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Nease — The Season, 2013-14

Nease was a team that seemed to perform better in duals than in tournaments. The St Johns Panthers had some pretty nice wins in dual format, but seemed to struggle more in IBT tournaments. Lots of young kids in the program. Hopefully progress continues to happen in 2014-15. For the most part, the discrepancies between what I had and what was reported to the FHSAA were pretty small. I changed my records to match theirs, although I am pretty sure I wasn’t missing anything.

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One Weekend For Glory: 2A

2A state preview

So now that the method has been established on how we’ll kind of tackle these previews, we’ll just dive right on in to 2A, with the hope of getting it done today and 1A tonight — while possibly many of you are en route to Lakeland. Hope you took your computer — or at least your smartphone. 🙂

Let’s get to it:

Wrestling starts: Friday at 10 a.m. at The Lakeland Center and continues throughout the day with two rounds of championship and two rounds of consolation wrestling. Saturday picks up at 10 a.m. with the semifinals, followed by two rounds of consolation wrestling, third- and fifth-place matches and the finals at 6.

106

Locals: Austin Wynn (Creekside).

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. Top 32. 2. Third 44. 3. (tie) Second & Bottom 55.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #10 Wynn faces #7 Hunter Reed of Lakewood Ranch in the first round, with the winner taking on either #12 Donald Christman of Sebastian River or #3 Jon Quinones of Lake Gibson.

Wynn’s podium chances: If he can pick his way through to two championship-side wins Friday, they’re pretty good, as the othermost elite wrestlers are on the bottom half. Semifinal choices: Quinones, James Monos (Riverdale), Frankie Bruno (Brandon), Konnor McHale (Jensen Beach).

113

Locals: Marcus Reid (Orange Park), Chris Griffin (Oakleaf).

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. Third 24. 2. Top 30. 3. Second 35. 4. Bottom 61.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #1 Kyle Norstrem of Brandon will face #13 Stanley LaJeune of South Fort Myers in the first round, with the winner taking on #7 Julian Ramirez of Belen Jesuit or #3 Jacob Geiger of Tally Lincoln in the quarters.

Locals’ podium chances: After Reid pinned Geiger at Chiles last weekend, I’d say almost anything’s possible, so, yes, he’ll have a good chance, but a tough quarterfinal matchup looms. Griffin is the only unranked wrestler in the top half, with #6 Aaron Wiechel of Jensen Beach in the first round. He might be looking at having to win three on the back end.

Semifinal choices: Jared Lanier (Wiregrass Ranch), Caleb Smith (Lake Gibson), Norstrem, Ryan Hudson (Merritt Island).

120

Locals: Tyrese Germain (Orange Park), Shawn Lanier (Oakleaf).

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. (tie) Third & Bottom 33. 3. Second 35. 4. Top 52.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: In the third, unranked Germain faces #4 Nick Peschek of Gaither, with the winner taking on #9 Maher Jaser of Mourning or #3 Rich Reichelt of Riverdale. In the bottom, #2 Ty Lucas of Brandon faces unranked Austin Wild of Lincoln, with the winner taking on #6 Cole Manion of Fivay or #8 David Richards of Bayside. Locals’ podium chances: With three ranked wrestlers in his quarter, it’s an uphill battle for Germain, but he’s beaten the odds and beaten ranked kids before. Lanier faces #1 Michael McDonald of Springstead in the first round; the consolation rounds look like the likeliest roads.

Semifinal choices: Dylan Cameron (Lakewood Ranch), McDonald, Reichelt, Lucas.

126

Locals: None in the field.

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. Top 24. 2. Third 32. 3. Second 48. 4. Bottom 52.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #5 Jon Gardner of nearby Gainesville faces #2 Jake Gillis of Archbishop McCarthy in the first round (yes, that means Gillis took fourth at region), while the winner faces #4 Sa’Derian Perry of Lake Gibson or #13 Dylan Mooney of Charlotte.

Semifinal choices: Gillis, Anthony Viscomi (Palmetto), James Flint (Brandon), Zach Kelly (Venice).

132

Locals: Kaleb Warner (Columbia), Anthony Hauser (Oakleaf), Joey Epstein (Ridgeview).

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. Second 34. 2. Third 35. 3. Bottom 36. 4. Top 42. Pretty evenly-matched.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #10 Evan Ratliff of Lennard faces #6 Kolin Stapp of Jensen Beach, with the winner taking on either unranked Winslow Robinson of Tally Chiles or #1 Ty Lucas of Brandon.

Locals’ podium chances: #4 Warner is the highest-ranked wrestler in his quarter (top) and could have a semifinal showdown with Lucas. #8 Hauser has the only quarter with four ranked wrestlers and might have to win two on the back end. Same goes for #11 Epstein, who is the lowest-ranked of three 132s in the bottom quarter.

Semifinal choices: Warner, Lucas, Tanis Taylor (Barron Collier) and Wilmer Almandarez (Mater Academy).

138

Locals: Travis Neubeck (Middleburg), Tristen Roderick (Oakleaf), Dustin Regar (Columbia).

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. Top 37. 2. Bottom 39. 3. Second 40. 4. Third 50.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #11 Neubeck faces #14 Hunter Johnson of Palmetto Ridge in the first round, with the winner taking on #3 Yancarlos Guerra of Mater Academy or #9 Devin Glenn of Auburndale in the quarters.

Locals’ podium chances: Neubeck’s been killing it this post-season, so don’t be surprised by anything he does. Semis a good possibility. Roderick has #4 Trey Hoff of Charlotte in round 1, so he may be looking at the back end, as might be Regar, who has three ranked wrestlers in his quarter.

Semifinal choices: Guerra, Adam Lewis (Tampa Jesuit), Devan Berrian (Brandon), James Medal (Miami Springs).

145

Locals: Jared Langdo (Creekside), Jake Maguire (Columbia).

Which is the strongest quarter?: 1. (tie) Second & Bottom 30. 3. Third 35. 4. Top 47.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: In the second, #15 Langdo faces #4 Joey Nadotti of Palmetto Ridge, with the winner taking on either #10 Michael Lockwood of Archbishop McCarthy or #1 Jordan Rivera of Springstead. In the bottom, #13 Blake Doerr of Gulf Breeze takes on #7, Chase Washington of Palmetto, with the winner facing either #8 Kionte Crocker of Robinson or #2 Ian Wiswell of Jensen Beach.

Locals’ podium chances: Both are the lowest-ranked wrestler in their respective quarters (Maguire is in the third), so the consolation rounds may have to become their friends. Neither got the most favorable of draws.

Semifinal choices: Matthew Tamayo (Gainesville), Rivera, Troy Joyce (Brandon), Wiswell.

152

Locals: Mitchell Harris (Orange Park).

Which is the strongest quarter?: 1. Bottom 21. 2. Top 35. 3. Third 36. 4. Second 46.

Who’s in that strongest quarter: #6 Brian Buser of Jesuit faces #3 Forrest Lang of Mosley in the first round, with the winner taking on either #10 Brody Mansfield of Charlotte or #2 Kenny Boyd of Stranahan in the quarters.

Harris’ podium chances: Good, particularly if he can get past #7 Tommy Fretwell of Brandon in the first round. A loss early means he has to fight his way out of the bottom half of the back end, which is looking much tougher than the top half — where he’d go if he lost in the quarters. Of course, he makes the semis, he makes the podium. Simple.

Semifinal choices: Tristan Sommer (Lincoln), Joey Haan (Gulf Coast), Theo Curto (Palmetto Ridge), Boyd.

160

Locals: Tristen Barth (Nease).

Which quarter is the strongest?: 1. Second 34. 2. Third 40. 3. Top 42. 4. Bottom 43.

Who’s in that strongest quarter: #11 Barth faces #16 Dilano Taylor of Stranahan, with the winner facing either #4 Brandon Taylor of Citrus or #3 Andrew Scherer of Fivay in the quarters.

Barth’s podium chances: Not bad, given that he has a winnable first-round match. From there, he would likely have two matches against opponents of like (or roughly-similar) ranking in the consolation rounds. Has to win the first one, though. A loss in round 1 compounds the difficulties.

Semifinal choices: Kevin Hilton (Chiles), Scherer, Dakota Greene (Brandon), Chase Singletary (Palmetto Ridge).

170

Locals: William Rinchiusa (St. Augustine).

Which is the strongest quarter?: 1. Top 36. 2. Second 40. 3. Bottom 49. 4. Third 52.

Who’s in that strongest quarter: #8 Shamar Johnson of Choctawhatchee faces #9 Casey Ricker of Sebring, with the winner taking on either #16 Colton Whitaker of Archbishop McCarthy or #3 William Swift of Springstead.

Rinchiusa’s podium chances: He’s got a winnable first-round match, facing fellow unranked Jamel Davis of Barron Collier in rd 1. Semis a much more questionable track, as #1 Dontae McGee of Brandon awaits. So two on the top half of the back end is the answer. It’s possible.

Semifinal choices: Swift, Casey Bearden (Citrus), McGee, Clayton Dennis (Matanzas).

182

Locals: Jeremy Beaulieu (Creekside).

Which is the strongest quarter?: 1. Top 37. 2. Third 38. 3. Second 39. 4. Bottom 63.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #5 Will Diamond of Pace faces unranked Zech Rives of Barron Collier in the first round, with the winner taking on either #9 Elijah Saboor of Heritage or #6 Joe Marcano of Brandon.

Beaulieu’s podium chances: If the ranks hold up, Beaulieu will have to go through the consolation rounds after round 1 against #4 Nico Lightfoot of Fivay, but he’s got two decent shots from there and maybe a third.

Semifinal choices: Diamond, Sawyer Root (Harmony), Luis Peguero (Robinson), Dylan Jones (Palmetto Ridge).

195

Locals: Chasen Irvine (Orange Park).

Which is the strongest quarter?: Second 27. Top 35. Third 48. Bottom 52.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: Irvine is the lone unranked wrestler in the second quarter and will face #1 Chris Favoroso of Jensen Beach in the first round. The winner will take on #5 Bailey Shepherd of Brandon or #4 Cory Kerkesner of Cypress Lake in the quarters.

Irvine’s podium chances: By any measure, slim. He has to beat a top-five wrestler in the weight class in order to have any shot — regardless of what side of the bracket he’s on.

Semifinal choices: Corey Humphrey (Springstead), Favoroso, Nick Mosco (Jesuit), Acey Woodman (Barron Collier).

220

Locals: Devon Brooks (Orange Park), Rafael Lopez (Creekside).

Which quarter is the strongest?: Second & Third 34. Bottom 36. Top 39. Very evenly-matched.

Who’s in the strongest quarters: In the second, #16 Lopez faces #4 Anthony Wint of Homestead in the first round, with the winner facing #9 Kendonte Nichols of Robinson or #5 Lavanda Warren of Golden Gate Academy. In the third, unranked James Banks of Palmetto faces #2 Robert Enmon of Brandon, with the winner taking on #3 Josh Conroy of Jensen Beach or #12 Jason Osagie of Lincoln.

Locals’ podium chances: I think if Brooks had started the year from November onward at 220, rather than getting a late start as he did, he might be ranked higher, but this gives him some motivation. I see him making the semis out of his quarter and thus making podium again. Lopez is the lowest-ranked wrestler in his quarter, but might have a shot at a couple wins on the back end.

Semifinal choices: Brooks, Wint, Conroy, Tobias Baker (Sarasota).

285

Locals: Malcolm Kirce (Ridgeview), Kelton Johnson (Ed White), Christian Tejada (Orange Park), Cole Eubanks (Creekside).

Which is the strongest quarter?: 1. Top 34. 2. Second 40. 3. (tie) Third & Bottom 45.

Who’s in the strongest quarter: #3 Kirce faces unranked Colton Rausch in the first round, with the winner taking on #4 Bucky Dennis of Charlotte or #10 Brandon Way of Port St. Lucie in the quarters.

Locals’ podium chances: Kirce should get to at least the semi, so his podium chances are pretty good. Eubanks faces #1 Austin Underwood of Jesuit, whom some have told me is the best heavy in any weight class in Florida, so he’s looking at three from the back end. Johnson might have that same fate as well. Tejada is the likeliest of the non-region champs to win in round 1, and he’ll have Tomelle One of Bayside in the quarter. He won’t be favored, but it isn’t a slam-dunk for him to have to go to the consis.

Semifinal choices: Kirce, Underwood, Andre Matthews (Dixie Hollins), One.

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2A state first-round pairings

FIRST!! Updated with new Scout rankings posted Friday.

2A first-round state pairings

106 #10 Austin Wynn (Creekside, 32-7) v. #7 Hunter Reed (Lakewood Ranch, 45-6). #9 Traevon O’Neal (Gainesville, 40-9) v. Matthew Gjarde (Charlotte, 3-1).

113 #9 Marcus Reid (Orange Park, 34-3) v. #12 Anthony Silvestre (Hollywood Hills, 30-7). Chris Griffin (Oakleaf, 13-4) v. #6 Aaron Wiechel (Jensen Beach, 49-9). #16 Tahj Brennen (Gainesville, 37-9) v. #11 Ryan Hudson (Merritt Island, 41-6).

120 Shawn Lanier (Oakleaf, 16-10) v. #1 Michael McDonald (Springstead, 40-0). #4 Nick Peschek (Gaither, 56-7) v. Tyrese Germain (Orange Park, 17-8).

126 #5 Jon Gardner (Gainesville, 39-6) v. #2 Jake Gillis (Archbishop McCarthy, 25-10).

132 #4 Kaleb Warner (Columbia, 37-3) v. Jonathan Crunkilton (New Smyrna Beach, 29-6). #8 Anthony Hauser (Oakleaf, 28-6) v. #12 Jared Tarvin (Lake Gibson, 34-10). #11 Joey Epstein (Ridgeview, 27-8) v. #5 Andrew Smith (Springstead, 40-7).

138 #11 Travis Neubeck (Middleburg, 30-6) v. #14 Hunter Johnson (Palmetto Ridge, 3-2). Tristen Roderick (Oakleaf, 27-14) v. #4 Trey Hoff (Charlotte, 4-0). Dustin Regar (Columbia, 29-15) v. #8 Bryce Balsinger (Venice, 42-9).

145 #5 Matthew Tamayo (Gainesville, 44-3) v. #11 Quinton Fleming (South Ft. Myers, 3-2). #15 Jared Langdo (Creekside, 19-6) v. #4 Joey Nadotti (Palmetto Ridge, 4-0). Jake Maguire (Columbia, 31-20) v. #6 CJ Trammell (Venice, 45-6).

152 #13 Marcellus Boyd (Gainesville, 16-7) v. #9 Jacob Ewles (Winter Haven, 27-5). #11 Mitchell Harris (Orange Park, 24-3) v. #7 Tommy Fretwell (Brandon, 51-10).

160 #11 Tristan Barth (Nease, 23-4) v. #16 Dilano Taylor (Stranahan, 24-4).

170 William Rinchiusa (St. Augustine, 25-9) v. Jamel Davis (Barron Collier, 3-1). #7 Clayton Dennis (Matanzas, 39-8) v. #10 Ty McLeod (Lakewood Ranch, 12-4).

182 Jordin Castanheira (Matanzas, 19-16) v. #3 Max Reynolds (River Ridge, 36-2). #16 Jeremy Beaulieu (Creekside, 30-11) v. #4 Nico Lightfoot (Fivay, 36-7).

195 Chasen Irvine (Orange Park, 29-16) v. #1 Chris Favoroso (Jensen Beach, 49-2).

220 #7 Devon Brooks (Orange Park, 25-1) v. #15 Cory Vickers (Okeechobee, 24-4). #16 Rafael Lopez (Creekside, 28-11) v. #4 Anthony Wint (Homestead, 16-0).

285 #4 Malcolm Kirce (Ridgeview, 30-0) v. Colton Rausch (Auburndale, 30-11). Cole Eubanks (Creekside, 32-11) v. #1 Austin Underwood (Jesuit, 31-0). Kelton Johnson (Ed White, 23-4) v. #9 Robert Mosley (Chamberlain, 51-5). #11 Christian Tejada (Orange Park, 40-4) v. #13 Brandon Martin (New Smyrna Beach, 33-8).

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District Picks, Part 2A-4: The Voyage Creekside

No rest for the somewhat-weary, we jump over to the south side of the coverage area for a look at 2A-4. Honestly, I should do much better here than I did with 2A-3. Only six teams with a LOT of looks at one another, almost all of which I had in the form of results and records. If I didn’t do well here, it’s my own fault.

(Editor’s Note: Whose fault would it be if not yours? You write all the content!)

Argument with myself aside, let’s take a look at the Creekside District.

106 — My picks: Wynn 1, Samples 2, Martinson 3, Smith 4. How it turned out: I picked the wrong Nease 106. It was Mago instead, and Smith took care of business for third over him. Wynn-Samples came through as expected. Rocked on the top end, kind of sucked on the back end.

113 — My picks: Vara 1, Lucessi 2, Goodman 3, tossup between Bachman/Cordle/Giordano for 4. How it turned out: Not the way I picked it. Goodman beat Lucessi in OT and then Vara in a wild 15-12 final. Could he have read the picks and gotten motivated? All signs point to definitely maybe. Cordle fought his way out of the mix for fourth. It looked like he wanted it the most. That’s usually the biggest key in tossups. Kind of a sucky pick.

120 — My picks: Nease 1 (so Heinrich 1), Matanzas 2 (so Samples 2), Allala 3, Ponte Vedra/R. Hicks 4. How it turned out: Matanzas wound up taking it to Nease, Hicks took it to Allala with perhaps his finest match of the season in the consi semis, and my picks were pretty much left in a shambles by Race Track Road. Sucking major wind there.

126 — My picks: I waffled all over the place on this one. I noted Tyer majored Norton during the season. That wound up being the final, but much closer this go-round, as is to be expected. Norton beat Scott, as I noted he had also at Terry Parker, in the semis, and so came back for third. So I was pretty much in the hunt. The one thing I was certain about, I should have been the least certain about, as Malik Hicks didn’t wrestle at all. This was a meh pick due to the waffling.

132 — I mentioned Gilbert and Magnuson first, and both wound up winning titles. That rocked. But Magnuson won his at 138, not here. Can I just say that a lot of coaches in this district seemed to have very fluid lineups this year? Not all. But a lot. As it turned out, Gilbert 1, McMillan 2, Womack 3, Koike 4. Gilbert and McMillan were the surest to be at 32. Kind of a meh-ish to sucky pick, but if I’d been pinned down I would have said Gilbert and he won. So that’s good.

138 — This district was so fluid, I couldn’t count on one of the five state-ranked kids to even appear at the event. But I had the right school winning with Matanzas over Baker, who I did get right for second. Thought Nease would have Koike or Perez here, Koike was at 32 and Perez didn’t compete. That opened the door for my 4 pick, Miller, to jump up to 3. Kind of ballparkish rocking, ballparkish sucking at this one.

145 — Hey! I can get a district champion right in 2A-4! Thanks Jared! It was pretty murky after that. My “slight edge” for 2 wound up 4th, and guys I thought were in the 3-6 mix wound up 2 and 3. So while the title pick was right, it was a mixed bag the rest of the way.

152 — Hot streak guys. That’s two in a row now, as my picks were Peaks 1, de la Cruz 2, and then I thought Creekside and Bartram going for 3-4. Zach Tillman had other ideas, and made the final. That slid de la Cruz down to 3, and the fourth was Conor Griffin, who — if he hadn’t been out most of January — would have factored heavier into my plans. Good pick at the top, messy from 2-4. Kind of a theme for this district’s projections.

160 — Oh golly, I started getting hot at the top, with my third straight correct pick. I called a strong battle between Swain and Wilson for 2, and it was, with Wilson winning 8-6. St. Augustine’s Stacy Murray also suited up here, which was a bit unexpected, and overcame Swain for third. Good pick at the top, messy from 2-4. Maybe if I repeat this often enough, it will stop becoming true.

170 — See? A writer’s repetition of a conclusion will inevitably render it becoming false. Nailed the top three picks and had Geiger, the fourth, in the mix for fourth. Rocked this one. Bout time.

182 — My picks were Beaulieu 1, Castanheira 2, Alexanian 3 and Not Exactly Sure About St. Augustine 4. That’s how it turned out exactly, as Xavier Jones weighed in 82 for the Yellow Jackets and took fourth. Rocked that one.

195 — I hoped that Fischer would find his solid early-season form, but wasn’t sure. I could have been surer, as he did rally for the title, with Dennis 2 and Good 3 — had the right guys in the top 3. I had Bennar and Johnson battling it out for fourth, and that got settled in the quarters with Johnson’s quick fall. Didn’t expect to see Courtney Johnson all the way up at 195, though. Pick mostly rocked. Maybe I’m salvaging something at the top.

220 — My picks were Lopez 1 and an even battle for 2-4. Instead of Steinhour, Bartram Trail’s Matt Mechley joined the fray, but that wouldn’t have changed my decision. Torres forged his way. Somewhat rocked this pick, at least Lopez took care of his business.

285 — My picks were Eubanks 1, Bartram Trail 2, Moseley 3, Montroy 4. That is how it turned out, with Lynch returning to the lineup ahead of Stetson football-bound Travis Keller (props to him on that). So that pick rocked. If I were writing another unsung heroes column, I would have to add St. Augustine’s Brandon Ruiz to that column. You have to hand it to the guy. I have tracked Yellow Jacket results all season, and every loss he has had has been by fall. And yet he stuck it out through districts. That’s dedication. That’s wrestling for you.

To sum up:

Picks that rocked: 7 1/2

Picks that sucked: 5

Picks that…meh:  1 1/2

New heroes: 1

We’ll move into 1A next. Just 90 minutes until go time at 12 regionals around the state!

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Late Run Catapults Creekside To Tie For 2A-4 DIstrict Title

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

ST JOHNS — Richard Marabell will take a tie, given what his Creekside wrestling team had to overcome Saturday.

With team members trying to push through to next week’s 2A-Region 1 tournament at Tallahassee Chiles while battling the flu, the short-handed Knights found themselves behind the eight-ball even before getting a strong push from Matanzas.

But after closing out the final four weight classes with back-to-back-to-back-to-back championships from 182 through 285, Creekside was able to forge a tie for the District 4 championship with the Pirates in the Knights’ home gym, as both teams finished with 182 points.

“I’m very proud of my kids,” Marabell said of the effort, which resulted in the school’s first district title for wrestling. “We had two that fell out early, both trying to compete while battling the flu, but the rest of the team stepped up.

“We had a 15-point deficit in the championship round, and my boys closed the gap.”

The Knights picked up titles in half of the weight classes, advancing 10 wrestlers to region, which begins Friday afternoon.

Austin Wynn got the ball rolling for the Knights with a one-sided 15-3 major decision over Matanzas’ Rocky Samples after winning his first match by fall.

At 126, David Tyer continued a stunning second-half run for Creekside, decisioning Ponte Vedra’s Matt Norton 8-7 for the title there. At 145, Jared Langdo returned to the mats for the first time in more than a month, decisioning Justin Gross of St. Augustine, 3-1, for the Knights’ third title.

But Creekside’s run to a tie only was possible by the Knights’ sweep of the four most upper-weights, three of those wins coming over Matanzas wrestlers.

Kicking off that run was Jeremy Beaulieu at 182, decisioning the Pirates’ Jordin Castanheira by a 3-2 score after an earlier decision got him to the finals.

Gus Fischer then topped top seed Maverick Dennis, 8-4, to win at 195. Like Beaulieu, Fischer won an earlier match to reach the title. At 220, Rafael Lopez used two first-period falls to bring home his championship.

At 285, Cole Eubanks moved the Knights into a tie for the title, with a first-period fall over Bartram Trail’s William Lynch.

The Pirates had four titles on the day from Carter Goodman (113), Chad Samples (120), Troy Magnuson (138) and Clayton Dennis (170) to earn their tie, as Matanzas qualified 13 of its wrestlers — all of those it brought to Creekside Saturday — for region.

Behind a title from Dayton Gilbert at 132, St. Augustine finished third in the six-team meet with 126 points. Gilbert decisioned Bartram Trail’s Matt McMillan, 5-3, for the Yellow Jackets’ lone victory. St. Augustine qualified 10 out.

The Bears finished fourth, with 97 points and eight qualifiers, while Nease was fifth with eight qualifiers, 90 points and one champion in 160-pound Tristan Barth. Barth pinned John Wilson of Bartram Trail in 3:51.

Ponte Vedra was sixth with 77 points, six qualifiers and one champion, as Colin Peaks was the 152-pound champion, decisioning Bartram Trail’s Zach Tillman, 4-2.

A complete list of region qualifiers has been published elsewhere on the home page of the site. Region pairings will be published when they become available.

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2A – District 4 Preview

2A-4 meet preview
(Editor’s Note: Switched 138 and 145 slightly, keeping the text the same but moving Creekside wrestlers into correct spots; Second Editor’s Note: Updated to reflect new Scout rankings released today).

When & where: Per FHSAA website, wrestling starts at Creekside Saturday at 11 a.m., with finals expected to start immediately after preliminary competition is completed (probably after the gym is cleared).

If you go: From either the south or north, take US-1 to Race Track Road and turn there (left if coming from the south, right if coming from the north). Follow Race Track for 5.1 miles to Veterans Parkway, turn left (it’s a sneaky one, particularly after dark). Go 1.8 miles to Longleaf Pine Parkway and turn left, the school will be just up and ahead on the right. From the parking lots, walk straight east toward the gym doors.

Teams in the field: Surprisingly, local #5 Creekside and Matanzas (which will be a @NEFloridaMatmen area team in 2014-15) haven’t dueled each other this season, so it is tricky to declare an out-and-out favorite. The Knights and Pirates have been in two tournaments together, both times with Creekside finishing slightly ahead. Creekside was 6th at Clay and Matanzas was 8th, while at Palm Coast the Knights were 21st and Pirates 26th. I’m going to go edge Creekside, since they’re at home and they have shown a slightly-better tournament side while being a really good dual team. But, hey, , anything can happen. When Pirate faced Knight on Deadliest Warrior a few years ago, the computer simulation gave it to Pirate. My three younger sons and I are still mad about that one (but oldest was not, however; I digress). I would have thought Nease might have been the third, but it will depend on which Panther team shows up. The one that showed for Terry Parker, yes. The one at Orange Park, no. Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine should all get several through to regionals, what with (at most) only two wrestlers in each weight class having their seasons come to an end.

106 – Creekside junior Austin Wynn is one of just five wrestlers in this tournament who has a state ranking per Scout (#3 in last local poll, 10th statewide), and he’s got to be considered the favorite. He has seven losses, but none are 2A wrestlers at 106, and only one to a 2A wrestler at all. I’d probably put, based on the results, Matanzas’ Rocky Samples second. Wynn and Samples haven’t faced each other yet this year, and that could be an interesting final that sets the tone for the last round of the team race. The waters get murky at this point, mainly because Nease can run out one of three kids at 106. I am thinking the Panthers will send out Dylan Martinson here. Martinson has a win by fall over St. Augustine’s Kristopher Smith, who is the clear 4 in this scenario. Should Nease have Martinson come out at 113, then the likely 106 would be Aaron Mago, based on who’s wrestled more recently, and Smith has a win over Mago in hand. So the order could come down to which Nease 106 is entered. I see Smith as definitely ahead of Ponte Vedra’s John Fox, and Bartram Trail has had no 106 all year.

113 – Life officially becomes really interesting for a person interested in doing projections for this district, starting at this weight. No fewer than three of the six teams can run multiple options here. However, if the rule that every wrestler wants to wrestle down as far as possible is applied, then the favorite is going to be the one state-ranked wrestler in the weight class, St. Augustine sophomore Dustin Vara (last local ranking 4th, 15th statewide). Staying in the lineup during the regular season has been a little bit of an issue, but this is February we’re talking about. I’d put Vara at the top. If everybody plays it straight, I would look at Nease’s Tristen Lucessi (last local ranking 5th) as the runnerup. Vara and Lucessi haven’t met this year, as Lucessi’s three meetings were all against Ralph Hicks (more on him at 120). But. It is possible that Nease could throw out the 106 who isn’t slotted there (either Martinson or Mago) and move Lucessi up to 120. If that happens, I would be looking at Matanzas’ Carter Goodman as the runnerup, or third if Lucessi stays. Any of the rest of the bracket – Bartram Trail’s Kyle Bachman, Creekside’s Josh Cordle, Ponte Vedra’s Tony Giordano or the Nease 106 if Lucessi moves up – could be the fourth. I like Bachman best out of that group, today.

120 – OK, let’s start with what we know. We know Bartram Trail hasn’t had a 120 all season (at least not since late November), so that takes us down to five. Who might be a favorite here? I will take Nease at this weight, leaving aside the question of which Nease will actually be here. It’ll either be Lucessi, mentioned earlier, or Jared Heinrich (last local ranked 5th). They stand out above everyone else in the weight class, either one of them, so pencil in “Nease” as my choice at the top. 2-3 and 4-5 sort of slot together in a group. Right now, I would put in Matanzas and Creekside’s Timothy Allala in the 2-3 group. The Pirates will have either Blane Stefancik or (as they did early in the year) Chad Samples at this weight. No meeting there. I think those two are a step above Ponte Vedra and Ralph Hicks of St. Augustine (assuming that Vara stays at 113; if not, then adjust everybody else at 113 a step up and pencil in “St. Augustine” as my choice at the top here – see what I mean about life being interesting for a guy doing projections?). Ponte Vedra could have James Stanton, Risabh Bhandari or Jairo Hernandez here – all three have seen time at this weight.

126 – Does the uncertainty madness end? No. No, it doesn’t. There’s three wrestlers I like here to move on. That much, I think, I can count on – that those schools will move on at 26. I think the slightest of edges right now probably belongs to Tristan Kraus of Matanzas. Kraus hasn’t faced either Matt Norton of PV or Heinrich/Austin Scott of Nease. Norton has beaten Scott, did so at Terry Parker, and I would have probably looked at Norton as a possible champion if he hadn’t been majored last week by Creekside’s David Tyer. I would have looked at Tyer as a move-on probable; maybe he should be thought of in the finalist conversation as well. Heinrich hasn’t wrestled most of the 26s, but it’s possible he might need to on Saturday depending on that decision at 106/113. Norton should be here, but could also be at 132, with Marshall Frye here at this weight. I’d say that Malik Hicks of St. Augustine faces the most uphill battle getting out on Saturday. That might be the most certain I can be at this weight.

132 – This should be a pretty hard-fought draw. If Scott winds up here at 132, it’ll be a five-to-make-four situation; if not, the four who’ll make it out are pretty set, but not entirely certain as to order just as of yet. As of this minute, I have St. Augustine’s Dayton Gilbert and Matanzas’ Troy Magnuson a cut above Creekside’s Cesar Camacho and Bartram Trail’s Matt McMillan. Scott would really throw a wrinkle in here, but if it winds up with Henry Velasquez, I think Nease struggles to get out. I also think Ponte Vedra, whether it’s Frye or possibly Jackson McIntyre, would struggle. A worst-case scenario for two solid kids – great for the fans though – would be Gilbert, Magnuson, Camacho, McMillan, Scott and Norton all at this weight. All six of them should get to move on. Gilbert and Magnuson are 2-2 against each other and could face off a fifth time Saturday. Camacho barely hung on against McMillan at Bartram Trail duals, winning 3-2. Such a deep weight class.

138 — As of this writing, the third of the five ranked wrestlers is here — Matanzas’ Pedro Nieves — is here, and a solid favorite at the top here (9th statewide). I would look at Creekside’s Ryan Baker as the leading pick for second behind Nieves. Baker had a fantastic December and hit a bit of a lull in early January, but seems to have righted the ship and is back in December form now. This could be another good finals match between Matanzas and Creekside. Nease could put together a solid competitor here, too, between Dalton Koike and Johnny Perez, but Perez wasn’t in the lineup of late and Koike has been. He’s figured some things out since the season began, and now stands a solid chance of getting out. That leaves, with St. Augustine not having a 138 at the moment, either Ponte Vedra (either Frye or more likely McIntyre) or Bartram Trail’s Charlie Miller as the likely fourth. Conor Griffin, who had a nice start to the season at 145, could have helped the Yellow Jackets here (or at 45) but has been out of the lineup since early January.

145 — Even though he’s been out for more than a month, I have no issues with adding Creekside’s Jared Langdo — who was cleared late last week after a broken hand — into the top spot and certainly as a finalist. Langdo started the season ranked early in the year and might have stayed there but for the injury.With one exception (Nease, again), each team has one set wrestler in the lineup, and  I see Langdo taking the top spot in a field with no state-ranked wrestlers. On points, I’ll go with Matanzas’ Nathan Pooler as having a slight edge over the rest of the group, with no clear cut 3 and no clear cut 6. It should make for very entertaining first-round and back-end matches, as evenly-matched wrestlers fight to keep their seasons going. St. Augustine’s Justin Gross, Ponte Vedra’s Zach Gregory, the Nease combo of Perez/Bruce Thigpen/Steven Angle and Bartram Trail’s Andy Plish. Gregory also got off to a slow start, as did Koike at 132/138, but has closed with much better form, and Gross has been solid in the middle for the Yellow Jackets.

152 — You might hope as the weights creep upward that the adjusting would settle itself out, but in 2A-4 that would not be the case, as fully three teams have a pair of guys that they could throw in and go. Though he wasn’t in the lineup for the Sharks at the Orange Park 10-Way Duals, I would look at Ponte Vedra’s Colin Peaks as the favorite at this weight. Peaks, the local #3, has been state-ranked during the course of the year and been solid throughout the season — with a couple of missed appearances. He should be there Saturday. Peaks had a late fall over Matanzas’ Eddy De La Cruz early in the season, and it would be De La Cruz who — I think — is most likely to reach the final with Peaks. Like at 145, I could definitely see the entire group fighting for the remaining two spots. Creekside could throw in either Steven Stanton or Mateo Villa at this weight, with Bartram Trail’s Zach Tillman the likely Bears’ choice. The combo of Stacy Murray and Travis Toole should fill this weight for St. Augustine, with Angle or Thigpen going here for Nease. Truly a tossup when it comes to third and fourth.

160 — Nease’s Tristan Barth gets his first and only shot at a Florida postseason tournament starting this weekend, and the Panther senior (5th locally as of now, 10th statewide) would be considered a iikely if not overwhelming favorite to win here, were it not for one thing. St. Augustine’s Will Rinchiusa — perhaps in an effort to find some good competition — did have one match at this weight at Orange Park, and if Rinchiusa is here he might be more than a match for Barth. I tend to think he won’t be here, but at 170 instead, but one never knows. So if that’s the case, then look for Toole to suit up at 160 for the Yellow Jackets. The runnerup spot might be a strong battle between Ponte Vedra’s Michael Swain and Bartram Trail’s John Wilson — I’d know more about how that would play out if I had their dual, but alas… at any rate, Creekside isn’t going away here, either, as either Willy Lulias or David Cline are also more than capable of making a top-four run as well. It’s possible De La Cruz could be up here, but if not, I’m not sure who will go for Matanzas.

170 — It’d be worth being here for this final, as I would expect, between Rinchiusa, who has been state-ranked during the course of the year, and Matanzas’ Clayton Dennis, who is ranked 6th statewide. The pair have seen each other three times already this season, with Dennis winning the first and third and Rinchiusa winning the middle match. This should be a heckuva final, should both stay as (this writer) believes they probably will. Should everybody play 170 straight, I would expect Creekside’s Dakota Cody to be the third here over Bartram’s Joseph Guthrie, Ponte Vedra’s Frankie Norton and Nease’s Jason Geiger, although if either Swain or Barth is up here (not likely for the latter, possible for the former) that could complicate things. Surely things will start to settle out with just four weights to go. Right?

182 — Somewhat right. Both St. Augustine and Nease could go one of two ways at 182 and 195, as they have a pair of wrestlers (Hunter Collis & Xavier Jones for the Yellow Jackets, Cristian Bennar and Christopher Anderson for the Panthers) who could go at either weight. The other three teams fielding 182s — Ponte Vedra has not had a 182 this year — should be fairly set. I’m thinking that Creekside’s Jeremy Beaulieu should be the favorite at this weight, ahead of both Matanzas’ Jordin Castanheira and Bartram Trail’s Brandon Alexanian, who have been established starters all season. I think you’ll see Beaulieu and Castanheira battling for the title. I’m not exactly sure how St. Augustine and Nease will play these two weights. It will be some interesting strategy, that’s for sure.

195 — Expect the St. Augustine and Nease combos (the other half not at 182) to be here and fighting for one spot to make it out, as Ponte Vedra does not have a 195 and the other three spots look to be well-filled between favorite Maverick Dennis of Matanzas and solid challengers Hayden Good of Bartram Trail and Gus Fischer of Creekside. I would expect Dennis, Good and Fischer to go 1-3, with St. Augustine and Nease battling it out for the fourth spot. I am curious to see if Good — who joined the team late after being part of the Bears’ stellar football run in the fall — can make it to the finals and then perhaps give Dennis a challenge there. He’s been impressive for only getting half a season. Fischer was very solid early on, and hopefully can find that form for the post-season.

220 — At long last, some certainty — maybe. Mostly. As of this writing, there are only four certain competitors that should be competing on Saturday. Bartram Trail hasn’t had a 220 for awhile after only competing in a couple of dual meets earlier in December and January, and St. Augustine hasn’t had a 220 for quite some time, either. Should those situations continue to be the case, the four known wrestlers — Creekside’s Rafael Lopez, Matanzas’ Gregorio Torres, Nease’s Michael Steinhour and Ponte Vedra’s Matt Arnett — won’t have to worry about making it out, but only for seeding purposes. I would see Lopez as the heavy favorite in that event, whether there are four wrestlers or six during the course of the year, with the other three pitching an evenly-matched battle for the remaining seeds.

285 — No combos or uncertainties. Mostly. I would put Creekside’s Cole Eubanks as the heavy favorite to win the weight class. Bartram Trail’s Travis Keller should be the #2 after also joining the team late due to football needs, though the season starter at 285, William Lynch, did make an appearance at the Bears’ duals tournament. Matanzas’ Jessy Moseley looks to be ahead of Ponte Vedra’s Taylor Montroy for third, from the look of the late results.

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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).

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Orange Park 10-Way Dual Schedule

Orange Park 10-way Duals

Wrestling to start Saturday at 9 a.m. on four mats. If a tie in pool competition, NFHS criteria will determine pool placement.

Black pool: Orange Park, West Nassau, St. Augustine, Matanzas, Baker County.

Orange pool: Lincoln, Nease, Oakleaf, Palatka, Bishop Kenny.

Round 1 — Mat 1: West Nassau v. Baker County; Mat 2: St. Augustine v. Matanzas; Mat 3: Oakleaf v. Palatka; Mat 4: Nease v. Bishop Kenny.

Round 2 — Mat 1: Orange Park v. Baker County; Mat 2: West Nassau v. St. Augustine; Mat 3: Lincoln v. Oakleaf; Mat 4: Nease v. Palatka.

Round 3 — Mat 1: Orange Park v. Matanzas; Mat 2: Baker County v. St. Augustine; Mat 3: Lincoln v. Palatka; Bishop Kenny v. Oakleaf.

Round 4 — Mat 1: Orange Park v. St. Augustine; Mat 2: Matanzas v. West Nassau; Mat 3: Lincoln v. Bishop Kenny; Mat 4: Oakleaf v. Nease.

Round 5 — Mat 1: Orange Park v. West Nassau; Mat 2: Matanzas v. Baker County; Mat 3: Lincoln v. Nease; Mat 4: Palatka v. Bishop Kenny.

Round 6 (place round) — Orange 1 v. Black 1; Orange 2 v. Black 2; Orange 3 v. Black 3; Orange 4 v. Black 4; Orange 5 v. Black 5.

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December 7 Roundup Story

(Editor’s Note: For story purposes, just need results from Fletcher — they have been promised to me!)

The first clash of area titans proved a one-sided affair Saturday in Matanzas.

#1 Fleming Island and #3 Orange Park, along with seven other St. Johns River Conference squads, tangled on Saturday, and when the day was over, the Golden Eagles reigned supreme within the league ranks.

Behind nine individual titles, Fleming Island far outdistanced the runnerup Raiders, 255-158, for the team title.

Host Matanzas was third with with 145, with Middleburg (101), Pedro Menendez (89.5), Nease (69.5), St. Augustine (47), Bartram Trail (36) and Palatka (7) rounding out the rest of the team scores.

The Golden Eagles won every weight class from 106 through 145 pounds, with Joseph Cooper (106), Chase Robison (113), Xaiver Sampsel (120), Evan McCall (126), Anthony Petrelli (132), David Detwiler (138) and John Martorano (145) all victorious in the streak.

After Menendez’s Rodney Padgett broke the streak with a title at 152, Jerome Abbott became league champion #8 for Fleming Island at 160, with Peter Martorano hitting the mats for the first time in 2013-14 with a title at 195.

Likewise, Orange Park’s Devon Brooks saw his first mat time of the season and at a new weight to boot, taking home the title at 220 pounds. The Raiders’ Christian Tejada was also victorious at 285.

Middleburg’s Jonathan Shoen was the only other @NEFloridaMatmen area champion, taking home first at 182. Matanzas’ Clayton Dennis won at 170 to round out the field of conference winners.

Jensen Beach duals: #2 Clay defeated three state-ranked teams over the course of the two-day tournament to finish third, losing only to the tournament hosts — tied for 4th in preseason Class 2A state rankings — and Tampa Jesuit, ranked 3rd in Class 2A.

The Blue Devils’ wins came over Riverdale (39-33), Palm Beach Gardens (49-21) and Jupiter (48-29), all ranked teams, as well as Centennial (59-15) and Bishop Moore (60-12).

Clay senior Dylan Martin (132) was a perfect 7-0 over the course of the weekend, with Cody Taylor (113), Adam Breindel (145) and Jayvih Tobler (285) all going 6-1. Andrew Klopman (106), Caleb Loyd (152) and Kaleb Collins (182) each were 5-2 for the Blue Devils.

Columbia Tiger Invitational: Newly-minted @NEFloridaMatmen area team member and tournament host Columbia held off Suwannee, 80-73, for top team honors at Saturday’s 10-team meet in Lake City.

Kaleb Warner (132) and Marcus Zeighler (285) were the Tigers’ representatives atop the podium, as each won titles, but Columbia also got runner-up finishes from Cole Horton (106), Josh Wine (113) and Josh Lynch (120) en route to placing nine wrestlers in the top four.

Yulee, with 42 points, took eighth place in team competition, with six wrestlers finishing in the top four. Timothy Worthen (138), Daniel Beverly (160) and Joseph Turner (182) each finished second in their respective weight classes.

Buchholz duals: After stringing together 10 wins at home to start the 2013-14 season, #7 Bishop Snyder ran into difficulties on the road this past weekend.

The competition at Buchholz’s Karen Kearney Duals had a lot to do that. With 3A state-ranked Palm Coast and 2A state-ranked Gainesville in the mix, the Cardinals found rougher going, winning just three of seven duals in the two-day tournament.

Bishop Snyder defeated local rival Oakleaf (42-25), plus had wins over Bradford (41-36) and North Marion (57-6). Brandon Marshall (182) and Nathan Morales (195) were the Cardinals’ brightest stars, as both wrestlers went 7-0 on the weekend.

Oakleaf was 1-6 in six of seven duals reported. No individual results from their dual with West Orange were available at press time. Senior Anthony Hauser went 5-1 in six matches for the Knights, with his only loss coming against Palm Coast.

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Clay, Bishop Snyder run table at N. Florida Duals II

By Shannon Heaton, Northeast Florida Matmen

The old saying is tradition never graduates.

While that might be true, it does require the next generation to step into a level of competition it may not have experienced before.

That’s just as true for teams carrying on a long tradition, such as #2 Clay, or those that are attempting to build one, such as #9 Bishop Snyder.

Both teams built 5-0 records at Saturday’s North Florida Duals II at the Bishop Snyder gym, though the Blue Devils and Cardinals took very different paths to get there.

Clay, for its part, was expected to go 5-0, but its path to winning out took the Blue Devils through some stronger competition early in #7 Fletcher (50-19) and HM-listed Creekside (51-19).

As well, the Blue Devils shut out #8 Fernandina Beach (69-0) and a much-improved Buchholz side (46-27) before closing out the day with a one-sided romp over Nease (64-3).

“We had an absolutely tremendous mindset in practice this week,” Clay assistant coach Hunter Hill said. “We knew we had to get better after (finishing second at) Border Wars (last weekend). We started five freshmen at Border Wars and five again today. But it was good to come in and dominate. It showed that even some of our backup guys can do the job for us.”

Working off-season has proven key to Clay’s success over the years, and this past off-season was no different.

“We knew we were going to be in a spot where we were going to replace some top-notch guys, but it’s great to have the dedication from the parents and the kids the whole off-season, from March to July. That’s why we are able to reload and grow again,” Hill said.

Bishop Snyder is still working toward putting iself in that situation. Last week, the Cardinals had few troubles getting to 5-0. Saturday, with injuries causing some key losses, it was far less than a sure thing.

The Cardinals took out Fernandina Beach to start the day, winning that dual by a 39-27 count, and then breathed a bit easier in the middle of the day, with solid wins over Bartram Trail (36-24), Nease (48-36) and Middleburg (54-16).

But a determined Brunswick squad just about spoiled the party at the end of the day, forcing the Cardinals to a 39-39 tie. For the second time in five days locally, the 8th criterion — most first points scored — determined the winner. Snyder outperformed Brunswick by a 7-1 count on that score.

“It hurt us when our heavy (Christian DeLosSantos) went down and our 195 (Nate Morales) was out with a shoulder injury. The rest of the kids really picked it up,” Snyder coach Rusty Kellum said. “We’re always reminding them that we want to see a little bit of toughness in the program.”

Snyder is now 10-0 after two sets of duals at home, but it’s to programs like Clay’s that Kellum looks to most often.

“We don’t get our 132 back eligible until January and we just had a 106 come out yesterday so before long we’ll have a full lineup, and then there’s no more excuses. It’s put up or shut up time,” Kellum said. “These guys have to respond like some did today. We were wrestling a style that we teach in the room, which is to attack. Now we’ll shift gears and push even harder from here.”

Creekside fell out of the top 10 earlier this week after Snyder’s strong showing a week ago, but the Knights made their case to jump back up in the polls after a solid 4-1 day, losing only to Clay and picking up wins over Buchholz, Brunswick, Nease and Fernandina Beach.

“It’s all practice until district/regional/state, but I saw some good things, a lot of good things,” Creekside coach Richard Marabell said. “We tried to fine-tune things throughout the day, and most of the kids did that.”

Those three teams were the only locals to go .500 or better on the day, with Fletcher going 2-3, three teams (Fernandina Beach, Nease and Middleburg) all 1-4 and Bartram Trail not finding a win in the Bears’ season-opening set of duals.

Edit: Changed Clay-Fletcher dual score.