Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
LAKE CITY — Host Lake City Middle School’s Falcons held off Middleburg’s Wilkinson JHS, 269.5-244, to win the LCMS Falcon Invitational IBT on Saturday.
Riversprings Middle School in Crawfordville was third with 218.5 points, with Suwannee Middle in Live Oak fourth at 202. Orange Park’s Lakeside JHS was fifth with 183.5, followed by Wakulla Middle School at 168, Lake City’s Richardson Middle seventh at 56, Florida State University School’s middle-school team eighth at 53 and Episcopal School ninth at 36.
A recap of each weight class follows:
75: Riversprings’ James Thaxton had a fall, major and 9-5 championship decision over Wakulla’s Caleb Oar. At 80, Kade Schaefer of Lakeside pinned his way through the bracket, including a fall in 4:31 over Wilkinson’s Riley Girgis.
85: Lake City’s Braxton Abbott had a fall and two decisions, downing Lakeside’s Deke Leigh, 6-5, in the title match. At 90, Colby Tedder of Suwannee had three pins for the championship, falling Riversprings’ George Hernandez in 2:16 in the final.
95: Wilkinson’s Alex Velazquez had three falls as well, pinning Suwannee’s Bryson Greene in 4:13 to take the title. At 100, Xander Kirkland of Suwannee had two pins to get to the final, winning by decision there, 9-4, over Lakeside’s Hunter Williams.
106: Hunter Christie of Wilkinson had three pins and then won the championship by injury default over Lakeside’s Isaac Padgett; at 113, Wilkinson’s James Benton had two pins and then picked up a third bonus-point win in the final, majoring Gabe Fuestal of Suwannee 12-2.
120: Colby Holton of Lake City had three pins, including a 32-second fall in the finals over Riversprings’ Will Mullinax. At 126, Lake City’s Kaleb Davis, like Christie at 106, needed four matches to win the title, with three pins and a 12-2 major over Wakulla’s Jackson Osteen in the final.
132: Hayden Reeves of Wakulla had a forfeit, major and decision, then pinned Suwannee’s Tony McKinney in 2:19 for the championship; at 138, Lake City’s Alex Anderson pinned his way through the draw, with four falls on the day, including one in 2:02 for the title over Wakulla’s Chase Smith.
145: Episcopal’s Kaiman Clark had two pins and then won by injury-default in the championship match over Lake City’s Jonathan Sobczak. At 152, Blaine Howard of Suwannee picked up three falls and then majored Riversprings’ Garrett Tyre, 10-2, for the title win.
160: Riversprings’ Chris Ellsworth had three first-period falls, including a 19-second pin over Thomas Nguyen of Lakeside in the championship match. At 170, Wilkinson’s Christopher Conoway also had three pins, including a 28-second fall over Dalton Morris of Lake City for the bracket.
182: Grant Travis of Lakeside won four matches, two by pin and two by decision, including a 4-1 title victory over Carson Trzebuniak of Lake City; at 195, Wilkinson’s Nate Rance had two pins, falling Julius Moreland of Lake City in 1:44 for the championship.
220: Wakulla’s Ricky Godines had two first-period pins, with a fall over Suwannee’s Maury Jones in 50 seconds in the finals. At 285, Riversprings’ Billy Brown also had two pins, including a title pin in 23 seconds over Lake City’s Marcus Johnson.
Complete brackets from the event are posted below.