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#ShowTime: 1A State Recap, Day 2

Ridgeview senior Matthew Rodriquez stands atop the 1A-132 lb podium after winning the state championship Saturday night at Silver Spurs Arena (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

KISSIMMEE — It doesn’t get any sweeter than victory upon the biggest stage the state high school wrestling scene can offer. At the same time, it doesn’t get any more heartbreaking than defeat upon that stage.

Three area seniors had their final chance to reach for state gold Saturday night at the 1A state wrestling tournament at Silver Spurs Arena. Two of those three, Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez and Clay’s Cale Hoskinson, were able to grab it firmly and secure it for their own.

Rodriquez had been questing for it in four previous state appearances, three of them medal-winning efforts, as he took third in Class 2A for the Clay County Panthers in 2018, second in 2A in 2019 and again a runnerup effort last year, but in 1A, for Ridgeview.

This year, not even the national record books could deny Rodriquez. He entered states with a 53-0. Unbeaten. Every contested match ending in a fall. Unscored upon.

And needing just two falls to secure the NFHS career record for pins, he ran the table with four on the weekend, with two Friday pins in 51 seconds. Saturday’s pair took a little longer, but the reslts were the same, as he falled a pair of Region 2 wrestlers, starting with Master’s Academy freshman Brandon Cody in the semis, securing the fall.

That set up a finals match against Palm Bay’s Ronald Theilacker, the Region 2 champion, in the finals match. Rodriquez (57-0) set the tone from jump, taking an early lead on a takedown and turn in the first period. In the second, he spent most of the 82 seconds in that period setting up his final pin of his high school career.

“I just didn’t hold back (this year),” Rodriquez said afterward. “I had to switch things up (after finishing second for a second time in 2020). I felt nerves last year. Just let it fly (this year). And I put it all together.”

Although Rodriquez put himself on Florida radar with a sterling performance at Virginia Beach in April 2016 in the middle school national folkstyle tournament — in which a veteran reporter’s first posted comment on him was “This kid looks tough, too” — he was finally able to stand atop the mountain.

“Now, I can finally say I’m #1 in the state of Florida,” Rodriquez said.

It’s been a journey, though, with travel everywhere, events in far-flung places. Constant training and technique refinement.

“It’s definitely been a journey. I thought God has it as a plan to finish a certain way his last year (of high school wrestling),” Ridgeview coach Bart Rodriquez, Matthew’s father, said. “I don’t think we could finish any better.

“(As for the career pins record), we thought (last year) he was definitely in a position to do it, so we went for it. We wrestled him up when we could during the season, just hoping we could finish. Covid made it a lot tougher, but it’s great that things played out the way they did.”

Now Rodriquez will that sterling career back to where it all began, Pennsylvania, where he first learned the sport, and where he’ll attend Division I Lehigh.

As for Hoskinson (42-2), the season wasn’t the perfect string of pins or even 100% victories, but he’d positioned himself to be just as strong a favorite at 160 as Rodriquez was at 132.

Clay senior Cale Hoskinson rules the 1A-160 lb weight class after winning the state championship Saturday night at Silver Spurs Arena (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

On Friday, Hoskinson racked up a quick pin in the first round and had a solid 9-2 quarterfinal win over the eventual fifth-place finisher, but it would be Saturday that would tell the tale in his final high school wrestling chapter.

And he proved himself more than capable to meet the task, opening in the semis with a 13-1 major over a very solid Palm Bay competitor in Region 2 champ Cameron Komat, the eventual 4th-place finisher. That put him into the finals, where he secured takedowns in each period against former unbeaten Coral Springs Charter senior Terrell Taylor for a 9-3 decision for the title after placing third a year ago and making prior state appearances in both 2018 and 2019.

“I finally believed I could win,” Hoskinson said while waiting for his 1A gold medal and state bracket. “When I got third last year, I knew I could do it. I just tried to get the right mindset, the right work ethic.

“I changed the way I worked with my coaches. I told myself I had the talent, and everything would come with it, if I just believed I could win.”

Saturday was the end result of a six-year quest between Cale, his father & Clay assistant coach Jim, and former Clay teammate Stevie Chopek, now in college at Division II Newberry. Cale will join his former teammate at that level, having signed with Ohio’s Notre Dame College, a long-time Division II wrestling power.

“The three of us started together to get them into college wrestling,” Jim Hoskinson said afterward. “He started the sport six years ago and he told he wanted to wrestle in college. So I put together a program to make it happen.

“He never stopped wrestling this year. He’d wrestle on a mat at Jim (Clay coach Reape)’s yard. We converted the upper part of our gym (Ironworks Gym) to wrestling. This was how he got this done, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Florida High’s Tyler Reeve, for two periods, looked to be the first of the three area seniors to win his first title and cap a career that’s been marred by injuries almost as much as it’s been marked by his successes in overcoming them to earn state medals in prior seasons.

Like Rodriquez and Hoskinson, Reeve had set the pace on Friday, with a Friday pin and 6-3 decision that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. On Saturday, Reeve pushed the pace against Palm Bay’s Rocco Senia, who’d beaten him for fifth place by injury default a year ago, finding an escape in double overtime after riding Senia out and taking a 2-1 victory.

That put Reeve into the final against Jensen Beach junior Jonny Dobbs, the Region 4 champ and part of the Barracudas’ wave of momentum on Saturday that catapulted that team into a top-5 overall finish.

But Reeve’s scrambling ability in the first two periods got him out to a lead, and when a flurry of moves and countermoves led to another scramble in the third period, all started off well enough. But Dobbs (37-6) was able to catch Reeve’s head in mid-scramble and quickly moved to secure a fall in 4:54. The runnerup effort was Reeve’s highest finish at state after a sixth in 2020 and third in 2019.

Team-wise, Clay recorded the area’s highest finish, as the Blue Devils were 10th with 45.5 points and two medalists, as sophomore Dominic Martin (152) placed sixth. Raines, with 44 points and three medalists in juniors De’Quon King (113) and Jamari Watson (195), both of whom took thirds, along with a sixth from Raynarde Thomas (170), was 11th.

Ridgeview was 13th with 41 points and two medalists, as Derrick Mosley (sixth at 285) joined Rodriquez as podium finishers. Wakulla, with a fifth-place medal from Raymond Hatchman (120) and sixth from Isaiah Wilson (126), was 14th with 37, while Florida High, with Emil Ganim (sixth at 138) joining Reeve as a state medalist for the Seminoles, was T-15th with 35.

Suwannee picked up two medals, as Timothy Jolicoeur (5th at 126) and Austin McKinney (6th at 120) fueled the Bulldogs’ 32-point weekend and 17th-place finish. Bolles, behind a third-place medal from Jack Pyburn (220), was 20th with 22 points, while Jayce Paridon’s third at 106 fueled University Christian to 19.5 points and 24th overall.

Fernandina Beach was 33rd with 13 points, while South Walton & Yulee — behind respective 6th-place finishes from Max Brewster (113) for the Seahawks and Aston Ricks (152) for the Hornets — were T-34th with 12 points. Thanks to Mikade Harvey’s sixth-place effort at 106, Palatka was T-38th, with eight points.

North Bay Haven and Rutherford each were T-42nd, with five pints, while Union Cty was T-47th with four, Baker Cty T-50th with three, Bishop Kenny T-56th with two and Episcopal 60th with one. Arnold, Bishop Snyder and West Nassau did not score.

Action photos from Friday’s quarterfinal round, Saturday’s semifinal round, third-place matches and finals with area wrestlers in them can be found on the Matmen Instagram account, nflamatmen. We have also posted all podium photos with at least one area medalist to that page and to our North Florida Matmen Facebook page.

Brackets from the weekend’s wrestling can be found HERE.

A summary of the tournament can be found HERE:

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Championship: Somerset Academy 8th grader Christian Fretwell (46-4) had a pair of Friday techs, then opened Saturday with his toughest challenge of the weekend in Paridon (55-5), also an 8th-grader for the Christians, but advanced with a 10-6 decision. Fretwell then handed Admiral Farragut freshman Roman Lermer (25-1) his first loss of the season in the championship match, taking a 9-3 win. Lermer got to the final behind two first-period pins on Friday, coming back Saturday in the semis to push past Palatka’s Harvey, 3-1.
3rd: Paridon bounced back in the consis with two wins for third, but the semi round was close against Coral Springs Charter junior Peyton Vargas before Paridon took a 4-3 decision. His third-place match against Space Coast junior Raider Morelli (29-6) was a bit more straightforward, as Paridon took a third-period tech fall win (15-0 in 3:35). Morelli, who’d lost by tech fall to Fretwell in Friday’s quarters, came back to the bronze match behind three wins in the consis, two of them Saturday, starting with a 3-1 win in state’s version of the “blood round,” the consi quarters, where Morelli turned back Union Cty sophomore Christian Simmons (33-17), 3-1. Morelli then edged Harvey, 7-6, in the semi.
5th: Vargas, who was sixth at 106 last year, moved one step upward, with three consi-side wins after a quarterfinal loss by fall to Lermer. Two of those came Saturday over local wrestlers, as he falled Wakulla junior Julian Harvey (41-4) in 2:03 in 1:46 in the consi quarters and then decisioned Palatka’s Harvey (26-8), a sophomore for the Panthers, 9-4 for fifth.

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Championship: After finishing fourth in 2020, Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Nicholas Yancey (24-0) didn’t lose a match in 2020-21, with identical pin/decision days over both days in the tournament. Yancey began with a fall (3:19) in the semis Saturday over Region 4 rival and Mater Lakes junior Dylan Garcia (36-9), then had to wrestle 7 1/2 minutes for his title, finding an escape from down position for a 3-2 win in the ultimate tiebreaker over Palm Bay senior Tyler Perrow (35-1). Perrow, who was the 106 runnerup last year as well, had a pin and two decisions to get to the final, with a 3-2 semifinal win over Raines’ King (27-2).
3rd: King took third at 113 for the second straight year, with two consi-side decisions. First up was a tight 9-8 win in the consi semis over region rival and South Walton junior Max Brewster (26-6), but King was able to open up a bit more in the third-place match against Jensen Beach sophomore Ryan Mooney (36-15), taking an 8-2 win there. Mooney won three times in the consis to get to King after a 5-0 quarterfinal loss to Perrow, with Saturday wins over region rivals Matthew Velasco of Somerset Academy (1-0) in the quarters and over Garcia (fall in 2:17, reprising his Region 4 third-place win from the previous weekend) in the semis.
5th: Garcia came back from the two semifinal losses by fall to claim fifth, taking a 5-4 decision over Brewster. Brewster had lost in the quarters, 11-5, to Yancey, and won twice in the consis to punch his podium ticket, including an 8-6 win in the quarters over Clay junior Maverick Rainwater (33-8), avenging a 7-4 loss in the Region 1 semis the previous weekend.

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Championship: Merritt Island senior Elijah Lusk (37-2) repeated as champion, with two bonus-point wins on Friday. Saturday saw Lusk take a pair of decisions, the first of those coming in a war in the semis against Somerset Academy 8th-grader Elvis Solis, in which Lusk escaped with a 1-0 decision. He was able to open up some more in the championship match against Jensen Beach sophomore Jewell Williams (21-2), scoring a few times in a 9-2 decision. Williams, who was third in 2020 at 106, had two Friday decisions and then took a 9-0 major in the semis over region rival and Cardinal Gibbons junior Mathew Palermo (19-6) to get to the final.
3rd: Solis (34-3) dominated his two consi-side matches, pinning Wakulla senior Raymond Hatchman (38-6) in 2:34 in the semis, and then teching Palermo, 21-6 in 4:56, for third (a week after falling Palermo in 33 seconds in the Region 4 final). Palermo got into the third-place match with an 11-4 win over Suwannee freshman Austin McKinney (46-12) in the semis.
5th: Hatchman won three of four matches in the consis after a quarterfinal loss by pin to Palermo, including Saturday wins over Clearwater CC’s Aiden Prunoske (fall in :58) and a 4-2 win over his District 2 and Region 1 rival, McKinney, for fifth. McKinney, who’d won five consi-side matches last weekend to qualify out, had two consi-side wins at state after losing by tech fall to Lusk in the quarters, including a Saturday fall in the consi quarters over McKeel’s Guy Yodock (4:21).

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Championship: See above about Reeve; Dobbs (37-6)’ path to the title began with two Friday pins, followed by a 3-0 decision in the semis over Suwannee senior Timothy Jolicoeur (38-12). Dobbs was fourth a year ago for the Barracudas.
3rd: Senia (32-3), a senior for the Pirates and fifth at 126 a year ago, came back for third after the semifinal loss to Reeve, shutting out Wakulla junior Isaiah Wilson (37-11), 3-0, in the consi semis, then edged Am Heritage-Delray junior Andrew DeSola (33-12), 5-4, in the bronze match, which was a rematch from Friday’s quarterfinal, which Senia also won by one point (7-6). DeSola won three consi-side matches to get that rematch, with Saturday decisions over Merritt Island’s Lucien Comelchook (12-6) in the quarters and over Jolicoeur, 8-5, in the semis.
5th: Jolicoeur bounced back from the losses to Dobbs and DeSola with a fall (2:41) in the medal match over Wilson, reprising majors he took at districts (10-2, semis) and regions (11-1, also in the semis) over Wilson. For his part, Wilson, who’d lost 5-1 to Senia in the first round, had to win three consi-side matches just to secure his podium space, including a 7-0 win in the consi quarters over Fernandina Beach senior Jeremy Mahoney (33-3), avenging an 11-1 major he lost to Mahoney in the Region 1 third-place match the previous weekend.

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Championship: See above about Rodriquez; Theilacker (32-2) got to Rodriquez behind a pin and two decisions, the second of those coming in the semis over Somerset Academy senior Skyler Caban (22-3), 7-4.
3rd: Caban bounced back for third after the semifinal loss, falling region rival and Jensen Beach senior Tyler Savastano (32-16) in 2:58, reprising his Region 4 semifinal fall (1:57) over Savastano the previous weekend. Caban then edged TMA’s Cody (44-7), 2-1, for third. Cody pushed his way into the bronze match with a 6-2 win over Mater Lakes 8th grader Luis Bellon (24-9) in the consi semis; Cody had pinned Bellon (1:03) in the first round on Friday.
5th: In a matchup of region rivals, Savastano needed just 18 seconds to fall Bellon for fifth, avenging his third-place loss to Bellon (8-2) the previous weekend. Savastano had lost to Theilacker in round 1 and won four consi-side matches to place fifth, with an additional Saturday win in the consi quarters over region rival Jonathan Hudson of Am Heritage-Delray (5-4 decision), while Bellon had three wins of his own in the consis, including a pin in the quarters over Lemon Bay’s Justin Brady (3:23).

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Championship: In a weight class utterly dominated by Region 4 (all 4 state qualifiers made semis, all 4 placed in the top 4 at states), it was the region 3rd that put it all together on the final weekend, as Somerset Academy senior Chase Gillis (41-6) bounced back from a 2020 that saw him off the podium to a 2021 on top of it, as he was unscored upon Friday, but had a war in the semis against Am Heritage-Delray senior Vincenzo Napolitana (27-8), securing a 5-4 win after falling, 5-3, in sudden victory to Napolitana in the Region 4 quarters the previous weekend. Gillis then faced the region champ, Cardinal Gibbons senior Tyler Cabral, in the state final. Gillis set the tone from the off, rolling out to hand Cabral a 10-2 defeat for the title. Cabral, the runnerup at 113 in 2020, pinned his way into the final, with a Saturday fall over region rival and Jensen Beach junior Ryan Duguay (1:56) in the semis.
3rd: After falling to Gillis in the semis, Napolitana came back to take third, majoring Florida High senior Ganim (36-13), 9-1, in the consi semis, and then pushed past Duguay (34-10), 3-1, in the bronze match. Duguay got there behind a takedown in sudden victory for a 4-2 win in the consi semis over Cocoa Beach senior Michael Watson (34-7).
5th: After falling to Gillis in the quarters, Watson won three of four matches in the consis, with a 10-8 consi-quarter win over Labelle’s Zachary Mann and a medal-match win over Ganim (36-13), 7-5, for fifth. Ganim had lost, 17-4, on Friday to Napolitana in the opening round, but then won three consi-side matches to punch his podium ticket, including a Saturday 5-4 win in the consi quarters over Suwannee junior Tyson Musgrove (47-7).

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Championship: After taking the 2020 title at 132, Somerset Academy eighth-grader Bas Diaz (17-2) ran the table at states once again, with two Friday pins, and a pair of decisions on Saturday, starting with a 7-1 win in the semis over Palm Bay sophomore Nathan Furman (34-4). Diaz then avenged his Region 4 title-loss (2-1 in double overtime) in the championship match, pushing past Mater Lakes junior Benjamin Rogers, 3-2. Rogers (8-2 as reported) bonus-pointed his way to the final, with a Saturday 8-0 major over Hernando senior Billy Gould (32-9) in the semis.
3rd: Furman bounced back for third behind a pair of consi-side decisions, first downing Bonita Springs junior Mateo Villalobos (42-3), 8-2, in the semis, then coming back to shut out Am Heritage-Delray junior Rafael Romero (29-6), 4-0, for third. That third-place match was a rematch of Friday’s quarterfinal, which Furman won by a 3-2 count. Romero won three on the back to force the rematch, including Saturday bonus-point wins over Villages’ Cameron Rima (15-5) in the consi quarters and over Gould (pin in 4:05) in the semis.
5th: Villalobos won three of four on the consi side after losing by fall to Rogers in the quarters, with Saturday wins in the consi quarters over Suwannee senior Caleb Parsons (37-17) by pin in 2:32 and again by fall in the medal match, in 1:07 over Gould.

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Championship: After a runnerup effort at this weight in 2020, Somerset Academy senior Darian Estevez (42-1) was able to complete the weekend unscathed, with three bonus-point wins and a Saturday 7-3 semifinal win over Palm Bay senior Jack Dinberg (34-2). Estevez then faced region rival and Am Heritage-Delray freshman Omer Barak (34-11) in the title match, a rematch of the Region 4 final where Estevez won by fall the previous weekend. This time, the match went six minutes with Estevez winning with an 11-2 major. Barak had two pins and a decision in getting to the rematch, falling McKeel junior Vish Williams (43-5) in 1:32 in the semis.
3rd: Dinberg rallied back for third behind two tight decisions, pushing past Jensen Beach senior Tehran Piza (27-8), 3-1, in the consi semis, followed by a 4-2 win over Williams for third. Williams got to the bronze match after pinning Clay sophomore Dominic Martin (2:05) in the semis.
5th: Piza, who’d lost 12-4 to Williams in the quarters Friday, won three times on the back, including Saturday wins in the consi quarters over Fernandina Beach freshman Enzo Gamba (28-2), 7-1, and then in the medal match over Martin (36-11), 6-2. Martin had lost by major to Estevez in the quarters, winning twice in the consis to secure his podium space, with a 5-3 consi-quarter win Saturday over Sarasota Military’s Erik Borresen.

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Championship: See earlier on Hoskinson; Taylor (29-1) had a win and two pins prior to the final; in the semis, he pushed past region rival and Cardinal Gibbons junior Daniel Korchensky, 6-4.
3rd: Korchensky (17-4) won twice on the back to rally back for third after falling to Taylor, with a 5-1 win in the consi semis over Clewiston senior Izac Martinez (43-7). That round was a rematch of the Region 4 third-place match, which Johnson had won by a 3-1 count. Korchensky then was able to get past Palm Bay senior Komat (32-4), 8-4, in the third-place match. Komat got to the bronze match by majoring Yulee senior Aston Ricks (39-11), 16-2, in the consi semis.
5th: Martinez, who’d lost 9-2 to Hoskinson in the quarters on Friday, won three of four consi-side matches, including Saturday wins over Bishop Moore’s Gavin Wheeler (8-4) in the consi quarters and over Ricks, 12-10, for fifth. Ricks secured his space on the podium, after falling 12-8 to Korchensky in the quarters, with two consi-side pins, including a Saturday fall in the quarters over Hernando’s Billy Fetzner, in 2:58.

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Championship: Carrollwood Day junior Jonathan Conrad (46-2) was a repeat champion after taking the 2020 title at 160, with three pins and a Saturday semifinal win over Master’s Academy senior Dylan Kohn (47-2), 3-2, after two earlier losses to Kohn during the regular season. Conrad had less trouble in the final with Merritt Island senior Khalil Mitchell (30-5), falling Mitchell in 1:13 for the gold medal and the bracket. Mitchell had a major and decision on Friday, coming back on Saturday with a win by fall in the semis against Raines senior Thomas (27-3), taking advantage of a desperation shot attempt late in the match.
3rd: Kohn dominated the back side of the bracket in taking third with a second-period tech fall (16-0 in 2:03) over Region 2 rival and Satellite sophomore Michael McCarthy (9-4 as reported) in the consi semis. That match was a rematch of the region final, where Kohn also won by tech fall (15-0 in 3:40). Kohn then pinned Somerset Academy sophomore Danny Diaz (9-4 as reported) in 51 seconds for the bronze medal. Diaz, who’d lost by fall to Conrad in Friday’s quarters, came back for three consi-side decisions, including Saturday wins over region rival and Mater Lakes 8th grader Achilles Rocha (8-6) in the consi quarters and an 11-7 win over Thomas in the semis.
5th: McCarthy, who’d lost by fall to Thomas in the quarters, would have a chance to get that loss back, and did so, with three consi-side victories. Included among them were Saturday wins over Lincoln Park Academy’s Kyle Grey (4-3, consi quarters) and Thomas, 7-4, for fifth.

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Championship: After a runnerup effort in 2020, Lemon Bay junior Lance Schyck (39-0) has been unbeaten since last year’s state-finals loss, with a pin and decision both days at this year’s state tournament. On Saturday, Schyck pinned Palm Bay senior Zander Owens (26-4) in 2 minutes in the semis, then came back to hold off Am Heritage-Delray junior Joseph Nicolosi, 9-5, for the title. Nicolosi (33-3) got to the final behind two bonus-point Friday wins and a 12-5 semifinal win over Oasis senior Hunter Eichelberger (33-9) on Saturday.
3rd: Owens bounced back for third behind a pair of consi-side wins, first falling Admiral Farragut 8th grader Payton Cramer (18-4) in 3 minutes in the semis, then scoring one time and making it stand up for a 3-1 third-place win over Somerset Academy senior Sean Concepcion (40-7). Concepcion, who’d lost 4-3 to Schyck in the quarters Friday, came back with three wins in the consis, including Saturday wins over Clewiston’s Hisham Ramadan (4-2 in sudden victory) in the consi quarters and falling Eichelberger in 2:30 in the semis.
5th: Cramer won three of four consi-side matches after a 14-5 loss to Nicolosi in the quarters, falling Baker County senior Conner South (13-6) in 4:31 in the quarters and then decisioning Eichelberger, 10-5 in double overtime, for fifth in a battle of Region 3 rivals. The medal match was a rematch of the region quarters, which Cramer had won by second-period fall.

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Championship: After a tough loss in the final last year, Am Heritage-Delray junior Mikey Tal Shahar (39-2) would not be denied a title this season, with a pair of Friday pins and two decisions Saturday. That began in the semis, but Tal Shahar would need the ultimate tiebreaker to decide things, getting out from bottom for a 3-2 win over Sarasota Military junior Tyre Smith (37-2). Tal Shahar had a bit of an easier time, but only just, in the final against Master’s Academy senior Ryan Cody (42-3), taking a 5-2 decision for the championship. Cody had two pins and a decision prior to final, falling Northside Christian sophomore Scott Lynch (19-6) in 1:57 in the semis.
3rd: After losing by fall to Tal Shahar in the quarters on Friday, Raines’ Watson (22-3) wouldn’t lose again, with four consi-side wins to rally back to third. That included Saturday wins over region rival and North Bay Haven freshman David Mercado (31-3) in the consi quarters (pin in 3:39), Lynch (fall in 2 minutes) in the semis and then a 7-5 win over Smith for third. Smith got to the bronze match with a second ultimate tiebreaker outcome, this time on the winning side of a 4-3 decision over Am Heritage-Plantation junior Jaeden Kinlock (25-5).
5th: Lynch avenged the two earlier Saturday losses by fall with a pin of his own, falling Kinlock in 2:53. Kinlock had lost, 11-4, to Cody in the quarters on Friday, and had to take two consi-side wins, including a 6-4 win in the consi quarters over Florida High senior Micah Perdue (35-8).

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Championship: After finishing second in 2A at 285 last year, Carrollwood Day senior Mason Arnold (37-0) stayed unbeaten in 1A this year, though not without some trials. After being taken down by Rutherford senior Xavier Stillgess (25-6) in the quarters only to come back and win, Arnold gave up points in the semis to Bolles junior Jack Pyburn (25-3), but had enough offense to secure a 9-7 win and move to the final. There, he shut down Key West senior Max Ryan (36-8), 8-0, to win the bracket and gold medal. Ryan had two Friday decisions to get on the podium, then falled Jensen Beach senior Andrew Burnette (40-7) in 5:45 in the semis.
3rd: Pyburn (25-3) powered through to two pins on the back and place third, beginning in the consi semis, where he falled Hernando senior Chris Spellman (1:52), and again against Burnette in the third-place match, where Pyburn won by fall in 3:41 for the bronze. Burnette got to the third-place match with a 3-1 win in the consi semis over Am Heritage-Delray junior Chase Thompson (37-5).
5th: Spellman, who’d lost by fall in the quarters to Burnette on Friday, won three of four in the consis, with Saturday victories over Fernandina Beach senior Kolby Kidd (35-3) by pin (1:53) in the consi semis, and a win by injury-default over Thompson for fifth. Thompson, who’d lost in sudden victory to Pyburn (3-1) in the quarters, had two decision victories in the consis, the second of those on Saturday in a 2-1 win over Stillgess in the consi quarters.

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Championship: After taking fifth in 2020, Mater Lakes junior Ethan Vergara (35-3) had three decisions to get to the final, including a 9-6 Saturday semi win over Rockledge senior Jordan Love (38-1). Vergara then secured a pin late in the title match against Region 4 rival and Somerset Academy junior Matthew Jimenez (41-5), reprising his region-final pin with a second on in 5:59 for the state title. Jimenez had three decisions as well in reaching the final, edging Palm Bay junior Carlos Gerardino (32-7), 3-2, in the semis.
3rd: Love took two victories in bouncing back for third, with a fall in the consi semis over Ridgeview Derrick Mosley (52-3) in 1:47, then a push past Region 2 rival Gerardino, 6-4, for third. That match reprised the region final, where Love had won by the same score, but in sudden victory at Palm Bay the previous weekend. Gerardino got to the rematch with a 6-2 win in the consi semis over region rival and Hernando senior Sam Fleming (34-7).
5th: Fleming won by medical forfeit in the medals round over Mosley. Fleming had lost in the first round to Jimenez, 3-1, and had to win three consi-side matches to get back on podium, including a Saturday fall (3:48) over Mulberry’s Joquorius Taylor. As for Mosley, he’d fallen to Jimenez, 6-2, in the quarters, and won by fall twice in the consis, including on Saturday (4:26) over Carrollwood Day’s Desmond Mamudi in the consi quarters.

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#ShowTime: 2A State Recap, Day 2

Chiles senior Kyle McGill, the District 2 and Region 1 champion, added a 2A state championship at 195 pounds at Silver Spurs Arena Saturday night. Also on the podium, in the fifth and sixth spots, are New Smyrna Beach’s Doug Dittmer and Lincoln’s Wyatt Yown.. Matmen has posted all podium photos with an area medalist on both our Facebook and Instagram (nflamatmen) pages, along with dozens of action photos from the quarters, semis, third-place and area finals matches. (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

KISSIMMEE — All the work pays off when the happy tears flow.

And they flowed for Chiles senior Kyle McGill Saturday night after he completed the dream senior season, going undefeated in the season of Covid.

That meant being unable to travel outside of Tallahassee for interscholastic competition. To have competition inside the county be limited to just a very few teams. To compete in just one regular-season tournament at home. Compete on the road for both districts and regions. All things that McGill, the entire Chiles program, had to go through this one year that was new and different.

“There’s not enough words,” McGill said, emotion clear in his face and his words, while waiting to receive his state bracket and gold medal atop the 2A podium after winning the 195-pound weight class at Silver Spurs Arena Saturday night.

“Last year I was third and I was devastated. I knew how close I was. I just locked in on a state title.”

And that took McGill to places he didn’t expect to visit, during the preseason, in order to win that title. Places like Folkston, GA, to compete in events while Leon County was still shuttered.

The result was perfection.

After two pins in the round of 16 and quarterfinals, McGill (30-0) added a third fall in Saturday’s semifinal round, decking Harmony’s Juan Gomez in 5:10 to get to the finals, where he would face fellow unbeaten and fellow senior Gregory Dennard of Ft Myers.

Dennard had piled up the points en route to the finals, outscoring his Friday opponents by a 27-1 count — including a quarterfinal tech fall over a very good Doug Dittmer of New Smyrna Beach, McGill’s Region 1 finals opponent the previous weekend — and had falled McGill’s crosstown rival, Lincoln’s Wyatt Yown, in the semis.

But instead of the flurry of points Dennard wanted to bring, McGill imposed his will on the match instead, needing just one takedown and a masterclass in handfighting to secure a 3-1 victory over Dennard, and Chiles’ first state wrestling title along with it.

“His gas and his conditioning, nobody’s able to go six with him,” Timberwolves coach James Marschka said. “We were really hampered by what we could do, where we could travel. Had to stay in town, and not getting out put us at a disadvantage.

“But he just continued to train hard. He got really really strong. Just continued to grind. He’s the hardest-working kid I’ve ever coached.”

McGill hasn’t made a college decision yet, but programs may come calling now, because he does want to compete at the #NextLevel.

“Being the first state champion in school history, means a lot. Hopefully this gets more kids into the program,” he said. “If they work hard enough, they can do it, too.”

McGill’s title, plus a sixth from Femi Egberongbe at 138, catapulted the Timberwolves into the top Region 1 team finish at states, as Chiles was 13th with 41 points.

Lincoln, with three medalists in Cayden Bevis (3rd at 182), Elijah Hendley (4th at 113) and Yown (6th at 195) — 100% of their state contingent medaled — finished T-15th with 39 points. The two Tally squads were the only teams in the top 20.

Fletcher, with medal efforts from Ethan Hollenbach (5th at 220) and Joel Rodriguez (6th at 152); Mosley, behind a fifth from Nick Hejke (145); and New Smyrna Beach, with a fifth from Dittmer (195) all finished T-21st with 21 points.

Another threesome of local teams were T-26th with 18 points, as Robert E Lee and Westside both, respectively, got thirds from Ahmahd Denmark (160) and Ray Bolden (285), while Niceville got a fourth from David Polaski (220). Ft Walton Beach and Columbia tied for 31st with 15, with the Vikings’ Cedric Fairrow (220) grabbing third.

Orange Park and St Augustine both were T-37, with six points each, while Matanzas was T-42 with five. Leon was T-44, with four points, while Gulf Breeze and Pace both were T-49 at three. Belleview was 54th, with two points, while Deltona & Middleburg each were T-55th with one. Ponte Vedra was T-60th, with no points.

Action photos from Friday’s quarterfinals, Saturday’s semifinals & third-place round involving area 2A wrestlers, and McGill’s finals match can be found on our Instagram page, nflamatmen. We have all area medalists’ podium photos on there and on the Matmen Facebook page as well.

Brackets from the weekend’s wrestling can be found HERE.

A summary of Saturday’s wrestling can be found here:

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Championship: After placing fifth as a freshman, Palmetto Ridge sophomore Tyler Washburn (46-1) rolled through this year’s field, with three pins and a decision. Saturday saw Washburn open with a 6-2 semifinal win over Springstead senior Dominic Nardini (42-3), then he came back in the championship match with a second-period fall (2:24) over Killian freshman Christian Vasquez (25-2). Vasquez reached the final behind three bonus-point wins, including a 16-8 major in the semis over Charlotte freshman Camren French (16-5).
3rd: Nardini, who was fourth a year ago, won twice on the back, teching Cape Coral sophomore Richard Albert (36-12), 16-1 in 4:15 (he’d also majored Albert, 9-0, in the first round on Friday), then held down Region 2 rival and Brandon freshman Thomas Gernhart, 1-0, in the bronze-medal match. Gernhart (26-5) had won four on the bounce in the consis after falling to French, 6-3, in round 1. The fourth of those wins was a 6-0 rematch with French in the consi semis.
5th: In a rematch from the Region 3 third-place match the previous weekend, French reprised his 5-2 region victory over Albert with a 4-2 win at states.
No locals in Saturday’s wrestling.

113
Championship: After a third-place finish in 2020, Brandon junior Tyson Lane (38-0) hasn’t lost in high school competition since his semifinals loss a year ago, with two pins Friday and dominant Saturday wins, starting with a 7-1 decision in the semis over Dixie Hollins junior Voshawn Baker (27-5) and wrapping up the title with an 11-1 major in the finals, a rematch of the Region 2 semifinal between the two, over Tampa Jesuit junior Danny Vargas (27-5). Vargas got to the final behind three decisions, including a 12-6 semifinal win over region rival and Springstead senior Jonathan Dominguez (37-10).
3rd: After falling, 2-1, to Vargas in Friday’s quarterfinal round, Charlotte junior Patrick Nolan (35-4) bonus-pointed through four consi-round wins, including Saturday dubs over Lake Gibson’s Austin Gehr (pin in 2:14) in state’s version of the “blood round,” the consi quarters, plus a consi-semi pin over Baker (2:41) and an 8-0 major for third over Hendley (37-3). Hendley, a senior for Lincoln, had two Saturday wins of his own after falling to Baker, 12-8, in the quarters, starting with a 4-0 consi quarters win over city/district rival and Chiles sophomore Garrett Marschka (27-5), followed by a 9-0 major over Dominguez in the consi semis.
5th: Baker would take the fifth-place medal with a medical-forfeit over Dominguez.

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Championship: After finishing fifth in 2020, Mariner sophomore Christopher Minto (47-1) reached the top with four wins for the championship, starting with a semifinal pin (4:38) over Brandon junior Darrell Tabor (35-6), and wrapping up with a 12-3 major over Ft Myers senior Caleb Massari (34-6) in a rematch of the Region 3 final, which Minto also won by a 6-4 count. Massari had a Friday pin and decision to assure a medal, getting to the final behind a 13-4 major of his own over Barron Collier sophomore Lucas Giles (36-10), nearly duplicating his 16-3 Region 3 semis major over Giles the previous weekend.
3rd: After falling, 5-2, to Minto in the quarters, lake Gibson junior Alex Walker (28-3) rattled off four straight in the consis to rally back to third, with Saturday wins over Region 2 rival Christopher Albo of Jesuit (8-2), Giles (8-5) in the consi semis and a 5-0 shutout over another region rival in Tabor to take third. Tabor got to the bronze match behind a 5-2 consi-semi win over Southridge senior Conner Hueck (24-7). Tabor and Hueck had met in the opening round, with Tabor also winning, 4-2, in sudden victory on Friday.
5th: Giles bounced back from the two Saturday losses with a fall (4:45) over Hueck, who’d had to win three consi-side matches in order to make the podium.
No locals in Saturday’s wrestling.

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Championship: Charlotte junior Andrew Austin (42-2) took the best shots Region 2 could throw at him through the weekend, repeating as champion after two dominant wins and two heart-stoppers. Saturday saw Austin open with a third-period tech (15-0 in 5:57) over Viera senior Andrew Pinzon (30-3) in the semis, then come back to hold off a fellow returning state champion in Tampa Jesuit junior Braden Basile (41-1) for a 6-5 decision. Basile had three pins prior to the final, including a third-period fall (5:19) over Palmetto Ridge freshman Demetri Zertopoulis (35-10) in the semis.
3rd: After falling in double overtime, 3-2, to Austin in the quarters on Friday, Lake Gibson sophomore Hayden Whidden (34-3) rolled through to four consi-side wins for third, with Saturday wins in the consi quarters over Southridge’s Nicholas Dukes (10-2), Zertopoulis (7-3) in the consi semis, and a fall (2:32) for third over Barron Collier senior Ethan Byrd (39-8). Byrd, who’d lost to Basile by fall in the quarters, camme back behind three consi-side wins, including Saturday victories over New Smyrna Beach junior Jamey Bruner (39-5) by fall (1:38) in the consi quarters and a 14-8 consi-semi win over Pinzon.
5th: Zertopoulis came back from the two Saturday losses with a fall in 2:40 over Pinzon for fifth.

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Championship: Palmetto Ridge junior Brennan Van Hoecke (49-0) ran the table this year after losing by fall in last year’s final to Basile, with two pins on Friday and a 14-3 semifinal major over Harmony junior John McNichols (43-3). Van Hoecke then reprised his Region 3 semifinals match from the previous weekend in taking on Charlotte junior Isaac Church (42-5). Where the previous match ended by fall, this one was tighter, but still Van Hoecke’s, in a 9-3 decision. Church got to the final behind two Friday bonus-point wins and an 8-3 semifinal win over Brandon freshman Gianni Maldonado (36-2).
3rd: McNichols, who won all of his matches by fall aside from his loss to Van Hoecke, took two consi-side pins, starting with a fall (3:48) over Ft Myers junior John Vadyak (39-8) in the consi semis, then a revenge pin (3:50) for third over Region 2 rival and Lake Gibson junior Blake Walker (31-6), who’d beaten McNichols, 9-5, in the Region 2 semis the previous weekend. Walker, who’d lost by fall to Van Hoecke in the quarters, won three matches on the back to get to the rematch, starting with a 10-2 major in the consi quarters over Gulf Breeze sophomore Colson Elliott (35-2), and a 9-7 sudden-victory win in the consi semis over Maldonado, who’d decisioned Walker, 6-2, in the Region 2 final.
5th: After the two semifinal losses, Maldonado came back for fifth, decisioning Vadyak, 7-2, in a rematch of Friday’s quarterfinal between the two (which Maldonado also won, 8-2 in that case). Vadyak had two bonus-point wins to fight his way onto the podium.

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Championship: Tampa Jesuit junior Tom Crook (41-0) repeated as champion, going undefeated behind three bonus-point wins on the weekend. Saturday began, however, with a war in the semis from Countryside sophomore Ethan Mojena (33-2), who pushed Crook to the brink before falling, 4-3. Crook had an easier time with Region 2 rival and Winter Springs junior Riley Chapdelaine (34-10) in the final. In a rematch of the region quarterfinal, which Crook won by a 15-4 major, Crook this time added a half bonus-point with a third-period tech fall (19-3 in 4:51). Chapdelaine had three decisions to get to the final, including a tight 3-2 semifinal win over Egberongbe (28-5), a senior for the Timberwolves.
3rd: As might be expected, Mojena came back with two bonus-point wins for third, teching Springstead junior Joe Gallo (46-9) in the consi semis (18-3 in 3:36), then majoring Harmony senior Fletcher Small (34-9), 14-5, for third place. Small, who’d lost in the opening round to a non-placer on Friday, won four on the back to get all the way to the third-place match, including Saturday wins over Island Coast’s Jaden Harrah (pin in 2:23) and Egberongbe (14-4 major) in the consi semis.
5th: Gallo, who’d lost by tech in the opening round as well as the consi semis to Mojena, then won four matches in the consis, with Saturday wins over St Thomas Aquinas’ Frank Messina (8-1) in the consi quarters and over Egberongbe (fall in 2:57) in the medal match.

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Championship: For Tampa Jesuit junior Jack Crook (42-0), this year’s path to the title was sweet revenge, as he had three bonus-point wins as well as a Saturday semifinal win, 4-2, over Golden Gate sophomore Christian Moder (49-4). Moder had knocked off Crook (who’d come back for to take 3rd) in the 2020 quarterfinals. Crook then teched Palmetto Ridge junior Carson Miller (20-4), 21-6 in 5:22, to take the bracket and gold medal. Miller got to the final behind two Friday bonus-point wins and a 5-4 semifinal victory over Tampa Freedom senior Ryan Bennett (38-9).
3rd: Moder came back for third behind a pair of bonus-point wins, falling (2:06) Winter Springs junior Davis Deal (32-13) in the consi semis. The pin was a rematch of their opening-round draw, which Moder also won by fall on Friday. Moder then shut out Bennett, 8-0, in the third-place match. Bennett got to the third-place match with a 3-0 win over Hejke (48-9) in the consi semis.
5th: Hejke, a junior for the Dolphins, won three of four consi-side matches after losing by fall in the quarters to Crook, with Saturday wins by pin over McArthur’s Rashad Hannon (:54) in the consi quarters and over Deal (1:39) in the fifth-place match. Deal had had to win three consi-side matches of his own to get to his rematch with Moder and get on the podium in the process.

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Championship: Lake Gibson junior Brendon Abdon (38-0) repeated as a state champ behind two Friday bonus-point decisions and two Saturday wins. Abdon’s semi with Southridge senior Cyrus Williams (21-2) was one of the best matches of the weekend as he got put to his back, rallied, then found an escape from down position in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 10-9 victory. Abdon had a bit easier time in the final against Palmetto Ridge sophomore Roman Garcia (39-8), but still had to go a full six minutes for a 5-0 decision and the title. Garcia had a pin and two decisions to reach the final, including a 6-2 win in sudden victory over Rodriguez (33-4).
3rd: Williams came back for third behind two consi-side decisions, edging Brandon junior Frank Diaz (37-5), 3-2, in the semis, then getting to open up for some more offense in a 12-5 third-place win over Port Charlotte sophomore Koen Hoffman (34-6). Hoffman, who’d lost 9-3 to Williams in the quarters on Friday, won three times to get back to the third-place match, including two Saturday wins over Region 1 kids, starting with a 7-0 decision in the consi quarters over Mosley senior Nick Kendrick (29-14), then taking an 8-3 decision over Rodriguez in the semis.
5th: Diaz, who’d fallen 5-1 to Garcia in the quarters, won three of four on the back, with a consi-quarter pin over Winter Springs’ Elijah Penton (2:31) and a 3-0 decision over Rodriguez, a senior for the Senators.

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Championship: Charlotte senior Lucas Willis (34-2) completed his fifth state-championship run in seven tries, bonus-pointing through the tournament with three pins and a major. Willis needed just 1:18 on the mats Saturday, falling Winter Springs senior Harlan McCandless (22-8) in :14 in the semis, then coming back to fall Tampa Jesuit junior Sergio Desiante (40-2) in a rematch of their 2020 state semifinal matchup, with a pin time of 1:04. Desiante had two bonus-point wins on Friday, then pushed past Robert E Lee’s Denmark, 6-3, in the semis.
3rd: Denmark (42-2), a senior for the Generals, came back for third behind two decisions, as he knocked off Lake Gibson sophomore Frank Solorzano (36-3), 9-6, in the consi semis, then found a takedown in sudden victory for a 4-2 third-place win over Mariner senior Mack Koselke (39-9). Koselke, who’d lost 10-1 in the quarters to Desiante, had three consi-side wins to get to Denmark, including a 10-0 consi-quarter major over Braden River’s Jacob Holland and a 5-2 win over McCandless in the semis.
5th: Solorzano, who was the only wrestler to get past the first period with Willis on the weekend (lost by 10-2 major), had three consi-side wins, including Saturday wins over St Thomas Aquinas’ Skyler Hall (pin in 3:26) and a 3-0 win over McCandless for fifth.

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Championship: Charlotte senior Cody Rice (43-3) won his first title behind a pin and three decisions, including Saturday wins in the semis over Lake Gibson senior Raul Soto (24-1), 8-4, and then again in the championship match, where he took a 5-2 win over Countryside sophomore Brian Burburija, a match that was a rematch from the previous weekend’s Region 3 semifinal (which Rice won 4-3). Burburija had two Friday bonus-point wins and reached the final with a 12-9 decision over Region 3 rivaland Barron Collier junior Cory Cannan (39-7).
3rd: Soto wrestled back to third with a pair of decisions, pushing past Heritage senior Julian Stoneman (36-5), 5-3, in the consi semis, and then edging Cannan, 4-3, for third. Cannan reached the bronze match with a five-minute tech fall (17-0) in the consi semis over Southridge junior Quiton Johnson (25-8).
5th: After falling, 6-0, in the quarters to Cannan, Stoneman won three of four matches in the consis, with Saturday wins in the consi quarters over Columbia junior Joseph Rice (39-7), with a 6-3 decision, and then again in the medal round, decisioning Johnson, 8-4. Johnson had to win twice on the back end, going to sudden victory in the consi quarters to his podium space.

182
Championship: Winter Springs junior Dylan Deal (27-9) powered through four decisions to take the championship, with Saturday wins in the semis over Golden Gate senior Lais Cordero (43-7), 3-2, and then again in the finals with a 7-3 win over St Thomas Aquinas senior Michael Moss. Moss had three first-period wins to reach the title round, including a Saturday semifinal pin over Lincoln junior Cayden Bevis (28-1) in 1:47.
3rd: Bevis, the Region 1 champ, came back for third with two decisions, pushing past Tampa Jesuit senior Joe Santana (31-10), 9-5, in the consi semis and then shutting out Cardero, the Region 3 champ, with a 2-0 win for third. Cardero came back to the bronze match with a consi-semi pin over region rival Gregorio Herrera in 4:27. That almost duplicated Cardero’s pin over Herrera in the region final the previous weekend.
5th: Herrera (34-11) won three of four in the consis after losing by fall to Moss in the quarters, with a 4-3 win in the consi quarters over region rival Cael Newton of Charlotte, and a 9-4 win for fifth over Santana, who won a pair of one-point decisions, one each day, to secure a podium space.

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1st: See above about McGill; Dennard (42-1) rolled to Saturday’s competition behind two Friday bonus-point wins, advancing to the final with a pin (4:26) over Lincoln senior Yown (30-10) in the semis.
3rd: After a 5-2 loss to Harmony’s Gomez in Friday’s quarters, Port Charlotte junior Okten Logue (35-7) won four times in the consis to rally back to third, with Saturday wins in the consi quarters over region rival Antonio Petraglia of Palmetto Ridge (6-2), then a 5-1 win over Yown in the semis, followed by a 10-4 win over Harmony senior Gomez (22-6) in the bronze match. Gomez advanced to that round with a 6-3 decision over New Smyrna Beach’s Dittmer (40-5) in the semis.
5th: In a matchup of area/region rivals competing in their last high school match, Dittmer finished on top with a 7-1 win. Dittmer had won three of four consi-side matches to claim fifth after his quarterfinal loss to Dennard Friday, with a pin over Sebastian River’s Rafael Camarena (1:27) in the consi quarters.

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Championship: After finishing second last year, Lake Gibson senior Tristan Middlebrook (28-1) completed the mission of a state championship, with a fall and three decisions, including Saturday wins in the semis over Fairrow (a junior for the Vikings), where Middlebrook needed a takedown in overtime for a 3-1 decision, and in the championship match over Ida Baker senior Angel Alverio (28-1), with another 3-1 decision, in six minutes this time, handing both wrestlers their first loss of the year. Alverio had a pin and two decisions prior to final, taking a 6-2 win over Niceville’s Polaski (18-7), a senior.
3rd: Fairrow (41-1) rallied for a pair of wins in the consis, downing two Region 1 rivals for his bronze medal. He turned back Fletcher senior Ethan Hollenbach (33-6), 7-3, in a rematch of the region final that Fairrow had taken by a 7-2 count the previous weekend. In the third-place match, Fairrow and Polaski — district rivals and the Panhandle’s only state medalists — met for the final time, with Fairrow going out to take an 8-1 win. Polaski got into the bronze match by pinning Osceola-Pinellas Park’s Maikeli Tuinakauvadra in 2:43 in the consi semis.
5th: Hollenbach, who’d fallen by a 6-3 decision to Alverio in Friday’s quarters, came back for three wins in the consis, including Saturday wins in the consi quarters over Harmony’s Nelson Toro (5-0 decision) and Tuinakauvadra by fall in the fifth-place match, with the pin time 2:17.

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Championship: After a runnerup effort at 220 in 2020, Winter Springs senior Marvin Collins (27-1) pinned his way through the 285 bracket, including Saturday falls in the semis (2:48) over Charlotte sophomore Nathaniel Box (40-10), then again in the championship match late against Kathleen sophomore Jeremiah Jackson (42-2), in 5:53. That finals match reprised the Region 2 final, in which Collins took a 6-1 win. Jackson had three wins prior to final, including a semifinal 4-3 win over Westside senior Ray Bolden (24-2).
3rd: Bolden rallied for two consi-side victories to claim third place, starting with a 5-1 win in the semis over Palmetto Ridge sophomore Austin Foye (34-10). Bolden then battled to the limit with Box in the bronze match, going into double overtime before taking advantage of a Box mis-step and pinning him near the edge of the mat as time was about to expire at that end of that double OT. Box got into the third-place match with a 4-2 consi-seni win over Harmony senior Darren Davis (25-7).
5th: Davis had to win three of four matches in the consis after losing by fall to Bolden in the final match of the Friday quarterfinal round, with a 3-0 win in the consi quarters over Orange Park senior Gabriel Hecht (10-5) and a 9-5 decision in the medal match over Foye, who had two consi-side pins to punch his podium ticket.

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#ShowTime: 3A State Recap, Day 2

Sandalwood senior Dante Rigal (top) works for a turn during 3A 126-lb third-place action Saturday afternoon at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, taking a 3-0 win over Miami Beach’s Aaron Lanster (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

KISSIMMEE — Eleven area 3A wrestlers entered the final day of the high school wrestling season wanting to win a state title or, at the very least, their final match of the year or, in some cases, the final match of their high school careers.

Because wrestling is so very unforgiving as a sport, just two of those 11 wrestlers, Sandalwood senior Dante Rigal and Flagler Palm Coast junior Bryce Dodge, were able to do that — and not without some disappointment of their own along the way — in a day and weekend that, while it brought eight medals to the coverage area, generally found north Florida looking upward at a lot of central and south Florida wrestlers at the top of the podium.

Rigal was the only wrestler area-wide in 3A to place third, competing at 126, with fourths going to Bartram Trail’s Ethan Vugman (106), Fleming Island’s Hunter Herrington (113) and Hunter Williams (195), Flagler Palm Coast’s Blane DeFord (160) and Mandarin’s Tony Carter (182).

FPC and Mandarin joined the Golden Eagles as the only teams with two medalists, as Dodge was fifth and the Mustangs’ Jameel Smith (132) was sixth.

Team-wise, the Golden Eagles’ two medals kept them in the top 10, as Fleming Island scored 49.5 points. Flagler Palm Coast was T-15th with 30, with Mandarin and Sandalwood each at T-24th with 20.

Bartram Trail was tied for 29th, with 15 points, with Creekside 42nd (9.5), Buchholz T-46th (six) and Oakleaf 51st with 2.

Photographs from the quarters, semis and third-place matches can be accessed using the Matmen Instagram account, nflamatmen. Brackets from the weekend can be found HERE.

Below follows a summary of the tournament:

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Championship: After a runnerup showing in 2020, Columbus junior Christian Guzman (43-2) ran the table with four bonus-point wins, including an 11-1 Saturday morning semifinal major over sophomore Vugman (43-6), and took the title with a fall over Osceola freshman Anderson Heap (35-3). Heap had three bonus-point wins of his own, including a 13-0 semifinal win over Wellington sophomore Patrick Jones (21-1), giving Jones his only loss of the year.
3rd: Jones had two wins on the back to take third, including a 6-5 win over Vugman in the medal match. Vugman had gotten to a shot at third with an 11-2 consi-semi major over Region 1 rival Trenton Dominguez, a junior at Timber Creek, repeating his region-title win at states.
5th: Venice sophomore Blane Taranto (38-6), who’d lost to Vugman by an 8-6 count in the quarterfinal round, had three consi-side wins, including two on Saturday, where he pinned Dominguez (42-10) in 3:44.

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Championship: South Dade junior Adrian Morales (53-9) pinned his way into the final, with a Saturday semifinal fall over Region 4 rival and Coral Reef senior Anthony Madriz (4:30), then came back to shut out Manatee senior Angelo De Dona (50-4), 6-0, in a reprise of the third-place match at 106 last year, also won by Morales. De Dona opened Saturday with a fall over the Golden Eagles’ Herrington (27-5), a senior wrestling with an injured left arm that significantly limited his effectiveness, in 3:13.
3rd: After falling to De Dona, 4-2, in the quarters, Southwest Miami junior Kevin Placer (41-9) had four wins on the back side of the bracket, including a 12-2 major over Madriz in the consi semis and a 4-1 win over Herrington for third. Herrington pushed into the third-place match with a second-period fall over Newsome senior Brayden Johnson (30-7) in 2:41, reprising his opening-round win over Johnson on Friday.
5th: Madriz won by injury default over Johnson.

120
Championship: Osceola sophomore Cooper Haase (42-1) repeated as champion after winning at 106 last year, with three pins sandwiching a 7-6 semifinal win over a fellow 2020 champ, Southwest Miami sophomore Danny Martinez (14-1). Haase then falled Venice senior Bryce Taranto (24-5), his Region 2 quarterfinals opponent the previous weekend, in 3:26 to win state. Taranto had three six-minute wins to get to the final, including a 3-0 win over 2019 state champ and Region 2 rival in Manatee senior Noah Wadle (31-6), in the semis.
3rd: Martinez bounced back to third behind two wins in the consis, with a 9-1 major over East Lake senior Kobe Litov (37-5) in the semis and a 4-1 win over Wadle for third, reprising his 2020 finals win with that victory. Wadle came back for a shot at third with a 12-1 major over Miami Palmetto senior Corey Gallivan in the consi semis.
5th: Litov, who’d lost by fall to Martinez in round 1 as well as the consi semis, only to punch his podium ticket with three wins in the consis, took a 14-9 win over Gallivan, who also had to win three times on the back after an opening-round 12-0 loss to Taranto.
No locals in Saturday’s competition.

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Championship: Palm Harbor University senior Dylan Sparkman (39-1) took the next step up the podium after finishing second last year, with four six-minute decisions, including Saturday wins in the semis over Rigal, 3-0, and again in the final with a 5-1 win over Southwest Miami senior Robert Dusendang (40-4). Dusendang had a tech and two decisions to reach the final, including a 12-6 win in the semis over Riverview sophomore Nicholas Romero (30-10).
3rd: Rigal (18-1) dominated both of his matches in the consis to get back to third, with a lead in the semis over Palm Beach Gardens senior Elijah Ortiz (16-5) before Ortiz was forced to injury-default. Rigal then shut out Miami Beach sophomore Aaron Lanster (26-4) by a 6-0 count to claim third. Lanster had fallen to Sparkman in the Friday quarters, with three wins on the back to get to Rigal.
5th: Romero won by medical forfeit over Ortiz.

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Championship: Southwest Miami senior Sebastian Melguizo (43-2) also was a repeat champion, with Saturday wins in the semis over Riverview junior Nikolas Hernandez (30-7), 8-1, and then again in the final over Ft Pierce Central junior Russell Raabe, 5-1. Raabe (26-2) had two Friday bonus-point wins, edging 2020 finalist and Timber Creek senior Jayden Tapia, 6-5, in the semis.
3rd: Tapia (45-7), the Region 1 champ, came back in the consis for third with a 3-1 sudden-victory win over Mandarin junior Jameel Smith (25-5) in the semis. Tapia then had an easier time against South Dade freshman Gavin Balmeceda (46-15) in the medal match, going on for an 11-1 major. Balmeceda had three bonus-point wins on the back after an 8-3 loss to Tapia in Friday’s quarters.
5th: Hernandez claimed the fifth-place medal with a 7-4 win over Smith, who had to secure his podium space with a win in state’s version of the blood round, the consi quarters, where he took down multiple-time state qualifier Gavin Buck of Columbus by an 8-4 count to ensure a medal.

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Championship: Osceola senior Jaekus Hines (42-1) closed out his high school career essentially at home on Saturday, repeating as champion with four bonus-point weekend wins, including a 16-0 tech fall (2:31) in the semis over Braddock senior Frank Lopez (24-5) and an 18-5 major in the championship over South Dade junior Alex Couto (50-6). Couto, a 2020 champion at 120, got to the final behind two Friday pins and a 3-0 win in the semis over Hagerty sophomore Kamdon Harrison (45-7).
3rd: Harrison (45-7) came back for third with two bonus-point wins, including a fall over Southwest Miami junior Favian Oliva (35-17) in 1:59 in the consi semis and an 11-2 major over Riverdale sophomore Alex Soto (35-6) for third. Soto had lost by pin to Harrison in Friday’s quarters, with three wins in the consis for a rematch.
5th: In a rematch of the Region 4 semis, Lopez again won over Oliva, this time with an 8-1 decision after pinning Oliva the previous weekend.
No locals in Saturday’s competition.

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Championship: After missing the 2020 post-season run, Winter Park junior Joe Gonzalez, the Region 1 champ, smashed through 2020-21 unbeaten, with a pin and decision on both days of the weekend. On Saturday, he opened with a fall over 2020 finalist and South Dade senior Adrian Neco (3:18) in the semis, then came back to hold off Riverdale senior Jared Dinh (24-2), 5-2, for the title. Dinh, a 2020 champion, pinned or teched his way to the final, falling Freedom senior Brennon Reid in 2:28 in the semis.
3rd: Reid (30-5) came back for third behind a 9-6 consi-semi win over North Port senior Quinn White (44-8), then majored Neco, 10-1, for third.
5th: Oviedo senior Marcus Patrick (9-4 as reported), who’d lost to Dinh in the quarters, won three times in the consis by fall, including a pin in 2:10 over White in the medal match. White won twice in the consis to secure a medal after a 6-0 quarterfinal loss to Gonzalez.
No locals in Saturday’s competition.

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Championship: In a rematch of the Region 2 semis, Osceola freshman Gunner Holland (29-5) was able to turn the tables on the previous weekend’s 6-2 loss, taking four state-weekend decisions and avenging that loss in the championship with a 3-2 win in double overtime over Palm Harbor University senior Alek Chitty (34-3), competing in 3A state for the first time. Holland also had a 7-6 Saturday win in the semis over Ft Pierce Central sophomore JT Apicella (15-3). Chitty also won three times by decision to reach the final, with a double-overtime win of his own in the semis and South Dade sophomore Cordell White (38-5), 3-1.
3rd: White duplicated his first-year third-place finish with two consi-side wins, taking down Region 1 champ and Lake Mary senior Alex Vazquez, 7-4, in the consi semis, then falling Apicella in 4:07 in the bronze-medal match. Apicella got to that match behind a 6-1 win over Region 3 rival and Treasure Coast junior Lucas Moreno, reprising his region-final win over Moreno.
5th: Vazquez (11-2), who fell by a 3-2 count to Holland in the quarters, won three times in the consis to take fifth, with a 3-1 win over Moreno in the medal round. Moreno (23-10) also had two consi-side wins to earn a podium space.
No locals in Saturday’s competition.

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Championship: Riverdale junior Dominic Rodriguez (38-1) had two bonus-point wins on Friday and two decisions Saturday, with a 7-6 win in the semis to hand Lake Mary senior Jared Purcell his only loss of the year, then pushed past Palm Harbor University senior Michael Cuttitta (38-3) in a reprise of the Region 2 final, taking a 7-4 win after a 6-4 win the previous weekend. Cuttitta had a fall and two tight decisions, including shutting out DeFord (12-3), 2-0, in the semis.
3rd: Purcell (11-1), the Region 1 champ, came back for third behind a 14-3 major in the consi semis over Palm Beach Gardens senior William George (24-3), then shut out DeFord, 7-0, in the third-place match. DeFord put himself in competition for third with a 7-4 consi-semi win over Ft Pierce Central junior Riley Orr.
5th: George, who won three consi-side matches after falling to DeFord in the quarters, won his Region 3 finals rematch in the state medal round, taking a 4-2 win over Orr.

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Championship: South Dade senior Joshua Swan (53-3) closed out his high school career as a repeat champion, with a tech fall and three decisions, including Saturday wins over Region 2 opponents in Manatee sophomore Nicolas Giompalo (29-9), 12-6, in the semis, then again in the final, where he decisioned North Port sophomore Dominic Joyce (47-3), 7-5, for the title. Joyce pinned his way into the final, including a semifinal fall over Ft Pierce Central senior Kevin Finn (28-5) in 5:40.
3rd: Giompalo took two consi-side wins to rally back for third, falling Dodge in 3:20 in the consi semis, then taking a 7-4 win over Coon in the match for third place.
5th: Dodge (21-9), a junior for the Bulldogs, punched his way onto the podium with a consi-quarter pin over Columbus’ Guy Toussaint in 2:47. He won his fifth-place match with an injury-default win over Lakewood Ranch junior Ranson Coons (42-9).
Additional local note: Creekside senior Hunter Brown, who’d won his 100th match behind two wins in the tournament, lost by fall in the consi quarters to Coons (3:38).

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Championship: Manatee senior Tylynn Lukens (54-1), the Russ Mauger Award recipient as announced prior to the beginning of the finals, added a repeat title performance, opening Saturday with a third-period pin over Mandarin junior Tony Carter (21-5) in 5:16, then came back to find a takedown in sudden victory and take the title with a 5-3 win over Hagerty senior Ethan Lopez (18-2). Lopez pinned or teched his way into the final, with a tech fall (18-2 in 5:06) in the semis over Palm Harbor University senior Maxamus Kyser (15-4).
3rd: Kyser came back for third behind an 8-2 consi-semi win over East Lake senior Maks Dimarov (35-4), then pinned Carter in 2:51 for third. Carter, who became the Mustangs’ first state placer since 2006 behind qualifying for the semis on Friday, advanced to the third-place match with an 11-5 win over Boone’s Jackson Brockett, the Region 3 champ, in the consi semis.
5th: Dimarov, who’d lost in the round of 16 on Friday, had to reel off three straight consi-side wins to secure a podium place, won by injury default over Brockett. The third of those three wins came in the consi quarters, where he falled Creekside senior Bryan Fortay (24-7) in 4:08.

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Championship: After falling to then-future teammate Swan in last year’s 152 final, South Dade freshman Sawyer Bartelt (35-0) bonus-pointed his way into the final, with an 11-3 major in the semis over Ft Pierce Central senior Steven Krantz (24-4), followed by a 3-0 shutout in the championship match over Osceola senior Nolin Eaddy (21-2). Eaddy also bonus-pointed to the final, with a 9-1 major over Fleming Island junior Hunter Williams (30-5).
3rd: Krantz, the Region 3 champ, bounced back in the consis behind a pair of decisions, turning back region rival and Vero Beach sophomore Keyshawn Campbell, 2-0, in the consi semis, and then decisioning Williams, 9-3, in the bronze match. Williams got back for a shot at third by teching region rival and Colonial senior Seth Suvak (27-6) in the third period (18-2 in 4:13).
5th: Campbell, who’d lost to Williams by a 9-4 count in the quarters, won three of his four matches in the consis, pinning Suvak in 2:33 in the medal match. Suvak had lost to Eaddy in the opening round and had to win three matches just to get on the podium.

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Championship: Ft Pierce Central junior Gabriel Jacas (26-4) needed to go a full six minutes in all of his matches leading up to the final, but didn’t have to quite go that long in the title match, falling Hagerty senior Bertilus Bornelus (33-4) in 3:12 for the championship. Bornelus, the Region 1 champ, had three decision victories prior to the final, including a 3-2 win over North Miami senior Edensky Phele (12-5) in the semis.
3rd: After falling 3-1 to Bornelus in the quarters, Jupiter senior Aiden Alexander (13-3) powered through four wins on the bounce in the consis, including three Saturday wins over Riverdale’s Shayne Parris (6-3), Coral Reef senior Christian Llauger (3-2) in the consi semis, and a 2-1 double-overtime win over Apopka junior Ralph Sanchez (33-7), who won three matches on the back after an 8-4 quarterfinal loss to Jacas.
5th: In a rematch of the Region 4 final, Llauger (16-2) duplicated his win over Phele, taking a 5-3 win at state to match his 5-2 region-final win.

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Championship: After placing fourth at Region 2 the previous weekend, Dr Phillips junior Gerald Greaves (20-3) rolled through the state field, with a pin and three decisions in taking the title. On Saturday, Greaves opened with a 1-0 win over Ft Pierce Central senior Henry Jones (27-3) in the semis, then came back to knock off his third region champ of the weekend in the final, taking a 7-4 win over Southwest Miami junior Adrian Sans (43-9). Sans also had a pin and two decisions prior to final, decisioning Wellington senior Mason Powell (13-6), 8-1, in the semis.
3rd: Jones took all four of his wins by fall during the weekend, with Saturday consi-side pins over Palm Harbor University senior Grant Gelazin (37-3) in 1:14 in the semis, then falling Columbus sophomore Derrick Hart (28-5) in 4:11 for the bronze medal. Hart won three times in the consis, twice on Saturday, with a 5-4 win over Powell in the semi.
5th: Gelazin took two identical 5-3 wins to secure his podium space, following those with a 5-1 win over Powell for the fifth-place medal. One of those 5-3 wins came in the consi quarters on Saturday, where Gelazin downed Fleming Island sophomore Ethan Hoffstetter (25-10).

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#ShowTime: 1A State Recap, Day 1

Bolles’ Jack Pyburn ties up with Am Heritage-Delray’s Chase Thompson during 1A-220 lb quarterfinal action Friday. Pyburn would secure a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 win and guaranteed state medal (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more 1A action photos on the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — It’s fitting, perhaps, that just a half-point separates Clay and Wakulla after the first day of competition of the 1A state wrestling tournament.

However, both teams would concede they’re further down the standings than they’d like heading into Saturday’s second day at Silver Spurs Arena. Clay has 25.5 points to hold ninth place, while Wakulla’s a half-point back in 10th.

Raines and Suwannee are tied for 14th with 22 points each, while Ridgeview is T-17th at 16. Fernandina Beach stands 21st, with 13, while Bolles and University Christian are tied for 23rd at 11 and South Walton is T-28th with nine.

Palatka is T-31st, with eight points, while Yulee is T-39th with six. North Bay Haven & Rutherford are T-41st, with five, while Union Cty is T-47th with four and Baker Cty is T-50th with three. Bishop Kenny is T-56th, with two points, while Episcopal is 60th with one. Arnold, Bishop Snyder and West Nassau were each T-61st, with no score.

Local semifinalists going into Saturday are as follows: Jayce Paridon (University Christian, 106); Mikade Harvey (Palatka, 106); De’Quon King (Raines, 113); Tyler Reeve (Florida High, 126); Timothy Jolicoeur (Suwannee, 126); Matthew Rodriquez (Ridgeview, 132); Cale Hoskinson (Clay, 160); Raynarde Thomas (Raines, 170) and Jack Pyburn (Bolles, 220).

In the blood round Saturday in the lower weights are Christian Simmons (Union Cty, 106); Julian Harvey (Wakulla, 106); Max Brewster (South Walton, 113); Maverick Rainwater (Clay, 113); Austin McKinney (Suwannee, 120); Raymond Hatchman (Wakulla, 120); Jeremy Mahoney (Fernandina Beach, 126); Isaiah Wilson (Wakulla, 126); Tyson Musgrove (Suwannee, 138); Emil Ganim (Florida High, 138) and Caleb Parsons (Suwannee, 145).

Local upper weights in the blood round are Dominic Martin (Clay, 152); Enzo Gamba (Fernandina Beach, 152); Aston Ricks (Yulee, 160); Conner South (Baker Cty, 182); David Mercado (North Bay Haven, 195); Micah Perdue (Florida High, 195); Jamari Watson (Raines, 195); Xavier Stillgess (Rutherford, 220), and Derrick Mosley (Ridgeview, 285).

Statewide, Somerset Academy holds a 7.5-point margin over Palm Bay, 84.5-77, for the first-day lead, with Am Heritage-Delray third with 58.5 points, Jensen Beach fourth at 58 and Cardinal Gibbons fifth at 47.

Brackets from Friday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

A summary of the weight classes follows:

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Semis: Paridon (53-4) v Christian Fretwell (Somerset Academy, 44-4); M. Harvey (26-5) v Roman Lermer (Admiral Farragut, 24-0).
Blood round: Peyton Vargas (Cardinal Gibbons, 15-4) v J. Harvey (41-3); Raider Morelli (Space Coast, 27-5) v Simmons (33-16).
Local summary: Paridon had two third-period pins to secure his state medal, falling Coral Shores’ Vincent Biondoletti (4:39) in the round of 16 and then coming back to pin Berkeley Prep’s Diogo Santos (33-8) in 4:24 in the quarters. Mikade Harvey had two six-minute wins for his podium ticket, majoring First Baptist (Naples)’s Jonathan Moder (32-7), 11-3, in the first round and then edging Julian Harvey, 8-7, in the quarters. Julian Harvey, for his part, had pins on both sides of the bracket, falling Jensen Beach’s Gian Ortiz (36-14) in 2:38 in the rd of 16 and pinning Carrollwood Day’s Ryan Kissel (31-14) in 2:03 in consi round 2. Simmons also was 2-1, bouncing back from a loss by fall (2:43) to Vargas on the front with consi victories over Master’s Academy’s Dustin Kohn (36-14; 5-3 decision) and Santos (fall in 1:45). Suwannee’s Topher Pearson was 0-2, losing by tech on the front to Fretwell (17-1 in 5:12) and by a 6-5 decision to Kissel in consi round 1.

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Semis: King (25-1) v Tyler Perrow (Palm Bay, 34-0); Dylan Garcia (Mater Lakes Academy, 35-7) v Nicholas Yancey (Cardinal Gibbons, 22-0).
Blood round: Brewster (25-4) v Rainwater (33-7); Ryan Mooney (Jensen Beach, 34-14) v Matthew Velasco (Somerset Academy, 38-9).
Local summary: King won two front-side victories for his podium space, with an 18-10 major over Merritt Island’s Zane Hudson (29-12) in the round of 16 and a 6-0 decision over Velasco in the quarters. Rainwater and Brewster both fell in the bottom half quarters, both going 2-1 Friday. Rainwater teched Zephyrhills Christian’s Talon Maple (43-7), 18-0 in 4:40, on the front before falling, 9-4, in the quarters to Garcia. He then came back to major Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Mayer, 11-0, in consi round 2. Brewster pinned Satellite’s Alex McMiller (1:11) on the front before taking an 11-5 loss to Yancey in the quarters. Brewster then majored Hudson, 14-3, in consi round 2. Mayer would be 1-2 on Friday, with a loss to Perrow (fall in 3:13) on the front followed by a 14-1 major over Lemon Bay’s Logan Kelly (34-20) to get to Rainwater.

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Semis: Matthew Palermo (Cardinal Gibbons, 18-4) v Jewell Williams (Jensen Beach, 20-1); Elijah Lusk (Merritt Island, 35-2) v Elvis Solis (Somerset Academy, 32-2).
Blood round: McKinney (45-10) v Guy Yodock (McKeel, 45-7); Hatchman (36-5) v Aiden Prunoske (Clearwater CC, 48-2).
Local summary: Both McKinney and Hatchman rallied in the consis after quarterfinal losses. Hatchman pinned Lemon Bay’s Brycen Warren (25-22) in 52 seconds in the round of 16, only to lose by fall (3:32) to Palermo in the quarters. He advanced to Saturday by pinning Citrus’ Charles Smith (6-5) in 1:24 in consi round 2. McKinney opened with an 11-1 major over First Baptist (Naples)’ Jacob Bacon (27-5) on the front before falling by tech (19-2 in 4 minutes) to Lusk in the quarters. McKinney then pushed past Palm Bay’s Shaver Jackson (18-8), 5-2, in consi round 2. Bishop Snyder’s Christian Villanueva (27-10) and Arnold’s Lucas Biddle (36-13) were both 0-2 on Friday. Villanueva lost by injury-default to Yodock on the front side, and did not compete again, while Biddle took losses by fall on the front (1:32) to Prunoske and on the back (:59) to Jackson.

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Semis: Reeve (45-3) v Rocco Senia (Palm Bay, 30-2); Jolicoeur (37-10) v Jonny Dobbs (Jensen Beach, 35-6).
Blood round: Mahoney (33-2) v Wilson (36-9); Andrew DeSola (Am Herit-Delray, 31-11) v Lucien Comelchook (Merritt Island, 14-5).
Local summary: The Region 1 quartet combined to go 8-2 on Friday. Reeve secured his podium space with wins on the front over Zephyrhills Christian’s Landen Holley (7-4, fall in 5:33) in the round of 16 and over Mater Lakes’ Luis Arboleda (15-7), 6-3, in the quarters. Jolicoeur had two pins, falling Hernando’s Diego Mojica (1:45) in the round of 16 and Oasis’ Ashton Roeder (39-5) in 5:53 in the quarters. Mahoney had a front-side 3-0 win over Comelchook before losing by fall (1:23) to Dobbs in the quarters, coming back to pin Holley in 3:41 in consi round 2. Wilson fell to Senia, 5-1, but rallied in the consis, with a 14-3 major over Tenoroc’s Kris Hunter (6-3) and Roeder (fall in 4:38) in succession.

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Semis: Rodriquez (55-0) v Brandon Cody (Master’s Academy, 43-5); Ronald Theilacker (Palm Bay, 31-1) v Skyler Caban (Somerset Academy, 20-2).
Blood round: Justin Brady (Lemon Bay, 45-12) v Luis Bellon (Mater Lakes, 23-7); Tyler Savastano (Jensen Beach, 30-15) v Jonathan Hudson (Am Heritage-Delray, 18-8).
Local summary: Rodriquez needed just 51 seconds to pick up his fifth state medal, with pins over Bayside’s Amulek Partida (33-13) in 17 seconds in the round of 16 and over Hudson (:34) in the quarters. Episcopal’s Joe Jackson (25-8) was 1-2, while Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick (35-9), Palatka’s Brandon Lewis (34-7) and Clay’s Chandler Thomas (20-11) were all 0-2 on Friday. After a 10-8 loss to Brady in round 1, Jackson rallied for an 8-2 consis win over Zephyrhills’ Jaiden Martinez (40-10) before falling in consi round 2 to Hudson (pin in 2:31). Merrick took losses by pin to Tenoroc’s Gabriel Leach (7-3, 1:23) on the front and Savastano (1:48) in the consis, while Thomas had two losses by decision, on the front to Oasis’ Nicholas Clay (38-4, 8-1) and on the back to Bellon (7-4). Lewis lost by injury-default on the front to Hudson and did not compete in the consis.

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Semis: Ryan Duguay (Jensen Beach, 33-8) v Tyler Cabral (Cardinal Gibbons, 22-1); Chase Gillis (Somerset Academy, 39-6) v Vincenzo Napolitana (Am Herit-Delray, 25-7).
Blood round: Zachary Mann (Labelle, 24-2) v Michael Watson (Cocoa Beach, 32-6); Musgrove (47-6) v Ganim (35-11).
Local summary: Both Musgrove and Ganim had to win twice on the back to get to Saturday, after Musgrove lost to Gillis, 6-0, and Ganim took a 17-4 loss to Napolitana on the front side. Musgrove then majored Oasis’ Kai Shelton (23-11), 10-2, and Carrollwood Day’s Brendan Palamar (40-13) by the same score. Ganim falled Zephyrhills Christian’s Javier Lopez (41-9, pin in 2:35) and decisioned Palm Bay’s Braden Baxter (30-7) by a 4-1 count. Clay’s Luke Boree (27-9) and Yulee’s Dylan Johns (20-12) were both 0-2 on Friday. Boree fell on the front to Duguay, 3-2, and lost by fall in consi round 1 to McKeel’s Owen McNabb (41-7, pin in 2:15), while Johns lost by fall (:17) to Cabral, then took a 7-2 loss against Satellite’s Ryan Beirne (8-4) in the consis.

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Semis: Billy Gould (Hernando, 32-6) v Benjamin Rogers (Mater Lakes, 7-1 as reported); Nathan Furman (Palm Bay, 32-3) v Bas Diaz (Somerset Academy, 15-2).
Blood round: Cameron Rima (Villages, 43-12) v Rafael Romero (Am Herit-Delray, 27-5); Parsons (37-16) v Mateo Villalobos (Bonita Springs, 40-2).
Local summary: After a front-side loss by fall to Diaz (3:28), Parsons took two wins in the consis to get to Saturday, downing Lemon Bay’s Caleb Corridino (40-13), 4-0, and then Wakulla’s Hayden Reeves (36-9), 6-1, to advance. Reeves and Yulee’s Isaiah Shook (27-11) were both 1-2 on Friday, while Clay’s Josh Kumpf (19-8) was 0-2. Reeves majored Westminster Chapel’s Ethan Ardavin (13-6), 11-0, but then fell in the quarters to Gould by a 12-7 count. Shook lost by fall (1:41) to Romero, but came back behind a 6-4 win over Tarpon Springs’ Jacob Farren (30-6) before losing by tech to Villalobos (16-1 in 2:55) in consi round 2. Kumpf lost by tech (17-2 in 4:37) on the front to Rogers and had a 10-4 loss in consi round 1 to Cocoa Beach’s James Clark-Herndon (28-8).

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Semis: Omer Barak (Am Heritage-Delray, 33-10) v Vish Williams (McKeel, 42-3); Jack Dinberg (Palm Bay, 32-1) v Darian Estevez (Somerset Academy, 40-1).
Blood round: Martin (35-9) v Erik Borresen (Sarasota Military, 37-4); Gamba (28-1) v Tehran Piza (Jensen Beach, 25-7).
Local summary: Both Gamba and Martin fell in the quarters and came back. Gamba had a front-side fall over Lemon Bay’s Austin Werden (42-17) in 5:58 before taking a 7-3 loss to Barak in the quarters. Gamba then took down Zephyrhills’ Idael Reyes (41-13), 10-4, in consi round 2. Martin had a 10-4 win of his own on the front over Berkeley Prep’s Konstantin Houvardas (20-9), but then lost via 21-8 major to Estevez before rallying for a fall (2:36) over Werden. Suwannee’s Austin Howard (43-16) was 1-2 and Bishop Kenny’s Colin Hearn (28-14) 0-2 on Friday. After falling via tech (18-2 in 5 minutes) to Borresen, Howard came back for a 6-4 decision over Cardinal Gibbons’ Robert Limperis (15-9) in consi round 1, only to lose by fall (1:30) to Piza in round 2. Hearn lost by tech fall on the front to Williams (16-1 in 4:10) and by pin on the back to Citrus’ Logan Simpson (22-5, fall in 4:32).

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Semis: Hoskinson (40-2) v Cameron Komat (Palm Bay, 31-2); Daniel Korchensky (Cardinal Gibbons, 15-3) v Terrell Taylor (Coral Springs Charter, 28-0).
Blood round: Ricks (38-9) v Billy Fetzner (Hernando, 30-7); Gavin Wheeler (Bishop Moore) v Izac Martinez (Clewiston, 41-6).
Local summary: Hoskinson took two front-side wins for his podium space, falling Nature Coast’s Caleb Murray (23-11) in 1:07 in the round of 16, then coming back for a 9-2 decision over Martinez in the quarters. Ricks was 2-1, with wins on both sides of the bracket. After downing Wheeler, 8-5, in the first round, Ricks fell by a 12-8 count to Korchensky, but rallied to pin Admiral Farragut’s Nicolas Sheets (18-7) in 3:36 in consi round 2. Wakulla’s Cole Baggett (41-5) was 1-2 and Florida High’s Xander Hawkes (19-21) 0-2 on Friday. After falling to Fetzner, 7-0, in the round of 16, Baggett pinned Berkeley Prep’s Andrew Crouch (1:54) in the consis, only to fall to Martinez, 8-2, in round 2. Hawkes lost by fall on the front to Komat (:57) and took a 7-1 decision loss to Sheets in consi round 1.

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Semis: Thomas (27-0) v Khalil Mitchell (Merritt Island, 29-4); Dylan Kohn (Master’s Academy, 45-1) v Jonathan Conrad (Carrollwood Day, 44-2).
Blood round: Danny Diaz (Somerset Academy, 7-3) v Achilles Rocha (Mater Lakes, 34-5); Kyle Grey (Lincoln Park, 29-8) v Michael McCarthy (Satellite, 7-3).
Local summary: Thomas pinned his way on to the podium, with falls in the round of 16 over Jensen Beach’s Matt O’Hara (11-8) in 2:44 and over McCarthy in 5:03 in the quarters. South Walton’s Chase Maddox (19-5) and Clay’s Ethan Larsen (31-13) were both 1-2 on Friday, both with consi-side wins. Maddox lost by fall (5:55) to Rocha in the round of 16, but came back to fall Sarasota Military’s Sebastian Fassett (28-14) in 2:39, but then fell to Grey, 4-2, in consi round 2. Larsen took a 10-0 loss to Diaz, but came back with a pin over Palm Bay’s Anthony Holden (26-8, fall in 2:06) before losing by fall to McCarthy (3:45). Yulee’s Collin Sewell did not compete due to an injury sustained last weekend at Bolles for regions.

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Semis: Hunter Eichelberger (Oasis, 33-6) v Joseph Nicolosi (Am Heritage-Delray, 32-2); Zander Owens (Palm Bay, 24-3) v Lance Schyck (Lemon Bay, 37-0).
Blood round: Sean Concepcion (Somerset Academy, 38-6) v Hisham Ramadan (Clewiston, 40-7); Payton Cramer (Admiral Farragut, 16-3) v South (13-5).
Local summary: South was 2-1 with two consi-side wins after an opening loss by fall to Concepcion (3:29), decisioning Cocoa’s Troy Sawyer (25-10), 7-3, and Bolles’ Ethan Asbury (27-9), 5-1, in consi round 2. Asbury was 1-2 and Yulee’s Keleb Reddish (17-13) 0-2 on Friday. Asbury knocked off Mater Lakes’ Matthew Cruanes (18-11), 10-5, in the round of 16, but then lost by fall to Eichelberger (2:33) in the quarters. Reddish took losses by fall to Nicolosi (1:49) on the front and Citrus’ Blake Coleman (25-3, pin in 1:46) on the back. Wakulla’s Jackson Osteen (40-5) lost by injury default on the front side to Ramadan and did not compete in the consis.

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Semis: Scott Lynch (Northside Christian, 18-4) v Ryan Cody (Master’s Academy, 41-2); Tyre Smith (Sarasota Military, 36-0) v Mikey Tal Shahar (Am Heritage-Delray, 37-2).
Blood round: Watson (19-3) v Mercado (31-2); Perdue (35-7) v Jaeden Kinlock (Am Heritage-Plantation, 24-3).
Local summary: Watson, Mercado and Perdue all had to rally from quarterfinal losses. Perdue pinned Villages’ Jaden Markus (19-7) in 5:22 in the round of 16, only to lose by fall to Lynch (4:39) in the quarters. He then pinned Hernando’s Johnathan Ahne (28-12) in 2:27 to get to Saturday. Mercado found a takedown in sudden victory for an 11-9 win over Weeki Wachee’s Matthew Kovalskiy (31-3) in the first round, but then fell by a 15-6 count in the quarters to Smith. Mercado then rallied to fall Mulberry’s Eric Cooper (22-9) in 1:57 in consi round 2. Watson decisioned Ahne, 7-3, in the first round, but then lost by fall (1:03) to Tal Shahar in the quarters. Watson then pushed past Somerset Academy’s Joshua Oyeneye (35-8), 10-7, in consi round 2. Yulee’s Braylen Ricks (17-10) was 0-2 on Friday, with losses on the front by fall to Cody (3:01) and by decision on the back to Cooper (6-5) in consi round 1.

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Semis: Max Ryan (Key West, 35-7) v Andrew Burnette (Jensen Beach, 39-5); Mason Arnold (Carrollwood Day, 35-0) v Pyburn (23-2).
Blood round: Stillgess (25-5) v Chase Thompson (Am Heritage-Delray, 36-3); Kidd (35-2) v Chris Spellman (Hernando, 26-4).
Local summary: Pyburn clinched his medal with one of the biggest wins in the quarters anywhere on the day, as he hit a throw for a 3-1 sudden-victory quarterfinal win over Thompson after earlier fall over Zephyrhills’ Theotis Smith (23-9) in 2:40 in the round of 16. Kidd and Stillgess were both 2-1 Friday, both with wins on both sides of the bracket. Kidd downed Villages’ Nicholas Heise, 7-4, in the round of 16, but then fell by an 8-7 count to Ryan in the quarters. Kidd then decisioned Smith, 7-4, in consi round 2. Stillgess had defeated Palm Bay’s Ozkan Aydin, 9-3, in the front side, and had Arnold on his back during the second period of the quarters before losing by fall in 4:58. He then pinned Tenoroc’s Darrin Gillians (1:49) in consi round 2. West Nassau’s Jackson Rowell (10-7) was 0-2 Friday, with losses by fall to Spellman (4:20) on the front and Gillians (4:30) on the back.

285
Semis: Matthew Jimenez (Somerset, 40-4) v Carlos Gerardino (Palm Bay, 31-5); Jordan Love (Rockledge, 36-0) v Ethan Vergara (Mater Lakes, 33-3).
Blood round: Sam Fleming (Hernando, 32-8) v Joquorius Taylor (Mulberry, 25-5); Mosley (51-1) v Desmond Mamudi (Carrollwood Day, 28-3).
Local summary: Mosley was 2-1 on the day, with a front-side 4-0 decision over Labelle’s Justin Connell (16-5) before falling to Jimenez, 6-2, in the quarters. Mosley pushed through to Saturday with a fall (4:05) over Baker Cty’s Daeshawn Larry (12-7) in consi round 2. Larry and Clay’s Ethan Daniels (33-11) were both 1-2 and Wakulla’s Jayven Hearns (36-9) was 0-2 on Friday. Larry fell on the front to Avon Park’s Chance Larsen (8-3) by fall in 2:35, but came back to hold off Zephyrhills’ Dajuan McCullough (36-9), 5-4, in consi round 1 to get to Mosley. Daniels lost by fall (1:08) to Taylor, but responded with a consi pin over Key West’s River Cutino-Lyda (1:45) before losing by fall to Mamudi (1:31) in consi round 2. Hearns fell to Mamudi, 11-4, in the round of 16, taking a loss by fall (5:53) in consi round 1 to Cardinal Gibbons’ Jertavis Black (18-4).

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#ShowTime: 2A State Recap, Day 1

Chiles’ Olufemi Egberongbe works for a turn in the 2A 138-lb quarterfinals against Palmetto Ridge’s Leonard Feliciano Friday afternoon, going on for a 7-0 win and a guaranteed state medal (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more action photos on the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — The regular-season and a part of the post-season has been about new blood finding its way to the top in the northern part of Class 2A.

But after the first day of competition at the 2A state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena on Friday, it’s still District 2 teams from Tallahassee that are on top when it comes to northern teams.

Chiles stands in T-12th place with 24 points to lead the north, with intracity rival Lincoln close behind in T-14th, with 22. The Timberwolves have a pair of semifinalists in Olufemi Egberongbe (138) and Kyle McGill (195), with a third wrestler — Garrett Marschka (113) — in Saturday’s blood round.

Lincoln also has two semifinalists in Cayden Bevis (182) and Wyatt Yown (195), with Elijah Hendley (113) also in the blood round.

Next on the table is Columbia, in 19th place with 15 points. The Tigers have one wrestler in the consis, in Joseph Rice (170). Fletcher and New Smyrna Beach are tied for 22nd, with 13 points each. The Senators have one semifinalist in Joel Rodriguez (152) and one in the consis in Ethan Hollenbach (220), while the ‘Cudas have two in the blood round (Jamey Bruner at 126 and Doug Dittmer at 195).

Mosley, Niceville and Robert E Lee are all tied for 25th with 11 points. The Dolphins’ Nick Hejke (145) and Nick Kendrick (152) are in the consis, while Niceville’s David Polaski (220) and the Generals’ Ahmahd Denmark (160) are both in the semis. Westside, behind semifinalist Ray Bolden (285), is T-28th with nine points, while Ft Walton Beach is 34th with eight points and has one semifinalist in Cedric Fairrow (220).

Orange Park and St Augustine are T-35th with six points apiece. The Raiders have Gabriel Hecht (285) in the blood round. Matanzas is T-40th with five points and Leon is T-43rd with four; both teams have completed competition. At T-49th are Gulf Breeze and Pace with three points each. The Dolphins have Colson Elliott (132) in the consis. Belleview was 54th on Friday, with two points, and Deltona and Middleburg each were T-55th with one; Ponte Vedra was T-60th with no team points. All four teams have completed competition.

Statewide, Palmetto Ridge holds a five-point edge over Region 3 rival Charlotte, 74-69, with Lake Gibson holding third at 61.5, Tampa Jesuit fourth at 56 and Harmony fifth with 49.

Brackets from Friday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

A summary of the weight classes follows:

106
Semis: Camren French (Charlotte, 15-3) v Christian Vasquez (Killian, 24-1); Dominic Nardini (Springstead, 40-2) v Tyler Washburn (Palmetto Ridge, 44-1).
Blood round: Thomas Gernhart (Brandon, 24-4) v Kevin Nguyen (Countryside, 28-5); Richard Albert (Cape Coral, 35-10) v Fredrick Mitchum (Southridge, 13-7).
Local summary: Columbia’s Brett Millard (37-10) and Matanzas’ Carter Wilder (21-11) both won front-side matches in going 1-2 on Friday. Millard pinned Port St Lucie’s Donnell Williams (29-11) in 1:08 before falling, 8-4, in the quarters to French, and by tech fall in the consis to Mitchum (20-3 in 4:30). Wilder downed Mitchum, 9-5, in the round of 16, but then took losses to Washburn (fall in 2:29) and Gernhart (16-1 tech in 4:21). Orange Park’s Ryder Pimienta (21-10) and Chiles’ Sam Tolomeo (24-9) both were 0-2 on Friday. Pimienta lost by a 12-6 count to Hialeah-Mater Lakes’ Jasmine Godinez (14-7), 12-6, in the round of 16, then fell, 13-0, in the consis to Albert. Tolomeo lost by pins on the front to Vasquez (4:16) and on the back to Nguyen (2:40).

113
Semis: Voshawn Baker (Dixie Hollins, 26-3) v Tyson Lane (Brandon, 36-0); Danny Vargas (Jesuit, 26-4) v Jonathan Dominguez (Springstead, 37-7).
Blood round: Austin Gehr (Lake Gibson, 14-9) v Patrick Nolan (Charlotte, 32-4); Marschka (27-4) v Hendley (35-2).
Local summary: In going 2-1 Friday, Hendley pinned Gehr in 44 seconds in the round of 16, but then fell to Baker, 12-8, in the quarters. Hendley then came back to major Palmetto Ridge’s Bernardo Barnhart (25-18), 9-0, in consi round 2. Marschka fell on the front to Vargas, 6-1, but came back behind consi-side pins over Suncoast’s Holden Kapsos (28-12, fall in 2:10) and Barron Collier’s Enis Ljikovic (34-9) in sudden victory. Middleburg’s Grady Woodard (23-16) and Belleview’s Zackery Young (29-16) were both 0-2 on Friday. Woodard lost by fall to Dominguez (3:05) on the front and by an 11-2 major to Barnhart on the back, while Young lost by fall in the round of 16 to Lane (:13) and to Okeechobee’s Gabriel Bowen (11-5, 2:39) in consi round 1.

120
Semis: Darrell Tabor (Brandon, 34-4) v Christopher Minto (Mariner, 45-1); Caleb Massari (Ft Myers, 33-5) v Lucas Giles (Barron Collier, 35-8).
Blood round: Conner Hueck (Southridge, 23-5) v Aiden Poe (Harmony, 35-5); Alex Walker (Lake Gibson, 25-3) v Christopher Albo (Jesuit, 33-8).
Local summary: Deltona’s Kevin Kerns (34-9) was the only Region 1 wrestler to take a win on Friday. Kerns lost by fall on the front to Massari (pin in 2:26), but rallied for a 7-3 win in consi round 1 over Okeechobee’s Sonny Hancock (13-5). Kerns then lost by fall (4:27) to Walker. All of the other Region 1 wrestlers were 0-2 on Friday. Chiles’ Hunter Brown (26-5) lost by tech fall on the front (19-3 in 4 minutes) to Palmetto Ridge’s Jean Valoria (24-16) and on the back to Hueck (pin in 2:33). Niceville’s Ethan Pinto (21-10) lost by fall to Minto (1:25) on the front and by a 10-0 count in consi round 1 to Heritage’s Roman Maldonado (29-6). Finally, Orange Park’s Davon Bailey lost by fall to Giles (4:54) in the round of 16 and by an 11-0 major to Albo in the consis.

126
Semis: Demetri Zertopoulis (Palmetto Ridge, 34-8) v Braden Basile (Jesuit, 40-0); Andrew Austin (Charlotte, 40-2) v Andrew Pinzon (Viera, 30-0).
Blood round: Nicholas Dukes (Southridge, 15-7) v Hayden Whidden (Lake Gibson, 31-3); Ethan Byrd (Barron Collier, 37-7) v Bruner (36-4).
Local summary: Bruner was 2-1 on Friday, with a front-side fall in the round of 16 over River Ridge’s Dominick Smith (4:52) before losing by tech fall to Zertopoulis (16-1 in 5:24) in the quarters. Bruner then came back with a 9-2 win over Ft Myers’ Nolan Nguyen (34-8) in consi round 2. Middleburg’s Riley Girgis was 1-2 and both Gulf Breeze’s Logan Merritt and Niceville’s Noah Tritz were 0-2 on Friday. Girgis fell to Whidden (1:42) in the round of 16, but rallied for a 12-5 decision in consi rd 1 over Hialeah-Mater Lakes’ Michael Zunino (15-6) before falling by pin (3:45) to Byrd in round 2. Merritt lost by fall on the front to Harmony’s Brent McNichols (3:57) and by tech in the consis to Nguyen (17-0 in 5 minutes), while Tritz lost by fall to Basile (1:55) in the round of 16 and by fall to Okeechobee’s Charlie Armstrong (2:46) in consi round 1.

132
Semis: John McNichols (Harmony, 41-2) v Brennan Van Hoecke (Palmetto Ridge, 47-0); Gianni Maldonado (Brandon, 35-0) v Isaac Church (Charlotte, 41-4).
Blood round: Gabriel Ferreira (Heritage, 42-4) v John Vadyak (Ft Myers, 38-6); Blake Walker (Lake Gibson, 29-5) v Elliott (35-1).
Local summary: Elliott was 2-1 on Friday, with a 4-2 win in the round of 16 over Barron Collier’s Grant Gappelberg, but then lost by fall to McNichols (5:36) for his first loss of the year. Elliott came back with a 9-2 consi round 2 win over region rival Jace Engberg of New Smyrna Beach. Engberg (34-6) was 1-2 on Friday, while Ft Walton Beach’s Weston Burbidge (27-11) and St Augustine’s Brayden Lovingood (20-16) were both 0-2. Engberg took a 15-7 loss to Church on the front, but came back to decision Gaither’s James Simpson, 7-2, in consi round 1 to get to Elliott. Lovingood lost by fall on the front to Van Hoecke (:36) and on the back to Ft Lauderdale’s James Berline (2:21), while Burbidge took a 5-2 loss to Vadyak in the round of 16 and a 10-4 loss to Viera’s Nate Olson in consi round 1.

138
Semis: Egberongbe (28-2) v Riley Chapdelaine (Winter Springs, 33-9); Tom Crook (Jesuit, 39-0) v Ethan Mojena (Countryside, 31-1).
Blood round: Fletcher Small (Harmony, 32-8) v Jaden Harrah (Island Coast, 35-6); Frank Messina (St Thomas Aquinas, 28-3) v Joe Gallo (Springstead, 44-8).
Local summary: Egberongbe clinched his state medal with a pair of Friday decisions, downing Belen Jesuit’s Manuel Dominguez (11-11), 8-3, in the round of 16, then coming back for a 7-0 shutout over Palmetto Ridge’s Leonard Feliciano (24-8) in the quarters. Leon’s Nolan Zirgibel (25-6) and Belleview’s Andrew Davis (36-8) were both 1-2 on Friday, while Pace’s Cam Friend (20-5) was 0-2. Zirgibel falled Sebastian River’s Niko Huff (3:45) in the round of 16, but then lost by fall to Mojena (3:35) in the quarters and took a 4-2 loss to Small in consi round 2. Davis found a four-point move in sudden victory over Viera’s Braden Urso for an 11-7 round-of-16 win, but then lost by fall to Crook (1:34) in the quarters and to Harrah, 6-1, in consi round 2. Friend fell to Messina, 11-0, on the front, and lost by fall to Harrah (4:52) on the back.

145
Semis: Ryan Bennett (Tampa Freedom, 37-7) v Carson Miller (Palmetto Ridge, 19-3); Jack Crook (Tampa Jesuit, 40-0) v Christian Moder (Golden Gate, 47-3).
Blood round: Hejke (46-8) v Rashad Hannon (McArthur, 12-10); Daniel Quiroz-Cerceda (Archbishop McCarthy, 36-6) v Davis Deal (Winter Springs, 31-11).
Local summary: Hejke took wins on both sides of the bracket, with a pin over Southridge’s Julian Mayorga (17-7) in 1:54 in the round of 16 before losing by fall to Crook (3:39) in the quarters. Hejke then knocked out Lake Gibson’s only wrestler to drop on Friday, Jason Lemmond (25-8), with a 5-0 win in consi round 2. New Smyrna Beach’s Michael Shannon (37-4) was 1-2 and both Fletcher’s Gabe Daltro (31-6) and Pace’s Atticus Waters (20-8) were 0-2. Shannon pinned Belen Jesuit’s Lucas Amaya (12-10) in 49 seconds in the round of 16, but then took a pair of decision losses to Bennett (7-2) in the quarters and to Deal (5-3) in consi round 2. Daltro lost to Hannon, 12-7, on the front, and to Deal, 6-2, on the back, while Waters took a 5-4 loss to Quiroz-Cerceda in the round of 16 and a 6-0 loss to Lemmond in consi round 1.

152
Semis: Rodriguez (33-1) v Roman Garcia (Palmetto Ridge, 38-7); Brendon Abdon (Lake Gibson, 34-0) v Cyrus Williams (Southridge, 19-1).
Blood round: Kendrick (29-13) v Koen Hoffman (Port Charlotte, 32-5); Frank Diaz (Brandon, 35-4) v Elijah Penton (Winter Springs, 30-14).
Local summary: Rodriguez secured his state medal with two bonus-point wins, majoring Charlotte’s Chase Ruiz (25-19), 16-4, in the round of 16 and then pinning Tampa Freedom’s Hamzah Mohamad (41-10) in 5:29 in the quarters. Kendrick was 2-1 on Friday; after an opening-round loss to Garcia (pin in 1:18), he came back for pins in the consis over Ft Lauderdale’s Zaiden Bucknor (30-8) in 3:44 in round 1 and Columbia’s Thomas Greene (42-8) in 51 seconds in round 2. Greene had an earlier 11-6 win over Cape Coral’s Justin Cole (33-10) in the round of 16, followed by a quarterfinal loss by fall to Abdon (1:13). Matanzas’ Tyson Mills (23-7) was 0-2 on Friday, with a 9-4 loss to Hoffman on the front and a 6-4 loss to Penton on the back.

160
Semis: Denmark (40-1) v Sergio Desiante (Jesuit, 39-1); Lucas Willis (Charlotte, 32-2) v Harlan McCandless (Winter Springs, 22-5).
Blood round: Skyler Hall (St Thomas Aquinas, 22-7) v Frank Solorzano (Lake Gibson, 34-2); Mack Koselke (Mariner, 37-8) v Jacob Holland (Braden River, 52-7).
Local summary: Denmark had two max-point wins to secure his medal, with a forfeit over Pasco’s Devin Jernigan in the round of 16 and a third-period fall (4:37) over Holland in the quarters. Ft Walton Beach’s Caleb Tourgee (32-8) and Matanzas’ Jordan Mills (21-8) were both 1-2, while St Augustine’s Clint Griffin (38-13) was 0-2 on Friday. Tourgee lost by fall on the front (3 minutes) to Desiante, but came back for a 6-1 win over Okeechobee’s Travis McKenna (25-7) in consi round 1 before losing by fall to Solorzano (3:49) in round 2. Mills took a tech fall loss (17-1 in 4:41) to Solorzano, but came back with a fall over Port St Lucie’s Elijah Yuhas (22-11) in 4:23 in consi round 1. Mills then fell to Koselke, 14-2, in round 2. Griffin lost by fall on the front (3:17) to McCandless) and on the back by tech (17-2 in 3:42) to Barron Collier’s Curtis Poulsen (34-8).

170
Semis: Brian Burburija (Countryside, 30-5) v Cory Cannan (Barron Collier, 38-5); Raul Soto (Lake Gibson, 22-0) v Cody Rice (Charlotte, 41-3).
Blood round: Quiton Johnson (Southridge, 24-6) v Will Jacobson (Harmony, 38-7); Julian Stoneman (Heritage, 34-4) v Rice (39-6).
Local summary: Rice was 2-1 on Friday, pinning St Thomas Aquinas’ Nicolas Rodriguez (17-10) in 2:16 in the round of 16 before losing by fall to Burburija (4:59) in the quarters. Rice then bounced back with a 12-3 major in consi round 2 over Robinson’s Gabriel Gilles (32-8). St Augustine’s Connor Spossey (43-6) was 1-2 and both Ponte Vedra’s Rett Maritato (39-6) and Niceville’s Martin Black (30-6) were both 0-2 on Friday. Spossey pinned Melbourne’s Gabriel Richmond (10-8) in 4:22 in the first round, but then fell, 11-3, to Soto in the quarters and injury-defaulted. Maritato lost on the front to Johnson, 7-1, and on the back to Gilles, 5-4, while Black lost by fall to Stoneman (4:40) in the round of 16 and to Jacobson (:23) in consi round 1.

182
Semis: Bevis (26-0) v Michael Moss (St Thomas Aquinas, 27-0); Dylan Deal (Winter Springs, 25-9) v Lais Cardero (Golden Gate, 42-6).
Blood round: Destin Watson (Eau Gallie, 14-4) v Joe Santana (Jesuit, 30-8); Gregorio Herrera (Palmetto Ridge, 32-10) v Cael Newton (Charlotte, 34-8).
Local summary: Bevis took a pair of decisions to secure his state medal, downing Suncoast’s Sebastian Macaulay (34-6), 5-1, in the round of 16 and then finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 6-4 win over Newton in the quarters. St Augustine’s Ryan Murphy (31-5) was 1-2 on Friday, while Gulf Breeze’s Hunter Dupont (32-4) and Fletcher’s Ryan Klein (28-10) were both 0-2. Murphy edged Hialeah-Mater Lakes’ Gian Espinal, 6-5, in the round of 16, with two decision losses to Deal (7-4) in the quarters and to Santana (5-4) in consi round 2. Dupont fell to Watson, 7-4, on the front and to River Ridge’s Aidan Benjamin (36-9), 7-6, on the back, while Klein lost by fall to Moss (1:42) in the round of 16 and to Santana by tech (16-1 in 4:58) in consi round 1.

195
Semis: McGill (28-0) v Juan Gomez (Harmony, 21-4); Yown (30-7) v Gregory Dennard (Ft Myers, 41-0).
Blood round: Dittmer (38-4) v Rafael Camarena (Sebastian River, 27-5); Okten Logue (Port Charlotte, 32-7) v Antonio Petraglia (Palmetto Ridge, 30-12).
Local summary: McGill picked up his state medal with Friday falls over Lakeland’s Rudy Destin (26-11) in the round of 16 and over Petraglia (3:20) in the quarters, while Yown also won twice on Friday, with a fall in the first round over Gaither’s Sebastian Riviere (33-6) in 3:24, followed by a 9-4 quarterfinal win over Camarena. Dittmer put himself in the final eight with a 2-1 day Friday, downing Pasco’s Amir Burgess (42-6), 4-2, in the round of 16, but then lost by tech (16-1 in 5:39) to Dennard in the quarters. Dittmer came back in consi round 2, edging Pace’s Wyatt Dillon (27-6), 3-2. Dillon was 1-2 on Friday, falling, 8-3, to Gomez on the front, but coming back to pin Port St Lucie’s Gervaris Desire (21-9) in 4:45 in consi round 1.

220
Semis: Fairrow (39-0) v Tristan Middlebrook (Lake Gibson, 26-1); Angel Alverio (Ida Baker, 27-0) v Polaski (17-5).
Blood round: Nelson Toro (Harmony, 40-6) v Hollenbach (31-5); Maikeli Tuinakauvadra (Osceola PP, 19-2) v Morvens Saint Jean (Ft Myers, 36-4).
Local summary: Fairrow secured his first Florida state medal with two decisions, shutting out Toro, 7-0, in the round of 16, and then dominating double overtime against Saint Jean, winning by a 13-7 count. His district rival, Polaski, also secured a medal with two pins, falling Springstead’s Kyle Curl (36-12, 5:24) in the round of 16 and pinning Marshall in sudden victory (7 minutes) in the quarters. Hollenbach was 2-1 on Friday, with a 9-4 front-side win over Pasco’s Cassidy Grubbs (43-7) before falling, 6-3, to Alverio in the quarters. Hollenbach rallied for a 5-0 win in consi round 2 over Killian’s Alexys Rodriguez (23-9). Deltona’s Ethan Chiu (33-7) was 0-2, with a loss by fall to Middlebrook (2:57) on the front and a loss by fall to Rodriguez (2:11) on the back.

285
Semis: Bolden (22-1) v Jeremiah Jackson (Kathleen, 41-1); Marvin Collins (Winter Springs, 25-1) v Nathaniel Box (Charlotte, 39-8).
Blood round: Jackson Hatfield (Viera, 23-5) v Austin Foye (Palmetto Ridge, 33-8); Hecht (10-4) v Darren Davis (Harmony, 23-6).
Local summary: Bolden punched his podium ticket with two Friday wins, finding a takedown for a 3-1 sudden-victory win over Cypress Lake’s Adam Larochelle (19-5) in the round of 16, then falled Davis in 3:35 in the quarters. Hecht was 2-1 on Friday, with a front-side loss to Foye (5:13) followed by an injury-default win over McArthur’s Kevin Magrinat (22-8) and a 46-second fall over Golden Gate’s Javier Ramirez (35-6) in the consis. Columbia’s Jaycob Jones (25-8) was 1-2 and Mosley’s Robert Wills (28-18) 0-2. Jones fell to Box, 15-8, on the front side, but rallied for a fall over Brandon’s Cedric Ellis (21-9, fall in 4 minutes) before taking a 3-1 overtime loss to Davis. Wills lost on the front to Ramirez, 8-4, and then took a loss by fall to Southridge’s Marcelo Rosario (25-7) in 1:31 in consi round 1.

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#ShowTime: 3A State Recap, Day 1

Mandarin’s Tony Carter does some heavy lifting in the 3A-182 quarterfinals Friday afternoon against Riverdale’s Jonathan Lavandera, taking an 8-7 decision and earning a state medal (Photo by Shannon Heaton; more action photos on the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

KISSIMMEE — It’s the state tournament, and everybody has to buckle up.

The coverage area advanced 11 wrestlers to Saturday’s competition in Class 3A, with six in the semis and five in the consi “blood round,” after Friday’s wrestling at Silver Spurs Arena.

Team-wise, Fleming Island is the top area team in 3A, standing in ninth place with 36 points. The Golden Eagles have the most semifinalists, with two in Hunter Herrington (113) and Hunter Williams (195), and one consi-side competitor in Ethan Hoffstetter (285).

Flagler Palm Coast, with Blane DeFord (160) in the semis and Bryce Dodge (170) in the consis, is 19th with 15 points.

Mandarin and Sandalwood are tied for 25th place, with 11 points. The Mustangs have Tony Carter (182) in the semis and Jameel Smith (132) in the consis, while Sandalwood’s Dante Rigal (126) is in the semis.

Creekside is 31st, with 9.5 points and two wrestlers in the consis (Hunter Brown at 170 and Bryan Fortay at 182), while Bartram Trail is a half-point back in T-32nd with one semifinalist (Ethan Vugman at 106).

Three area teams have completed competition as of Friday. Buchholz is T-37th, with six points, while Oakleaf is 51st (two) and University-Orange City is T-56th (zero).

After the first day, South Dade leads Ft Pierce Central, 78-69, with Southwest Miami third at 67.5, Osceola fourth at 52.5 and Riverdale fifth with 46.5.

Brackets from Friday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

A summary of the weight classes follows:

106
Semis: Vugman (42-4) v Christian Guzman (Columbus, 41-2); Anderson Heap (Osceola, 34-2) v Patrick Jones (Wellington, 19-0).
Blood round: Luis Acevedo (South Dade, 35-12) v Trenton Dominguez (Timber Creek, 41-8); Gabriel Tellez (Southwest Miami, 34-8) v Blane Taranto (Venice, 36-5).
Local summary: Vugman advanced to the semis behind a pair of Friday front-side wins, falling Cypress Bay’s Andrew Punzalan (42-8) in 3:16 in the round of 16, following that up with an 8-6 quarterfinal win over Taranto. Fleming Island’s Joseph Forte (33-14) was 1-2 and Buchholz’s CJ Liddie (31-20) was 0-2 Friday. Forte lost on the front to Guzman (14-0) in the round of 16, but pitched a shutout of his own in consi round 1, with a 9-0 major over Gulf Coast’s Nathan Roche (23-6). Forte then fell to region rival Dominguez, 11-0, in round 2. Liddle fell to Acevedo, 7-2, on the front, and to Riverview’s Eliezer Torres (26-11) by injury default in consi round 1.

113
Semis: Herrington (26-3) v Angelo De Dona (Manatee, 49-3); Anthony Madriz (Coral Reef, 21-6) v Adrian Morales (South Dade, 51-3).
Blood round: Brayden Johnson (Newsome, 29-5) v Nestor Echevarria (Riverdale, 24-8); Kevin Placer (Southwest Miami, 38-9) v Thomas Chrone (Venice, 32-9).
Local summary: Herrington opened with an 8-1 round-of-16 win over Johnson, then came back to fall Doral Academy’s Julian Montero (19-13) in 3:25 in the quarters. Flagler Palm Coast’s Kole Hannant (45-11) was 1-2 on Friday, with a front-side loss by fall to De Dona (:29). He came back to tech Ft Pierce Central’s Isaiah Herrington (17-14), 18-2 in 5 minutes, but then fell to Echevarria, 18-7, in consi round 2.

120
Semis: Bryce Taranto (Venice, 23-4) v Noah Wadle (Manatee, 30-4); Cooper Haase (Osceola, 40-1) v Danny Martinez (Southwest Miami, 12-0).
Blood round: Corey Gallivan (Miami Palmetto, 24-4) v Alexander Exalent (North Miami, 18-3); Jose Gutierrez (Doral Academy, 31-10) v Kobe Litov (East Lake, 35-4).
Local summary: Oakleaf’s Kevin Gilley (28-6) was 1-2 on Friday, with a front-side win over Wellington’s Sam Marvel (18-5), 5-2, in the round of 16. Gilley then lost by fall (2:48) to Haase in the quarters and to Exalent, 5-1, in consi round2. Hald fell to Palm Beach Gardens’ David Corret-jer (17-3), 14-5, in the round of 16, and then took a 10-7 loss to Exalent in consi round 1.

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Semis: Rigal (10-0) v Dylan Sparkman (Palm Harbor University, 37-1); Nicholas Romero (Riverview, 29-8) v Robert Dusendang (Southwest Miami, 39-3).
Blood round: Gage Wiggins (Venice, 34-9) v Elijah Ortiz (Palm Beach Gardens, 15-3); Aaron Lanster (Miami Beach, 24-3) v Nate Luders (Riverdale, 29-7).
Local summary: Rigal needed just 2:12 to earn a Florida state medal on Friday, with front-side pins in the round of 16 over Wiggins (1:39) and over South Dade’s Misha Arbos (30-15) in 33 seconds in the quarters. Fleming Island’s Riley Holton (41-6) and Buchholz’s Venumadhava Mirel (37-14) were both 1-2 on Friday, while Oakleaf’s Marcus McGee (26-13) was 0-2. Holton downed Luders, 4-0, on the front, but then fell to Dusendang, 7-5, in the quarters, and then lost to Wiggins, 2-0, in consi round 2. Mirel lost, 10-0, in the round of 16 to Romero, but bounced back with a 12-2 major over Dr Krop’s Jerry Molina (25-10) in consi round 1 before falling, 8-1, to Lanster in consi round 2. McGee took a 4-0 loss on the front to Sparkman, losing by fall in the consis to Ortiz (2:26).

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Semis: Jayden Tapia (Timber Creek, 43-6) v Russell Raabe (Ft Pierce Central, 25-1); Nikolas Hernandez (Riverview, 29-5) v Sebastian Melguizo (Southwest Miami, 41-3).
Blood round: Smith (24-3) v Gavin Buck (Columbus, 25-7); Enrique Sanchez (Doral Academy, 35-10) v Gavin Balmeceda (South Dade, 44-14).
Local summary: Smith reached the quarters with a 14-4 major in the round of 16 over Wellington’s Ethan Howard (23-3), but then fell by major, 10-1, to Melguizo. In the consis, Smith made it to Saturday with an 8-6 win over Freedom (Orlando)’s Eric Aja (20-10). Fleming Island’s Xavier Logan (28-11) was 0-2 Friday, with losses on the front to Treasure Coast’s Brinalli Brown, 20-9, fall in 3:38) and Sanchez (fall in 1:46) on the back.

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Semis: Kamdon Harrison (Hagerty,43-6) v Alex Couto (South Dade, 49-5); Jaekus Hines (Osceola, 40-1) v Frank Lopez (Braddock, 23-3).
Blood round: Joseph Cuttitta (Palm Harbor University, 32-6) v Favian Oliva (Southwest Miami, 34-15); Gannon Wertz (North Port, 39-6) v Alex Soto (Riverdale, 33-5).
Local summary: Both Buchholz’s Timothy Bowen (34-19) and Oakleaf’s Trevor Owens (39-16) were 0-2 on Friday. Bowen lost by fall to Couto (3:17) in the round of 16 and to Olympic Heights’ Brandon Lehrman (21-5) by fall in 2:06 in consi round 1, while Owens lost by fall on the front to Lopez (2:54) and on the back to Palm Beach Gardens’ Jake Maffi (18-5) by pin in 2:13.

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Semis: Joe Gonzalez (Winter Park, 17-0) v Adrian Neco (South Dade, 42-4); Jared Dinh (Riverdale, 23-1) v Brennon Reid (Freedom, 28-4).
Blood round: Rafael Diniz (Cypress Bay, 41-4) v Marcus Patrick (Oviedo, 7-3 as reported); Andy Fellove (Sickles, 32-5) v Quinn White (North Port, 43-6).
Local summary: Buchholz’s Aiden Moore (36-7) was 1-2 on Friday, with a front-side 5-2 win in the round of 16 over Columbus’ Dylan Mira (24-7). Moore then fell to Reid, 8-5, in the quarters, and to Diniz, 8-3, in consi round 2.

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Semis: Gunner Holland (Osceola, 27-5) v JT Apicella (Ft Pierce Central, 14-1); Alek Chitty (Palm Harbor University, 33-2) v Cordell White (South Dade, 36-4).
Blood round: Adrian Ochoa (Southwest Miami, 36-19) v Lucas Moreno (Treasure Coast, 22-8); Erik Rodriguez (Cypress Bay, 40-3) v Alex Vazquez (Lake Mary, 9-1 as reported).
Local summary: Creekside’s Diego Rivera (17-16) and Flagler Palm Coast’s Timothy King (38-10) were both 0-2 on Friday. Rivera lost by fall on the front to Apicella (4:32) and to Riverdale’s Malachi Soto (18-5) in 16 seconds in consi round 1. King lost by a 10-1 major in the round of 16 to Moreno, taking a 5-4 loss in the consis to Miami Beach’s Jaiden Forbes (25-7).

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Semis: Jared Purcell (Lake Mary, 9-0) v Dominic Rodriguez (Riverdale, 36-1); DeFord (11-1) v Michael Cuttitta (Palm Harbor University, 37-2).
Blood round: Brandon Moreno (Southwest Miami, 45-9) v William George (Palm Beach Gardens, 22-2); Kendrick Hodge (Coral Gables, 8-4) v Riley Orr (Ft Pierce Central, 28-2).
Local summary: DeFord took a pair of 4-1 decisions to clinch a medal on Friday, with a win in the round of 16 over North Port’s Vincent Donatelle (39-8) and a quarterfinal decision over George. Fleming Island’s David Parkes (26-7) was 1-2 and Buchholz’s Kason Nichols (47-12) was 0-2 on Friday. Parkes lost by fall on the front to Cuttitta (4:19), but came back with a pin in consi round 1 over St Cloud’s Wilfredo Martinez (18-8, fall in 1:36). Orr edged Parkes in round 2, however, by a 7-6 count. Nichols lost by fall on the front (5:41) to Rodriguez, also falling by one point in the consis (5-4) to Treasure Coast’s Jabore Brown (17-9).

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Semis: Nicolas Giompalo (Manatee, 27-8) v Joshua Swan (South Dade, 51-3); Dominic Joyce (North Port, 46-2) v Kevin Finn (Ft Pierce Central, 27-3).
Blood round: Dodge (19-8) v Ethan Gomez (Hagerty, 36-9); Brown (33-7) v Ranson Coons (Lakewood Ranch, 41-7).
Local summary: Brown, the region champ, started off with a round-of-16 tech fall (18-1 in 5:22) over Coral Gables’ Johan Budel (20-11), but then fell in the quarters, 7-1, to Giompalo. Brown then bounced back with a takedown in sudden victory for a 2-0 overtime win in consi round 2 over Strawberry Crest’s Lex Strickland (22-11). Dodge opened with a tech fall loss to Swan (26-8 in 5:18), but then had two dominant wins in the consis over St Cloud’s Galen Drawdy (22-12, 15-0 tech in 3:18) and over Columbus’ Guy Toussaint (19-8, fall in 1:51). Fleming Island’s Joshua Sandoval (11-10) was 1-2 on Friday, with a round-of-16 loss to Toussaint (3:05). He came back to pin Vero Beach’s David Benjamin (24-17) in 1:33, but then lost by fall in consi round 2 to Coons (:32).

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Semis: Ethan Lopez (Hagerty, 15-1) v Maxamus Kyser (Palm Harbor University, 13-3); Tylynn Lukens (Manatee, 52-1) v Carter (20-3).
Blood round: Maks Dimarov (East Lake, 33-3) v Fortay (24-6); Craig Silimon (South Dade, 47-7) v Jackson Brockett (Boone, 21-1).
Local summary: Carter clinched his medal with a pair of front-side decisions, taking down Southwest Miami’s Ansel Cervantes (35-14), 11-8, in the round of 16, and then edging Riverdale’s Jonathan Lavandera (27-10), 8-7, in the quarters. Fortay also had a front-side win, downing Coral Reef’s George Montero (23-12), 6-3, but then lost by fall in the quarters to Lukens (:30). Fortay bounced back in consi round 2 with a fall over Olympic Heights’ Isaiah Pierre (10-3) in 2:47. Flagler Palm Coast’s Marcelo Gonzalez (38-14) was 0-2 on Friday, with losses by fall on the front to Silimon (2:49) and in consi round 1 to Pierre (2:10).

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Semis: Williams (29-3) v Nolin Eaddy (Osceola, 20-1); Steven Krantz (Ft Pierce Central, 22-3) v Sawyer Bartelt (South Dade, 33-0).
Blood round: Nathan Peoples (George Jenkins, 30-7) v Seth Suvak (Colonial, 26-4); Eldon Woolf (Riverdale, 32-8) v Keyshawn Campbell (Vero Beach, 21-5).
Local summary: Williams secured the Golden Eagles’ second guaranteed medal on Friday with two six-minute wins, starting with a 10-1 major in the round of 16 over Palm Harbor University’s Chris Greil (26-7), and then following up with a 9-4 quarterfinal win over Campbell. Buchholz’s Jason Martin was 1-2 and Oakleaf’s Isaiah Shevchook 0-2 on Friday. Martin powered past Woolf, 8-7, in the round of 16, but then lost by fall to Krantz (3:12) in the quarters and then to Suvak (1:33) in consi round 2. Shevchook lost by fall on the front to Peoples (2:36) and again in consi round 1 to Park Vista’s Nickolas Napase (17-5), 3-1.

220
Semis: Bertilus Bornelus (Hagerty, 32-3) v Edensky Phele (North Miami, 12-2); Gabriel Jacas (Ft Pierce Central, 24-4) v Christian Llauger (Coral Reef, 15-0).
Blood round: Philippe Langelier (Riverview, 27-9) v Ralph Sanchez (Apopka, 31-6); Shayne Parris (Riverdale, 19-6) v Aiden Alexander (Jupiter, 10-3).
Local summary: Fleming Island’s Grant Travis (13-8) was 1-2 on Friday; after a front-side 4-1 loss in the round of 16 to Langelier, he came back with a fall in consi round 1 over Deerfield Beach’s Kayden Pierre (16-5) in 2:11, but then fell in round 2 to Alexander, 3-2. University (Orange City)’s Christian Kennick did not compete on Friday.

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Semis: Gerald Greaves (Dr Phillips, 18-3) v Henry Jones (Ft Pierce Central, 25-2); Mason Powell (Wellington, 13-3) v Adrian Sans (Southwest Miami, 42-8).
Blood round: Hoffstetter (25-9) v Grant Gelazin (Palm Harbor University, 35-2); Sebastian Fernandez (Strawberry Crest, 22-7) v Derrick Hart (Columbus, 26-4).
Local summary: Hoffstetter lost his first match in the round of 16 to Greaves (fall in 2:49), but came back in the consis with two max-point wins, with a forfeit over Osceola’s Cody Carter (8-7) in round 1 and fall over Ocoee’s Jordan Phillips (23-5) in round 2. Mandarin’s Andres Rodriguez (18-7) was 0-2 on Friday, with losses by fall on the front to Jones (1:10) and on the back to North Miami’s Gregory Pierrelouis (16-7, pin in 2:05).

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#GirlsState: Blackburn, Labady, Smith Claim 1sts

KISSIMMEE — Three girls’ state champions were crowned Saturday, and an entire hoard of area medals were brought back home by local wrestlers at the conclusion of action at the 2021 girls’ state meet at Osceola.

Clay’s Madisyn Blackburn with her girls’ state-championship 128-lb bracket won Saturday at Osceola (Photo submitted by Brandon Crawford via Facebook).

First to take the top podium step was Clay junior Madisyn Blackburn (128). Blackburn pinned her way through the tournament, with three falls in Friday’s wrestling; she added to her total with two more pins on Saturday, pinning Freedom’s Shelby Weber in 3:20 in the semis.

Then, in an all-local final, Blackburn completed the weekend with a third-period fall over Ponte Vedra’s Olivia Richie, in 4:52. Richie had gotten to the championship match herself with a third-period fall over top-seed Carolyna Bellon of Mater Lakes Academy, the defending champion at 128.

Next up was Orange Park’s Tayana Labady at 222. Labady had had one pin on Friday, adding two more on Saturday, starting with a late fall in the third period of her semifinal match, completing the pin in 5:53 over Freedom’s Kiara Brin.

Orange Park’s Tayana Labady with her girls’ state championship 222-lb bracket won Saturday at Osceola (Photo submitted by Justin Daniels via Facebook).

The championship match was completed a bit more quickly, as Labady pinned Dr Phllips’ top-seeded Aaliyah Hyacinthe, a 2020 finalist, in 3:34.

Last of the three champions was Orange Park’s Andrea Smith, who competed in the HWT division; she’s had regular-season competition at both 195 and 220 during the course of this year. Smith began her day with a semifinal pin over Norland’s Shanakay Chambers, in 3:09.

Orange Park’s Andrea Smith with her girls’ state championship HWT bracket won Saturday at Osceola (Photo submitted by Justin Daniels via Facebook).

That brought another all-local final against Mainland’s Aniya Dixon, who reached the final after a bye from competition on Friday, followed by a third-period fall (5:59) against Lake Mary’s Farida Marciano. It took going into double overtime to decide things; after eight minutes, Smith — who was a match short of placing in 2019 and second last year, both times at 197 — took a 3-2 win.

Team-wise, Matanzas was the top area squad, finishing fifth with 76 points, with Dr Phillips winning the team title, Freedom second, host Osceola third and South Dade fourth. Ponte Vedra (71.5) was sixth, while Orange Park and Arnold tied for 10th at 46 points.

Clay (42) was 15th, with AAU club Riot Performance 16th at 41, University (Orange City) 17th at 38.5 and Seminole 18th with 36. Wewahitchka was 27th, with 29.5 points, while Mainland was T-30th in the 118-team field with 26.

Finishing between 31-60 were Nease (38th, 22 points), Lincoln & Raines (T-40th, 20), Pin-N-Win WC/Westside (T-43rd, 19), Oakleaf (T-47th, 18), Fletcher (T-50th, 17), DeLand (T-57th, 12) and Applied Pressure & Deltona (T-60th, 10).

Rounding out local teams in the field were Pace Wrestling Alliance (69th, 9.5 points); Paxon & Tallahassee Battle WC (T-73rd, seven); Creekside (T-78th, six); Bulldogs of Jacksonville & Middleburg (T-80th, four); Baker Cty (T-89th, three), Bay, Ridgeview, South Walton and Union Cty did not score.

Below follows a summary of the other Saturday performances, with championship matches and local efforts:

100: Palm Harbor University’s Clare Booe was 5-0 on the weekend, with an 8-6 win in the final over Osceola’s Kealonie Vega.
Locals: Ponte Vedra eighth-grader Mary Manis was third and Arnold freshman Valarie Solorio fourth. Manis had lost by fall in the round of 16 to Booe on Friday, but rallied with two consi-side pins that day. On Saturday, Manis took decisions over Matanzas/Seabreeze’s Tiana Fries (4-0), Zephyrhills’ Kohana Martinez (6-1) and North Port’s H Eastes (5-3) to reach the medal round, where she won by injury-default over Solorio. Solorio, for her part, had lost by fall in the semis to Booe (3:14), but came back to reach the bronze match with a fall over First Baptist Academy (Naples)’ Hailee Moder, in 4:59. Middleburg’s Gracie Bradshaw and Mainland’s Abby Couillard fell in their first consi-side match Saturday, with Bradshaw losing by fall (3:39) to Naples’ Reagan Thomas and Couillard taking a 13-3 loss against Martinez.

106: Hialeah Miami Lakes’ Jasmine Godinez completed a 5-0 weekend with an 11-9 win in the championship match over University (Orlando)’s Tiana Marcillo.
Locals: Nease sophomore Brielle Bibla took third, Fletcher senior Ana Bradshaw fifth and University (Orange City) freshman Katie Roche sixth. Bibla had reached the semis on Friday; in that round, she went six minutes with eventual champ Godinez before falling, 11-2. But she’d bounce back with pins in the consis over Roche (1:29) and then over Hernando’s Kali Christie (1:42), whom she’d decisioned in the quarters on Friday, to take third. Bradshaw also had reached the semis, losing by fall in that round to Marcillo (5:08). After a 3-0 loss to Christie in the consi semis, Bradshaw falled Roche in :32 for fifth. Earlier in the bracket, however, Roche pushed her way onto a podium space, with a 49-second fall over Freedom’s Stephanie Usuga-Pineda and a 17-2 tech over South Dade’s Natalie Duran. Deltona’s Dianna Pineda was one match short of the medals; after pinning University (Orlando)’s Shyniyah Sills in 4:32, she would fall to eventual fourth-place Christie, 7-3, in the consi quarters.

112: Palm Harbor University’s Hannah Hall was 5-0 in the tournament, with an 8-0 shutout in the final round over St Cloud’s Sophia Anderson.
Locals: Pace’s Helena Alcantar lost her first consi-side match, with a loss by fall to South Dade’s Lorelei Wydra (1:48); Wydra would go on to place fourth.

117: Matanzas’ Riley White’s bid to join her area rivals as state champion fell short Saturday, as she fell, 4-1, to two-time champion Juliana Diaz of Dr Phillips, who’d also won over White in 2020. White got to the championship with a 2-1 semifinal win Saturday over Braddock’s Analy Picado.
Locals: Seminole’s Brianna Pena won three of her four consi-side matches to claim a fifth-place medal. Pena pinned North Port’s Paige Baker (1:32) and McKeel Academy’s Maddie Lazenby (4:31) to assure a medal; after a 7-1 loss to Picado in the consi semis, Pena falled Osceola’s Talia Lugo in 4:12 in the fifth-place match.

122: Freedom’s Kailey Rees racked up five first-period falls for her title, with a fall in the final over Oak Ridge’s Malaicka Pierre-Louis in 53 seconds.
Locals: Four area girls — Applied Pressure’s Kendall Bibla, Pin-N-Win/Westside’s Emma Smith, University (Orange City)’s Bryanne Kaminsky and DeLand’s Naobi Lagos — all took losses in their first consi-side match Saturday. Bibla fell to eventual fifth Janecia Rayna of Dr Phillips by fall (2:23), while Smith lost by fall to Gulf’s Callie Alfieri (:22) in the top half of the consi bracket. In the bottom half, Kaminsky lost by fall to Tarpon Springs’ Efymia Trikilis (2:36) and Lagos took a loss by pin to eventual sixth Taesha Inelus of North Miami (2:29).

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Locals: Wewahitchka’s Kaylee Easter, like Pena at 117, won three of her four consi-side matches after falling in Friday’s quarters, to place fifth. Easter started with a fall over Oviedo’s Jana El’harake (2:25) and a 15-0 tech over Riverdale’s Cece Morrison to punch her ticket to the state podium. After a loss by fall (1:33) to Bellon in the consi semis, Easter rallied to pin Windermere’s Sophia Lahik in 2:36 for fifth. Clay’s Jaidyn Vinson and Pin-N-Win/Westside’s Tesla Kirkland both lost their first consi-side matches, with Vinson losing by fall to Morrison (2:27) and Kirkland falling by pin to El’harake (4:14).

134: Hagerty’s Jada Llamido took five bonus-point wins, with four falls prior to an 18-3 tech in the finals over North Miami’s Tydaisa Mack.
Locals: Ponte Vedra’s Josie Sagasser bounced back after a semifinal loss by fall to Llamido (1:56), with two bonus-point wins of her own to take third. In the consis, Sagasser majored Freedom’s Rachel Ferreter, 15-1, in the semis, then came back to fall Cypress Creek’s Stephany Dean in 3:45 to take the bronze medal. Matanzas’ Isabella Tietje also rallied out of the consis to medal, finishing sixth. Tietje began with an 8-3 win over Lady Pirates’ Da’Maria Raymond and then pinned Orange Park’s Aubrianna Apple (1:35) to punch her ticket to the podium, with subsequent losses to Dean (1:37) in the consi semis and Ferreter (3:22) in the fifth-place match. Apple did win her first consi-side match, pinning Dr Phillips’ Elisha Robinson in 4:13 to get to Tietje.

140: Lake Highland Prep’s Chloe Ogden, a North Carolina signee, was 4-0 with four first-period falls, the last of those in the final over Largo’s Teigan Slauson in 1:22.
Locals: After reaching the semifinals on Friday, Bartram Trail’s Talia Megas would take sixth. After a loss by fall (2:00) in the semis to Slauson, Megas fell in the consi semis to Treasure Coast’s Gabriella Perez (2:47) and again in the fifth-place match to Timber Creek’s Giovanna Diaz (3:59).

147: Treasure Coast’s Iris Feliz was 4-0 on the weekend, with three pins and a 14-0 major, winning by fall in the finals (1:41) over South Dade’s Larissa Gallo. No locals reached Saturday’s competition.

154: Land O’Lakes’ Caitlyn Davis pinned her way through the bracket, with four pins in all, the last of those in 3:24 over Dr Phillips’ Neikisha Francois.
Locals: After a loss by fall in the semis to Davis (1:49), Orange Park’s Jasmine Hecht took two pins of her own on the back to place third. Hecht had pins in the consi semis over Dr Phillips’ Emanuele Zumba (1:59) and in the third-place match over Freedom’s Lindsey Larose (2:01).

162: Dr Phillips’ Armelle Oliantus had four pins in 3:36 of mat time, pinning Winter Haven’s Jennah Mustafa in 37 seconds in the final.
Locals: After falling in the quarters on Friday, Matanzas’ Morgan Morrison won three of four by fall to rally back for a fifth-place medal. Morrison pinned Mainland’s Jah’Mya Hill (2:09) and Ponte Vedra’s Mira Schmidt (:28) to assure herself of a medal; after a consi-semi loss by fall to Apopka’s Assenach Gregoire (2:50), Morrison falled Admiral Farragut’s Grace Vernine in 4:50, avenging her quarterfinal loss Friday. Schmidt got to Morrison with a 14-9 decision over Panther’s Kira Hendrix, while Union Cty’s Nadia Aldana lost by fall in her only match Saturday, losing by pin to eventual fourth Lilly Yambor of Gateway in :41.

172: South Dade’s Yarissa Gallo won twice on Saturday for her title, pinning Gateway’s Emiliana Martinez in 3:36 in the championshp round.
Locals: University (Orange City)’s Trinity Evans was sixth in the weight class; after a bye into the consi semis, Evans took losses by pin in the consi semis to eventual fourth Emily Rivera (1:31) of Dr Phillips and to Osceola’s Fabiola Figeroa (1:47) in the fifth-place medal match.

184: Arnold sophomore Henlee Haynes’ bid to win a second state title came up just short Saturday. After pinning Oakleaf’s Jazzmine Moore (2:49) in the semis, Haynes fell to Freedom’s Sierra Chavez by a 9-3 count in the title match to place second.
Locals: Raines’ Jada Arnold, Moore and Riot Performance’s Jayla Harrison would all join Haynes on the state podium, placing third, fourth and sixth, respectively. Arnold lost in the semis by fall to eventual champion Chavez (3:00), but came back in the consis with pins over Dr Phillips’ Amber Etienne (:21) in the consi semis and over Moore (2:47) in the third-place match. Moore got to the bronze-medal match with a fall over Harrison (2:07) in the consi semis; Harrison, in her turn, punched her podium ticket with pins over Mainland’s Trinya Tillman (2:21) and Dr Phillips’ Franceska Robles (:43), with a subsequent loss by fall in the fifth-place match to Etienne (1:54). Ponte Vedra’s Emma Dix and Union Cty’s Nyasia Williams both lost their first consi-side matches, with Dix falling by pin to Robles (4:38) and Williams taking a loss by fall (4:14) to East Lee County’s Jainell Vargas.

197: Lincoln’s Maggie Moss took a pin Friday to reach the semis, adding a second in that round over Wekiva’s Ramiya’h Steele (1:34), but then lost by fall in the final to Dr Phillips’ Skyy Gowan in 1:14.
Locals: After losing by fall to Moss on Friday, Seminole’s Valerie Vega pinned all the way back to third place on Satgurday, with consi-side pins over Freedom’s Brenda Thomas (2:35), Western’s Iselena Martinez (2:35) and Steele (2:49) in the third-place match.

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Locals: Mainland’s Cheyenne Wigley was fourth, Riot Performance’s Cheyenne Cruce fifth and Matanzas’ Nakeisha Marcellus sixth. Wigley fell in the semis to Dr Phillips’ Hyacinthe (1:09), but came back with a consi-semi pin over Cruce (2:17) and reach the third-place match, where she lost by pin to Freedom’s Brin (2:08). Cruce had a bye into the consi quarters, where she falled Apopka’s Lorelei Bachmann in 90 seconds to secure her medal. She then went on to pin Marcellus in 1 minute to claim fifth. Marcellus also had a bye into the consi quarters, where she took down Tallahassee Battle WC’s Cadence Lyons by a 4-1 count. She then lost in the consi semis to Brin (3:40). Lyons did win her first consi-side match to get within a match of the medals, decisioning Osceola’s Katelyn Chin, 11-6.

Brackets from the weekend can be found HERE.

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