Ed Kilpatrick Classic Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

INVERNESS — Corey Adkins might not be a household name around here just yet, but he’s getting close.

Adkins, a junior at Interlachen, had the Rams’ top finish at the Ed Kilpatrick Classic, a one-day IBT hosted by Citrus on Saturday. He had two first-period falls at 195 pounds that got him to the final, where he fell, 5-4, to 3A’s Matthew Mendez of Wiregrass Ranch.

That finish led Interlachen — which sent just four wrestlers to Citrus on Saturday — to a 12th-place finish, with 38 points, in the 18-team tournament, in which 11 different schools won at least one weight-class title and none won more than two.

Brennan Wykoff also got on the podium at 182, after losing in the first round to eventual champion Harry Williams of Hernando. Wykoff had three falls to get back to third place, pinning Crystal River’s Carlos Wilson — a former Gainesville wrestler — in the third period.

Additionally, Cade Mason (138) was 2-2 in the tournament, winding up just one match short of the medals after losing in his second match of the day to eventual champion Ricky Dehnz of South Lake.

Hernando outpointed Belleview, 190-134.5, for the team title, with Interlachen’s District 5 rivals, Crystal River and Trinity Catholic, finishing third and 18th in the event.

Brackets from this tournament will be posted to TWN & Matmen on Monday. Interlachen is now off until Wednesday, when it hosts FSDB and Bradford in a triangular meet.

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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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