Border Wars Day 1

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Flagler Palm Coast is Florida’s top team competing at the two-day Border Wars tournament, an invitational that combines both round-robin action on Friday and IBT wrestling on Saturday that is based upon Friday’s pool results.

The Bulldogs, ranked third in the Northeast Matmen team rankings, finished the first day at South Walton High School in second place with 68.5 points. Arnold, ranked third on the Northwest side, is in fourth place with 60.5. First-day honors went to Louisiana state power Holy Cross, which rolled up 106.5 points after Friday’s action.

#4 (Northwest) Wakulla is in eighth place after the first day with 46.5 points, with HM Chiles (Northwest) in 11th at 32.5 and Columbia in 12th at 31.5.

HM (Northeast) Ridgeview is in a tie for 13th place at 30, with HM (Northwest) Ft Walton Beach tied with #5 (Northwest) Pace at 28.5. South Walton is 17th at 27, with Wewahitchka 18th at 24 and Tate 19th at 23.5.

Niceville is 21st with 20 points, followed by Mosley in 22nd at 18. Marianna is 24th in the event, with 14.5.

Rounding out the top 10 are traditional Alabama power Thompson (third at 62.5 points), Louisiana’s Jesuit (fifth, 58.5), Georgia’s Colquitt County (sixth, 52.5), Alabama’s Vestavia Hills (seventh, 48.5 points), St Pauls of Louisiana (43.5) and Cambridge GA (10th, 35).

Friday lower-weight pool winners with Matmen ties included: Tate’s Jacob Cochran (106-B), Niceville’s Dominic Cerillo (113-B), Flagler’s John Johnson (113-D), Ridgeview’s Marcus Reid (120-A), Wakulla’s Larry Smith (120-C), Tate’s Alex Porter (120-D), Flagler’s Michael DeAugustino (126-A), Columbia’s Chace Curtis (126-B), Arnold’s Ethan Pickren (126-E), Arnold’s William Pickren (132-B), Flagler’s Avery Holder (132-D), Ridgeview’s Saeid Ejmali (132-E), Flagler’s Trace Insalaco (138-C), and Arnold’s Richie McClanahan (145-B).

Upper-weight pool winners with Matmen ties included: Tyrone Jones of Flagler (152-D), Drew St. Amant of Arnold (152-E), Jack Johnson of Niceville (160-C), Gavin Hoard of Chiles (170-E), Cole Maddox of Arnold (182-B), Nick English of Marianna (195-A), Bobby Williams of Chiles (220-C), Marlon Ng of Wakulla (220-E), Joseph Pearson of Ft. Walton Beach (285-A), and Jacob Marin of Wakulla (285-C)

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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