Thursday Night Roundup Story (1/23)

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

Bishop Snyder and Bolles have gotten rather chummy of late, at least as far as Class 1A regional rivals might.

The Cardinals and Bulldogs might face off three times in the space of eight days, starting last weekend at Bartram Trail’s dual tournament, a 48-29 Bolles victory.

Round 2 took place Thursday night at Bishop Snyder, and the result was more or less the same — 51-27 in favor of the 6th-ranked Cardinals.

Putting together a fuller lineup, last Saturday as well as now, was the biggest difference favoring Bishop Snyder (26-5), who fielded a 13-man team compared to just nine for the Bulldogs.

In the matches wrestled head-to-head, the score was 21-21, with each side taking three pins. Snyder’s came at 120 pounds from Tyler Bilodeau (first period), Brandon Marshall in the first period at 182, and Nathan Morales in the first period at 195.

Bolles answered with falls from KJ Fagan (106, first period), Bradshaw Steele (152, 2nd) and Brandon Dattoli (170, 1st). But Bishop Snyder collected five forfeits to the Bulldogs’ one, and that proved critical.

Both Bishop Snyder and Bolles will compete this Saturday at the Brunswick GA 10-Way Duals, where they potentially could face each other a third time in barely more than week.

At Ed White: Fernandina Beach started the season as a ranked team, and while the Pirates couldn’t hold that ranking early, they look more like a team capable of holding it now.

Fernandina made the trip to Jacksonville’s Westside, taking wins over Baker County (60-24) and host Ed White (42-36). In the final match of the night, the Commanders held off the Wildcats, 42-35.

Zachary Watson (113), Joseph Helm (120), Tharin Hessenauer (126), Josh Helm (145), Thomas Monaghan (152) and Kelsey Greathouse (182) all won twice for the Pirates. The larger three unbeatens on the night all had two pins each.

Ed White got two wins from Roderick Evans (106, 2 pins), Darien Tucker (138, 2 pins), Sergio Jordan (160, 2 pins), Andrew Holman (170, 2 pins) and Kelton Johnson (285, 2 pins). Brandon Harvey (132), James Carter (195) and Lenny Carter (220) were each 2-0 for Baker County.

At Palm Coast: The hosts won every match from 106 through 170, hammering #3 Orange Park, 56-15, in the final regular-season tuneup for both teams before districts.

Devon Brooks (220) and Christian Tejada (285) both won by first-period falls for the Raiders (24-10), with Chase Lasater adding a 6-5 decision at 182 for Orange Park.

Zachary Branning (106), Anthony Maia (132), Korey Bryl (145) and Jonathan Muniz (195) gave Palm Coast (16-0) falls, with Alfred Shavers (120) and Eric Rosso (138) both won by technical fall.

At Bradford: The hosts jumped to a 24-0 lead over Pedro Menendez and made that lead stand up behind late bonus points in a 35-29 victory over the Falcons.

Menendez got falls from Daniel Desario (138), Max Worthington (145) and Brandon Anderson (152) to close the gap to 24-18, but Bradford was able to clinch the dual with a technical fall at 160 and pin at 170.

William Gwin added a victory by technical fall at 285 for the Falcons.

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in both 1992 and again in 2011. But I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. We combined those sites into North Florida Matmen in the summer of 2018. And, we've started South Georgia Matmen in November of 2018. Our work is never paywalled, our content is searchable for all time. We're here because the kids keep lacing 'em up, so we'll keep writing 'em up.

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