell to Satellite’s Ryan Beirne, 1-0, in the third-place match.

160 — Palatka’s Samuel Lafferty reached the final, where he lost by fall (2:42) to former 3A state champion Cordell White of South Dade. Before that, though, Lafferty had a bye into the round of 16, followed by pins over Bishop Moore, Lake Mary’s Brock Binford (1:34, quarters) and a walkover forfeit in the semis.

170 — Winter Park’s Tristan Carbonell was second and DeLand’s Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro third; the pair of locals met in the semis, where Carbonell won by fall in 1:10. Earlier, Carbonell had pins over Poinciana and Tohopekaliga, and he would go on to score first against South Dade’s Chris Sanchez before Sanchez would score eight unanswered en route to a 10-6 decision in the title match. As for Rodriguez-Cayro, he had front-side pins over Ocoee’s Andy Delva and Lake Mary’s Chase Treska; in the consis, Rodriguez-Cayro pinned wrestlers from Tohopekaliga and Space Coast to wrestle back to third.

182 — Lake Mary’s Jake Jessee was 1-1 on the front, with an 8-7 decision over Edgewater and 9-1 loss to Lyman’s Haiden Williams-Marchetti in the quarters, but then won three times by decision (20-13 over Master’s Academy, 10-5 over Space Coast and 6-5 over South Dade) to reach the medal round, where he lost by fall to Edgewater’s Cooper Wallace, who’d lost to Jessee in the round of 16.

195 — DeLand’s Andrew Knowles reached the final, where he lost by fall (:41) to South Dade’s Ansel Cervantes, who pinned his way through the tournament (4 pins in 2:17). Prior to that, though, Knowles had a bye into the quarters; from there, he won by fall over Ocoee’s Grover White (4:42, quarters) and Winter Park’s Lawens Joachim (1:04, semis).

220 — DeLand’s MJ Smokes pinned his way through the bracket to win the first of two area titles. After two byes into the quarters, Smokes falled South Dade’s Kris Reyes (:28) and Lake Howell’s Jayden Velazquez (:17) to get to the final against Space Coast’s Mason Martinez. While he had to go past the first few moments, Smokes was in control throughout, going up 9-4 on three takedowns and a turn after one period, getting the fall in 2:22 over Martinez. Ocoee’s Keniel Carrasquille was third and Velazquez was fourth. Carrasquille reached the semis behind pins over Lake Howell’s Cooper Bishop (1:08) and Tohopekaliga before losing by fall (1:14) to Martinez; in the consis, he pinned South Dade before edging Velazquez, 3-2, in the third-place match. Velazquez, for his part, had a forfeit and pin over Bishop Moore before facing Smokes on the front, and pinned Tohopekaliga in the consi semis to earn a place finish.

285 — Lake Howell’s Josh Maldonado pinned his way through the field, with four falls on the front, the last of those over Ocoee’s Deandre Scott in the title match. Maldonado had pins in earlier rounds over Bishop Moore, Edgewater and Poinciana prior to his pin over Scott (3:45), while Scott’s run to the final included pins over Poinciana and South Lake, plus a 15-14 semifinal win over DeLand’s Marco Selph. Selph, who had pins over South Dade and Cocoa Beach on the front, picked up falls over two Poinciana wrestlers on the back to wrestle back to third.

Full brackets and team scores from the tournament can be found HERE.

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