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#Recap: Fleming Dominates 2A-District 4

Fleming Island wrestlers with their sixth consecutive district duals title after storming the 2A-District 4 field last week at New Smyrna Beach (Photo submitted by fleming_island_wrestling via Instagram).

By MATMEN, Tuesday, 4:45 p.m.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — And then there was one.

Only Fleming Island remains among northern teams to have won the FHSAA district duals title every year it has been held.

Last Wednesday at the Golden Eagles’ new district home, 2A-District 4 — its third different district in the last three seasons — Fleming Island flexed its muscle in three dominant dual performances.

The Golden Eagles (6-0 after weekend wrestling) rolled up shutout wins over Belleview (82-0) and host New Smyrna Beach (72-0) before rolling past Clay, 70-3, in taking their sixth consecutive district duals title.

Yep, that’s one match lost.

Fleming Island will host 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal rounds this Thursday in what turned out to be an all-Clay County set of duals.

That’s because Clay (12-2) bounced back from the loss to turn back the Barracudas, 48-34, to advance to the region round for the sixth time. Earlier in the day, the Blue Devils defeated Pedro Menendez, 54-24, and Matanzas, 65-15, to reach the final and Fleming. No match-by-match names for Clay were made available to Matmen at time of this publication.

Starting at 6 p.m., Fleming Island will face Oakleaf (10-8) in one quarterfinal, with Clay taking on Middleburg (14-3) in the other. The quarterfinal winners will then meet for a berth in the FHSAA 2A state duals tournament at Osceola on January 20, where Thursday’s semifinal winner will face another semifinal winner for the region title.

So, the one match lost thing. That meant that 11 Golden Eagle starters were 3-0 on the day, including Shane Duhaylungsod (113/120, 2 pins & tech), Laird Duhaylungsod (120/126, 2 pins), Jayce Paridon (126/132, pin & major), Dylan Beck (138, pin & 2 decisions), Kaden Schaefer (145, 2 pins & tech), Matthew Kotler (152, 3 pins), Christopher Chop (160, 2 pins), Ronan Bozeman (170, pin), Joshua Sandoval (182, pin/major/decision), Walter Poe (195, 2 pins) and Ethan Hoffstetter (285, 3 pins).

Cooper Beck (132, pin & major) and Jhoel Robinson (220, pin & decision) were both 2-0 for Fleming Island; Matthew Newman (106/113, major) was 2-1, with the lone loss a 3-1 count against the state’s top-ranked 106.

New Smyrna Beach (5-4 after district duals) opened its tournament with a 66-16 quarterfinal win before falling to Fleming in the semis and then taking its second loss to Clay for true 2nd place.

Three Barracuda wrestlers were 2-1 on the night, as Jonathan Bruner (132, pin & decision), Simjay Engberg (145, pin) and Micah Nilsson (170, pin) all won twice, with victories against Seabreeze and Clay.

Matanzas took an as-reported 54-20 win in the quarters over Mainland before falling in the semis to Clay. The Pirates (7-7 in duals for the year) did not report individual results to Matmen.

Pedro Menendez (7-5) reached the quarterfinals behind a 51-21 pigtail win over St Augustine (0-2).

The Falcons had eight contested wins over the two rounds, with Maddox Lehman (170/182) winding up as Menendez’s only 2-0 competitor.

For teams with reported results, Seabreeze (0-6 after district duals) got pins from Aiden Hedge (152) and Logan Smith (160), while William Sites (120) took a win by decision. The Yellow Jackets got pins from Tyshawn Whitfield (152) and Chris Johns (195), plus a decision win from Christian Jackson at 160. With their losses, Belleview is 0-1 and Mainland 4-6.

A set of results from last week’s tournament can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Deltona Takes 2nd In 2A-8 Duals Bracket

Deltona wrestlers and coaches take a team photo after taking 2nd in Saturday’s 2A-District 8 duals tournament at Winter Springs (Photo submitted via Deltona team Facebook page).

 

By MATMEN, Tuesday, 12:40 p.m.

WINTER SPRINGS — For the second time in as many years, Deltona qualified out for the FHSAA region round of duals competition on Saturday.

The Wolves (7-3) won Pool B with dual victories over Lyman (42-36), East River (42-31) and Edgewater (66-18) in the 2A-District 8 duals tournament at Winter Springs HS. While Deltona had few answers for the highly-regarded hosts in a 72-9 championship-round loss, the wins did send the Wolves back to regions (Deltona won the 1A-District 6 title in 2022) for the third time since the duals series began (Deltona was 2nd in 2A-District 6 in 2018).

Regions don’t promise much joy, though, as Deltona will be taking on defending 2A state champion Lake Gibson in a quarterfinal round Thursday (start time 6 p.m.) back at Winter Springs, which won the right to host quarterfinal and semifinal duals by dint of its district title.

While no Deltona wrestler went through Saturday’s rounds unscathed, several of them were 3-1 on the day, including Javonni Carraturo (106, pin), Kevin Kerns (132, 3 pins), Kyle Yasses (138, pin & 2 decisions), Justin Rivera (152, 3 pins), Gevin De la Cruz (160, 2 pins & decision).

The tournament saw Kerns go over the 125-career wins mark as well.

Two other teams in the Matmen coverage area competed in the event. Lyman (4-5) and Horizon (0-2) were both third in their respective pools. The Greyhounds had knocked off Edgewater, 42-25, but fell to East River, 45-36, in Pool B, while the Hawks took losses against Winter Springs (72-12) and Jones (47-30) in Pool A. The local teams did not meet for what would have been fifth place in the district.

Four Lyman wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, as Micah Jones (113, 2 pins), Jackson Fredrickson (126, 2 pins), Cameron Popeck (145/152, 3 pins) and Julio Menoyo (170, 2 pins) all were max-pointers for the Greyhounds. Vincent Savelli (182, 2 pins) added a 2-1 day for Lyman.

For Horizon, Gregory Taillon (152) and Joao Nascimento (160) both were 2-0 with two pins; they were Horizon’s lone unbeatens.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Gulf Breeze Bags 2A-District 1 Duals Title

Gulf Breeze wrestlers, coaches and a young fan celebrate the Dolphins’ 2A-District 1 duals title, GBHS’ first district-duals win, last week at Pace (Photo submitted by Austin Elliott).

By MATMEN, Tuesday, 11:50 a.m.

PACE — The only time that Gulf Breeze has not finished in the top half of the 2A-District 1 duals race was the first year that the FHSAA established a dual series.

The Dolphins have always been a team “in the mix,” even qualifying out for the region round in 2019 and again last year.

But no titles. At least not until last Wednesday at Pace, in which Gulf Breeze took three double-digit wins over Choctaw (84-0), Ft Walton Beach (41-30) and the host Patriots (47-29) to win its first district-duals event, ending Pace’s four-year run of district titles.

After a quarterfinal win over Milton (70-12) and the semifinal loss to the champs, Ft Walton Beach got off the deck in a hurry, hammering three opponents in succession. The Vikings defeated Tate (72-9) and Niceville (57-21) in the consis to secure at least third place, then roared past Pace, 48-21, in a dual for true 2nd and their third region-round qualification.

Gulf Breeze (12-5 in duals through the weekend) and Ft Walton Beach (8-5) will advance to Thursday’s Region 1 quarterfinals and semifinals at Lincoln (4 p.m. start time). The Dolphins will face Chiles (6-1) in one quarterfinal, with the Vikings taking on the host Trojans (4-5) in the other. The quarterfinal winners will then meet with a berth in the FHSAA state dual tournament and challenge for the Region 1 title on the line at Osceola on January 20.

Six Gulf Breeze wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, including Garrett Ferguson (106, 2 pins), Aiden Macken (113, 3 pins), Coby Shields (120/126, 2 pins & decision), Nate Weber (132, 2 pins & decision), Colson Elliott (152, 3 pins) and London Taylor (285, 2 pins).

Additionally, the Dolphins got 2-1 efforts from Michael Mancuso (138, pin & tech), JT Intile (145, pin), Jack Donahoe (170, pin) and Isaac Land (195, pin).

Ft Walton got five duals in during its journey back to the region round after a year’s absence, with 5-0 tournaments posted by Steven Banfield (145, 4 pins & decision), Alexander Davidson (160, 3 pins & decision), Darius (we confirmed it finally last weekend) Brundidge (195, 3 pins & major) and Carter Tobik (220, pin/tech/decision).

Zak Vosburgh (120, 2 pins & decision) and Connor Roberts (182, 2 pins) were both 4-0 for the Vikings, while Isaac Vosburgh (106, 2 pins & decision) was 4-1 and Matthew Sinclair (152, 2 pins & injury-default) 3-1. Landon Burbidge (126/132, 2 pins & decision) added a 3-2 tournament for FWB as well.

Pace (7-2 as of district duals) reached the championship final behind wins over Crestview (84-0, team forfeit) and Niceville (54-22), with 4-0 tournaments coming from Alexander Mendez (126, 2 pins & decision), Maeson Otwell (138, pin & 2 decisions) and Isaac Waters (170/182, 2 pins).

The Patriots’ Ty Morgan (170, pin & decision) was 3-0 on the day, while Jordan Baxter (160, pin & decision) and Trenton Goodale (220, pin) were each 3-1.

Niceville (14-7 as of district duals) picked up a quarterfinal win over Tate (42-33) and a consi-semi dual victory over Milton (60-18). Two Eagle wrestlers — Garrett Jarvis (132, 3 pins & major) and Asa Adams (285, 2 pins) — were 4-0 on the day.

Ethan Pinto (138, 3 pins), JJ Martinez (145, 3 pins) and Malachi Lewis (170, pin/tech/decision) each were 3-1 as well for Niceville.

Milton (1-7 in duals; not all results have been received) and Tate (1-8) both took consi-side wins, with Milton knocking off Choctaw, 42-30, and the Aggies taking a 72-0 team forfeit win over Crestview per the tournament bracket.

Tate’s Lahela Grady (120, 2 pins) and Caiden Stone (152, 2 decisions) were both 3-0 on the day, with Zachary Rogers (126, pin), Logan Robbins (160, pin) and Landen George (195, pin) compiling 2-1 tournament records. For the Panthers, Alexis Brown (106, pin), Jordan Weekly (138, 2 pins), Julian Fuentes (170, pin), Brock White (182) and Tyler Green (220) all were 2-1. Choctaw (3-14) picked up two contested victories, with five wins in the loss to Milton.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Suwannee Powers Way To 1A-2 Win

Suwannee wrestlers and coaches celebrate the team’s first district-duals championship last Thursday after the Bulldogs won the 1A-District 2 event at home (Photo submitted by suwannee.wrestling via Instagram).

By MATMEN, Tuesday, 12:02 a.m.

LIVE OAK — The green and white tide could no longer be denied.

After getting closer, and closer, and closer to Wakulla over the previous three seasons, Suwannee finally surged past their longstanding district rivals last Thursday at home in the 1A-District 2 duals tournament.

In a five-team, full roundrobin event, the Bulldogs (24-2 in duals for the season) were 4-0 at home, with wins in order over Godby (84-0), Liberty County (63-12), Florida High (54-24) and the War Eagles (50-21) to win their first district duals title and qualify for the region round for the fourth time.

Suwannee will host quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the 1A-Region 1 duals tournament on Thursday; the Bulldogs will take on Bay (10-9) in one of those quarterfinal rounds.

Although Wakulla (8-4) couldn’t stop the Bulldogs, they did take care of business against the rest of the district, with wins over Florida High (47-26), Godby (78-0) and Liberty County (69-12) to take second and advance to the region round as well. No other team in Class 1A has six region appearances like the War Eagles, who will face North Bay Haven (13-11) in a Region 1 quarterfinal at Suwannee. The quarterfinal winners will then face off with a berth in the FHSAA 1A state duals tournament, to be contested January 20 at Osceola, on the line.

For Suwannee, seven different wrestlers were 4-0 on the night, led by max-pointers Justin Contreras (113, 2 pins), Brody Boehm (126, 2 pins), Austin Howard (160, pin), Dustin Wood (170, 2 pins) and Benjamin Lewis (182/195, 2 pins). Topher Pearson (120, pin & 2 decisions) and Austin McKinney (152, 2 pins & tech) also were 4-0 for the Bulldogs.

Additionally, Eli Jolicoeur (106, 2 pins), Ayden Kirby (138, 3 pins) and Marshall White (145, pin) were each 3-1 for Suwannee.

Wakulla got 4-0 performances from Jae T Thaxton (145, tech), who eclipsed the 125-win mark during the tournament, and from Aaron Caquimbo (285, 3 pins & decision).

The War Eagles also saw a 3-0 effort from Brady Jackson (138, 2 pins & decision) and 3-1 performances from Nate Jacobs (152, pin) and Sultan Ellington (195, decision).

Florida High (11-4) was 2-2 to place third in the tournament, with victories over Godby (66-12) and Liberty County (54-24).

The Noles got two 4-0 efforts on the night, with Jasper Croom (106, tech/major/decision) knocking off the #1 and #3 wrestlers in his weight class (he was 2nd statewide) and Xander Hawkes (195, pin & major) bonus-pointing through the tournament.

Nicholas Roeder (152/160, 2 pins) and Jordan Haigler (170, pin) both were 3-1 for Florida High in the event.

Liberty County (2-6) knocked off Godby, 36-12, in the Bulldogs’ final dual of the tournament.

Jay Brown (120, pin), Hunter Brown (126, 2 pins), Keaton Ellis (132, 2 pins) and Scout Harr (285, 3 pins) each were 3-1 for Liberty County.

As for the Cougars, Godby (0-4) made its first appearance in the FHSAA duals tournament since 2020, itself a positive step for the program.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Criteria Gives Edge To Lincoln In 2A-2

Lincoln wrestlers and coaches take a team picture last Thursday at Chiles after the Trojans won the 2A-District 2 title in criteria over the hosts, good for their fifth district duals championship (Photo submitted by Mike Crowder via Facebook).

By MATMEN, Monday, 11:30 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Competition for the 2A-District 2 duals title could not get much closer between intracity rivals Lincoln & Chiles last Thursday at Chiles.

How close? It took getting to criteria — and even just getting to that required overcoming deficits of 21-0 and 33-6, as the Trojans won six of the last seven matches, going on a 30-3 run to give Lincoln in criteria to win what became the Trojans’ fifth 2A-District 2 title.

With a 69-12 semifinal win over Columbia, the two wins mean that Lincoln (5-4 in duals for the season) will host 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal and semifinal competition on Thursday. The Trojans will face Ft Walton Beach (8-5) in a quarterfinal round.

Chiles (6-1), which reached the final after a 63-12 victory over Arnold, secured its fourth straight region-round appearance when the Marlins and Columbia did not wrestle for third place. The Timberwolves will face District 1 champ Gulf Breeze (12-5) in the other 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal; winners will then square off for a space in the FHSAA 2A state duals tournament on January 20 at Osceola.

As for Lincoln, seven different wrestlers were 2-0 on the night, with Joe Tucker (106, 2 pins), Vaniel Caceres (113, pin), Jashawn Washington (126, pin & decision), Connor Edwards (160, 2 pins), Jakob Nowak (195, decision), Kendrick Scott (220) and Ryder Luck (285) all winning twice.

The Timberwolves got two victories on the night from Sam Tolomeo (120, pin & decision), Jacob Johnston (132, 2 pins), Garrett Marschka (138, 2 pins), Cooper Hill (145, 2 pins), Scott Greenwald (152, pin & decision), Luke Pickels (170, 2 pins) and Cody Elliott (182, 2 pins) all going 2-0.

Columbia and Arnold each were 1-1 in the event, with both taking wins over Leon. The Tigers (3-3) defeated the Lions, 39-24, in a front-side pigtail, while the Marlins (5-2) turned back Leon, 60-24, in the consis.

Jayden Thomas (138, 2 pins) and Alexander Ulloa (145/152, 2 pins) were both 2-0 for Columbia, while James Oliver (106/113, pin) and Christian McDonald (160, 2 pins) each won twice for Arnold. Leon (0-2) got two victories from Santana Harris (182, pin), Wynton Bowers (195, pin) and Noah Summerlin (220/285).

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Clay County Party In 2A-D3 Duals

Middleburg wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Broncos’ first trip to the FHSAA region duals round in four seasons, and first district duals title, last Wednesday at Westside (Photo submitted by Coll Robertson via Facebook).

By MATMEN, Monday, 11:05 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE — An all-Clay County party in the FHSAA region round? Why not?

Last Wednesday in the 2A-District 3 duals tournament at Westside, Middleburg and Oakleaf finished their half of the bargain, going 1-2 and putting on a thrilling final late into the evening.

Bronco bigs Porter Loveland (220) and Tucker Cody (285) made sure that Middleburg (12-2) would win its first FHSAA district title and make its first trip to the region-duals round since 2019, with back-to-back falls to secure a 39-29 win over the Clay County Knights that capped earlier victories for Middleburg over Ponte Vedra (68-12) and Ridgeview (65-12).

Oakleaf (10-8) reached the final by virtue of wins over Ed White (reported to Track as 48-3, later determined to be 54-18) and Westside (57-17); when the Wolverines went on to finish third, Oakleaf’s space at regions was secured.

It won’t be a long ride on Thursday for the region duals round, nor will it be an unfamiliar one. Middleburg will face Clay (12-2) in one 2A-Region 1 quarterfinal at Fleming Island, while the Knights will face the host Golden Eagles (6-0); the winners will then meet for a space in the FHSAA 2A state duals tournament at Osceola on January 20 (2A-District 4 story forthcoming later in the week).

Middleburg saw five wrestlers go 3-0 on the night; Loveland (195/220, 2 pins) and Cody (220/285, 3 pins) were among them, and they were joined by Grady Woodard (120, 2 pins & decision), Joseph Forte (138, 2 pins & decision) and Logan Moore (145, 3 pins).

The Broncos got 2-0 performances from Wyatt Leduc (132, pin & decision) and Daniel Raines (152, injury-default & decision), while Bryan Davis (113, 2 pins), Aden Thornton (160, pin & tech) and Keensdee Roseme (170, pin & decision) all were 2-1.

As for Oakleaf, Angel Rodriguez (113, 2 pins), Sebastian Bonochea (126, pin & major), Jerimiah Baker (170, 3 pins) and Isaiah Shevchook (195, 2 pins) each were 3-0 on the night to lead the Knights.

Roman Polinsky (160, pin & decision) was 2-0 for Oakleaf, with Conner Barnes (106, major) and Ion Hortinela (120, 2 pins) each completing 2-1 performances.

Westside (11-3) and Ridgeview (12-9) did not wrestle a third-place match; after taking a 75-6 quarterfinal win over Englewood and falling to Oakleaf in the semis, the Wolverines did not get another dual, with an advancement forfeit in the consis over Ponte Vedra.

Jacob Jackson (106, decision), Olleon Hickmon (138, 2 pins), Gha-is Cooper (145, major) and Nathan Williams (152, major & decision) each were 3-0 for Westside, with Layah Mixon (120) going 2-0 and Jayden Joseph (113, pin), Ismael Santos (132, pin), Preston Davis (160), Ponchelo Cadet (170), Darius Loveless (182, pin), Elijah Williams (195, pin) and Wayne Rogers (220, pin) all going 2-1.

As for the Clay County Panthers, Ridgeview had a front-side win over Terry Parker (54-27) and consi-side win over Ed White (54-26). Timothy Danz (106, pin) and Bailen Culver (182, pin) each were 2-0 on the night.

Additionally, Sean Davis (120, 2 pins), Kaiden Tibbetts (132, 2 pins), Tanner Tague (170, 2 pins), Raymond Goforth (195, pin) and Trenton Manis (285, pin) all were 2-1 for Ridgeview.

Ponte Vedra (3-4) and Ed White (4-9) each won one dual in the tournament, with the Sharks turning back Terry Parker, 60-24, and Ed White defeating Englewood, 36-27.

Ponte Vedra got two wins each from Talan Babin (182, pin) and Richard Grieco (220/285) in its two duals, while Benny Lewis (160, tech & decision) and Jordan Jackson (220, 2 pins & tech) were 3-0 for the Commanders. Xavier Wimmer (182, pin & decision) and Alex Benitez (285, 2 pins) were both 2-1 for Ed White.

Terry Parker (3-7) and Englewood (0-3) were both 0-2 on the night as a team; individually, Shamar Jones (113, 2 pins) and Ben Helton (152, pin) were 2-0 for the Braves.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Hagerty Takes 4th Straight in 3A-3 Win

Hagerty wrestlers and coaches are all smiles after the Huskies won their fourth straight FHSAA 3A district-duals title at home last Wednesday (Photo submitted by Scotty Diaz via Facebook).

By MATMEN, Monday, 10:15 p.m.

OVIEDO — It might be too soon, as one so-called expert said in the preseason, to say that the 3A-Region 1 race for certain will run through Hagerty.

But it is definitely the case that the 3A-District 3 race certainly did last week, as the Huskies bounced back from a tough performance at home in the Johnny Rouse Duals last month — against some admittedly very-elite competition — with three double-digit wins last Wednesday.

In rolling past Lake Howell (75-5), Lake Brantley (66-12) and Timber Creek (44-28), Hagerty (4-5 in duals for the season) won its fourth consecutive FHSAA district duals title (3A-4 in 2020 and 2021, 3A-3 last year and this year.

The Wolfpack (2-1), in opening its dual season last Wednesday, took wins over Evans (64-7) and powered past Oviedo (37-28); when the Lions rallied back for third, Timber Creek secured its fifth straight region-round appearance.

Hagerty and Timber Creek will travel to Olympia on Wednesday for 3A-Region 1 quarterfinal and potential semifinal rounds. The Huskies will face Apopka (2-1) in one quarter, with Timber Creek taking on the host Titans (9-4) in the other. The two quarterfinal winners will then meet in a semifinal round, with the winner at that round moving on to Osceola and the first day of the FHSAA state duals tournament on January 20, to contest for the region title.

Hagerty had seven wrestlers go 3-0 on the day, with Benjamin Wolgamuth (126, tech & decision), Nikolas Blake (132, 3 pins), Gavin Nelson (152, pin & decision), Kamdon Harrison (170, 3 pins), Connor Gilliam (182, 2 pins & decision), Hunter Tate (195, 2 pins & decision) and Landon Revis (220, pin & decision) all bagging three wins.

Logan Acey-Kriegshauser (132, 2 pins) was 2-0, with James Zena (120, pin), Austin St John (160, 2 pins) and Thad Elam (285, pin) each were 2-1 for the Huskies.

For Timber Creek — now a five-time district runnerup — three wrestlers were 3-0, as Mohammad Davtalabsabet (106, 2 pins), Keegan Clark (120, pin/major/decision) and Peter Nesheiwat (285, 2 pins & major) were each undefeated as full-time starters.

Marlo Clark (113, major) was 2-0 for the Wolfpack, while Rocco Jonigan (195, 2 pins) and Jayden Smith (220, 2 decisions) each were 2-1 for Timber Creek.

Oviedo (10-2 at end of event) reached the semis with a 75-6 win over Wekiva, then pushed past Winter Park, 50-24, and Lake Brantley, 58-24, to claim at least third in the consis; had Timber Creek won in the final, the Lions would have had a shot at crosstown rival Hagerty for true 2nd.

Johnathan Dishman (138)) and James Chiaradio (182) both pinned their way through the tournament in compiling 4-0 nights, while Clayton Mitchell (145, 3 pins & decision) also picked up four wins. Josh Sabbia (113, major), Jesus Ramos (120, 3 pins), Luke Forsberg (152, pin & major) and Lukas Crawley (160/170, 2 pins & decision) were each 3-1 for the Lions.

As for Lake Brantley, they forged their way into the top half of the district thanks to a front-side quarterfinal win over Winter Park (42-36) and consi-side win over Wekiva (57-18).

Zaiden Rodriguez (106, 3 pins), Clayton Willits (113, pin), Dario Duany (126, 3 pins), Jake Jessee (170, pin & tech) and Shawn Hernandez (220/285, 2 pins) each were 3-1 for the Patriots (3-2 in duals).

Winter Park (2-3) defeated Wekiva (1-3), 36-33, to take fifth in the tournament. The Wildcats added a 60-18 consi-quarters win over Lake Howell as well.

Jacob Rothman (106, 2 pins) was the Wildcats’ lone 4-0 unbeaten competitor, with Joey Parker (152, 2 pins) going 3-0. Teddy Barry (160, 3 pins), Charles Stewart (170, 2 pins) and Liam Glassmeyer (220/285) all were 3-1 for Winter Park.

As for the Mustangs, who got their lone win of the night with a 48-30 consi-side win over Evans, Holley SaintMelus (285, 3 pins) was Wekiva’s lone 4-0 wrestler, with Thomas Tindall (132, pin & decision) and Seth Galvin (145, 2 pins) both going 3-1.

Evans (1-2) turned back Lake Howell (0-3), 42-30, for seventh.

Jaylen Clayton (126, pin & decision) and Tyran Schanck (152, 2 pins & major) were both 3-0 for the Trojans, with Zaire Cornelius (195, pin) going 2-0 and Jean-Paul Cassamajor (160, 2 pins) 2-1. Luis Campos (138, pin) was 2-0 for the Silver Hawks, while Aiden Wood (145/152, pin & tech) took a 2-1 tournament record.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Bartram Rallies For Revenge in 3A-1 Win

Bartram Trail wrestlers take home the school’s first district duals title last week after winning the 3A-District 1 title last Wednesday at Creekside (Photo submitted by Alex Vugman).

By MATMEN, Monday, 9:20 p.m.

ST JOHNS — Bartram Trail had revenge on its mind in last week’s 3A-District 1 duals tournament.

After taking a dual loss to Creekside at home, on the Bears’ Senior Night, last month, the Bears — behind a fuller lineup — rolled to three wins last Wednesday on, ironically enough, at Creekside’s gym, taking victories over Mandarin (70-6), the host Knights (42-36) and Fletcher (48-30).

The Bears (16-7) qualified for the Region 1 duals round for just the second time (in 2021, Bartram couldn’t compete during the time of Covid), winning their first FHSAA district duals title.

Creekside (18-3) rallied from the semifinal loss with consi-side wins over Sandalwood (51-24) and Nease (78-0 team forfeit win), then turned back Fletcher, 51-27, in the dual for true second to qualify for the region round for the fourth time in the St Johns Knights’ history.

The two St Johns teams will travel to DeLand for Thursday’s Region 1 round. Creekside will take on the host Bulldogs (10-6) in one quarterfinal, while Bartram will face Buchholz (3-2). The quarterfinal winners will then face off for a trip to Osceola and the FHSAA state duals tournament on January 20.

Six Bartram wrestlers were 3-0 last week, with Carmen DiBella (113/120, 2 pins and a critical decision win in the Creekside semi), Ethan Vugman (132, 3 pins), Grady Hutchinson (145, 3 pins), Preston Pena (152, 3 pins), John McNames (182, 3 pins) and Shane Armstrong (220, 3 pins) all going 3-0.

Jacob George (285, pin & decision) was 2-0 for the Bears, while Christain Jones (126, pin) and Jason Merkison (195, major) both were 2-1.

Creekside had two wrestlers in Justin Umali (120/126, 2 pins) and Conner Wright (138, 2 pins & tech) who were 4-0 on the night to lead the Knights.

Stephan Carrion (126) was 3-0, with Alexavier Panganiban (106, pin & major), Chihaya Cook (152, 2 pins), Xavier Grimm (160, 2 pins), Colton Leavell (170, pin & decision) and Tristen Darling (182/195, 2 pins) each going 3-1. Santiago Carrion (113, pin), Joseph Bartels (195) and Eli Pagan (220) each added 2-1 efforts for Creekside.

Fletcher (6-10) reached the winner’s final behind dual wins over Atlantic Coast (60-3) and Nease (48-24) before falling to the Bears and Knights. Elias Twigg (132/138) pinned his way to a 4-0 night with four falls, while Josh Daltro (160, 2 pins & decision), Joseph Kohlhaas (170, 3 pins) and Toby Matson (285, decision) also turned in 4-0 performances.

Additionally, Landon Locantora (106, 3 pins) and Kyle Lonergan (145, 3 pins) were both 3-1 for the Senators.

Nease (5-9) and Sandalwood (1-2) both fell in the consi semis. The St Johns Panthers had a front-side win over Sandalwood (40-36) and consi-side win over Mandarin (44-30), while the Saints had a 63-12 victory in the consis over Atlantic Coast.

Parker Stamschror (138/145, 2 pins & major) was Nease’s only 3-0 competitor in the event; the Panthers got two wins from Jason Choi (120/126, pin, 2-0 night); Wyatt Balger (113, pin), Jaiden Zajni (120, 2 pins), Trysten Oestereicher (138/145, 2 pins), Jacob Lutz (160, 2 pins) and Albio Jakupi (195, decision) were all 2-1.

For the Saints, Justin Robinson (113, 2 pins & decision), Malachi Mista (182, pin) and Duffy Mista (195, 2 pins & tech) each were 3-0, while Qalani Cobb (132, 2 pins), Ricky Hicks (145, pin), Malik Wilson (170, decision), Sharrod Bobo (220) and Thomas Graham (285) all were 2-1.

Atlantic Coast (0-2) and Mandarin (2-11) lost on both sides of the district-dual bracket. The Stingrays had three contested wins, while the Mustangs had four, with no individuals winning twice on the night.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Episcopal Wins 1st District Duals Title

Episcopal wrestlers and coaches celebrate a 1A-District 3 title won last Wednesday at Fernandina Beach (Photo submitted by Darren Glenn).

By MATMEN, Monday, 8:45 p.m.

FERNANDINA BEACH — Episcopal has been knocking at the door of a district-duals title for years now.

T-3rd in 2019. 3rd outright in 2020. Second both in 2021 and 2022. And last Wednesday, the Eagles pushed the door open at last, taking wins over Bishop Kenny (60-21) and three-time defending district champion Yulee (42-39) to win the 1A-District 3 title, Episcopal’s first district duals title and third Region 1-round qualification.

The Eagles (16-3) and Hornets (8-5), who ensured qualification when they beat host and eventual third-place Fernandina Beach, 50-23, will advance to this week’s 1A-Region 1 quarterfinals at Union County. Episcopal will face Baker County (15-6) in one quarterfinal, with Yulee facing the host (10-6). Quarterfinal winners will meet for the right to attend the first day of the FHSAA state duals tournament at Osceola and January 20, and will battle for the region title on that day.

Episcopal picked up double-win performances from Scott Busey (126, 2 pins), Nicholas Pressley (132, pin) and Chance Wolffe (152, 2 pins).
Cohen Chesser (138), Brennan Doherty (170), Chance Faucheaux (182), Lawson Perry (220) and Mark Rinaman all had falls in the win over their Atlantic Blvd. rivals, while Levi Ritter (120), Baylor Maurer (145) and John Fernandez (160) each took pins in the win over Yulee.

The Hornets advanced to the region round for the fifth straight season. Josh Harris (106, pin), Austin Adamson (138, pin), Dylan Johns (170, 2 pins), Christopher Aud (182, major & decision), Alex Smith (195/220, pin & major) and Braylen Ricks (285, 2 pins) all won twice for Yulee.

In the win over Fernandina Beach, Lincoln Brehmer (120), Samuel Sahrphillips (152) and Cayden Ricks (220) each took pins, while Pheonix Barbour-Yerka (195) won by fall in the loss to Episcopal.

Fernandina Beach (7-2) was the only one of five teams competing last week to get three duals, with a pigtail win over Bolles (60-6) and a team forfeit win over Bishop Kenny to claim third. Caden Kubatzke (126, 2 pins), Cael Kubatzke (132, pin & tech), Cole Misciagna (145, pin) and Enzo Gamba (160, 2 pins) all were 3-0 on the day for the Pirates.

Additionally, Blaike Harrington (152), Cole Harris (170), Henry McDuffy (182), Gauge Housely (195), Peyton White (220, pin) and William Schuster (285) all were 2-1 for Fernandina Beach.

As for the Crusaders (11-7), their lone victory came in the consis against Bolles, with Jacob Harless (120/126, 2 pins), Jack Raynor (145, pin), Roberto Cuartero (160, 2 pins) and Collin Hearn (195, decision). James Futch (220) had a fall in the Crusaders’ dual against Bolles, with Christopher Hampton (138) adding a 15-0 tech.

The very young Bulldogs (0-10) got one contested victory, as Jameson Palmer (120) won by fall against Fernandina.

Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.

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#Recap: Union County Wins 1A-4 Duals Title

Union County wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Tigers’ first FHSAA region duals appearance and 1A-District 4 duals title last Tuesday at home (Photo submitted by union_countywrestling via Instagram).

By MATMEN, Sunday, 4:50 p.m.

LAKE BUTLER — Three seasons ago, Union County had perhaps the largest independent program I’ve yet seen in my 10-year stint at Matmen.

The seniors on this year’s team were freshmen then. And, after two years of finishing either third outright or tied for third in FHSAA district duals competition, the Tigers won their first district title last Tuesday at home, taking wins over Bishop Snyder (82-0), Beachside (58-21) and Baker County (48-34), avenging a mid-December dual loss to the Wildcats in taking 1A-District 4 top honors.

With wins over Baldwin (54-23) and Tocoi Creek (52-24) en route to the final, Baker County qualified for the FHSAA region round for the second consecutive season.

Union County (10-6 in duals) will host a set of 1A-Region 1 quarterfinals and semifinals this coming Thursday. The Tigers will take on District 3 runnerup Yulee (8-5) in one quarterfinal, while Baker County (15-6) will face District 3 champion Episcopal (16-3) in the other. The two quarterfinal winners will then meet in the semis, with the winner of that round advancing to the FHSAA state duals tournament on January 20 in Osceola. A start time for Thursday’s upcoming wrestling was not known at time of this publication.

All but two Tiger wrestlers won at least twice during the day, with six — Gage Howard (120, 2 pins & major), Ian Halfacre (132, 2 pins), Ethan Shea (138, pin), Danny Thornton (195, 2 pins & major), Danny Lane (220, 2 pins) and Ephriam Frometa (285, 2 pins) — going 3-0.

Additionally, Kale Waters (113, 2 pins), Rodney Barnett (145, 2 pins), Dante’ Johnson (152, 2 pins), Colin Hadlock (160, 2 pins), Trenton Klein (170) and Alexander Cortese (182, pin) all were 2-1.

Baker County had four unbeatens on Tuesday, as Jareb Lauramore (113, 2 pins), Jonathon Walker (126, 2 pins), Rasean Rayam (160, pin & major) and Cannon Wimpey (170, 3 pins) all were 3-0.

Brayden Martin (106, pin), Taz Kinghorn (120), Keith Ratliff (152, pin & major), Kelan Hendricks (182/195, pin) and Joseph Stronko (220, 2 pins) all added 2-1 tournament efforts for the Wildcats.

Beachside (3-1 tournament, 5-1 season) lost in the semis to Union after a 69-12 win over Baldwin, fighting its way back to third with double-digit wins over Keystone Heights (48-30) and Tocoi Creek (46-30); there was no contest for true 2nd.

Oliver Hayden (106) pinned his way through the day for the first-year program Barracudas, while Owen Kollener (126, pin), Grady Smith (145, 3 pins & major) and Eddie Craig (182, 3 pins & major) all were 4-0. Makai Mitchell (160, 3 pins) turned in a 3-1 day for Beachside.

Tocoi Creek (2-2, 4-2) saw Willie Sims (132) pin his way through a day where the Toros took wins over Keystone Heights (48-18) and Interlachen (48-21) sandwiching a semifinal loss to Baker.

Sims was Tocoi’s only unbeaten wrestler Tuesday; Aidan Hubbell (106, 3 pins), Alessandro Bazan (113/120, 2 pins), Mark Coniker (138/145, 3 pins), Ryland McGinley (152, 3 pins) and Michael Soffian (195/220, 2 pins) all were 3-1 for the Toros.

Keystone Heights (1-2, 2-8) and Interlachen (2-2, 4-12) tied for fifth place, as both fell in the consi semis. The Indians defeated Palatka, 36-30, in the consis, while the Putnam County Rams had two consi-side wins over Bishop Snyder (37-36 in criteria) and Baldwin (36-30) after a pigtail loss to the Panthers, 54-18.

Steven Raab (220) had three pins for Keystone, while Joshua Dowling (285, 2 pins) joined him as a 3-0 unbeaten; Henry Carhuayo (170, pin) was 2-0 and Luke Graves (145, pin) 2-1 for the Indians.

For Interlachen, Tony Ortiz (106, pin), George Rodriguez (182/195, 2 pins), Shyheem Shivers (220, pin) and Simon Rodriguez (285, decision) all were 3-1 on the day.

Palatka (1-2, 3-6 overall) and Baldwin (0-2, 3-6) both saw their tournaments end in the consi quarters.

Ishmael Foster (138, pin & tech) and Mikade Harvey (152, 3 pins) all were 3-0 for the Putnam County Panthers, while Gavin Chambliss (120/126, pin), Kaifer Valentine (145, 2 pins), Logen Cumbo (170, pin), Barrett Clark (195, pin) and Ben Clark (285, pin) each were 2-1.

Baldwin got 2-0 performances from Kory Mumbolo (138, pin) and Zyon Veale (170, pin).

Bishop Snyder (1-11 for the season) also was 0-2 in the tournament. The Cardinals had three pins in the consi-side loss to Interlachen.

Results from last Tuesday’s event can be found HERE.

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