Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
PEMBROKE PINES — Each year that the 1A Somerset Scuffle has been held, Clay has made the long drive back to Green Cove Springs with the team hardware.
Last weekend was no different for the Blue Devils.
Northeast #3 Clay won 12 medals — eight of them gold — and although the margin of victory between the Blue Devils and host Somerset Academy was just 32.5 points, the eight titlists proved how strong they were at this year’s Scuffle.
Key West placed a distant third with 76 points, edging Immokalee for that spot. Raines competed in the tournament, but did not finish in the top 10. Results submitted by the tournament host did not list all teams in competition, nor were they complete beyond the placing-match scores and fall times.
The event was spread over two days, and had both bracket and round-robin components that assured participants of a solid number of matches over the weekend.
Clay got championship efforts from sophomore Louis Gagliardo (106, who won his 2nd Scuffle title), sophomore Peyton Hughes (126, 2nd title), senior Cody Taylor (138, 1st title), senior Keath Sawdo (145, 2nd title), sophomore Justin Merring (152, 1st title), senior Kaleb Collins (195, 2nd title), junior Kurt Jackson (220, 1st title) and junior Ryan Rivers (285, 1st title, 1st IBT win of career).
Gagliardo decisioned former state placer Matt Malavsky of Ft. Myers’ Evangelical Christian, 10-3, to win in the finals at 106, while Hughes’ second title came via a 19-4 tech fall over Matmen #1 Jaquan English of Raines, in the final.
Taylor shut out Lemon Bay’s Jarred Dilley, 13-0, to win the 138 title, with Sawdo downing the hosts’ Daniel Valledor, 5-1, at 145. Merring pinned Somerset Academy’s Vinnie Blasucci at 2:49 of the second period in the 152 finals, earning not only Clay’s only pin in the final, but the tournament’s only pin in the 1st-2nd place matches.
Collins majored Somerset’s Daniel Miranda, 12-2, to win at 195, while Jackson — the tournament’s OW for the upper weights — decisioned Dunbar’s Judas McKenzie, 5-3. Rivers took down state-ranked Mike Morales of Lemon Bay, 3-1, in the 285 final.
Dylan Fabiani (3rd at 132), Garrett Weseman (5th at 160), Carson Yost (5th at 170) and Isiah Clifford (5th at 182) rounded out Clay’s medalists. Alonzo Davis (5th at 152) joined English as medalists for Raines.
Summary results will be posted to the website later this evening, but efforts to recover full results from the event — from at least the participating teams — are ongoing.