District Picks, Part 2A-3: The Search For Rock

Good morning and welcome to the daytime edition of R or S: The District Picks. We continue our look at the 2A selections — since most of those kids either are or should be on the road in Tally right now — with a gander at 2A-3.

106 — My picks: Rossetti 1, Evans 2, Brown-Durham 3-4. How it panned out: Rossetti 1, Evans 2, Rice of OP 3, Durham 4. As I said, Brown could move to 113, and did. But Rice was motivated a bit. So this one rocked to a degree, but a small miss.

113 — With the caveat that Watson could have been at 120, I did pick Reid 1, Griffin 2, Brown in the 3-4 mix with Johns of Ed White. This time, it was Hammock who emerged out for third, but the 1-2 was correct again. Rocked, to a degree.

120 — My pick: Watson 1 decisively, Callaway of Ed White 2, Germain 3 and then Oakleaf battling for fourth. Germain, decisively, had other ideas, winning the bracket outright. Callaway didn’t wrestle, which pushed Lanier of Oakleaf to 3rd and Terry Parker’s Dalton Deckerhoff at 4. Sometimes your picks suck because you don’t know who isn’t going to compete. That being said, it still did.

126 — My pick: Holmes of Ed White (but I did say I had hoped he’d be here), Belden 2, Tsai and Oakleaf going 3-4. With Holmes NOT being here, had I known that, I would have moved Belden up for 1 and still been a tossup for 2-3. Tsai went 2 and Ataiza 3, so that held up, and I did say Tollison would be in the mix. So, the pick was a mixed bag in the absence of perfect information: kind of rocked, kind of sucked.

132 — My pick: Hauser 1, Epstein 2, Lee 3, Langford 4. Now, I knew already that Davis of OP was going 32, but I couldn’t really pick that way because I don’t want to let inside information alter my picks. I would have gone Davis at 4 if he’d been there before District Week. As it turned out due to injury Davis was 3 and Lee 4. If he can go, Lee might make some district champ’s life tough today. So this pick mostly rocked.

138 — My pick: Neubeck 1, Herrera 2, Roderick 3, Tucker 4. That’s how it went down, although Neubeck didn’t have to crank up his high motor to beat Herrera, who had to I-D out of the final. I hope he goes at near 100 percent today. There’ll not be a lot of Duval kids at Lakeland, and Herrera should have been one of them. This pick rocked.

145 — My pick: Stiles 1, Sawdo-Phillips 2-3, Malcolm 4. Got the first one right, but I completely whiffed on Tony Belle. He should have been in at the 145 projection, and I missed it. Sawdo wound up third and Lampkins, who I mentioned in the battle for fourth, got the final qualifying spot. I have to say this one sucked, because a guy good enough to go didn’t even get mentioned. That’s on me.

152 — My pick: Harris 1, Carter 2, Davie 3, Blizzard 4. How it went down: Harris 1, Carter 2, Davie 3, Blizzard 4. Rocked. But that last one still smarts. The fact that it was late and I was tired is no excuse.

160 — My pick: Taylor 1, Jordan 2, Nou-Karl 3-4. How it went down: Taylor 1, Jordan 2, Nou didn’t wrestle, with Karl 3rd and Griffis 4th. I had thought Griffis would be at 52. It was better, ultimately, for him to move up, and with the foursome at 52, I don’t blame him for moving. This pick rocked at the top, sucked on the back end.

170 — My pick: Waters 1, Ayres 2 (if he was in lineup), Detrick 3, Gibson 4, with the hope of seeing Pafford somehow get out. Waters won, Ayres was in fact not wrestling and Pafford pushed his way through to the final, so he got out. Detrick was third and Gibson didn’t wrestle, either. In a perfect world, I know the statuses (statusi?) of every wrestler, but I did get it half right. Rocked and sucked.

182 — My pick: Shoen 1, Lasater 2, Harris 3, Pierre 4. How it actually panned out: Right four, wrong order. Shoen 1, Pierre 2, Lasater 3, Harris 4. Pierre handled Harris in the semi instead of in the third-place match, while Lasater got slotted into the top half with Shoen. Kind of sucked, in a rockish sort of way. Think Winger. Another 80s hair metal band.

195 — My pick: Irvine 1, Nieves 2, Meda 3, Smith 4. How it actually panned out: Irvine and Nieves went 1-2 as expected, Thompson took my slight edge that I gave to Meda, and hammered Meda with it in the consi semis, leading to Smith 3, Thompson 4. Well done to David Thompson. So this rocked at the top, with a bit of a mess at the back end.

220 — My pick: Brooks 1, Hardine 2, Wilds 3, Richardson-Horner in 4 mix. How it actually panned out: Brooks-Hardine-Wilds 1-3, Richardson had to contend with Meeks of Middleburg at 220 rather than the Bronco being up at 285, for fourth. But this pick mostly rocked.

285 — My pick: Kirce 1, Tejada 2, Johnson 3, and “it will be interesting” (since Meeks was at 220) for 4. 1-2-3 went as planned and Interesting, I mean Lee’s Demetris Harris, wound up 4th. So that pick rocked for the most part as well.

No super-slam dunks, but an OK job. Not a terribly great effort considering I made everyone wait until Friday for this one.

Picks that rocked: 9 1/2

Picks that sucked: 4 1/2

Inexcusable whiffs: 1. Dude. Tony Belle, I sincerely hope you get to Lakeland.


2A-District 3 Preview

2A-District 3 meet preview

When & where: Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Englewood High School, located due northeast of University Avenue and & I-95. Finals are to be determined per the FHSAA website.

Teams in the field: Headlining the field is co-#3 Orange Park, which took its lumps in early-season competitions in order to prepare for the post-season. The Raiders’ strongest challenge is likely to come from fellow Clay County opponents Middleburg and Oakleaf, but honorable mention Ed White should perform well. Terry Parker finished the regular season with its strongest effort of the year, taking fourth in its own 14-team dual tournament. Englewood, Lee and Stanton may struggle for team points, but will have a chance to qualify a few individuals out for region next week in Tallahassee.

We’ll do this like we did last night, starting with what we know and what we think and then make projections from there.

106 — I do not see a 106 for Oakleaf or Stanton. I expect the following wrestlers to compete: Roderick Evans for Ed White, either Toni McDonald or Archie Brown for Englewood, Dylan Rossetti for Middleburg, Brandon Rice for Orange Park, possibly Aaron Craun for Ridgeview, Ivory Durham for Lee and Chris Walker for Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Rossetti to be the district champion. Rossetti would certainly have been ranked during the regular season if we had received all results for the Broncos, and he’s right there in the mix for a top-3 spot, maybe even the #1. I don’t think the field will be too much for him this weekend. I would expect to see Evans in the final along with Rossetti. Evans was the runnerup at Gateway, and has had several positive tournament experiences, but he did struggle at Clay Rotary. If Brown is at 106, I would probably go with him and Durham 3-4; if not, then I would go with Durham and Walker moving on to next week.

113 — I do not see a 113 for Lee, Stanton or Terry Parker. I expect the following wrestlers to compete: Kevin Johns for Ed White, either McDonald or Brown for Englewood, Robert Hammock for Middleburg, Chris Griffin for Oakleaf, Marcus Reid for Orange Park (10th statewide) and either Harmen Scareman-Stoops (more likely) or Jeremiah Watson for Ridgeview (15th statewide at 120). Based on what I’ve seen, I would project…a conditional pick. If Watson is here, I think I would go with Watson in a tight match over Reid to be the district champion. If Watson is at 120, as appears to be more likely, then I would take Reid decisively to be the district champion. Ridgeview’s lineup worked best for duals with Watson down at this weight, but with his frame, it had to be a tough slog to make 13. What that means is that it’s likely that Justin Trinh won’t wrestle 20 as he has for the Panthers in dual meets this year. Watson-Reid would be a great final. Not as sure about Reid-Griffin, as I only have five of Griffin’s matches, but he did beat Tristen Lucessi of Nease at Orange Park, so he can compete. I would see Brown battling for third and fourth, possibly Johns in the mix too if Watson is at 120.

120 — I do not see a 120 for Lee and possibly not for Middleburg. I expect the following wrestlers to compete: Chase Callaway for Ed White, either Jonathan Galeas or Tanner Kern for Englewood, (if anyone) Michael Pratt for Middleburg, either Luke Simons or Marc Ataiza for Oakleaf, Tyrese Germain for Orange Park, Watson or Trinh for Ridgeview, Justin Cowell for Stanton and Dalton Deckerhoff for Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I would pick Watson decisively to be the district champion if he’s at this weight and either Callaway or Germain if Watson is not here. Watson is a fun wrestler to watch with his length and leverage advantages. I would see him being in substantial control of this weight class on Saturday. I have not seen much of Germain this year, but Callaway surprised and impressed me at Gateway. He had eventual champion Brandon Bemister mostly beaten until he had no answer for Bemister’s jiujitsu-influenced style late in the title match. The Oakleaf entry will contend, either way, for 3-4, as would Trinh if he’s here.

126 — I do not see a 126 for Lee or Terry Parker. I expect the following wrestlers to compete: Armond Holmes of Ed White (if healthy, he’s been out for quite a while), either Galeas or Kern for Englewood, Tristan Tollison for Middleburg, either Ataiza or Riggs Wolf for Oakleaf, Fuhteh Tsai for Orange Park, either Trevor Belden (most likely) or Nick Robinson for Ridgeview and Stephen Hlawnchhing for Stanton. Based on what I’ve seen this season, if all are healthy, I would project Holmes (15th statewide) as the district champion, but only after a hard-fought match with Belden in the finals. Holmes and Belden went 10-6 during the season, in the finals at Optimist two months ago, and it had its back-and-forth moments before Holmes seized control down the stretch. I just hope he’s healthy enough to go. Oakleaf’s entry and Tsai should battle for third. Tsai has spent quite a bit of time at 132 to help the team this year, which has been a stretch for him. Tollison is a bit of a wild card possibility to advance, but he could be in the mix.

132 — I do not see a 132 for Englewood or Lee. I expect the following wrestlers to compete: Juwan Lee of Ed White, Tyler Langford of Middleburg, Anthony Hauser of Oakleaf (8th statewide), Joey Epstein of Ridgeview (11th statewide), Jacob Cowell of Stanton and Jessica Gardepe of Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I project Hauser as the district champion. Hauser might sometimes get overlooked in this crazy-deep weight class, but he’s the fourth-highest ranked wrestler among all 2A local competitors at all weights. It’s going to be a rematch among friends in the final, as Hauser should face Epstein. But Lee is a very solid third; hopefully he’ll be able to get through without jeopardizing his hurt ankle, sustained at Gateway two weeks ago. I think Langford might be the best of the rest to take fourth and move on to region next week.

138 — I do not see a 138 for Lee or Terry Parker. I would expect the following wrestlers to compete: Darien Tucker for Ed White, Kevin Herrera for Englewood, Travis Neubeck for Middleburg (12th statewide), Tristen Roderick for Oakleaf, Jordan Harbin for Orange Park, Mark Coaxum for Ridgeview and Josh Briones for Stanton. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Neubeck as the district champion. He can get over-aggressive at times, but when he’s on he’s incredibly difficult to defeat. I like guys who wrestle with a high motor, and Neubeck’s is always cranked over. He’s got a ptetty solid field, actually, to contend with, what with Tucker, Herrera, Roderick and Coaxum all here. Somebody’s not going to get to compete next week. I don’t think it will be Herrera, who also has something to prove after not taking home a Gateway title. Tucker has been consistent all year, Roderick seems very comfortable at 138 after starting the year at 126, and Coaxum has had some good matches. This will be a solid foursome going to Tallahassee, whoever winds up going.

145 — I do not see a 145 for possibly Ridgeview. I would expect the following wrestlers to compete: Devonta Malcolm for Ed White, Tavian Whitehead for Englewood, Keath Sawdo for Middleburg, Rachael Kreier or (possibly) Cole Benson for Oakleaf, Demetruis Phillips for Orange Park, Nicholas Stiles for Stanton (16th statewide) and Shaqur Lampkins for Terry Parker. It’s possible that Chase Gold may appear here for Ridgeview. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Stiles as the district champion. I was surprised, to be sure, when Stiles was pinned in the finals of the Gateway, and the first thing I thought was, “Competition.” His opponent had seen more of it. I suspect Stiles, who is by far Stanton’s best wrestler, will be ready for the varying looks he’ll see Saturday. I think it is most likely to see either Sawdo or Phillips in the final. Both are solid wrestlers and have had good seasons. Sawdo would have been in the rankings mix at 145, or right near it, and Phillips is talented. I think Malcolm and Lampkins, or Benson if he’s here, will battle it out for the final qualifying spot.

152 — I would expect the following wrestlers to compete: Darius Martin for Ed White, Justin Griffis for Englewood, JT Davie for Middleburg, Andre Carter for Oakleaf, Mitchell Harris of Orange Park (11th statewide), John Blizzard for Stanton and Samary Duncombe for Terry Parker. Pretty deep field, but based on what I’ve seen, I would project Harris as the solid to heavy favorite to win the district. Harris is crazy quick and strong, and can string together moves really quickly for an upper-middleweight. I think he will have a reasonably easy go of it, even in this deep field. I have to think he will be facing Carter in the final, but it could also be Davie, as those two went 5-4 with Carter winning earlier in the season. Davie benefited so much from dropping down from 160, where he had a bit of a strength disadvantage. Carter and Davie and Blizzard are the choices for 2-4, and it’s going to be another very solid field going on to Tallahassee. Davie and Carter could be a great semifinal to watch.

160 — I expect a full nine-man bracket with the following wrestlers competing: Sergio Jordan of Ed White, Hosea Jones of Englewood, John Rance or Cody Eastwood of Middleburg, Lucas Karl of Oakleaf, Skyler Taylor of Orange Park (14th statewide), Marcus Gomez of Ridgeview, David Worrell-Johnson of Lee, Sothea Nou of Stanton and Keaun Watts of Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I project Taylor as the solid favorite to become the district champion. Taylor’s drop to 160 has only helped the Raiders, and it’s helped him. He didn’t start the year expected to be a star for Orange Park, but he has been one this year. It should be an interesting three-way battle for second through fourth beetween Jordan, Nou and Karl. I would give tne nod at this point to Jordan. Gomez hasn’t had a lot of matches for the Panthers, but he could be in the mix for the top four.

170 — I do not see a 170 for Lee. I do expect the following wrestlers to compete: Andrew Holdman for Ed White, Joseph Garcia for Englewood, either David Ayres (more likely) or Eastwood for Middleburg, Josh Detrick for Oakleaf, Frank Waters for Orange Park (11th statewide), DJ Gibson for Ridgeview, Sean Mangum for Stanton and Jessie Pafford for Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Waters as the solid favorite to become the district champion. I wish I could have seen a full season out of Waters; I’m sure he and the Raiders would concur with that. It’s a sneaky-deep field, this one. I think he’d be most likely to face Ayres, if he’s here. Ayres has been state-ranked himself during the course of the season. Detrick and Gibson have both had some good wins and solid seasons for their teams, and Pafford is the Braves’ team leader. I’d like to see him get out as well. It’s going to be a very competitive quartet that goes to Tallahassee next week.

182 — I do not see a 182 for Ridgeview or Stanton. I would expect the following wrestlers to compete:Bianca Lumsden or Juliet Medina for Ed White, Ashton Harris for Englewood, Jonathan Shoen for Middleburg (15th statewide), Sean Tairovski-Romeu for Oakleaf, Chase Lasater for Orange Park, possibly (it’s been a while) Tyrone Williams for Lee and Barry Pierre of Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Shoen as the solid favorite to be the district champion. Shoen is another Middleburg who would have been ranked except for those dadgum results. He’s beaten some pretty solid wrestlers during the course of the year. Now’s his chance to shine on a brighter stage. I would expect an all-Clay final between Shoen and Lasater, who’s a big freshman with a nice frame. He will be a monster in a couple of years. I would take Harris over Pierre for third in this group. It’s a pretty well-defined foursome. Tairovski-Romeu would have to pull an upset to advance.

195 — I do not see a 195 for Oakleaf, Lee or Stanton, making this a six-person bracket. I would expect the following wrestlers to compete: Atyrus McDonald or Lumsden for Ed White, Xavier Nieves for Englewood, David Thompson for Middleburg, Chasen Irvine for Orange Park, Robert Smith for Ridgeview and Andy Meda of Terry Parker. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Irvine as the heavy favorite to become the district champion. With the small bracket, tests by competition are going to be key, as only one or two matches will make a district titlist. Irvine has improved a great deal since the beginning of the season, and should show off that improvement Saturday. I would expect Nieves to make the final as well. Was hoping to see how he’d do at Gateway, but he didn’t wrestle on the second day. In a one-day tournament, he should do better. He’s got a good frame. Meda has a slight edge over Smith and Thompson for the third spot, but it could go for any of them. A healthy McDonald, if he’s here, could take third as well.

220 — I do not see a 220 for Oakleaf, possibly Middleburg or Lee as well. I would expect the following wrestlers to compete: Avery Wilds for Ed White, Nicholas Wiggins for Englewood, Devon Brooks for Orange Park (7th statewide), Jarek Horner for Ridgeview, Alex Richardson for Stanton and Kerry Hardine for Terry Parker (16th statewide). I’m not as sure about Middleburg or Lee. Ammon Meeks will be either at this weight or 285 for the Broncos, while Lee did have Nicholas Woodward for a few matches, and he was very good, but we haven’t seen him since December. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project Brooks as the overwhelming favorite to win the weight class. Brooks has been very good all season for the Raiders and should be a medalist threat once again even after dropping down from 285, where he was fifth at state. I don’t think he’ll face anybody besides Hardine in the title match. I would see Wilds as the choice for third, and a battle for fourth between an improving Richardson and Horner for the fourth spot.

285 — I do not see a 285 for Stanton, possibly Middleburg or Oakleaf as well. I would expect the following wrestlers to compete: Kelton Johnson for Ed White, Eric Hill for Englewood, Christian Tejada for Orange Park (11th statewide), Malcolm Kirce for Ridgeview (4th statewide), Demetris Harris for Lee and Demetris Hembert for Terry Parker. I’m not as sure about Middleburg, because Meeks — who would certainly have a good shot at moving on at 220 — might be there, and Oakleaf had a 285 in Joseph Prieto to start the year, but he hasn’t wrestled for several weeks. Based on what I’ve seen, I would project a helluva match between Kirce and Tejada in the final, with Kirce taking the district championship. That will be a great match for both of them, who have excellent shots to podium in two weeks. I would expect Johnson to be the solid choice for third in this field, learning a lot behind the two seniors. If Meeks is here, he would be looking at fourth, but it would probably be his to have; if he’s at 220, it will be interesting to see who makes it to the third-place match.


Terry Parker Duals Schedule

Below follows the schedule for this weekend’s Terry Parker Duals, Friday-Saturday (Rounds 1-3 Friday, 4-7 plus any crossover on Saturday).

Pool 1: Duval Charter, Fletcher, Ridgeview, Raines, Nease, Palatka, Terry Parker, Open.

Pool 2: Paxon, FSDB, University Christian, Interlachen, Lee, Mandarin, Stanton, Andrew Jackson.

Round 1: Duval Charter v. Fletcher; Paxon v. FSDB; Ridgeview v. Raines; UC v. Interlachen; Lee v. Mandarin; Nease v. Palatka; Stanton v. Andrew Jackson; Terry Parker open.

Round 2: Paxon v. UC; Duval Charter v. Ridgeview; Interlachen v. FSDB; Fletcher v. Raines; Nease v. Terry Parker; Lee v. Stanton; Palatka open; Mandarin v. Andrew Jackson.

Round 3: Fletcher v. Nease; Paxon v. Mandarin; Duval Charter v. Palatka; Ridgeview v. Terry Parker; UC v. Stanton; FSDB v. Lee; Interlachen v. Andrew Jackson; Raines open.

Round 4: FSDB v. Mandarin; Fletcher v. Palatka; Paxon v. Lee; Duval Charter v. Nease; Ridgeview open; UC v. Andrew Jackson; Raines v. Terry Parker; Interlachen v. Stanton.

Round 5: Duval Charter v. Raines; Fletcher v. Ridgeview; Paxon v. Interlachen; FSDB v. UC; Lee v. Andrew Jackson; Mandarin v. Stanton; Nease open; Palatka v. Terry Parker.

Round 6: Paxon v. Andrew Jackson; Duval Charter v. Terry Parker; Fletcher open; FSDB v. Stanton; Raines v. Nease; UC v. Mandarin; Ridgeview v. Palatka; Interlachen v. Lee.

Round 7: FSDB v. Andrew Jackson; Paxon v. Stanton; Duval Charter open; Fletcher v. Terry Parker; UC v. Lee; Raines v. Palatka; Interlachen v. Mandarin; Ridgeview v. Nease.

Round 8 (cross-pool): 1st vs. 1st, 2nd vs. 2nd, 3rd vs. 3rd, 4th vs. 4th, 5th vs. 5th, 6th vs. 6th, 7th vs. 7th, 8th vs. 8th (TBD).


December 10 Roundup Story

It’s not such a surprise, in 2013, to see at least one girl in a varsity wrestling lineup.

That it isn’t a surprise does not mean, however, that history can’t still happen.

It did for Oakleaf senior Rachael Kreier in Tuesday night’s home dual against Robert E. Lee, as Kreier became the first girl in school history — according to head coach David Knapp — to win a varsity match during the Knights’ 54-6 victory over the Generals.

Kreier pinned Lee’s Thomas Baker at 3 minutes and 4 seconds into the 152-pound varsity match. Kreier was one of six Oakleaf wrestlers to record pins Tuesday, as she was joined by Riggs Wolf (126), Andre Carter (160), Luke Karl (170), Josh Detrick (182) and Sean Tairovski-Romeu (195).

Lee got its lone points at 285, where Demetris Harris needed just 56 seconds to record a fall.


Tuesday results

UPDATE: OK, Ed White at Baker County is TONIGHT, not last night. Several duals on the docket tonight. Record keeping continues. The plan is to put up individual rankings sometime tomorrow, but should that change due to delays in record-keeping due to work, I will try to advise here.

Also, I have fixed the local rankings slightly to reflect that Clay will not be at Kiwanis this weekend and their next competition is in holiday duals competition at Gulf the following weekend.

We set a record for page views yesterday — 720! I’m not satisfied. Let’s go for 1,000 next.


December 4 Roundup Story

Fletcher has been the top program in the Gateway Conference for quite some time now.

And, while Senators coach Roy Fallon has sought out, right from the start of the 2013-14 season, some of the area’s best competition to toughen up his team, the rest of the Gateway seems to want to be on the move for the top, too.

Take Wednesday night’s quadrangular meet at Forrest — scheduled to be a five-team event, but Paxon arrived with a team but no weigh-in sheet.

THe #10 Rebels, themselves coming off a solid fourth-place finish at Fleming Island’s Keystone Duals, were poised to run the table at home, but another Gateway squad also wanted a slice of the pie that made for a 3-way tie Wednesday night.

In the second of three rounds of wrestling, Atlantic Coast — which had been off for nearly 3 weeks after a sluggish 0-3 start at Fletcher back in mid-November — took down the Rebels, 38-33, after falling earlier to Baker County, 42-32.

Then, in the final round, Forrest rallied, breaking a 24-24 tie with three pins and two forfeits to defeat Baker County, 54-30.

With all three of the round-robin winners taking wins over Englewood, that meant all three teams finished 2-1 on the night.

Triple winners for Forrest were Isaiah Golson (170/82), Malik Brown (195) and Kahlil Welsh (285). For Baker County, Logan Kish (138) and James Carter (220) each won three times.

Atlantic Coast was energized by the first appearance this season from Ollie Dixon, who began the season ranked in Class 3A. Dixon (132) was 3-0 for the Stingrays, as was Brandon Bemister (120), Nacierre Williams (126), Ectrus Barber (145) and Dillon May (152).

Englewood had just one triple winner in 113-pound Archie Brown.

#8 Creekside 48, Bishop Kenny 18: Behind falls from Joshua Cordle (113), Ryan Baker (138), Jared Langdo (145), David Cline (160) and Gus Fischer (195), the Knights won their home opener against a short-handed Crusader team, which had four weights open.

Middleburg 44, #9 St. Augustine 31: The hosts showed the form that had them listed as a preseason honorable mention pick, with falls from Tristan Tollison (138), Travis Neubeck (145), J.T. Davie (160), Jonathan Shoen (195) and Ammon Meeks (285) fueling the victory.

Wolfson opens season 2-0: The Warriors got double wins from Richard Tran (113), Charles Kessinger (126), Joshua Cade (132) and Rafeal Leon (195) in taking wins over Lee (42-30) and Stanton (48-24).

Ponte Vedra 42, Bartram Trail 39: The Sharks were able to pick up three pins to the Bears’ two in the six contested matches, with Zach Gregory (145), Colin Peaks (152) and Michael Swain (170) providing the difference for Ponte Vedra with their falls.

Florida Deaf & Blind 59, Providence 18: Five falls and a technical fall got FSDB out to a strong start in its home and season-opener, as Diego Garcia (106), John Tessar (113), Marcus Maldonado (138), Kyle McCreath (152) and Wesley Homewood (182) had pins and Chasien Taylor (145) picked up a tech fall.

Thursday action cancelled: The scheduled dual between Raines and First Coast was cancelled, according to Raines school personnel Thursday evening. No make-up date was known at press time.


November 20 Roundup Story

First-year coaches can often struggle to create a good fit with their new charges in any sport.

But after building a Stanton wrestling team that was solid enough to finish second in Class 2A District 2 a year ago, John Evans has taken his plan to Mandarin, and the results are paying off for the Mustangs.

Wednesday night, Northeast Florida Matmen honorable mention listed-Mandarin swept to convincing victories in its home opener, turning the spotlight on Lee and Englewood with 66-12 and 63-12 dual wins, respectively.

Eight Mustang wrestlers were double winners on the night, with Joshua Harris (113), Chase Mattox (120), Ian Winton (126), John Perrone (160), Samuel Hernandez (182) and Codie Miller (285) all recording two falls. Richard Gagnon (170) had one pin and one technical fall, while Camilo Calderon (138, in his first varsity matches) had one pin and one forfeit for Mandarin (7-3).

Englewood (3-2) opened the night with a 48-24 victory over Lee before running into the Mustang buzzsaw later. The Rams had two double winners on the evening, as Kevin Herrera (132) and Eric Hill (220) each had two pins.

Lee got its season underway Wednesday night, with Tony Belle (152) as the Generals’ lone unbeaten wrestler. Belle had a pair of pins on the night.

Bishop Kenny 54, Ponte Vedra 12: A second dose of home cooking proved as good as the first for the NEFLM HM-listed Crusaders, who improved to 7-1 with the victory.

Ryan Timmons (106), Christian Barakat (120), Nick Toney (132), Logan Bote (145) and Kuba Kaszuba (170) all recorded pins for Bishop Kenny, which also secured four additional forfeit victories against a shorter-handed Sharks side.

Ponte Vedra (1-7) did pick up falls from Anthony Giordano (113) and Colin Peaks (152) for its dual points.

Next Level note: Speaking of Ponte Vedra, Sharks coach Mike Ostlund noted earlier this week that Class of 2013 team member Frank Giordano is still practicing with Bacone College (Okla.) after getting hurt during wrestleoffs.

Also, Iowa Western CC first-year wrestler Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) has yet to appear for the Reivers after not cracking the lineup in Iowa Western’s 25-15 victory over Iowa Lakes CC Wednesday night.