Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
(Editor’s Note: Recap as written based upon results as reported through Monday night, 12/26)
ORANGE PARK — Clay tuned up for this week’s Knockout Christmas Classic in Kissimmee with three dual wins and a round-robin victory in the Ridgeview Rumble, contested December 16-17.
The Blue Devils had three double-digit dual wins on Friday, hammering past Creekside (61-12), Lincoln (50-30) and Florida High (63-15) in succession, all ranked teams in either the Northeast or Northwest area team polls.
Lou Gagliardo (2 pins & tech at 113), Chris Merring (3 pins at 120), Keath Sawdo (2 pins & decision at 145), Carson Yost (2 pins & decision at 182), Kaleb Collins (2 pins & decision at 195) and Kurt Jackson (major & decision at 220) were triple winners for Clay.
Orange Park and Bartram Trail both were 2-0 in the duals portion, with the Raiders winning over University Christian (66-15) and Ridgeview (45-33), and the Bears taking down Bishop Kenny (39-37) and Westside (34-33).
Dashner St. Vilus (2 pins at 138), Jacob Campbell (pin & decision at 152), Nathaniel Guthrie (2 pins at 160/170), Nartorian Lee (pin at 182), and Shaun Bizzell (pin at 285), plus Ben Elliot at 195 and Tyler Dehart at 220, were 2-0 for the Raiders.
Bartram Trail got double winner-efforts from Nicholas Vugman (2 pins at 113/120), James Mueller (2 pins at 132), Matt Pickett (2 decisions at 138/145), Carter Copeland (2 pins at 195) and Kolton McDaniel (2 pins at 220).
In addition to Clay, three other teams — the host Panthers (2-1), Creekside (1-2) and Sandalwood (0-3) — got three duals in.
Ridgeview turned back Nease, 45-27, and the Saints, 48-21, with Creekside additionally falling to Lincoln (44-28) and winning over Sandalwood (47-18). The Saints also lost to Oakleaf, 39-30.
For the Clay Panthers, Gabriel Guzman (2 pins at 106), Marcus Reid (2 pins at 120), Tanner Belden (3 pins at 126), Saeid Ejmali (3 pins at 132) and John Tiedeman (pin & decision at 170) were triple winners.
Luke Davis (2 pins at 106) and Brandon Dickman (2 pins & major at 170/182) were 3-0 for the St Johns Knights, while Leon Cruz (2 pins & decision at 113), Cameron Bell (2 pins & decision at 145) and Chandler Bell (2 decisions at 160) were triple winners for the Saints.
Nease, Bishop Kenny and Oakleaf were all 1-1 in duals Friday night. The St Johns Panthers picked up a 48-31 win over Westside, while the Crusaders won over University Christian, 66-12. Oakleaf’s loss was to visiting Florida High, 33-29.
For Nease, Sean Arnold (pin at 113), Tanner Hill (pin & decision at 160) and Nick Thoresen (pin at 220) were 2-0, as were Bishop Kenny’s Jack Delaney (pin & decision at 120), Garrett Tirado (major at 126), Joey Cusick (pin at 145), Jacob Williams (2 decisions at 152), Nick Beenen (2 pins at 170) and Josiah McCallum (pin at 285). Trenton Carroll (pin & decision at 138), Donovan Gray (pin & major at 152), Dexter Moore (2 pins at 195), plus Zechariah Lindsy at 170, were double winners for Oakleaf.
Westside and University Christian were both 0-2 in duals. The Wolverines’ Delmontae Davis (2 pins at 152), John Jones (pin & major at 170), Calvin Altman (major & decision at 182) and Tariq Hookfin (2 pins at 285) were double winners, as were UC’s Matthew Rodriquez (2 pins at 106) and Derrick Stumph (pin at 160).
Below follows a brief recap of each winning performance in the second day’s round-robin event (again, based upon results as reported through Monday):
106 — University Christian’s Rodriquez pinned Creekside’s Davis and Westside’s Demarcus Wilson to reach the final, adding a third pin there against Florida High’s Brooks Dyer. All three of Rodriquez’s falls came in the first period.
113 — Frank Sawyer of Orange Park earned a tech fall over Creekside’s Colin Brown and fall over Sandalwood’s Cruz, with an additional forfeit victory, and then won by injury-default over Bartram Trail’s Vugman in the title match.
120 — Reid pinned his way through the preliminaries, with falls over Bartram’s Jerry Gomer, Nease’s Brenden Teaman and Lincoln’s Ikeon Myles, but had a much more difficult contest in the final, turning back Clay’s Chris Merring, 8-6, in a battle for 2016 state medalists.
126 — Florida High’s Max Metcalf was 3-0, with a major decision over Oakleaf’s Vince Karl, fall over Westside’s Jeremey Hedden and decision over Oakleaf’s Ethan Gustilo before majoring the hosts’ Belden, 14-3, in the final.
132 — Jeffrey Bell of Camden County (which did not participate in the duals round) had decisions over Lincoln’s Braxton Winder and Florida High’s Bryan Metcalf, as well as a fall over Orange Park’s Robert McGlynn, adding a third decision in the final, 7-2, over the hosts’ Ejmali.
138 — Clay’s Cody Taylor pinned Lincoln’s Eli Crum, Florida High’s Harrisen Lacayo and Bartram’s Pickett in succession, then turned back Florida High’s Max Harris, 9-4 to win the Blue Devils’ first gold in the round-robin portion.
145 — The Blue Devils’ Sawdo made it back-to-back weight-class wins after putting together four bonus-point victories. Sawdo pinned Oakleaf’s Elias Magloire-Martinez, teched Camden’s Omega Clark and majored Westside’s Jacob Boyd, with a second major in the final over Camden’s William Vincent, 9-1.
152 — Westside’s Davis kept up his winning ways in a bracket that had 3 unbeaten wrestlers reach the medals, with a decision over Camden’s Kaleb Askin and injury-default victory over Clay’s Justin Merring, picking up a third dominant victory in the final with a second-period fall over Oakleaf’s Donovan Gray.
160 — In another weight class that saw three wrestlers survive through to the medal round with unbeaten records, Clay’s Dalton Wright took the title, with falls over Oakleaf’s Isaiah Graham and Sandalwood’s Chandler Bell, plus an 8-2 decision over Clay teammate Garrett Weseman. Wright then pinned Camden’s Cody Herrin in 3:11 for the win.
170 — Brandon Dickman picked up Creekside’s lone weight-class win behind a tech fall over Camden’s Myles Starke and fall over Bishop Kenny’s Nick Beenen, downing Orange Park’s Nartorian Lee, 6-3, in the final.
182 — Ja’vonte Graves of Camden had three preliminary wins, with falls over Creekside’s Trey Chesser and the hosts’ Craig Zacker, plus a decision over Orange Park’s Reed Danielson, then added a third fall in 1:10 in the finals over Westside’s Calvin Altman.
195 — Clay won its fourth of what would be five weight-class titles, as Kaleb Collins pinned Camden’s Thomas Fredricks and teched Orange Park’s Ben Elliot to reach the finals, where he pinned Creekside’s Corey Grower in 1:16.
220 — The Blue Devils had a second back-to-back moment, as Clay’s Kurt Jackson had two pins and a major in the prelims, falling Oakleaf’s Od’Juan Whitfield and Sandalwood’s Gustavo Martinez and majoring Kolton McDaniel of Bartram Trail. In the final, Jackson downed Lincoln’s Josh Martin by decision.
285 — Camden won its third title, as Andre Bissainthe won by injury default over Lincoln’s Thomas Moss and then decisioned Westside’s Tariq Hookfin to reach the final, winning by major there over Clay’s Ryan Rivers, 11-1.