Northeast/Northwest Florida Matmen staff report
TALLAHASSEE — The old saying goes, tradition never graduates.
It just keeps on winning championships.
Friday night at Chiles, Lincoln picked up its seventh consecutive district championship, qualifying all 14 of its wrestlers for next weekend’s Region 1 tournament, also at Chiles, and outpointing Leon in a 1-2-3 Tallahassee sweep, 195-159.5, with the host Timberwolves third at 128, two ahead of Columbia. Gainesville was fifth, with 84.
“Whenever any doubt comes in my head, this team immediately erases it,” Lincoln coach Mike Crowder said via email on Sunday. “They continue to rise to the occasion again and again. I’m proud of what they’ve done thus far this season and I’m ready to see what they can do in these last two weeks.”
Lincoln had four champions in the event, and will be attempting to win its sixth straight region title next weekend. Leon finished with the most district champs, five in all — including 182 through 285 — and 11 qualifiers.
Chiles had two champs and nine qualifiers, while Columbia also had two bracket winners and qualified 10 out. Gainesville finished the night with one champion and nine qualifiers.
Just four wrestlers were eliminated Friday night.
A summary of the weight classes follows:
106: Second seed Scotty Tacinelli of Gainesville had a second-period fall in the semis and then took a 9-0 major decision in the final over Lincoln’s Mark Munroe. Columbia’s Brandon Lloyd, who lost to Tacinelli in the semis, had a walkover for third place.
113: Lincoln’s Michael Crowder picked up a victory by forfeit in the semis and then battled Gainesville’s Traevon O’Neal to a standstill, edging O’Neal with a 3-2 decision. Chiles’ Austin Hall, who forfeited to Crowder, came back to take third place with a 42-second fall over Alex Williams of Columbia.
120: In a two-person bracket, Columbia’s Chace Curtis needed just one win to take the title, winning by technical fall, 17-1, over Lincoln’s Tyree Young.
126: Sean Hendley picked up the Trojans’ second title, winning twice by fall — a 15-second pin in the semis and then a fall in 3:00 over Gainesville’s Tahj Brennen. Columbia’s Matt Ross, who lost 14-5 in the semis to Brennen, rallied with two pins in under a minute, the second coming over Leon’s Payton Smith in 49 seconds for third place.
132: Chiles’ Logan Mellor earned a win by fall in the semis and then decisioned Leon’s Parker Feddersen, 6-1, for the bracket. Columbia’s Zach Williams, who’d lost by fall to Feddersen in the semis, had two pins in the consi rounds, pinning Lincoln’s Scott Prine in 3:09 for third.
138: Columbia sophomore Will Vickers earned the Tigers’ second district title with a 6-0 decision in the semis, and then pinned Chiles’ Andrew Tychsen in 4:30 for first place. Eli Crum of Lincoln, who’d lost by fall in the semis, came back with a 13-3 major decision over Leon’s Chris Crago.
145: Lincoln’s David Jackson had a second-period fall in the semis and then decisioned Columbia’s Kody Waldron, 9-4, for the championship. Chiles’ Austin Nolan, who’d lost by tech to Waldron in the semis, falled Leon’s Jacquenez Madison in 2:15 for third place.
152: Justin Grant of Leon picked up the Lions’ first title, with a 24-8 tech in the semis and then pin over Lincoln’s Estrado Bagias in 3:45 to take first. Chiles’ Miles Mercer, who’d lost by fall to Bagias in the semis, took third over Gainesville’s Justin Harbilas with a pin in 2:05.
160: Jaycie Rudd of Lincoln did not have to go past the first period to win his bracket, with a 9-second fall in the semis and then pin in 1:50 over Columbia’s Austin Chapman to win the title. Chiles’ Elijah Toomey, who’d lost by fall to Chapman in the semis, won by injury default in the consi semis and then pinned Leon’s Mason Judd in 4:12 for third.
170: Chiles’ Gavin Hoard needed just a minute on the mat, taking a 60-second fall in the semis and then winning by walkover against Lincoln’s Justin Lopeman in the final. Leon’s Reynaldo Bourget, who lost 8-4 to Lopeman in the semis, came back with two major decisions on the back side, winning 22-9 over Columbia’s Chad Sapp for third place.
182: Leon’s Thirkeal Lightsey started the Lions’ run of four straight upper-weight titles, with pins in 60 seconds in both the semis and final against Lincoln’s Isaac Gutierrez-Tapia. Chiles’ Casey Hall, who lost by fall to Lightsey in the semis, came back to decision Gainesville’s Carlos Wilson, 4-1, for third.
195: Henry Segura of Leon had two pins to win his bracket, with a 27-second fall in the semis and then a second fall in 2:30 over Lincoln’s Jared Newhall. Gainesville’s Luis Vazquez, who lost by fall to Segura in the semis, pinned Chiles’ Michael Molen in 2:40 for third place.
220: The Lions’ Jonathan Grant needed less than two full periods to win the bracket, with a 47-second fall in the semis and pin in 2:34 in the finals over Bobby Williams of Chiles. Lincoln’s Robert Norton, who’d lost by fall to Grant in the semis, came back for third with a 6-3 decision over Gainesville’s Jackson McLendon.
285: It took the Lions’ Gabe Beyer just 62 seconds to win, with a 22-second fall in the semis and 40-second pin over Columbia’s Marcus Zeighler in the title match. Gainesville’s Yessic Spencer, who lost 5-1 to Zeighler in the semis, came back with a fall in 2:15 over Lincoln’s Thomas Moss for third place.