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#RoadToTheShow: Apopka 3-Peats In Run To 3AD4 Title

Apopka wrestlers, coaches and fans with the team’s 3A-District 4 team title won Saturday on the Blue Darter home mats (Photo submitted by Tim Randolph).

APOPKA — In Saturday’s final district tournament staged inside Region 1, host Apopka played anything but a gracious host, grabbing up half the weight classes on offer and building an 88-point margin of victory to win the 3A-District 4 title.

The Blue Darters won their third straight district IBT title in the process, qualifying 13 wrestlers automatically for this Friday’s Region 1 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, with 7 champions, two runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.

Windermere held off Olympia, 142.5-137, for second and third place, respectively.

Windermere wrestlers with the team’s 3A-District 4 team runnerup trophy won Saturday at Apopka (Photo submitted via Windermere team Facebook page).

The Wolverines and Titans will each take nine wrestlers to region. Windermere advanced three district champs, two runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths. Olympia had one champion in the tournament, with four runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.

Ocoee finished fourth to finish off the top half of the team standings, with 90 points and eight region qualifiers. The Knights advanced two runners-up, three 3rds and three 4ths.

Dr Phillips & Wekiva tied for fifth place, with 75 points apiece. The Panthers qualified six wrestlers out on Saturday, with two runners-up, one 3rd and three 4ths, while the Mustangs advanced four to regions, with two champions, one runnerup and one 4th.

Evans was seventh, with 58 points and three automatic qualifiers (one champion and two 3rds), while West Orange took eighth with 40.5 and three qualifiers (one runnerup & two 3rds).

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a weight class that sent up four first-time region qualifiers, Windermere freshman Franco Bustamante (13-5) pinned through the day, with falls in the semis over Apopka freshman Austin Arnold-Bryant (:44) and again in the championship over Dr Phillips freshman Ruddi Acosta (4:22). Acosta (10-4) reached the final behind a semifinal pin over Ocoee freshman Nazzio Huyler (13-12), who took third place with an 8-2 overtime decision over Arnold-Bryant (1-4).

113: In a three-person bracket, Apopka freshman Carter White (3-1) had a bye into the final, where he pinned Olympia junior Shiv Patel in 2:29. Patel (5-18) advanced on the front with a 16-second semifinal pin over Windermere freshman Egehan Yilhan (4-5), who had a bye in the third-place match. All three wrestlers are first-time Flagler qualifiers.

120: Apopka junior Tamarion Kendrick (3-0 post-season) pinned his way to his second title and third Flagler appearance with a pair of first-period falls, pinning West Orange freshman Giovanny Perez (1:49, semis) and Olympia freshman Brae White (:48, championship). White (14-11) reached the final with a 41-second pin in the semis over Dr Phillips sophomore Matthew Sawyer, while Perez (2-1 post-season) took third place with a 45-second fall over Sawyer. White, Perez and Sawyer are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

126: Apopka senior Jalen Moliere (3-0 post-season) made it back-to-back Blue Darter titles, bonus-pointing through the tournament for his second district title and third region appearance. After a quarterfinal bye, Moliere pinned Olympia sophomore Tony Ho (1:15) in the semis, then took a third-period TF in the finals over Windermere sophomore Lucas Drone (18-3 in 4:42). Drone (18-5) reached the Flagler round for the first time with a semifinal major over Ocoee senior Nathan Ramirez (16-4). Ho (9-15) had a bye into the third-place match for his second Flagler trip, taking third place with a 9-7 win over Ramirez (27-14), who qualified out for regions for the third time with a blood-round fall (2:08).

132: Wekiva senior Joshua Raphael (26-5) earned his second district title and region appearance behind three victories, bonus-pointing into the final behind a 13-2 major over Ocoee’s Christopher Cerron (quarters) and fall (5:15) in the semis over Evans sophomore Jaylen Clayton, winning the second championship with a 6-4 win over Olympia sophomore Madden Bourst. Bourst (21-17) made his second Flagler trip after first-period falls over Dr Phillips’ Abram Rodriguez (:52, quarters) and over Apopka’s Sebastian Olivencia-Grafals (:49, semis). Clayton (15-7, front-side major) added two pins in the consis, with a 30-second fall in the third-place match over Windermere junior Francisco Delgado-Mendez (8-11), who won twice in the consis, including a 4-1 blood-round decision. Both Clayton and Delgado-Mendez will be making their second Flagler trips.

138: Apopka senior Rocco Vargas (3-0 post-season) bonus-pointed his way to a first district title and region qualification, with a 16-5 semifinal major over West Orange junior Stacey Rhodes and a third-period fall (4:51) in the final over Windermere senior Tyler Drone. Drone (15-9) qualified for Flagler for the third time, with a semifinal pin (1:15) over Olympia senior Trevor Winkelkotter. Rhodes (2-1 post-season) finished third with a 5-2 decision over Winkelkotter (7-13); both Rhodes and Winkelkotter are first-time Flagler qualifiers.

145: Blue Darter senior Bonosky Fidel (3-0 post-season) made it a second back-to-back title win, bonus-pointing through the day with wins over the rest of the region-qualifying field for his first title and second regional appearance. After preliminary majors in the quarters (11-3) over Olympia junior Ethan Rivera and again in the semis (13-5) over Windermere junior Kollin Kuehnhold, Fidel pinned Wekiva junior Seth Galvin in 3:36 for the title. Galvin (29-9) reached the final with a quarterfinal pin (1:08) over West Orange’s Lorenzo Perez and a 6-0 semifinal decision over Dr Phillips’ Davy Bancey. Rivera (8-14) won his way back to third place with two consi-side decisions, including a 6-4 decision over Kuehnhold for third. Kuehnhold (6-7) qualified out for the second round with a 7-4 consi-semi decision; Galvin, Rivera and Kuehnhold are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

152: Windermere senior Jerry Vargas (17-3) earned his second Flagler trip, first as a district champion, with pins in the semis (1:58) over Ocoee sophomore Jonathan Fournier and again in the championship round (3:18) over Apopka junior Sean Javier. Javier (3-2 post-season) escaped in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 3-2 semifinal win over Dr Phillips senior Daniel Melendez (14-7), who wrestled back to third behind two bonus-point wins, including a fall (1:16) over Fournier for third place. Fournier (2-9, front-side pin) had a bye into the third-place match. Javier, Melendez and Fournier are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

160: Apopka junior Ransom Randolph (3-0 post-season) bonus-pointed through the bracket for his second district title and third region appearance, taking a semifinal pin (2:32) over Evans’ Jacob Olnick and a 12-1 major in the championship round over Ocoee senior Eric Gilreath. Gilreath (26-7) also made his third Flagler trip, with pins in the quarters over Olympia junior Zach Winkelkotter (2:20) and again in the semis over Windermere senior Jeryl Lewis (1:03). Lewis (14-9) pinned his way back to third for his second Flagler appearance after a year away, falling Winkelkotter in 58 seconds in the medal round. Winkelkotter (9-14) grabbed a 48-second fall in the blood round to secure his first region space.

170: Windermere senior Kurt Vollenweider (18-4) advanced to regions for the third time, taking his first district title by bonus-pointing through the day. Vollenweider opened with a quarterfinal TF (17-2) over Olympia’s Phil Lamendola, followed by pins in the semis (3:15) over Apopka senior Berlens Pericles and in the championship (3:45) over West Orange sophomore Ayden Rieck. Rieck (13-7) also won twice to get to the finals, with a quarterfinal pin over Dr Phillips’ Kevin Don (2:48) and a reversal in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 6-4 win in the semis over Ocoee junior Andy Delva. Pericles (3-1 post-season) won by fall twice in the consis, pinning Delva in 1:16 for third place. Delva (21-10) earned his region space with a 10-6 consi-semi decision; Rieck, Pericles and Delva are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

182: Evans senior Edward Clayton (22-11) took two 6-minute decisions to win the Trojans’ lone title, with a 4-3 semifinal decision over Apopka senior Carlson Michel and an 18-9 major in the finals over Olympia junior Gabriel Cuellar. Cuellar (14-14) had two pins to grab his first Flagler appearance, falling Windermere’s Jason Ganesh (:22) in the quarters and Ocoee senior Ethan Smith (5:52) in the semis; Smith (25-9), for his own part, had a bye in the consi semis and won by forfeit in the third-place match over Michel, qualifying out for the second time. Michel (1-2 post-season) earned his first Flagler trip with a 12-0 blood-round major.

195: Olympia junior DJ McCray (23-11) max-pointed through the tournament to qualify for regions for the third time, and first time as district champion, with pins in the quarters (1:21) over Apopka sophomore David Bowerman and in the championship (3:19) over Dr Phillips senior Andrew Ocegueda sandwiching a semifinal injury-default win over Windermere’s Nicholas Cabrera. Ocegueda (18-6) reached the final behind pins over Wekiva sophomore Kyren Elie (1:09, quarters) and over Ocoee’s Nelson Angeles (5:30, semis). Bowerman (3-1 post-season) bounced back from the quarterfinal loss to win his way all the way back to third, three wins in all, with a third-place pin (3 minutes) over Elie. Elie (2-2 post-season) earned his way to the next round with a 30-second consi-semi pin. Ocegueda, Bowerman and Elie are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

220: Apopka senior Ralph Sanchez (3-0 post-season) earned his second title and fourth region appearance, behind two pins in 2:08, with falls in the semis over Wekiva’s Charles Hall (:32) and again in the championship over Ocoee junior Keniel Carrasquille (1:36). Carrasquille (30-9) reached the final after a quarterfinal bye and semifinal pin (2:56) over Evans junior Kevin Gustave (3-1 post-season, front-side pin); Gustave, for his part, added two more pins in the consis, taking third with a fall over Dr Phillips senior Amir Motassim (1:59), duplicating his pin over Motassim in the quarters. Motassim (2-2 post-season) won by fall in the consi semis (1:59) to qualify out for the second time; Carrasquille and Gustave are both first-time Flagler qualifiers.

285: Wekiva junior Holley Saintmelus (30-6) won the Mustangs’ second title and his first district champ/region qualification, pinning Ocoee junior Deandre Scott (3:41, semis) and Apopka junior Zaire Warner (3:30, championship). Warner (3-3) earned his second Flagler trip after a quarterfinal bye and 2-1 semfinal win over Olympia’s Max Novell. In the consis, Scott (33-9, front-side decision) won twice to wrestle back to third, with a 4-0 decision in the medal round over Dr Phillips senior Ritchy Augustin. Augustin (15-7) won by fall in the blood round (1:44) to advance on to regions. Scott and Augustin are both first-time Flagler qualifiers.

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#RoadToTheShow: NSB Repeats 2x Titles In 2A-4

New Smyrna Beach wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 2A-District 4 championship trophy won Wednesday night at Matanzas (Photo submitted by Kevin Kehoe).

PALM COAST — While a dream season like New Smyrna Beach’s in 2020-21 is very difficult for a smaller program to duplicate year over year, the Barracudas did accomplish one thing that last year’s did.

Everybody wants a double-district title, but only 10 teams in the whole of Region 1 were able to accomplish that feat in 2021-22. New Smyrna Beach, by virtue of Wednesday night’s 18-point victory over host Matanzas to win the 2A-District 4 IBT title, was one of those 10 teams.

And, the Barracudas were a 2A-Region 1 duals finalist for the second straight year. Only three other teams in the north can say that as well.

Finally, the 12-person team on the mats at Matanzas Wednesday night qualified as an entire group for next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles, as New Smyrna Beach finished with six champions, two runners-up and four 3rds.

Matanzas moved up one spot from the year before in collecting its 212-point total. The Pirates will send 11 automatic qualifiers to Chiles, with four champions, three runners-up, three 3rds and one 4th.

St Augustine outpointed Belleview, 154-141.5, for third and fourth, respectively. The Yellow Jackets will take eight to Chiles, including four champions, two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th, while the Diamondbacks also advance eight to regions (four runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths).

Mainland doubled up Pedro Menendez, 108-54, for fifth and sixth, respectively. The Buccaneers advanced nine automatic qualifiers, with two runners-up, two 3rds and five 4ths, while the Falcons — in their first year back in 2A — qualified out four wrestlers, with one 3rd and three 4ths. Gainesville’s one wrestler scored 18 points for a team 7th, finishing second in his weight class.

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a two-person bracket, Matanzas sophomore Christian Borgmann (13-14) rode out New Smyrna Beach freshman Richard Crunkilton in the second period and got an escape in the third for a 1-0 win and district title. Both wrestlers are first-time Chiles qualifiers.

113: Matanzas junior Carter Wilder (31-5) won his second district title and Chiles appearance, pinning his way through the tournament. After a quarterfinal bye, Wilder falled St Augustine junior Logan Brenner (3:29) in the semis and then pinned Belleview junior Caleb Mullinix in 1:33 for the title. Mullinix (31-9) bonus-pointed his way to the final with a quarterfinal pin (:55) over Menendez’s Logan Geist and a semifinal TF (15-0 in 4:30) over NSB freshman Beau Laye. Laye (23-18) had a bye into the third-place match, where he won by injury default over Brenner to take the bronze. Brenner (1-2 post-season) secured his space with a 10-9 blood-round decision. Mullinix, Laye and Brenner are all first-time Chiles qualifiers.

120: In a three-person bracket, New Smyrna Beach freshman Jonathon Bruner (37-11) won twice by fall, taking pins over Matanzas freshman Kyler Corley (2:26, semis) and over Belleview junior Zackery Young (3:22, championship round) for his first district title and Chiles appearance. Young (29-9) received a bye into the final to qualify out for the third time; Corley (6-12), a first-time Chiles qualifier, received a bye for third place.

126: New Smyrna Beach senior Jamey Bruner (42-4) won his third district title and reached the final round for the fourth time, bonus-pointing through the tournament with a quarterfinal pin (1:23) over Menendez’s Wyatt Smith, followed by majors in the semis over Matanzas senior Braden Hawley (15-3) and in the title match over Mainland junior Kaden Golder, 16-3. Golder (37-9) qualified out for the second time after a quarterfinal bye, pinning Belleview junior Christian Lewis in 1:53 in the semis. Hawley (19-21) earned his third Chiles trip with a bye into the third-place match, where he falled Lewis in 4:15; Lewis (26-17), for his part, will go to Chiles for the first time after a consi-semi pin in 1:35.

132: St Augustine senior Wilson Nguyen (2-0 post-season) qualified for regions for the fourth time, but first time as a district champion) after a 14-2 semifinal major over Mainland junior Brian Harris, pushing through a 6-5 decision in the championship over Belleview senior Mark Willis. Willis (37-8) will make his third trip to Chiles after a year away, with a quarterfinal pin (1:28) over Matanzas’ Henson White and a 2-0 decision in the semis over NSB sophomore Simjay Engberg. Engberg (28-23) wrestled back to third and his first Chiles appearance after injury late in the season last year kept him out of the post-season, with a bye in the semis and a third-period fall (5:27) over Harris. Harris (26-15) took a 13-2 blood-round major for his first Chiles qualification.

138: New Smyrna Beach senior Jace Engberg (37-8) joined Bruner and Nguyen as four-time region qualifiers, winning his second district title with two first-period pins. After a bye, Engberg falled Mainland junior Dasaniel Rodriguez-Andino (1:45) in the semis, then pinned Matanzas junior Dylan Parkinson (1:28) to win the bracket. Parkinson (35-16) secured his first Chiles appearance, taking a semifinal pin (5:39) over Menendez senior Logan Meehan, while Rodriguez-Andino (7-15) won by injury default over Meehan (18-8) in the third-place match. Rodriguez-Andino will be making his first region appearance, while Meehan has qualified for the fourth time, first at Chiles.

145: St Augustine junior Christian Jackson (3-0 post-season) won his team’s second district title, his first such title, and earned his second Chiles appearance after a year away, with three wins Wednesday. After a 5-1 quarterfinal win over Menendez junior Archer Bosick, Jackson took falls in the semis over NSB sophomore Aidan Sutton (5:02) and in the title round over Mainland junior Sam Ayodele, in 2:26. Ayodele (21-18), after a bye in the quarters, qualified out with an 11-8 semifinal win over Belleview’s Zach McLaughlin. Sutton (28-11) picked up his second Chiles ticket with two max-point wins in the consis, winning by injury-default in the third-place match over Bosick (13-7), who advanced to the post-season second round with a 6-2 blood-round decision. Ayodele and Bosick are first-time Chiles qualifiers.

152: Matanzas senior Tyson Mills (39-5) won his team’s third weight class, taking his second district title and qualifying for Chiles for the third time, pinning his way through the day in a combined mat time of 4:16, with falls in the quarters (1:17) over Belleview’s Clayton Evans, in the semis (:34) over Mainland junior Isaiah White, and again in the championship match over St Augustine junior Brayden Lovingood (2:25). Lovingood (1-1 post-season) earned his second Chiles trip after a quarterfinal bye and a semifinal fall (1:21) over NSB senior Justis Chandler; Chandler (27-19, front-side pin), for his own part, rallied back to third and his fourth region trip with two pins in the consis, pinning White in 3:05 in the medal round. White (21-16) punched his Chiles ticket with a 10-6 decision in the consi semis.

160: St Augustine senior Clint Griffin (2-0 post-season) advanced to Chiles for the third time, first time as district champion, with pins in the semis over Menendez freshman Bryson Farris (:42) and in the final over Matanzas junior Brandyn Cox (3:11). Cox (25-21) reached the final with a semifinal pin in 1 minute over Belleview junior Riley Green, taking his second trip to Chiles in the effort. Green (1-1 post-season) came back to pin Farris (0-2 post-season) for third place in 3:18. Both Green and Farris are first-time Chiles qualifiers.

170: Matanzas sophomore Jordan Mills (44-4) joined his brother as a two-time district champion, with his second trip to Chiles secured after second-period falls in the semis over St Augustine senior Khaled Gardner (2:34) and again in the championship round over Belleview junior Cornelius Bentley-Greene (2:24). Bentley-Greene (22-8) also is a two-time Chiles qualifier, winning by fall in the semis over Mainland senior Kalyb Evans (3:58). Gardner (1-1 post-season) won by forfeit over Evans (13-8) for third place; both Gardner and Evans are first-time Chiles qualifiers.

182: New Smyrna Beach sophomore Sawyer Vanrider (30-18) began a run of three straight ‘Cuda titles, taking his first district championship and region appearance with falls in the semis over Belleview junior Eric McLaughlin (5:18) and again in the finals round in 3:41 over Matanzas junior Adyn Cox. Cox (21-17) qualified for the first time for Chiles with pins in the quarters over St Augustine’s Teddy Wanamaker (1:08, quarters) and over Mainland senior Nico Rivera (4:23, semis). McLaughlin (31-10) won by fall twice in the consis to secure his third region trip, pinning Rivera in 1:28 for third place. Rivera (13-15) picked up his second Chiles appearance with a bye in the consi semis.

195: Barracuda junior Dylon York (37-7) won his first district title behind first-period pins in the semis over Mainland junior Josh Newman (:54) and again in the championship against Gainesville junior Aiden Kittelson (1:30). Kittelson (11-8), the Hurricanes’ one-man team, took two wins to reach the final, with a quarterfinal pin over Menendez’s Charles Hadley (1:47) and a 5-4 semifinal decision over Matanzas’ Landon Wright. Wright (27-13) won twice in the consis, with an 8-7 decision for third place over Newman (18-15, front-side pin), who qualified out with a blood-round fall (2:28). All four placers in this weight class are first-time Chiles qualifiers.

220: New Smyrna Beach senior Austin Mitchum (37-11) pinned his way to a second Chiles ticket, with a first time as district champion, with falls in the quarters (2:27) over Menendez’s Emry Hunt, in the semis (2:14) over Mainland senior Jeffery Turner, and then in the championship over St Augustine senior Nate Bumbalough in 3:38. Bumbalough (2-1 post-season) reached his first district final with a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Belleview’s Jose Cintron and a semifinal pin (3:20) over Matanzas sophomore Joel Douglass. Turner (13-14) took a pair of consi-side pins, falling Douglass in 1:44 for third place, while Douglass (9-17) qualified out with a consi-semi pin (2:57). Bumbalough, Turner and Douglass are all first-time Chiles qualifiers.

285: St Augustine junior Jaquan Whitty (3-0 post-season) closed out the evening with his first district title and Chiles qualification, with preliminary pins in the quarters (3:03) over Mainland’s Alex Shallop and semis (3:57) over Menendez sophomore Stewart Martin, followed by a 5-0 decision in the final over New Smyrna Beach senior Cole Billings. Billings (27-17) also became a first-time Chiles qualifier after a quarterfinal bye and a 7-4 double-overtime win in the semis over Belleview junior Andrew Dunn. Martin (19-8) bounced back in the consis for his second region trip, finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 win in the third-place match over Dunn (20-3, front-side pin) who pulled out a 2-1 blood-round decision to take his second trip to Chiles.

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#RoadToTheShow: Host Oakleaf Takes Top 3A-1 Spot

Oakleaf wrestlers and coaches celebrate the team’s first district title won Wednesday night in 3A-District 1 competition at home (Photo submitted by Rory Roderick via Facebook).

ORANGE PARK — We’ve been around for most of a decade now. And for most of that time, Oakleaf has been a sleeping giant that, for too many seasons, had been more sleeping and less giant.

Things began to change under the program’s administration by the school’s current athletic director, and were accelerated by the hiring of a young coach with NCWA college experience and, to boot, an alum of the school with a committed belief to off-season work in one of the most intense gyms in north Florida.

That combination is starting to awaken the sleeper and Wednesday night at the 3A-District 1 tournament, the host Knights won their first district title at least in the site’s life, if not for many years before that, as Oakleaf held off district duals champion Creekside, 214-208, to win the IBT district championship.

The Clay County Knights will take 10 wrestlers as automatic qualifiers to next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, with five champions, three runners-up and two 3rds.

As for the St Johns Knights, Creekside did qualify out a co-district best 11 wrestlers to Region 1, taking three titles, five runnerup slots, with two 3rds and one 4th.

Creekside wrestlers take a team photo after their second-place finish in the 3A-District 1 IBT Wednesday night at Oakleaf (Photo submitted by Rick Marabell).

Nease emerged as a solid third-place finisher, vaulting ahead of “expert” expectations to score 173 points and match Creekside’s 11-medal haul Wednesday night. The St Johns Panthers will advance one champion, three runners-up, four 3rds and three 4ths.

Bartram Trail held off Mandarin, 148-110, for fourth and fifth, respectively. The Bears qualified nine wrestlers out, led by three district champions. They’ll add three 3rds and three 4ths to the mix, while the Mustangs advance five out to Flagler, with two champs, two runners-up and one 4th.

Sandalwood, with 96 points, was sixth. The Saints will also take five wrestlers to the region round, with one runnerup, two 3rds and two 4ths.

First Coast pushed past Atlantic Coast, 59-27, for seventh and eighth, respectively. The Buccaneers moved two 4th-place finishers on to Flagler, while the Stingrays have one 3rd and one 4th.

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: Oakleaf made its big push early, with four weight-class wins in the first five, as Knights freshman Angel Rodriguez (25-6) won the title with a semifinal pin over Bartram sophomore Chase Newmans (2:36), then escaped out in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 7-6 decision in the championship match over Nease freshman Jaiden Zajni. Zajni (23-8) earned a trip to the final after a quarterfinal bye and a wild 19-17 semifinal overtime victory over Creekside junior Alexavier Panganiban. Panganiban (20-10, front-side pin) had a bye into the third-place match, where he found a takedown in sudden victory for a 7-5 win over Newmans. Newmans (1-2 post-season) secured his region space with a 41-second consi-semi pin. All four region qualifiers are first-timers.

113: Oakleaf freshman Ion Hortinela (19-8) made it back-to-back for the Clay Knights, pinning his way through the tournament. After a bye into the semis, Hortinela took a 51-second pin over Sandalwood freshman Adam Goodman in that round, then went into the second period in the finals, pinning Nease freshman Jason Choi in 3:11 for the championship. Choi (17-12) advanced to the final after a bye and 40-second pin over Creekside’s Luke Dixon, while Goodman (14-20) wrestled back to third behind a consi-semi bye and fall in the medal round over Atlantic Coast freshman ArJun Lamba (1:49). Lamba (1-2 post-season) earned his space with a takedown in overtime for a 4-2 blood-round win. All four region qualifiers are first-timers.

120: Bartram Trail junior Ethan Vugman (42-1) made sure this weight, too, would not be staffed solely by first-time region qualifiers, earning his third Flagler appearance and district title with two pins in a combined mat time of 2:05. After a bye, Vugman falled Nease freshman Durban Aldrich (:29) in the semis, picking up a 2nd first-period fall in the final over Creekside freshman Justin Umali in 1:36. Umali (19-12) got his match with Vugman after a bye and 4-1 semifinal win over Oakleaf freshman Lincoln Morales (16-9, front-side pin), who added two more pins in the consis, taking third with a fall (4:17) over Aldrich. Aldrich (10-10, front-side pin) punched his region ticket with an injury-default win in the consi semis. Umali, Morales and Aldrich are all first-time region qualifiers.

126: Oakleaf sophomore Keon Barrientos (26-10) won his team’s third weight-class title, making his first Flagler appearance to boot. After a bye in the quarters, Barrientos bonus-pointed through the bracket, with a semifinal pin (1:18) over Sandalwood junior Ricky Hicks and a championship-round 13-2 major over Creekside junior Conner Wright. Wright (22-8) earned his second Flagler trip after a bye and semifinal pin (1:07) over Nease sophomore Lucian Slayden. Hicks (21-23) also qualified for the second time after a year away due to injury, with two consi-side pins that included a fall in 1:21 over Slayden for third place. Slayden (10-12, front-side pin) had a bye in the consi semis to advance out, joining Barrientos as a first-time region qualifier.

132: Oakleaf senior Marcus McGee (32-3) earned his fourth trip to Flagler for regions, first time as a district champion, after a quarterfinal pin (2:46) over First Coast’s Nolan Wood and decisions over Nease junior Parker Stamschror (6-1) in the semis and over 2021 3A state placer Jameel Smith of Mandarin, 3-1, in the title match, handing Smith his first loss of the year. Smith (38-1) qualified to regions for the second time, with pins in the quarters over Creekside’s Chihaya Cook (1:50) and in the semis over Sandalwood senior Ben Peterson (3:31). Stamschror (32-6) wrestled back to third with two consi-side wins, with an injury-default win in the third-place match over Peterson (24-12, front-side pin), who’d taken a blood-round 47-second fall to qualify out. Both Stamschror and Peterson are first-time region qualifiers.

138: Creekside senior Keanan Sexton (23-7) got his team on the title board, making his second Flagler trip and first as a district champ. After a bye in the quarters, Sexton shut out Bartram Trail junior Jacob August, 5-0, in the semifinal round, then falled Nease senior Mateos Zajni (5:30) for his first district bracket. Zajni (21-9) also had a bye into the semis, where he pinned Oakleaf’s Jackson Hemphill in 1:24 to grab his second Flagler trip. August (3-1 post-season, front-side decision), whose wrestling career has been sidetracked by injuries and significant recent illness, had arguably his best high school experience thus far in wrestling back to third, with a 7-5 win in the medal round over First Coast senior Jace Austin (August had beaten Austin, 12-6, in the quarters as well). Austin (15-5) got out to regions with a 4-3 win in the consi semis; both he and August are first-time region qualifiers.

145: In a three-person bracket, Bartram junior Preston Pena (35-12) had a bye into the finals to qualify out to regions for the second time after a year away, adding his first district title with a 6-3 win in the championship match over Creekside freshman Colton Leavell. Leavell (25-9) reached the final behind a 48-second pin over Nease freshman Owen Satterfield (4-8), who had a bye for third place. Both Leavell and Satterfield are first-time Flagler qualifiers.

152: Nease junior Jacob Lutz (33-3) won three times for his first region appearance and district title, falling Creekside senior Lee Leavell in 2:59 for the championship. Earlier, Lutz took decisions over Bartram Trail sophomore Grady Hutchinson (6-2, quarters) and over Atlantic Coast senior Joel Dudley (8-6 in sudden victory, semis), earning victories over every other region qualifier. Leavell (25-7) earned his second Flagler trip behind a 12-2 major in the semis over Oakleaf’s Elijah Shevchook. Dudley (1-1 post-season) had a bye into the third-place match to grab his second region appearance, falling Hutchinson in 3:27 to grab third as well. Hutchinson (12-9) found a takedown in sudden victory for a 9-7 blood-round win, qualifying out to regions for the first time.

160: Creekside senior Diego Rivera (16-5) took his team’s second title and his second region appearance, first as a district champ, after a bye in the quarters, a semifinal pin (1:27) over Mandarin’s Isaiah Diltz and an 8-1 decision in the championship round over Oakleaf junior Roman Polinsky, a rematch from their finals meeting in 2021 (which Polinsky won). Polinsky (23-10) also had a bye and pin en route to the final, falling Nease senior Bam Ghazanfari (3:13) to take his second region appearance. Ghazanfari (16-19, front-side pin) won twice in the consis, with a high-scoring 15-12 third-place win over Bartram Trail senior Easton Hansen (Ghazanfari had pinned Hansen in the quarters). Hansen (3-7) took a blood round fall (2:40) to secure his space; both he and Ghazanfari are first-time Flagler qualifiers.

170: Bartram Trail junior John McNames (2-0 post-season) earned his third Flagler trip, and first as a district champion, behind a fall in the semis (:36) over Sandalwood’s Malik Wilson and a 10-3 championship decision over Mandarin senior Adrian Rodriguez. Rodriguez (25-4) pinned his way into the final, with falls over Creekside’s Tristen Darling (1:08, quarters) and over Oakleaf senior Mason Ganion (4:54) in the semis. Ganion (24-9, front-side pin) added two more in the consis, pinning First Coast sophomore Alphonso Parsons in 4:28 for third (duplicating a quarterfinal pin). Parsons (13-8) had to win twice on the back to earn a ticket to the next round, taking a consi-semi pin in 4:21. Rodriguez, Ganion and Parsons are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

182: After some time away in January to finalize a Division I football decision, Mandarin senior Tony Carter (27-0) won twice in the bracket for the Mustangs’ first title of the tournament. After a bye into the semis, Carter needed only 26 seconds in that round to fall Nease senior Peter Simon, but he had to work hard to overcome Oakleaf senior Onjel Caraballo in the final, 10-8. Carter earned his fourth trip to regions and first as a district champion. Caraballo (18-5) punched his second Flagler ticket after a year away last year, with a five-point move in sudden victory for an 8-3 semifinal win over Creekside sophomore Eddie Craig. Craig (24-11) rallied in the consis for two wins and his first region appearance, falling Simon in 2:45 for third place. Simon (21-12, front-side pin) qualified out for the second time with a bye in the consi semis.

195: Mandarin junior Jaelen Simmons (30-2) made it back-to-back Mustang titles, with three first-period falls in a combined mat time of 4:23 for his first district title and second region appearance. Simmons falled First Coast’s Dean Marshall (1:35, quarters), Nease sophomore Alan Rivera (1:30, semis) and Sandalwood junior Duffy Mista (1:18, final) to take the title. Mista (21-8) reached the final, after a quarterfinal bye, behind an 8-3 win in the semis over Creekside junior Eli Pagan. Rivera (19-3, front-side pin) won two consi-side decisions to place third, taking a 2-1 win in double overtime over Pagan in the medal round. Pagan (21-7, front-side decision) needed a blood-round fall (1:56) to qualify out. Mista, Rivera and Pagan are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

220: Creekside senior Vincent Approbato (29-4) pinned his way into the final, avenging a recent regular-season loss in the championship round with a 6-2 win for first place over Oakleaf junior Ben Gaddis. Earlier, Approbato took falls in the quarters over Sandalwood’s Sharrod Bobo (1:09) and in the semis First Coast’s Jaquan Dennis (1:03). Gaddis (23-7) punched his second Flagler ticket with a quarterfinal pin over Atlantic Coast’s Hayden Brodehl (1:33) and a 9-6 semifinal win over Bartram Trail junior Shane Armstrong. Armstrong (37-12, front-side major), a first-year wrestler for the Bears, won twice in the consis, with a 1-0 third-place win over Mandarin junior De’Shawn Wise-Minor after majoring Wise-Minor, 12-0, in the quarters. Wise-Minor (20-12) also won twice in the consis for his second region qualification after a year away, with a 9-4 consi-semi decision to advance onward.

285: Oakleaf junior Jordan Mitchell (18-3) closed out the night on an up note for the hosts, helping his team clinch the title while earning his first district championship and second region trip, as he took pins in the semis over Bartram Trail sophomore Tyler Vernon (:19) and in the championship over Creekside junior Dominic Deverteuil (1:49). Deverteuil (11-12), after a bye into the semis, qualified out with a semifinal pin over First Coast’s Derric Jacobs (3:24). Vernon (14-18, front-side pin) added two more falls in the consis, pinning his quarterfinal opponent, Sandalwood freshman Thomas Graham, a second time in 2:02 for third place. Graham (8-22) earned his region space with a blood-round fall (1:46). Deverteuil, Vernon and Graham are all first-time region qualifiers.

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#RoadToTheShow: FPC Adds 3A-2 IBT Title To Trophy Case

Flagler Palm Coast wrestlers and coaches celebrate their 3A-District 2 team championship won Friday night at Buchholz (Photo submitted by Billy Pankey via Facebook).

GAINESVILLE — This year has been the kind of season that Flagler Palm Coast started building toward as far back as the fall of 2018.

While the Bulldogs had hoped for at least one if not two more seasons like this, a double-district title with a dual state appearance will suit Flagler just fine, as the Bulldogs returned to the top spot in 3A-District 2 Friday night at Buchholz, holding off the host Bobcats, 262-242, to win the team championship.

Flagler Palm Coast will host next weekend’s Region 1 tournament, with at least 12 automatic qualifiers set to compete. That number includes six champions and six runners-up, numbers that will help with the Bulldogs’ region placement when brackets are released sometime Sunday or Monday.

Buchholz wrestlers and coaches with the Bobcats’ 3A-District 2 team runnerup trophy won Friday night at home (Photo submitted by Billy Pankey via Facebook).

Buchholz can congratulate itself on moving its entire team on to regions, the only team competing Friday night that pulled off that accomplishment. The Bobcats grabbed three titles, with three runners-up, five 3rds and three 4ths as well.

DeLand finished in a comfortable third-place 191-point effort, well ahead of the rest of the group. The Volusia County Bulldogs also will take 12 wrestlers to Flagler Palm Coast, with two champions, one runnerup, seven 3rds and two 4ths.

Seminole held off Forest, 109.5-106.5, for fourth place in the team classification. The Noles advanced four wrestlers to regions, with one champion, two runners-up and one 4th, while the Wildcats will take two champions, one runnerup and one 3rd to Flagler Palm Coast.

West Port, with 95 points, was sixth, with five qualifiers (one runnerup, one 3rd and three 4ths). University (Orange City) held off Lake Mary, 62.5-40, for seventh. The Titans have three 4ths moving on to regions, while the Rams will take two 4th-place finishers onward.

Below follows a summary of the day —

13 of Friday’s 3A-District 2 individual champions congregate for a photo, with 106-132 kneeling and 145-285 standing behind them. The 138 champion from Seminole was not available for this photo (Photo submitted by Billy Pankey via Facebook).

106: Forest sophomore Ayden Ruano (33-7) qualified for regions for the first time, first time as a district champion, after bonus-pointing throught the day. After pins over West Port’s Ethan Crews (2:23, quarters) and Buchholz junior Jun Jie Zheng (5:01, semis), Ruano majored Flagler Palm Coast freshman Timothy McLean, 16-4, for the title. McLean (25-11) reached the final after a bye and semifinal pin (1:20) over DeLand freshman Victor Hopton (31-11), who pinned his way back to third place in the consis, with a medal-round fall (5:32) over Zheng. Zheng (15-17) had byes into the semis and third-place matches. McLean, Hopton and Zheng are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

113: DeLand junior Grady Bryant (31-10) will make his third trip to Flagler for regions, first time as a district champion and first time as a Bulldog, also bonus-pointing through the field. Bryant had pins over Forest’s Jamon Stromwall (4:12, quarters) and Seminole’s Joseph Powell (1:10, semis) before majoring Flagler freshman Carson Baert, 11-2, in the final. Baert (17-14) got to the final after a quarterfinal pin (3:37) over West Port freshman Prince Valentine and after a 9-7 decision in the semis over Buchholz freshman Finn Buchanan. Buchanan (17-18) pinned his way through the consis, including a fall in 1:33 for third place over Valentine, who won in the blood round by fall (3:51) to qualify out. Baert, Buchanan and Valentine are all first-time Flagler qualifiers.

120: Flagler Palm Coast junior Kole Hannant (39-7) won his second district title, qualifying out for regions for the third time with a bonus-point trifecta through the weight class. Hannant teched Forest’s Brent Ryas (16-0 in 4:52), followed by a semifinal pin (1:27) over University junior Drake Alban and a 13-0 major in the title match over Buchholz sophomore Jedidiah Brown. Brown (29-16) won twice by pin for his second Flagler trip, falling West Port’s Justin Salazar (1:11, quarters) and DeLand junior Phoenix Krauth (2:39, semis) to get to Hannant. Krauth (33-19, front-side pin) took a pair of decisions in the wrestlebacks for his second region appearance, claiming third with a 5-1 win over Alban (17-12, front-side major), who qualified out to regions for the first time with a consi-semi pin (5:49).

126: FPC junior John Hald (34-10) also qualified for home regions for the third time, and first time as district champion, behind two pins in identical times of 5:33. Hald pinned DeLand junior Kellen Chapman in the semis, coming back to fall Buchholz sophomore Cavarius Liddie in the championship match. Liddie (26-3) also had two pins (though not with the same fall times) to earn his second Flagler appearance, falling Lake Mary’s Devean White (:33, quarters) and West Port freshman Caden Perez (1:25, semis). Chapman earned his third region trip with two pins in the consis, pinning Perez in 2:38 for third place. Perez (13-16) will be a first-time Flagler qualifier, with a bye in the consi semis.

132: Buchholz senior Venumadhava Mirel (46-8) won his third District 2 title and earned his fourth regions trip, bonus-pointing through the bracket. Mirel opened with pins over Flagler’s Mathew Shipp (1:13, quarters) and DeLand freshman Joshua Folsom (1:13, semis) before majoring a fellow defending champion in Seminole junior Ryan Culbertson, 10-2, in the final. Culbertson (28-9) will make his third Flagler trip after pins over West Port’s Tristan Perez (:39, quarters) and over former district champ and Forest senior Jakob Zawosky (3:24, semis). Zawosky (20-5) did pin his way back to third for his third trip to regions, falling Folsom in 2:38 place. Folsom (40-16) will make his first Flagler trip after a 36-second fall in the blood round.

138: Seminole senior Abdelkrin Salomon (27-7) won his team’s only title, making his first region trip after bonus-pointing through the field. After a 55-second quarterfinal pin over University’s Brock Kreimeier, Salomon took majors in the semis over West Port freshman Jhustino Miranda (10-2) and in the championship round over DeLand sophomore Mathias Franz, 9-0. Franz (32-15) punched his first Flagler ticket behind pins in the quarters over Flagler’s Danya Cherry (1:26) and in the semis over Buchholz freshman Laine Slayton (3:26, semis). Miranda (24-14, front-side pin) won two 6-minute decisions in the consis, with a 7-0 third-place decision over Slayton. Slayton (18-12, front-side pin) earned his first Flagler trip with a consi-semi pin in 5:10.

145: Buchholz senior Aiden Moore (48-6) made his fourth trip to a district final, winning his third title by three pins in a combined mat time of 3:50, falling West Port’s Jonathan Caimares (:53, quarters), Lake Mary junior Nick Ghezzi (1:16, semis) and Flagler Palm Coast senior Felipe Costa in 1:41 to win that third district championship. Costa (26-13) earned his first home Flagler trip behind a pair of decisions, downing Forest’s Jeffery Toribio (7-3, quarters) and DeLand senior Lane Wishart, 5-3, in the semis. Wishart (43-13) pinned his way back to third, with a fall in 5 minutes in the medal round over Ghezzi. Ghezzi (11-9, front-side pin) punched his Flagler ticket with a blood-round fall in 2:21.

152: Flagler Palm Coast senior Timothy King (19-13) also took his third district title and region qualification, with a bonus-point trifecta en route to the title. King pinned University’s Braden Cooper (3:53, quarters), with a 9-0 shutout major in the semis over Buchholz junior Max Szabo. In the final, against West Port senior Tyler Pinkowski, King won by second-period TF (17-0 in 4 minutes). Pinkowski (23-9) earned his fourth region trip behind a quarterfinal fall (2:46) over Lake Mary’s Aden Eliason and a 5-4 win in the semis over fellow senior Benjamin Buhring of Seminole. Szabo (35-18, front-side major) added a pair of pins in the consis, falling Buhring in 2:44 for third place. Buhring (38-7, front-side pin) won by fall in 3:49 in the consi semis to make his second Flagler trip.

160: Bulldogs senior Bryce Dodge (15-3) made it back-to-back Flagler district titles, qualifying for regions for the third time and winning his second title. After a bye into the semis, Dodge pinned Buchholz senior Konstantine Kiousis (1:37) in that round, then came back to tech Forest senior Antonio Brown in 3:33 (16-0) for his championship. Brown (22-7) also had a pin and tech for his first Flagler ticket, falling West Port’s Evan Lewis in 4 minutes in the quarters and teching University junior Bryan Persinger (16-1 in 5:30) in the semi. Kiousis (22-22) had two wins in the wrestlebacks, pinning Persinger in 4:53 for third place, while Persinger (12-12) secured his Flagler space with a blood-round fall in 5:31. Both Kiousis and Persinger are first-time Flagler qualifiers.

170: After bonus-pointing his way to a fourth district final, Flagler Palm Coast senior Blane DeFord (34-6) won his third District 2 title with a 10-3 decision in the finals over Seminole senior Wordner Edoward. Earlier, DeFord teched West Port’s Luis Sotomeyor (15-0 in 2:08) and falled Buchholz junior William Lancer in 1:38 in the top-half semifinal. As for Edoward (29-11), he opened with a quarterfinal pin (3:53) over Forest’s Andrew Lawrence, then shut out fellow 5 Star Conference rival and senior Paul Derosby of DeLand, 6-0, in the semis. Lancer (27-11, front-side pin) added two consi-side victories for his first Flagler trip, with a 10-7 win in the third-place match over Derosby (32-22) who won by fall in the consi semis (2:51) to earn his second region qualification.

182: Bobcat junior Kason Nichols (15-2) broke the FPC string of wins in winning his third region trip as a first-time district champ. After a bye into the semis, Nichols pinned Lake Mary’s Jake Jessee (3:35) in that round, then pushed past Flagler senior Marcelo Gonzalez, 7-2, for the district title. Gonzalez (38-9) will make his third home Flagler trip, after bonus-point wins in the quarters over University junior Slade High-Tompkins (pin in 2:39) and DeLand junior Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (14-6 major) in the semis. Rodriguez-Cayro (39-13, front-side pin) will make a second trip to regions, adding two more pins in the wrestlebacks, with a medal-round fall in 5:37 over High-Tompkins. High-Tompkins (15-11) won twice in the consis as well, with a medical forfeit in the semis.

195: Flagler Palm Coast senior Garrick Schwartz (35-9) won his team’s sixth title and his first district championship, going to regions for the third time. After a bye into the semis, Schwartz falled West Port senior Rowlin Richardson (1:58) in that round, holding down Buchholz senior Jamari Chisolm, 4-0, in the finals. Chisolm (10-5) earned his second trip to regions, decisioning DeLand senior Andrew Knowles, 8-5 in the semis; Knowles (33-22) also is a two-time region qualifier, shutting out Richardson (20-8), a first-time Flagler competitor, by a 9-0 count for third place.

220: DeLand senior Marion Smokes (40-6) won the Volusia Bulldogs’ second title of the day, with pins in the quarters over University’s Rubens Joseph (1:35) and in the semis over Buchholz junior Bryan Diehl (1:37). In the final, Smokes pushed past Flagler junior Dalton Schell, 5-3, for his first district title and region appearance. Schell (19-9) advanced to regions for the third time after a quarterfinal bye and semifinal pin (3:02) over Lake Mary junior Dominic Kontogiannis. Diehl (17-16, front-side pin) took two more falls in earning his second Flagler trip, pinning Kontogiannis in 3:23 for third place. Kontogiannis (10-7, front-side pin) won by fall in the blood round (3:48) for his first region trip.

285: Forest junior Cane Fernandez (19-6) closed out the tournament with his team’s second bracket win of the day, his first district title and second region appearance. After preliminary pins over Buchholz sophomore Marquise Williams (1:02, quarters) and DeLand senior Marco Selph (:55, semis), Fernandez found a way out in the ultimate tiebreaker, escaping for a 3-2 decision over Flagler senior Seth Davis. Davis (29-11) will make his second home Flagler trip after a year away, advancing behind a quarterfinal bye and semifinal pin (1:38) over Seminole’s Jerome Johnson. Selph (41-17) won by fall twice in the consis, pinning Williams in 2:49 for third place, while Williams (8-20) won by pin in the consi semis to qualify out. Both Selph and Williams are first-time Flagler qualifiers.

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#RoadToTheShow: Wakulla Extends Title String To 12

Wakulla wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 1A-District 2 team championship trophy won Friday afternoon at Suwannee (Photo submitted by John Wainwright).

LIVE OAK — Could Suwannee knock off 11-time defending district champion Wakulla off the top of the mountain?

The dual result the teams had in January suggested, perhaps, maybe so. The War Eagles, however, had other ideas on Friday, not only adding a 12th straight district IBT crown to their possession, but doing so in Suwannee’s gym with former Wakulla head man John Wainwright running the show for the Bulldogs.

As things stood at the day’s end, the teams were separated not so much by quality as by numbers. Wakulla qualified an entire 14-person roster for next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at home, as the War Eagles took down Suwannee, 246-230, for the District 2 title and 12th consecutive district championship.

Wakulla will have five champs, seven runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th competing at home.

As for the host runnerups, Suwannee also qualified its entire team, with 13 moving on to regions, fueled by five champs, five runners-up and three 3rds. That one missing weight, 285, was key, as Wakulla picked up advancement and bonus points in that weight class that the Bulldogs couldn’t match.

Suwannee wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 1A-District 2 runnerup team trophy won Friday afternoon on the Bulldogs’ home mats (Photo submitted by John Wainwright).

Florida High was third with 174.5 points, and will match Suwannee’s region-qualifying number of 13 wrestlers, with three champions, one runnerup, five 3rds and four 4ths.

Marianna outpointed first-year program Liberty County, 77-58.5, for fourth. The Bulldogs will take six to regions, with one runnerup, two 3rds and three 4ths. Liberty County advances its entire four-man squad to Wakulla for regions, with one champion, two 3rds and one 4th.

Godby was sixth with 39 points and three region automatic qualifiers (one 3rd and two 4ths).

Below follows a summary of the day —

1A-District 2 champs take a knee after Friday’s tournament in Suwannee, weight classes 145-106 from left to right; upper weight champs stand behind them, with 152-285 from left to right (Photo submitted by John Wainwright).

106: Suwannee sophomore Topher Pearson (47-5) picked up his second region qualification with a semifinal pin over Florida High sophomore Dewan Richardson (1:54), then pushed past Wakulla senior Julian Harvey, 3-1, to win his first district title. Harvey (1-1 post-season) advaned to regions for the third time with a semifinal pin of his own in 1:16 over Liberty freshman Keaton Ellis. Richardson (20-13) won twice on the back for third, with a 6-3 medal-round decision over Ellis for third place. Ellis (28-19, front-side pin) had a bye in the consi semis.

113: Liberty County freshman Jay Brown (39-4) will make his second trip to regions, first time as a district champ, after a 13-second semifinal pin over Florida High freshman Reis Suskey and a 7-0 decision in the final over Wakulla junior Conner Brown. Brown (1-1 post-season) edged Suwannee freshman Eli Jolicoeur, 4-3, to make the final, qualifying out for regions for the first time. Both Jolicoeur (36-14) and Suskey (8-17) were also first-time region qualifiers, with Jolicoeur winning the third-place by fall in 2:45.

120: Wakulla junior Caleb Orr (2-0 post-season) won his second district title and region appearance behind a 40-second semifinal pin over Florida High freshman Cash Ganim and an 8-4 championship decision over Suwannee freshman Justin Contreras. Contreras (27-18) got to the final behind a 6-4 semifinal win over Liberty sophomore Hunter Brown (31-18), who qualified out for regions for the second time. Brown teched Ganim (7-13), 16-0 in 2:39, to place third.

126: Suwannee junior Brody Boehm (45-6) qualified for regions for the third time, winning his first district title by pinning through the bracket, with falls in the semis over Marianna freshman Sam Basford (:45) and in the title match over Wakulla senior Juan Jimenez in 5:56. Jimenez (1-1) post-season secured his finals spot with an unrecorded fall time and pin in the semis over Florida High junior Hunter Stanley; Stanley (9-18), in turn, took third with a third-period fall (4:06) over Basford. Jimenez, Stanley and Basford are all first-time region qualifiers.

132: Bulldog sophomore Austin McKinney (52-6) got out to regions for the second time as a first-time district champion, bonus-pointing through the day with a semifinal pin (:47) over Florida High freshman Troy Carroll and an 11-2 major in the championship match over Wakulla senior Isaiah Wilson. Wilson (1-1 post-season) pinned Marianna freshman Josh Mercer in 2:54, taking his third appearance in the region tournament. Carroll (20-16) shut out Mercer (10-13), 8-0, for third place; both are first-time Region 1 qualifiers.

138: In a three-person bracket, War Eagle junior Wyatt Welch (2-0 post-season) won twice for his first district title and region qualification, pinning Florida High junior Isaiah Ridlen (1:58) in the semis, then decisioning Suwannee junior Ayden Kirby, 4-1, to win the bracket. Kirby (32-19) had a bye into the semis, qualifying for regions for the second time, while first-time region qualifier Ridlen (8-16) had a bye in the third-place match.

145: Wakulla senior Hayden Reeves (2-0 post-season) made it back-to-back War Eagle titles, winning his third district championship and getting out to the second round of post-season for the third time, falling Godby freshman Ahmed Fordham (1:43) in the semis, and then shutting out Suwannee freshman Marshall White, 14-0 to win that third title, one of just two in the district to win three brackets. White (26-10) edged past Florida High senior Caleb Keigans, 6-5, in the semis to get to Reeves in the final. Fordham (4-3) then falled Keigans (8-6) in the second period (2:03) for third place. White, Fordham and Keigans were all first-time Region 1 qualifiers.

152: Suwannee senior Tyson Musgrove (42-7) became the other district 3x champion, earning his fourth region trip behind a semifinal pin over Marianna senior Cody Lewis (1:46) and an 11-0 shutout major in the title round over Wakulla junior Jae T Thaxton. Thaxton (1-1) got to Region 1 competition for the third time behind a 5-2 semifinal win over Florida High junior Dean Wright (14-12), who took two pins in the consis to wrestle back to third, falling Lewis in 27 seconds for the bronze medal. Lewis (7-16, front-side pin) earned his first region-tournament appearance after four cracks at it, with a bye in the consi semis.

160: Bulldog junior Austin Howard (51-7) bonus-pointed through the draw for his second district title (team’s fifth) and third appearance as a finalist, with a 57-second fall in the semis over Marianna senior Trett Phillips and a 10-1 major in the final over Florida High senior Liam Hawkes. Hawkes (22-11) secured his third region qualification in pinning Wakulla senior Aiden Fetterhoff (1:52) in the semis. Phillips (11-13) advanced out for the third time, placing third with a consi-side fall (2:11) over Fetterhoff (0-2 post-season), who will appear at regions for the first time.

170: Florida High sophomore Xander Hawkes (24-3) earned his first district title, moving on to regions for the second time with a semifinal pin over Godby senior Seth Williamson (2 minutes) and a 10-5 decision in the championship round over Wakulla senior Daniel Brattain. Brattain (1-1 post-season) secured his second trip, albeit a much shorter one in the second go, behind a 10-4 decision in the semis over Suwannee senior James Prentice (30-16), who took two pins in the consis, including a third-place fall in 1:37 over Williamson. Williamson (3-4, front-side pin) advanced onward with a bye in the consi semis; both Prentice and Williamson are first-time Region 1 qualifiers.

182: Wakulla senior Tyler Edenfield (2-0 post-season) picked up his team’s fourth weight-class of the day behind a pair of six-minute wins, getting to regions for the second time, this time as a first-time district champion. Edenfield decisioned Marianna junior Marquis Patterson-Rhodes, 8-1, in the semis, then shut out Suwannee junior Dustin Wood, 8-0, in the championship round. Wood (18-15) qualified for regions for the third time (but couldn’t compete last year due to injury) behind a first-period semifinal pin (1:13) over Florida High freshman Matthew Tucker. Patterson-Rhodes (8-5) took his second region qualification, pinning Tucker (12-17) in 4:52 for third place; it’s Tucker’s first trip to regions.

195: Florida High senior Diego Duprey (11-3) will make his fourth trip to the region tournament, and first as a district champion after a year away. In a three-person bracket, Duprey had a bye into the final, where he took a second-period fall (2:32) over Suwannee freshman Torynn Johns. Johns (12-29) won by forfeit over Wakulla freshman Sultan Ellington (0-1 post-season) in the semis, with Ellington taking a bye for third place. Both Johns and Ellington are first-time region qualifiers.

220: In another three-person bracket, Florida High sophomore Collin Bishop (21-8) made it back-to-back titles for the Seminoles, with a bye into the final, where he pinned Wakulla freshman Kohl Pippen in 4:49 for his first district title. In the semis, Pippen (1-1 post-season) pushed past Suwannee freshman Christian Harrell (14-34), 3-2, to get to Bishop, with Harrell taking a bye for third. All three wrestlers in the weight class are first-time Region 1 qualifiers.

285: Wakulla senior Jacob Cardoza (2-0 post-season) closed out the day with the War Eagles’ fifth weight-class win, taking falls in the semis over Godby freshman Gedalyah Fletcher (1:04) and in the final over Marianna junior Zeth Harris in 3:25 to win his first district title and make his first region appearance. Harris (11-7) falled Liberty sophomore Scout Harr in 2:53 to reach the final, while Harr (16-29) won by pin twice on the back side, falling Fletcher in 35 seconds for third place. Fletcher (1-6, front-side pin) had a bye in the consi semis to get out). Harris, Harr and Fletcher are also all first-time Region 1 qualifiers.

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#RoadToTheShow: 3-Peat For Fletcher in 2A-District 3

Fletcher wrestlers and coaches celebrate the win of their 2A-District 3 team championship trophy Thursday afternoon at Westside (Photo submitted by Stacy Peterson via Facebook).

JACKSONVILLE — Three head coaches, three district IBT titles, three straight seasons.

For Fletcher, Thursday’s 2A-District 3 event at Westside was a chance to continue solid momentum after an FHSAA duals season went shorter than hoped for.

And they made the most of that chance, as every one of the 12 Senators qualified out for next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles, grabbing half the weight-class championships on offer and finishing the day with 226 points, a 62-point cushion over the runnerup host Wolverines for Fletcher’s third straight district IBT win.

The Senators also will take one runnerup, two 3rds and two 4ths to Chiles.

Westside was comfortably in second with 164 points, advancing nine to regions with two champions, four runnerups and three 4ths.

Englewood and Terry Parker tied for third with 112 points, and the Rams and Braves did so in very different ways.

Englewood also sent its entire team on to regions, with six wrestlers leading to two titles, one runnerup and three 3rds, while Terry Parker qualified eight out to the second round of post-season competition, with two runners-up, two 3rds and four 4ths.

Ponte Vedra outpointed Ed White, 98-90, for team fifth. The Sharks will move five on to regions, with one champion, two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th, while the Commanders qualified six out, with three runners-up, one 3rd and two 4ths.

Stanton, with 78 points and four qualifiers (one of each medal), finished seventh, while Riverside was eighth with 71 points, also qualifying four out (one champion and three 3rds).

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a two-person bracket, Fletcher freshman Landon Locantora (33-14) won by fall in the finals (1:23) over Westside freshman Jacob Jackson (12-9).

113: Stanton sophomore Elias Spurlin (14-6) bagged his first region qualification with a semifinal pin (3:46) over Ponte Vedra senior Julian Villegas, adding his first district title with a 12-10 championship decision over Terry Parker freshman Shamar Jones. Jones (24-13) pinned Fletcher sophomore Jimi Baur in 1:35 in the semis to get to Spurlin; Baur (20-11) qualified for regions for the second time, falling Villegas in 30 seconds to place third. Villegas (3-9) got back to the region event after a year away, with his third trip to Chiles.

120: Fletcher senior Ryden Ashmore (34-7) grabbed two first-period pins in getting out to regions for the third time and winning his second title, with falls in the semis over Englewood sophomore Christopher Moore (1:28) and in the final over Ponte Vedra junior Aiden Taylor (1:59). Taylor (18-14) earned his third region trip with a semifinal pin over Terry Parker freshman Anthony Laney in 1:35, while Moore (3-8, front-side pin) took third place after a bye and medal-round pin (3:36) over Laney after both had qualified for regions for the first time. Laney (10-11) secured his Chiles space with a consi-semi fall in 2 minutes.

126: Fletcher sophomore Cole O’Brien (38-1) collected his second region qualification, winning his first title behind pins in the semis over Stanton sophomore Jose Toledo (1:12) and in the final over Westside senior Jacare Johnson. After a two-year absence, Johnson (20-7) will return to regions for the second time after a semifinal pin (1:31) over Terry Parker junior Chris Wright. Wright (32-13), for his part, won twice in the consis by fall, pinning Toledo in 1:57 for third place; Toledo (9-16, front-side pin) earned his second trip out to regions with a bye into the third-place match.

132: Ponte Vedra’s lone title came at this weight, as junior Grady Dolan (17-11) pinned his way through the bracket, taking falls over Stanton sophomore Dean Holt (:20, semis) and over Fletcher freshman Elias Twigg in 2:16 for the championship. Twigg (4-4) reached the final with a semifinal pin (2:29) over Terry Parker junior Curnard Juluke, while Holt (6-11, front-side decision) punched his Chiles ticket with a bye into the third-match, where he pinned Juluke in 1:19. Juluke (10-11) grabbed his region chance with a pin in the blood round in 2:19.

Westside wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 2A-District 3 runnerup trophy won Thursday on the Wolverine home mat (Photo submitted by Christopher McNealy via Facebook).

138: Westside junior Olleon Hickmon (22-5) won his team’s first championship here, advancing to regions for the third time and taking his first district title on falls of 2 minutes (semis) over Fletcher senior Fred Saporita and 1 minute (championship) over Ponte Vedra junior Andrew Hissam. Hissam (11-16) advanced to regions for the second time with his semifinal pin (3:13) over Terry Parker sophomore Daniel Mays, with Saporita (16-25) securing his Chiles space with a third-place pin (4:39) over Mays (22-14); both are first-time region qualifiers.

145: Englewood senior DiSean Hires (17-2) took his team’s first championship, with first-period pins in both rounds. Hires falled Ponte Vedra sophomore Bryson Hubbard (:42) in the semis and Westside junior Nathan Williams (1:42) for the championship. After a year away, Williams (19-6) qualified for regions for the second time, thanks to a semifinal fall (3:57) over Ed White’s Joseph Henderson. Hubbard (4-6, front-side pin) had a bye and second fall in the third-place match to qualify out for regions for the first time, duplicating his quarterfinal win over Fletcher junior Jackson McEachin, this time by fall in 2:44. McEachin (5-9) secured his region space with a blood-round fall (2:39).

152: Fletcher senior Christopher Strong (25-6) will make his second trip to regions as a first-time district champ, after a semifinal pin (1:37) over Westside freshman Jamell Robinson and an 8-2 championship decision over Terry Parker sophomore Jeff Brown. Brown (35-7) made it to regions for the first time after pins over Riverside’s Cedric Livingston (:19, quarters) and over Englewood junior Ke’Eric Merrell (3:42, semis); Merrell (12-8, front-side pin) will make his second Chiles appearance after two consi-side pins, including a third-place fall (1:58) over Robinson (8-16, front-side pin), who will make his first trip to regions after a consi-semi pin in 2:08.

160: Senators junior Josh Daltro (36-9) qualified out for Chiles for the third time, going as a two-time champion thanks to a semifinal pin (3:01) over Westside freshman Preston Davis, followed by an 11-4 win in the championship over Ed White sophomore Benny Lewis. Lewis (24-5) pinned his way into his second final and region appearance, falling Terry Parker junior Justin Rangeloff (21-13), who pinned Davis (10-12) in 3:38 for third. Both Rangeloff and Davis will make their first region trips.

170: Fletcher sophomore Joseph Kohlhaas (26-12) made it a three-peat of Senator weight-class wins, rolling through the bracket on falls in the semis over Terry Parker’s Joel Hernandez (2 minutes) and again in the final over Ed White freshman Malakhi Lewis in 1:04 to take the bracket. After a bye, Lewis (22-7) punched a region ticket thanks to an 8-5 decision in the semis over Westside sophomore Ponchelo Cadet. After falling to Cadet, 9-6, in the quarters, Riverside sophomore Anthony Kearney (4-14) won his way back to a rematch with Cadet for third, where he would take an 8-1 win. Cadet (11-15) got out for regions with a consi-semi pin (2:58). Both Kearney and Cadet are making their first trips to Chiles.

182: In a weight class with first-time region qualifiers, Westside sophomore Ja’Cory Martin (15-5) won the title behind falls in the semis over Riverside sophomore Donald Reed (1:11) and over Stanton sophomore Carter Lemieux (3:27) in the final. Lemieux (4-10) reached the final with a pin in the semis (1:36) over Ed White senior Jaeden Scott; Reed (3-8) then pinned Scott (5-6) in 2:51 for third.

195: Englewood junior Melvin Wiggins (16-4) picked up his third region qualification, thanks to a semifinal pin (1:46) over Fletcher senior Dylan Tate, and then took his first district title behind an 11-7 win in the championship round over Westside senior Caleb Baltazar. Baltazar (8-5) picked up his second region appearance, after a bye into the semis, where he falled Ed White senior Josiah Shoemo in 44 seconds. Shoemo (7-7) punched his first Chiles ticket behind two pins in the consis, including a fall in 1:36 over Tate for third. Tate (12-20, front-side pin) advanced to regions for the first time with a bye in the consi semis.

220: Riverside junior Thomas Jones (27-6) collected two first-period pins in collecting his first district title, with a second region appearance in tow. Jones pinned Englewood junior Billie Maynard (1:07) in the semis and then came back to pin Ed White junior Jordan Jackson (1:46) in the championship match. Jackson (5-4) got out to regions for the first time with an 8-6 win in the semis over Terry Parker junior Jamelle Brown; Maynard (12-8, front-side pin) joined Jackson as a first-time qualifier with a bye in the consi semis and fall (1:35) for third over Brown, while Brown (23-14) also qualified out for the first time after a blood-round pin in 4:37.

285: Fletcher junior Toby Matson (37-2) won his first title and became a three-time region qualifier after a 50-second semifinal pin over Ed White senior Demarkus Raysor and a win by forfeit in the final over Englewood freshman Keith Forbes. Forbes (13-6) will compete in regions thanks to a 5-3 semifinal win over Riverside sophomore Kamari Perkins (25-3, front-side pin), who won twice in the consis to wrestle back to third, with a 7-4 decision in the medal round over Raysor for his first region space. Raysor (24-6, front-sidepoin) added a second fall in the consi semis (:49) to punch a Chiles ticket.

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#RoadToTheShow: S. Walton Advances Full Team In 1A-1

South Walton wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 1A-District 1 team championship trophy won Thursday at Wewahitchka (Photo submitted by Travis Laxton).

WEWAHITCHKA — One tournament win is not a streak, of course.

But all streaks, good or bad, start with two in a row.

Thursday at Wewahitchka, South Walton built the beginnings of a district title streak, taking the 1A-District 1 title for the second straight year.

The Seahawks held nearly a 70-point margin on the rest of the field, out-distancing Rocky Bayou Christian, 213-143.5, to win the team championship. South Walton brought 12 wrestlers to Wewa, and all 12 finished 3rd or better in qualifying the entire group to next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Wakulla, as the Seahawks had four champs, six runners-up and two 3rds.

Rocky Bayou Christian wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 1A-District 1 runnerup trophy Thursday afternoon at Wewahitchka (Photo submitted by Kevin Walsh).

Rocky Bayou Christian will take 10 wrestlers to regions next weekend, with two champions, two runners-up, five 3rds and one 4th.

Rutherford held off North Bay Haven, 125-121.5, for team third. The Rams will move seven wrestlers to regions, with three champions, two runners-up, one third and one fourth. The Buccaneers — who are in host mode for girls’ Region 1 on Saturday — qualified more kids out (nine), with two champs, two runners-up, two 3rds and three 4ths.

Fifth-place Bay was able to get past host Wewa, 95-84.5, with the Tornadoes qualifying out eight wrestlers (one champ, one runnerup, two 3rds and four 4ths). The Gators will qualify seven to Wakulla, with two champs, two 3rds and three 4ths.

Bozeman, with one automatic qualifier (runnerup) was seventh with 16 points.

Below follows a summary of the day —

1A-District 1 lower-weight champs take a knee, with 106-145 in order from left to right in the front row. Upper weight champs stand in the back, with 152-285 in order from left to right (Photo submitted by Tracy Malcolm).

106: Wewa freshman Jake Parker (43-9) pinned his way through the tournament for his first district title and region qualification, with falls in the quarters over Rutherford’s Gabriel Breen (:39), in the semis over Bay freshman David Drake (2:11), and in the championship match over Rocky Bayou 7th-grader Wyatt Moore (1:18). Moore (19-10) reached the region round for the first time as well, with pins over North Bay Haven’s Gavin Ricca (:31, quarters) and over South Walton senior Brett Canut (4:48, semis). Canut (30-10) got to regions for the third time behind two bonus-point wins in the consis, majoring Drake by a 14-4 score in the third-place match. Drake (18-13) secured at least fourth behind a fall (:27) in the blood round.

113: Bay sophomore Leonardo Sanchez (29-15) won his team’s lone title, pinning his way through the bracket. After a bye into the semis, Sanchez falled Wewa 8th-grader Tyler Johnson (:33) in that round, then took a second pin in the finals over Rocky Bayou 8th-grader Thomas Pluhar. Pluhar (27-19) qualified out for the second time after a quarterfinal bye and fall (2:35) over NBH 7th-grader Caleb Fuster; Fuster (17-9) rallied in the consis to pin his way back to third for his first region appearance, pinning Johnson in 2:09 in the medal match. Johnson (18-22, front-side pin) had a bye into the medal round for his first region qualification.

120: South Walton senior Max Brewster (47-1) needed just 2:56 of combined mat time to pin his way to a second district title and region appearance, with falls in the quarters over Bay’s Cameron Parrish (:11), in the semis over Rutherford sophomore Cyrus Nichols (1:57), and then again for the title over NBH 8th-grader Zander Stillgess in 48 seconds. Stillgess (31-20) won twice to get out to regions for the first time, with a quarterfinal pin over the hosts’ Wesley Spencer (:14) and a semifinal tech over Rocky Bayou 7th-grader Clay Nelson (25-10 in 5:24). Nelson (19-6) had a pair of pins in the consis to secure his region space, falling Nichols in 4:05 for third place, while Nichols (15-22) had a 50-second fall in the consi semis in punching his first Wakulla ticket.

126: Seahawk freshman Isaac Brinson (31-8) made it back-to-back South Walton titles in winning his first district championship and securing a first region appearance, taking first-period falls over Wewa junior Justin Johnson (1:27) in the semis and over Bay junior Elijah Stillgess (1:53) for the bracket win. Stillgess (25-19) reached the district finals for the third time after a quarterfinal bye and semifinal fall (2:46) over NBH senior Tristan Le’ (26-17), who pinned his way back to third in booking his second region trip, including a medal-round fall (2:18) over Johnson. Johnson (32-20, front-side pin) had a bye in the consi semis to qualify for regions for the third time.

132: Rocky Bayou senior Luke Latham (44-2) earned his third region trip in winning his first district title, with pins prior to the the final over Bay’s Christen Patterson (3:54, quarters) and over Bozeman’s Daniel Pierce (1:55, semis), taking a third-period TF (16-0 in 6 minutes) to win the championship over South Walton freshman Gibson Moore. Moore (29-11) will take his first region qualification after pins over Wewahitchka’s Luke Bryan (:31, quarters) and over Rutherford freshman Giovanni Vinczan (1:55, semis). Vinczan (15-18, front-side pin) added two more victories in the consis, with a third-place fall (3:24) over North Bay Haven 8th-grader Will Lundgren, duplicating his quarterfinal pin over Lundgren. Lundgren (17-14) also won twice in the consis, with an 18-12 blood-round win.

138: In a weight class that contained three 2021 1A-1 champions, Rutherford junior Romero Black (39-2) was the one to add another title to his resume, taking his second championship and third region tournament space in the process, with pins over the other two champs. Black falled Bay senior Corban Cherry (5:01) in the semis and then South Walton senior Ryan Kurfirst in 34 seconds to win the bracket. Kurfirst (27-13) reached the final behind a quarterfinal pin (:47) over Bozeman’s Jeremy Tavernier and an 8-5 semifinal decision over Rocky Bayou freshman Ethan Heathershaw, reaching the region round for the fourth time. After the semifinal loss, Cherry (40-17) pinned his way back to third, with a third-place fall in 3:52 over Heathershaw for a fourth region trip of his own. Heathershaw (34-8) earned his second region qualification, with a bye into the third-place match.

145: South Walton senior Dylan Billingsley (32-5) bonus-pointed his way to a first district title and region appearance, with a semifinal pin (2:27) over Bay senior Trenton Wood and an 11-0 major in the finals over North Bay Haven 8th-grader Bear Siegal. Siegal (34-15) picked up his first region trip behind pins over Rutherford’s Wyatt Griffin (1:33, quarters) and over Wewahitchka sophomore Jarrett Spencer (3:06, semis). Wood max-pointed through the consis to take third and qualify out for the third time, with an injury-default win over Spencer in the medal round. Spencer (17-17) had a bye into the third-place match, making his first region appearance.

152: After a year away from the region level, Wewa junior Conner Roberts (26-9) qualified out for the third time, adding a first district title behind a semifinal pin (1:09) over North Bay Haven freshman Julian Hernandez and a championship-round TF over South Walton junior Chase Maas (15-0 in 4:03). Maas (25-18) made his second region tournament after a year away, with a quarterfinal bye and semifinal pin (1:53) over Rocky Bayou sophomore Owen Parry; Parry (16-16, front-side pin) advanced to his 3rd second-round tournament with a bye into the third-place match, where he pinned Hernandez in 39 seconds. Hernandez (12-21) took his first region qualification after a blood-round fall in 4:22.

160: Rutherford junior Keaton Schirmer (23-8) bagged his second region appearance, taking his first district title after pinning his way through the day on falls over NBH’s Jack Hauck (1:16, quarters), over Bozeman’s William Groves (2 minutes, semis) and over South Walton senior John Lopez (2:54) for the finals win. Lopez (22-12) reached his third district final after pins over Bay sophomore Shaun Sandidge (4:58, quarters) and over Rocky Bayou senior Jaden Scruggs (1:37, semis). Scruggs (23-18, front-side pin) earned his third region qualification with two more falls in the consis, pinning Sandidge in 1:09 for third. Sandidge also won twice by pin in the consis, with a consi-semi pin in 2:43 for his first Wakulla ticket.

170: In a rematch of last year’s 1A-1 final at 182, Rocky Bayou senior Peyton Andersen (38-14) bonus-pointed through the tournament, beating all of the other Region 1 qualifiers, including a win by medical forfeit in the final over Rutherford senior Chad Allgood. Andersen majored Bay sophomore, Dominick Gianfrancisco, 13-5, in the quarters, then falled South Walton senior Shane Lane (2:12) in the semis. As for Allgood (12-4), he needed 38 seconds to earn his third region trip, with pins over Bozeman’s Bricen Surber (:14, quarters) and over NBH’s Joseph Cox (:24, semis). Lane (8-8) max-pointed through the consis, with a win by disqualification over Gianfrancisco in the third-place match; Gianfrancisco (3-6) earned his first Wakulla space with a 21-second pin in the blood round.

182: Rutherford junior Bryson Schirmer (12-4) joined his brother atop the podium after pinning his way through the bracket for his first district title and region appeearance, with falls over Bay junior Joshua Fine (1:30) in the semifinals and over South Walton freshman Kaden Shaw, with a 53-second pin in the championship round. After a bye into the semis, Shaw (9-6) reached the final with a semifinal pin over Rocky Bayou senior Russell Merrifield in 3:57. Merrifield came back for third and his 2nd second-round appearancce with two consi-side wins, pushing past Fine, 13-8, in the medal round for third. Fine (8-19, front-side pin) got into the third-place match and will qualify out for the first time after a consi-semi bye.

195: In a three-person bracket, North Bay Haven sophomore David Mercado (48-1) had a bye into the final to earn his second region trip, then pinned South Walton senior Elijah Ramirez in 3:17 to win his second district title. Ramirez (18-10) took his first region space with a semifinal pin (1:17) over Rocky Bayou senior Jeremiah O’Sullivan (22-19), who will also be at regions for the first time after a bye in the third-place match.

220: North Bay Haven freshman Logan McAlister followed Mercado’s path to a district title, in this case his first (and first region tournament as well), with a bye into the final, where he falled Bozeman 8th-grader Asher Burris in 1:49. Burris (5-11) pinned Wewa 8th grader James Hardy in :53 to reach the final and also is a first-time region participant; same goes for Hardy (5-11), who had a bye in the third-place match.

285: South Walton junior Nick Lee (32-5) closed out the day by earning his second title and taking his third region trip, with three pins in a combined mat time of 1:07, falling Bay’s David Lester-Sagehorn (:14, quarters), Wewahitchka senior Briceson Davis (:19, semis) and Rutherford freshman Edward Johnson in 34 seconds to win his title. Johnson (18-12) also bagged two first-period pins for his first region appearance, falling Bozeman’s Kerian Tripp (:32, quarters) and North Bay Haven freshman Kam D’Niroux (:58) in the semis. Davis (23-28) max-pointed through the consis for third, with an injury-default win in the medal match over D’Niroux (26-17), who got to his first region tournament with a blood-round fall (1:19).

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#RoadToTheShow: Back-To-Back 2nds For Seabreeze

Seabreeze wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 1A-District 6 team runnerup trophy won Wednesday afternoon at Mt Dora (Photo submitted by Paul Shuler).

MT DORA — Wednesday concluded a successful season in 1A-District 6 competition for Seabreeze under first-year head coach Paul Shuler.

The Sandcrabs posted their second runnerup finish in district competition this year on Wednesday, duplicating their duals effort with a second-place finish in the IBT component as well.

Seabreeze scored 156 points on the day, 49.5 behind champion and host Mt Dora. Deltona was fourth in the eight-team event, scoring 140 points, comfortably ahead of fifth-place Tavares but 9.5 back of third-place Bishop Moore.

The Sandcrabs will advance nine wrestlers automatically to next weekend’s Region 2 tournament at Palm Bay, with three champions, three runners-up and three 4ths. Deltona will take eight automatic qualifiers onward to the next round, with two champions and six 3rds.

Below follows a summary of the day, for both teams in the coverage area and their Region 2 individual qualifiers —

106: In a three-person bracket, Seabreeze freshman William Sites (16-10) had a bye into the final, taking his first district title with a pin in that round over Mt Dora’s Brayden Brown in 1:59.

113: Sandcrabs sophomore River Gray (9-22) earned his second region appearance and first in 1A. After a loss by TF (17-0) to the eventual champ from Mt Dora in the quarters, Gray secured his space with a blood-round fall in 1:11, but then fell to Bishop Moore, 10-8, in the third-place match.

126 (no coverage-area automatic qualifiers at 120): Seabreeze junior Wyatt Sites (22-11) reached the final after a quarterfinal bye and 7-5 semifinal win over Deltona sophomore Kyle Yasses to earn his first region qualification, losing by TF (17-2) in the final to Bishop Moore’s Mason Medina. Yasses (30-17, front-side pin) added two more pins in the consis to wrestle back to third and his first region appearance, pinning First Academy in 12 seconds in the medal round.

132: The district’s only all-coverage area final saw Deltona junior Kevin Kerns (39-8) advance to regions for the third time, first time as champion, with a fall in 1:32 in the final over Seabreeze senior Joseph Kent (27-8), who qualified out for the third time as well to the region level. Both had quarterfinal byes, with Kent falling Tavares (1:04) and Kent pinning Bishop Moore (1:52) in the semis.

145 (no coverage-area automatic qualifiers at 138): Sandcrabs sophomore Hayden Herndon (17-7) picked up his second region appearance here, pinning his way to his first district title behind falls in the semis over Deltona freshman Matt McCaw (1:16) and again in the title match over Bishop Moore’s Matthew Marino (1:56). McCaw (7-7) wrestled back to third behind two quick pins as well, falling Atlantic (1:17) in the medal match.

152: Deltona senior Zane Hair (11-15) placed third, earning his second region appearance after a year away, while Seabreeze freshman Aiden Hedge (3-9) was fourth, as Hair won by fall in eight seconds in the third-place match. Earlier, after a bye into the semis, Hair took a 12-2 loss to Mt Dora, but made sure of regions with a 38-second fall in the blood round over Tavares. After a bye in the quarters, Hedge lost by fall (1:51) to the eventual champion from Leesburg, but moved on with a bye in the consi semis.

160: Deltona senior Noah Hancock (11-28) earned his first region tournament appearance, rallying from a 7-5 semifinal loss to the eventual champ from Mt Dora behind a 51-second pin over Tavares for third place.

170: Seabreeze freshman Brogan Kelly (3-14) placed fourth and moved on to regions, taking a loss by fall (1:09) to the eventual runnerup from Atlantic in the semis, followed by a 10-6 loss to Tavares in the third-place match.

195 (no coverage-area wrestlers at 182): In a three-person bracket, Seabreeze junior Jackson Pruett (4-6) reached the final behind a semifinal pin (1:31) over Deltona junior Nate Tsang (11-18), going on to take a loss by fall (:46) to Mt Dora’s Russell Fickett in the championship match. Tsang received a bye for third place.

220: Seabreeze junior Pedro Sierra-Bonilla (27-7) pinned his way through three rounds to win the Sandcrabs’ third title of the day, with falls over Bishop Moore (1:28, quarters), over Deltona freshman Wyatt Keckler (1:47, semis) and over Tavares’ Chase Stockman in 26 seconds to win the gold. Keckler (7-20) won his way back to third in the consis, with a bye into the third-place match, where he pinned Bishop Moore in 90 seconds.

285: After a year away from the region tournament, Deltona junior Nathan Hatch (39-10) won his first district championship. After a bye into the semis, Hatch pinned First Academy (1:52) in that round, coming back for a second bonus-point win with a 14-2 major in the finals over Mt Dora’s Miguel Suarez.

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#RoadToTheShow: Hagerty Tops 3A-3 Field On Home Mat

Hagerty wrestlers and coaches celebrate a return to district-champion status after Wednesday’s 3A-District 3 team title run at home (Photo submitted via Hagerty team Facebook page).

OVIEDO — Host Hagerty returned to the top of the heap in post-season IBT competition Wednesday.

The Huskies won Wednesday’s 3A-District 3 tournament, with a flurry of titles in the middle and upper weights to counter Timber Creek’s run of wins to kick off the medal round. Hagerty finished with 231 points, outpointing the Wolfpack’s 202.5 for first place.

Hagerty will send 12 automatic qualifiers to next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, with five champions, three runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.

Timber Creek will take 11 to Region 1, matching the Huskies’ five-champion count, with one runnerup, four 3rds and one 4th.

Oviedo held off Winter Park, 161-156, for third place in the team standings. The Lions will have nine automatic qualifiers at regions, with three runners-up, four 3rds and two 4ths, while the Wildcats qualified seven out (three champions, two runnersup and two 4ths).

Lake Brantley outdistanced Lyman, 135.5-99, for fifth. The Patriots also have nine automatic qualifiers, with one champion, two runnersup, one 3rd and five 4ths. The Greyhounds advanced six to Region 1, with one runnerup, three 3rds and two 4ths.

Lake Howell finished seventh, with 50 points and two runners-up. University (Orlando) had no automatic qualifiers, scoring 10 points as a group.

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a weight class that sent four first-time qualifiers to regions, Timber Creek senior Jean Vazquez (30-6) bonus-pointed through the day, with a semifinal pin over Winter Park freshman Brendon Powers (1:06), followed by a third-period TF (21-6 in 5:34) in the championship match over Oviedo sophomore Conner Rodriguez. Rodriguez (16-4) advanced to the final with a third-period fall (4:39) over Hagerty freshman Aiden Vick (5-3), who decisioned Powers (0-2 post-season), 10-3, for third place.

Timber Creek wrestlers with the team’s 3A-District 3 team runnerup trophy won Wednesday at Hagerty (Photo submitted via school athletics website).

113: Timber Creek senior Trenton Dominguez (39-4) qualified for regions for the fourth time with a 19-second semifinal pin over Lake Brantley freshman Andres Camposano, then won his third district title by shutting out Hagerty senior Lochlann Higgins, 14-0, in the final. Higgins (33-5) earned his first region appearance with a semifinal pin (1:17) over Oviedo freshman Josh Sabbia; Sabbia (21-12, front-side pin) had a bye into the third-place match, where he majored Camposano by a 10-2 count. Camposano (8-9) qualified for regions with a consi-semi fall in 1:48.

120: Timber Creek sophomore Keegan Clark (13-10) made his first region appearance and won his first district title behind a pair of decisions, opening with a 7-1 win over Hagerty sophomore Carson Greenier in the semis, then taking an 8-5 decision in the title match over Oviedo junior Andres Millan. Millan (5-2) found a takedown in sudden victory for a 7-5 semifinal win over Lyman sophomore Jackson Fredrickson (14-8) who came out on the plus side of an overtime win, downing Greenier (23-19), 8-6, for third.

126: Timber Creek sophomore Aiden Benson (23-18) also made his first region appearance and won districts for the first time behind two decision victories, 4-0 in the semis over Lyman junior Allyn Rosario and again in the championship match, 6-1, over Hagerty senior Jacob Genao. After a year away from regions, Genao (15-13) made his second region appearance with a 54-second pin over Oviedo’s Caden Martz. Rosario (18-16) rallied back for third place after a bye and third-period TF (18-3 in 5 minutes) over Lake Brantley junior Tyler Walter (11-13), who punched his Flagler ticket with a blood-round fall in 1 minute.

132: Winter Park sophomore Jorge Gonzalez (3-0 post-season) bonus-pointed through the tournament for his second region appearance and first district title, with pins in the quarters over Lake Howell’s Cole Herring (2:53) and in the championship match over Lake Brantley freshman Dario Duany (3:48) sandwiching an 11-3 semifinal major over Oviedo sophomore Johnathan Dishman. Duany (28-10) reached the final with a quarterfinal pin (1:07) over Lyman’s Cameron Popeck and an 8-3 win over Hagerty senior David Mejia in the semis. Mejia (43-7) qualified for regions for the second time with two consi-side wins, decisioning Dishman, 7-1, for third place. Dishman (11-8) qualified out for the second time as well behind a 7-1 decision in the consi semis.

138: Lake Brantley senior Kai Higgins (32-7) reached the region round for the second time with three six-minute decisions, all against the other region qualifiers in the weight class, with an 11-2 quarterfinal major over Oviedo sophomore Clayton Mitchell and decision wins in the semis over Lyman junior Cameron Warner (3-1) and championship round over Timber Creek freshman Timber Creek Josue Batista. Batista (21-13) reached the second round of competition with a quarterfinal pin over Lake Howell’s Aiden Wood (3:08) and a 4-0 semifinal win over Hagerty’s Gavin Nelson. Warner (22-14, front-side pin) won twice in the consis for his first region appearance, with a 3-1 decision for third over Mitchell (17-14), who also took two consi wins for his first region qualification, with a sudden-victory takedown for a 6-4 blood-round win.

145: Winter Park junior Joseph Parker (3-0 post-season) pinned his way into a third Flagler trip, with falls over Lake Howell’s Xavier McMichael (1:30, quarters) and over Hagerty’s Clayton Childers (1:14, semis), then won his first district title with an 11-1 major in the title round over Oviedo sophomore Lukas Crawley. After a bye into the semis, Crawley punched his first Flagler ticket with a third-period fall (4:39) over Lake Brantley senior Elijah Huyck. Huyck (18-16, front-side decision) also earned his first region qualification with two consi-side wins, including a 4-1 third-place victory over Timber Creek sophomore Barak Matviak. Matviak (12-23) also grabbed his first region appearance with a 5-0 consi-semi decision.

152: Hagerty built its run of five straight titles starting here, as senior Blake Watts (47-7) advanced to regions for the fourth time, with two pins in a combined mat time of 1:46. Watts falled Lake Brantley sophomore Troy Vazquez (:43) in the semis and then pinned Winter Park sophomore Edward Barry (1:03) in the championship match. Barry (1-1 post-season) picked up his second region qualification with a semifinal pin (2:28) over Timber Creek sophomore Daniel Pacheco; Pacheco (23-23, front-side major) added two bonus-point wins in the consis to reach the region round for the first time, with a 13-5 third-place major over Vazquez. Vazquez (12-15, front-side TF) earned his first region space with an 11-9 consi-semi win.

160: Huskies junior Kamdon Harrison (46-8) reached the region round for the third time and won his second district title, with three pins in 1:59 of combined mat time, taking falls over Lyman’s Vincent Savelli (:50, quarters), over Winter Park senior Ashton Hughes (:29, semis) and over Lake Brantley sophomore Giovanni Duany in 40 seconds for the championship win. Duany (26-6) earned his first region-tournament space, after a bye into the semis, with a 6-5 win there over Oviedo sophomore James Chiaradio. Chiaradio (17-8, front-side pin) also qualified for his first region tournament with two consi-side wins, taking a 13-8 third-place victory over Hughes (2-2 post-season) who punched his third Flagler ticket with a blood-round fall (2:32).

170: After pinning his way into the final and securing his second region tournament space, Hagerty senior Ethan Gomez (49-10) won his second district title with an 11-5 decision over Winter Park senior Tristen Carbonell. Earlier, Gomez falled Oviedo’s John Miceli (1:27, quarters) and Lyman senior Jacob Zifferblatt (:34, semis). Carbonell (25-6) reached the region round for the third time with pins over Lake Howell’s Luke Gonzalez (1:26, quarters) and over Timber Creek senior Dennis Proulx (4:32, semis). Proulx (31-10, front-side pin) pinned his way back to third, with a fall in 3:39 in the third-place match over Zifferblatt (7-6, front-side pin), who earned his first region trip with a consi-semi pin in 1:50.

182: Hagerty sophomore Connor Gilliam (33-10) pinned his way through the draw in winning his first district title and taking his second region space, with falls over Timber Creek’s Pedro Viera (1:36, quarters), over Oviedo freshman Joey Gioa (:53, semis) and in the title match over Lyman senior Haiden Williams-Marchetti in 1:31. Williams-Marchetti (22-11) picked up his first region appearance, after a quarterfinal bye, with a 3-1 decision in the semis over Lake Brantley senior Jonathan Stagaard. Gioa (15-16, front-side pin) won twice in the consis, with a 6-1 third-place decision over Stagaard (14-16, front-side pin), who punched his first Flagler ticket with a fall in the blood round (2:59).

195: Huskies sophomore Hunter Tate (41-7) also pinned his way through the weight class, with a second district title and region appearance the result. Tate took pins over Oviedo’s Nick Rynearson (:34, quarters), over Lyman junior Danny Izquierdo (2:58, semis), and then again in the championship round over Lake Howell sophomore Jayden Velazquez. Velazquez (20-14) got to regions for the second time after a quarterfinal bye and 5-1 win in the semis over Timber Creek senior Nico Perez. Perez (23-19, front-side decision) added a pair of decision wins in the consis to qualify out for the first time, taking a 9-3 win for third place over Lyman junior Danny Izquierdo; Izquierdo (3-2, front-side pin) had a second pin in the consi semis in 1:32 for his second region appearance and first with the Greyhounds.

220: Winter Park sophomore Liam Glassmeyer (3-0 post-season) pinned his way into the final for his first region appearance, subsequently taking a 5-2 win in the finals over Hagerty junior Landon Revis. Glassmeyer earlier had pins over Oviedo’s Yosef Mohaisem (:18, quarters) and over Timber Creek senior Chris Pacheco (3:08) semis. Revis (36-17) also had two pins for his second region appearance after a year away, with falls over University’s Isaac Anglero (5:59, quarters) and over Lake Brantley freshman Jackson Jumpp (5:55, semis). Pacheco reached the region round for the second time (and first time with Timber Creek) behind two consi-round wins, falling Jumpp in 3:43 for third place. Jumpp advanced out to regions behind a 7-1 blood-round decision.

285: Timber Creek junior Peter Nesheiwat (39-9) picked up his second region appearance behind pins over University’s Dylan Paulk (:17, quarters) and over Hagerty junior Thad Elam (1:15, semis), winning his first district title with a 9-5 decision in the championship match over Lake Howell junior Joshua Maldonado. Maldonado (14-6) earned his third region appearance with a quarterfinal pin over Winter Park’s Aden Smith (1:50) and a 9-4 semifinal win over Oviedo senior Malachi Williams. Williams (15-10, front-side pin) won twice in the consis, with a 6-2 double-overtime win over Elam for third place, reaching regions for the second time after a year away, while Elam (23-23) punched his first Flagler ticket with a consi-semi pin in 1:41.

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#RoadToTheShow: Golden Eagles Take 7th Straight Title

Fleming Island wrestlers with the team’s 2A-District 2 team championship won Wednesday at Columbia (Photo submitted by Markus Paridon via Facebook).

LAKE CITY — New classification, no problem for Fleming Island on Wednesday at Columbia.

The Golden Eagles picked up their seventh straight district title, with a 107-point margin of victory (283.5-176.5) over runnerup Lincoln for the 2A-District 2 title, moving 13 wrestlers through to next week’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles.

Fleming Island collected nine titles on Wednesday, with two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th.

As for the Trojans, Lincoln will send 11 wrestlers to Region 1, with one champion, five runners-up, three 3rds and two 4ths.

Lincoln wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 2A-District 2 team runnerup trophy Wednesday afternoon at Columbia (Photo submitted via Lincoln team Facebook page).

Chiles outpointed Ridgeview, 137-132.5, for third place, with both teams qualifying out eight wrestlers. The Timberwolves had one champion, one runnerup, four 3rds and two 4ths, while the Clay County Panthers had one champion, two 3rds and five 4ths.

Middleburg was fifth, also with eight qualified region wrestlers, and 125.5 points. Host Columbia took sixth behind five qualifiers, scoring 94 points with one champion, one runnerup, one 3rd and two 4ths.

Orange Park, with one runnerup and one third, was seventh with 38.5 points, while Leon had one champion and finished eighth with 35.

Below follows a summary of the day —

106: In a weight class with four 1st-time region qualifiers, Fleming Island freshman Shane Duhaylungsod (44-9) had a pair of first-period falls to win the title. Duhaylungsod pinned Ridgeview freshman Conner Carroll (1:05) in the semis, and then came back to fall Middleburg freshman Jackson Hornback in 1:47 to win the title. Hornback (37-11) advanced to the final with a forfeit over Lincoln freshman Joe Tucker (19-14), who edged Carroll (12-16), 13-12, for third place.

113: Fleming Island freshman Jayce Paridon (51-0) also pinned his way through the bracket, with a 25-second semifinal pin over Ridgeview freshman Jason Barrett, then falled Lincoln sophomore Vaniel Caceres in 5:18 to collect his bracket. Caceres (22-13) qualified for regions for the second time with a 15-5 major in the semis over Middleburg sophomore Grady Woodard; Woodard (35-11) came back for third place and his second region appearance with a pin in 3:02 over Barrett (11-21).

120: In a battle of Clay County freshmen for the title, Fleming Island’s Laird Duhaylungsod (44-11) was the Golden Eagles’ third to pin his way through, with a semifinal pin over Lincoln sophomore Jashawn Washington and a championship pin over Middleburg freshman Wyatt Leduc. Leduc (32-5) reached the final behind a 15-4 semifinal major over Chiles junior Sam Tolomeo. Washington (25-11) won twice in the consis to rally back for third place and qualify for regions for the second time, as he decisioned Tolomeo, 9-2, in the medal round. Tolomeo (37-15, front-side pin) earned his second region qualification with a bye in the consi semis.

126: Chiles junior Garrett Marschka (45-5) secured his third region tournament appearance, taking his first title behind decisions in the semis over Fleming Island sophomore Matthew Newman, 5-0, then again in the championship over Middleburg senior Riley Girgis, taking a 3-1 win there. Girgis (26-3) qualified for Chiles for the fourth time, after a bye and semifinal pin (1:03) over Columbia freshman Arthur Vanderpool. Newman (21-12, front-side pin) took a pair of majors in the consis to rally back to third and qualify for regions for the first time, with an 11-3 major over Vanderpool. Vanderpool (9-16, front-side pin) added a blood-round fall (1:07) to go to regions.

132: Fleming Island senior Joshua Mukaddam (32-20) made his first region appearance and won his first district title, falling his way through the bracket with pins over Middleburg’s Dylan Johns (1:06, semis) and over Chiles senior Hunter Brown (2:48) in the championship match. Brown (27-7) reached the district finals for the fourth time behind two pins in 76 seconds (:33 over Orange Park’s Braden Owenby in quarters, :43 over Columbia junior Jayden Thomas in semis). Thomas (25-15, front-side decision) advanced to his second region tournament after a year away, with two pins in the consis that included a third-place fall (5:06) over Ridgeview junior Kaiden Tibbetts. Tibbetts (29-9) won twice in the consis for his second region qualification, taking a 12-5 decision in the semis.

138: Fleming Island sophomore Kaden Schaefer (36-6) qualified for regions for the first time, winning his first district title after bonus-pointing through the day with a 52-second semifinal pin over Chiles freshman Jacob Johnston and a tech fall in the championship (15-0 in 2:36) over Middleburg junior Logan Moore. Moore (29-14) reached his second region tournament behind pins over Orange Park’s Dionne Hall (4:18, quarters) and over Ridgeview junior Blake Pu (4:33, semis). Johnston (34-17, front-side pin) won twice in the consis to make his first region appearance, with a takedown in sudden victory for an 8-6 third-place win over Pu; Pu (20-11, front-side pin), in turn, also had a takedown in sudden victory for a 6-4 win and his second region appearance after a year away.

145: Leon senior Nolan Zirgibel (28-3) won his second district title and advanced to regions for the third time, bonus-pointing through the day with an 11-3 semifinal major over Ridgeview’s Coleman Matheny and a championship pin (3:38) over Fleming Island sophomore Matthew Kotler. Kotler (37-10) got to regions for the second time after a bye into the semis, where he falled Chiles freshman Cooper Hill in 50 seconds. Hill (17-12, front-side decision) won by fall twice to qualify out, with a pin (2:53) over crosstown rival and Lincoln freshman Vincent Crump in the third-place match. Crump (15-13) made it to regions behind a 9-4 blood-round decision.

152: Fleming Island sophomore Christopher Chop (27-10) didn’t give up a point all day for his first region qualification and district title; after a bye into the semis, Chop pinned Middleburg junior Aden Thornton (:53) in that round, then shut out Lincoln junior Connor Edwards, 7-0, in the championship match. Edwards (30-8) reached his second region tournament as district finalist behind a 6-4 win over Chiles senior Andrew Mullins (47-11, front-side pin), who pinned his way back to third in qualifying for regions for the third time, pinning Thornton in 4:41. Thornton (19-13, front-side pin) advanced to Chiles for the second time behind a consi-semi TF (20-3 in 5:35).

160: Fleming Island junior Ronan Bozeman (41-15) made it back-to-back titles for his first region appearance and district title, with a semifinal pin (1:47) over Chiles’ Luke Pickels, followed by a 3-1 championship-round decision over Orange Park junior Trevion Sermons. Sermons (25-4) got to regions for the second time behind a pair of bonus-point wins, teching Columbia’s Caleb James (16-0 in 3:27, quarters) and majoring Ridgeview senior Logan Keester (15-6, semis). Keester (19-5, front-side major) added two more bonus-point wins in the wrestlebacks for his second region tournament, with a third-place TF (15-0 in 5:32) over Lincoln sophomore Keller Shea. Shea (17-17) won twice in the consis to make it to the second round for the first time, with a 9-8 blood-round win to advance.

170: Columbia senior Joseph Rice (36-5) qualified for regions for the third time, winning his third district title as well behind a semifinal pin (1:29) over Chiles’ Langston Tillman, followed by a 7-2 decision in the championship round over Fleming Island junior Joshua Sandoval. Sandoval (50-7) reached the final behind a 34-second pin in the semis over Lincoln junior Jerry Bowman (16-12, front-side win), who advanced to the third-place match behind a bye in the consi semis and 5-1 third-place win over Ridgeview sophomore James Laycock for his second region tournament appearance. Laycock (17-16) advanced for the second time to regions after a 9-6 blood-round win.

182: Fleming Island junior Jhoel Robinson (54-3) qualified for regions for the first time and won his first district title, pinning his way through the draw with falls over Chiles senior Kadis Nafal (2:26, semis) and over Lincoln junior Jacob Nowak in 5:05 for the gold medal. After a bye into the semis, Nowak (15-12) punched his first Chiles ticket with a pin over Columbia senior Jayden Drew in 3:29. Nafal (31-12, front-side decision), too, reached the region round for the first time after two consi-side pins, falling Drew (2:29) for third place. Drew (21-18, front-side pin) was the only qualifier with prior region experience, making the second round for the second time with a consi-semi fall (1:40).

195: Lincoln senior Cayden Bevis (39-1) got out to regions for the third time, winning his second title by teching his way through the tournament, with TFs over Orange Park senior Geoffrey Jules-Delice (26-10 in 3:20) in the semis and over Columbia senior Shawn Raggins (17-2 in 3:12) to take the bracket. Raggins (26-6) qualified for Chiles for the fourth time after a quarterfinal bye and fall (2 minutes) in the semis over Fleming Island’s Walter Poe. Jules-Delice (26-8, front-side decision) took two wins in the consis to reach regions for the third time, with an 8-6 decision over Chiles junior Dillon Elliott (36-16), who found a takedown in sudden victory during the blood round to earn his first region appearance.

220: Ridgeview senior Derrick Mosley (36-6) reached his fourth district final after a 42-second pin over Fleming Island sophomore Ladarius Jackson, then won his third title with a 5-2 decision in the final over Lincoln senior Omarion LaRoach. LaRoach (24-5) advanced to regions for the third time after a quarterfinal bye and a 15-5 semifinal major over Middleburg sophomore Tucker Cody (27-11), who won twice in the consis for his first appearance, taking an 8-6 win over Jackson in grabbing third place. Jackson (23-21, front-side pin) advanced to regions for the first time, with a bye in the consi semis.

285: Fleming Island junior Ethan Hoffstetter (28-10) qualified out for the second time to the region round, winning his first district title behind a semifinal pin over Middleburg junior Bryce Meldrum and a 3-2 win in the finals over Lincoln senior Nic Weaver. Weaver (25-15) also got to regions for the second time after falling Ridgeview junior Trenton Manis in 2:28. In the third-place match in a matchup of first-time region qualifiers, Manis won by fall over Meldrum in 5:21.

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