By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
PALM COAST — The surge was inevitable.
The questions facing the other elite programs in the 3A-Region 1 was: when it came, how far would Fleming Island be behind when it started, and could the rest of the groups come back once it was over?
Apparently, the answers were: not far enough behind, and, this time, no. The Golden Eagles moved from fourth place early in the semifinal round Saturday to an all-but-insurmountable lead going into the finals that evening.
Three individual region titles later (and perhaps as soon as the first one was accomplished), the words “all-but” were removed, and Fleming Island had its first region championship, outpointing Winter Springs, 187.5-156, with host Flagler Palm Coast a few more points back in third at 150.5 and Freedom fourth at 137. The Patriots more than doubled up fifth-place Boone, so the four-way horse race was established pretty early on.
“We’ve been able to do this every year for a few years now, and every year before this year something always happened that made it impossible for us,” Golden Eagle sophomore and 182-pound region champion Ryan Smenda said. “This year, we were solid all season, and we took it home.”
Fleming Island qualified 10 wrestlers out for state, with Tracy Davis (126), Smenda and Jason Davis (195) all winning titles, with Xaiver Sampsel (132) and Jose Concepcion (220) reaching the final.
“These kids weren’t even in school yet, I don’t think, when it all started,” Golden Eagles coach Jeff Jordan said. “With 10 qualifiers, it’s truly a team thing. It couldn’t have been done any other way.”
The Bulldogs moved six out, with one region champion im Michael DeAugustino (120), and finals appearances for Avery Holder (113) and Kaz Maia 9152)but FPC coach Tom Bartolotta wasn’t satisfied.’
“Not a good weekend. We struggled. That’s just the way I feel: we had nine kids that wrestled hard, but things didn’t go our way,” Bartolotta said. “Fleming was probably the best team, but we could have had a better weekend than we did. We have one week to make up for it with the guys who are left. We can’t lose the close matches or we won’t medal or place as high as I think we can.”
Atlantic Coast (13th place, 40 points) moved two wrestlers on to state, while Sandalwood (10th, 43), Buchholz (15th, 35) and Oakleaf (17th, 29) all will have one qualifier in hand.
For Robert E. Lee (29th, 11 points), Fletcher (31st, eight), Mandarin (33rd, three) and First Coast (T-35th, no points), the weekend marked the season’s end.
We’re changing format for the 3A weight-class recaps; this will be how the Saturday recaps at states will all be written next weekend. Here’s how each of the 14 weight classes shoook themselves out, and how Matmen-area locals fared within them:
Championship: Freedom junior Marcus Jean-Baptiste (7th overall) had one fall and three decisions — all of those against Matmen wrestlers — to win the title, decisioning Oakleaf sophomore Ryan Rosano (13th) 6-2.
Rosano’s weekend: Won by fall in the first round over Oak Ridge’s Matthew Augustave, needing just 51 seconds. Rosano’s bigger victory Friday was in the quarters, where he edged West Port’s Aaron Kreiser — who wound up one match short of states — by a 2-0 count. Rosano got an injury-default win over Hagerty’s Tyler McVay into the final.
Albie Snedaker’s weekend: The District 1 champ and Fleming Island sophomore wound up qualifying out, but was just a takedown short of the final. He had a forfeit win over Cypress Creek’s Branden Cuevas, then pinned Winter Springs’ Zach Fritz in 2:17 in the quarters. In the semi, Jean Baptiste did enough to outlast Snedaker, 4-3, sending him into the consi-semis, where he decisioned Kreiser, 4-1, in the “blood round”. In the third-place match against Boone’s Jayden Bradshaw, Snedaker couldn’t keep up late, and Bradshaw got a fall just before the last buzzer.
Alex Barie’s weekend: A tough one for the Sandalwood senior, who lost in the consi quarters. Barie decisioned Bradshaw, 5-3, in the first round, but then fell to McVay in the quarters, 8-5, and cauught a break in the consi second round as it worked out there was no opponent to meet him. But Kreiser put on enough offense in the consi quarter for a 10-8 decision.
John Johnson’s weekend: The FPC freshman won a match Friday night after falling, 5-1, to Jean Baptiste in the first round, coming back to pin Ocoee’s Hermi Gomez in 2:08. Kreiser, though, was too much, ending the run for Johnson with a 13-2 major decision.
Championship: Lake Mary senior Jeremiah Costen (7th statewide) also had three wins over District 1 opponents en route to the title, with a fall, two majors and then a 5-3 decision over FPC sophomore Avery Holder (4th) for the championship.
Holder’s weekend: He pinned Five Star Conference rival Nathan Hewson in 4:59 in the first round, then did the same (mostly) against Timber Creek’s Corban Arana in the quarters, with a fall in 4:34. That set up a familiar matchup with Sandalwood senior Jacques Hale (13th), and Holder was able to move on to the final with a 6-0 decision over Hale.
Hale’s weekend: On Friday, Hale had a pair of decisions over some solid kids, with a 10-4 win over Winter Springs’ Taylor Showers in the first round and then a 6-2 decision in the quarters against West Port’s Jayden Crum to set up the semi with Holder. In the blood round, Hale punched his first ticket to states with a 9-5 decision over Freedom’s Small Saint Pierre, and then won by medical-forfeit over Fleming’s Deandre Demus (3rd).
Demus’ weekend: The Golden Eagle freshman started promisingly enough, with a fall over Hagerty’s Brandon Boyle in 1:37 and then shutting out Cypress Creek’s Michael Ortega, 7-0, in the quarters to set up a battle with Costen in the semis. That was all Costen in a 10-0 major decision, sending Demus to the consi semis, where despite being far less than 100% he had the wherewithal to pin Boyle again, this time in 1:35, to secure a state spot. That being done, it was agreed that he would injury-default to Hale.
Jaren Jefferson’s weekend: The Lee junior also ran into the Costen freight train, in the first round, losing by fall in 44 seconds. Jefferson ralllied with a pair of decisions over Apopka’s Danny Catanese (2-1) and Crum (5-4) but then injury-defaulted to Boyle in the consi quarters.
Championship: FPC sophomore DeAugustino (4th statewide) set the pace from start to finish in the finals against previously-unbeaten Lyman senior Jake Semrad (3rd), rolling to a 7-1 decision in the championship, giving the host Bulldog fans something to cheer for on a tough Saturday.
DeAugustino’s weekend: He opened with a 43-second fall over Ocoee’s Jason Quintana in the first round, and then — in a rematch with Five Star Conference rival Omar Garcia of Deland (13th) — pitched a shutout for a 3-0 decision. He had the full-on pace back in the semis against Dr Phillips’ Jamel Clue, good for an 8-0 major.
DeAugustino comments: “It really sets me up well for next week, but this isn’t the highlight of my season. The goal is to win state and this is a step along the way to that…I knew he was going to try to ride the legs to slow me down, but we worked on a mule kick to counter that…I almost had the pin, there, but he’s a tough kid…I was never really down, never got taken down the whole weekend, so I was pretty comfortable…I trust my conditioning, I knew it would be better than 99% of the guys here…We have had a great practice room the whole season, and last year too…(2015 graduate Alfred) Shavers was a big part of that, Evyn (Insalaco) too, and Avery; he came up a little short, but he’ll get there.”
Jacob Sandoval’s weekend: The Fleming sophomore started with a third-period fall over West Orange’s Tyler Montes (5:33), but then ran into Semrad in the quarters and couldn’t get out while Semrad and that was the difference in a 1-0 decision. Sandoval then advanced to Saturday with a 12-3 major over Clay County rival Vince Karl of Oakleaf, then decisioned Lake Mary’s Dan Lively (8-4) and Clue (14th, 8-5 decision) to punch his ticket out. Garcia, though, was a bit much in the third-place match, winning 11-7.
Andrique Broughton’s weekend: The Buchholz junior sparkled on Friday, with an 8-5 victory over Apopka’s Brian Rosa in the first round and then a 9-7 win over Lively in the quarters, but had no answers for Semrad, who won by fall. Broughton was eliminated in the blood round by Garcia, 6-4.
Karl’s weekend: The Oakleaf sophomore did get one victory on the weekend after losing by fall to Clue in the first round, but it was a forfeit when Lake Howell’s Ricardo Washington did not compete. That led to Sandoval in the consi second round.
Championship: Fleming senior Tracy Davis (6th statewide) built up an 8-2 lead over Freedom junior Brenden Maharaj, and overcame a late takedown and brief turn to finish off the title run with an 8-6 decision that sealed the team outcome in FIHS’ favor.
Davis’ weekend: Opened with a fall in 1:54 over Oviedo’s Devon Craig and then decisioned eventual tournament 4th Eddie Vazquez of University-Orlando, 7-6, in the quarters. Davis found his rhythm in the semis against District 1 rival and FPC freshman Trace Insalaco, winning by a 12-0 major to get to the final.
Davis comments: “It’s pretty good (winning regions), from where I started…It’s tough (to breathe) with the asthma problems, but I just battled through it…I just have to get into better shape, finish matches better. I was up early, just have to wrestle like that through all three periods…Just get in better shape…(The team position) is pretty good compared to what we did last year. We knew we could win, we just had to validate it. It feels good, but we expected this win. It’s not really a surprise.”
Gant Moore’s weekend: Moore (7th), a junior for Buchholz, started the tournament with a second-period fall (2:55) over University-Orange City’s Joe Hammerle, but couldn’t get past Maharaj in the quarters, falling 5-4 and going into the consi round. Moore decisioned Craig late Friday afternoon, 13-7, and followed that up on Saturday with a 10-2 major over West Port’s Greg Zehnder and another major, 12-3, over Insalaco in the blood round. Moore picked off yet another major in the placing round against Vasquez, winning 10-0.
Insalaco’s weekend: Made a statement early, with a double-overtime 7-6 decision victory over Lake Mary’s Gavin Smith (13th), then pinned Cypress Creek’s Carlos Arce in 4:41 to get to the semis, where he then ran into Davis and Moore, in turn.
Tanner Brown’s weekend: The Mandarin senior couldn’t slow down Winter Springs’ Alejandro Brugal in the first round, falling 16-8, but rallied in the consi first round to take a 3-1 win over Boone’s John Nelson. However, Arce had the answers in the consi second round, ending Brown’s season with a 6-2 decision.
Championship: Winter Springs sophomore Cole Mitchell (5th statewide) had three majors to get to the final and Fleming senior Xaiver Sampsel (6th), and while he didn’t get a fourth major, he was able to set the pace enough to secure a 5-2 decision over the still-gampy Sampsel for the title.
Sampsel’s weekend: Despite hobbling around the gym during the two days, Sampsel showed no ill effects at least up through the semis, teching Evans’ Marc Imprevert in the first round (16-0) and then majoring Deland’s Lucas Ruiz, 9-1, in the quarters. On Saturday morning, Sampsel followed that up with a second-period fall (3:20) over Colonial’s Jordan Wooten to get to the final.
Hayden Raulerson’s weekend: The Sandalwood senior opened the tournament with a 10-4 decision over Dr Phillips’ Khai Do in the first round, but then fell 4-2 to Freedom’s Stephon Halliburton (14th) in the quarters to get sent on to the back side of the bracket. Raulerson majored 44-match winner Noah Williams of Boone to get to Saturday, but his first match on Day 2 against West Port’s Parker Nasman didn’t go so well, with Nasman winning by fall in 3:25.
Tommy Howell’s weekend: The Buchholz senior (13th) had his first match be his best, as he decisioned Nasman, 2-0, but then lost in sudden victory to Wooten, 7-5, in the quarters. Howell couldn’t get untracked in the consi second round and Timber Creek’s Nick Walker, falling 3-1.
Nathan St. Pierre’s weekend: St. Pierre started strong with an 18-6 major over Edgewater’s Rawkon Philip (best name in the tournament!), but then Mitchell picked off Major #2 in the prelim rounds, winning 10-2 over St. Pierre. Nasman, as well, also took a major in the consi second round over St. Pierre, winning 9-0.
Freedom senior Christian Rivera (5th overall) was able to hold off a late charge from Winter Springs junior Dimitri Alicea (3rd), taking a 6-5 decision for his second straight one-point win.
Paul Detwiler’s weekend: The Fleming sophomore (4th) had solid efforts all tournament long, opening with a 10-4 first-round win over Timber Creek’s Carlos Matos, then majoring Lake Mary’s Jordan Goldman, 11-1, to get to the semis. Detwiler had a couple of situational near-takedowns not get called his way in the semifinal against Rivera, who was able to escape in the sudden-death third overtime with a 5-4 win. Detwiler then dominated Boone’s Emanuel Rivera in the blood round, taking a fall in 4:26, but had a tougher time holding off FPC senior Tariq Johnson, winning 12-10 in the third-place match.
Johnson’s weekend: Johnson forfeited to Emanuel Rivera in the first round, requiring him to fend his way through the back side of the bracket, where he started with a consi-rd 1 fall over Edgewater’s Marquis Kelly and 9-4 decision over Goldman to get to Saturday. There, he opened with a third-period fall over Five Star Conference rival Jeremy Bassett of Deland, and then edged District 1 rival Cameron Bell (15th) of Sandalwood, 3-2, in the blood round to set up the Detwiler match.
Bell’s weekend: The Sandalwood junior started off strong, with pins in the first round over West Port’s Quentin Lee (5:36) and West Orange’s Kade Randall (4:32) to reach the semis, but Alicea proved to be a bit too much semifinalist, falling Bell in 3:13 and sending him to Johnson in the consi semis.
Ben Hogan’s weekend: The Buchholz junior struggled on Friday, falling 10-2 in the first round to eventual champ Christian Rivera, and gave good fight in the consi first rou8nd against Ocoee’s Derek Verhoest before dropping a 6-3 decision.
Championship: After pinning his way through to the final, Freedom senior Kurtis Aimable (2nd statewide) completed the title run with an 8-3 decision in the finals over Winter Springs senior Xavier Maxwell (11th).
Evyn Insalaco’s weekend: Other than one mistake during a pinning combination, the FPC senior (5th) had a pretty strong weekend, pinning Oak Ridge’s Nicholas Grady in 3:40 in the first round before his loss by fall in the quarters to Evans’ DeAndrew Walker that sent him into the consi rounds. Insalaco then pinned his way all the way back to third, with falls in turn over Ernst Attilus of Ocoee (3:25), McKlaine Johnson of Lake Mary (1:15), Sandalwood’s Blake Delapaz in the blood round (33 seconds) and then a rematch fall over Walker for third (2:55).
Delapaz’s weekend: The Saints senior got out to the semis, opening the tournament with a 13-3 major over Cypress Creek’s Reggie Smith, and then decisioned Deland’s Bradley Duell, 5-4, to get to Saturday. Maxwell then decisioned Delapaz, 5-2, sending him to the consi semis and Insalaco.
Dominick Belew’s weekend: The Fletcher senior was slotted against eventual champion Aimable in the first round, losing by fall in 2:31. He rallied back to take an 8-6 decision over Apopka’s Cory Gregory in the consi first round, but then lost, 4-1, to Duell in the second round.
Derek Elian’s weekend: The Mandarin senior had a quick, but tightly-contested exit to his tournament Friday, falling 3-2 to Timber Creek’s Jaime Santos in the first round and then 4-3 in the consi first round to Attilus.
Championship: Winter Springs senior James Nereim (2nd statewide) was able to solve FPC’s Kaz Maia (1st) for the first time this year, scoring twice during the course of the match for a 5-1 victory and region title.
Maia’s weekend: Scored bonus points in every round prior to the final, with a 30-second fall in the first round over Ocoee’s Jason Frey, then hammering out a tech fall, 18-3, in the quarters against Oak Ridge’s Angelo Talabert. In the semis, Maia majored Oviedo’s Nick Sala (13th) to reach Nereim in the finals.
Khauriee Sullivan’s weekend: Sullivan started off with a first-round, third-period fall over Apopka’s Thanks Alcius, but then fell in the third period himself in the quarterfinals against Freedom’s Briso Aimable (11th). He took two decisions to get to the consi semis, winning 14-10 over Hagerty’s Oliver Hart and 7-5 over Oakleaf’s Luke Karl, but then lost an 8-5 decision to Sala in the blood round.
Karl’s weekend: Started strongly enough with an 11-0 major decision over West Orange’s Andrew Cooley, but he ran into Nereim in the quarters, losing by fall in 2:12. Karl righted the ship Friday afternoon with a 39-second fall over Boone’s Jackson Mendoza, sending him to the consi quarter with Sullivan.
Joshua Rivers’ weekend: Rivers lost a pair of tough decisions on Friday, falling 5-3 in the first round to Edgewater’s Andre Hendricks, and going extra time against Mendoze before losing by fall in 6:22.
Championship: Winter Springs junior Max Wohlabaugh (2nd statewide) had bonus points in every round, needing just 37 seconds to polish off Apopka’s Kendrik Koller by fall in the finals.
Eric Vigo’s weekend: Vigo (3rd) was the only Matmen-area wrestler to make it out (and the only wrestler in the draw to go six minutes with Wohlabaugh). He had first-period falls over Hagerty’s Evan Wright in the first round (1:23) and Freedom’s Colby Wang in the quarters (1:22), but couldn’t find a way to score against Wohlabaugh, falling, 10-1, in the semis. Vigo punched his ticket for state with a consi-semi fall over Buchholz’s Erik Kverneland (14th) in 5:17, but again struggled to find points in the third-place with Boone’s Jonathan Gomez (5th), falling 3-1 in sudden victory.
Kverneland’s weekend: Opened with a fall against Oviedo’s Michael Busek in 5:34, but then Gomez was able to do enough to overcome him, 3-1, in the quarters. In the back side rounds, Kverneland had decisions over West Orange’s Christopher Villafane (7-0) and Lee’s Tony Belle (7-5) before meeting Vigo in the blood round.
Owen Beining’s weekend: Like Kverneland, Beining got all the way to the consi semis before bowing out, but he had to do all of his damage in the consi rounds after losing 10-5 to Deland’s William Hennessy in the first round. Beining started with a fall over Timber Creek’s Jack Miller and 12-9 decision over Oak Ridge’s Jorge Vlacava, and then pinned Busek in 1:13 to get to Gomez.
Belle’s weekend: The Lee senior drew Wohlabaugh in the first round, losing by fall in 3:44, but then had a pin over Olympia’s Suresh Boodram in 4:13 and decisioned Hennessy, 3-1, to get to Saturday and Kverneland.
Championship: After picking up bonus points in each of the preliminary rounds, Lyman senior Kahtrell Treadwell (3rd statewide) had a harder road in the title match against Fleming Island senior John Martorano (4th), but survived with a 6-2 decision.
Martorano’s weekend: Began quickly, with a 42-second fall over Freedom’s Wesley Britos, but then he was pushed nearly to the brink in the quarters against Winter Springs’ Jason DeGroat, taking a 6-4 decision. In the semis against 55-match winner Jude Moore (7th), Martorano won by fall in 5:30 to punch his ticket for finals — and states.
Eddie Bryant’s weekend: The FPC junior started well, with a 15-3 major decision over Oak Ridge’s Jefferson Marseille, and went double-OT in the quarters against Apopka’s Quentin Wilson before dropping a 2-1 decision. Bryant picked off a consi second-round fall over Evans’ Ikzac Dixon, but then again found himself on the wrong end of a one-point loss, this time 3-2 to West Orange’s George Aldaco.
Max Beavor’s weekend: The Mandarin junior fell, 7-4, in the first round to Timber Creek’s Samuel Monarch, but dusted himself off quickly on the consi side, with a 12-1 major over Ocoee’s Nathan Roberts. DeGroat, though, proved to be too much late Friday afternoon, taking a 9-1 major over Beavor.
Gerald Rushing’s weekend: A tough one for the Buchholz senior, who lost by fall to Moore in 3:26 in the first round, and then took another loss by pin to Dixon in the consi first round.
Championship: Three falls led Smenda (7th statewide) to the final, where he needed turns to overcome the strength of Ocoee junior George Schanck (6th), winning the match by an 8-5 decision for Fleming’s second title.
Smenda’s weekend: Smenda had two first-period falls on Friday, pinning University-Orlando’s Uziel Rivera in 1:53 and Apopka’s Logan Celella (9th) in just 22 seconds in the quarters. On Saturday in the semis, Smenda trailed initially to Freedom’s Darrell Wallace (4th), but used a powerful ride and turns to pin Wallace in 5:15 to get to Schanck in the final.
Smenda comments: “I feel it’s just part of my arsenal (his unique falls), just all stuff we do in the room. Something I keep in the back pocket. You don’t want a guy to just hang on to you, and this stuff can wear somebody out really quick; whatever gets the job done at the end of the day…I try to think about my brother (2015 graduate Austin Smenda), he was one of the best riders Fleming’s ever had and I just try to perfect what he’s already done…He got sixth and placing is a goal for me, but I think about getting first every time I go out there.”
Steve Canidate’s weekend: The Bulldog junior started well, with a 6-3 decision and a competitive 8-3 loss in the quarters to Schanck, moving him into the consi rounds, where he decisioned West Orange’s Hagen Salickram 6-4 in the consi second round. On Saturday, Canidate had a key win from a team standpoint, eliminating Winter Springs’ James Macklin, 8-4, but couldn’t get past Wallace in the blood round, falling 5-3.
David Johnson’s weekend: Johnson started off with a 9-2 decision over 42-match winner David Lopez of Boone, but then fell to eventual fourth-place finisher Curtis Duren of Hagerty, losing by fall in 3:33. In the consi second round, Johnson first drew Macklin, who took a 14-1 major.
David Thompson’s weekend: The Oakleaf junior struggled on Friday, first losing 19-9 in the first round to Wallace, and then losing by fall in the consi first round to Salickram, in 5:45.
Championship: After starting his tournament with a fall, Fleming junior Jason Davis (3rd statewide) ended it with one, pinning Timber Creek junior Jackson Saffold (9th) in 3:49 for his first region title.
Davis’ weekend: Needed just 49 seconds to fall Lake Howell’s David Melo, but West Port’s Ben Ow proved to be the one wrestler to hold his offense down, as Davis won by a 7-2 decision. The semis saw Davis major Hagerty’s Ethan Kaufmann to set up the title match with Saffold.
Davis comments: “We’ve got a long way to go…have to wrestle (South Dade’s Chei) Hill again, have to get better. That’s in everything that I do…I went into that match (the region final with Saffold) saying that I’m the best in this group..I believe in my coaches and my teammates, so I just have to get started proving it…Some of our guys are just so inspirational to our team…X is hurt, John’s not right, and yet he’s still wrestling phenomenal. He was in a boot not that long ago, but he’s a senior and one of our leaders, so he’s buckling down and doing what he’s supposed to do…We’re only graduating three seniors, and I thnink that’s a situation that’s awesome for us. I’m excited to see what God has in store for us….winning a region title is a good job for us, but ultimately it’s not what we’re striving for.”
Narek Stepanyan’s weekend: The Atlantic Coast junior opened things up with a 50-second fall over Lyman’s Michael Dirienze, but then took a 5-3 defeat by Saffold in the quarters. From there, he had three bonus-point wins to qualify for states, with a fall over Melo in 2:41 and major decisions over FPC sophomore Anthony Mascraella (11-3) and Kaufmann (11-2), before falling 9-4 in the third-place match to Apopka junior Zach Gallon.
Mascraella’s weekend: Began solidly with a fall in 5:27 over Lake Mary’s Evens Cesar, but then lost by fall to Ocoee’s Jules Joseph (4th, but didn’t get out) in the quarters. Mascraella eliminated Lee’s Christopher Telusma with a consi-rd 2 fall in 1:44, but then lost to Stepanyan in the consi quarters.
Telusma’s weekend: In his two contested matches, the Lee freshman took losses by fall, with a first-round loss to Kaufmann, in 1:45. He did have a forfeit win in consi-rd 1 when Boone’s Daniel Bass did not compete.
Championship: Dr Phillips junior Dylan Meeks (1st statewide) needed just 2:27 to pin his way through the bracket, with most of that time required to fall Fleming sophomore Jose Concepcion (8th) in 1:26 for the region title.
Concepcion’s weekend: Pretty solid prior to the final, but Meeks has a way of doing that. Concepcion started with a fall in 1:33 over Lake Howell’s Joshua Ohl, and then won a pair of decisions, first in the quarters over Evans’ Maliek Jackson (6-2) and then on Saturday in the semis over Deland’s Raymond Hauerty (2-1), to get to Meeks.
Justin Haaf’s weekend: Reached the blood round, but couldn’t get through at that point. The FPC junior needed just 51 seconds to fall Lake Mary’s Ben Moxley, and then went extra time with Freedom’s Romel Stimphil (12th), falling 3-1. Haaf then had two pins to get to the consi semis, pinning Ohl in 4:27 and then Oviedo’s Solomon Gruse in 1:20 before losing by fall to Hauerty.
Kurk Jackson’s weekend: The Atlantic Coast junior had one fall and two losses by decision, falling 5-2 to Gruse in the first roun, coming back to take a fall in 2:12 over Oak Ridge’s Keon Bush before an 8-2 loss in consi-rd 2 against Wekiva’s Raimello Jackson (9th, finished third).
Leonardo Alonzo’s weekend: The Sandalwood freshman was 0-2 on Friday, losing by fall to Hauerty in the first round. Alonzo came closer in consi-rd 1 against University-Orlando’s Wals Edmund, falling 10-6.
Championship: Winter Springs junior TJ Boyd (10th statewide) was able to slow down the power of Atlantic Coast senior DeAngeles Harris (4th), scoring twice en route to a 5-2 decision for the title.
Harris’ weekend: Prior to the finals, Harris had pinned his way through, starting with a 35-second fall over Ocoee’s Marc James in the first round and then a fall in 1:52 over Hagerty’s Christian Gomez to get to the semis, where it took a bit of extra time, but Harris was able to fall Dr Phillips’ Tahj Glemaud (8th).
Chris Shauman’s Weekend: The Sandalwood senior had the next-best performance of the heavies from District 1, although he started off with a first-period loss by fall to Glemaud. From there, Shauman needed just 56 seconds to pin Oviedo’s Tody Swetnam, and edged Fleming’s Brandyne Mackey 3-2 in consi-rd 2. On Saturday, Shauman pinned Lyman’s Isaac Arias in 2:05, but had trouble with Glemaud again in the blood round, losing by fall a second time, this time in 2:12.
Mackey’s weekend: Mackey started off with an 8-5 decision in the first round over Wekiva’s Latavius Melton (who eventually came back to finish 4th), but then lost 2-1 in the quarters to Boyd, throwing him into the consi round and Shauman.
Vincent Ebanks’ weekend: A struggle for the FPC junior (15th), as Ebanks took two losses by fall, first against Olympia’s George McNeilly in the first round in 3:41, and then in consi-rd 1 to Cypress Creek’s Uzochi Oparaji.