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#MatmenDon’tKnow: 1A-District 2

So we’re going to try to be more transparent this year.

Lots of folks want to SEE our picks — and either breathe a sigh of relief or laugh at them, your mileage may vary — but what we have not done too often is EXPOSE them after the fact.

This year, we’re going to try to do better with that.

So, here’s our “two days later” review of 1A-District 2, where we’ll show you what went right, what went wrong, and what went sideways. You decide whether we know what we’re doing.

And let us know. Because we’re not always sure we know what we’re doing.

Here’s the brackets in case you want to refer back to them, and here’s our recap we wrote on Saturday.

Team
Predicted: 1. Wakulla. 2. Suwannee. 3. Florida High. 4. Baker Cty. 5. Marianna. 6. Godby.
Actual: 1. Wakulla. 2. Florida High. 3. Baker Cty. 4. Suwannee. 5. Marianna. 6. Godby.

We had this pretty much right, with the exception that apparently Suwannee was a bit more dinged up, lineup-wise, than they — or we — would have otherwise liked. They bumped their starting 113 up to 120, where a senior was (unfortunate). And the Bulldogs have had uppers in the lineup that they did not seem to marshal toward districts on Saturday.

Individual

Yeah, we got this

126: We had the top three picks getting out, and in the correct order, and we had the right school taking fourth (somewhere in my results, when I get to inputting them after states, I’ll see when Baker made all these drops, because I wasn’t seeing them in my looks in at their tournaments).
132: Not quite as good as 126, but close enough, with the champion and runnerup correctly placed; we had our projected fourth place third, because our projected third at dropped to 126, where he was fourth. The actual fourth, we had taking fourth at 138, so we had that more or less right, where he would be.
138: We got the top three qualifying out and in the right order, and as we noted our fourth at this weight did take fourth, but at 132. We … did not have the actual fourth at this weight. He was evaluated at 152; so I must not have had late-season notes suggesting he’d drop 2 weight classes.
145: We had the right four getting out and the correct third and fourth (this one we got an assist from Florida High, as we were thinking a different name early last week), but we had the champion and runnerup flip-flopped.
160: We had the right four getting out, but we had the second and third flip-flopped. They did meet in the semis. We just didn’t get that semifinal picked correctly. They’ll be in the same region half as a second and third, so we’ll see if there’s a rematch.
220: We had the right four getting out, just missed on the third-place match, which went 7-4 in favor of a multiple-year roster member over a first-year post-season starter. I probably could have been a bit more aware of that particular intangible at work.
285: We had the right feel for this weight class, though we thought it would be one of the full ones (six deep) and it was only three deep. We had the right champion and runnerup — those were pretty chalk picks — and when our projected third didn’t weigh in, our projected fourth moved up.

Do we got this?

106: We had the first two picks and in the right order. Our projected third went to girls’ state, which was the right choice for her and for the program, but that program hasn’t had a detailed history of sending its girls to girls’ state. It is the right choice and they’re making a lot more of them. I didn’t have a Florida High 4th. Even the FSUS roster I was given before the tournament didn’t have a 106 (it was one of just two lineups I had to assist me in these picks).
152: Well…we had the right champion at this weight, but we didn’t expect a surge from Baker into the finals at this weight (we had him fourth) and our projected third did not weigh in and compete Saturday. The actual third we had notes on but we didn’t project him to qualify.
170: We had the right champion, although he was the 2 seed and the 1 seed — our projected runnerup — was not so dinged up that he couldn’t weigh in, but dinged up enough that he didn’t compete. Plus our projected third at this weight did qualify out, but was fourth at 182.
182: This was not a big miss; we had the right finalists and in the right order (match of the day in the finals). Our projected third did not weigh in (another multi-year Godby starter). So had we known that we would have moved our projected fourth up, and then added a Suwannee kid who also did not weigh in.
195: I’m being a bit harsh on myself at this weight; after all, I had the right four kids getting out and the right champion. But clearly my projections and the seedings did not match up; my projected finalists met in the semis, as did my third and fourth.

Yeah, mistakes were made

113: We had the right school winning. But we didn’t have the kid there. My projected runnerup took second at 120, and my projected third took third at 106 and for multiple reasons those were the right moves for them. I had a Florida High kid at this weight, and he performed a spot up from where I had him, but I thought there’d be four at this weight.
120: Our projected runnerup and fourth did not weigh in at all on Saturday, and our projected third dropped down to 13, where he took third there. We did have the right champion, however.

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Matmen Don’t Know: 3A-District 1

So we’re going to try to be more transparent this year.

Lots of folks want to SEE our picks — and either breathe a sigh of relief or laugh at them, your mileage may vary — but what we have not done too often is EXPOSE them after the fact.

This year, we’re going to try to do better with that.

So, here’s our “day after” review of 3A-District 1, where we’ll show you what went right, what went wrong, and what went sideways. You decide whether we know what we’re doing.

And let us know. Because we’re not always sure we know what we’re doing.

Here’s the brackets in case you want to refer back to them, and here’s our recap we wrote on Saturday.

Team
Predicted: 1. Fleming Island. 2. Oakleaf. 3. Creekside. 4. Bartram Trail. 5. Mandarin. 6. Nease. 7. Sandalwood. 8. Atlantic Coast.
Actual: 1. Fleming Island. 2. Creekside. 3. Oakleaf. 4. Mandarin. 5. Bartram Trail. 6. Nease. 7. Sandalwood. 8. Atlantic Coast.

For the most part, we were very close with this. Probably the biggest miss was in the 2-3 picks; with Oakleaf beating Creekside in a dual not too long again, we figured the hosts should be on top. We learned about Bartram’s holes in the lineup after the preview was sent, but the Bears would still have had a difficult time holding off a better-than-expected effort from Mandarin, which was within shouting distance of Oakleaf for third.

Individual

Yeah, we got this

106: We got the top three finishers and in the correct order and our projected fourth did not weigh in; had we had that info, the actual 4th, on whom we had notes but wasn’t projecting to get out, would have been in our mix.
113: We had the top three finishers and in the correct order, and, further, we had the right school, though not necessarily the right kid, for our projected fourth, plus we had a fuller bracket expected than what actually weighed in, so we were very close to 4-for-4.
195: We had three of the top four in the correct order (1-2-4) and our projected third did not wrestle, and wasn’t replaced in the lineup. The actual third did over-performed compared to our projections; the seedings did have him in the right space.
285: We had the right four guys get out, with the runnerup and third-place wrestlers flip-flopped. The main reason for that was the seeding was not what we had expected and our projected runnerup and champ met in the semis. But we pretty much had the right idea. If we had the seedings up front, we would have fixed accordingly.

Do we got this?

120: We got the correct champion and runnerup, but things went sideways from there. Our projected third did not wrestle (we had notes on his replacement, but wasn’t sure if he’d start) and his replacement still got out. The only one we didn’t project was Mutoh, the actual third, and he had a solid tournament.
126: Had we known our projected champ at 132 would drop to 126…we would have had a dilemma on our hands because we hadn’t seen him yet. The order in which 126 was projected was at least in order though, with the projected champ second, projected runnerup third and we got 4th right. Our projected third at 126 also dropped, taking fifth at 120.
138: We did get three of the actual four picks correct to qualify out; our projected third finished sixth at a weight class up. Seedings matched our top three projections, and both Knights that were under-projected both proved me wrong.
152: Our projected choice dominated as we expected, but at 160, and my fourth did not wrestle and I had no notes on his replacement. The seeding at least, agreed with me with respect my projected second and third, who won and finished second, respectively.
182: Not big misses, in that we had three of the correct four guys make it out, as well as both finalists (although they were flip-flopped) and our projected third left the team early to focus on track. Our projected fourth wound up third.
220: We had the correct champion and the correct third-place finisher. We had the right school finishing second; the projected runnerup was injured and his backup got to the final. Our projected fourth wound up taking fifth, although the seeding agreed with me.

Yeah, mistakes were made

132: We started by not having our projected champ in the right weight class. First botched effort. Our projected third was injured and didn’t weigh in (we’re hoping he has a full recovery). But from a predictions standpoint, second mistake. We had the eventual champion finishing fourth; the only part we got right was the projected runnerup, but for the wrong reason.
145: I do not believe I have botched a weight class as badly as this one was botched. We had four completely different people noted as qualifying out in our projection. NONE of the four people actually competed Saturday. The closest we came was mentioning that Oakleaf might have a bit of a logjam in the middles. Wow. That’s expert analysis for you.
160: Had too much of an identification with 145. Our projected champ did not wrestle and our projected third finished second a weight up (Fleming moved up a couple of its kids in this area). We got the runnerup correct and our 4th wound up placing 3rd.
170: Another mess, partially not our bad on this one, in that our projected champ was held out for Covid tracing and our projected fourth did not wrestle, with no replacment. Our projected runnerup won the weight, and our projected third got it right.

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#RoadToTheShow: Wakulla Takes 1A-Dist 2

Wakulla wrestlers and coaches celebrate winning their 11th district title with the 1A-District 2 championship trophy Saturday at Florida High (Photo submitted by Heather Harrell via Facebook).

TALLAHASSEE — Three days earlier, Wakulla’s top rival in the north qualified out its entire team for Friday’s 1A-Region 1 tournament at Bolles.

Saturday, the War Eagles matched that effort, winning their 11th straight district IBT title with a District 2 title at Florida High, and qualifying all 14 weight classes out for Bolles as well.

The War Eagles tallied 222 points, a 72-point gap over the host Seminoles, with eight weight-class wins, one runnerup, three 3rds and two 4ths.

In finishing second, Florida High also qualified all 14 wrestlers for regions, with two champs, three runners-up, five 3rds and four 4ths.

Florida High pushed past Baker County and Suwannee for second, with the Wildcats scoring 144 points for third and Bulldogs fourth with 134.

Baker Cty also qualified its entire contingent for regions, with 11 wrestlers going on to Bolles. The Wildcats had one champion, five runners-up, three 3rds and two 4ths.

Suwannee moved all 10 of its wrestlers on to regions, with two champions, four runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.

Marianna was fifth with 32 points and four qualifiers (one runnerup, one 3rd and two 4ths), while Godby was sixth with 22 and one district champ as region qualifier.

Brackets from Saturday’s tournament can be found HERE.

THE QUALIFIERS
Wakulla: Julian Harvey (106-1st); Caleb Orr (113-1st); Raymond Hatchman (120-1st); Isaiah Wilson (126-3rd); Jackson Merrick (132-1st); Jae T Thaxton (138-3rd); Hayden Reeves (145-1st); Zabdiel Garcia-Esquilin (152-4th); Cole Baggett (160-1st); Daniel Brattain (170-3rd); Jackson Osteen (182-1st); Tyler Edenfield (195-2nd); Jack Mispel (220-4th); Jayven Hearns (285-1st).
Florida High: David McGhee (106-4th); Delandre Leconte (113-3rd); Kyle Montgomery (120-4th); Tyler Reeve (126-1st); Cyrus Selman (132-3rd); Emil Ganim (138-2nd); Anthony Bedoya (145-4th); Kyle Keigans (152-3rd); Xander Hawkes (160-2nd); Liam Hawkes (170-2nd); John Campbell (182-4th); Micah Perdue (195-1st); Amarrie Harris (220-3rd); Adam Stinson (285-3rd).
Baker Cty: Duncan Brock (106-3rd); Copher Stran (113-2nd); Thomas Torres (120-3rd); Joshua Carter (126-4th); Rasean Rayan (152-2nd); Leo Cottrell (160-4th); Clayton Dennison (170-1st); Conner South (182-2nd); Toby Kinghorn (195-3rd); Garrett Cain (220-2nd); Daeshawn Larry (285-2nd).
Suwannee: Topher Pearson (106-2nd); Austin McKinney (120-2nd); Timothy Jolicoeur (126-2nd); Brody Boehm (132-2nd); Tyson Musgrove (138-1st); Caleb Parsons (145-3rd); Austin Howard (152-1st); Ayden Kirby (160-3rd); Dustin Wood (170-4th); Blaine Howard (195-4th).
Marianna: William Carrel (132-4th); Trett Phillips (138-4th); Ethan Heinemann (145-2nd); Marquis Patterson-Rhodes (182-3rd).
Godby: Robert Harrell (220-1st).

THE DISTRICT CHAMPS
106: Harvey (36-1), a junior, won his second district title (also won last year), with a forfeit in the semis and a second-period fall in the title round over Pearson.
113: Sophomore Orr (16-8) took his first district championship, with a bye into the finals, where he pinned Stran (3:18) in the championship match.
120: Hatchman (30-4), a senior, got out to regions for the fourth (3rds in 2018 and 2019), and won his second district title (also won last year) with a forfeit in the semis and a pin (1:37) over McKinney in the final.
126: Senior Reeve (39-3) after three runnerup finishes in 2018, 2019 and 2020, won his first district championship with a 28-second semifinal pin over fourth-place Carter and a takedown in sudden victory for an 8-6 win over Jolicoeur in the title round.
132: Merrick (31-6), a senior, qualified out for regions for the fourth time (3rd in 2018, runnerup efforts in 2019 and 2020) and won his first district title with first-period pins over third-place Selman (1:25, semis) and over Boehm (1:45) in the championship match.
138: Junior Musgrove (42-4) reached the region round for the third time (3rd in 2019) and won his second championship (also won last year) with a semifinal pin over Phillips (2:29) and a 7-4 win in the final over Ganim.
145: Reeves (31-7), a junior, won his second district title (also won in 2019, at 170) with a pair of decisions, as he turned back third-place Parsons, 7-3, in the semis, and Heinemann, 9-2, in the title round.
152: Sophomore Howard (38-13) got to his second district final, winning his first championship with pins over third-place Keigans (2:56) in the semis and over Rayan (1:34) in the championship match.
160: Baggett (36-2), a senior, qualified for regions for the fourth time (3rd in 2018, 2nds in 2019 and again last year), taking his first district title behind a semifinal tech over fourth-place Cottrell (15-0 in 3:01) and a 32-second pin over Hawkes in the final.
170: Junior Dennison (7-1) got out to regions for the second time, with his first district championship the result of pins over third-place Brattain (2:40, semis) and over Hawkes (5:47) in the title round.
182: Osteen (37-2), a senior, reached regions for the third time (3rd in 2019, runnerup last year). taking his first district title with a semifinal pin over third-place Rhodes-Patterson (1:21) and a takedown in sudden victory for an 8-6 win over South in the final.
195: Senior Perdue (29-6) qualified for regions for the fourth time (runnerup in 2018 and 2019, 3rd in 2020), taking his first district championship behind pins over third-place Kinghorn (2:58, semis) and over Edenfield (1:10) in the championship match.
220: Harrell (16-1), a senior, got out to regions for the third time (3rd in 2019, runnerup last year) with first-period pins over fourth-place Mispel (1:20, semis) and over Cain (1:37) in the title round.
285: Senior Hearns (33-5) advanced out of districts for the second time (3rd last year), winning his first title with a bye into the final, where he won by fall over Larry (2:53) in the championship match.

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Matmen Don’t Know: 2A-District 2

So we’re going to try to be more transparent this year.

Lots of folks want to SEE our picks — and either breathe a sigh of relief or laugh at them, your mileage may vary — but what we have not done too often is EXPOSE them after the fact.

This year, we’re going to try to do better with that.

So, here’s our “day after” review of 2A-District 2, where we’ll show you what went right, what went wrong, and what went sideways. You decide whether we know what we’re doing.

And let us know. Because we’re not always sure we know what we’re doing.

Here’s the brackets in case you want to refer back to them, and here’s our recap we wrote on Saturday.

Team
Predicted: 1. Lincoln. 2. Chiles. 3. Columbia. 4. Mosley. 5. Orange Park. 6. Middleburg. 7. Leon. 8. Gainesville.
Actual: 1. Lincoln. 2. Columbia. 3. Middleburg. 4. Mosley. 5. Chiles. 6. Orange Park. 7. Leon. 8. Gainesville.

It’s not quite as bad as it looks. On the prove-me-wrong standpoint, Middleburg has always done a pretty credible job of making Matmen look wrong over the years, but I think this year especially so, because we hadn’t really seen a performance that said this team is better than Mosley, this team is only a point behind Columbia, like Saturday’s performance showed from the Broncos as a group. I also am struggling to put my finger on Chiles. They were the district dual runners-up, gave Pace quite a charge in the dual region quarters, and Pace wound up going on to the first day of dual states. Somebody has to finish fifth, and this district has proven itself year after year in the region, but it’s still surprising.

Individual

Yeah, we got this

170: For THE MOST PART, we had this. We had the top three kids at this weight, and in the right order; we did miss at the fourth. Never bet against a Crowder. Good life lesson, kids.

Do we got this?

113: I gave myself a win with a similar outcome in the 1A-District 3 MDK (also see above), but this one had more of a miss on it. We had the top three kids correct, but our fourth wound up at 120, where the actual fourth we had notes on, but wasn’t sure they would qualify out.
120: Not big misses, here, either; we had the correct champ and the right school at the runnerup spot (although it was Bailey instead of Serrano. Was a tough choice for 3-4, which we had flip-flopped.
126: We did get three of the four that actually qualified out, along with the correct champion. We had Serrano reaching the final, but at 120, not at this weight. Mailhot had three wins over guys we had finishing ahead of him (and over higher seeds), so from the prove-me-wrong standpoint, he excelled.
145: We had the correct champion (picking a 3xer is a safe bet) and the correct third; our projected runnerup stayed at 138 and won there (would’ve been a heckuva finals match) and our fourth wound up fifth. Pretty big win for the actual fourth, pinning the projected 4th on the home mat.
182: Our champion was correct and we got three kids correctly qualifying out. The projected runnerup did not weigh in and we had the third and fourth flip-flopped. I should definitely have had more notes on Kovacs getting out, though, with 27 wins.
195: Had I known that Raggins would be at 195 and not 220, I might have had a better shot at 4-for-4 on this weight, but we had the right champion and right runnerup and our third and fourth projections wound up fourth and fifth.
285: I’m probably beating myself up here, because the Orange Park 285 has been mix-and-match all year long (at duals tournaments it was the usual order of business to have three different kids get starts, and I seem to remember one where four different kids did); I thought it would be one of two other kids and not the actual 3rd. We did have the correct champion and runnerup here.

Yeah, mistakes were made

106: And we are off and running with a flying start, as our projected runnerup took third (so still made it out), but we went Tally for our projected third and fourth, and two Clay young kids pushed their way in. Pimienta beat two kids seeded higher, so that’s the biggest surprise for me at this weight class.
132: The bookends of the qualifiers out for regions, we at least had qualifying, along with having the correct champion. But our projected runnerup and projected third did not weigh in on Saturday, and our projected fourth made the final.
138: Just a swing and a miss here. Our projected champ qualified out third, our projected runnerup and third did not weigh in and our fourth wound up wrestling our champ in the consi semis, not for third. Have to give the actual runnerup, Lincoln’s Edwards, props for a big semifinal win.
152: All four of our projected picks did actually make it out, but not all of them went out at 152. Our projected runnerup was at 160, and our projected fourth qualified out second at 145, plus our order was off even with the kids who were in the right weight.
160: Our projected champ at this weight went ahead and won, but at 152, so that’s good on us to recognize, with the projected runnerup going on to win here. I wasn’t sure if the actual third was going to start, but not only did he overperform my expectation, but also his seed, and our third took fourth.
220: We got three of the four qualifiers to qualify out, with the correct champion. That was the good part. We had Raggins at this weight and the actual third here at 195, so that may have worked out better for both as both made it out. Definitely props to Rajotte for reaching the final after we had him projected for fourth.

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Matmen Don’t Know: 1A-District 3

So we’re going to try to be more transparent this year.

Lots of folks want to SEE our picks — and either breathe a sigh of relief or laugh at them, your mileage may vary — but what we have not done too often is EXPOSE them after the fact.

This year, we’re going to try to do better with that.

So, here’s our “day after” review of 1A-District 3, where we’ll show you what went right, what went wrong, and what went sideways. You decide whether we know what we’re doing.

And let us know. Because we’re not always sure we know what we’re doing.

Here’s the brackets in case you want to refer back to them, and here’s our recap we wrote yesterday.

Team
Predicted: 1. Yulee. 2. Episcopal. 3. Fernandina Beach. 4. Bishop Kenny. 5. Raines. 6. West Nassau. 7. Paxon. 8. Ed White.
Actual: 1. Yulee. 2. Fernandina Beach. 3. Episcopal. 4. Bishop Kenny. 5. Raines. 6. West Nassau. 7. (tie) Ed White & Paxon.

On the whole, we did a pretty good job with the team standings. I wasn’t sure if Ed White would have four kids. I thought it very possible they might only bring three, and I did think Paxon might bring six. Everything else largely held to form, with the exception of the 2-3 teams. If I had to guess at reasons for their re-positioning, I would say that Fernandina Beach has steadily gotten better over the course of the season, as befitting a team that has a sizable amount of experience in its veterans, and Episcopal, I think, found it hard to match its pace in December, as befitting a team that is still relatively inexperienced as a group.

So, given the amount of time I spent with a lot of these teams this year, and my relative success with predicting how the teams would shake out, I should do great with the individual weights, right?

Right? (he mumbles, into the void)

Individual

Yeah, we got this

113: I’ll count this one as a win here, with the right four kids moving on and the right champion and runnerup. We did have the third- and fourth-place wrestlers flip-flopped. One downside about there not being a full County event this year, for me at least since I have always gone every year, is that I had less of a handle on how the three teams might compete against each other.
126: We had the top three kids correct and we did have in our note that our projected fourth at this weight could be at 132, which was in fact where he wound up, and took fourth there. A quick note on Mahoney — he’s a four-time district champ, one of just four wrestlers anywhere in the coverage area (one district still to research yet) to win four or more district titles in their career this year. That’s exceptionally good considering Clay was in the district for two years.

Do we got this?

106: We’ll start with what we got right. We got the right runnerup. We got the right 3rd. So that’s something. Our champion pick at this weight wound up wrestling 120, and on the team he’s on they had room for that kind of move, and I certainly don’t begrudge anybody not wanting to cut that hard (wrestling-wise, it’s particularly hard at the lower end due to the higher percentages involved, and personally, because obviously if you’ve seen me). A clear miss, however, with Saldana, who had a much better record than I remember.
132: We had the correct champion, but not the right runnerup, as our projected runnerup went on to win at 138 (which if I’d known I would have picked him to win there as well). Our projected third went on to finish second and our fourth did not weigh in on Saturday.
145: This wasn’t really too bad of a miss in that we did have three of the correct four kids in the correct spots (though we were quite concerned about what Yulee was going to do at this stretch of the weights, with impacts to our picks from 152 on up to maybe 220). Our miss here was thinking that maybe our projected runnerup (still injured) would be available Saturday.
160: So I can’t really call this a win although I sort of had the right four kids (as I’ve noted, had I known Ricks would be at 60, he would still be the 1 choice), got the runnerup right, but had third and fourth flip-flopped. They actually met on the front side of the bracket, with my projection being correct there. Rematches. Oyy.
170: This one made me wish I could have stayed longer to see how this played out. Got the champion right (picking an eventual 3xer makes that pretty easy) and got 4th right. But my projected runnerup and third met in the quarters, the third won and my runnerup didn’t compete in consis.
285: I had the right champion and I had the right fourth. So, positives. My projected runnerup did not weigh in Saturday, and my projected third, as befitting the situation, did bump up a spot in the standings and placed second. The actual third I did not project to move on, and it was good to see an Episcopal kid prove me wrong.

Yeah, mistakes were made

120: What we got right? Well, we had the right champion. And we had the right school? in the runnerup spot. I wasn’t entirely certain what Episcopal would do with 113/120 even up to 126. Our third wound up fifth, we had him over our projected fourth/actual third in the medal match and the P4/A3 over-performed our expectation (prove us wrong). And the actual 4th we noted earlier.
138: So there were several issues with this one; starting with the champion (barely a salvage to say that we had the right school winning). We did have the correct person at runnerup (Editor’s Note: personal friend to our youngest son). Our projected third finished fourth, and we had notes on the actual third, but did not project him to move on. Another prove-Matmen-wrong situation for Fernandina in their favor.
152: We weren’t sure what Yulee would do, and in a head-to-head of district titans, we thought the senior would win at home (they wound up in different classes, which we did note in our Darkhorses section). With advance knowledge, we would have elevated our projected runnerup to first, but we also missed the third-place match; although, to be fair, it was a one-point win.
182: It’s not a pretty picture when the actual champ you have notes on but don’t even project to qualify out, and at the wrong weight to boot, and the kicker is, he’s a two-time district champ after his win Saturday. Do I actually cover this sport? I don’t know sometimes. I had nothing right. My projected champ was third — although the seeding did agree with me. My runnerup wrestled up a weight (again, Yulee), my third was second and my fourth also wrestled at 95.
195: I should almost stop writing here and pack it in until Friday at Bolles and just shoot pictures, no posts anymore. My projected champ was fifth (guys, he’s gonna be back, I still can’t believe he’s an 8th-grader). My projected runnerup did not weigh in, my third was third at 220 (again, Yulee) and I somehow got fourth right. Huzzah?
220: Dearest Mother, I soldier on in the writing front despite all odds against me. My projected champ won at 195 (where I would have picked him 1st also), my runnerup was right but my projected third wound up winning (another Fernandina record that was much better than I thought) and my projected fourth was the odd man out in the Yulee shuffle upward and did not weigh in.

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#RoadToTheShow: Fleming Wins 3A-Dist 1

Fleming Island wrestlers and assistant coach share a moment of levity after the Golden Eagles won their sixth straight 3A-District 1 IBT title Saturday at Oakleaf (Photo submitted by Matthew Forte).

ORANGE PARK — The work of winning a sixth consecutive 3A-District 1 IBT championship was done by Fleming Island, largely, in Saturday’s semifinal round at Oakleaf.

The Golden Eagles put away the team race behind a 10-1 round that gave them plenty of cushion toward that sixth straight title.

But, while that round leading to Saturday’s win was the silver lining as Fleming Island advanced 11 wrestlers to Friday’s Region 1 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, with three champions, seven runners-up and one 3rd, there was a cloud in coach PJ Cobbert’s generally-sunny description of his group, given the dominance the Golden Eagles have held on the district if not the entire coverage area itself for the previous five seasons at least.

“I’ve said it before; we got hit hard by Covid, everybody’s been hurt by it. Hurts what kind of practices you get in,” said Cobbert of his team, which was down three starters that would have had chances to add to Fleming’s title haul, two with injuries and one due to county tracing protocols.

“I don’t know that any of our guys didn’t do what they were supposed to do (Saturday), but we’ve got to get back to work.”

A medals round that didn’t match the success of the semis, however, allowed the final margin of victory to tighten considerably, as both Creekside and Oakleaf made inroads on Fleming’s large early lead. Still, by day’s end, the Golden Eagles held a solid 22.5-point lead over the runnerup St Johns Knights, with Oakleaf third at 154.

Creekside wrestlers with their 3A-District 1 runnerup trophy won Saturday, the first 3A trophy that the St Johns Knights have won as a program (Photo submitted by Rick Marabell).

“Very pleased. Got 11 through, that’s the biggest thing. Anything can happen (next week). You can see fourth-place guys at district go in and win regionals,” Creekside coach Rick Marabell said.

“When we lost in the finals at 52, that was tough (on the Knights’ chances to stay in 2nd), but winning at 170, winning at 182 was a huge win, and (the) win at 220 was icing on the cake.”

Creekside matched Fleming Island’s number of champions, with three, and added two runners-up, four 3rds and two 4ths.

Host Oakleaf was in contention with their St Johns nickname sharers for second, but couldn’t overcome the Creekside late rush, despite the Clay County Knights also securing three titles, with two runners-up, four thirds and one fourth to move through 10 wrestlers to regions with 154 points in third.

Mandarin had the best performance of its truncated-by-Covid season (just one dual in December), taking fourth place with 120 points. The Mustangs got 10 wrestlers through to regions, with one champion, three runners-up and six 4ths.

A badly short-handed Bartram Trail side pushed past county rival Nease, 77-51, for fifth. The Bears had five region qualifiers, with two champs, two thirds and one fourth.

Nease, for its part, had one champion, one third and three fourths for its five region qualifiers.

Sandalwood outpointed Atlantic Coast, 31-24, for seventh. The Saints and Stingrays each had two region qualifiers, with Sandalwood taking one champon and one 3rd; Atlantic Coast finished with one third and one fourth.

Brackets from Saturday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

THE QUALIFIERS
Fleming Island: Joseph Forte (106-2nd); Hunter Herrington (113-1st); Riley Holton (126-2nd); Xavier Logan (132-2nd); Garrett Cole (138-2nd); Matthew Kotler (145-3rd); David Parkes (160-1st); Joshua Sandoval (170-2nd); Hunter Williams (195-1st); Grant Travis (220-2nd); Ethan Hoffstetter (285-2nd).
Creekside: Andrew Feeks (106-3rd); Conner Wright (113-3rd); Hunter England (120-2nd); Cathan Simpson (132-3rd); Keanan Sexton (138-3rd); Lee Leavell (145-4th); Diego Rivera (152-2nd); Michael Little (160-4th); Hunter Brown (170-1st); Bryan Fortay (182-1st); Vincent Approbato (220-1st).
Oakleaf: Kevin Gilley (120-1st); Marcus McGee (126-3rd); Logan Gilbert (132-4th); Trevor Owens (138-1st); Roman Polinsky (152-1st); James McClintic (160-2nd); Braden Cole (182-3rd); Isaiah Shevchook (195-2nd); Ben Gaddis (220-3rd); Jordan Mitchell (285-3rd).
Mandarin: Logan Emanuel (106-4th); Nathan Bremer (113-2nd); Da’mon Teague (120-4th); Ethan Harvey (126-4th); Jameel Smith (132-1st); Ashton White (145-2nd); Xaine Evans (152-4th); Tony Carter (182-2nd); Jaelen Simmons (195-4th); Andres Rodriguez (285-4th).
Bartram Trail: Ethan Vugman (106-1st); Travis Tagarelli (113-4th); John McNames (160-3rd); Aydan Nguyen (170-3rd); Ryan Piersza (285-1st).
Nease: Mateos Zajni (138-4th); Anthony Tanza (145-1st); Peter Simon (170-4th); Danil Avetisov (182-4th); Kobe Ross (195-3rd).
Sandalwood: Alexei Mutoh (120-3rd); Dante Rigal (126-1st).
Atlantic Coast: Joel Dudley (152-3rd); Hayden Brudehl (220-4th).

THE DISTRICT CHAMPS
106: Sophomore Vugman (106) won his second district title; after a bye into the semis, Vugman falled fourth-place Emanuel (:43) and then shut out Forte, 7-0, in the final.
113: Herrington (20-3), a senior, took his third district championship (won in 2019 and again last year), with falls in the semis over fourth-place Tagarelli (:44) and over Bremer (3:01) in the title round.
120: Senior Gilley (22-3) qualified for regions for the second time (4th last year), winning his first district title with three pins over third-place Mutoh (3:40, quarters), fourth-place Teague (1:55, semis) and England (2:36) in the championship match.
126: Rigal (10-0), a senior, won his first Florida post-season championship behind a semifinal pin (:44) over third-place McGee and a 5-1 decision over Holton in the final.
132: Junior Smith (19-1) won his first district title; after a bye into the semis, he took a 16-3 major over fourth-place Gilbert, then held off Logan for a 6-4 win in the title round.
138: Owens (35-13), a senior, qualified for regions for the second time (2nd last year) and won his first district championship with a 59-second fall over fourth-place Zajni in the semis and finding a late takedown for an 8-6 win over Cole in the championship match.
145: Senior Tanza (20-5) qualified for regions for the first time, and won his first title with preliminary decisions over Bartram Trail’s Preston Pena (7-1, quarters) and third-place Kotler (9-7, semis) before pinning White in 2:28 in the final.
152: Polinsky (17-14), a sophomore, also made his first region appearance as a district champ; after a semifinal bye, Polinsky won by fall over third-place Dudley (2:30), and then was able to push past Rivera with a 6-4 decision in the title round.
160: Senior Parkes (21-4) reached a district final for the third time (runnerup in 2019 and 2020), winning his first title behind two pins in 1:57, including falls over Mandarin’s Adrian Rodriguez (1:02, semis) and over former Oakleaf teammate McClintic (:55) in the championship match.
170: Brown (27-6), a senior, got to regions for the third time (third in 2A in 2019, third last year), with his first district championship coming on bonus-point wins over third-place Nguyen (fall in 5:54, semis) and behind a 12-4 major over Sandoval in the final.
182: Senior Fortay (19-4) qualified out for the second time (3rd last year), with his first district title fueled by a 32-second semifinal pin over third-place Cole and a 6-4 win fueled on a third-period takedown over Carter in the title round.
195: Williams (23-3), a junior, won his first district championship behind a 47-second semifinal pin over fourth-place Simmons, followed by a 7-2 win in the championship match over Shevchook.
220: Junior Approbato (31-3) qualified out for regions for the first time and won his first title behind a first-period fall (1:16) over Gaddis in the semis, and came back with a 10-5 decision over Travis in the final.
285: Piersza (27-4), a senior, qualified for regions for the third time (3rd in 2A in 2019, 4th last year), winning his first district championship with a semifinal pin over third-place Mithcell (2:59). In the final, Piersza scored first with an escape over Hoffstetter, and that first point was key, as it gave Piersza choice in the ultimate tiebreaker, and he was able to escape again for a 3-2 win in the title match.

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#RoadToTheShow: Yulee Takes 1A-District 3 Title

Yulee wrestlers, coaches and managers celebrated a successful defense of the Hornets’ 1A-District 3 IBT title Saturday at home (Photo submitted by Brandon Crawford via Facebook).

YULEE — It’s been three weeks since Yulee last hit the competitive mats, when the Hornets were second at Wakulla’s MyHOUSE Big Bend Invitational.

Despite the layoff, the Hornets maintained tournament form through the 20-day period, pushing past an eight-team field to defend their 1A-District 3 IBT title Saturday.

Yulee advanced 13 of its 14 wrestlers automatically to next week’s Region 1 tournament at Bolles, as the Hornets outpointed Fernandina Beach, 216.5-172.

Yulee finished with four champions, five runners-up and four 3rds on the day.

Yulee’s Nassau County rival, the Pirates, qualified 10 wrestlers to region. Fernandina Beach had five champions, two runners-up and three 3rds.

Fernandina Beach wrestlers and coaches with their 1A-District 3 runnerup trophy won Saturday at Yulee (Photo submitted by Dana Crawford via Facebook).

Episcopal outdistanced Bishop Kenny for third place, with 136 points to the Crusaders’ 90. The Eagles moved nine wrestlers to regions, with one champion, four runners-up, three 3rds and one 4th.

As for Bishop Kenny, it moved nine through as well, with one champion, one runnerup, two 3rds and five 4ths.

Raines pushed past the rest of the district to finish fifth, with 72 points, with West Nassau sixth (56) and Ed White and Paxon tied for seventh (30).

The Vikings moved three wrestlers to regions, all of them champions, while the Warriors qualified five out (one runnerup, one 3rd, three 4ths). Ed White had two qualifiers (one runnerup and one 3rd), while Paxon moved through three 4ths.

Brackets for Saturday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

THE QUALIFIERS
Yulee: Logan Pugh (106-3rd); Jacob Proffit (113-3rd); Tristan Martinez (126-2nd); Austin Adamson (132-3rd); Dylan Johns (138-1st); Isaiah Shook (145-1st); Jesse Johnson (152-2nd); Aston Ricks (160-1st); Collin Sewell (170-2nd); Keleb Reddish (182-1st); Braylen Ricks (195-2nd); Tim King (220-3rd); Will Harvey (285-2nd).
Fernandina Beach: Nik Saldana (106-1st); Caden Kubatzke (120-1st); Jeremy Mahoney (126-1st); Dietrich Woods (132-2nd); Cole Misciagna (138-3rd); Enzo Gamba (152-1st); Lucas Crawford (160-2nd); Brooks Rohe (170-3rd); Tyler Harris (182-3rd); Kolby Kidd (220-1st).
Episcopal: Cohen Chesser (106-2nd); Scott Busey (120-2nd); Christian Ryan (126-3rd); Joe Jackson (132-1st); Noah Meyer (138-2nd); Ben Helton (145-3rd); John Fernandez (152-4th); Christian McGarity (182-2nd); Tommaso Pozzoni (285-3rd).
Bishop Kenny: Jacob Harless (106-4th); Ryan Mayer (113-2nd); Allan Bustos (120-3rd); Jack Raynor (132-4th); Aden Seepersad (138-4th); Collin Hearn (152-3rd); Paul Barakat (160-4th); Barrie Snyder (182-4th); Kevin Thallemer (285-1st).
Raines: De’Quon King (113-1st); Raynarde Thomas (170-1st); Jamari Watson (195-1st); Gregory Townsend (285-4th).
West Nassau: Blayden Tharpe (113-4th); Jackson Holcomb (120-4th); Nolan McKelvy (145-4th); Jakob Turnage (160-3rd); Jackson Rowell (220-2nd).
Ed White: Sebastian Gonzalez (145-2nd); Da’vaughn Patterson (195-3rd).
Paxon: Michael Dramis (170-4th); Matthew Brunelli (195-4th); Daniel Harman (220-4th).

THE DISTRICT CHAMPS
106: Saldana (28-4), a sophomore, won his first district title with a semifinal pin over third-place Pugh, followed by a 5-2 win in the finals over Chesser.
113: Junior King (19-1) reached his third final and won his second district championship, with an injury-default semifinal win over Fernandina Beach’s Jacob Simmons and a 13-0 major in the title round over Mayer.
120: Kubatzke (32-2), a sophomore, qualified for regions for the second time (4th last year), winning his first district title with a semifinal pin over Yulee’s Lewis Duhan and a 17-0 tech fall over Busey in the championship match.
126: Senior Mahoney (27-0) never lost a district-round match in his high school career, winning his fourth championship with a bye into the finals and a 17-2 tech fall win in the finals over Martinez.
132: Jackson (21-5), a senior, qualified for regions for the fourth time (3rd in 2018, runnerup in both 2019 and last year), winning his first district title with pins in the semis over third-place Adamson and over Woods in the title round.
138: Sophomore Johns (17-8) qualified out for the second time to regions (3rd last year), with pins over third-place Misciagna in the semifinals and over Meyer in the championship match.
145: Shook (23-8), a senior, won his first district title and qualified for regions for the second time. After a bye into the semis, Shook had a semifinal pin over fourth-place McKelvy, followed by a fall in the finals over Gonzalez.
152: Freshman Gamba (22-0) won his first district title; after a bye, Gamba recorded pins in the semis over fourth-place Fernandez and in the title round over Johnson.
160: Ricks (33-7), a senior, qualified for regions for the fourth time (4th in 2018, runnerup in both 2019 and also last year), winning his first district championship with pins over Episcopal’s Hunter Luzar (semis) and over Crawford in the championship match.
170: Senior Thomas (21-0) won his third district title (also won in 2019 and 2020, finished a match short of regions in 2018) with techs in the semis over fourth-place Dramis (20-5) and in the final over Sewell (16-1).
182: Reddish (14-9), a junior, won his second district championship (also won last year) with pins in the semifinals over third-place Harris and again in the title rou8nd over McGarity.
195: Junior Watson (14-0) reached the finals for the third time (runnerup in 2019) and won his second title (also won last year), taking falls in the semis over third-place Paterson and over Ricks in the championship match.
220: Kidd (29-1), a senior, qualified for regions for the first time and won his first district championship, with pins over fourth-place Harman (semis) and avenging his only loss with a fall over Rowell in the final.
285: Junior Thallemer (23-13) reached regions for the second time and won his first district title, with a double-overtime 4-3 win in the semis over third-place Pozzoni, followed by a pin in the title round over Harvey.

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#RoadToTheShow: Lincoln Wins 2A-Dist 2

Lincoln wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Trojans’ 2A-District 2 title-winning effort on Saturday (Photo submitted by Rusty Edwards via Facebook).

TALLAHASSEE — In the city of Tallahassee, Lincoln did not lose a single weekend tournament during the regular season.

On Saturday, the Trojans added another weekend tournament win, rolling to victory in the 2A-District 2 IBT, adding it to the district duals win that Lincoln had in December.

Lincoln qualified 12 wrestlers for Friday’s Region 1 tournament at Mosley, outpointing runnerup and 2020 champion Columbia, 185.5-125.

The Trojans compiled four champions, four runners-up, one 3rd and three 4ths.

Columbia held off Middleburg by just a point for second place in the team standings. The Tigers qualified eight wrestlers for regions, with three champions, one runnerup and four 3rds.

Columbia wrestlers, coaches and managers with the Tigers’ 2A-District 2 runnerup trophy won Saturday at Lincoln (Photo submitted by Peter Whittington via Facebook).

Middleburg qualified out 10 for regions, with two champions, two runners-up and six fourths.

Mosley outpointed Chiles for fourth, 114-111, as the Dolphins qualified all eight of their wrestlers to wrestle at home next week, with two champs, one runnerup, four 3rds and one 4th.

The Timberwolves advanced seven to regions, with three champions, two runners-up and two 4ths.

Orange Park was sixth, with 70 points, followed by Leon (33) and Gainesville (24).

The Raiders qualified six wrestlers out for regions (three runners-up, two 3rds and one 4th), while Leon moved three through (one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th) and Gainesville qualified two (both 3rd).

Brackets for Saturday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

THE QUALIFIERS
Lincoln: Elijah Hendley (113-1st); JaShawn Washington (120-3rd); Ron Taylor (126-4th); Zaire Fernanders-Jackson (132-1st); Connor Edwards (138-2nd); Jerry Bowman (152-4th); Patrick Blanca (160-2nd); Mason Crowder (170-4th); Cayden Bevis (182-1st); Wyatt Town (195-2nd); Omarion LaRoach (220-1st); Nic Weaver (285-2nd).
Columbia: Brett Millard (106-1st); Alexander Ulloa (132-3rd); Thomas Greene (152-2nd); Joseph Rice (170-1st); Jayden Drew (182-3rd); Shawn Raggins (195-3rd); Jamari Jones (220-3rd); Jaycob Jones (285-1st).
Middleburg: Shane Jourdan (106-4th); Grady Woodard (113-4th); Thomas Stokes (120-4th); Riley Girgis (126-1st); Dylan Johns (132-2nd); Logan Moore (138-4th); Aden Thornton (145-4th); Alex Nayfack (160-1st); Eliyah Cole (170-2nd); Tucker Cody (182-4th).
Mosley: Derrick Williams (106-3rd); Calvin Williams (113-3rd); Darius Mailhot (126-3rd); Nick Hejke (145-1st); Nick Kendrick (152-1st); Kaydon Lester (170-3rd); Dalton Kovacs (182-2nd); Robert Wills (285-4th).
Chiles: Garrett Marschka (113-2nd); Hunter Brown (120-1st); Olufemi Egberongbe (138-1st); Alex Adkins (145-2nd); Andrew Mullins (160-4th); Kyle McGill (195-1st); Nicholas Groves (220-4th).
Orange Park: Ryder Pimienta (106-2nd); Davon Bailey (120-2nd); Elijah Serrano (126-2nd); Jose Penagos (132-4th); Trevion Sermons (152-3rd); Gabriel Hecht (285-3rd).
Leon: Nolan Zirgibel (138-3rd); Joshua Seabrooks (195-4th); Riley Rajotte (220-2nd).
Gainesville: Brennan Kade (145-3rd); William Marshall (160-3rd).

THE DISTRICT CHAMPS
106: Millard (32-8), a senior, qualified for regions for the fourth time (2nd in 2018, 3rd in 2019 and last year), winning his first district championship behind a semifinal pin over Chiles’ Sam Tolomeo (1:21) and an 8-1 decision over Pimienta in the finals.
113: Senior Hendley (29-1) won his third district title (won in 2019 and 2020), with two bonus-point wins, including a semifinal pin over third-place Williams (1:14) and a 10-2 major in the title match over Marschka.
120: Brown (22-3), a junior, reached the finals for the third time and won his second district championship with two pins in 47 seconds of mat time. Brown won by fall over fourth-place Stokes (:23) in the semis and then pinned Bailey (:24) in the championship match.
126: Junior Girgis (21-8) qualified for regions in the third time (thirds in 2019 and 2020), winning his first district title behind pins over third-place Mailhot (1:54, semis) and over Serrano (3:34) in the finals.
132: Fernanders-Jackson (24-7), a sophomore, won his first district title behind a semifinal pin over third-place Ulloa (1:45) and an 8-2 decision in the title match over Johns.
138: Senior Egberongbe (22-2) qualified out for regions for the third time (runnerup in 2019, 3rd last year), winning his first district championship behind a 7-4 semifinal win over fourth-place Moore and a fall over Edwards (1:31) in the championship match.
145: Hejke (41-6), a junior, reached a district final for the fourth time and won his third title with a semifinal tech over fourth-place Thornton (18-2 in 4 minutes), followed by a fall over Adkins (1:46) in the finals.
152: Senior Kendrick (23-10) qualified for regions for the third time (4th in 2019) and won his second title, first with the Dolphins (also won districts last year). Kendrick won by fall (1:57) in the semis over fourth-place Bowman and had a third-period tech fall (17-2 in 4:26) in the title match over Greene.
160: Nayfack (21-8), a senior, qualified for regions for the third time (4th in both 2019 and last year), winning his first district championship with a 13-5 semifinal major over fourth-place Mullins and a fall over Blanca (2:47) in the championship match.
170: Junior Rice (33-5) won his second district title (also won in 2020) with two pins in 2:33 of mat time, taking falls in the semis over fourth-place Crowder (:41) and over Cole (1:52) in the finals.
182: Bevis, a sophomore, ran his record to 20-0 in winning his first district title and qualifying for regions for the second time (3rd last year). Bevis also had two pins, falling third-place Drew (:28) in the semis and Kovacs (5:33) in the title match.
195: Senior McGill (22-0) qualified for regions for the fourth time (3rd in 2018) and won his third district championship (wins in 2019 and 2020 as well) with a semifinal pin over third-place Raggins (1:11) and a 17-4 major over Yown in the championship match.
220: LaRoach (30-1), a junior, qualified for regions for the second time (3rd last year), winning his first district title with two pins in 4:19. He pinned third-place Jones (1:48) in the semis and Rajotte (3:07) in the finals.
285: Junior Jones (21-5) reached his second district final and won his first championship with a pair of decisions, downing third-place Hecht (7-2) in the semis and winning against Weaver, 8-2, in the title match.

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Matmen Don’t Know: 3A-District 2

So we’re going to try to be more transparent this year.

Lots of folks want to SEE our picks — and either breathe a sigh of relief or laugh at them, your mileage may vary — but what we have not done too often is EXPOSE them after the fact.

This year, we’re going to try to do better with that.

So, here’s our “overnight after” review of 3A-District 2, where we’ll show you what went right, what went wrong, and what went sideways. You decide whether we know what we’re doing.

And let us know. Because we’re not always sure we know what we’re doing.

Here’s the brackets in case you want to refer back to them, and here’s our recap we wrote earlier this evening.

Team
Predicted: 1. Buchholz. 2. Flagler Palm Coast. 3. DeLand. 4. University (Orange City). 5. Forest. 6. Seminole. 7. West Port.
Actual: 1. Buchholz. 2. Flagler Palm Coast. 3. University (Orange City). 4. DeLand. 5. Seminole. 6. West Port. 7. Forest.

Top two picks held to form. I sort of thought pre-season this would be Flagler star power versus Buchholz depth this year, and as it turned out FPC had more depth than I thought and Buchholz had more star power than I thought. The race for third was very close, and there it was the star power that University had — particularly up top — that was just barely enough to push past DeLand’s crew of seconds, thirds and fourths. Seminole’s been a hard team to evaluate; while I feel like I have all their results, the Noles never responded to my reach-out attempts and I wasn’t really sure what they’d have. They had a qualifier or two I don’t know by name, and that’s kind of rare at this point for me, to not know names. I thought Forest would have more in the fight this season.

Individual

Yeah, we got this

Narrator: Matmen did not, in fact, get this district.

Do we got this?

106: We had the right four kids qualify out, and the right two going for first and the right two going for third, but we missed on both matchups. The seedings agreed with me on 3-4 and didn’t agree with me on 1-2. That’ll happen.
113: We had a very small miss here, as we got the first three picks right and our fourth wound up fifth. The way the brackets were set up, though, I would not have been able to get all four right, as my projected fourth faced the champ in the quarters and then faced my third in the consi semis.
120: Or top three kids all got out as top three actually, but the order was off, as our runnerup pick was third, our third pick won, and our champ pick took second. Our fourth was in contention for it, but was beaten in the consi semis by the fourth seed, so the coaches had a better idea of the 4 than I did.
126: I thought this would be a fuller bracket than it was. I got the champion and runnerup picks correctly, but my third and my fourth did not weigh in. Had I known that might happen, I might have picked the actual third to be third, but I didn’t know that might happen.
152: Should this go into the MWM column? Maybe. But we thought Flagler would win this weight, and Flagler did win this weight. Just not our projection (come back next year, dude). We got the runnerup right, and we got the fourth right. We thought University would finish third here, and University did finish third here, just with our guy at 160.
160: Not a big miss, as we got the first three picks right and in the right order. We had notes on the actual fourth, but not to get out automatically. Our fourth projected pick was third at 52; the wrestler we thought would be at 52 was here and finished sixth.
195: We had the right champion, and if you forgive us not knowing what Flagler was going to do up top, the rest of our picks held form, but I think had I known Flagler’s order I still would have gone the way I did, so kudos to Frederick for overperforming my expectation, and defending his 2 seed.

Yeah, mistakes were made

132: This one got away from me pretty quickly, again with a smaller bracket than I expected. My champion pick did not weigh in, and neither did my third. My runnerup choice went on to win and my fourth choice went on to finish second, so there’s that, but I didn’t have notes that the actual 3rd would be the guy at this weight. West Port was another difficult team to track.
138: So…another district with issues trying to figure who goes 38 and who goes 45. The good parts? Well, we got the champ right, and we got the fourth-place finisher right. Our choice at 138 did not weigh in and the actual runnerup we had placing third at 145, so this was better for him. We had the actual third in our notes, but not placing.
145: Are you guys sure you should read me for these over the next two weeks? Yes, we got the champion right, but our runnerup projection wound up winning 152, our projection for third wound up second at 138 and our projection for fourth reached the final. Our runnerup at 138 placed third at this weight, and the actual fourth we weren’t sure would start, and if he did, it would be at 152. Ugh.
170: This was another one that in part wasn’t too bad. We got the champion and the runnerup right, and I wasn’t sure if the champ was going to be here, or at 160 or even 152, to be honest. Where it went haywire was in the consis. The actual third we had notes on but not qualifying out, and he was seeded fourth, so he overperformed both our expectations and the coaches. So did the fourth, who drew the champ in the quarters and then teched the seeded third, our projected fourth.
182: We really weren’t sure what Flagler was going to do from 182-220, and maybe 285, too. With no injuries or transfers, this would have been where the actual champ would have been all year, but we thought he’d be up at 195. Our projected champ did make the final and we did have third correct (with a little help from Buchholz’s coach, who gave us his lineup). But I had no idea about the actual 4th being in the lineup.
220: Well…we got the champion right. I mostly did well with champions. I thought FPC’s 195 would be here, but Schell returned to the lineup in his usual spot at 220. I had nothing on the actual third and he was unseeded, so the coaches didn’t have a lot more than me. They had the actual runnerup correctly seeded, so they knew better than me.
285: Ugh. Good thing I’m ready for bed and not many folks will read this before they go to bed. Our projected fourth won the tournament. The runnerup we had notes on, but didn’t expect to place. We thought the season-opening 285 would be back for Flagler, rather than the actual 3rd. Our projected champ did not weigh in Friday. The closest thing we had to right was that our third had a chance to take third.

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#RoadToTheShow: Buchholz Wins 3A-Dist 2

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

PALM COAST — The phrase on the Buchholz shirt and in many social media posts surrounding the team says almost nothing at all.

Or it says everything.

“Figure It Out,” goes the Bobcat meme, and whatever the It is, the Buchholz group appears to have it, well, figured, after qualifying its entire 14-man lineup out of Friday night’s 3A-District 2 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, and into next week’s Region 1 tournament back at FPC.

The Bobcats outpointed the runnerup hosts, 217-178, behind five champs, five runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths.

For its part, the Flagler County Bulldogs averaged just a little higher on the per-wrestler team points than Buchholz, and had a 9-2 record in the medals round, but three missing weights put a damper on things.

Still, Flagler Palm Coast will advance its entire lineup that weighed in Friday, with five champs of its own, four 3rds and two 4ths.

University (Orange City) made a late surge to pull ahead of DeLand for third place, with 112 points to the Volusia County Bulldogs’ 109.5.

The Titans qualified six wrestlers to regions, with three champions, two runners-up and one 3rd.

DeLand will take eight back to Flagler next week, with three runners-up, three 3rds and two 4ths.

Seminole pushed past Ocala’s West Port and Forest for fifth place, as the Noles scored 88.5 points to the Wolfpack’s 56.5 and Wildcats’ 36.

The Noles qualified out eight wrestlers, with one champion, one runnerup, one 3rd and five 4ths. West Port has five region qualifiers (one runnerup, three 3rds and one 4th), while Forest will take two runners-up to regions.

Brackets from Friday night’s tournament can be found HERE.

THE QUALIFIERS
Buchholz: Cavarius Liddie (106-1st); Siddharth Bianchi (113-2nd); Jedidiah Brown (120-4th); Venumadhava Mirel (126-1st); Daniel Lynch (132-2nd); Timothy Bowen (138-1st); Aiden Moore (145-1st); Liam Buchanan (152-2nd); Kason Nichols (160-2nd); Max Szabo (170-3rd); Jamari Chisolm (182-3rd); Jason Martin (195-1st); Drew Lewis (220-2nd); Bryan Diehl (285-4th).
Flagler Palm Coast: Alex Castanheira (106-3rd); Kole Hannant (113-1st); John Hald (120-3rd); Brendan Buckles (145-3rd); Timothy King (152-1st); Blane DeFord (160-1st); Bryce Dodge (170-1st); Marcelo Gonzalez (182-1st); Garrick Schwartz (195-4th); Dalton Schell (220-4th); Skyler Blackburn (285-3rd).
University (Orange City): Grady Bryant (106-2nd); Malique Hargett (120-1st); Cooper Braden (152-3rd); James Houck (182-2nd); Christian Kennick (220-1st); Keenan Diaz (285-1st).
DeLand: Felix Rivera (106-4th); Phoenix Krauth (113-3rd); Kellen Chapman (126-2nd); Lane Wishart (138-2nd); Paul Derosby (152-4th); Bryce Minsky (160-3rd); Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (170-2nd); Andrew Knowles (195-3rd).
Seminole: Noah Barbour (113-4th); Ryan Culbertson (132-1st); Anshuman Singh (138-4th); Benjamin Buhring (145-4th); Corion Hunt (160-4th); William James (170-4th); Mike Frederick (195-2nd); Devell Moore (220-3rd).
West Port: Tristan Perez (126-3rd); Justin Salazar (132-3rd); Kieran Ball (138-3rd); Tyler Pinkowski (145-2nd); Luis Sotomeyer (182-4th).
Forest: Jakob Zawosky (120-2nd); Cane Fernandez (285-2nd).

THE DISTRICT CHAMPS
106: Freshman Liddie (27-17) won his first district title with a semifinal pin over third-place Castanheira (4:26), following up with an 8-3 win in the finals over Bryant.
113: After a runnerup showing in 2020, Hannant (41-7), a sophomore, pinned his way through the draw, with falls over University (Orange City)’s Drake Alban (3:41, quarters), fourth-place Barbour (1:41, semis) and over Bianchi (3:08) for his first district championship.
120: Hargett (17-5) qualified for Region 1 for the second time (4th in 2020), taking his first district title with first-period pins over third-place Hald (1:48, semis) and over Zawosky (1:33) in the title match.
126: Junior Mirel (33-11) got to the regions for the third time (3rd in 2019) with his second district championship (won also last year), with a bye into the finals and 46-second fall over Chapman for the bracket win.
132: After placing third as a freshman, Culbertson, a sophomore, got into this year’s final with a bye, then needed just 1:18 to fall Lynch for his first district title.
138: Senior Bowen (30-15) made his second region appearance (4th last year) with his first district championship behind a semifinal pin over fourth-place Singh (3:42), followed by a 9-4 decision in the finals round over Wishart.
145: Moore (30-4), a junior, reached the district finals for the third time, taking his second championship with three pins in 2:40 of mat time, falling University (Orange City)’s Luke Harrod (:30, quarters), Forest’s Chase Cook (:54, semis) and Pinkowski (1:16) for his title win.
152: Junior King (34-7) also won his second district title, pinning a pair of opponents in 2:04, with falls over Forest’s Antonio Brown (1:10, semis) and over Buchanan (:54) for that second district gold.
160: Like Moore at 145, DeFord (6-0), a junior, reached his third district final and won his second championship, with a semifinal pin over West Port’s Evan Lewis (2:45), followed by a 3-0 win over Nichols in the finals.
170: Junior Dodge (14-5) won his first district title and qualified for regions for the second time (3rd in 2020), with three pins Friday over fourth-place James (1:52, quarters), third-place Szabo (2:24, semis) and Rodriguez-Cayro (3:56) in the championship match.
182: Gonzalez (35-10), a junior, duplicated teammate Dodge’s first-title, second-qualifying effort, with pins over DeLand’s Isaiah Swint (2:40, quarters) and third-place Chisolm (1:13, semis) before pushing past Houck, 8-6, to win in the finals.
195: Senior Martin (34-4) won his second district championship, again pinning his way through with two falls in just 61 seconds over third-place Knowles (:32, semis) and again in the final over Frederick (:29).
220: After falling in last year’s final to the eventual state runnerup, Kennick (14-2), a senior this year, won his first district title behind a semifinal pin over third-place Moore (4:15) and a takedown in sudden victory for a 2-0 win in the finals over Lewis.
285: Senior Diaz (10-5) won his first district championship and qualified for regions for the first time, with pins in the semifinals over fourth-place Diehl (3:39) and again in the championship over Fernandez (1:48).

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