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#1ARegn1: Rivalry Stage Set As Blue Devils Roll Through

YULEE — Clay. Wakulla. The Rivalry. Part V.

Thursday night at Yulee, the Blue Devils held up their end of the arrangement with two dominant wins, losing just four individual matches in taking down Episcopal (63-18) in the 1A-Region 1 quarterfinals, then hammering Baker County, 78-6, in the semifinal to advance to the FHSAA state dual tournament for the fifth straight year.

The Blue Devils (12-1 at the conclusion of the event) will face Wakulla at 11 a.m. on January 21st in the 1A-Region 1 final, staged at Osceola. Clay has not won a Region 1 duals title since the first year that duals were staged; Wakulla is the three-time Region 1 champion.

The winner on the 21st will advance to the 1A state semifinals the next day, facing either Hudson or Lemon Bay, the Region 3 champion, in that round.

Baker County (8-3) advanced to the semifinals behind a 48-36 quarterfinal win over host Yulee, the District 3 champion.

The quarters saw Clay run past the Eagles (7-10), clinching the dual after the first eight weights, during which the Blue Devils built a 45-0 lead. Dominic Martin (182), Garrett Tyre (220) and Maverick Rainwater (120) staked that lead behind pins; Clay also racked up four forfeits, with Kedtric Wilbourn (195) adding in a 9-4 decision.

Episcopal got on the board behind back-to-back pins from Cohen Chesser (126) and Christian Ryan (132), but Clay answered back with a 3-pin run thanks to Josh Kumpf (138), Luke Boree (145) and Hayden Meszaros (152). The Eagles’ John Fernandez closed out the dual with a fall at 160.

While Clay’s advancement became a quick reality, the Wildcats and Hornets traded points through the first two weights, the first four, the first six, the first eight, the first 10 and the first 12. During that wild back-and-forth, Baker County had pins from Clayton Dennison (170), Toby Kinghorn (195), Jareb Lauramore (106), Jonathon Walker (120) and Joshua Carter (132), plus a forfeit win at 138.

Yulee (7-2) had answering pins from Alex Smith (182), Braylen Ricks (220), Austin Hoyle (285), Lewis Duhan (113), Logan Pugh (126) and Austin Adamson (145). That Adamson pin made it 36-all, followed by BCHS’ Rasean Rayam’s fall at 152. At 160, things took a turn, after the Wildcats’ Cannon Wimpey could not continue after a slam. That led to an injury-default, and the dual as well, in BC’s favor.

There would not be so many momentum swings in the semifinal.

In fact, there was just one momentum shift, and it was Clay that moved it, running out to a 48-0 finals-clinching lead before the Wildcats got on the board with a pin from Carter at 132.

Otherwise, Clay had the pins at every other weight, with Martin (182), Wilbourn (195), Tyre (220), Ethan Daniels (285), Jacob Bucci (106, Braden Glavin (113), Mister Walker (120) and Rainwater (126) with the dual-clincher in the first run. Kumpf (138), Boree (145; earning his 100th career victory on-site), Meszaros (152), Luca Fiannaca (160) and Ethan Larsen (170) closed out the night with Blue Devil falls.

All four teams are in action this weekend. Clay has been at Suwannee’s Billy Saylor Duals, while the other three all start up on Saturday. Baker County is at Fernandina Beach’s War on the Shore, Yulee at Citrus’ Ed Kilpatrick one-day IBT and Episcopal at Wolfson’s Wolfpack Challenge one-day IBT.

Box scores from all three duals at Yulee, along with all other available boxes in the state, can be found HERE. Action photos from Yulee can be found on Facebook (North Florida Matmen) and on Instagram (nflamatmen).

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#1ARegn1: Wakulla Advances On By Thinnest Of Margins

SANTA ROSA BEACH — For five years, it’s been Wakulla vs Clay in the 1A-Region 1 final. And next week, it will be once again. But only barely.

Were it not for Wakulla’s ability to aggress and score points early in its dual with Suwannee in the 1A-Region 1 semifinals at South Walton, the rematch might not have happened, as the War Eagles turned back the Bulldogs, 31-30 in criteria, with most first points scored the deciding criterion.

Along with the War Eagles’ 57-15 win in the quarters over Rocky Bayou Christian, the two victories mean Wakulla (11-1) will advance to the Region 1 final, and indeed face Clay on January 21st at 11 a.m. at Osceola. Wakulla has three Region 1 duals titles to defend; Clay won last back in 2018.

The winner will take on the Region 3 champion, either Hudson or Lemon Bay, in the 1A state semifinals on the 22nd.

Suwannee (28-8) reached the semis for the second straight year, taking down District 1 champion South Walton, 51-25, to get a rematch with the War Eagles from their District 2 dual the previous week.

In the quarters, Wakulla steadily pulled away from the Knights (unknown season record), who scored first on Ethan Heathershaw’s 8-6 win at 138. The War Eagles bagged two max-point wins at 145 and 152, with Jae T Thaxton (152) winning by fall, but RBC cut the lead to 12-9 thanks to Jaden Scruggs’ pin at 160. Wakulla extended the lead a little more, behind Daniel Brattain’s 7-2 win at 170 and a forfeit win at 182.

Rocky Bayou got six back to cut the lead to 21-15 behind Jeremiah O’Sullivan’s fall at 195, but the War Eagles scored all the rest of the dual’s points behind a 36-0 run. Kohl Pippen (220) won by pin, with Wakulla bagging four straight tech falls (Julian Harvey by 26-11 count at 106, the dual-clincher with Conner Brown’s 17-2 tech at 113, David Culley with a 15-0 shutout at 120 and Juan Jimenez winning by a 19-3 tech at 126) before Isaiah Wilson finished off the dual with a 6-3 win at 132.

Suwannee and South Walton had a good scrap through the middles, as the Seahawks (unknown season record) scored first on Ryan Kurfirst’s 5-3 win at 138, followed by Tyson Musgrove’s fall for the Bulldogs at 145 and South Walton’s Chase Maas winning in response with a 9-0 major at 152 to make it 7-6, Seahawks. Suwannee then won four of the next six matches with a pair of forfeits, plus pins from Austin Howard (160) and James Prentice (170), while South Walton gained falls from Elijah Ramirez (195) and Nick Lee (285).

With the Bulldogs up, 30-19, Suwannee then had another 9-0 mini-run behind Topher Pearson’s pin at 113 and Eli Jolicoeur’s 6-0 win at 106, clinching the dual with the Pearson fall. South Walton got six more from Max Brewster’s pin at 120, but Suwannee closed out with falls from Brody Boehm (126) and Austin McKinney (132).

Wakulla opened up the ledger first in the final, going up 9-0 behind a 6-4 sudden-victory win from Hayden Reeves (145) and Thaxton’s fall at 152. Howard answered with a fall at 160 to make it 9-6, but the War Eagles had another 9-0 run thanks to Tyler Edenfield’s pin at 182 and a 12-5 decision from Brattain at 170. The Bulldogs got that gap down to 21-15 with two wins up top that sandwiched Pippen’s 7-5 sudden-victory win at 220, as Dustin Wood (195) won by fall and Eleteurio Meria (285) took a 2-1 decision.

Harvey’s fall at 106 re-established a double-digit lead temporarily, but Suwannee tied it at 27-27 behind a 12-0 run fueled by Boehm’s fall at 126 and decision wins from Pearson (5-4 at 113) and Justin Contreras (5-4 at 120). The teams then traded decisions at 132 and 138, with Wilson taking a 2-1 win for the War Eagles and Ayden Kirby edging his way to a 3-2 win for Suwannee. That sent everyone to the rulebooks to find a winner, with the dual tied at 30.

Wakulla, South Walton and Rocky Bayou Christian are all at Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl this weekend, while Suwannee is hosting the Billy Saylor Duals this weekend.

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#2ARegn1: NSB Cruises To Quarters, Semis Victories

NEPTUNE BEACH — After taking its first dual losses of the season over the weekend at DeLand’s Bulldogs Duals event, New Smyrna Beach responded. And then some.

The Barracudas put themselves in position to defend their 2A-Region 1 duals title with a pair of double-digit wins Thursday night at Fletcher, taking down Westside (78-6) in this year’s 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals, followed by a 44-29 win in the semifinal round over Matanzas, NSB’s District 4 rival.

New Smyrna Beach (16-2) will face Fleming Island in a battle of region champions (the Golden Eagles won the first four 3A-Region 1 titles) on January 21 at Osceola, as the 2A-Region 1 final kicks off at 2:30 p.m.

The winner of that dual will face the Region 3 champion, either Tampa Jesuit or Charlotte, in the 2A state semifinals on the 22nd.

Matanzas (12-11) got to the semifinals by taking down host and District 3 champion Fletcher, 44-36, in the quarterfinals.

In the quarters, the Barracudas rolled up the first 78 points in the dual, clinching the dual after eight weights behind pins from Justis Chandler (152), Thomas Evans (160), Thomas Connell (170), Sawyer Vanrider (182), Dylon York (195) and Richard Crunkilton (106), plus forfeit wins at 220 and 285.

But NSB didn’t let up, continuing to collect pins from Beau Laye (113), Jonathan Bruner (120), Jamey Bruner (126), Simjay Engberg (132) and Jace Engberg (138). The Wolverines (5-5) broke through in the final weight class of the dual, with Nathan Williams winning by fall at 145.

As for the Pirates, they seized the early lead, getting out to a 20-6 behind a pin from Adyn Cox (195), second-period TF from Jordan Mills (182) and an 8-2 win from Tyson Mills (152), plus a forfeit win at 170. Fletcher (unknown season record), which had gotten on the board behind Josh Daltro’s fall at 160, cut that lead to 20-18 behind pins from Dylan Tate (220) and Toby Matson (285).

Things stayed close moving through the lighter end of the spectrum, as pins from the Lady Pirate contingent, Mariah Mills (106) and Tianna Fries (113), matched Fletcher max points from Ryden Ashmore (fall at 120) and a forfeit at 126. Matanzas pulled away and clinched behind back-to-back pins from Toryion Stallings (132) and Dylan Parkinson (138), with Fletcher’s Kaden Solomon (145) wrapping up the quarterfinal with a pin for the Senators.

The Pirates seized early momentum in the final, getting out to a 14-0 lead behind a fall from Brandyn Cox (160), a third-period TF from Jordan Mills (182) and an 8-6 win from Landon Wright at 170. But back-to-back-to-back pins from York (195), Austin Mitchum (220) and Cole Billings (285) got the Barracudas back on top, 18-14.

The duo of Mills and Fries bagged two more wins, with Mills by fall at 106 and Fries by 8-1 decision at 113, to get the Pirates their final lead of the dual, 23-18. From there, though, it was all Barracuda power, as Jonathan Bruner (120), Jamey Bruner (126), Jace Engberg (138) and Chandler (this time at 145) had pins, with Simjay Engberg taking an 11-7 win at 132. Matanzas won by forfeit at 152, but the dual and finals berth were clinched by then.

The Barracudas are off until their trip to Osceola, but the rest of the group at Fletcher are all back in action this weekend. Matanzas will be at Wolfson’s Wolfpack Challenge, Fletcher at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational and Westside will host its own one-day roundrobin event, all on Saturday.

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#2ARegn1: Fleming Moves Into 5th Straight Region Final

PACE — New classification. So far, same result.

Moving into Class 2A proved to be no trouble at all for Fleming Island, which made its fifth consecutive appearance in the FHSAA state duals tournament after 2A-Region 1 wins over Gulf Breeze (74-0) and host Pace (50-15).

The Golden Eagles (unknown season record), one of just three teams in all of Region 1 to make five straight region finals (and the only one to win four so far), will face New Smyrna Beach, the defending 2A-Region 1 champion, on Friday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m. at Osceola.

The winner of that January 21 dual will move on to the 2A state semifinals the next morning against either Tampa Jesuit or Charlotte, who will contest for the 2A-Region 3 title on the 21st.

Pace (8-1), the Region 1 runnerup of a year ago, reached its shot with the Golden Eagles by turning back Chiles, 43-27 in the quarterfinals.

The rout was on from the jump in the quarters, as Fleming Island took an 18-0 lead over Gulf Breeze (14-6) before one full-length match would normally be completed, with Shane Duhaylungsod (106), Jayce Paridon (113) and Laird Duhaylungsod (120) all taking pins. It wasn’t until 152, the eighth match of the night, when any contest got into the third period, as Ethan Myers (126), Kaden Schaefer (138), Matthew Kotler (145) and Dylan Beck (152) all took pins, plus a forfeit win at 132.

The pins kept coming until 182 and 195, where Jhoel Robinson won by technical fall (17-1) at 182 and Walter Poe took a 5-1 win at 195, with pins the rest of the way from Ronan Bozeman (160), Joshua Sandoval (170) and Ladarius Jackson (220). The dual double-forfeited at 285.

While Pace wound up winning by 16 in its quarterfinal, the dual with the Timberwolves (unknown season record) had some drama early on, as the teams traded points, for the most part through four (12-12) and eight weights (22-21 Pace), as the Patriots won by forfeit at 106 and 113, with Hazen Esary (132) taking a fall and Maeson Otwell (13-2) a major decision. Chiles had pins from Sam Tolomeo (120), Garrett Marschka (126), William Greenwald (145), with Andrew Mullins taking an 8-3 win at 152.

Pace then got some separation thanks to a 15-0 run behind pins from Atticus Waters (160) and Ty Morgan (170), plus a 3-1 win from Isaac Waters at 182. The Timberwolves cut the lead to 10 behind Dillon Elliott’s fall at 195, but Hale Wood (220) got that gap back with a pin at 220. The teams then double-forfeited at 285.

As they did against Gulf Breeze, the Golden Eagles got out to an 18-0 start against Pace on falls from Paridon, Laird Duhaylungsod (120) and Myers (126) in a combined time of 3:43. Esary’s 6-2 win at 132 got the Patriots on the scoreboard, but Fleming Island tacked on another 11 points behind a 15-0 Schaefer tech at 138 and a Kotler fall at 145.

After a win by disqualification in favor of Pace’s Jordan Baxter (152), the Golden Eagles put the dual away with another run, this one 19 points in a row, as Robinson (182) and Poe (195) won by fall, Sandoval (170) by a 17-6 major and Bozeman with a takedown in sudden victory at 160. Wood put six more on the board with a fall at 220 for the Patriots, with (following a double forfeit at 285) Shane Duhaylungsod closing out the dual for Fleming with a 9-3 win at 106.

Fleming Island is at Suwannee this weekend for the Billy Saylor Invitational duals tournament, while Pace is in Daphne (AL)’s duals tournament all this weekend as well. Chiles will be at Lincoln’s one-day Trojan Invitational duals event, while Gulf Breeze is off until Monday, when the Dolphins will compete in the one-day Crestview IBT.

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#3ARegn1: Huskies Reach Final For Third Time

OVIEDO — After a year’s absence, Hagerty is making its third appearance in the 3A-Region 1 finals.

Thursday night at home, the District 3 champs made a bid to add a region title to the 2021-22 season, taking double-digit wins over Windermere (72-3) in the Region 1 quarters and over last year’s Region 1 runnerup, Timber Creek (46-30), in the semis.

The Huskies (19-5) will face Flagler Palm Coast in the 3A-Region 1 final at Osceola on January 21, the first day of the FHSAA state duals tournament. A win there not only nets the title but also puts Hagerty into the 3A state semis, against either Ft Pierce Central or Wellington.

Timber Creek (3-2) overcame a stern quarterfinal test from District 4 champion Apopka, but put itself in contention to reach its second Region 1 final, before falling to the Huskies, with a 39-35 quarterfinal win.

In the quarters, Hagerty roared out to nine straight wins before the Wolverines (3-3) got on the board, with pins from Blake Watts (152), Kamdon Harrison (160), Ethan Gomez (170), Connor Gilliam (182), Hunter Tate (195), Landon Revis (220), Lochlann Higgins (113) and Carson Greenier (220), plus a forfeit to the Huskies at 285.

Windermere’s points came from Lucas Drone’s 4-3 win at 126, but the Huskies got back on the pinning horse, with falls from David Mejia (132), Clayton Childers (138) and Gavin Nelson (145).

Meanwhile, Timber Creek and Apopka were back and forth through the first six weights, with the Wolfpack getting pins from Daniel Pacheco (152), Dennis Proulx (170) and Nico Perez (195), and the Blue Darters (6-3) answering with falls from Ransom Randolph (160), Carlson Michel (182) and Ralph Sanchez (220).

Timber Creek then established a burst of momentum, with three consecutive pins from Peter Nesheiwat (285), Diego Weiser (106) and Marlo Clark (113) to go up 36-18 with five weights to go. Apopka’s Tamarion Kendrick (8-5 at 120) and Jalen Moliere (10-2 at 126) cut the gap to 11, but Aiden Benson’s takedown in sudden victory led to an 8-6 win at 132 and a dual clinched for the Wolfpack. With the outcome no longer in doubt, the Blue Darters’ final two middles both took bonus-point wins (Rocco Vargas a 14-6 major at 138 and Bonosky Fidel a fall at 145).

Hagerty seized early leads of 10-0 and 16-6 behind a pin from Harrison (160) and 14-4 major from Gomez, plus decisions from Tate (4-3 at 195) and Revis (2-0 at 220) sandwiching the Wolfpack’s pin from Carlos Arciniega at 195. Timber Creek then took its only lead of the day on pins from Nesheiwat (285) and Trenton Dominguez (113), plus a forfeit at 106, to go up 24-16.

But the Huskies rallied back for an 18-0 run of its own on back-to-back-to-back pins from Higgins (120), Jacob Genao (126) and Mejia (132) to go back up 10. Josue Batista’s fall at 138 closed the gap for TCHS to four with two weights left, but the Huskies’ Nelson shut the door with a pin at 145 to give Hagerty an insurmountable 10-point lead, which was extended to the final margin behind a forfeit at 152.

Hagerty will stay in-town on Saturday, going to Oviedo’s Showdown in O-Town duals tournament. Timber Creek and Apopka will head north to Inverness, for Citrus’ Ed Kilpatrick IBT on Saturday. Windermere is off through this weekend and will return to action on Thursday, at Edgewater’s tri-meet.

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#3ARegn1: Flagler Punches First Region Final Ticket

ST JOHNS — As soon as this year’s classifications came out, a new representative from the eastern half of 3A-Region 1 was a done deal.

The open question was whether it would be a first-time region duals finalist or no.

Flagler Palm Coast and DeLand made sure the answer to that question was yes with their quarterfinal wins, and then the Bulldogs overcame some lineup shortages to push past their District 2 rivals, 42-36, in a Region 1 semifinal round Thursday night at Creekside.

The Bulldogs (11-7 in duals for the season) will face Hagerty in the 3A-Region 1 final at 6 p.m. on January 21 at Osceola, with the winner advancing to the 3A state semis the next morning. Hagerty is a three-time region finalist, with Thursday wins over Windermere and District 3 rival Timber Creek at home.

The winner of that region final dual will face the Region 3 champion, either Ft Pierce Central or Wellington, in the state semifinals on the 22nd.

Flagler Palm Coast advanced to the semi behind a 45-27 win over Oakleaf in the quarters, while DeLand (13-4) powered past host Creekside, 46-30, in its quarter, ensuring an all-District 2 semi.

Oakleaf (unknown season record) built a 15-6 early lead behind a 6-4 double-overtime decision from Jordan Mitchell (285) and an injury-default win for Onjel Caraballo (195), plus a forfeit at 106, but the Bulldogs answered back with a 15-0 run on pins from Kole Hannant (120) and John Hald (126), plus a 4-3 win at 113 from Carson Baert.

The Clay County Knights regained the lead, 27-21, thanks to a fall from Keon Barrientos (132) and decisions from Jackson Hemphill (7-2 at 138) and Marcus McGee (6-0 at 145). From there, though, Flagler flexed its upper-weight muscle, with a back-to-back 4-pack of pins from Timothy King (152), Bryce Dodge (160), Blane DeFord (170) and Marcelo Gonzalez (182) to close out the dual, with Garrick Schwartz (220) kicking off the Bulldog scoring.

There was quite a bit of back-and-forth in DeLand’s win over the hosts, as the teams traded points through the first four weights (with the Bulldogs’ Marion Smokes by pin at 220 and a forfeit to DeLand at 285, while Creekside (16-3) had pins from Eli Pagan at 195 and Andrew Feeks at 106). DeLand established a double-digit lead at 22-12 with Grady Bryant’s fall at 113 and Phoenix Krauth’s 11-2 major at 120. The lead stayed at 10 through the next three weights, as another points trade took place with Joshua Folsom’s fall at 132 against Creekside decisions from Conner Wright (16-13 at 126) and Keanan Sexton (9-2 at 138).

DeLand pushed it to 16, 34-18, on a fall from Lane Wishart at 145, but the St Johns Knights would get it back down to four on pins from Lee Leavell (152) and Diego Rivera (160). DeLand then shut the door with Paul Derosby’s fall at 170, with Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (182) taking on another six with a pin to finish the dual.

In the final, DeLand raced away to an 18-3 start behind falls from Smokes (220) and Bryant (113), plus a forfeit at 106, but Flagler — which got its first points on a 5-2 win from Seth Davis at 285 — would not go away. Pins from Hannant (120) and Hald (126) cut the gap to 18-15, but DeLand strung together three max-point wins to go out to a 21-point lead, as Folsom (138) and Wishart (145) took pins, with a forfeit to DeLand at 132.

The District 2 champs were down, but not out, going on a 27-0 run to close out the dual, with another back-to-back 4-pack of falls from King (152), Dodge (160), DeFord (170) and Gonzalez (182), with Schwartz making one takedown stand up for a 3-1 win at 195.

Flagler will be off the competitive mats until the 21st, while DeLand will be at Space Coast’s Viper Classic today and Saturday. Creekside will be at Wolfson’s Wolfpack Challenge on Saturday, while Oakleaf is off until Tuesday, when the Clay County Knights host Keystone Heights.

Box scores from all three duals at Creekside, along with all other available boxes in the state, can be found HERE. Action photos from Thursday can be found on our Facebook (North Florida Matmen) and Instagram (nflamatmen) pages.

 

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#3Aregion1: FIHS Dominates For 4th Straight Region Title

Fleming Island’s Hunter Williams (195) with one of multiple turns he had Friday night at the 3A-Region 1 final against Timber Creek at Osceola HS in Kissimmee (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more action photos can be found at the Matmen Instagram account, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — It didn’t feel as close as even 55 to 19.

Fleming Island dominated the scene Friday night in the 3A-Region 1 final, rolling up eight straight wins between 138 and 220 against Timber Creek at Osceola HS, taking seven of those wins by pin, and most of those in very short order.

The result was a 55-19 victory and fourth straight Region 1 championship for the Golden Eagles (14-0), and it felt like even more of a blowout than it actually was. Several first-period falls over the Wolfpack had a lot to do with that.

“Kids had a great week, great week of practice,” Fleming Island coach PJ Cobbert said. “So many young kids, still behind on matches, numbers of matches that we’d like them to have going into the district tournament.

“But they’re getting there.”

The win marks Fleming Island as the only northern team to win four region duals titles.

Fleming Island will face Riverdale in the 3A state semifinals on Saturday morning. Riverdale knocked off 2020 state finalist Osceola, 39-26, to win the Region 2 title Friday afternoon.

Start time is a little bit fluid, around 11 a.m.; as soon as 1A/2A semifinal mats are open, 3A semis will begin. The winner will compete in the state final, which are set in all classes for 1 p.m., even with the later start for the two 3A semis. A Golden Eagles win would be their third appearance in the final, joining earlier efforts in 2018 and 2019.

The Golden Eagles never trailed against Timber Creek, dominating from jump on Riley Holton’s third-period tech fall in 5:16 at 126. While one of the Wolfpack’s aces picked up a decision at 132, that would be the last points that they would score until the meet was put far out of doubt.

In the meantime, Fleming picked up falls from Garrett Cole (1:28 at 138), David Parkes (1:46 at 152), Joshua Sandoval (1:17 at 160), Jhoel Robinson (1:00 at 170), Gavin Smith (:34 at 182), Hunter Williams (3:17 at 195) and Raul Gonzalez (1:40 at 220). In barely more than 11 minutes, the Golden Eagles racked up 42 points, with a decision win from Matthew Kotler as well, by a 10-9 count at 145.

“It went mostly like I expected, the four that we won were the four I expected we would win,” Wolfpack coach Jonathan Cone said. “Those will be big in the region and in the state. We competed, we wrestled hard, and it was a good experience for the guys.”

But the Golden Eagles weren’t done yet, even after the Wolfpack tacked on 10 more points via fall at 285 and a 19-5 major at 106. Hunter Herrington needed just 92 seconds for Fleming’s eighth pin of the night. Timber Creek would close out the dual with a fall at 120.

“Our younger kids have got to stay off their backs. You can’t go to your back, especially in duals. Any time in wrestling really. We just have to get tougher mentally,” Cobbert said.

“Now, we’ll just go back (to the hotel), relax, put our feet up, and tomorrow we’ll dance with what we brought.”

Ft Pierce Central rolled past Wellington, 51-20, to win the Region 3 title, while South Dade put itself in position to reach its fourth straight 3A final, and possible championship, with a 62-9 win over Cypress Bay. Summaries on the other three regions follow:

Region 2: Two 15-0 runs propelled Riverdale to the Region 2 title, with three wins in a row from 160-182 (including pins from Dominic Rodriguez at 170 and Jonathan Lavandera at 182) and again from 220-106 (with pins from Shayne Parris at 220 and Jon Baxter at 285).

Region 3: After spotting Wellington leads of 5-0 and 14-5, Ft Pierce Central dominated, with six straight wins between 170 and 106, with pins from Kevin Finn (170), Charles Allison (182), Steven Krantz (195) and Gabriel Jacas (220), plus a major from its backup 285, Henry Jones (12-3).

Region 4: The Buccaneers tore through the first 10 matches, building a 51-0 lead, with pins from Misha Arbos (126), Gavin Balmeceda (132), Adrian Neco (145) and Joshua Swan (170), plus three forfeit victories. Cypress Bay scored its only wins at the bookends, with a double-overtime decision at 285 and fall at 106.

Box scores for all of these duals can be found HERE.

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#2Aregion1: ‘Cudas Seal Deal With First Region Title

New Smyrna Beach’s Michael Shannon (top) hits a cradle during 145-lb action in Friday’s 2A-Region 1 final dual between the Barracudas and Pace at Osceola HS in Kissimmee (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more action photos on New Smyrna Beach v Pace are accessible on the Matmen Instagram account at nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — Something had to give in the 2A-Region 1 dual tournament final between first-time finalists New Smyrna Beach and Pace.

Ultimately, it was the Panhandle-side Patriots that gave way Friday at Osceola HS, as the Barracudas controlled both ends, early and late, of the dual as New Smyrna Beach went on to take a 43-27 victory over Pace.

The ‘Cudas (16-1) built early leads of 8-0 and 12-3, and also closed with a flourish, winning the final four contested matches with maximum points.

“It might not have been a perfect start, but it was a good start. Our kids are a cohesive, tight-knit group,” New Smyrna Beach coach Kevin Kehoe said. “Obviously we’ve still got things to work on, but we’re getting better every day.

“The room has such a good energy.”

The ‘Cudas will need that on Saturday, as they’ll face 2019 dual state champions Lake Gibson in the semis at 10 a.m., with the winner advancing to a 1 p.m. finals dual. The Braves took down 2020 state champion Tampa Jesuit, 37-29, in the Region 2 final.

NSBHS got an 8-0 start behind a third-period tech fall from Jace Engberg (16-0 in 5:17), plus Jamey Bruner’s 9-6 win at 126. Pace would get three back on an 11-5 win from Camden Friend at 138, but the ‘Cudas’ Michael Shannon was one turn short of a tech fall, taking a 13-0 major at 145.

The Patriots (6-1) made a charge from 152-182, taking three pins out of those four matches, with Seth O’Gara (4:45 at 152), Brody Andrews (:53 at 170) and Aiden Bryan (1:15 at 182) winning by and taking their only lead of the dual, 21-18.

“We’re blessed to be here,” Pace coach Reggie Allen said. “The boys did good; we had a hard drive yesterday getting down here. First time some of them have been to Orlando when it comes to wrestling. Pace has come a long way. Last time we beat Lincoln (to qualify for the Region 1 final) was Wakulla Duals in 2012.”

The lead was short-lived, though, as NSB’s Doug Dittmer (9-3 win at 195) and Austin Mitchum (fall in 1:19 at 220) gave the ‘Cudas a lead that Pace would not see again.

“As wrestled As twice (at 145 and 195, where A-level kids faced off) and the second time, that’s where the mistake was made; I would normally have sent Wyatt (Dillon, who fell to Dittmer at 195) at 220, and that was my mistake,” Allen said.

New Smyrna Beach forfeited to Pace’s Kegan O’Shell at 285, and those would be the Patriots’ final points, as the ‘Cudas bonus-pointed out the dual, with pins from Aidan Sutton (113) and Tristen Winfrey (120), plus a 12-1 major from Simjay Engberg at 106.

Afterward, Jace Engberg, Sutton and Hunter Childress (152) celebrated with backflips in light of the NSB victory.

“We weren’t looking past Pace at all,” Kehoe said of the prospect of facing a Lake Gibson in the state semis. “We’ll let them enjoy this, see how we match up, come out, wrestle our best and compete. That’s what I’m looking forward to (Saturday).”

Palmetto Ridge came from behind to defeat Charlotte, 37-34, for the Region 3 title, while Southridge pushed past Heritage, 42-30, to win in Region 4. Summaries for the other three regions follow:

Region 2: After Jesuit built a 17-0 lead through the first five weights, Lake Gibson broke through with Brendon Abdon’s fall at 160. The Braves then won five weights in a row, from 182 through 106, behind a 27-0 run that included three Jesuit forfeits. In the final match, Alex Walker clinched it for Lake Gibson with a 9-0 shutout major at 120.

Region 3: The Tarpons started fast, with a 10-0 lead that they rebuilt into a 29-16 gap with five weights to go, but Palmetto Ridge answered with three pins from Austin Foye (285), Tyler Washburn (106) and Jean Valoria (120) and a 5-4 win from Antonio Petraglia (220) down the stretch.

Region 4: Like their semifinal opponents did in Region 3, Southridge came back with a late rush to take the victory, with four pins in the final five weights. Dedric Marshall (220), Marcelo Rosario (285), Fredrick Mitchum (106) and Conner Hueck (120) each won by fall down the stretch to pull Southridge into the lead for good.

Box scores for all four duals can be found HERE.

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#1Aregion1: War Eagles Claim Episode IV, Region Title

Wakulla 285 Jayven Hearns (back) looks to assert control prior to winning by fall Friday morning in the 1A-Region 1 final against Clay at Osceola HS in Kissimmee (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more action photos from Wakulla v Clay can be found on the Matmen Instagram account, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — Some sequels never disappoint.

And Clay vs Wakulla, Part IV, surely didn’t Friday morning in the 1A-Region 1 championship dual staged at Osceola HS, on the first day of the FHSAA state tournament.

Ultimately, as they did in 2019 and again last year, the War Eagles would prevail and move on to Saturday’s state semifinals, though the Blue Devils made them earn every point in a 36-35 dual victory.

The War Eagles will face Palm Bay in Saturday’s 1A state semifinals at 10 a.m. Finals, for all three classes, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Palm Bay rolled past Hernando, 61-12, on Friday to win the Region 2 title.

“It was fun. I love it,” Wakulla coach William Pafford, with equal measure accuracy and relief in the voice, after the victory.

“Having those moments, that’s what it’s all about. Moments they can take for the rest of their lives.”

Wakulla (25-2) had a few anxious moments, particularly early on, as Clay (8-2) built leads 14-0 and 26-3.

The Blue Devils jumped out behind three bonus-point wins from Chandler Thomas (fall at 132) and majors from Gunner Ivey (15-1 at 126) and Luke Boree (9-0 at 138).

Wakulla got one back, only just, on a 5-4 Hayden Reeves win at 145, but the Blue Devils got back-to-back pins from Dominic Martin (152) and Cale Hoskinson (160) to build a 23-point lead not even halfway through the dual.

“We wanted the guys to go out and compete. We had our chances,” Clay coach Jim Reape said.

“But, partially, it was death by a thousand cuts.”

Those cuts started drawing blood at 170 and ever after, as the War Eagles strung together back-to-back-to-back falls from 170-195 from Cole Baggett (170), Jackson Osteen (182) and Tyler Edenfield (195).

Clay got six back on Garrett Tyre’s fall at 220 to restart a double-digit lead at 32-21, but Wakulla pinned back-to-back at the bookends, as Jayven Hearns (285) and Julian Harvey (106) pins got the War Eagles their first lead, 33-32.

“We had some young guys that got put in jeopardy and we didn’t do enough on bottom to stay off our backs,” Reape said. “I’m proud of the progress we made, but sometimes you don’t know until you get into live situations that you can’t always do the junior-high things that used to work.”

Clay got the lead back on Maverick Rainwater’s 8-1 decision at 113, but Wakulla’s Raymond Hatchman slammed the door with a 5-3 win at 120.

“That’s what sucks with Covid; normally we’d go and do something fun, but we have to go back and sit in the dadgum hotel room,” Pafford said. “We can go eat something. Hang out, watch film and game plan.

“We didn’t get to see Palm Bay (at St Cloud’s Bulldog Brawl last month). We crapped the bed against Winter Springs and Harmony and we never got to wrestle them.”

Lemon Bay romped past Anclote, 78-3, to win the Region 3 title, while Somerset Academy took the Region 4 title with a 40-21 victory over Cardinal Gibbons.

Brief summaries of the other region duals follow:

Region 2: Palm Bay built a 43-0 lead, clinching the dual before allowing Hernando on the scoreboard behind eight straight wins, including pins from Rocco Senia (126), Braden Baxter (132), Ronald Theilacker (138), Nathan Furman (145), Anthony Holden (152) and Alexzander Owens (182).

Region 3: The Manta Rays won the first 10 weights, seven of them by pin, before Anclote got on the board with a decision at 285. Johnathon Hartsikov-Newsome (126), Justin Brady (132), Ashton Tucker (138), Caleb Corridino (145), Austin Werden (152), Marcus Lopez (160) and Louis Baldor (195) each had pins during that early run.

Region 4: Somerset had a key stretch from 145 through 160 where it went on a 15-0 run, with Bas Diaz (152) and Darian Estevez (160) each taking pins and Chase Gillis (145) had an 8-2 win as part of that run. The Panthers won five of the last seven matches of the dual as well.

Box scores from all of today’s duals can be found HERE.

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#2ARgn1Duals: ‘Cudas Punch State Dual Ticket

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — No team has improved more in one year than New Smyrna Beach.

One year ago, New Smyrna Beach was beaten out of sight twice at district duals (the Barracudas also won twice), and while there would be some individual successes, from a team standpoint there was still tough sledding to be done.

Fast forward to 2021, after the craziest offseason and preseason and, yes, even regular season to date, and the Barracudas are now not only district dual champions but just one step away from region champions. Thursday night at home, New Smyrna Beach took down Ponte Vedra (72-12) in the 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals, then came back to secure a 45-33 semifinal win over Fletcher to qualify for dual state for the first time.

The Barracudas (11-1) will face Pace in the Friday mid-afternoon session of state duals on January 22 at Osceola, with the winner advancing out to Saturday’s 2A semifinals against the Region 2 champion.

The semi saw New Smyrna Beach jump out to a 22-0 lead after four weights, with back-to-back-to-back pins from Jace Engberg (132), Justis Chandler (138) and Michael Shannon (145), plus a 12-4 major at 126 from Jamey Bruner.

Fletcher (11-4) then made its move in the upper half of the lineup, winning five of seven matches to cut the Barracuda lead from 22 to seven, behind falls from Christopher Strong (160), Ryan Klein (182), Ethan Hollenbach (220) and Toby Matson (285), plus a 7-1 win at 152 for Joel Rodriguez.

But the Barracudas were able to hold the lead thanks to Steven Harshman’s fall at 170 and a forfeit win at 195, and freshman Simjay Engberg’s fall at 106 sealed the deal, as New Smyrna Beach was up 13 with two weights to go. The teams would trade pins at 113 and 120, with the Barracudas’ Aidan Sutton (113) and Fletcher’s Cole O’Brien (120) closing out the dual with respective falls.

Fletcher put itself in place to return to state duals with a 39-25 win over St Augustine in the quarterfinals. More on both of those matches follows:

Fletcher 39, St Augustine 25: The Senators built a hot start, getting out to a 15-0 lead behind pins from Ryden Ashmore (126) and Josh Daltro (132), plus a 9-2 win for O’Brien at 120.

St Augustine (6-7) cut the lead to six, then five, and then behind back-to-back pins took a 7-point lead, 25-18, with four weights to go. Carlos Quintanal (138), Connor Spossey (170) and Ryan Murphy (182) had falls during that Yellow Jacket surge, with Clint Griffin winning by major decision (12-4) at 160 and Gabe Galloza pushing through for an 8-6 win at 145.

But Fletcher would close down the dual with a 21-0 flourish for the victory, with back-to-back pins at 220 and 285 from Hollenbach and Matson, with Matson’s pin in effect clinching the victory, given that the Senators had a forfeit in hand at 113. Ana Bradshaw (9-3 at 106) won the last contested weight class of the dual by decision.

New Smyrna Beach 72, Ponte Vedra 12: The Barracudas opened the dual with a 36-0 run and closed it with another 36-point run, in which 12 New Smyrna Beach wrestlers took max points.

Tristan Winfrey (120) kicked off the first run with a pin, followed by falls from Bruner (126), Jace Engberg (132), Chandler (138), Shannon (145) and Avante Chamble (152) for the hosts.

Ponte Vedra (4-10) stopped the run with back-to-back pins at 160 and 170, with Joseph Skinner and Rett Maritato both taking first-period falls, but New Smyrna Beach was too strong from there, with falls from Doug Dittmer (195), Austin Mitchum (220), Noah Cortez (285) and Sutton (113), plus forfeit victories at 182 and 106.

Results for the bracket’s three duals can be found HERE. New Smyrna Beach will stay in hosting mode for Saturday’s Barracuda Duals, while Ponte Vedra will also compete Saturday, going to Tallahassee for the Trojan Invitational. St Augustine is off until January 23, when the Yellow Jackets will go to Columbia’s Tiger Duals, while Fletcher is off until January 27, when the Senators will host Ponte Vedra.

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