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#1ADist4: Host Clay Romps To Fifth Straight Duals Title

Clay wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate the Blue Devils’ fifth consecutive district duals title Thursday night at home (Photo submitted by Brandon Crawford via Facebook).

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — For the past four seasons, whether it’s been 1A-District 3 or 4, the rest of the field has been chasing after Clay, without success.

That trend continued Thursday night, as the Blue Devils secured their fifth consecutive district duals title while losing just four individual matches on the night.

Clay (10-1 in duals for the season) ran through four opponents with largely the same measure of success, with victories over Bolles (78-6, pigtail), FSDB (81-0, quarters), Union County (74-6, semis) and Baker County, 71-10, to win the title.

The Blue Devils will travel to Yulee and will face Episcopal in a 1A-Region 1 quarterfinal dual on Thursday. The Wildcats (7-2), qualifying out as runnerup, will face the District 3 champ and host Hornets in another quarterfinal, in what is Baker County’s first appearance at the Region 1 level. The two winners will then meet in a semifinal dual, with the winner of that moving on to the Region 1 final on January 21 at Osceola.

Clay sent out 22 different wrestlers over the course of the night, and all 22 got their hand raised at least once during the various rounds.

Five of those 22 started all four duals, and four of those five were 4-0 max-pointers, scoring 6 team dual points in every round wrestled.

Luke Boree (145) led that elite group, pinning his way through the tournament, four falls in all. Braden Glavin (113, 3 pins), Hayden Meszaros (152, 3 pins) and Garrett Tyre (220, 2 pins) all were max-pointers.

Jacob Bucci (106, pin & tech), Maverick Rainwater (120/126, 3 pins), Gunner Ivey (126/132, 2 pins), Josh Kumpf (138, 2 pins & tech), Luca Fiannaca (160, pin & decision), Ethan Larsen (170, 2 pins) and Dominic Martin (182, 2 pins) all were 3-0 in regular roles, giving way to a backup teammate at one point or another to share in the wealth of wins the Blue Devils racked up.

Here’s how the rest of the district fared Thursday:

Baker County qualified out for region duals competition for the first time as a program, taking 2nd in Thursday’s 1A-District 4 competition at Clay (Photo submitted by Corey Cantrell via Facebook).

Baker County (7-2 for season, 2nd): The Wildcats secured their groundbreaking first Region 1 appearance behind a quarterfinal win over Keystone Heights (67-12), and for the second time this season, a 43-42 criteria victory over Palatka in the semis; thanks to a full team, Baker had more forfeit wins. The teams had met in a one-off dual meet last month with the same outcome.

Two Wildcat wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, led by a max-point effort from Chase Crews (285, 2 pins). Toby Kinghorn (195/220, pin & major) bonus-pointed through the tournament to a 3-0 performance.

Jareb Lauramore (106, pin), Jonathon Walker (120, 2 pins), Cannon Wimpey (160, 2 pins), Clayton Dennison (170/182, 2 pins) and Dexter Foster (182) each were 2-1 for Baker County.

The Wildcats are now off until this coming Saturday, where they’ll be at Fernandina Beach’s War on the Shore tournmament.

Palatka (1-2 for season, T-3rd): The Panthers picked up their first dual win for 2021-22 with a 42-24 win over Wolfson, but for the second time in as many months found themselves on the losing side of a criteria battle with Baker County in the semi.

Damaris Carr (113, pin), Ishmael Foster (120/126, pin), Alexander McCrystal (126/132, pin), Mikade Harvey (132/138, 2 pins), Brandon Lewis (138/145, 2 pins), Samuel Lafferty (152, 2 pins) and Benjerman Alicea (195, 2 pins) all were double winners for Palatka.

The Panthers were at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial over the weekend.

Union County (1-3 for season, T-3rd): The Tigers got their first dual victory of the season with a 60-18 win over Tocoi Creek in the quarters, but then fell to Clay in the semi.

Danny Thornton (195, 2 pins) was Union’s lone double winner. Braden Adams (126), Ian Halfacre (132), Rodney Barnett (138), Dante’ Johnson (145), Jameson Lang (152), Caleb Crawford (160) and Alexander Cortese (182) all won by fall against Tocoi Creek.

The Tigers were at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border over the weekend.

Wolfson (4-9 for season, T-5th): The Wolfpack staged the closest quarterfinal of the day, tying Palatka at 18-18 and 24-24, but just didn’t have the lowers to contend with the Panthers’ more-sizable lineup.

Bryce Frye (160) and Joseph Decunto (182) both won by fall for Wolfson.

The Wolfpack was at Riverside’s USMC Challenge Saturday.

Tocoi Creek (4-9 for season, T-5th): The Toros fell behind, 48-0, on eight straight pins in the middles and uppers before finally scoring in the dual with Union County.

Brielle Bibla (120) had Tocoi Creek’s lone pin, while Adarins Medina (113) won by disqualification.

The Toros were at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border this weekend.

Keystone Heights (4-1 for season, T-5th): The Indians gave up losses in the first eight weight classes of the quarters before getting on the board against Baker County.

Matthew Delano (220) and Jason Bowden (126) each had pins for Keystone Heights.

The Indians were at Riverside’s USMC Challenge Saturday.

FSDB (0-3 for season, T-5th): The Dragons could not find an individual win, but fielded 11 kids in putting together the team’s fullest lineup in several seasons.

Per Trackwrestling, FSDB is now off until January 26, when they are at Pedro Menendez.

Bolles (0-6 for season, 9th): The Bulldogs were the lone team slotted into a pigtail, drawing Clay in that task.

Jack Pyburn (285) scored Bolles’ lone points with a first-period fall.

The Bulldogs were at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial this weekend.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (Prepare to scroll quite a bit if on your phone)

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#1ADist2: War Eagles Maintain Hold Of Top Spot

Wakulla celebrates winning its fifth consecutive 1A-District 2 duals title Thursday afternoon at home following wins over Suwannee and Florida High (Photo submitted by Walt Jacobs via Facebook).

CRAWFORDVILLE — No team but Wakulla has won the 1A-District 2 duals team title.

And, for the fifth time Thursday at home, the War Eagles made sure that, for another year, no other team would.

After watching Suwannee take down Florida High, 57-18, the War Eagles stopped the Bulldogs, 39-27, and Seminoles, 59-16, to improve to 9-1 in duals for the season and take their fifth 1A-2 title.

Wakulla (9-1) will face Rocky Bayou Christian in a 1A-Region 1 quarterfinal dual at South Walton on January 13, while Suwannee (24-7) will face the District 1 champ and region host Seahawks in another quarterfinal. The two winners will meet in the semis and the winner in that round will advance on to the 1A-Region 1 final at Osceola HS in Kissimmee.

The day began with the Bulldogs and Florida High (4-5), and early on the Noles built leads of 6-0, 12-3 and 18-9 on pins from Nicholas Roeder (152), Xander Hawkes (170) and Diego Duprey (195).

But, from there, it was all Suwannee, as the Bulldogs roared back for a 48-0 to close out the dual.

Suwannee wrestlers, coaches and managers take a team photo with the Bulldogs’ 1A-District 2 duals runnerup trophy won Thursday at Wakulla (Photo submitted by Tori Humphries via Facebook).

Dustin Wood (182), Christian Harrell (220), Eleuterio Meria (285), Topher Pearson (113), Justin Contreras (120), Brody Boehm (126), Austin McKinney (132) and Tyson Musgrove (145) all won by fall during that runEli Jolicoeur (5-3 at 106) and Ayden Kirby (6-0 at 138) both taking decisions for Suwannee during that run. Austin Howard (6-0 win at 160) had the Bulldogs’ first points of the dual when the team still trailed.

As Florida High did in the first dual, Suwannee built the first lead over Wakulla, going up 12-0 on pins from Howard (160) and James Prentice (170). Wakulla answered back with three falls back-to-back-to-back from Tyler Edenfield (182), Sultan Ellington (195) and Kohl Pippen (220), but the Bulldogs tied it at 18 with a pin from Meria.

Things really tightened up from there, as the teams traded decisions from 106 through 126 to make it 24-all with four matches left, with Julian Harvey (8-3 at 106) and Caleb Orr (5-3 at 120) winning for Wakulla and Pearson (9-6 at 113) and Boehm (4-3 at 126) taking Ws for Suwannee.

Wakulla forged a nine-point gap behind a 1-0 win from Isaiah Wilson at 132 and fall from Wyatt Welch at 138, but Musgrove’s 4-2 win at 145 made it 33-27 with one match to go. There, Jae T Thaxton slammed the door shut on Suwannee’s title hopes, with a fall at 152.

That brought Florida High back to the mat for the final dual of the day, and while the Seminoles got out to leads of 4-0 and 10-6 on a pin from Duprey and 11-2 major from Xander Hawkes, Wakulla would win 10 matches in a row to pull away for the district title.

During that run, Brown (113), Juan Jimenez (126), Wilson (132), Welch (138) and Hayden Reeves (145) all won by fall, with Harvey (22-8 at 106) and Thaxton (9-0 at 152) both taking majors and Pippen winning by a 4-2 decision behind a takedown in sudden victory at 220. Liam Hawkes (160) closed out competition with a second pin for Florida High.

All three teams that competed Thursday had weekend competitions. Both Wakulla and Florida High are at Yulee for the two-day Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border IBT, while Suwannee has been at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial tournament, with duals Friday and IBT competition on Saturday.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (Some scrolling will be involved to get to them, but they’re there)

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#2ADist1: Three Wins Lead To 4th Straight Pace Title Effort

Pace wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Patriots’ fourth straight 2A-District 1 duals title won Wednesday at Gulf Breeze (Photo submitted by Nicole Wood via Facebook).

GULF BREEZE — Last year, Pace became the first Panhandle team to appear in the FHSAA state duals tournament.

This year, the Patriots are in a position to be able to repeat the feat.

For the fourth straight season, Pace is the 2A-District 1 dual team champion after taking victories over Mosley (48-33) in the quarters, Gulf Breeze (40-34) in the semis and Niceville (50-21) in the district final.

As a result, the Patriots (7-0) will host 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds on January 13. While specifics are not available yet to Matmen, Pace will take on Chiles in one quarterfinal. Gulf Breeze (14-5), which came back through the consis to advance on as a true 2nd, will face District 2 champion Fleming Island — itself a five-time district champ — in the other quarterfinal. The two winners then meet in the semis for a berth in the 2A-Region 1 final on January 21 at Osceola HS in Kissimmee.

Pace’s strength up top, from 160 on up, was dynamite for the Patriots on Wednesday, and that was particularly true in the final, where the bigs contributed a 26-0 run to pull away from the Eagles. From 160 on up, the Patriots were 16-1 as a group.

Hazen Esary (132), Maeson Otwell (138), Aidan Bryan (220), Hale Wood (285) and Alexander Mendez (106) all had pins against Niceville, during which Pace put on a 38-0 flurry to put the dual away. Atticus Waters (160) added a 15-0 tech fall, and both Ty Morgan (10-6 at 170) and Isaac Waters (8-3 at 182) won by decisions.

For the day, six Patriots were unbeaten, five of them at 3-0. Otwell (138, 2 pins & major) and Atticus Waters (160, 2 pins & tech) both bonus-pointed through the tournament, with Morgan (170, 2 decisions), Bryan (195/220, 2 pins & decision) and Wood (220/285, 2 pins & decision) each going 3-0.

Brandon Mohring (195/220) was 2-0 in a regular role for Pace, while Mendez (106/113, 2 pins), Hazen Esary (132, 2 pins) and Isaac Waters (182, pin & decision) all were 2-1 for the Patriots.

Here’s how the rest of the district fared on Wednesday:

Gulf Breeze (14-5 for season, 2nd): The Dolphins opened their tournament account with a 69-12 quarterfinal win over Tate, but after giving Pace the best dual the Patriots got on Wednesday, Gulf Breeze had to rally for consi-side dual wins over Ft Walton Beach (48-27) and Niceville (54-23) to take true second.

Five Dolphin wrestlers were 4-0 on the day, led by Colson Elliott (132), who had pins in all four rounds of competition. Coby Shields (120, 3 pins) joined Elliott as a max-pointer, while Alec Poole (106, pin/major/decision), Garret Rudick (145, 3 pins & decision) and Blake Fluck (182, 2 pins, injury default & decision) all also won four times.

Michael Mancuso (126, 3 pins), Logan Merritt (138, 3 pins), Micah Barker (170, 2 pins & decision) and Isaac Land (195/220, pin) each posted 3-1 tournament records for Gulf Breeze.

The Dolphins are competing across the state this weekend, at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border two-day IBT.

Niceville (11-7 for season, 3rd): The Eagles were 2-2 on the day, reaching the final behind a 59-18 quarterfinal victory over Choctaw and a 39-33 semifinal win over Ft Walton Beach, but couldn’t hold either of their final two opponents off.

Two Niceville wrestlers were 4-0 on the day, as Ethan Pinto (126, 3 pins) was a 4-0 max-pointer and Aiden Kyllonen (152, tech & 3 decisions) won all four of his contested matches.

Garrett Jarvis (120, 2 pins) and JJ Martinez (145, 2 pins & decision) were both 3-1 for the Eagles.

Niceville is the highest-finishing team from the district competing in this weekend’s Panhandle Championships, hosted by Mosley.

Ft Walton Beach (5-6 for season, 4th): The Vikings were 1-2 in the tournament, with a 69-12 quarterfinal win over Crestview before subsequent losses to Niceville in the semis and Gulf Breeze in the consi semis.

Four wrestlers were 3-0 in the tournament, led by Spencer Mackenzie (285), who pinned his way through all three rounds. Joining Mackenzie as max-pointers were Zak Vosburgh (113, 2 pins) and Cedric Fairrow (220, 2 pins), while Marquis Muniz (160) had two pins and a decision.

Landon Burbidge (106, pin), Alexander Davidson (152, pin & decision) and Carter Tobik (182/195, decision) all were 2-1 for Ft Walton Beach.

The Vikings are competing in the Scott Rohrer Memorial this weekend.

Mosley (2-3 for season, T-5th): The Dolphins gave the best fight among the four teams falling in the quarterfinal round, with six weight-class wins against Pace.

Valarie Solorio (106), Calvin Williams (120) and Eric Sapp (126) each won by fall against the Patriots, with Nick Hejke (152) winning by 15-0 tech fall and Derrick Williams (113) taking a 17-7 major.

Mosley is hosting the Panhandle Championships this weekend.

Choctaw (7-9 for season, T-5th): The Indians reached the quarterfinal behind a 60-15 victory over Milton in a pigtail round before falling to Niceville in the quarters.

Deagan Kilpatrick (113), Jesse Sarver (182/195, pin) and Caden McKinney (220, pin) were Choctaw’s lone double winners in the tournament.

Choctaw is also competing at Mosley for the Panhandle Championships this weekend.

Crestview (3-6 for season, T-5th): In their only dual of the day, the Bulldogs picked up just one contested win against Ft Walton Beach, as Gary Gessendoff (126) won by second-period fall. Crestview’s other points came by forfeit.

Crestview is off this weekend and will host Milton in a dual meet on Monday.

Tate (2-8 for season, T-5th): The Aggies got into the quarterfinals with a 54-6 pigtail win over Arnold before falling to Gulf Breeze.

Landon Hutto (160, 2 pins) and Landen George (220, pin) were Tate’s lone double winners in the tournament.

The Aggies are also at Mosley for the Panhandle Championships this weekend.

Milton (1-2 for season, T-9th): Both of the Panthers’ bonus-point wins in the dual with Choctaw came by forfeit; Milton’s lone contested win was contributed by Kyle Flores (285), who survived a wild match to take a 16-11 decision.

Milton, too, is trying its hand at Mosley’s Panhandle Championships this weekend.

Arnold (unknown record due to missing results, T-9th): Due to missing results, an individual recap was not possible with this writing. Like many of the other teams in the district, the Marlins are at Mosley for Panhandle this weekend.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (Some scrolling will be involved to get to them, but they’re there)

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#3ADist1: Creekside Ends 2-Year Drought With Title

Creekside wrestlers and a couple of fans celebrate the Knights’ 3A-District 1 team title won Wednesday night at Oakleaf (Photo submitted by Rick Marabell via Facebook).

ORANGE PARK — The last time that Creekside won a district duals title, the St Johns Knights wound up appearing in the state semifinals.

Creekside’s seniors, freshmen back then, were part of a program that won the 2019 2A-District 4 title, then knocked off Lincoln to win the Region 1 title at Osceola.

The Knights haven’t been back to even the region level, let alone the state semis, since that 2019 run.

Perhaps hadn’t is now the better word, as Creekside rolled to double-digit wins over Bartram Trail (57-18) in the 3A-District 1 dual tournament semis and over host Oakleaf (45-26) in the championship dual.

Creekside (16-2 in duals for the season) will host two rounds of 3A-Region 1 action on January 13, with the St Johns Knights facing DeLand in one quarterfinal. Oakleaf (14-2 for the season), which had to run past Bartram Trail (48-36), in a true-2nd place dual in order to qualify for regions for the third straight year, will also be on hand and will face District 2 champ Flagler Palm Coast in another quarterfinal. The quarterfinal winners will then face off with a berth in the 3A-Region 1 final, scheduled for January 21st at Osceola, on the line.

In the final, Creekside spotted the first points to the hosts, but then went on a 21-0 run on pins from Eddie Craig (182), Eli Pagan (195) and Vincent Approbato (220), and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Andrew Feeks (106), Colton Leavell (145) and Lee Leavell (152) went on to add pins for Creekside, which also got an 18-1 TF from Conner Wright at 120 and a 6-2 win from Justin Umali at 126. Oakleaf scored first with Roman Polinsky’s 9-0 major at 160 and pins from Jordan Mitchell (285), Angel Rodriguez (113) and Keon Barrientos (132), plus a 13-0 major from Marcus McGee at 138.

Six Creekside wrestlers were 2-0 in the tournament, with Lee Leavell, Pagan and Approbato each pinning twice. Craig was a 2-0 max-pointer, with Umali and Colton Leavell each recording one pin and one decision.

Creekside is at Yulee this weekend for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border tournament.

Here’s how the rest of the district fared on Wednesday:

Oakleaf (14-2 for season, 2-1 Wednesday): The Knights, who like Creekside had a bye into the semis, reached the final with a 42-39 win over Mandarin, but needed the bounce-back win to reach that third straight region berth.

Keon Barrientos (132) and Mitchell (285) both pinned their way through the day, with three pins each. Angel Rodriguez (106/113, 2 pins) was a 3-0 max-pointer, while Polinsky (160) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with two pins and a major.

Adrianna Barrientos (106/113) and McGee (138, pin & major) both contributed 2-1 tournament efforts for the Clay County Knights.

Oakleaf is at county rival Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial this weekend.

Bartram Trail (11-4 for season, 3-2 Wednesday): As it turned out, the Bears faced every other team in the district that appeared Wednesday, with a quarterfinal win over Sandalwood (60-21) and consi-side victories over Nease (47-36) and Mandarin (37-33) before falling to Oakleaf in the true-2nd dual.

Bartram Trail had two unbeatens go 5-0, as both — Ethan Vugman (120/126) and John McNames (170) — collected five pins on the day.

Matthew Tayloe (145/152, pin & decision) was 4-1 in the tournament, while Preston Pena (145/152, pin & major), Aydan Nguyen (160, 2 pins & tech), Jacob George (195, 3 pins) and Shane Armstrong (220, 2 pins) all were 3-2 for the Bears.

Bartram Trail has joined Oakleaf at Fleming Island this weekend.

Mandarin (13-7 for season, 2-2 Wednesday). After a 42-36 quarterfinal win over Nease, the Mustangs rolled past Sandalwood, 60-21, to get to the third-place dual and Bartram.

Three 4-0 unbeatens paced Mandarin, with Jaelen Simmons (195) pinning his way through the day for four falls. Tony Carter (182, 3 pins) was a max-pointer, while Jameel Smith (138) picked up two pins and a decision.

DaMon Teague (126, 2 pins), Frank Kershaw (145, pin) and Adrian Rodriguez (170, 3 pins) all were 3-1 for the Mustangs.

Mandarin has joined Creekside at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border this weekend.

Nease (12-7 for season, 0-2 Wednesday): The St Johns Panthers were T-5th on the day, but were competitive in both duals behind the strength of their lowers.

Jacob Lutz (152) had pins in both of Nease’s duals, while Jaiden Zajni (106, pin) and Jason Choi (113) both were max-pointers. Parker Stamschror (132, pin & decision) also was 2-0 on the day.

The Panthers are also at Fleming Island for Keystone Memorial this weekend.

Sandalwood (0-7 for season, 0-2 Wednesday): The Saints struggled against the upperweight strength they faced in their two duals, winning just one contested match (that by an injury default).

Adam Goodman (113) and Ben Peterson (138, pin & decision) were both 2-0 in the tournament for Sandalwood.

The Saints are also at Fleming Island for Keystone Memorial this weekend.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (No scrolling should be involved)

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#3ADist3: Hagerty Takes 3rd Straight District Victory

Hagerty wrestlers and coaches celebrate a sweep of the competition as the Huskies won three duals to take the 3A-District 3 duals title at Timber Creek on Wednesday (Photo submitted by Scotty Diaz via Facebook).

ORLANDO — Neither Hagerty nor Timber Creek have ever entered an FHSAA district duals tournament, only to leave it without advancing to the subsequent Region 1 round the following week.

2022 was no different in that regard, as both teams added another Region 1 appearance to their program resumes, with the visiting Huskies taking their third straight district championship behind dual victories over University (Orlando) (78-6, quarters), Lake Brantley (72-12, semis) and the host Wolfpack (39-27) in the championship dual.

Hagerty (12-4 for the season) will host next week’s Region 1 quarterfinal round, where the Huskies will face Windermere, on January 13. Timber Creek, which kicked off its dual season Wednesday night, will take on District 4 champ Apopka in another quarterfinal, with the winners meeting for a chance at the Region 1 final, which Hagerty has reached twice and Timber Creek once.

If there was a point where the Huskies put away the championship, it was probably in the stretch run between 145 and 220, when Hagerty went on a 27-3 run, with pins from Gavin Nelson (145), Blake Watts (152) and Kamdon Harrison (160), plus wins from Ethan Gomez (10-4 at 170), Hunter Tate (5-0 at 195) and Landon Revis (5-0 at 220).

Hagerty also got pins from Lochlann Higgins (113) and David Mejia (132).

In answer, Timber Creek had falls from Trenton Dominguez (120) and Peter Nesheiwat (285), plus a forfeit at 106 and decision wins from Aiden Benson (9-6 at 126), Josue Bautista (8-4 at 138) and Jovan Santana (8-7 at 182).

Nine Hagerty wrestlers were unbeaten in the tournament, eight of them going 3-0. Harrison (160/170) was the only Huskie to pin his way through the day; joining him as max-pointers were Higgins (113, pin), Mejia (132, 2 pins), Nelson (145, 2 pins) and Watts (152/160, 2 pins).

Joining that group as unbeatens were Gomez (170/182, 2 pins & decision), Tate (195, 2 pins & decision) and Revis (220, 2 pins & decision) at 3-0 and Justin St John (152, pin) at 2-0. Jacob Genao (126, pin) and Thad Elam (285, pin) both turned in 2-1 efforts for Hagerty.

The Huskies will be among the favorites to contend for the team title in Saturday’s Ron Peters Tournament of Champions at Lake Mary.

Here’s a look at the rest of the district and how it fared Wednesday:

Timber Creek wrestlers with the team’s 3A-District 3 duals runnerup trophy after the Wolfpack were second Wednesday at home (Photo submitted by Jonathan Cone).

Timber Creek (2-1 for season & Wednesday): The Wolfpack advanced to Region 1 action behind wins over Lake Howell (79-0, quarters) and Winter Park (48-33, semis).

Five Timber Creek wrestlers were 3-0 in the tournament, led by Nesheiwat (285), who pinned his way through each round. Jean Vazquez (106, pin) and Dominguez (120, 2 pins) joined Nesheiwat as max-pointers for the team, with Benson (126/132, pin/major/decision) and Bautista (138, 2 pins & decision) each turning in unbeaten days.

Marlo Clark (113), Dennis Proulx (170/182, 2 pins) and Nico Perez (195, pin & decision) all turned in 2-1 tournaments for the Wolfpack.

Timber Creek got back on the mats today at Palm Bay’s Ships N Duels, a two-day IBT that wraps up on Saturday.

Winter Park (unknown season record, 3-1 Wednesday): The Wildcats were third with a 64-18 quarterfinal win over Lyman and consi-side victories over Oviedo (46-33) and Lake Brantley (42-32) to wrestle back to third. Due to missing results, individual recaps could not be included with this writing. Winter Park will be at Lake Mary’s Ron Peters Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Lake Brantley (unknown season record, 2-2 Wednesday): The Patriots opened with a 52-24 win in the quarters over Oviedo, reaching the third-place dual behind a 60-21 consi-semi win over Lyman. Due to missing results, individual recaps could not be included with this writing. Lake Brantley will join Hagerty and Winter Park at Lake Mary on Saturday.

Oviedo (8-12 for season, 2-2 Wednesday): After the loss to Lake Brantley, the Lions bounced back with a 78-6 win over University (Orlando); after falling to Winter Park in the consi semis, Oviedo hammered Lyman, 54-30, in the fifth-place dual.

No Lions wrestlers finished the day unbeaten, at least if they wrestled at least three matches, but eight Oviedo wrestlers were either 3-1 or 2-1.

Winning three times Wednesday were Josh Sabbia (113/120, pin), Caden Martz (113/120), Jesus Ramos (126, pin), Clayton Mitchell (138, pin) and James Chiaradio (160/170, 3 pins). Lukas Crawley (145, pin), Yosef Mohaisem (220, pin) and Levi Thorpe (285, pin) each were 2-1.

Oviedo is now off until January 15, when the Lions host the Showdown in O-Town one-day duals tournament.

Lyman (1-3 for season & Wednesday): The Greyhounds came back from the quarterfinal loss to Winter Park with a 55-21 win over Lake Howell, followed by two subsequent losses as noted above.

Jackson Fredrickson (106) was a 4-0 max-pointer for Lyman, with three pins on the day.

Mekhi Miller (113), Christian Bonill (120/126, pin) and Haiden Williams-Marchetti (182/195, 2 pins & decision) each chipped in 3-1 tournaments for the Greyhounds.

Lyman will also go to Lake Mary on Saturday for the Tournament of Champions.

Lake Howell (2-4 for season, 1-2 & Wednesday): After opening with two losses, the Silver Hawks closed out the day on an up note, taking seventh with a 42-18 win over University (Orlando).

Three wrestlers — Malachi Plancher (145), Jayden Velazquez (195, pin & decision) and Michael Kici (285) — were all 2-1 for Lake Howell.

The Silver Hawks will be in attendance at Lake Mary on Saturday.

University (Orlando) (unknown record for season, 0-3 Wednesday): The Cougars were the only team that did not find a win on Saturday. Due to missing results, individual recaps could not be included with this writing. University (Orlando) will also be in attendance at Lake Mary on Saturday.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (Not much scrolling should be involved)

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#1ADist6: Deltona Reaches 1st Region Berth With Title

Deltona wrestlers and coaches celebrate the team’s first FHSAA region duals appearance with a 1A-District 6 duals title win at home Wednesday afternoon (Photo submitted via Deltona team Facebook page).

DELTONA — Volusia County will be well-represented in next week’s 1A-Region 2 duals tournament.

For the first time in Deltona’s history, the Wolves will compete in the region level of the FHSAA duals post-season series after winning twice Wednesday at home to take the 1A-District 6 title.

Deltona (5-4 in duals for the season) hammered both Atlantic (66-6, semis) and Seabreeze (52-24, championship) to take the title. With the runnerup finish, the Sandcrabs (5-7) return to the region level for the second time, after a year’s absence; Seabreeze was the District 4 champion in 2020.

The Wolves will wrestle Villages in a Region 2 quarterfinal on January 13 at Hernando, while Seabreeze will face the host Leopards, a Region 2 finalist each of the past three seasons since the FHSAA began the post-season duals competition.

But Wednesday was about the Wolves, as they lost just four contested matches on the day, with eight wrestlers — including each of their first seven lightest weights — going 2-0 in District 6 action.

Jeffrey Root (138) and Zane Hair (152) led the way for Deltona, as both middles had two pins on the day.

Five of the remaining six were max-pointers, including Dianna Pineda (106, pin), Austin Riis (113, pin), Nicholas Conboy (120), Kyle Yasses (126, pin) and Nathan Hatch (285, pin). Kevin Kerns (132) bonus-pointed through the day, with a pin and major in the win column of his ledger.

Seabreeze advanced to the final with a quarterfinal win over Tavares (60-24) and semifinal win over Mt Dora (45-36).

Seabreeze wrestlers and coaches celebrate a return to the FHSAA region round after taking second Tuesday in the 1A-District 6 duals tournament at Deltona (Photo submitted via Seabreeze team Facebook page; thanks to Michele Kerns for passing it along to Matmen).

Tyler Herndon (152/160) led the Sandcrabs by pinning his way through all three rounds to a 3-0 day; Pedro Sierra (220, 2 pins) joined Herndon as a 3-0 max-pointer.

Six additional Seabreeze wrestlers were 2-1 on Wednesday, with William Sites (106, 2 pins), Wyatt Sites (126, pin & decision), Joseph Kent (132, 2 pins), David Kelley (138, 2 pins), Hayden Herndon (145/152, 2 pins) and Brogan Kelly (170, pin) all winning twice for the Sandcrabs.

Deltona goes back on the mats Friday at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial, while Seabreeze will get additional duals work this weekend at DeLand’s two-day Bulldogs Invitational, which begins on Friday.

Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (There’ll be a little scrolling involved)

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#1ADist3: Yulee Needs One Win For 3rd Straight Title

Yulee wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate the Hornets’ third straight 1A-District 3 title Wednesday night at Episcopal (Photo submitted by Brandon Crowder via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Just three teams congregated at Episcopal School to contest Wednesday night’s 1A-District 3 duals tournament.

But they were three of the top four seeds for the tournament, and the competition was pretty feisty nonetheless, particularly in the final, where two-time defending champion Yulee had to stretch to overcome the pesky hosts, 42-36, to win a third straight 1A-3 duals title.

Yulee (8-1 in duals for the season) will host next week’s 1A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. The Hornets will face Baker County in one quarterfinal, while Episcopal (7-9) will take on District 4 champion Clay in the other quarterfinal, with the two winners meeting for a spot in the Region 1 final on January 21 at Osceola HS in Kissimmee.

The Hornets spotted the Eagles a 21-0 lead, as Cohen Chesser (120), Christian Ryan (132) and Baylor Maurer (138) all had pins, with Scott Busey (126) taking a 7-5 sudden-victory win as well.

But Yulee cut that lead to 21-18 on a 3-pin run from Dylan Johns (145), Austin Adamson (152) and Jesse Johnson (160); the teams would then trade points at 170 and 182, with Brennan Doherty winning by fall for Episcopal at 170 and Alex Smith by pin at 182. Lawson Perry’s 5-1 win at 195 got the lead back to six, 30-24, but Braylen Ricks’ fall at 220 effectively clinched the dual for the Hornets, who had forfeits in hand at 285 and 113. Turner Glenn (106) closed out competitive action with a pin for Episcopal.

The Eagles got to the final thanks to a 49-26 win over Fernandina Beach in the semi. The Pirates (5-5) did have one lead, 14-13, but the Eagles effectively put the dual away thereafter, with five wins in six weights from 152 through 220.

Episcopal wrestlers are all smiles after taking second in Wednesday’s 1A-District 3 duals tournament at home, the second straight year the Eagles have qualified out for Region 1 competition (Photo submitted by Darren Glenn via Facebook).

Chance Wolffe (152), Christian McGarity (182), Perry (195), Maddox Davidson (220) and Glenn (106) had pins for Episcopal, with Busey taking an 8-0 major at 126 and Ryan winning by 8-3 decision at 132.

For Fernandina Beach, Woods (138) and Brooks Rohe (170) won by fall, with Cael Kubatzke taking a 16-0 tech fall and Cole Misciagna winning by a 12-6 count at 145.

Yulee will host its two-day Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border IBT starting on Friday, while both Episcopal and Fernandina Beach will go to Riverside’s USMC Challenge, a one-day IBT starting on Saturday.

Box scores from the two duals can be found HERE. (There’ll be a little scrolling involved)

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#2ADistrict3: Fletcher Adds 3rd Straight Duals Title

Fletcher wrestlers, coaches, managers and a fan or two celebrate the Senators’ third straight 2A-District 3 duals title Tuesday at Westside (Photo submitted by Joe Stetzer via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Most of Fletcher’s starting lineup has never known anything but wins at the FHSAA district duals level.

That continued on Tuesday at Westside, as the Senators won their third straight duals title behind 2A-District 3 dual victories over Riverside (78-6), Ed White (72-12) and Westside (47-30) to roll into hosting duties for next week’s Region 1 quarterfinals and semifinals.

Fletcher (18-5 in duals for the season) will face the District 4 runnerup in one quarterfinal. Westside (5-4) reached the region round for the first time in school history by reaching the final; the Wolverines will take on the District 4 champion in the other quarterfinal at Fletcher, with the two winners then facing off. District 4 duals are being contested today at New Smyrna Beach.

In the final dual, the Senators got out to a 12-0 start behind pins from Cole O’Brien (126) and Fred Saporita (132), but the Wolverines tied it on falls from Olleon Hickmon (138) and Nathan Williams (145). Fletcher re-took the lead behind an 18-0 run on a forfeit at 152 and pins from Josh Daltro (160) and Joseph Kohlhaas (170), but Westside got it back to a six-point deficit on falls from Ja’Cory Martin (182) and Caleb Baltazar (195).

The teams would trade points at 285 and 106, with Fletcher winning by forfeit at 285 and Westside’s Jacob Jackson (106) by fall, but the Senators would clinch it on Jimi Baur’s forfeit win at 113 and Ryden Ashmore (120) closed it out with a 15-0 tech fall.

Eight Fletcher wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, with two — O’Brien and Saporita — both pinning their way through the tournament. Baur, Elisha Purdy (152, pin), Daltro (2 pins), Kohlhaas (2 pins) and Toby Matson (285, pin) were also 3-0 max-pointers, while Ashmore (pin & tech) bonus-pointed through the day.

Logan Locantora (106, pin), Robert Eubanks (138) and Dylan Tate (195) all were 2-1 for Fletcher, which will be in competition at region rival Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial on Friday for duals and Saturday for IBT action.

Here’s how the rest of the district fared Tuesday:

Westside, with its first 2A-District 3 duals trophy in school history, was the runnerup in Tuesday’s competition at home (Photo submitted by Nichole Smith via Facebook).

Westside (5-4 for season, 2-1 Tuesday): The Wolverines put together their groundbreaking day with wins in the quarterfinals over Stanton (64-18) in the quarters and Englewood (54-30) in the semis.

Jackson (106, 3 pins) pinned his way through the tournament and was one of three Westside 3-0 max-pointers on the day. Joining him were Hickmon (138, pin) and Martin (182, pin).

Emma Smith (120, pin), Jacare Johnson (126, pin), Williams (145, pin), Krosby Porter (160, pin), Ponchelo Cadet (170, pin) and Baltazar (195/220, 2 pins) all turned in 2-1 efforts for the Wolverines.

Westside will go to Yulee on Friday for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, a two-day IBT event.

Ed White (6-10 for season, 2-1 Tuesday): The Commanders got to Fletcher behind a 40-28 quarterfinal win over Terry Parker, and bounced back for third with a 48-24 win over Englewood.

None of the 11 wrestlers that suited up for Ed White were 3-0, but seven were 2-1.

Tiera Collins (106, pin), Aaron Jones (120, pin), Dawian Mobley (126), Benny Lewis (160, major), Malakhi Lewis (170, pin), Xavier Wimmer (182) and Demarkus Raysor (220, pin) each won twice for the Commanders.

Ed White will next compete in a quad meet at Raines on January 12.

Englewood (2-3 for season, 1-2 Tuesday): The Rams secured a top-four finish with a 42-30 quarterfinal win over Ponte Vedra in the opening round, along with the losses as noted above.

Four Englewood wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, as DiSean Hires (145, 3 pins) and Ke’Eric Merrell (152, 3 pins) both pinned their way through the tournament. Melvin Wiggins (195, pin) and Keith Forbes (285, 2 pins) joined them as max-pointers.

Billie Maynard (220) turned in a 2-1 day for the Rams.

Englewood is now off until Saturday, when the Rams will compete in Riverside’s USMC Challenge one-day IBT.

Terry Parker (5-12, 2-1 Tuesday): After falling to Ed White in the quarters, the Braves came back behind wins over Riverside (54-12) and Ponte Vedra (36-27) to claim fifth.

Jeff Brown (152, 3 pins) pinned his way through the tournament, with three pins in all, while Daniel Mays (138/145) bonus-pointed through the day, with a pin and major. Defario Dennison (220, pin) was unbeaten as well, going 2-0.

Shamar Jones (113), Jordan Larson (132/138, pin), Justin Rangeloff (160) and Joel Hernandez (170) each were 2-1 for Terry Parker.

The Braves will join Westside at Yulee for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border on Friday.

Ponte Vedra (2-8 after event, 1-2 Tuesday): After falling to Englewood in the quarters, the Sharks bounced back with a criteria win, 31-30, over Stanton in the consis to reach the fifth-place dual.

Aiden Taylor (120, 2 pins) and Grady Dolan (132/138, 2 pins) both were 3-0 max-pointers for Ponte Vedra.

Poulo Milea (113, 2 pins), Ryan Finniss (126) and Andrew Hissam (138/145, decision) each were 2-1 for the Sharks.

Ponte Vedra competed at Matanzas on Wednesday; results are already up on our Week 6 duals page.

Stanton (0-5, 0-2 Tuesday): The Blue Devils placed T-7th in the event, battling Ponte Vedra to criteria on the mats.

Elias Spurlin (113, 2 pins) and Hansel Larrate (285, 2 pins) both were 2-0 on the day for Stanton.

The Blue Devils will next compete in the Polk IBT at George Jenkins on Saturday.

Riverside (0-5, 0-2 Tuesday): A short-handed Generals squad (just six suited up Tuesday) got just one contested victory in the team’s two rounds. No wrestlers won twice.

Riverside will next compete by serving as host for Saturday’s USMC Challenge.

RESULTS: Complete box scores from Tuesday’s wrestling, along with all other local districts contested and reported thus far, can be found HERE.

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#3ADistrict2: All-Bulldog Final Brings Title To FPC

Flagler Palm Coast coaches and wrestlers celebrate a team victory in Tuesday’s 3A-District 2 tournament at FPC (Photo submitted by FPC team Facebook page).

PALM COAST — The early losses are meant to serve as building blocks for wins later.

Heading into Tuesday’s 3A-District 2 duals tournament, Flagler Palm Coast had had its share of struggles, coming in with a 6-7 season record.

The Bulldogs then showed the rest of the district why records don’t matter, posting three double-digit victories to cruise to the title, with victories over Lake Mary (70-6), Forest (63-15) and DeLand, 48-24, in the final.

Flagler Palm Coast (9-7) will face Oakleaf in a 3A-Region 1 quarterfinal dual on January 13 at Creekside. DeLand (6-3), as District 2 runnerup (its first appearance in the region round of the FHSAA duals series), will wrestle the host Knights in another quarterfinal on the 13th, with the two quarterfinal winners then facing off for a spot in the region final January 21 at Osceola.

FPC got out to a 24-0 start behind five wins in a row, with back-to-back-to-back pins from Timothy King (152), Bryce Dodge (160) and Blane DeFord (170), plus decisions from Marcelo Gonzalez (8-5 at 182) and Garrick Schwartz (3-1 in sudden victory at 195). DeLand got on the board with a fall from Marion Smokes at 220, but FPC extended to 33-6 with Seth Davis’ 7-4 win at 285 and Timothy McLean’s fall at 106.

The lead stayed at 20+ points thereafter, as the teams traded points at the next four weights, with Kole Hannant (120) and John Hald (132) winning by pin for FPC and Grady Bryant (113) taking a win by fall for DeLand, which also got a forfeit at 126. DeLand also got a fall from Mathias Franz at 138, with the hosts’ Felipe Costa closing the dual out with a 5-1 win at 145.

FPC had 10 wrestlers go 3-0 on the day, with Hannant (120/126), Hald and Dodge all pinning their ways through the tournament. McLean (2 pins), King (2 pins) and DeFord (2 pins) were 3-0 max-pointers as well.

Additionally, Costa (pin, major & decision), Gonzalez (2 pins & decision), Schwartz (pin & decision) and Davis (2 decisions) all were 3-0 for Flagler Palm Coast.

Here’s how the rest of the district fared Tuesday:

DeLand wrestlers and coaches with the 3A-District 2 duals runnerup trophy, marking the school’s first appearance in the region round of the FHSAA dual series, Tuesday at Flagler Palm Coast (Photo submitted by Christian Lohsen via Facebook).

DeLand (6-3 for season, 2-1 Tuesday): The Bulldogs made their groundbreaking Region 1 appearance behind a quarterfinal win over University (Orange City), 66-18, and a 43-33 semifinal win over Buchholz.

DeLand had three wrestlers post 3-0 records on the day. Franz (132/138, 3 pins) pinned his way through the tournament, while Marion Smokes (220, 2 pins) was a 3-0 max-pointer. Bryant (113, pin & decision) also had three wins and was undefeated.

Kellen Chapman (126, pin), Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (182, pin & major), Andrew Knowles (195, 2 pins) and Marco Selph (285, 2 pins) all were 2-1 for the Bulldogs.

DeLand will stay in duals mode, hosting its own DeLand Bulldogs two-day tournament starting on Friday.

Buchholz (7-4 for season, 3-1 Tuesday): The Bobcats got to the semis with a 58-24 win over West Port, then bounced back for third behind wins over Seminole (46-34) and Forest (54-27), sending out 19 wrestlers over the course of the day.

Buchholz had four unbeaten wrestlers during the day, three of them going 4-0. Both Jedidiah Brown (120/126) and Aiden Moore (145) pinned their way through all rounds, each picking up four falls. Venumadhava Mirel (132/138) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with three pins and a major, and Cavarius Liddle (126/132) was 3-0 with three pins.

The Bobcats got 3-1 days from Jun Jie Zheng (106, decision) and William Lancer (182, 2 pins) as well.

Buchholz will return to competition at Palm Bay’s Ships N Duels two-day IBT.

Forest (2-2 for season & Tuesday): The Wildcats opened their duals season with a 39-38 win in the quarters over Seminole, and reached the third-place dual behind a 48-28 win over University (Orange City), along with the losses noted above.

Jose Kincaid (113) was Forest’s lone unbeaten on Tuesday, going 4-0 behind a pin and two decisions.

Ayden Ruano (106, 2 pins) and Ellis Lawson (220, 2 pins) both were 3-1 for the Wildcats, with Jakob Zawosky (132, pin & decision) and Abery Anthony (145, 2 pins) both chipping in 2-1 days.

Forest will next travel to Yulee for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border two-day IBT, starting on Friday.

University (Orange City) (4-12, 1-2 Tuesday): The Titans placed T-5th in the tournament, with a 39-36 win over West Port in the consi quarters.

Drake Alban (120) and Cooper Braden (152) both pinned their way through the day, going 3-0 with three pins each.

Bryan Persinger (170, 2 pins), Slade High-Tompkins (195, pin) and Rubens Joseph (285, pin & decision) all were 2-1 for University.

The Titans will next compete at district rival Lake Mary’s Ron Peters Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Seminole (3-2, 1-2 Tuesday): The Noles also were T-5th with a 76-0 consi-quarter victory over Lake Mary, as well as the losses noted above. Due to missing results, a recap of individual performances could not be included. Seminole will next be at DeLand for the Bulldogs’ dual tournament on Friday & Saturday.

West Port (0-2 for season & Tuesday): The Wolfpack was T-7th on the day, but did have two wrestlers that won both their matches.

Luis Sotomeyor (170) pinned both of his opponents for a 2-0 day, while Brian Brizeus (220, pin) also contributed 6 dual team points in both rounds for West Port.

The Wolfpack will join UOC at Lake Mary for Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Lake Mary (1-3 for season, 0-2 Tuesday): The Rams struggled with a short-handed group, sending out seven wrestlers Tuesday. Lake Mary had one contested victory in the quarterfinal loss to Flagler Palm Coast.

Lake Mary will serve as host Saturday for its Ron Peters Tournament of Champions one-day IBT.

RESULTS: Complete box scores from Tuesday’s wrestling, along with all other local districts contested and reported thus far, can be found HERE.

 

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#3A-District 4: Apopka Rolls To Duals Title

ORLANDO — Several members of Apopka’s varsity lineup spent the summer in high-level offseason work.

That work saw some payoff Saturday for the Blue Darters, as Apopka won the first of 12 Region 1 district dual titles at Evans dominating the 3A-District 4 field behind wins over the hosts (78-3), Ocoee (54-27) and Windermere (56-22).

Apopka wrestlers and coaches celebrate a 3A-District 4 duals title win Saturday at Evans HS (Photo submitted by Tim Randolph).

Apopka will face the District 3 runnerup in a Region 1 quarterfinal round at the District 3 champion’s home gym on January 13. Two wins there, and the Blue Darters can contend for a first Region 1 title at the first day of the FHSAA state dual tournament, set for January 21-22 at Osceola.

Windermere, engaging in its first duals tournament — only the Blue Darters had had prior duals this season before Saturday, at least among district competition — pushed past Dr Phillips (51-27) and Olympia (53-24) to reach the final.

When the Titans won twice in the consi bracket to claim third place, that clinched the runnerup position in favor of the Wolverines, who’ll also advance to Region 1 duals. Windermere will face the District 3 champ in a quarterfinal round on January 13.

But Saturday belonged to Apopka (6-2 in duals for the season), who had six wrestlers go 3-0 on the day.

Ransom Randolph (160/170) and Ralph Sanchez (220) both had three pins for the Blue Darters; they were joined as max-pointers by Tamarion Kendrick (120, 2 pins), Jalen Moliere (126, 2 pins) and Sebastian Olivencia-Grafals (132, pin).

Rocco Vargas (138, 2 pins & major) bonus-pointed through the tournament, while Shelby Sherman (113, pin) was 2-0. Bonosky Fidel (145/152, 2 pins), Matthew Rincon (145/152, pin) and Tanner Reynolds (285, 2 pins) were all 2-1 for Apopka.

The Blue Darters will be at Lyman’s Bill Scott Memorial tournament on Friday & Saturday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the district field (West Orange did not compete):

Windermere wrestlers, coaches and managers take a team photo after qualifying for Region 1 duals by finishing second in the 3A-District 4 tournament at Evans on Saturday (Photo submitted by Lindsay Jacobs).

Windermere (2-1 for season & event): Leading the charge at 3-0 for the Wolverines were Jerry Vargas (152, 2 pins), the team’s only max-pointer, and Kurt Vollenweider (182, pin, tech & major), who bonus-pointed through each round.

Franco Bustamante (106, pin), Lucas Drone (126/132, pin), Tyler Drone (145, 2 pins), Jeryl Lewis (160/170, 2 pins) and Nicholas Cabrera (195, 2 pins) each were 2-1 on the day for Windermere.

The Wolverines will join Apopka at Lyman on Friday.

Olympia (2-1 for season & event): After a bye into the semis followed by the loss to Windermere, the Titans bouned back with wins over Evans (42-24) and Ocoee (36-32).

Gabriel Cuellar (182/195) pinned his way through the tournament, three falls in all, and was joined as an unbeaten by Donnell (DJ) McCray (220, pin & decision). Tyson Wilson (106, pin), Brae White (120/126, pin), Roland Flynn (126/132), Madden Bourst (138, pin & decision) and Ethan Rivera-Mendez (152/160, 2 pins) all were 2-1 for Olympia.

The Titans next compete at East River’s Under the Lights two-day IBT on Friday.

Ocoee (2-2 for season as known & event): On the front side of the bracket, the Knights took down Wekiva, 58-9; in the consis, Ocoee defeated Dr Phillips, 54-27, before losing to Olympia to place fourth.

No Ocoee wrestlers finished the day unbeaten while competing in more than two matches, but seven were 3-1, including: Nazzio Huyler (106, 2 pins); Nathan Ramirez (120, 2 pins); Wayne Brady (126, decision); Eric Gilreath (160/170, pin); Ethan Smith (182, 3 pins); Grover White (195, 3 pins) and Deandre Scott (285, 3 pins).

Matmen does not have a schedule for the Knights, so a next event could not be determined at this writing.

Evans (1-2 for season & event): The hosts came back from the quarterfinal loss to Apopka by taking a 36-12 win over Wekiva in a consi pigtail match before falling to Olympia.

Tyran Schanck (145, 2 pins & decision) was 3-0 for the Trojans, while Brad Sinaman (160, pin) chipped in a 2-1 day for Evans.

Next up for the Trojans is a trip to Harmony’s Longhorn Classic, a two-day duals event that starts on Friday.

Dr Phillips (0-2 for season & event): In their losses to Windermere and Ocoee, the Panthers suited up 17 different wrestlers on the day.

Ezequell Morales (132, pin) and Jamsheed Gafur (138, 2 decisions) both were 2-0 for Dr Phillips.

The Panthers will have an away dual at Lake Howell on Wednesday night.

Wekiva (0-2 for season & event): A short-handed Mustang group saw four individual victories on the night, including two wins in contested matches. No Wekiva wrestler was 2-0.

The Mustangs will join Olympia at East River for the Under the Lights IBT on Friday.

You can see complete box scores for this tournament HERE.

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