Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
BRUNSWICK, GA — One last tuneup.
Just a couple of days after dropping to fourth in the Class 1A statewide polls, #1 Clay tuned up the competition in Saturday’s 10-Way dual event hosted by Brunswick, hammering four pool opponents by an average of 56.5 points and then taking it to the host Pirates, 64-9, in the final.
The Blue Devils (23-2) opened wrestling Saturday with a convincing 76-6 victory over Bolles, then added one-sided wins against #6 Bishop Snyder (65-12) and Yulee (79-0). Camden County gave Clay the most trouble on the day, but the Blue Devils still more than doubled up Camden’s score in a 43-19 win.
The pool wins put Clay into the tournament title match against Brunswick, and the closest the Pirates would get was two matches in, trailing 6-3. Four Clay falls later, it was 30-3 and the dual was effectively over.
Roland Samec (285) started that string of pins, continued by Andrew Klopman (106), Dale Browning (113) and Caleb Wyman (120). Imier Almanzar (152), Caleb Loyd (160) and Tristain Sichmeller (182) also had falls, as did Jon Whiting at 195 to start the dual. Dylan Martin (132) and Adam Breindel (145) picked up technical falls as well.
After starting the day with tough defeats against Clay and Camden County, Bishop Snyder righted the ship for a 2-2 day, defeating Bolles 46-26 and Yulee 52-21. Yulee knocked off Bolles, 45-34, for its lone win on the day.
Wrestlers at seven weights were undefeated for Clay. Recording five wins on the day were Browning at 113, Martin at 132, Breindel at 145, Almanzar at 152 and Loyd at 160. Additionally, Andrew Klopman (4 matches) and Cody Taylor (1) were undefeated at 106. Bishop Snyder’s Brandon Marshall (182) and Bolles’ Brandon Dattoli (170) were 4-0 on the day.
Girls’ state title for Fiege: Sandalwood’s Nadine Fiege won a second girls’ state championship this past weekend, as reported on her Twitter feed. Fiege has been the starter for the Saints at 170 pounds. Further details were not available at the time of this writing, but will be added as more information becomes available.
At Fernandina Beach: Three days after wrestling them at Ed White, the Pirates hosted Baker County on a rare single Saturday-afternoon dual, defeating the Wildcats 48-27.
Five pins carried Fernandina Beach to the win, as well as three forfeits. Joseph Helm (120), Josh Helm (145), Thomas Monaghan (152), Matthew Schuyler (160) and Kelsey Greathouse (182) all had falls for the Pirates.
Baker County got pins from Logan Kish (132), James Carter (195) and Lenny Carter (285), as well as a forfeit at 220 from Jestin Canterbury and decision from Brandon Harvey at 132.