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#1AState: Revenge Bid Comes Up Short For Clay

Clay’s Jacob Bucci (top) works in a bar while riding during 106-lb FHSAA 1A semifinal action between the Blue Devils and Lemon Bay Saturday morning at Osceola. Bucci won the match and Clay the dual en route to its first state duals final (Photo by Brant Parsons, www.kabrawrestling.com).

KISSIMMEE — Even for a program with as much history as Clay has built over the years, there’s still new ground for the Blue Devils to break.

And that remains true as the quest to add an FHSAA state duals title to the one IBT title in the Clay trophy case continues into 2022-23.

After the Blue Devils reached their first 1A duals final with a 42-30 semifinal win Saturday morning over Region 3 champion Lemon Bay, a rematch with Region 4 champion Jensen Beach largely went the same way the first dual did, with the Barracudas claiming their first state title with a 42-21 win over Clay.

Clay (14-2 in duals) came out rolling against the Manta Rays, rolling up a 36-point run after defending state champ Lance Schyck put up the dual’s first points with a 7-4 win at 182.

Pins from Kedtric Wilbon (195), Garrett Tyre (220), Braden Glavin (113) and Maverick Rainwater (120), a 17-2 TF from Jacob Bucci at 106, a 9-0 major from Gunner Ivey (126) and a 6-3 win from Ethan Daniels (285) fueled that run.

The teams then traded pins at 132 and 138, with Justin Brady winning by fall for the Manta Rays and Josh Kumpf providing the dual-clinching pin at 138 for Clay. Things turned a bit dodgy for the Blue Devils down the stretch, as Lemon Bay put on a 21-0 run to close the dual out, but the dual was in hand for Clay.

That brought on the Falcons, who’d advanced with a 38-30 semifinal win over Region 2 champ Palm Bay and who’d been the only team to beat the Blue Devils in a dual this season. Jensen Beach had defeated Clay, 44-31, in pool competition at the Battle of the Beach, the Falcons’ annual season-opening competition, back on December 3 with a Clay lineup — save a couple of tweaks — largely the same as Saturday’s.

After scoring first points with a Matt O’Hara 11-4 win at 195, Jensen then forfeited to Tyre at 220 and Daniels at 285 to put itself behind, 12-3.

With those two Blue Devils successful in the scorebook but unable to provide the emotional lift of securing those 12 points against an actual opponent, Clay didn’t get the momentum boost it would ordinarily take, and Jensen Beach stepped into the breach — hard.

The Falcons then ripped off six wins in a row from 106 through 138, with pins from Sebastian Degennaro (106), Ryan Duguay (132) and Jewell Williams (138), a major from Ryan Mooney (120), and decisions from Gian Ortiz (13-6 at 113) and Johnny Dobbs (5-3 at 126) to go up, 31-12.

Clay got six back on a pin from Kumpf (145), the hero of the semi, but Jensen Beach put on an 11-0 run with a 3-0 win from Dylan Fox at 152 and majors from two wrestlers that didn’t compete in the Palm Bay win, as Duke Byfield (160) clinched the victory for the Falcons with a 9-1 win, followed by Nate Sopotnick’s 11-1 major at 170. The Blue Devils’ Dominic Martin, who opened the day for Clay with a loss, closed it out for the Blue Devils with a win, 7-1 at 182.

Box scores for the entire weekend can be found HERE.

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#3AState: Flagler Bid For Another First Comes Up Short

Flagler Palm Coast’s Bryce Dodge (left) works for a turn during 160-lb action in the FHSAA Class 3A semifinals Saturday afternoon at Osceola (Photo by Brant Parsons, www.kabrawrestling.com).

KISSIMMEE — A run of firsts for Flagler Palm Coast came to an end Saturday against a Wellington team seeking some firsts of their own.

That seemed to be the theme of Saturday in FHSAA Class 3A, with a new first-time champion, a new first-time runnerup, and a new first-time semifinalist (and by extension Region 1 champ) in the Bulldogs.

In Saturday afternoon’s 3A semifinals battle of the firsts, it was Wellington that had too much power in the tank for Flagler, taking a 43-25 win over the Bulldogs.

Saturday’s semifinal opening start weight, 182, has been a solid one for the Bulldogs (12-8 in duals) most of the year, and in spaces somewhat was once again for FPC, as it held even with Wellington through the first four weights, 9-9.

Marcelo Gonzalez (182) took an 8-3 win to kick off the dual; three weights later, Seth Davis racked up a first-period fall to tie things up.

But Wellington took pins at 106 and 113, forcing the Bulldogs to try to play catch up the rest of the way. Kole Hannant (120) bagged a bonus point with his 11-3 response and major decision at 120, cutting the Wolverines’ lead to 21-13.

It was a short-lived attempt to catch up, as Wellington pulled together a 22-0 run that clinched the dual, behind a pin from James Marvel (138), an 11-3 dual-clinching major from Mario Trigazis (145), a forfeit at 132 and decisions from Sam Marvel (8-5 at 126) and Seth Rhodes (14-12 at 152).

Flagler powerhouse state IBT placewinners Bryce Dodge (160) and Blane DeFord (170) both secured falls, but by then the damage had been done as far as the overall dual was concerned.

While Wellington had enough firepower for the double-digit semifinal, it couldn’t prevent Palmetto Ridge’s run to the title, which began Saturday with a 39-26 semifinal win over four-time defending champion South Dade. The final saw the Bears, 2A semifinalists in 2020 and runnerup last year, overcome an early 9-0 deficit in rolling out to a 42-25 victory.

Palmetto Ridge built three different mini-runs in taking the dual, with three wins in four between 285 and 120 on Austin Foye’s pin at 285 and decisions from Tyler Washburn (6-4 in sudden victory at 113) and Bernardo Barnhart (7-2 at 120).

After Wellington took it out to a 22-12 gap with wins at 126 and 132, the Bears got back-to-back-to-back pins from Demetri Zertopoulis (138), Brennan Van Hoecke (145) and Carson Miller (152) to take a 30-22 lead. The Wolverines got three back at 160, but two more Ridge pins from Roman Garcia (170) and Leonard Feliciano (182) sealed the deal.

Box scores for the entire weekend can be found HERE.

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#2AState: Jesuit Holds Off Golden Eagles In Semis

Fleming Island’s Shane Duhaylungsod (foreground) looks to establish control during 106-lb action in the FHSAA 2A state semis Saturday morning at Osceola (Photo by Brant Parsons, http://www.kabrawrestling.com)

KISSIMMEE — Going up against a giant program like Tampa Jesuit, mistakes have to be absolutely minimized, if not zeroed out completely. And some, if not several, breaks have to go the right way.

Fleming Island got a couple breaks but not enough, made as few mistakes as possible against a team like their 2A state semis opponent, the Tigers, can usually force, which is, usually, quite a lot.

And yet, despite doing a lot of good things, the Golden Eagles came up just short in their bid to reach the FHSAA state dual finals for the fourth time, falling to Jesuit, 34-28, in Saturday morning’s 2A state semifinals.

Saturday marked Fleming Island’s fifth straight appearance in the final Saturday of the FHSAA duals post-season. No team in the north’s done that. And Saturday also marked the Golden Eagles as a team that can hang, and then some, against the giants of Florida 2A.

The starting weight, 182, largely favored the Golden Eagles, with a much fuller lineup up top. And Fleming (unknown season record) played that advantage to the hilt, bumping its lineup to move around Jesuit’s talented 195, Sergio Desiante, getting out to an 18-6 lead with pins from Jhoel Robinson (:52 at 182) and Walter Poe (:27 at 220), plus an Ethan Hoffstetter forfeit at 285.

But they weren’t done building a lead, extending out to a 25-6 gap behind Shane Duhaylungsod’s 5-4 win at 106 and Jayce Paridon’s 10-0 shutout for a major at 113.

The second half of the dual played into Jesuit’s considerable strengths, as the Tigers set about cutting into the Golden Eagle lead. Early on, Fleming Island took competitive decision losses, as Jesuit’s Danny Vargas (4-0 at 120), Nathan McGill (8-2) at 132 and Braden Basile (10-3 at 138) could not pick up bonus.

The Basile loss, by the Golden Eagles’ Kaden Schaefer, carried significant positive weight, given Basile’s status as a Division I signee and multiple-time state champion. But a 19-point gap was just four now, 25-21.

And the giants of the Jesuit program, twin seniors and Division I signees themselves in Tom (145) and Jack (152) Crook, next put their stamp on the dual with back-to-back tech falls (Tom 22-6 at 145, Jack 20-5 at 152) to give the Tigers their first lead of the dual, 31-25.

Ronan Bozeman (3-0 at 160) got three back for Fleming Island, bringing it down to the final match, where Jesuit’s Josiah Jenkins made a single point loom epically large, taking a 2-1 win at 170 for the final margin of victory.

In the final, Lake Gibson — which routed Merritt Island, 72-6, in its semifinal — took home its fourth 2A state duals state title, turning back Jesuit, 36-30, in the championship round.

That dual was built on three runs, with Lake Gibson putting on an 18-0 run at the bookends after Desiante’s pin at 195. Jesuit then answered with a 24-0 run on a forfeit at 120, a second tech from Jack Crook at 152, a 12-4 major from Tom Crook at 145, and decisions from Roman Lermer (2-0 at 113), Jayden Bowles (7-0 at 126) and Basile (3-1 in sudden victory at 132).

But the third run proved decisive, as Lake Gibson added another 18-point streak to run down the victory, behind pins from Jace Brownlow (160) and Brendon Abdon (170), plus decisions from Blake Walker (9-3 at 152) and Frank Solorzano (7-2 at 182).

Box scores for the entire weekend can be found HERE.

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#3A-Region 1: FPC Adds Two More Firsts In Duals Run

Flagler’s Felipe Costa (right) works for a go-ahead takedown during 145-lb action in the 3A-Region 1 final at Osceola against Hagerty Friday night. Costa and the Bulldogs would secure individual and team wins (Photo by Brant Parsons, http://www.kabrawrestling.com).

KISSIMMEE — No matter how Friday night’s 3A-Region 1 final went down at Osceola HS, a first-time state semifinalist was going to emerge.

And after some significant back-and-forth, it was first-time region finalist Flagler Palm Coast that became the first 3A-Region 1 champion not named Fleming Island that won the title, gradually overcoming Hagerty’s early lead and taking a 36-30 victory.

The win catapults the Bulldogs (12-7 in duals for the season) into Saturday’s state semifinal round against Region 3 champion Wellington, which pushed past Ft Pierce Central, 37-25. Start time is set for 11 a.m., but will in part be dependent upon the finishing time of 1A and 2A semifinal matches.

It was three-time Region 1 finalist Hagerty (2019 and 2020) that led for most of the dual, getting out to a 6-0 start on David Mejia’s first-period fall at 138. The teams then traded decisions at 145 and 152, with the Bulldogs’ Felipe Costa winning 5-4 at 145 and Huskies’ Blake Watts taking an 8-5 decision at 152.

The teams then traded pins at 160 (Kamdon Harrison at 160 for the Huskies, Blane DeFord at 170 for the Bulldogs), with decision wins at 182 for Hagerty’s Ethan Gomez (6-5) and at 195 for the Huskies’ Hunter Tate (4-3) giving the District 3 champions a 21-9 lead halfway through the dual.

But the District 2 champs had some answers up top, with Seth Davis racking up a pin at 285 and Dalton Schell collecting a 12-6 decision at 220, as Timothy McLean’s forfeit at 106 giving Flagler Palm Coast its first lead in the dual, 24-21. Hagerty (23-8) got an answering 9-3 win from Lochlann Higgins to tie it up with three matches left.

But in two of those three matches were the possibility of bonus points from Bulldog juniors Kole Hannant and John Hald, and the lower-weight duo did not disappoint, with Hannant (120) winning by fall and Hald (126) by first-period injury-default to clinch the dual. The Bulldogs then forfeited to Hagerty’s Logan Acey-Kriegshauser at 132 in wrapping up the dual.

FPC’s top-side fellow semifinalist, Wellington, also had quite a bit of drama in turning back Ft Pierce Central in the Region 3 final.

The Wolverines won the final five matches of the dual, building a 22-0 run that turned a 10-point Ft Pierce Central advantage into a 12-point Wolverines victory.

Patrick Jones (120) had a fall during that run, while Cameron Gibson (12-1 at 113) added a bonus point and the Marvels, Sam (8-7 at 126) and James (5-3 in sudden victory at 132), both added decisions to go with Quang Phan’s forfeit win at 106. Earlier, Juan Quintero (16-0 at 195) won by tech, with Seth Rhodes (13-5 at 152) adding a major and Cameron Howard (7-6 at 138) and Edol Adonis (11-5 at 182) taking decisions.

Riley Orr (170), Hernan Ortiz (220) and Gabriel Jacas (285) each had pins for the Cobras, with JT Apicella pitching a 10-0 shutout for a major at 160. Jacob Fleitas (12-6 at 145) added a decision victory for Ft Pierce Central.

Here’s a look at the rest of the 3A state bracket, which was far less dramatic Friday night:

Palmetto Ridge 54, Osceola 20: In the Region 2 final, the Bears gave up the first pin to the Kowboys’ Cooper Haase (138), but then put up a 27-0 run that kept Palmetto Ridge ahead by double digits the rest of the way.

Brennan Van Hoecke (145), Carson Miller (152), Aiden Vega (182) and Austin Foye (285) won by fall for the Bears, who also picked up forfeits at 170, 106, 113 and 132. Roman Garcia (3-1 at 160) and Bernardo Barnhart (10-3 at 120) added decision victories for Palmetto Ridge.

In addition to Haase’s fall at 138, the Kowboys got a fall from Jomar Sanchez (220), a 15-0 tech from Anderson Heap (126) and a 4-3 win from Bryan Gari at 195.

South Dade 54, Cypress Bay 21: The four-time defending 3A duals champion Buccaneers won their fifth Region 4 title, winning six straight matches from 152 through 220 (a 31-0) run.

William Strickland (170), Ansel Cervantes (195), Sawyer Bartelt (220), Luis Acevedo (113) and EJ Solis (132) all won by fall for South Dade, with Misha Arbos (16-1 at 138), Alex Couto (17-0 at 152) and Chris Sanchez (18-3 at 182) all adding TFs. Adrian Morales (120) won by forfeit and Cordell White (160) took a 9-5 win for the Buccaneers.

For the Lightning, Rafael Diniz (145) won by fall and Gabriel Herrero added a 6-5 win at 126, with Gozie Mosi (285) and Andrew Punzalan (106) winning by forfeit.

Box scores for Friday’s competitions can be found HERE.

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#2A-Region 1: FIHS Gets One For The Thumb With 5th Title

Fleming Island’s Christopher Chop (top) looks for a fall during 152-lb action in the FHSAA 2A-Region 1 final against New Smyrna Beach at Osceola on Friday. Chop won by decision and the Golden Eagles won their fifth straight region title (Photo by Brant Parsons, www.kabrawrestling.com).

KISSIMMEE — Each year, the path to the final day of the FHSAA duals series gets more familiar, if not necessarily easier, for Fleming Island.

But the Golden Eagles certainly made things look easy Friday afternoon in securing their fifth straight Region 1 title — something no other school in the north has done — as Fleming Island hammered defending 2A-Region 1 duals champion New Smyrna Beach, 64-9.

Fleming Island (season record unknown) will face Tampa Jesuit, the Region 3 champion and last year’s Region 2 runnerup, in Saturday’s state semifinals, after the Tigers started fast against Charlotte, taking a 22-0 lead and making it hold for a 40-30 win over the Tarpons.

After winning its previous four region titles in 3A, the Golden Eagles came in as presumptive favorites against the Barracudas (14-3), and wrestled to that status throughout the dual, rolling out to a 37-0 lead through the first seven weights.

During that stretch, Fleming Island got pins from Matthew Kotler (145) and Jhoel Robinson (182), an injury-default win from Ronan Bozeman (160), forfeits from Joshua Sandoval (170) and Walter Poe (195), plus a 12-3 major to kick off the dual from Kaden Schaefer (138) and 6-0 win from Christopher Chop (152).

The additions back into the lineup of Chop and Ethan Hoffstetter (285) couldn’t have been more timely; after the ‘Cudas staved off a clinching scenario at 220 with Austin Mitchum’s 6-4 win, it was Hoffstetter who slammed the door on New Smyrna Beach with a third-period fall. Chop had been out of the lineup since an injury-default at Keystone Memorial two weeks ago and Hoffstetter out longer than that.

And the Golden Eagles kept up the momentum on the turn in the lowers bookend, with Shane Duhaylungsod (106) and Jayce Paridon (113) piggybacking off Hoffstetter’s pin with falls of their own, plus a 3-0 win from Laird Duhaylungsod at 120. After the Golden Eagles forfeited to NSB senior standout Jamey Bruner, Fleming’s Joshua Mukaddam closed out the day with a fall at 132.

Meanwhile, Jesuit opened up a 19-0 lead on pins from Braden Basile (138) and Tom Crook (145), an 11-3 major from Jack Crook at 152 and a 5-3 win from Gavin Young at 160, a key swing match in the Tigers’ favor.

The Tarpons cut the lead to 31-24 on pins from Isaac Schaeffer (170) and Nathaniel Box (220) sandwiching the Jesuit pins from Josiah Jenkins (182) and Sergio Desiante (195), plus a forfeit for Biaggio Frattarelli at 285 and pin for Camren French at 106.

Jesuit pushed the lead back out to a dual-clinching 13-point gap on decisions from Roman Lermer (7-0 at 113) and Danny Vargas (2-1 at 120); Charlotte got it back down to single digits on Andrew Austin’s fall at 126, but the Tigers’ Nathan McGill finished things off with a 5-2 win at 132.

Here’s a look at the other half of the state duals bracket:

Lake Gibson 64, River Ridge 15: The defending 2A champions had few issues in defending their Region 2 title, as the Braves held a 36-0 lead before having to face an opponent.

Connor Hackett (195), Tristan Vann (220) and Colt Brown (106) added pins for Lake Gibson, with Hayden Whidden (132) taking a 17-5 major.

The Royal Knights, battling to overcome injury and illness with half a team Friday, got pins from Nicklaus Martin (285) and Yianni Mannis (126), with Dominick Smith (120) taking a 9-4 decision.

Merritt Island 58, St Thomas Aquinas 15: The Mustangs roared past STA early in taking their first region title, building a 36-6 lead halfway through the dual.

For the Region 4 champs, Seven Tornga (170), Nick Lesch (182), Kaleb Ivie (195), Bobby Ives (220), Kaden Barrial (106), Kyle Mulley (120) and Eddie Sears (132) all won by pins, with Judge DeYoung (11-1 at 138), Jacob Pitcher (14-4 at 145), Dylan Quiroga (10-0 at 160) and Jeremiah Johnson (12-4 at 126) all adding bonus points with their major decisions.

St Thomas Aquinas picked up pins from Ethan Wigutow (152) and Riccardi Joseph (285), plus a 4-3 win at 113 from Christian Kunkes.

Box scores for Friday’s competitions can be found HERE.

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#1A-Region1: Clay Returns To Top Of Class In Duals

Clay’s Garrett Tyre (top) works toward a fall during 220-pound action in the FHSAA 1A-Region 1 final between the Blue Devils and Wakulla Friday morning at Osceola HS in Kissimmee. Tyre won by pin and the Blue Devils advanced to Saturday’s state semifinals (Photo by Brant Parsons, www.kabrawrestling.com).

KISSIMMEE — The last time Clay made it to the 1A state semifinals, the immovable object in their way at that time — Lake Highland Prep — has since, well, moved out of the FHSAA.

But the Blue Devils could face two more very solid challenges in this year’s version of the 1A state duals tournament on Saturday. They got a first one Friday, winning their first 1A-Region 1 duals title since 2018, rolling past Wakulla, 57-18, in the region final Friday at Osceola.

No 1A team in the north has won the Region 1 title except for the Blue Devils (now twice) and War Eagles (entered Friday as 3x defending duals champion).

But Saturday could mark the third time a northern 1A team makes it to the finals round (Wakulla did it twice, in 2019 and 2020). First, though, will be a solid Lemon Bay team that hammered Hudson, 73-6, in the Region 3 final. The winner of that semi will face either Region 2 champ Palm Bay, a finalist last year, or Region 4 champ Jensen Beach in the final. Clay’s only duals loss was a 44-31 defeat at the hands of the Barracudas at Jensen’s Battle of the Beach on December 3.

The first four weight classes were emblematic of the back-and-forth rivalry that Clay (13-1) and Wakulla (11-2) have had in the previous four seasons.

Josh Kumpf (138) opened the dual with a second-period fall for the Blue Devils (3:54), only to see Wakulla rally back with back-to-back pins from Hayden Reeves (145) and Jae T Thaxton (152) to give the War Eagles the lead.

It was a lead that would not last long, however, as Clay went on a 51-0 run that clinched the region title.

Luca Fiannaca (160) tied up the dual at 12 with his first-period fall, and Ethan Larsen’s 7-5 decision at 170 gave the Blue Devils a lead they would not relinquish. But that was just the warmup, as Clay dominated the uppers, with pins from Dominic Martin (182), Garrett Tyre (220) and Ethan Daniels (285), plus an 11-6 win at 195 from Kedtric Wilbon.

As the dual made the turn into the lower bookend, Jacob Bucci’s injury-default win at 106 wound up clinching the dual, as Clay was up 30, 42-12, with four weights left to go. But the Blue Devils weren’t done yet, with Rylan Herrera (120) and Maverick Rainwater (126) tacking on a pair of pins and Braden Glavin (113) finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 7-5 win.

Wakulla closed the dual out with its third pin of the day, from Isaiah Wilson at 132. The War Eagles will turn now to the IBT series and hosting duties next weekend at the MyHOUSE Big Bend Invitational, starting a week from today.

As for Clay, they’ll face a Lemon Bay side that has a high dose of momentum itself, ripping off 13 straight wins after spotting Hudson the first pin in a 73-6 victory and Region 3 finals win.

The Manta Rays got falls from Caleb Corridino (145), Austin Werden (152), Chase Alden (170), Lance Schyck (182), Marcus Lopez (195), Miguel Diaz (285), Jack Oliver (106), Hunter Barrettsmith (113), Logan Kelly (120), Brycen Warren (126) and Justin Brady (132), with Koen Hoffman chiming in with an 11-0 major at 160 and Ben Arnett pitching a 5-0 shutout at 220.

Hudson’s lone win came from a first-period fall from Giovanni Stramiello at 138.

Here’s a look at the other half of the 1A state bracket:

Palm Bay 48, Hernando 19: The Pirates pushed out to early leads of 18-3 and 30-6, clinching on Logan Delos Santos’ fall at 106 to defend their Region 2 title.

Avery Jackson (145), Nathan Furman (152), Zachary Emery-Foster (160), Octavion Osby (182), Caleo Carrera (195) and Ronald Theilacker (132) added pins for Palm Bay, which got decision wins from Carlos Gerardino (1-0 at 285) and Shaver Jackson (8-4 at 120).

Hernando opened the dual with decision wins from Diego Mojica (5-0 at 138) and Nate Greene (6-4 in sudden victory at 170), with Jayshawn Nantce (220) taking a 9-0 major. Jordyn Valle (113) secured the Leopards’ only fall post-clinch, with Cael Phillips (10-4 at 126) winning by decisioon.

Jensen Beach 36, Mater Lakes Academy 27: The Region 4 final had the most drama Friday, with the Barracudas closing out the dual with a 10-0 run behind a 13-1 major from Ryan Mooney (120) and decision wins from Johnny Dobbs (9-2 at 126) and Ryan Duguay (2-0 in sudden victory at 132).

Earlier, Jensen Beach got pins from Malachi Harriel (182) and Sebastian Degennaro (106), a 15-0 tech from Dylan Fox (152), and decisions from Jewell Williams (6-2 at 138), Duke Byfield (6-5 at 160) and Matt O’Hara (5-0 at 195).

Mater Lakes had max points in three of four weights between 220 and 113 to forge a one-point lead, 27-26, with three to go. Calogero Mazzrillo (170), Damian Soto (220) and Anthony O’Dell (113) had falls for the Bears, with Azakin Sejour (8-3) winning by decision. Ethan Vergara, at 285, won by forfeit for Mater Lakes.

Box scores for Friday’s competitions can be found HERE.

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#1Astateduals: Pirates Hijack War Eagle Bid For Finals

Wakulla’s Julian Harvey (106) was the War Eagles’ lone bright light in the 1A state semifinals against Palm Bay on Saturday at Osceola HS, shown here winning by fall (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more Wakulla action photos are accessible on the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — Each of the previous two seasons, it took the juggernaut of the US Southeast, Lake Highland Prep, to end Wakulla’s runs at the FHSAA 1A state dual tournament.

Saturday, in the FHSAA 1A state semifinals at Osceola, it was Palm Bay, and not the Highlanders, that represented Region 2, but the Pirates sure seemed equally formidable from the War Eagles were standing.

Palm Bay allowed just one Wakulla victory, a third-period fall from Julian Harvey at 106, in suffocating the War Eagles’ hope for a third straight 1A finals appearance with a 57-6 semifinal win.

“He’s opening up. Being super offensive, and he’s really embraced it,” Wakulla coach William Pafford said. “His dad was a state champ, and it’s tough to follow in those kinds of footsteps.

“But he’s done a really good job.”

The Pirates delivered big hits and small blows in otherwise mostly throttling the War Eagle attacks Saturday morning. Palm Bay had four pins, three of them coming early as the Pirates built a 28-0 lead.

Wakulla (26-3) had hopes that Harvey’s fall would jumpstart a restart, but Palm Bay did to the War Eagles what they do to most teams, closing out the dual with seven straight victories, four of them ending by decision.

That gave a sense that Wakulla was in it, competitively, against the Pirates, but at the same time the War Eagles were swimming in cement.

“For me, life’s about moments, and these kids got this moment, and I’m thankful for that, because many states out there aren’t wrestling right now,” Pafford said of his team, which is scheduled to host the MyHOUSE Big Bend one-day IBT on January 30.

“In terms of the matches, we had about four swing matches there. Of course, I want them to do better, and of course we have things to work on, but I’m just glad we were here.”

As good as Palm Bay was, Somerset Academy was just a little bit better on Saturday. The Panthers opened with a rout of Lemon Bay, 67-9, in the semis, racking up 10 pins and an 11th bonus-point win with a major. Somerset won by fall at nine weights in a row, from 285 through 152.

In the championship dual, the Panthers became the first 1A school other than Lake Highland Prep, which won the title each of the previous three seasons, to win a state duals title, after taking a 33-28 victory over Palm Bay. Four straight wins from 132 through 152 helped the Panthers rally back for the win, as Skyler Caban (132) won by fall, Darian Estevez (152) took a 12-2 major and Chase Gillis (7-3 at 138) and Bas Diaz (4-3 at 145) both won by decisions.

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#3Astateduals: Riverdale Pins Take Down FIHS

Fleming Island wrestlers gather for a team photo Saturday afternoon at Osceola HS in Kissimmee (Photo by Meridyth Smith; action photos from Saturday can be found on the Matmen Instagram account, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — If you’re feeling faint in the heart, perhaps just stay away from the North Florida Wrestling Academy facility, locally just known as “the warehouse,” over the next couple of days.

There’ll be a keyed-up group of Fleming Island kids rallying back behind a set of hard practices after Saturday’s 39-27 3A state semifinal loss to Riverdale at Osceola HS.

“Not now,” said Golden Eagles coach PJ Cobbert, asked if it would be difficult for his group to regain motivation after the loss.

“Not now. Sometimes you don’t learn much from a win. There’s some hurt boys over there, but that hurt’s got to be short-lived. We’ll get back to work tomorrow, get right back in the mix. They’re going to have to learn how to overcome adversity.”

Cobbert had noted Friday night after the Golden Eagles’ Region 1 title win over Timber Creek that defending against turns and nearfall situations was going to be critical on Saturday.

It was.

While several Fleming wrestlers had success setting the pace on top, with seven wins and turns for back points in all but one of them, Riverdale proved equally adept, if not even a little more so, racking up six pins, five of them coming in a six-match run that ultimately doomed the Golden Eagles’ chances of reaching the state final for the third time in the four-year history of the FHSAA duals tournament.

“Gotta wrestle six minutes, and I told them you’ve got to get bonus (points),” Cobbert said. “They’re a big-move type of team that likes to swing for the fences, while we want to wear people down. Sometimes you’ve got to take body blows, and we didn’t take them well.”

The Golden Eagles had a solid run between 170 and 106, dropping just one match in that stretch — and in overtime on a 50-50 call to boot. Joseph Forte (106) won by fall in the second period, with Jhoel Robinson (13-1 at 170) and Hunter Williams (18-6) having their way with turns for major decisions. Gavin Smith (6-5 at 182) and Raul Gonzalez (3-0 at 220) added decisions during that stretch.

After that, though, Fleming Island (14-1) took just two victories, giving up five pins in the closeout of the dual. David Parkes (152) ended the dual with a 14-4 major and Riley Holton (126) took a 9-2 win.

“I have so much respect for Fleming Island. We knew we had to match their intensity; if we didn’t come out and meet them punch-for-punch, we would be in trouble,” Riverdale coach Kris Hayward said. “Every single match was tough. We wrestle that dual 10 times, we probably get five and they probably get five.”

In the other semifinal, Ft Pierce Central took the opening lead against defending three-time champion South Dade, but the Buccaneers took win streaks of four, four and three weight classes to roll to a 55-13 victory.

In the championship, South Dade trailed again early, but back-to-back-to-back wins from Joshua Swan (182), Sawyer Bartelt (195) and Craig Silimon (220), and again from Luis Acevedo (106), Adrian Morales (113) and Joshua Aviles (120) allowed the Buccaneers to nearly double up Riverdale, 45-24, for their fourth FHSAA duals title, a feat no other Florida school has accomplished.

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#2Astateduals: Champion Braves Roll Past NSB In Semi

New Smyrna Beach’s Jamey Bruner (right) attempts to fend off a single-leg shot by Lake Gibson’s Hayden Whidden during the 2A state semis Saturday morning at Osceola HS in Kissimmee (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more New Smyrna Beach action photos are posted on the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — In the world of wrestling, David doesn’t always take down Goliath.

Saturday, in the semifinals of the 2A state duals tournament at Osceola HS, the scrappy Davids of New Smyrna Beach had few answers for the juggernaut Lake Gibson program, which had won the 2020 state traditional title and won state duals in 2019.

The Braves jumped out to a 17-0 lead; after the ‘Cudas got on the board with Doug Dittmer’s second-period fall at 195, Lake Gibson then tacked another eight wins in a row to cruise to a 60-18 win over New Smyrna Beach.

In the final, the Braves held off Palmetto Ridge, 39-32, to win their third 2A state duals championship. New Smyrna Beach (16-2) goes back to the drawing board with an appearance at Flagler Palm Coast’s Flagler Rotary on Friday and Saturday.

“We knew it would be a tough go, and we had some chances to score some points, but you make a mistake, they will put you on your back, and that happened to us,” ‘Cudas coach Kevin Kehoe said.

“We ran into a buzzsaw, but we’ll be back and we’ll see some of those guys at states. We’re looking forward to it.”

Lake Gibson got out to the 17-point gap behind pins at 170 and 182, plus a tech fall at 160, before Dittmer won by fall in 2:40 at 195.

Things went from bad to mostly worse over the next eight weights, as the Braves took bonus points in seven of those, with pins at 220, 113, 132 and 138, tech falls at 120 and 126 and a 6-4 win at 106.

The ‘Cudas got some positive momentum in closing out the dual, with pins from Michael Shannon (145) and Hunter Childress (152), both in the first period.

In the other semifinal, Palmetto Ridge spotted Southridge a 12-0 lead and the Region 4 champs were able to maintain it through the 285 weight clas, but the Bears came back to win seven of the next eight matches, all of them with max-points (six by pin) to take a 52-22 win.

The championship dual saw the Braves trail just once, 22-18, following a Bernardo Barnhart pin at 113 in favor of the Bears. After that, Lake Gibson took wins in five of the final seven weight classes, with pins from Alex Walker (120) and Hayden Whidden (126), plus decisions from Blake Walker (8-6 at 132), Brendon Abdon (152) and Jason Lemmond (160) to secure the Braves’ third state duals win.

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