Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
DELTONA — For at least the past four seasons — the entirety of the Matmen sites’ existence — Northeast HM-listed Yulee has made the road trip down I-95 and into the central Florida corridor, only to come away with a couple of losses each time.
Not this year.
Just a few days after Hornet wrestling alumnus Thomas Erdman was killed in a stabbing incident in what has been described on several local TV news accounts as a feud over a girl, just before he was about to enter the U.S. Marine Corps, Yulee overcame its grief sufficiently to put together a 5-0 day at the Deltona Duals.
The Hornets (6-1 on the season) dominated their opposition, hammering Ocala Forest (70-9), Deland (49-27, their closest dual of the day), host Deltona (62-18), Jones (72-9) and Wekiva (54-21) to win the title.
The dual with Deland proved to be most decisive in Yulee’s securing of the title, though the Hornets would have three more opponents to go through.
In that dual, Kyle Davis (106), David Crawford (182) and McKenzie Lewis (285) all had falls for the Hornets, with Stevie Chopek (113) winning by major and Grant Stanish (145) a straight decision. Senior Dylan Youmans (120) had a forfeit victory in that dual as well, earning his 100th career win in that dual.
For the weekend, several Yulee wrestlers went 5-0. Davis had three falls at 106, with Chopek contributing one pin, tech and major at 113. Youmans also had three falls at 120, while Zach Watson (132) had a pin and major. Lewis rounded out the unbeaten group, with four falls at 285.
Yulee will be back in action on Tuesday, with Bradford, Glynn Academy and Charlton County all paying the Hornets a visit.