Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
ST JOHNS — One year ago, Bartram Trail was thrilled to just reach double-digits in the win column.
This season, the Bears pulled together win No. 22 with their regular-season finale, taking care of business at home Wednesday night with a 57-22 defeat of Region 1-2A rival Ridgeview.
Bartram (22-9) collected falls from Nicholas Vugman (106), Matthew Pickett (132), Kevin Williams (145), Anthony Stith (182), John Wilson (220) and Kolton McDaniel (285), plus a decision for Caleb Sutherland at 152.
Ridgeview (6-7) answered with pins at 126 from Tanner Belden, 138 from McKenzie Williams, and at 170 from Daryn Tucker Brown, plus a major decision for John Tiedeman at 160.
Both teams are off until districts next week, with Bartram Trail going first at Matanzas for District 4 on February 17, and Ridgeview traveling to Terry Parker for District 3 on February 20.
Yulee 43, First Coast 16: At Jacksonville, after the Buccaneers had built a 10-3 lead through three weights, the Hornets (12-8) answered with maximum points at five consecutive weights to effectively put away the dual.
Kris Maxie (170), RJ Adams (182) and McKenzie Lewis (285) had pins for Yulee, with Zach Watson (132) winning by major decision and David Dry (145) taking a victory by decision.
First Coast (3-25) built its early lead with a major from Joshua Rivers at 152, plus a fall from Tyshawn Anderson at 160, and later added another fall from Jason Schwartz at 106.
Yulee goes back into action on Thursday night with duals at Baker County against the Wildcats and also FSDB to wrap up its dual season. First Coast’s regular season is complete; the Buccaneers’ next competition will be at 3A-District 1, hosted by Flagler Palm Coast, on February 20.
Bishop Kenny 72, Bishop Snyder 6: At Jacksonville, the host Crusaders (16-5) retained diocesan bragging rights for another season, winning 12 matches, nine of those via forfeit against a short-handed Cardinals team.
Jack Delaney (113), Andrew Slade (138) and Sid Madison (145) picked off Kenny’s contested victories, all via fall.
For Bishop Snyder (2-21), just two decisions went their way, as Brenden Bizier (132) took the first one and Azim Hameed (170) — making his first appearance in a few weeks — the other.
Bishop Kenny will next be in action on February 20 at the 1A-District 4 meet, hosted by Episcopal, while Bishop Snyder will next compete at the 1A-District 3 meet, hosted by Yulee.
Middleburg 39, Oakleaf 20: At Middleburg, the Broncos finished off the regular season with five pins and a decision to secure the intra-county victory.
Austin Benton (120), Cody Eastwood (152), Jonathan Shoen (170), Bryan Heflin (182) and Ammon Meeks (285) all had falls, with Briar Jackson (113) taking a victory by decision.
Oakleaf (13-8) also had some bonus points behind their wins, but with just four couldn’t pull together enough wins to stay closer. Trenton Carroll (132) and Isaiah Graham (160) each had falls for the Clay County Knights, with Ryan Rosano (106) winning by tech fall and Ethan Gustilo (126) by decision.
Middleburg will next be in action on February 20 at the 2A-District 3 tournament at Terry Parker, while Oakleaf makes the trek to Palm Coast for 3A-District 1 competition at Flagler Palm Coast, also on February 20.
Nease 42, Ponte Vedra 27: At Ponte Vedra, the visiting Panthers (20-13) picked up maximum points at 106-126 to break open the dual.
Sean Arnold (106), Branden Teaman (113), Tristen Lucessi (126) and Michael Steinhour (220) all had falls for Nease, with Dalton Koike (145) and Jeffrey Mantz (152) both taking decisions.
Ponte Vedra (5-13) had four falls, with James Stanton (132), Harrison Crowley (138), Zach Gregory (182) and Taylor Montroy (285) each collecting those, with Ricky Davis (170) adding a win by decision.
The coastal rivals are both off until Wednesday, when they’ll reconvene in Matanzas for the 2A-District 4 tournament, starting at 3 p.m.
Clay 75, Lee 3: At Green Cove Springs, Senior Night turned into a Blue Devil rout, as 12 Clay wrestlers picked off a full six points to move the group to 21-8 in duals.
Pins for Clay went to Louie Gagliardo (106), Dale Browning (126), Derek Miller (132), Keath Sawdo (145), Connor Green (152), Garrett Weseman (160), Abbott Taylor (182), Kaleb Collins (195) and Jeremy Beaulieu (220), with Caleb Steinmetz (170) winning by decision.
Lee’s only points came at 285, where Demetris Harris took a 3-1 decision to prevent the shutout.
Clay is off until Thursday night, when the Blue Devils travel to Flagler Palm Coast for their regular-season finale. Lee will travel to Flagler on February 20 for the 3A-District 1 meet.