Optimist Invitational Day 1

JACKSONVILLE — Mandarin moved eight wrestlers into Saturday’s semifinals of the Arlington Optimist Invitational, seizing the first-day lead of the two-day IBT tournament contested at Terry Parker today and Saturday.

Wrestling on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m., with weigh-ins at 8 a.m.

The Mustangs built an 11-point lead over runnerup St. Augustine (seven semifinalists), 55-44. The Yellow Jackets edged out Atlantic Coast (six) and Englewood (five) for second place, with the Stingrays picking up 42 points and the Rams 40. Ponte Vedra is in fifth place, with 38 points and seven semifinalists.

#9 Sandalwood is in sixth place with 29 points and four semifinalists, followed by University Christian (24 points, four semifinalists, including junior Daniel Porter, who picked up his 100th victory with a fall in the quarters at 120 pounds), Ed White (20 points, four semifinalists), Paxon (16 points, two semifinalists), the host Braves (15 points, three semifinalists), Episcopal (12 points, two semifinalists), FSDB (12 points, two semifinalists), and Stanton (10 points, two semifinalists).

A list of the semifinals follows:

106: Tyler Meade (White) v. Matthew Rodriquez (UC); Gavin Riccobono (Ponte Vedra) v. Christian Miranda-Reyes (FSDB).
113: Cameron Wiley (UC) v. Jenna Seo (Stanton); Reynaldo Suero-Perez (FSDB) v. Preston Turner (Ponte Vedra).
120: Daniel Porter (UC) v. Bryan Reed (Ponte Vedra); Leon Cruz (Sandalwood) v. Chase Mattox (Mandarin).
126: Ethan Swindle (St Augustine) v. Kevin Thompson (Atlantic Coast); Gunner Stier (Mandarin) v. Jacob East (White).
132: James Stanton (Ponte Vedra) v. Julian Trerotola (Mandarin); Blake Friend (Sandalwood) v. Timothy Alalla (St Augustine).
138: Nick Thomson (St Augustine) v. Harrison Crowley (Ponte Vedra); Tymofiy Hyorchuck (Stanton) v. Justin Stoddard (White).
145: Jacob Linden (St Augustine) v. Tywaine Rocheburn (Atlantic Coast); Troy Maritato (Ponte Vedra) v. Tanner Kern (Englewood).
152: Adam Spikes (Mandarin) v. Jason Reed (Parker); Evan Merry (Ponte Vedra) v. Marcus Petersen (St Augustine).
160: Tavian Whitehead (Englewood) v. Brandon Beal (UC); Gabriel Border (Paxon) v. Blake Pruitt (Mandarin).
170: Zykeim Sermons (Englewood) v. Tracey Beshara (St Augustine); Landon Dains (Parker) v. Christian Rickey (Episcopal).
182: Uriah Ford (Atlantic Coast) v. Dillon Morency (Sandalwood); Michel Augustin (Englewood) v. Gavin Miles (Mandarin).
195: Cole Friend (Sandalwood) v. Cade Aupsburger (St Augustine); Marino Linardo (Atlantic Coast) v. Mateo Drury (Mandarin).
220: Damian Deleston (White) v. Kurk Jackson (Atlantic Coast); Kevin Castro (Mandarin) v. Freddie Dollison (Episcopal).
285: Darius Idlebird (Atlantic Coast) v. Evan Jefferson (Parker); Jordan Smith (Paxon) v. Karam Hill (Englewood).



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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