Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
KISSIMMEE — By his own high standards, or even most, Fleming Island junior Chase Robison had a forgettable state tournament experience one weekend ago.
On Saturday, at Osceola High School, Robison defeated three state medalists to win the 113-pound weight class at the 2014 Florida All-Class Wrestling Showcase.
Robison opened with a 10-1 major decision over 2A third-place finisher Julian Ramirez, then followed that up with a 9-7 decision over Barron Collier’s Brendon Eddington to reach the final.
There, he knocked off 3A state runnerup Nicholas Villamil of G. Holmes Braddock, 3-1, for the title. He was Northeast Florida’s only champion out of 14 local wrestlers in the tournament.
University Christian senior Jamal Fiffer finished second at 285. After losing by fall to 3A state champ Daniel Leon of North MIami in the semifinals. He then got a revenge win of sorts over 1A state champ MaShawn Knight of Tallahassee Godby, 8-4, in the consi semis and then defeated Charlotte’s Bucky Dennis (third in 2A) by injury-default for second place.
Three locals also finished third. At 120, Fleming Island sophomore Xaiver Sampsel pinned Lakewood Ranch’s Dylan Cameron (4th in 2A) after falling 3-2 to 1A-4th Bryce Rogers of Lake Highland Prep.
At 170, Bishop Kenny senior Kuba Kaszuba was second at 170 after receiving a first-round bye and winning 12-10 over 3A fourth-place finisher Joel Nivar in the semis. In the final, Citrus’ Casey Bearden — who took third in 2A — pinned Kaszuba in 1 minute and 43 seconds, and Villages’ Colton Jackson pinned Kaszuba in 54 seconds for “true” second.
At 195, University Christian’s Trey Miller took third with a first-round win over Cypress Lake’s Cory Kirkesner and 3-2 semifinal loss to super-frosh 2A runnerup Nick Mosco of Tampa Prep. He then won by forfeit over Cardinal Gibbons’ Ryan Thomas to take third.
Bradford’s Jarraid Forsyth was 1-1 at 160, leaving the tournament after his semifinal match, a loss by fall to Palmetto Ridge’s Chase Singletary, after winning over Citrus’ Brandon Taylor 11-6.
Eight other locals lost in the first round of their weight classes, which ended their day.
At 106, Clay’s Andrew Klopman lost 10-6 to 1A state champ Joey Silva of Lake Highland Prep, while teammates Dale Browning (113, lost by fall to Villamil), Dylan Martin (132, lost by decision to 1A state champ Jamel Morris) and Adam Breindel (145, lost by fall to Julian Hernandez) also all lost in the first round.
Columbia junior Kaleb Warner (132) fell 9-0 to 1A state runnerup Elijah Cleary, with Bolles junior Josh Calhoun (also at 132) falling by 8-0 major decision to 3A state finalist Ethan Owen of George Jenkins.
At 170, Suwannee junior Sasha Key lost by technical fall to 1A third-place finisher Colton Jackson of Villages, and at 220, Orange Park senior Devon Brooks fell by a narrow 2-0 score to 1A state champion Jesse Gaudin of Hernando.