Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
STARKE — It’s certainly much easier for a coaching staff to show up on the road and focus simply on the wrestling, rather than trying to run a large tournament event at home.
That might not have been the primary reason why #10 Yulee swept to three wins in Bradford’s quadrangular meet on Tuesday night, but it probably helped the coaches at least. Yulee hammered Interlachen (66-15), the host Tornadoes (57-23) and FSDB (81-0) to improve its duals record to 19-1 on the season.
The Hornets lost just seven matches on the night, with Kyle Davis (tech over FSDB at 106), Stevie Chopek (pins over Bradford & FSDB at 120), Dylan Youmans (pins over Bradford & FSDB at 126), Tyler Berrier (pin over Bradford at 152), David Dry (pins over Bradford & FSDB at 160/170), and McKenzie Lewis (285) all going 3-0, with John Parker (pin over Interlachen & decision over Bradford at 160/170) and Peyton Horner (pin over FSDB) each 2-0.
Bradford (5-6) bookended the Yulee loss with wins over FSDB (57-12) and Interlachen (51-0).
Brian Foster (decision over FSDB, tech over Yulee at 113), Andrew Hetler (pins over Yulee and Interlachen at 145), Jacob Hake (3 pins at 182/195) and Eddie McCormick (fall over Yulee) were each 3-0 on the night for the Tornadoes.
FSDB (2-9) picked up its second dual win of the year in the middle round, edging the Rams, 30-27, thanks to having a fuller lineup, as Interlachen (0-14) won all of the contested matches in the dual. Lance Gardenhire (106) was 2-0 for the Dragons.
Yulee is off until January 18, when the Hornets will travel to #7 Bishop Kenny for a dual that should have solid area implications next week. Bradford and FSDB will return to the mats on Friday, at Terry Parker’s Army Duals this weekend, while Interlachen will compete at the Ed Kilpatrick IBT in Inverness, hosted by Citrus HS, on Saturday.
Palatka 39, St. Augustine 27: At Palatka, holes in the Yellow Jackets’ lineup helped lift the hosts to victory.
The Panthers (4-3) won five of six matches between 152 and 285, with falls from Jamar Danzler (160) and Jason Gullett (182), plus a major decision from Marquis Hill at 152. A technical fall for Drevon Wallace (106) also gave Palatka some cushion.
St. Augustine (2-10) swept from 126 through 145 in response, with Jacob Linden (145) winning by fall and Nick Thomson (138) by decision during that run. Alexander Mewes (170) added a fall that was the Yellow Jackets’ only answer during Palatka’s dominance of the uppers.
Palatka is off until this weekend, when the Panthers will compete in Flagler Palm Coast’s Flagler Duals on Friday and Saturday. St. Augustine is off until Saturday, when the Yellow Jackets make the short interstate hop to Deland for a one-day duals event there.