Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
TITUSVILLE — For the Hastings twins, Logan and Lance, the taste for wrestling might have begun before they were born.
It wasn’t much after that, though, certainly, that the identical-twin Interlachen seniors started squaring off against one another as each other’s first opponent.
That version of brotherly love — of iron sharpening iron — now has brought both Hastings boys to the Class 1A state tournament, as the pair were the only Matmen-area wrestlers to make it out of the Region 2 tournament Saturday.
Lance (195) and Logan (182) finished third and fourth, respectively, in their weight classes, leading Interlachen to a 14th-place finish out of 26 teams in the tournament, with 33 points. The Rams finished ahead of everyone in District 5 except for that district’s champion, Crystal River, which finished fifth.
Lance Hastings had to get on the podium via a difficult road, as his first contested match of the tournament — he had a forfeit in the first round — was a 9-7 loss to Nature Coast’s Kyle Schaefer on Friday afternoon in the quarters.
Lance then had to win three matches to secure a podium spot. He wound up taking four, all of them by fall, pinning wrestlers from Gulf and Rockledge to get to the consi semis. In the blood round, Hastings (15th statewide) stuck Hudson’s Drake Carson (7th at 220) in 3:18, and then pinned Astronaut’s Sam Voor — who’d eliminated Schaefer in the same round with a 10-4 decision — with a fall in 4:58.
At 182, Logan Hastings had a favorable Friday draw, and exploited that draw, with a 4-2 win in the first round and then a 32-second fall over Anclote’s Rayshard Small. In the semis, though, he ran into a wall that so many 1A teams have run into this year, Lake Highland Prep, and its top-ranked 182, Kevin Ford, who pinned Hastings in 1:12.
That sent Logan to the blood round and a matchup with Atlantic’s Wilbur Thomas, which he survived, edging Thomas 4-3 to punch his ticket for states. In the third-place match, District 5 rival Eddie Bennis (ranked fifth at 182), pinned Logan in 3:31.
For Palatka and Eastside, the Panthers’ and Rams’ seasons came to an end on Saturday, as neither team was able to get a wrestler out to states. As it turned out, Palatka and Eastside finished in a tie for 18th place, with each scoring 19 points.
Lake Highland Prep (top-ranked in 1A) picked off 10 brackets and blew away the field, scoring 313.5 points, with host Astronaut (15th) finishing a half-point ahead of Bishop Moore (8th), 146-145.5. A quick note on each champion’s weekend follows:
106 — LHP freshman Ryan Chauvin (2nd statewide) pinned his way through the bracket, falling Bishop Moore freshman Ryan Rowland (10th) in 3:06 in the final.
113 — LHP 8th grader Noah Castillo (1st statewide) won his first match by forfeit and then pinned through the rest of the way, pinning Astronaut’s Louis Cortez (10th) in 3:59 in the final.
120 — LHP junior Mason Wohltman (1st statewide) had bonus points in every round, shutting out Bishop Moore’s Devin Kohn (6th), 12-0, in the final.
126 — LHP sophomore Joe Silva (1st statewide) pinned his way through the bracket, with a fall in 5:15 over Astronaut’s Connor Kirk (4th) in the final.
132 — LHP 8th grader Kai Bele (2nd statewide) had bonus points in every round, teching Weeki Wachee’s Hunter Gibson (11th) in the final.
138 — Bishop Moore senior Aaron Mason (7th statewide) was the first non-LHP wrestler to win, knocking off the Highlanders’ Max Cosmides, 9-6, in the final.
145 — LHP junior Jake Brindley (1st statewide) got the Highlander title train back on track, with three falls and a major decision over Astronaut’s Ethan Ahrens (5th), 15-4, in the final.
152 — LHP sophomore Erich Byelick (1st statewide) picked up bonus points in every round, with an 11-3 major over Bishop Moore’s Ryan Violette (3rd) in the final.
160 — LHP junior Bryce Rogers (1st statewide) pinned his way through the bracket, with a fall in 3:39 over Weeki Wachee’s Nathaniel DeJesus (5th) in the final.
170 — LHP senior Elijah Cleary (1st statewide) almost achieved maximum points through the bracket, with three pins and tech, including fall in 2:56 over Hernando’s Harry Williams in the final.
182 — LHP senior Ford had two falls, a major and then edged out a 3-2 decision over Satellite’s Christopher Ralston (2nd) in the final.
195 — Crystal River senior Jaret Flynn (9th statewide) had a forfeit in the first round and pins thereafter, including a fall in 3:55 over Hernando’s Abel Terkovich (11th) in the final.
220 — Nature Coast senior Anthony Contegiacomo (1st statewide) had two falls and two decisions, outlasting LHP’s Ben Goldin (2nd) 3-2 in the final.
285 — Weeki Wachee senior Dean Brooks (2nd statewide) had a forfeit, injury-default win and two falls, with a pin in 2:30 over Astronaut’s Javohn Maravolo in the final.