Not exactly Northeast, but certainly of north Florida interest…
2A state champion Gabe Beyer (285) of Tallahassee Leon is the only north Floridian competing at the Flo Nationals this week, finishing third in the weight class.
Beyer, the 2A-District 2 and Region 1 champ, won his first-round match by fall in 48 seconds over Bim Gecaj of New York, and then followed that up with a 3-2 win over Nick Jenkins of Detroit (MI) Catholic Central, who was a Michigan state champion this past season. Beyer is the tournament’s #5 seed.
Beyer will meet, in today’s quarterfinal round, Brenden Furman of the Pittsburgh (PA) Wrestling Club. Furman’s path has been pretty similar to Beyer’s with a first-round fall and then a 4-2 decision in the round of 16. According to some info I was able to look up (but not complete info because it was a SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, sigh…) Furman was ranked third in the WPIAL as of January.
UPDATE: Beyer now in the semis after beating Furman 4-3. Faces Carter Isley of Albia (IA), the top seed, in the semi. Isley is a two-time state champion in Iowa and a FloNats finalist last year at 220.
UPDATE 2: Beyer fell in UTB to Isley, 5-4. My friend Jason Fulmore (whom you know as Southeast Wrestling) said he thought it was a bit questionable how the third OT went down. Beyer was in the top position and couldn’t hold Isley down. I still think that’s an excellent result. Beyer will be in the consi semis, will finish no lower than 6th.
UPDATE 3: Beyer will be wrestling for third. Beat Jenkins for second time in the consi semis, winning 5-4 behind two takedowns. Will wrestle Andrew Gunning of Liberty (PA) for third place. Gunning is a former Super 32 champion.
FINAL UPDATE: Beyer defeated Gunning, 3-2, in the third-place match. Gunning was the third seed in the bracket.