December 20 Dual Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

ST AUGUSTINE — Having a couple more weight classes filled certainly helped, but it was Wolfson’s ability to pick up big points that drove the Wolfpack to three dual wins Tuesday night at Florida School for the Deaf & Blind.

Wolfson edged Pedro Menendez, 31-30, in the first dual in the quadrangular meet, but then rolled past Robert E. Lee (48-24) and the host Dragons (60-18) to enter 2017 on a high note.

Five Wolfpack wrestlers finished the night undefeated, with three — Ariens Fahnbulleh (2 pins at 120), Hector Rosado (1 pin at 126) and Keethan Seay (2 decisions at 220) — going 3-0. Ronald Brunson added a pin in two victorious appearances at 285, while Cameron Frison also was 2-0 at 132.

Christian Macauley (285) had the Wolfpack’s lone fall against the Falcons, with Ernest Ross winning by major at 170 and Seay by decision at 220. Against Lee, Wolfson picked up pins from Fahnbulleh, Gavin Carter (132) and Brunson, with Sai Hassalla (145) and Seay both taking decisions. Finally, against FSDB, Keayon Gray (113), Fahnbulleh, Rosado, Carter, Hassalla, and Clyde Holland (170) all won by fall.

The Falcons lost only by the one point in the early round to Wolfson, going on to top the hosts 43-24 and Lee 36-24.

Five of Menendez’s eight wrestlers in the lineup were 3-0 on the night, with Robert Iglesias (2 pins & major, with appearances at both 113 and 120), Collin Tanner (2 pins at 138), Trenton Schmermund (2 pins & decision at 145), David Soule (pin at 152) and Max Worthington (2 pins at 170) all undefeated.

Against Wolfson, Iglesias, Tanner, Schmermund and Worthington all won by fall, with Schmermund, Alex Cathcart (160) and Worthington taking falls against the Dragons, as Iglesias added a major and Austyn Holsomback a decision. In the Lee dual, Iglesias, Tanner, Schmermund, Soule and Maxwell Gailey (wrestling 220 in this dual) collected pins.

Lee picked up a win in the first round of the evening, taking down FSDB by a 43-30 score. Maurice Henderson (3 pins at 160) and Christopher Telusma (pin and injury-default win at 195) both were 3-0 on the night for the Generals. Henderson was the only wrestler in the event to pin his way through the evening.

Telusma also had his fall against FSDB in the opening dual, with Ricardo Avendano (120) winning by major decision and Vicente Waugh (132) winning by decision in that contest. Henderson had the only contested Lee victory against Wolfson, with Henderson winning by fall and Telusma by injury-default over Menendez.

Forfeits were the main way that the Dragons put up points on the night. Saul Rebolar (145) won by fall for FSDB against Lee, while Liam Von Mahr (160) added a pin for the Dragons against Wolfson.

All four teams are off until January, with Lee and Menendez competing in the Bierbaum Invitational at Episcopal on January 6-7. FSDB next hits the mats in Starke on January 10 as part of Bradford’s quad meet, while Wolfson is off until Terry Parker’s Army Duals on January 13-14.

Nease 54, University Christian 19: At Ponte Vedra Beach, the St Johns Panthers rolled to the win, but spotted the Christians a 10-0 lead right out of the chute before picking up four max-point wins in the uppers.

University Christian cut Nease’s lead to 24-19 at one point, but the Panthers closed out the dual with five more max-point wins against a short-handed UC team to take the dual.

Jonathan Hepburn (170) and Aidan Pagana (138) led the Panthers’ charge in terms of contested wins, as each had falls. For University Christian, John Leone (fall at 145) and Derrick Stumph (major at 152) got the Christians out to a 10-0 lead, with Matthew Rodriquez (fall at 106) and Daniel Porter (sudden-victory decision at 113) cutting into Nease’s regained lead.

University Christian has a short holiday period, as the Christians will be competing at the Southeast Prep Slam in Atlanta on December 29-30. Nease is off until the Rob Bierbaum Invitational, hosted by Episcopal, on January 6-7.

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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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