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#Parker: Full Team Lifts Pirates To 5-0 Night

JACKSONVILLE — Even in a season as difficult to complete as this one, full lineups still have an inherent advantage over smaller ones.

Fernandina Beach was the only team that could fill every weight in the Terry Parker Six-Way Rumble on Friday night, and it showed in the Pirates’ performance, which turned into five wins.

The Pirates (27-4 in duals on the season) had wins over First Coast (60-21), host Terry Parker (54-21), Mandarin (39-36), Keystone Heights (60-24) and Baldwin (78-0).

Four Fernandina Beach wrestlers were 5-0 on the night, and another six were 4-1.

Mandarin (6-3 in duals) was 3-1, with wins over Terry Parker (54-12), Baldwin (54-6) and First Coast (42-24). The Mustangs did not contest a dual in Round 5 against Keystone Heights.

The Mustangs lost just five contested matches on the night, as five Mandarin wrestlers were 4-0. But, at the same time, Mandarin only had nine weights filled, putting them at a distinct disadvantage in its dual with Fernandina Beach.

First Coast took third with a 3-2 record. The Buccaneers (8-8) had wins over Keystone Heights (27-6) in round 2, Baldwin (36-0) in round 3 and host Terry Parker (42-12) in round 5.

The Braves (5-7) were fourth with a 2-3 record, taking wins over Keystone Heights (36-18) in round 3 and Baldwin (36-12) in round 4. Keystone Heights (6-8 for the season) was 1-3 on the night for fifth place, with a tournament-opening 36-12 win over Baldwin (0-5 for the season).

Box scores for the 14 duals contested can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Standings: 1. Fernandina Beach 5-0. 2. Mandarin 3-1. 3. First Coast 3-2. 4. Terry Parker 2-3. 5. Keystone Heights 1-3. 6. Baldwin 0-5.

THE RUMBLE ACES
Fernandina Beach: Kolby Kidd (220) was 5-0 and a max-pointer, taking pins in the dual wins over First Coast, Keystone Heights and Baldwin, with forfeits over Terry Parker and Mandarin.
Mandarin: Jameel Smith (132) was a 4-0 max-pointer, with falls over Terry Parker, Fernandina Beach and First Coast, plus a forfeit win over Baldwin.
First Coast: Payton London (138/145) was a 5-0 max-pointer, with four pins on the night (Fernandina Beach, Keystone Heights, Mandarin and Terry Parker), plus a forfeit win over Baldwin.
Terry Parker: Benny Lewis (170) led the host Braves with a 5-0 night, taking four forfeit wins over Mandarin, Keystone Heights, Baldwin and First Coast, with a major decision in the loss to Fernandina Beach.
Keystone Heights: Steven Raab (195) had a 3-1 night for the Indians, with a pair of pins over Terry Parker and Fernandina Beach, and a forfeit win over Baldwin.
Baldwin: James Harrelson (220) was the only Indian wrestler with a winning record on the night, going 3-2 with a pin over Keystone Heights and forfeit wins over Mandarin and Terry Parker.

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#GatorBrawl: Rams Push Through To Team Title

WEWAHITCHKA — It wasn’t the Gator Brawl of prior years, but it was contested, and at last, in the final weekend of the season.

The north’s final IBT or roundrobin event of the regular season saw Rutherford push past Rocky Bayou Christian for the team title, with 108.5 points to the Knights’ 95.

The Rams took weight class wins at 113, 126 and 220 to win the team title. Rocky Bayou won at 132 and 152.

Host Wewahitchka had one champion and placed third as a team, with 82.5 points. Bay, which won 138, 145 and 160/170, took fourth with 72.5.

North Bay Haven, which had wrestled back-to-back duals in the previous two days, was fifth with 66.5 points and had one champ at 182/195.

Bozeman was sixth (55 points) and had one champion at 285, while Arnold was seventh (30.5) and one champion at 106. Graceville (10 points) and South Walton (zero) rounded out the tournament field.

Full results from the roundrobin can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Standings: 1. Rutherford 108. 2. Rocky Bayou Christian 95. 3. Wewahitchka 82.5. 4. Bay 72.5. 5. North Bay Haven 66.5. 6. Bozeman 55. 7. Arnold 30.5. 8. Graceville 10. 9. South Walton 0.
Championship matches —
106: Valorie Soloria (Arnold) d. Jay Brown (Wewahitchka), 6-0.
113: Elijah Stillgess (Rutherford) p. Hunter Brown (Wewahitchka), 2:41.
120: Justin Johnson (Wewahitchka) p. Morgan Duvall (Bozeman), 1:18.
126: Colin Dutton (Rutherford) p. Kaylee Easter (Wewahitchka), 1:06.
132: Luke Latham (Rocky Bayou) p. Jaime Balmaceda (Bay), 3:39.
138: Trenton Wood (Bay) p. Ethan Heathershaw (Rocky Bayou), 3:10.
145: Corban Cherry (Bay) d. Helmut vonKnoblauch (North Bay Haven), 6-3.
152: Calvin Wells (Rocky Bayou) p. Keaton Schirmer (Rutherford), 3:11.
160/170: Caleb Pippin (Bay) p. Zach Duncan (Rutherford), 4:41.
182/195: David Mercado (North Bay Haven) p. Peyton Andersen (Rocky Bayou), 4:22.
220: Xavier Stillgess (Rutherford) p. Tanner Lewis (Arnold), 2:19.
285: Aireous Rocha (Bozeman) p. Kyle Burden (Rocky Burden), 1:02.

THE BRAWL ACES
106: Soloria won Pool A with two pins over wrestlers from Bozeman and North Bay Haven, plus a tech over Wewahitchka, then took two wins in the championship pool over two additional Gator wrestlers.
113: In a six-person roundrobin, Stillgess won with max points five times, with four pins (Bay, Wewahitchka, Bozeman and an additional Wewa wrestler) and a forfeit win over North Bay Haven.
120: Johnson was 3-0 on the day with pins over Wewahitchka and Bozeman, plus a forfeit win over North Bay Haven, to take the title.
126: Dutton needed just 4:53 of mat time to pin his way through the tournament, taking Pool A with falls over Bay, North Bay Haven and Wewahitchka, and championship pins over Rocky Bayou and Wewahitchka.
132: Latham was 4-0 in a five-person roundrobin, bonus-pointing through the day, with pins over Bozeman, Rutherford and Bay, and a 14-4 major over Wewahitchka.
138: Wood was 5-0 with five pins in a full six-man roundrobin, with pins over two North Bay Haven, Rutherford, Rocky Bayou Christian and Bay, in succession.
145: Cherry was 4-0, with pins in rounds 3 and 4 over Graceville and Rocky Bayou, a round 2 tech fall (20-3 in 1:52) over Rutherford and a 6-3 decision for the title over North Bay Haven in round 5.
152: Wells had a 4-0 day as well, with pins in rounds 2/4/5 over wrestlers from Wewahitchka, South Walton and Rutherford, plus a 10-0 major in round 1 over North Bay Haven.
160/170: Pippin won three times Saturday, with pins over Rocky Bayou, North Bay Haven and Rutherford in rounds 2-3-4 to win the bracket.
182/195: Mercado stayed unbeaten for the season (27-0), winning Pool A with pins over a Buccaneer teammate and over Rutherford, then winning by medical forfeit over a second Rutherford wrestler before pinning Rocky Bayou in the championship pool.
220: After a brief absence, Stillgess returned to the lineup with five pins in 12:26, with falls over Bozeman, Graceville, North Bay Haven, Arnold and North Bay Haven, in succession.
285: Rocha was 5-0 with five pins in 7:07, winning Pool B with falls over Rutherford, North Bay Haven and Wewahitchka, plus championship-pool pins over Graceville and Rocky Bayou.

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#Island: 2 Runners-Up Lead Seminole Group

MERRITT ISLAND — A smaller contingent from Seminole made the drive to the Indian River on Saturday, placing seventh out of eight teams at the Merritt Island Roundrobin event.

Seminole scored 17.5 points in the event, with two wrestlers going 1-1 to place second in their respective weights, with an additional third and sixth.

Noah Barbour (113) was second, with a 21-5 tech fall win over Space Coast and loss by fall to Merritt Island. Marlon Hooks (182) also was second in a three-person roundrobin. After falling to the eventual champ from Cocoa by pin, Hooks took a 5-4 win over Space Coast to claim second.

AJ Salomon was 2-2 to place third at 132 in a five-person round robin, with pins over Winter Park and Rockledge and losses by fall to two different Merritt Island wrestlers.

Finally, Robert Marley (152) was sixth at 152, going 1-2 in Pool B with a forfeit win, and loss by injury default to Space Coast in the place match.

Seminole’s regular season is now complete; the Noles will be at Flagler Palm Coast on Friday for the 3A-District 2 IBT.

Full results from the roundrobin can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Standings: 1. Merritt Island 126.5. 2. Winter Park 106. 3. Space Coast 99.5. 4. Astronaut 63.5. 5. Rockledge 41. 6. Cocoa 32. 7. Seminole 17.5. 8. Satellite 12.5.
Championship matches —
106: Taylor (Space Coast) p. Covert (Space Coast), 1:05.
113: Mulley (Merritt Island) p. Noah Barbour (Seminole), :32.
120: Ja. Gonzalez (Winter Park) d. Pineiro (Astronaut), 2-0.
126: L. Comelchook (Merritt Island) p. Barry (Winter Park), 1:38.
132: Wall (Merritt Island) p. Barrial (Merritt Island).
138: Brazeale (Astronaut) medfft over Justice (Rockledge).
145: Jo. Gonzalez (Winter Park) md. Dovin (Merritt Island), 12-0.
152: Parker (Winter Park) p. Kaite (Merritt Island), 2:21.
160: Reeves (Winter Park) p. Turknett (Merritt Island), 1:10.
170: Alsobrook (Space Coast) d. Escobar (Cocoa), 5-2.
182: Sawyer (Cocoa) p. Marlon Hooks (Seminole), 1:25.
195/220: Carrera (Astronaut) p. Miller (Rockledge), 2:34.
285: Clem (Winter Park) p. Shugy (Astronaut), :50.

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#Timberwolf: Hosts, Lincoln Both Run Table

Chiles wrestlers and coaches meet for a team photo after the TImberwolves were 5-0 at home in Saturday’s FACA Timberwolf Duals (Photo submitted via team Facebook page).

TALLAHASSEE — In some senses, both Lincoln and Chiles could lay claim to winning Saturday’s Timberwolf Duals at Chiles.

Both teams were 5-0. Both teams compiled five double-digit wins. Both teams got some needed mat time in sufficient quantity to be able to go out of a topsy-turvy regular season high note.

Lincoln wrestlers take a team photo after the Trojans were 5-0 in Saturday’s FACA Timberwolf Duals at crosstown rival Chiles (Photo submitted via team Facebook page).

Lincoln was a bit more dominant in its run of victories, as the Trojans compiled an average margin of victory of 64.6 points per dual. The dual victories for Lincoln (17-1 in duals on the season) were against Leon (75-6), Rocky Bayou (68-9), Ridgeview (its closest dual, 65-18), a mixed Chiles B/Godby (with one Wewahitchka wrestler) squad (72-0) and Rutherford (79-0).

Chiles also had a one-sided average margin of victory of 45.6 points per dual against its opponents on the day. The Timberwolves (15-3) took dual wins over Florida High (44-23), Rutherford (66-12), Niceville (44-23), Wewahitchka (73-0) and Rocky Bayou (68-9).

Niceville was third on the day, going 4-1. The Eagles (16-7) had a win in round 1 over Rutherford (54-30); after falling to Chiles in round 3, Niceville ran the table the rest of the day, with wins over Wewahitchka (57-15), Florida High (33-30) and Leon (57-18).

Three times finished tied at 3-2 — Rocky Bayou, Florida High and Ridgeview.

The Knights (5-4) had wins over Ridgeview (48-36), Chiles B/Godby (45-35) and Leon (36-32), while the Seminoles (7-15) took victories over Wewahitchka (48-24), Rutherford (48-29) and Chiles B/Godby (40-27). Ridgeview (18-16), for its part, had wins over Chiles B/Godby (36-30), Leon (42-18) and Wewahitchka (36-21).

Rutherford (10-14) took its lone win over its district rival, Wewahitchka (42-30), while the Chiles B/Godby team (Godby 1-9 in duals on the year) defeated Leon, 48-21. Both the Lions (3-12) and Gators (3-16) were 0-5.

Most of the field is now off until next week’s district tournaments starting as soon as February 15. Leon and Godby meet in a Wednesday dual, while Wewahitchka goes to Bozeman on Thursday and hosts Gator Brawl on Saturday, when Rocky Bayou and Rutherford will also congregate at the Gators’ den.

Box scores for all 25 duals can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Standings: Lincoln & Chiles 5-0; Niceville 4-1; Rocky Bayou, Florida High & Ridgeview, all 3-2; Rutherford & Chiles B/Godby 1-4; Leon & Wewahitchka 0-5.

THE ACES OF THE DAY
Lincoln: Vaniel Caceres (106) bonus-pointed through the day with all contested victories, taking pins over Leon, Ridgeview and Rutherford, with a tech fall against Rocky Bayou and major against Chiles B/Godby’s mixed team.
Chiles: Alex Adkins (145/152) was 5-0 with two pins and two techs on the day. Adkins had pins over Niceville and Rocky Bayou, with his two techs coming against Florida High and Wewahitchka. He also won by forfeit in the Rutherford dual.
Niceville: Martin Black (170) was 5-0, all max-point wins. Black had falls in the wins over Rutherford and Florida High, as well as the loss to Chiles. Black also had forfeit victories in the wins over Wewahitchka and Leon.
Rocky Bayou: Calvin Wells (160) was 5-0 on the day. Wells had pins in the Knights’ wins over Ridgeview and Chiles B/Godby, with decision victories against Lincoln and Chiles. Wells also had a forfeit win against Leon.
Florida High: Tyler Reeve (126) was 5-0 and was one of only two wrestlers in the tournament event to pin all five of his opponents, with falls over Chiles, Wewahitchka, Rutherford, Niceville and Chiles B/Godby.
Ridgeview: Matthew Rodriquez (132/138) also was 5-0 with five pins, joining Reeve in that club. Rodriquez had pins over Rocky Bayou, Lincoln, Chiles B/Godby, Leon and Wewahitchka.
Rutherford: Chad Allgood (182) was the only Rams wrestler to go 4-1 on the day, with pins over Niceville and Chiles. Allgood also had forfeit victories in Rutherford’s win over Wewahitchka and loss to Florida High.
Chiles B/Godby: Robert Harrell (220) was 4-1 on the day, with his only loss against Lincoln. Harrell had pins over Leon and Ridgeview, and a decision victory over Florida High. Harrell also won by forfeit against Rocky Bayou.
Leon: Nolan Zirgibel (132/138) was the only Lion wrestler with four wins, with his lone loss coming to a fellow Ace. Zirgibel had pins agasint Lincoln, Chiles B/Godby and Niceville, with a decision over Rocky Bayou.
Wewahitchka: Bailey Cox (145) had two contested wins on the day, with pins in the Gators’ first two duals against Florida High and Rutherford, both region opponents.

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#Arnold: Dolphin Depth Carries Day

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gulf Breeze had just a bit more depth than Suwannee on Saturday.

Having three extra wrestlers meant that the Dolphins were able to overcome the 1A Bulldogs’ five individual champions to walk away with the team title in the inaugural Arnold IBT, as Gulf Breeze held off Suwannee, 222.5-203.5.

All 13 Dolphin wrestlers placed in the top five in their respective weight classes, with champions at 132, 182 and 220, plus five runners-up.

Half of Suwannee’s team walked away with brackets, as the 1A Bulldogs brought 10 wrestlers west, with two seconds and two thirds as well. Suwannee had titles at 113, 126, 138, 152 and 170.

Crestview outdistanced Choctaw, 157.5-102, for third place, thanks to two weight-class wins at 160 and 285 for the 2A Bulldogs. Host Arnold, which took sixth as a group, also had two titles (106 and 120), while seventh-place North Bay Haven took a win at 195 and ninth-place Marianna a win at 145.

Brackets from Saturday’s competition can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Team scores: 1. Gulf Breeze 222.5. 2. Suwannee 203.5. 3. Crestview 157.5. 4. Choctaw 102. 5. Bozeman 99. 6. Arnold 90. 7. North Bay Haven 86. 8. Ft Walton Beach 60. 9. Marianna 39. 10. Gainesville 26.5. 11. Northside Methodist (AL) 23. 12. Graceville 19.
Championship matches —
106: Valorie Soloria (Arnold) d. Topher Pearson (Suwannee), 7-6.
113: Austin McKinney (Suwannee) d. Nate Weber (Gulf Breeze), 3-0.
120: Lucas Biddle (Arnold) tf. Tristen Le (North Bay Haven), 16-1, 4:09.
126: Timothy Jolicoeur (Suwannee) tf. Logan Merritt (Gulf Breeze), 17-0, 4:46.
132: Colson Elliott (Gulf Breeze) md. Brody Boehm (Suwannee), 13-0.
138: Tyson Musgrove (Suwannee) p. Trevyn Slik (Arnold), 3:18.
145: Ethan Heinemann (Marianna) p. Devonte Knox (Choctaw), 5:28.
152: Austin Howard (Suwannee) medfft over Ian Daily (Gulf Breeze).
160: Layne Franks (Crestview) p. Bradley Garner (Bozeman), 1:09.
170: Dustin Wood (Suwannee) p. Trevor Dupont (Gulf Breeze), 3:09.
182: Hunter Dupont (Gulf Breeze) p. Salvador Gallegos (Crestview), :42.
195: David Mercado (North Bay Haven) p. Julian McCulley (Gulf Breeze), 5:12.
220: Micah Barker (Gulf Breeze) p. Austin Comer (Bozeman), 1:54.
285: Josh Green (Crestview) p. Chase Pelfrey (Choctaw), 4:47.

THE IBT ACES
106: Soloria pinned her way into the final, where she would win by a 1-point decision, with first-period falls over seventh-place North Bay Haven (:21, quarters) and third-place Gulf Breeze (1:29, semis).
113: Before shutting out Gulf Breeze in the final, McKinney had just 50 seconds of mat time, with pins over seventh-place Choctaw (:15, quarters) and fourth-place Ft Walton Beach (:35, semis).
120: In a roundrobin format, Biddle was 5-0 with four pins in 3:26, plus a tech fall over North Bay Haven in the effective championship match, which took place in the first round of the roundrobin.
126: Like Biddle at 120, Jolicoeur had four pins and an effective championship match in the first round of the 126 roundrobin, where he won by tech fall over Gulf Breeze.
132: Elliott stayed unbeaten on the season (27-0), bonus-pointing through the tournament with first-period pins over sixth-place Marianna (:30, quarters) and fourth-place Arnold (1:52, semis) before his major over Suwannee.
138: In roundrobin format, Musgrove was 5-0 with five pins, combined mat time of 11:18, with his effective championship match against Arnold coming in round 4.
145: After a bye into the quarters, Heinemann pinned his way through the bracket, with pins over seventh-place Crestview (1:21, quarters) and fourth-place Gainesville (4:34, semis) before his fall in the final.
152: Before his win by medical forfeit in the final, Howard took first-period pins over sixth-place Marianna (:56, quarters) and fourth-place Crestview (1:43, semis).
160: Franks pinned his way through the draw, with pins before the final coming against fourth-place Gulf Breeze (2:19, quarters) and third-place Suwannee (5:59, semis).
170: In roundrobin format, Wood was 4-1, taking first place via tiebreaker format with three pins, including the round 1 effective championship match against Gainesville.
182: Nobody dominated their weight class like Dupont dominated his, with five pins in roundrobin format, in a combined mat time of 2:29. His effective championship match, in round 2, was his longest match of the day.
195: In roundrobin format, Mercado won by fall twice, with a first-period pin over Crestview before his pin for the title against Gulf Breeze.
220: Barker collected three first-period pins in a combined mat time of 4:45, with falls over fifth-place Choctaw (1:26, quarters) and sixth-place Crestview (1:25, semis) prior to the finals win.
285: In roundrobin format, Green was 5-0 with five pins and a combined mat time of 7:47, with his fall in round 5 both the effective championship match and his longest match of the day.

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#Braves: Columbia 7th, St Augustine 13th

LAKELAND — Columbia and St Augustine made the trek cross the state to the western side, placing seventh and 13th, respectively, in Saturday’s Braves Invitational, hosted by Lake Gibson.

The Tigers finished with 80 points in taking seventh, with four placers. Columbia had two wrestlers that reached the finals, with one additional fourth and one additional fifth-place effort.

St Augustine had a pair of fourths, one fifth and one sixth in compiling 50 points to place 13th in the 21-team tournament.

Palmetto Ridge took down the hosts, 235-218.5, to win the team title in a potential preview of the 2A state traditional tournament next month, while Cardinal Gibbons was third with 144.

Brackets from Saturday’s tournament can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Team scores: 1. Palmetto Ridge 235. 2. Lake Gibson 218.5. 3. Cardinal Gibbons 144. 4. Springstead 110. 5. Venice 94. 6. Doral Academy 82. 7. Columbia 80. 8. Tenoroc 77. 9. Carrollwood Day 75. 10. (tie) Freedom (Tampa) & McKeel Academy 54. 12. Zephyrhills Christian 50.5. 13. St Augustine 50. 14. Weeki Wachee 48. 15. Bayshore 42. 16. Kathleen 30. 17. Lake Gibson B 22. 18. Winter Haven 20. 19. Sunlake 19. 20. Lakeland 17. 21. First Academy 3.
Championship matches —
106: Washburn (Palmetto Ridge) p. Vargas (Cardinal Gibbons), 4:42.
113: Yancey (Cardinal Gibbons) p. Dominguez (Springstead), 5:15.
120: Taranto (Venice) p. Palermo (Cardinal Gibbons), 1:30.
126: Whidden (Lake Gibson) md. Zertopoulis (Palmetto Ridge), 8-0.
132: Walker (Lake Gibson) p. Sanchez (Doral Academy), 3:49.
138: Van Hoecke (Palmetto Ridge) p. Cabral (Cardinal Gibbons), 2:00.
145: Miller (Palmetto Ridge) d. Bennett (Tampa Freedom), 5-2.
152: Abdon (Lake Gibson) tf. Williams (McKeel), 22-6, 5:26.
160: Solorzano (Lake Gibson) p. Arocha (Doral Academy), 5:02.
170: Soto (Lake Gibson) d. Joseph Rice (Columbia), 9-4.
182: Herrera (Palmetto Ridge) p. Cooper (Cardinal Gibbons), 3:55.
195: Kovalskiy (Weeki Wachee) p. Petraglia (Palmetto Ridge), 1:10.
220: Arnold (Carrollwood Day) p. Middlebrook (Lake Gibson), :53.
285: Jackson (Kathleen) p. Jaycob Jones (Columbia), 4:27.

THE ACES OF THE DAY
Columbia: Joseph Rice (170) was 3-1 as the tournament’s third seed, with pins over Cardinal Gibbons (rd of 16) and Bayshore (quarters) before a 4-3 semifinal win over St Augustine in the semi. That brought Lake Gibson and the finals round, where Rice lost by decision.
St Augustine: Clint Griffin (160) was 1-2 and the fourth seed; after a bye into the quarters, Griffin won by fall over Palmetto Ridge in the quarters before taking successive losses to the eventual runnerup (by tech fall, 17-2 in 3:43) and in the third-place match (by fall to McKeel Academy, in 3:43).

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#Rotary: Blue Devils Defend Gym, Win Title

Clay wrestlers with the Rotary championship trophy won on Saturday afternoon (Photo submitted via team Facebook page; check out our action photos from Saturday’s wrestling at the Matmen Instagram page, nflamatmen).

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — The Clay Rotary has typically marked the end of IBT tournaments in the regular season, at least in the greater Jacksonville area.

And while this year’s Rotary event had neither the size (20 teams a little more than half the size of a standard field) nor, looking objectively, the star power of prior years’ tournament fields, the weekend’s wrestling was quality enough to inspire more than a little gratitude.

“If that’s what it takes to compete, we’ll do it,” Clay coach Jim Reape said, noting his thanks for the Clay County administration, Clay County AD, principal and school AD, many of whom were in attendance, with even a nod of affirmation to state-level officials.

“All across the country, people are not competing. Haven’t competed all season. So that’s the first thing. But it’s different for sure.”

What was more or less the same, however, was Clay’s continued presence near the top of the Rotary field. The Blue Devils led pretty much wire-to-wire, rolling up 241.5 points, 67 ahead of runnerup Fletcher.

“We had three champs; felt pretty good about that for those guys, and we thought they could give us some. Clearly their game was very high. But we also got very important effort from guys further down our lineup, guys who are young in terms of experience. Kids competed hard,” Reape said.

As for Fletcher, the runnerup performance was the Senators’ highest finish at Rotary at least within the last eight years, if not ever.

Fletcher wrestlers and coaches with the Clay Rotary runnerup trophy won on Saturday (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

“Awesome awesome awesome. Fletcher has never done that (take a runnerup Rotary trophy),” Senators coach Paul Schloth said. “Our principal came and saw us. Everybody wrestled great. Hitting our stride. We’ll work to sharpen everything up before districts, but some of our victories today were amazing.”

Rounding out the top five teams in the tournament were Buchholz (168.5 points), Oakleaf (135.5) and The Villages (107).

Complete brackets from Saturday’s wrestling can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Team scores: 1. Clay 248.5. 2. Fletcher 181.5. 3. Buchholz 168.5. 4. Oakleaf 135.5. 5. The Villages 107. 6. Mosley 105. 7. Key West 96.5. 8. Middleburg 95. 9. Belleview 91. 10. Bolles 81. 11. Baker Cty 76. 12. South Walton 65.5. 13. Bishop Kenny 56.5. 14. (tie) Palatka & Robert E Lee 52. 16. (tie) Union Cty & University Christian 46. 18. Ponte Vedra 41. 19. Westside 24. 20. Ribault 5.
Championship matches —
106: Jayce Paridon (University Christian) p. Cavarius Liddie (Buchholz), 4:30.
113: Maverick Rainwater (Clay) md. Ryan Mayer (Bishop Kenny), 10-2. 120: Kevin Gilley (Oakleaf) p. Cole O’Brien (Fletcher), 3:40.
126: Marcus McGee (Oakleaf) d. Venumadhava Mirel (Buchholz), 3-2.
132: Brandon Lewis (Palatka) p. Logan Gilbert (Oakleaf), 5:26.
138: Luke Boree (Clay) d. Timothy Bowen (Buchholz), 3-1.
145: Nick Hejke (Mosley) d. Aiden Moore (Buchholz), 4-1.
152: Joel Rodriguez (Fletcher) d. Dominic Martin (Clay), 7-4.
160: Cale Hoskinson (Clay) d. Ahmahd Denmark (Robert E Lee), 4-2, SV.
170: Rett Maritato (Ponte Vedra) d. Chase Maddox (South Walton), 8-5.
182: Conner South (Baker Cty) md. Ryan Klein (Fletcher), 11-3.
195: Jason Martin (Buchholz) d. Lewicki (Key West), 5-2.
220: Jack Pyburn (Bolles) p. Ryan (Key West), 2:33.
285: Toby Matson (Fletcher) d. Ethan Daniels (Clay), 3-2.

THE ROTARY ACES
106: Paridon didn’t give up a single point all weekend, with four pins over wrestlers from Baker Cty (rd of 16), Bishop Kenny (quarters) and fourth-place Middleburg (semis) prior to his fall in the final over Buchholz.
113: Rainwater had a bye into the quarters and then bonus-pointed through the bracket, with a Friday fall in the quarters over Fletcher, followed by a third-period tech fall (16-1 in 4:42) over fifth-place Middleburg before his major in the final.
120: Gilley pinned his way through the weekend, with falls over Middleburg (round of 16), Bolles (quarters) and fourth-place Clay (semis) before the win by fall in the final.
126: Prior to his late scoring move to win the title, McGee had teched his way through the bracket, with wins over sixth-place Baker Cty (rd of 16), Mosley (quarters) and fourth-place Fletcher in the semis.
132: Lewis’ late fall in the final was the highlight of the Panthers’ weekend, following three bonus-point wins. Lewis had Friday pins over fifth-place Belleview (rd of 16) and Middleburg (quarters) before an 11-0 major over fourth-place Clay in the semi.
138: Boree had a bye into the quarters, where he won by fall over Bishop Kenny. In Saturday’s rounds, prior to the final, Boree took a 10-2 major over third-place Villages.
145: Prior to his decision win for the bracket, Hejke had pinned his way through the field, with falls on Friday over Oakleaf (rd of 16) and fifth-place Clay (quarters), plus a third fall over third-place Fletcher on Saturday morning in the semi.
152: Like Hejke at 145, Rodriguez pinned his way through the weight class before his finals win, with falls on Friday over Belleview (rd of 16) and Westside (quarters), plus a Saturday pin over third-place University Christian in the semi.
160: After winning the marquee finals match of the weekend, which ended with a takedown in sudden victory, Hoskinson had begun the tournament with Friday pins over Middleburg (rd of 16) and Ribault (quarters), plus a win by forfeit in the semi.
170: Maritato won his final with superb mat wrestling, reaching that round with Friday pins over Union Cty (rd of 16) and fourth-place Key West (quarters), plus a 7-4 semifinal win over third-place Middleburg.
182: South bonus-pointed through the weekend, including his major in the final, with pins on Friday over Westside (rd of 16) and Bolles (quarters), plus a third pin over fifth-place Mosley in the semis.
195: After a bye into the quarters, and prior to his decision victory in the final, Martin took two pins in 2:03 of mat time, with a Friday fall over Villages (quarters) and Saturday pin over fifth-place Clay in the semi.
220: Aside from one of the better matches of the weekend in a 9-7 semifinal win over third-place Fletcher, Pyburn pounded through the bracket, with Friday pins over fifth-place Villages (rd of 16) and Key West (quarters), as well as in the final.
285: Matson bookended two max-point wins with a pair of decisions, winning 7-0 over Bishop Kenny (rd of 16) and by fall over South Walton (quarters) on Friday. Matson then received a walkover into the championship round on Saturday.

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#BiCounty: ‘Cudas Take Inaugural Title

New Smyrna Beach wrestlers celebrate the winning of the inaugural Bi-County IBT held Saturday at Mainland (Photo submitted by Kevin Kehoe).

DAYTONA BEACH — Inaugural tournament to the area. Inaugural tournament for the host.

And, a new ruler of the two-county roost emerged Saturday at the first Bi-County Championship, covering teams in Flagler and Volusia Counties, as New Smryna Beach took first place with 181.5 points.

The Barracudas had five champions, three runners-up and three 4ths, outpointing runnerup Flagler Palm Coast by 38.5 points.

The Bulldogs matched NSB’s number of titles with five, with one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th.

Matanzas was third, with 114 points (two champs, three runners-up, two 4ths), followed by Seabreeze fourth at 104.5 (one champ, two runners-up & three 3rds), DeLand fifth with 97 (one runnerup, five 3rds, two 4ths), host Mainland sixth at 68 (one runnerup, two 3rds, two 4ths), University (Orange City) seventh with 54 (two runners-up, one 3rd), Atlantic eighth at 48 (one champ, one 3rd, two 4ths) and Deltona ninth with 45 (one runnerup, one 3rd, two 4ths).

Just two teams within the new conference setup have contested matches set for this week, as Atlantic will travel to Astronaut for a rare Monday dual and then will host Deltona on Thursday. All other teams are locking in for post-season competition, with Flagler Palm Coast, DeLand and University (Orange City) all contesting in the 3A-District 2 IBT on the 19th. New Smyrna Beach, Matanzas, Seabreeze, Mainland and Deltona will reconvene for 2A-District 4 IBT action on the 17th.

Due to missing regular-season results, not all individuals can be fully highlighted in this recap. Brackets from Saturday’s competition can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Championship matches —
106: Carter Wilder (Matanzas) d. Grady Bryant (University-OC), 5-3.
113: Kole Hannant (Flagler Palm Coast) p. Aidan Sutton (New Smyrna Beach), 1:57.
120: John Hald (Flagler Palm Coast) d. Kevin Kerns (Deltona), 10-3.
126: Jamey Bruner (New Smyrna Beach) md. Joseph Kent (Seabreeze), 15-2.
132: Jace Engberg (New Smyrna Beach) p. Logan Mayer (Matanzas), 2:20.
138: Justis Chandler (New Smyrna Beach) tf. Isaias Davila (Mainland), 18-1, 4:50.
145: Michael Shannon (New Smyrna Beach) md. Brendan Buckles (Flagler Palm Coast), 8-0.
152: Tyson Mills (Matanzas) d. Avante Chamble (New Smyrna Beach), 4-1.
160: Blane DeFord (Flagler Palm Coast) d. Jordan Mills Matanzas), 7-2.
170: Grant Schwartz (Flagler Palm Coast) p. Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (DeLand), :19.
182: Marcelo Gonzalez (Flagler Palm Coast) d. James Houck (University-OC), 5-4.
195: Doug Dittmer (New Smyrna Beach) p. Caiden Patton (Seabreeze), 2:20.
220: Nathan Boyd (Seabreeze) p. Austin Mitchum (New Smyrna Beach).
285: Jared Jackson (Atlantic) d. Robert Elder (Matanzas), 3-1.

THE BI-COUNTY ACES
106: After a bye into the semis, Wilder took a fall over third-place DeLand (1:10) in that round to set up the final against University (Orange City).
113: Hannant had a bye into the semis, then took two first-period falls, with his semifinal pin in :57 against third-place DeLand befor his fall over NSB in the final.
120: Seeded fourth, Hald emerged as champion, with a first-period pin over Atlantic in the quarters and an 8-4 decision over third-place University (Orange City) in the semis.
126: After a bye into the semis, Bruner would bonus-point to the title, with a first-period fall over fourth-place Mainland in 1:00 before his major in the title match.
132: Engberg collected two pins for his title after a bye, with a semifinal pin over third=place Seabreeze in 1:18 to go along with the fall in the final over Matanzas.
138: Chandler took a bye into the semi, then falled fourth-place Atlantic in 3:40 to reach the final round, where he won by third-period tech over Mainland.
145: Like his teammates from 126-138, Shannon had a bye into the semi, then won by fall in that round, pinning third-place Seabreeze in 3:26 before his shutout major for the title.
152: Mills followed up his big Friday-night win with three more on Saturday, with first-period pins over University (Orange City) (1:19) in the quarters and Flagler Palm Coast (1:49) in the semis en route to his decision win.
160: In a rematch of Friday night’s well-contested dual setup, DeFord made the same outcome go his way, but not beofre a 42-second pin over Seabreeze in the semis.
170: Schwartz was the only wrestler in the inaugural tournament to win with three pins, taking falls over Atlantic (4:50) in the quarters and over fourth-place Matanzas (3:30) in the semis.
182: Gonzalez won by fall twice to reach the final, with pins over DeLand (1:16) in the quarters and fourth-place Matanzas (4:42) in the semis before his one-point championship decision win.
195: After a bye into the semis, Dittmer won by fall (2:37) in the semis over fourth-place DeLand to set up his second pin in the championship match over Seabreeze.

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#SAC: Seminole Takes 7th

LAKE MARY — Three of Seminole’s seven wrestlers contesting in Saturday’s Seminole Athletic Conference tournament at Lake Mary wound up earning top-four finishes.

William James (170) and Michael Frederick (195) both took thirds, while Anshuman Singh (138) was fourth in the eight-team tournament.

As a team, Seminole was seventh with 31 points. Winter Springs, with nine weight-class champs, outdistanced runnerup Hagerty, 258.5-186.

James had three wins in the 170 bracket, losing only by fall in the semis to the eventual champ. He had a major and two decisions in taking third.

Frederick was 1-1 in placing third, falling in overtime, 5-4, to the eventual runnerup, but bounced back with a decision in the bronze-medal match. Singh was 1-2 at 138, with a quarterfinal loss to the eventual champ.

Brackets from Saturday’s tournament can be found HERE.

The Noles are now off until the 3A-District 2 IBT on the 19th.

THE NOTES
Team scores: 1. Winter Springs 258.5. 2. Hagerty 186. 3. Lake Mary 126. 4. Oviedo 91.5. 5. Lake Howell 50. 6. Lake Brantley 36. 7. Seminole 31. 8. Lyman 17.
Championship matches —
106: C. Chapdelaine (Winter Springs) p. Freddickson (Lyman), 2:59.
113: Goldman (Lake Mary) p. Scharf (Oviedo), 1:37.
120: Phillips (Winter Springs) p. Acey-Kreighauser (Hagerty), 3:42.
126: Mantero (Winter Springs) md. D. Rubino (Lake Mary), 14-5.
132: Reichert (Winter Springs) p. Abdelshehid (Oviedo), 1:03.
138: R. Chapdelaine (Winter Springs) d. Harrison (Hagerty), 5-3.
145: Patrick (Oviedo) d. Da. Deal (Winter Springs), 7-4.
152: Vazquez (Lake Mary) d. Watts (Hagerty), 12-6.
160: McCandless (Winter Springs) ID over Gomez (Hagerty).
170: Burgess (Winter Springs) p. Eppl (Lake Mary), 5:37.
182: Lopez (Hagerty) p. Dy. Deal (Winter Springs), 2:47.
195: Valdes (Winter Springs) d. Tate (Hagerty), 6-4.
220: Bornelus (Hagerty) p. Pratt (Lake Brantley), 3:18.
285: Collins (Winter Springs) tf. Revis (Hagerty), 17-1.

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#PaceDuals: Gulf Breeze Goes 5-0 For Title

PACE — In what’s appearing to be the final duals tournament staged in the Panhandle for 2020-21, Gulf Breeze emerged on top Saturday at Pace’s six-team duals tournament.

The Dolphins (8-1 in duals for the season) took double-digit wins over Pace B (84-0), Choctaw (71-12), Ocean Springs (Mississippi) (75-6) and Niceville (54-30) before pushing past Pace’s A squad with four pins in a row from 152 through 182. That allowed Gulf Breeze some cushion in a 48-36 victory over the Patriots.

Pace (9-2) was 3-1, with wins over Ocean Springs (69-12), Niceville (44-30) and Choctaw (84-0). The Patriots’ A and B squads did not meet.

Niceville (12-6) was third, with wins over Choctaw (42-30) and Ocean Springs (48-30) to start the day. The Eagles finished with a 54-6 win over Pace B.

Choctaw’s lone dual win came in round 3, as the Indians (1-7) took down Pace B, 66-12, with a loss to Ocean Springs (59-24) along with those noted already noted above.

The Indians and Eagles will be on the mats next with a dual at Niceville on Friday. Choctaw and Gulf Breeze will be at Arnold’s IBT on Saturday, while Niceville is heading to Chiles for Timberwolf Duals that same day. Pace is off until the 2A-District 1 IBT on February 15 at Gulf Breeze, an event that kicks off the coverage area’s FHSAA stretch run.

Box scores for all 14 duals contested Saturday can be found HERE.

THE NOTES
Standings: 1. Gulf Breeze. 2. Pace A. 3. Niceville. 4. Ocean Springs (MS). 5. Choctaw. 6. Pace B. (2 wrestlers from Milton were assigned to Gulf Breeze team).

THE ACES OF THE DAY
Gulf Breeze: Sean Jones (160) was one of six unbeaten Dolphin wrestlers on Saturday, with four pins (Pace B, Ocean Springs, Niceville and Pace A). The fall in the Pace A dual gave Gulf Breeze a lead it would not relinquish.
Pace A: Atticus Waters (145) pinned his way through the day, with falls over wrestlers from Ocean Springs, Niceville, Choctaw and Gulf Breeze. Waters’ fall in the Gulf Breeze dual gave the hosts their only lead in that dual.
Niceville: Noah Tritz (126) was 5-0 with all contested victories, one of four Eagles to go 5-0 Saturday. Tritz had four pins (Choctaw, Ocean Springs, Gulf Breeze and Pace B), and took a 6-4 win against Pace A.
Choctaw: Devonte Knox (145) was 4-1 for the Indians, with four pins on the day. Knox had falls over Niceville, Gulf Breeze, Pace B and Ocean Springs.
Pace B: Darren Yale (160) had three victories over the course of the day, including two pins for the Bs over Choctaw and Ocean Springs.

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