Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
ORANGE PARK — #5 Creekside wanted a challenge before going down to central Florida to challenge some of the state’s best programs.
A down-to-the-last-match challenge, though? That’s what HM-listed Oakleaf offered up Wednesday night, and it took a fall from 152-pound Brendan Jones to slam the door shut in favor of the St Johns Knights, as Creekside escaped Clay County with a 45-35 victory.
“Great matchup between us. Hats off to Coach Champ and his team,” Creekside coach Rick Marabell said via email. “This is the kind of match we wanted before the Osceola Kowboy Invitational.”
Creekside (13-3) took the early advantage in the dual, going up 24-6 after four straight falls from 170 through 220 pounds from Brandon Dickman (170), Trey Chesser (182), Corey Grower (195) and Saul Storey (220), but Oakleaf chipped away at it, steadily closing the gap to four points before Jones’ fall put the dual away.
Jake Summers (120) had an additional pin and Jacob Cooney (138) added a technical fall, with Luke Davis (106) winning by major decision.
For the Clay Knights (4-4), Isaiah Graham (160), Ryan Rosano (113), Vince Karl (126), Ethan Gustilo (132) and Trenton Carroll (145) had pins, with Eduardo Torres (285) winning by injury default.
Creekside will compete in the two-day Kowboy Invitational, with a duals component Friday and IBT component on Saturday. Oakleaf will be at the two-day Flagler Duals tournament in Palm Coast, also on Friday and Saturday.
Ridgeview 45, Ponte Vedra 21: At Ponte Vedra, the Clay County Panthers rallied together for the road victory after three teammates were involved in a serious auto accident, with injuries but fortunately no fatalities, Tuesday night.
Picking up wins by fall for Ridgeview (3-2 in duals) were Marcus Reid (126), Requan Works (132), Saeid Ejmali (138), Malachi Martin (145) and Reed Propes (152), with Jonathan Kaylor (113) winning by decision. One of the three boys in the accident, 182-pound Craig Zacker (a passenger during the accident) was able to accept a win by forfeit at his weight.
Ponte Vedra (2-5) got pins from Bryan Reed (120), Evan Merry (160) and Matt Weiland (285), with Gavin Riccobono (106) winning by decision.
The Clay Panthers are off until Saturday, when they’ll travel to Tallahassee for Lincoln’s one-day IBT, the Trojan Invitational. Ponte Vedra will be part of the Commander Duals, hosted by Ed White, on Saturday.
Westside 54, Ed White 21: At Westside, the Wolverines jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back.
Tyree Smith (126), Angelo Philpot (132), Jacob Boyd (145) and Delmontae Davis (152) got the ball rolling for Westside (5-4), with falls from John Jones (170), Calvin Altman (182) and Jakius Hunt (195) that secured the win. Demarcus Wilson (106) added a victory by disqualification for the Wolverines.
Ed White (3-4) got two contested victories from Tyler Stoddard (120, fall) and Damian Deleston (220, decision).
The Wolverines are off until Friday, when they’ll compete in Terry Parker’s Army Duals throughout the weekend. As mentioned earlier, Ed White will run the Commander Duals on Saturday.
Bolles 48, Episcopal 24: Just 24 hours after a home loss to #7 Bartram Trail, the Bulldogs rallied for a road victory at their 1A-District 4 rivals.
Hunter Dixon (152), Caleb Calhoun (160) and Mason Yost (220) picked up pins for Bolles (3-4).
Both teams had more pieces to their lineup than they’d shown last month, or even on Tuesday night. Christian Rickey (170) had Episcopal’s lone contested win, a fall.
Bolles is now off until a road dual on January 20 at Bishop Kenny. Episcopal makes a 3-hour drive down to Space Coast for its one-day Viper Duals event.
Fletcher wins Gateway quad: The #6 Senators tuned up for this weekend’s Flagler Duals in Palm Coast, with wins over Wolfson (63-15), First Coast (52-6) and Robert E. Lee (63-9).
Rayquan Piper (113), Trent Dalldorf (120), James Knox (126), Douglas Tappin (132), Quintavious Aldridge (135), Owen Beining (160), Julion Fix (170) and Narek Stepanyan (195) were all 3-0 for Fletcher (15-4), with Darrell McBride going 2-0 at 220.
Against Wolfson, Dalldorf, Knox, Tappin, Stone Rockhill (152), Beining, Fix, Stepanyan and McBride had falls in that match, with Dalldorf and Aldridge taking decisions. Stepanyan had the lone pin for Fletcher in the First Coast dual, with Matt Moffitt (138) adding a major and Piper, Dalldorf, Aldridge, Rockhill, Beining and Bryce Bednarski (220) winning by decisions. In the Lee dual, Tappin, Aldridge, Beining, Stepanyan and McBride had falls, with Tyson Petrie (138) winning by decision.
Wolfson rallied from the round 1 loss to the Senators to pick off two wins in the subsequent rounds, downing Lee (42-25) and First Coast (57-24) to improve to 7-6 in duals on the season.
Keayon Gray (106) and Ronald Brunson (285) were unbeaten on the night for the Wolfpack. Brunson had one fall in the Fletcher dual, with Sai Hassalla (138) winning by decision in that one as well. Matthew Ward (145) and Keethan Seay (220) had pins in the Lee victroy, with Hassalla, Ward, Ernest Ross and Seay taking pins against First Coast, while Hector Rosado (120) added a win by decision.
First Coast (5-9) did gain a win over Lee in the first round of the night, 45-9, over the Generals (2-6 or 1-7, depending on a missing result from last month). Valois Ochoa (182) had an undefeated night for the Buccaneers.
Against Lee in the first round, Brian Austin (145), Austin Mims (152), Devante Wyatt (160), Elijah Wilcox (195) and Trever Bruce (220) each had pins, with Ochoa adding a win by decision. Only Ochoa found his way into the win column against Fletcher, with a fall, and he was joined by Wyatt and Wilcox as pinners against Wolfson.
Lee had a decision in the First Coast dual from Darius Wells (138), who also won in 3 OT against Wolfson. Maurice Henderson (160), Christopher Telusma (182) and William Morton (195) had pins in the Wolfson dual, with Dewayne Randall winning by major. Against Fletcher, Randall had a decision and Telusma a fall.
Fletcher is off until Friday, when it competes in the Flagler Duals, while Wolfson, First Coast & Lee will all be at Terry Parker’s Army Duals, also on Friday.
Hornets 2-0 on Senior Night: In late additions to the schedule, #10 Yulee improved to 21-1 in duals with one-sided wins over Brantley County GA (73-6) and Glynn Academy GA (55-21).
Kyle Davis (106, decision against Brantley), Stevie Chopek (113, 2 pins), Dylan Youmans (120, tech against Brantley and pin against Glynn), Jacob Godsave (126, pin against Brantley, major against Glynn), Zach Watson (132, ID against Brantley, fall against Glynn), Barry McKendree (138, tech against Brantley, major against Glynn), Tyler Berrier (145, pin against Brantley, tech against Glynn), John Parker (152, pin against Brantley), Noah Winebarger (195, 2 pins) and McKenzie Lewis (285, pin against Brantley) were all 2-0 for the Hornets.
Yulee is now off until Wednesday of next week, when the Hornets travel to #8 Bishop Kenny.