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#1ADist4Duals: Clay Romps To 4x Title

Clay wrestlers and coaches roll to a fourth straight district duals title as the Blue Devils won the 1A-District 4 tournament Thursday evening at Union Cty (Photo submitted by Brandon Crawford via FB).

LAKE BUTLER — Clay’s string of district traditional titles is the stuff of area legend.

Thursday afternoon at Union Cty, the Blue Devils added another district title, taking their fourth straight district duals title.

Clay (6-1) dropped just two matches in two victories, rolling past Bolles (79-0) and the host Tigers (72-9). The Blue Devils will be the only Jacksonville-area Region 1 host on January 14, as Clay will take on Episcopal in a quarterfinal dual at home.

Thursday, Clay set a tone right away in the win over the Bulldogs (5-9), winning by fall or technical fall in the first seven contested matches.

Only one match went the full six minutes, as Ethan Larsen powered through to a 7-5 win at 182. Maverick Rainwater (113), Dalton Huckelberry (126), Chandler Thomas (132), Aiden Mayo (145), Cale Hoskinson (170) and Garrett Tyre (220) all won by fall for the Blue Devils, while Gunner Ivey (15-0 at 120) and Dominic Martin (16-0 at 152) added tech falls. Clay also had five forfeit wins at 106, 138, 160, 195 and 285.

The middle dual matched Bolles against the hosts and projected to be the most competitive, and it was. Bolles jumped out to leads of 12-0 and 18-4, only to see the Tigers (3-4) roar back on a 24-0 run to go up 10, with a forfeit in hand. Not to be outdone, Bolles closed the door with back-to-back-to-back pins to clinch the win.

Bolles wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Bulldogs’ return to the 1A-Region 1 dual team tournament after finishing second at Union Cty Thursday (Photo submitted by Kelly Witt via FB).

Jacob Witt (113), Bryson Hubbard (120), Denny Vohs (132), Jackson Brill (170), Ethan Asbury (182) and Jack Pyburn (285) each had pins for the Bulldogs’ points, while Union Cty got falls from Cade Vaughn (138) and Alexander Cortese (152), plus a 10-0 major from Ian Halfacre (126) and three forfeit wins at 145, 160 and 106.

In the final dual of the night, Clay again started fast, roaring out to a 36-0 lead before Union got on the board. Hoskinson’s 16-second pin at 170 clinched the dual in favor of the Blue Devils, who’d go on to win five more weight classes.

In addition to Hoskinson, Ivey (120), Thomas Viens (126), Leo Garcia (132), Luke Boree (138), Mayo (145), Josh Kumpf (152), Ethan Daniels (285) and Rainwater (113) won by fall, with forfeit wins at 182, 195 and 220. Caleb Crawford (3-1 in overtime at 160) got the Tigers on the board, and Christian Simmons (106) added a pin later.

Results for all three duals can be found HERE.

Regions will be next on Clay’s docket next week, while Bolles and Union County helped ensure an extra weight allowance for the Keystone Memorial tournament field at Fleming Island, where the Bulldogs and Tigers will be on Friday and Saturday.

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#3ADist1Duals: Four-peat For Fleming Island

Fleming Island wrestlers celebrate a fourth straight 3A-District 1 duals title Wednesday night at Oakleaf (Photo submitted by Meridyth Smith via Facebook).

ORANGE PARK — Many new kids. Same dominant result.

For the fourth straight season, Fleming Island ruled the roost as 3A-District 1 dual team champions Wednesday night at Oakleaf, as the Golden Eagles lost just three matches in rolling past Bartram Trail (63-9) and the host Knights (74-6).

The Golden Eagles (8-0 in duals for the season, ranked #1 in the matmenTEN team poll) will face #3 Flagler Palm Coast in a 3A-Region 1 quarterfinal at Buchholz on January 14.

Meanwhile, after the loss to Fleming in the semis, Bartram Trail (10-2) rallied back in the consis, with a forfeit win over Creekside in the third-place dual and a 42-27 win over the host Knights in a true-second dual. The Bears will take on Buchholz in the other Region 1 quarterfinal on site on the 14th, with the quarterfinal winners meeting for the right to go to Osceola for the first day of the FHSAA dual state tournament on the 22nd and contend for the 3A-Region 1 championship.

But Wednesday night was about the Golden Eagles’ romp through the bracket. Fleming had some mix-and-match at a few weights, but lost nothing no matter who was out and rolled up 11 contested wins in the semifinal, with David Parkes (152), Josh Sandoval (160), Jhoel Robinson (170), Gavin Smith (182), Grant Travis (195), Hunter Herrington (113), Xavier Logan (132) and Garrett Cole (138) all winning by fall.

Ethan Hoffstetter (3-1 at 285), Hunter Van Vactor (8-1 at 120) and Christopher Chop (4-0 at 145) each added decisions for the Golden Eagles against the Bears, which got a fall from Trevor Tagarelli (126) and 6-0 win at 106 from Ethan Vugman.

In the final, Oakleaf (10-6) scored first on a fall by James McClintic (160), but it was all Fleming after that. Robinson (170), Smith (182), Hunter Williams (195), Gonzalez (220), Hoffstetter (285), Matthew Newman (113), Riley Holton (126), Logan (132) and Cole (138) all won by fall, with Matthew Kotler (145) and Hoffstetter (285) both contributing majors, plus forfeit wins to the Golden Eagles at 106 and 120.

Bartram Trail reached the semis with a 57-19 victory over Nease in a preliminary round. The Bears never let the Panthers (6-9) get any closer than nine points after the first two weight classes, with Matthew Tayloe (145), John McNames (160), Sharif Denson (170) Jacob George (195), Ryan Piersza (285), Vugman (106), Ethan Bell (113), Mayhem Woolsey (120) and Tagarelli (126) taking pins and Preston Pena (138) winning with a 14-10 major. Nease got a fall at 182 from Shawn Anderson, a major from Parker Stamschror (132) and 8-3 decision from Anthony Tanza (152), plus a forfeit win at 220.

Bartram Trail wrestlers and coaches celebrate a first trip to the FHSAA region round after rallying back to take true second at the 3A-District 1 duals tournament Wednesday night at Oakleaf (Photo submitted by Chad Parker).

After the Bears advanced to the true second-place match with a forfeit over Creekside (which had no path forward past the consi semis, as it turned out), Bartram rallied for the win over the host Knights on pins from Denson (170), Piersza (285), Coleton Memory (120), Tayloe (145) and McNames (160), plus decisions from Ayden Nguyen (11-8 at 182), Woolsey (5-2 at 126) and a forfeit win at 113. Oakleaf answered with falls from Isaiah Schevchook (195), Trevor Owens (138) and Roman Polinsky (152), a forfeit win at 220, and a 12-9 decision for Marcus McGee at 132.

Oakleaf had reached the championship-side final behind a 43-33 win over Creekside (17-3), avenging an earlier-season loss to the Knights behind three straight wins from 132-145 in taking a come-from-behind win. McClintic (160), Braden Cole (182), Schevchook (195), Jordan Mitchell (285), Jackson Hemphill (120) and Christian Griffith (145) picked up pins for the Clay Knights, while Owens addeda 16-6 major and McGee a 7-2 decision. The St Johns Knights got falls from Diego Rivera (152), Vincent Approbato (220) and Hunter England (126) plus forfeit wins at 106 and 113 and a 5-2 win from Michael Little at 170.

Creekside did take one win on the night, pushing past Nease, 42-36, in the first round of consis. Approbato (220), Andrew Feeks (106), Conner Wright (113), England (120), Anjel Balkenbush (126) and Keanan Sexton (138) all won by fall for the Knights, while Little (7-6 at 160) and Rivera (5-2 at 152) both took decisions. Nease gained pins from Peter Simon (170), Anderson (182), Kobe Ross (195), Stamschror (132) and Drew Ryan (145), with a forfeit win at 285.

Box scores from Wednesday night’s wrestling can be found HERE.

Fleming Island, Bartram Trail and Oakleaf will all reconvene on Friday, this time at Fleming for its two-day Keystone Memorial, with duals on Friday and IBT on Saturday. Creekside will go to Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, a two-day IBT on Friday and Saturday, while Nease goes to Robert E Lee’s USMC Challenge IBT on Saturday.

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#1ADist3Duals: Back-to-Back Titles For Yulee

Yulee wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrate the team’s second straight 1A-District 3 dual team tournament title Wednesday night in the Hornets’ home gym (Photo by Shannon Heaton; action photos from the night’s wrestling can be found at nflamatmen, Matmen’s Instagram account).

YULEE — Episcopal’s December ratcheted up the intensity and competitive level expected from the 1A-District 3 dual team tournament Wednesday night.

But Yulee’s experience in events such as these ultimately proved decisive, as the Hornets delivered a second consecutive district dual title behind double-digit wins over Fernandina Beach (57-19) and the Eagles (47-21) to advance to next week’s Region 1 quarterfinal round.

“We had started out the season quarantined for two weeks. We had an opportunity at Cam Brown (to win the tournament) and we missed out, and we had some opportunities at the duals (before Christmas) and missed out,” Hornets coach Brandon Crowder said.

“We told the kids that every simgle person has to do do their job. We had to stack Ws at practice, and we finally got our roster back in shape. It has to be uncomfortable for the kids, or I’m not doing my job. But I’m proud of the kids. Very confident in my guys. If they keep doing what they’re doing, they will be successful.”

Yulee (6-2 in duals for the season) won six of the first seven matches against Fernandina Beach, rolling up a 33-4 lead, effectively clinching the dual with Will Harvey’s fall at 285.

Against Episcopal (14-3), the Hornets never trailed (they briefly trailed 4-3 after two weights in the Fernandina dual), rolling out to a 25-0 lead. Yulee never had smaller than a 19-point lead after that against the Eagles (14-3).

Still, though, Episcopal qualified for its first Region 1 appearance with a 45-25 win over Bishop Kenny (13-8); the Eagles trailed early (7-6 and 13-12) but then won seven of the last nine matches to put the dual away.

“I was way prouder of the intensity we showed against Yulee than earlier against Bishop Kenny. Yulee has a better team, a much better team than what we faced two weeks ago,” Eagles coach Jefferson Brant said. “We had good practices over break, but momentum just kind of stops over the holidays. Guys are in and out on trips and we had a couple of injuries.”

Yulee double winners on the night were Jacob Proffit (113, 2 pins), Dylan Johns (138, 2 decisions), Isaiah Shook (145, pin & major), Jesse Johnson (152, pin & decision, Aston Ricks (160, 2 pins), Collin Sewell (170, 2 pins), Braylen Ricks (182, pin & decision) and Will Harvey (285, 2 pins).

Episcopal got two wins from Cohen Chesser (106, decision & pin), Nicholas Pressley (120, 2 pins), Joe Jackson (132, pin & decision) and Lawson Perry (195, pin).

For the Crusaders, Ryan Mayer (113), Paul Barakat (170) and Kevin Thallemer (285) recorded pins, while Roberto Cuartero (152) won by major decision and Luke Ghannam (145) by decision. Fernandina Beach’s points came on pins from Caden Kubatzke (120) and Kolby Kidd (220), a major from Enzo Gamba (145) and decision from Jeremy Mahoney (126).

Episcopal will face the District 4 champ, to be decided Thursday evening, at the District 4 champ’s gym on January 14th in a Region 1 quarterfinal, while Yulee will take on the District 4 runnerup.

Results from the three contested duals can be found HERE.

Before the 14th, Yulee and Bishop Kenny will reconvene at the Hornets’ annual Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border on Friday, while Episcopal will compete at Robert E Lee’s USMC Challenge one-day IBT on Saturday. Fernandina Beach is off until January 16 and its War on the Shore tournament at home that day.

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#3ADist2Duals: At Last, A Title For Buchholz

Buchholz wrestlers and coaches are all smiles after taking the 3A-District 2 dual team tournament title Tuesday night in Palm Coast (Photo submitted by Sean Lewis via Facebook).

PALM COAST — Third place in 2018. Runnerup efforts in 2019 and 2020.

The Buchholz seniors have gotten used to seeing other teams celebrate harder, and with more hardware, at district duals tournaments over the past three seasons — the history of the FHSAA dual team tournament series.

No longer. Due in large part to senior efforts Tuesday night on the road at Flagler Palm Coast, Buchholz came away with the 3A-District 2 team dual title, taking wins over DeLand (45-33) in the semis and over the host and third-ranked (matmenTEN) Bulldogs, 36-28.

The semi saw Buchholz (3-1 in duals for the season) spot DeLand (5-3) leads of 9-0, 15-3 and 21-9 through six weights, but the Bobcats would drop four straight pins to take a 33-21 lead, and it would be senior Drew Lewis’ fall at 220 that would clinch the dual without having to go into potential criteria.

It would be Buchholz that would hold the early lead against the hosts (7-3), going up 30-6 behind three forfeits, a fall from Venumadhava Mirel (126) and key decisions from Siddharth Bianchi (6-0 at 106) and senior Timothy Bowen (2-1 at 138).

FPC would break back with four straight wins from 152 through 182 (fall from Marcelo Gonzalez at 182, a 10-0 major from Kyle Peacock at 160 and decisions from Timothy King at 152 and Felipe Costa at 170), cutting the Bobcats’ margin to eight at 30-22.

But when Buchholz needed experience to see it through the most, the Bobcats got it, as senior Jason Martin took a 6-2 win at 195 and Lewis slammed the door shut on FPC’s bid to repeat as District 2 champions by the narrowest of margins, with a 6-5 win at 220.

Cavarius Liddle (113/120), Mirel, Bowen, Aiden Moore (145), Martin and Lewis were all double winners for the Bobcats.

Flagler Palm Coast reached the final with a 48-25 victory over University (Orange City) in the semis. After going down 7-0 and 13-6 early, the Bulldogs reeled off seven wins in the final nine matches to clinch a spot in the Region 1 tournament.

Kole Hannant (113), King, Peacock and Costa were double winners for Flagler Palm Coast.

The net result is that Buchholz will host the 3A-Region 1 quarters and semis on January 14. The Bobcats will take on the District 1 runnerup, while Flagler Palm Coast will face the District 1 champ; the winners will then wrestle for a berth in the region final on the 22nd, which will be staged as the first day of the state dual tournament at Osceola. District 1 spots will be determined Wednesday evening at Oakleaf.

5 Star Conference rivals DeLand and University (Orange City) wrestled for third Tuesday night, with the Bulldogs taking a 48-36 victory.

Kellen Chapman (120/126), Devon Heil (132) and Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (170) all were double winners for DeLand, while the Titans (1-2) got two wins from Grady Bryant (106), Malique Hargett (120), James Houck (182) and Christian Kennick (285).

Results for all four duals can be found HERE.

Half of the field swings back into action on Friday. DeLand will have a Friday night dual on the road at New Smyrna Beach, while Flagler Palm Coast will head south for a two-day IBT, heading to Jensen Beach for its Cradle Cancer event. Buchholz and University (Orange City) will get back to competitive wrestling on Saturday, heading over to Lake Mary’s one-day IBT, the Tournament of Champions.

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#1ADist5Duals: Palatka Returns To Top Spot

Palatka wrestlers celebrate a 1A-District 5 title win Tuesday night in the Panther home gym (Photo submitted by Leslie Lewis via Facebook).

PALATKA — Palatka won the inaugural 1A-District 5 duals title back when four-year starter Delton Nealy was a freshman, three years ago.

The Panthers then had to watch teams like Crystal River and Leesburg in 2019, and Atlantic and Pedro Menendez last year, push past them to compete in the 1A-Region 2 tournament.

Tuesday night, Palatka returned to the top of the District 5 heap, with three dual victories in the home gym to win its second district duals title.

The Panthers (4-4) defeated Menendez and Atlantic by identical 41-36 counts, then went on to defeat district newcomer Lake Weir, 51-16, to win the championship.

Palatka had triple-winner performances Tuesday night from Mikade Harvey (106), Ishmael Foster (113, tech fall over Atlantic), Alexander McCrystal (126, pin over Atlantic), Brandon Lewis (132, pin over Atlantic), Nealy (145, pin over Lake Weir & 18-3 tech over Pedro Menendez) and Samuel Lafferty (160/170, pins over Pedro Menendez & Atlantic). Gaitlin Carreras (160/170) added a 2-1 night for the Panthers.

2020 defending champion Atlantic had to go into criteria to make a return trip to the Region 2 tournament. The Sharks (3-1 in duals for the season) bookended the loss to Palatka with wins over Lake Weir (54-24) and a 43-42 victory, decided by criterion F, over Pedro Menendez.

The Sharks had one triple winner on the night in Dustin Puckett (120), with Zakar Williams (106), Ayden Hewington (113), Jamison Pinyan (126/132), Bernie Alvarez (132/138), William Johnson (138/145), Noah Anderson (170), David Arcieri (182) and Jared Jackson (285) all winning twice.

Palatka and Atlantic will travel to the District 6 champion’s gym on January 14 for Region 2 competition. The Panthers will face the District 6 runnerup in one semifinal, while Atlantic will face the host and champion.

After the loss to Palatka, the Falcons secured their first dual victory of the season in round 2, taking down Lake Weir (0-3), 36-18.

Logan Meehan (138, pin over Atlantic), Dane Litzinger (182, 3 pins), Ryon Pickles (195, pins over Lake Weir & Atlantic) and Stewart Martin (220/285, pins over Palatka & Lake Weir) each were 3-0 on the night for Pedro Menendez (1-10), while Jose Ruiz (145) was 2-1.

The Hurricanes had their first competition of the 2020-21 season Tuesday night, and were led by a three-pin performance from Corion Williams (285), plus a 3-0 night from Dean Marquis (152, pin over Pedro Menendez, 11-1 major over Palatka). Preston Guyton (220) added a 2-1 night for Lake Weir.

Complete box scores for all six duals contested Tuesday night can be found HERE.

Palatka will compete in Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial on Friday and Saturday, while Atlantic and Pedro Menendez will reconvene for a dual meet on January 12. We have Lake Weir’s next event as the 1A-District 5 traditional tournament next month, but we’re hopeful the Hurricanes will fill in their January with a few more dates.

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#2ADist3Duals: Fletcher Repeats As Champ

Fletcher wrestlers, coaches and managers with their second district duals tournament title Monday night at Stanton. Action photos of many Senator wrestlers can be accessed on Instagram at nflamatmen (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

JACKSONVILLE — Fletcher is still figuring out what it might be as a wrestling team.

Ponte Vedra knows how much work it still has to do even after accomplishing a program milestone.

For seven of the eight 2A-District 3 teams, Monday’s district duals tournament at Stanton served as the first larger tournament experience those teams have had in 2020-21.

And the Senators (7-2 in duals for the season) were able to defend their district championship, with wins in succession over Terry Parker (66-7), Robert E Lee (56-21) and Ponte Vedra (64-18) to win their second district crown.

“It feels extremely early, because we’re not tournament-tested,” Fletcher coach Paul Schloth said. “Now we need to keep everybody safe so there’s no two-week shutdown. Part of me says we need tournaments to get sharp, and the dad in me says keep the kids safe. So it’s a balance.

“We had our best week of practice over break. They all wanted to be there, they all wanted to win.”

Fletcher got three wins each from Ana Bradshaw (106, pin over Ponte Vedra), Ryden Ashmore (126, 3 pins), Gabe Daltro (145, 3 pins), Ryan Klein (182/195, pins over Terry Parker & Robert E Lee, decision over Ponte Vedra), Ethan Hollenbach (220, pins over Robert E Lee & Ponte Vedra) and Toby Matson (285, pins over Terry Parker & Ponte Vedra, decision over Robert E Lee).

Additionally, Jimi Baur (113), Cole O’Brien (120), Josh Daltro (132/138), Joel Rodriguez (160) and Christopher Strong (170) were all 2-1 for the Senators.

Ponte Vedra (2-6 for the season) reached the final behind wins over First Coast (48-33) and Westside (60-24), qualifying for the 2A-Region 1 round for the first time.

Ponte Vedra wrestlers and coaches take a team photo after qualifying for the 2A-Region 1 team dual tournament for the first time Monday night at Stanton. Action photos of many Sharks wrestlers can be accessed on Instagram at nflamatmen (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

“We’ve got a lot of improving to do,” Ponte Vedra coach Josean Gonzalez said.

“Our inexperience definitely shows against tougher opponents like Fletcher and some of our nearby teams, so we need a lot of work. But with this crew, we can definitely improve.”

The Sharks will face the District 4 champ at the District 4 champ’s home gym on January 14, while Fletcher will take on the District 4 runnerup. Those two spaces will be decided at Matanzas on Saturday.

Ponte Vedra got three wins from Rett Maritato (170, pins over First Coast & Fletcher) and Zachary Underwood (182, 3 pins)

Lucas Kirkman (106), Julian Villegas (120), Grady Dolan (138), Cyrus Ferraro (145) and Joseph Skinner (160) all were 2-1 for the Sharks.

Robert E Lee (2-4) and Westside (4-2) reached the semis behind quarterfinal wins over Englewood (48-21) and Stanton (48-24), respectively.

Ricky Hicks (113), Jamal Burkes (120) and Ahmahd Denmark (160) were each double winners for the Generals, while Jacare Johnson (126), Elijah Williams (220) and Ray Bolden (285) each won twice for the Wolverines.

Consi-side action for one round was wrestled out as well, to give all eight teams — many of them starved for tournament action — a second dual. In that round, Englewood (3-3) took down First Coast (3-3), 42-24, while Terry Parker (1-4) defeated the host Blue Devils (1-4), 42-18.

The Rams had three double-winners in Lynden North (138), Darryl Sam (182) and Sam Howard (195), while Jace Austin (132) and Josiah Mossor (152) both won twice for First Coast. Benny Lewis (170) was the Braves’ lone double-winner, while Elias Spurlin (106), Matthew Mock (138) and Grant Kelsey (160) all won twice for Stanton.

Complete results for the night can be found, after some scrolling, HERE.

Half of Monday’s tournament field (Westside, Englewood & Stanton) will reconvene at Robert E Lee on Saturday for the USMC IBT. Fletcher and Ponte Vedra will go to Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial on Friday and Saturday, while First Coast and Terry Parker will go to Yulee for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border on Friday and Saturday.

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#2ADist1Duals: Back-to-Back-to-Back For Pace

Pace wrestlers and coaches celebrate a third consecutive 2A-District 1 dual team tournament title Saturday in Niceville (Photo submitted by Reggie Allen via FB).

NICEVILLE — For the third straight season, Pace will represent 2A-District 1 as dual team tournament champions.

The Patriots (4-0, ranked ninth in the matmenTEN poll) rolled past Milton (84-0) and host Niceville (59-12) before turning back a determined challenge from Ft Walton Beach, 39-31, in the district dual team tournament on Saturday.

Pace will face Chiles in the 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals on January 14 at Lincoln, while Ft Walton Beach (3-1) will take on the host Trojans.

The Patriots had 11 wrestlers win two matches on Saturday, with five going 3-0. Two of those five were “max-pointers,” scoring 6 team dual points in each dual that Pace wrestled.

Ft Walton Beach reached the final behind wins over Tate (83-0) and Gulf Breeze (45-33).

Ft Walton Beach wrestlers gather for a team photo after advancing to the 2A-Region 1 tournament with Saturday’s District 1 runnerup finish in Niceville (Photo submitted by Tobi Marez via FB).

The Vikings had 10 wrestlers who won at least twice, and also had five go 3-0, with three max-pointers.

Gulf Breeze (2-1) got to the semis with a 70-12 quarterfinal win over Choctaw (0-2), while Niceville (2-1) took down Crestview, 54-30.

The Dolphins had five double winners, while Niceville had three.

Results for all seven duals can be found HERE.

Choctaw and Tate will be next to take the mats in a dual meet on Wednesday, while most of the field (Pace, Ft Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Niceville and Milton) will be at Rutherford next weekend for The Bash. Crestview’s next event is a home dual meet with the Eagles on January 12.

ACES OF THE DAY
Pace: Senior Joseph Cortez (160, #4 in matmenTEN) avenged his only loss of the season in the Ft Walton Beach dual, going 3-0 with an earlier pin in the semifinal win over Niceville.
Ft Walton Beach: Sophomore Santiago Mayic (106) earned key pins in the win over Gulf Breeze and loss to Pace, going 3-0 on the day for the Vikings.
Gulf Breeze: Senior Ian Daily (152, #3 in matmenTEN) won by fall twice for the Dolphins, with pins in both the win over Choctaw and the loss to Ft Walton Beach.
Niceville: Sophomore Ethan Pinto (120) was one of just three wrestlers for the host Eagles to win twice on Saturday, with pins in both the win over Crestview and in the loss to Pace.
Choctaw: Junior Chase Pelfrey (285) picked up one of the two Indians’ weight-class wins in the quarterfinal against Gulf Breeze.
Milton: Freshman James Reeves (285) was the only Panther to suit up and compete in the Pace quarterfinal. Reeves would lose by fall in the second period (2:33), but he competed.

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#2ADist2Duals: Lincoln Wins 4th Straight

Lincoln wrestlers and coaches remain unbeaten in 2020-21, as the Trojans won their fourth consecutive 2A-District 2 dual team tournament at home on Saturday (Photo submitted by Mike Crowder via FB).

TALLAHASSEE — Prior to Saturday, no 2A-District 2 team had ever beaten Lincoln in the FHSAA district duals tournament.

After Saturday, no team yet has. The Trojans won five duals on their home mats to defend their title for the third straight season and took their fourth such win overall. Lincoln (5-0 in duals for the season) defeated Leon (78-3), Gainesville (78-5), Columbia (48-36), Mosley (54-28) and Chiles (45-32), for an average margin of victory of 41 points per dual.

Lincoln advances to the 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals on January 14 and will face the District 1 runnerup in that round. Quarterfinal winners will meet in a semifinal dual on the same night for the right to compete at state duals on the 22nd and 23rd; the Trojans have appeared for at the least the first day in the prior three seasons.

Lincoln had five unbeaten wrestlers, four of which were 5-0. Three of those four wrestlers were “max-pointers,” scoring 6 team dual points in every dual the team wrestled in the tournament. In all, nine Trojan wrestlers won at least three matches on the day.

For the second straight year, Chiles will compete at the region level after finishing second on Saturday. The Timberwolves (4-1 for the season) took dual victories over Gainesville (81-0), Mosley (42-35), Leon (75-0) and Columbia (40-38) to set up the winner-takes-the-title dual with their crosstown rivals.

Chiles wrestlers and coaches celebrate advancement to the 2A-Region 1 duals tournament for the second consecutive year after finishing second at the 2A-District 2 tournament at Lincoln Saturday (Photo submitted by James Marschka).

Chiles had 10 wrestlers with at least three wins on Saturday; of those, four were unbeaten and three were 5-0, with one max-pointer.

Columbia (7-4 for the season) was third with a 3-2 tournament record. The Tigers defeated Mosley and Leon by identical 54-24 scores, wrapping up the day with a 48-12 win over Gainesville. Eight Columbia wrestlers won at least three duals, with five going unbeaten, four of those at 5-0, with two max-pointers.

Mosley (2-3) had wins in round 3 over Gainesville (66-6) and round 5 over Leon (66-18). The Dolphins had seven wrestlers with at least three wins, with one unbeaten.

Leon (1-4) had its lone victory of the day with a 36-18 round-5 win over Gainesville (0-15). The Lions had one wrestler go 4-1 on the day.

Complete results from the event can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Standings: 1. Lincoln 5-0. 2. Chiles 4-1. 3. Columbia 3-2. 4. Mosley 2-3. 5. Leon 1-4. 6. Gainesville 0-5 (Lincoln & Chiles advance to 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals, January 14, Lincoln will host).

ACES OF THE DAY
Lincoln: Sophomore Zaire Fernanders-Jackson (132) was one of the Trojans’ max-pointers, with falls in the final two rounds over Mosley and Chiles. His pin in the Chiles dual clinched the victory in Lincoln’s favor. Fernanders-Jackson had forfeits in the first three rounds over Leon, Gainesville and Columbia.
Chiles: Senior Olufemi Egberongbe (138/145) wasn’t the Timberwolves’ max-pointer, but he had key bonus points in Chiles’ wins over Mosley and Columbia, plus a rd-3 decision win over a state qualifier and fellow ace in Zirgibel. Egberongbe had pins against Gainesville, Mosley and Lincoln, with a major in round 4 over Columbia.
Columbia: Junior Thomas Greene (152) was one of the Tigers’ four unbeatens and one of the max-pointers. Greene was the only wrestler in the event to pin all five of his opponents on the day, falling Mosley, Leon, Lincoln, Chiles and Gainesville in succession.
Mosley: Junior Nick Hejke (145) was one of four Dolphins with four wins and the team’s only unbeaten, with pins in round 1 over Columbia, in round 3 over Gainesville, in round 4 over Lincoln and in round 5 over Leon.
Leon: Junior Nolan Zirgibel (138/145) was the Lions’ only wrestler with four wins on the afternoon, with pins over Columbia (round 2), Mosley (round 4) and Gainesville (round 5), with a round-1 tech fall for Leon’s only points in the loss to Lincoln.
Gainesville: Sophomore Aiden Kittelson (195) was one of two wrestlers for the Hurricanes that had two victories on the day. Kittelson had pins over wrestlers from Mosley and Leon in rounds 3 and 4.

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#1ADist1Duals: Fourth Try A Charm For Seahawks

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The 1A-Region 1 dual team tournament field is set, as two District 1 teams in new roles qualified out Friday night at South Walton.

South Walton wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Seahawks’ first 1A-District 1 duals tournament title Friday night at home (Photo submitted by Travis Laxton).

South Walton’s made it to the Region 1 round before, but never as a champion. The Seahawks were 3-0 at home Friday night, with wins over Wewahitchka (60-15), Rutherford (54-21) and Rocky Bayou Christian (60-21), with an average margin of victory of 39 points.

For the first time, Rocky Bayou Christian will compete at Region 1, going 2-1 with wins over Arnold (45-35) and Bay (45-36).

Rocky Bayou Christian wrestlers and coaches celebrate qualification for the 1A-Region 1 dual team tournament for the first time as District 1 runnerups Friday night at South Walton (Photo submitted by Kevin Walsh).

The Knights will face Wakulla in the Region 1 quarterfinals, while South Walton will take on Suwannee, on January 14.

Arnold was also 2-1 on the night, with wins over Rutherford (42-18) and Bay (42-36). Bay (51-15 over Wewahitchka) and Rutherford (54-18 over Wewahitchka) were both 1-2, while the Gators were 0-3.

South Walton hosted the Scott Simpson Invitational on Saturday, with all of the 1A-District 1 duals teams in attendance there as well. We’ll have a separate story on that IBT later.

RESULTS from the nine district duals can be found HERE.

ACES OF THE DAY
South Walton: Junior Noah Gabbard (195) was 3-0 and had pins over Rutherford and Rocky Bayou Christian, with a forfeit over Wewahitchka.
Rocky Bayou Christian: Junior Peyton Andersen (182), a newcomer to the RBCS lineup this season, was 3-0, with pins over Bay & South Walton, plus a decision victory over Arnold.
Arnold: Sophomore Lucas Biddle (113) was one of a few Marlin unbeatens on the night, going 3-0 with two pins over Rutherford and Bay, plus a forfeit victory.
Bay: Junior Trenton Wood (145) pinned his way through the night, with falls over Rocky Bayou Christian, Wewahitchka and Arnold.
Rutherford: Junior Chad Allgood (182) was 3-0 on the night, with two first-period pins over Arnold and South Walton, plus a forfeit victory.
Wewahitchka: Junior Kaylee Easter (145/152) was 2-1 for the Gators, with pins coming at 145 against Rutherford and 152 against South Walton.

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#1ADist2Duals: Finals Matchup Set

LIVE OAK — For the second straight year, Suwannee and Wakulla will face off for the 1A-District 2 dual team tournament title.
For the first time in the history of the dual team tournament series, now in Year 4, the finalists will have to wait nearly three weeks after advancing out of the semis.
Thursday night, the Bulldogs punched their ticket to the final — and a corresponding appearance in the Region 1 semis on January 14 — with a 42-39 victory over visiting Florida High.
Meanwhile, Wakulla (6-2) advanced with a forfeit victory over Baker Cty per War Eagles coaches, reaching the 1A-District 2 final for the fourth straight season.
The Bulldogs and Seminoles raged back-and-forth Thursday night, opening with the teams trading pins at 120 and 126 (Xander Kirkland for Suwannee at 120, recently-minted Lander signee Tyler Reeve at 126 for Florida High).
Suwannee (4-2) jumped out to an 18-6 lead on pins from Brody Boehm (132) and Tyson Musgrove (138). That lead would ebb and grow back, pushing to 30-18 Bulldogs on pins for them from Austin Howard (152) and Dustin Wood (170), with answers back on falls from FSUS’ Emil Ganim (145) and Alexander Hawkes (160).
The Seminoles (1-1) would take their only lead after the 220 match, behind pins from Micah Perdue (195) and Amarrie Harris at 220, plus a 9-6 decision in favor of John Campbell at 182, to go up 33-30 with two contested weights left and a forfeit in hand at 106 favoring Florida High.
But Suwannee’s bookends would make it happen for the Bulldogs, as Brian Robinson (285) and Austin McKinney (113) each won by fall to propel them to the dual victory.
Wakulla will host the 1A-District 2 final on January 7.
RESULTS for all district duals events STATEWIDE can be found on this page HERE.
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