Bragging Rights: Who Won States in 2A? (Hint: Brandon’s Pretty Good)

All right, I gotta get this show on the road because once I jump into the regions lots of people around here might be interested in how that turned out.

So 2A. Medal breakdown first:

1. Region 2 (31) — 11-9-4-4-1-2. 2. Region 3 (25) — 1-3-8-6-4-3. 3. Region 4 (16) — 2-1-2-1-4-6. 4. Region 1 (12) — 0-1-0-3-5-3.

Hmm. I guess Region 2 should go in as the favorite. After all, Brandon’s there, so why not? Let’s take a look at the numbers.

106

1. Region 2 — 57 points. 11-7 as a group. Frank Bruno (1st) 4-0, Jarrett Roop (4th) 3-2, Jonathan Quinones (6th) 3-3, Kyre Kelly 1-2. Well, there you go. Too early, perhaps, to award the crown, but it’s a very strong start.

2. Region 4 — 26 points. 9-7 as a group. Konnor McHale (3rd) 4-1, Donald Christman (5th) 4-2, Wade Blalock 0-2, Kirk Vera 1-2. Medalists did most of the work, but they did it on both sides of the bracket.

3. Region 3 — 18 points. 5-7 as a group. James Monos 2-2, Matthew Gjerde 0-2, Drew Harrington 0-2, Hunter Reed (2nd) 3-1. Bacon got saved by the region fourth-placer Reed. Bottom half of the bracket wasn’t kind to the 3s.

4. Region 1 — 13 points. 4-8 as a group. Austin Wynn 0-2, Blake Hartzog 1-2, Traevon O’Neal 2-2, Nelson Elder 1-2. As the bottom half of the bracket wasn’t kind to the 3s, the top wasn’t for the 1s, other than O’Neal. Wynn will have another shot to improve next season.

113

1. Region 2 — 43.5 points at weight (100.5 overall). 9-5 as a group. Kyle Norstrem (1st) 4-0, Caleb Smith (2nd) 3-1, Chance Sharbono 2-2, Anthony Zucco 0-2. Is that Danny Zucco’s grandkid? More seriously, I had an emailer say something semi-derogatory about Smith. Look, I don’t know him from Adam, but you go 3-1 with a 70-0 Brandon kid, you’re doing something right.

2. Region 4 — 25 points at weight (51 overall). 8-8 as a group. Aaron Wiechel 1-2, Ryan Hudson (6th) 2-3, Julian Ramirez (3rd) 5-1, Anthony Silvestre 0-2. Kind of odd, not in that there were two medalists, but that neither was the champ. First Roop from Region 3 at 6 goes 4th at region, 2nd at state, and now this? Hmm.

3. Region 3 — 23.5 points at weight (41.5 overall). 8-8 as a group. Brent Smallwood 1-2, Jared Lanier (5th) 3-2, Brendon Eddington (4th) 4-2, Stanley LaJeune 0-2. Here’s another one, second time for the 3s. Weird.

4. Region 1 — 13 points at weight (31 overall). 4-8 as a group. Marcus Reid 2-2, Jacob Geiger 1-2, Tahj Brennen 1-2, Chris Griffin 0-2. Had higher hopes for this group than this. Reid did his job, finishing one match from medalling.

120

1. Region 2 — 44.5 points at weight (145 overall). 9-5 as a group. Michael McDonald (1st) 4-0, Nick Peschek 2-2, Ty Lucas (2nd) 3-1, Luis Casado 0-2. Region has swept the titles so far — we’d already seen that the region won 11. That’s pretty dang impressive in itself.

2. Region 3 — 50 points at weight (91.5 overall). 13-7 as a group. Rich Reichelt (3rd) 4-1, Dylan Cameron (4th) 3-2, Colton Thomas 2-2, Cole Manion (5th) 4-2. When everybody contributes like this, and there were just wins and bonus points everywhere, particularly on the back half, it makes for an impressive tournament.

3. Region 4 — 14 points at weight (65 overall). 5-9 as a group. David Richards (6th) 3-3, Jordin Chandler 1-2, Kyle Kirkham 1-2, Maher Jaser 0-2. The 4s backslid after an OK start through the first two weights. After just three WC, region is 80 back of the leader.

4. Region 1 — 5 points at weight (31 overall). 2-8 as a group. Matthew Burger 1-2, Tyrese Germain 1-2, Austin Wild 0-2, Shawn Lanier 0-2. As I noticed that Region 2 has all of the gold medals so far, I’ve noticed Region 1 being shut out of the medals in the same stretch. A big early hole being dug.

126

1. Region 2 — 55 points at weight (200 overall). 13-4 as a group. James Flint (1st) 4-0, Sa’Derian Perry (2nd) 3-1, Marcus Mosley 2-2, RC Consuegra 4-1 (3rd). Another 1-2, the third in a row for the 2s, with a third out of the fourth-place region finisher as well. Hard to do better than this, both in terms of wins and losses. The cup is being prepared.

2. Region 3 — 14 points at weight (105.5 overall). 5-8 as a group. Zach Kelly 1-2, Anthony Viscomi (5th) 3-2, Dylan Mooney 0-2, Trenton Swanson 1-2. Viscomi’s run to the semis helped things maintain, but shouting distance became barely just and we’re only four weights in.

3. Region 4 — 12 points at weight (77 overall). 5-9 as a group. Lucas Dominguez 2-2, Kiaun McClure 0-2, Joseph Fletcher 0-2, Jake Gillis (6th) 3-3. Still trying to wrap my head around Gillis being fourth here. I’d have to go back and look. Again, bottom half of bracket wasn’t kind.

4. Region 1 — 18 points at weight (49 overall). 6-8 as a group. Jon Gardner (4th) 4-2, Tyler Bradley 1-2, Nick Staviski 1-2, David Edmunds 0-2. Gardner did most of the work, and that after an opening-round loss to Gillis. Bradley and Staviski won their matches on the front side. After that, all Gardner — who did get the region’s first medal.

132

1. Region 2 — 45 points at weight (245 overall). 9-5 as a group. Dylan Lucas (1st) 4-0, Andrew Smith (3rd) 4-1, Jared Tarvin 1-2, Jonathan Crunkilton 0-2. Swept the titles so far. Brandon has four of those. The power of one team can go a long way, but Smith had a great tournament as well.

2. Region 3 — 16 points at weight (121.5 overall). 4-7 as a group. Tanis Taylor (2nd) 3-1, Andy Hernandez 1-2, Evan Ratliff 0-2, Tim Dwyer 0-2. Held second, but only because it had a sizable lead — finished last in the weight class. Taylor did most of the work of note and no one scored points on the back half.

3. Region 4 — 18 points at weight (95 overall). 6-9 as a group. Wilmer Almendarez 2-2, Kolin Stapp (6th) 3-3, Bertrand Saint-Preux 1-2, Bryce Poppell 0-2. Top two guys did most of the heavy lifting, not a lot of bonus points to be found for each win.

4. Region 1 — 35 points at weight (84 overall). 10-8 as a group. Kaleb Warner (5th) 3-2, Anthony Hauser (4th) 4-2, Joey Epstein 2-2, Winslow Robinson 1-2. Knew the local 132s were gonna shine, and they did, outperforming the combined Region 3-4 total. Lots of wins all the way through. By far the best performance out of the region thus far.

138

1. Region 2 — 45 points at weight (290 overall).
8-5 as a group. Devan Berrian (1st) 4-0, Adam Lewis (2nd) 3-1, Devin Glenn 0-2, Corey Tisdal 1-2. Yet another 1-2 finish. That brings forward a lot of points on the front side; in fact, all but 2.5 points came on the title side.

2. Region 3 — 45 points at weight (166.5 overall).
8-7 as a group. Trey Hoff (3rd) 5-1, Jared Dipsiner 1-2, Bryce Balsinger (4th) 4-2, Hunter Johnson 2-2. The 3s seem to be able to clean up the back side of the bracket after the 2s dominate the front half.

3. Region 4 — 26 points at weight (121 overall).
8-9 as a group. James Medal (5th) 3-2, Yancarlos Guerra (6th) 2-3, Cody Herl 2-2, Danny Fernandez 1-2. Pretty good performance, all in all, but it’s pretty much a battle for second at this point.

4. Region 1 — 3 points at weight (87 overall).
1-8 as a group. Travis Neubeck 1-2, Dustin Regar 0-2, Chase Blake 0-2, Tristen Roderick 0-2. They all get another shot to improve next year.

145

1. Region 2 — 32 points at weight (322 overall).
8-5 as a group. Troy Joyce (2nd) 3-1, Jordan Rivera (1st) 4-0, Chris Moore 1-2, Kionte Crocker 0-2. Well, the way it’s been going, 32 points is kind of a slump for the 2s. And they STILL went 1-2 in the weight.

2. Region 3 — 43 points at weight (209.5 overall).
12-7 as a group. Joey Nadotti (3rd) 5-1, CJ Trammell (4th) 4-2, Chase Washington 2-2, Quinton Fleming 1-2. Another bracket where the 3s just piled up wins on the back end.

3. Region 4 — 14 points at weight (135 overall).
4-8 as a group. Ian Wiswell (5th) 3-2, Yasuan Rosa 0-2, Michael Lockwood 1-2, Dylan Perrow 0-2. Wiswell carried most of the weight. Is it just me, or are the four spots pretty well staked out?

4. Region 1 — 13 points at weight (100 overall).
5-9 as a group. Matt Tamayo (6th) 2-3, Blake Doerr 2-2, Jake Maguire 1-2, Jared Langdo 0-2. Triple digits. Tamayo got to the semis, but just two wins on the back side.

152

1. Region 2 — 17 points at weight (339 overall).
6-8 as a group. Jacob Ewles (4th) 3-2, Brian Buser 2-2, Tommy Fretwell 1-2, Triston Howe 0-2. This has been about average for a Region 4 effort. By Region 2 standards? Almost completely unacceptable.

2. Region 3 — 31 points at weight (240.5 overall).
9-8 as a group. Theo Curto (3rd) 4-1, Tristan Roy (6th) 3-3, Joey Haan 2-2, Brody Mansfield 0-2. They’re trying to make a move, but the lead might just be too overwhelming.

3. Region 4 — 25 points at weight (160 overall).
5-6 as a group. Kenny Boyd (1st) 4-0, Clayton Williams 0-2, Isaac Eskenazi 1-2, Hunter Loper 0-2. Boyd did pretty much all of the work, as the lone other victory was a forfeit win.

4. Region 1 — 29 points at weight (129 overall).
9-7 as a group. Tristan Sommer (2nd) 3-1, Mitchell Harris (5th) 4-2), Forrest Lang 1-2, Marcellus Boyd 1-2. A pretty good showing, but it was a pretty balanced weight class, all things considered.

160

1. Region 2 — 49 points at weight (388 overall).
11-6 as a group. Dakota Greene (1st) 4-0, Brandon Taylor (2nd) 3-1, Vincent Buonanno 1-2, Marc Iureto (6th) 3-3. OK, this is more like it. Another 1-2, plus a third medal, and all is right in the Region 2 world.

2. Region 3 — 38 points at weight (278.5 overall).
9-7 as a group. Chase Singletary (3rd) 4-1, Andrew Scherer (4th) 4-2, Chase Zahalka 1-2, Luke Veigel 0-2. Singletary and Scherer did most of the work, Singletary on the front side and Scherer on the back side.

3. Region 4 — 6 points at weight (166 overall).
2-8 as a group. Dilano Taylor 0-2, Austin McHale 2-2, Travon Norman 0-2, Jerry Vail 0-2. The region had no wins on the front side, McHale had two on the back end and that was it.

4. Region 1 — 22 points at weight (151 overall).
7-8 as a group. Kevin Hilton (5th) 3-2, Joseph Cambron 2-2, Jaycie Rudd 1-2, Tristen Barth 1-2. Several wins, everyone contributed, but not a lot of bonus points to be had.

170

1. Region 2 — 55 points at weight (443 overall).
11-4 as a group. Dontae McGee (1st) 4-0, Casey Bearden (3rd) 4-1, William Swift (2nd) 3-1, Charles Watts 0-2. Everyone, can I present your 2A champion by region–a 1-2-3 showing at this point is pretty much about enough to finish it off.

2. Region 3 — 34 points at weight (312.5 overall).
12-8 as a group. Levi McQuinn (4th) 4-2, Jamel Davis (5th) 4-2, Ty McLeod 2-2, Casey Ricker 2-2. Hard to believe that the 3s actually came up with more wins than the 2s. Between the two regions, they won five of the six medals and picked up nearly 80 percent of the wins.

3. Region 4 — 7 points at weight (173 overall).
2-8 as a group. Ariel Jimenez 1-2, Colton Whittaker 0-2, Yuri Cabrera 1-2, Joel Sabastien 0-2. Both of the wins were forfeit wins — no wins in contested matches. That almost opened the door for…

4. Region 1 — 15 points at weight (166 overall).
4-9 as a group. Shamar Johnson 1-2, Clayton Dennis (6th) 2-3, William Rinchiusa 1-2, Jerrin Gilmore 0-2. Dennis made the semis for his wins, and Johnson’s win came on the championship side, but just one win on the back. Still, though, the 1s closed the gap.

182

1. Region 2 — 50 points at weight (493 overall).
11-5 as a group. Luis Peguero (2nd) 3-1, Sawyer Root (1st) 4-0, Joe Marcano (5th) 3-2, John Mooney 1-2. And another 1-2 finish pretty much wraps it up in favor of the 2s.

2. Region 3 — 37 points at weight (349.5 overall).
12-8 as a group. Max Reynolds (6th) 3-3, Nico Lightfoot (3rd) 5-1, Dylan Jones 2-2, Zech Rives 2-2. Yet again, more wins for the 3s, but not as many medals, and no top step. Still, though, they racked up win after win after win.

3. Region 4 — 14 points at weight (187 overall).
5-8 as a group. Johnley Cadet (4th) 3-2, Elijah Saboor 0-2, Damon McCurry 1-2, Nick Umana 0-2. Most of the work was done by Cadet.

4. Region 1 — 3 points at weight (169 overall).
1-8 as a group. Will Diamond 1-2, Avery Sisson 0-2, Jeremy Beaulieu 0-2, Jordin Castanheira 0-2. Falling back to an 18-point gap isn’t awful, but the 7-point effort the 4s put up at 170 had opened the door, and it’s starting to close again.

195

1. Region 2 — 30 points at weight (523 overall).
8-7 as a group. Nick Mosco (2nd) 3-1, Bailey Shepherd (4th) 4-2, Corey Humphrey 1-2, Cole Mueller 0-2. Very balanced weight, as we’ll soon see.

2. Region 3 — 30 points at weight (379.5 overall).
8-8 as a group. Acey Woodman (6th) 2-3, Cory Kerkesner (3rd) 5-1, Robert McLachlan 1-2, Clifton Thomas 0-2. Three out of four wins on the front side in round 1, with one semifinalist, and Kerkesner only lost 5-4 to the eventual state champ.

3. Region 4 — 30 points at weight (217 overall).
6-6 as a group. Chris Favoroso (1st) 4-0, Lamarcus Allen 2-2, Jay Rowland 0-2, Gaige Robbins 0-2. Only Favoroso won on the front side, but he was plenty devastating in and of himself.

4. Region 1 — 22 points at weight (191 overall).
6-8 as a group. Chris Nash (5th) 3-2, Brendan McClendon 1-2, Fred Saliba 2-2, Chasen Irvine 0-2. The group did pretty well in the first round, with three wins, and Nash made the semis.

220

1. Region 2 — 38.5 points at weight (561.5 overall).
11-7 as a group. Robert Enmon (3rd) 5-1, David Rudd (4th) 4-2, Kendonte Nichols 1-2, Carlos Barbosa 1-2. Even on cruise control as a region, the quartet at this weight still performed admirably.

2. Region 3 — 31 points at weight (410.5 overall).
8-6 as a group. Tobias Baker (1st) 4-0, Lavanda Warren 2-2, Nabbacus Watkins 2-2, James Banks 0-2. Baker had a pretty solid run en route to the title, but Warren was the only other 3 to win on the championship side.

3. Region 4 — 26 points at weight (243 overall).
6-8 as a group. Anthony Wint (2nd) 3-1, Pat Conroy (6th) 2-3, Darien Hall 1-2, Cory Vickers 0-2. The 4s scored pretty well, with three first-round wins, but after that it was pretty much all medalists.

4. Region 1 — 11 points at weight (202 overall).
4-8 as a group. Devon Brooks (5th) 3-2, Tres’ Dawson 0-2, Jason Osagie 1-2, Rafael Lopez 0-2. Brooks did most of the winning at this weight, but the overall gap now between third and fourth might be too much to overcome.

285

1. Region 2 — 37 points at weight (598.5 overall).
7-6 as a group. Austin Underwood (1st) 4-0, Brandon Martin 1-2, Robert Mosley 2-2, Colton Rausch 0-2. The 2s couldn’t quite get to 600, but quite an impressive overall performance, with 11 titles and 31 medals and more than 40 points per weight class.

2. Region 3 — 45 points at weight (455.5 overall).
10-6 as a group. Andre Matthews (2nd) 3-1, Bucky Dennis (3rd) 5-1, Luis Sanchez 2-2, Michael Delago 0-2. Medalists did well, and Sanchez gave some contribution on both sides. This might have been strong enough to win 3A, but not a Brandon-turbocharged Region 2.

3. Region 4 — 16 points at weight (259 overall).
5-8 as a group. Tomelle One 2-2, Zach Finnegan 0-2, Brandon Way (5th) 4-2, Aaron Dolphus 0-2. Way saved a double-digit performance at this weight, but the 4s had probably had third locked up for a couple of weights by now.

4. Region 1 — 22 points at weight (224 overall).
7-9 as a group. Malcolm Kirce (4th) 3-2, Kelton Johnson 1-2, Christian Tejada (6th) 2-3, Cole Eubanks 1-2. Look for Johnson and Eubanks to make more and deeper appearances in future seasons.

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