Army Duals Recap

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Westside wrestlers with coach Christopher McNealy (top left, standing) celebrate the Wolverines’ team victory on Saturday afternoon at Terry Parker’s Army Duals (photo submitted by Coach McNealy).

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

JACKSONVILLE — The upcoming weekend’s Gateway Conference IBT appears to be more wide-open than in recent memory.

Last weekend, Westside staked its claim as one of the Gateway favorites with a first-place showing at the 16-team Army Duals event, hosted by Terry Parker.

The Wolverines joined Englewood and West Nassau at the top of Pool A, with all three teams posting 6-1 records, with Westside advancing on to the title match via criteria.

There, the Wolverines downed Mandarin — which also was tied for the top in Pool B, but had a head-to-head advantage over Wolfson — by a 44-36 score.

In the final, five straight wins between 145 and 182 — falls from Jacob Boyd (145), Matthew Gathright (160), John Jones (170) and Calvin Altman (182), plus a key 14-8 win for the Wolverines’ Delmontae Davis (Northeast #3 at 152) over #6 Adam Spikes — gave Westside a 32-6 lead.

Mandarin would rally with falls from Gavin Miles (195) and Andrew Hudgins (220), but Tariq Hookfin (#4 at 285) slammed the door with a fall that, with a Wolverine forfeit in hand at 106, effectively clinched the dual and the title.

Below follows a recap of all 16 teams’ weekends:

1. Westside: The Wolverines picked up three wins on Friday over Robert E. Lee (63-12), First Coast (39-30) and Englewood (53-30), surviving an early loss to West Nassau on Saturday to rally with wins over FSDB (60-18), Stanton (49-15) and Paxon (66-12) before facing the Mustangs in the title match. Davis (3 pins, 2 techs & a decision), Jones (HM at 170, 3 pins & tech) and Hookfin (2 pins) were all 8-0 for Westside, with Angelo Philpot, Boyd (#7 at 145) and Altman (HM at 182) each going 7-1.

2. Mandarin: The Mustangs’ only loss came Friday night in criteria (most pins) against Baker County, with dual wins over Pedro Menendez (58-13) and Wolfson (42-31) on Friday, plus Saturday wins over Bradford (57-12), University Christian (63-15), Fernandina Beach (64-12) and Terry Parker (60-18). Mandarin had two wrestlers go undefeated on the weekend in Gunner Stier (HM at 126, 4 pins) and Miles (HM at 182, 4 pins & major). Chase Mattox (#10 at 120), Noah Colbert-Santana, Spikes and Andrew Hudgins were all 7-1 for Mandarin, with Jake Kamins adding a 6-1 weekend.

3-4. Englewood: Competed only in the pool rounds, with three wins on Friday over FSDB (53-12), Stanton (48-18) and Paxon (60-6), taking Saturday Ws against Robert E. Lee (48-12), First Coast (54-18) and West Nassau (48-35). No third-place match with Wolfson was wrestled due to a near-future dual between the two teams. Three Ram wrestlers were 7-0 on the weekend: Tavian Whitehead (#4 at 160, 7 pins), Michel Augustin (#8 at 182, 4 pins & tech) and Chase Hamilton (3 pins & major), with Hunter Padgett, Dairo Guerra and Christopher Lands all going 6-1.

3-4 Wolfson: The Wolfpack went 2-1 on Friday, with wins over Terry Parker (60-24) and Bradford (42-36), before rolling out four straight wins on Saturday against Fernandina Beach (54-6), Pedro Menendez (37-24), Baker County (48-36) and University Christian (42-14). Aries Fahnbulleh (2 pins) and Sai Hassalla (HM at 138, 2 pins & major) were both 7-0 for Wolfson, with Ronald Brunson (#6 at 285, 2 pins & major) going 6-0.

5. West Nassau: The Warriors’ only loss came on Friday, as they opened with a 63-18 win over Stanton, then came back from the loss with six straight wins over Paxon (72-6), Westside (36-32), Robert E. Lee (54-19), FSDB (60-12), First Coast (44-36) and a 42-36 fifth-place victory over Baker County. Bradly Kraai (5 pins) and Will Tharpe (#4 at 145, 6 pins & tech) were both 8-0, with Blake Hodges (HM at 220, 2 pins & major) was 4-0 in a Saturday-only appearance for West Nassau.

6. Baker County: Went 3-0 on Friday, with wins over Fernandina Beach (45-18), Pedro Menendez (44-36) and Mandarin (43-42, criteria as noted above), and won its first two duals on Saturday over University Christian (45-18) and Terry Parker (54-28) before taking losses in its final three duals of the weekend. Jordan Johnson (#7 at 132, 3 pins) was the only 8-0 Wildcat in the lineup, with Cole Cushman (#9 at 106) and Devon Cole both going 7-1.

7. First Coast: Buccaneers were 1-2 on Friday, with their lone win coming over FSDB (54-18), pulling together three straight wins in pool play against Stanton (39-15), Paxon (54-12) and Robert E. Lee (42-15), winning 39-27 over the hosts in the seventh-place match. Three First Coast wrestlers were unbeaten: Jason Schwartz (#9 at 113, 8-0 with 4 pins), Seanjohn Adams (7-0 with four pins and a win by injury-default) and Valois Ochoa (#6 at 182, 6-0 with 3 pins).

8. Terry Parker: Rallied from an opening-round loss Friday to post wins over Bradford (31-24) and Fernandina Beach (36-30), adding Saturday victories over Pedro Menendez (41-31) and University Christian (42-21). Landon Dains (HM at 170) led the Braves with a 7-1 record.

9. Bradford: Opened the tournament with a 27-18 win over University Christian, but then didn’t find another win until midday Saturday, closing out with four victories in succession over Fernandina Beach (33-4), Pedro Menendez (29-18), Baker County (36-30) and the ninth-place match over Robert E. Lee (33-18). Eddie McCormick (T-10 at 220) was 8-0 with six pins and a tech for the Tornadoes, while Trevor Jones (HM at 152) was 7-1 and Jacob Hake was 6-1.

10. Robert E. Lee: Generals were 2-1 on Friday, with wins over FSDB (52-24) and Stanton (36-29), adding a third win over Paxon (42-18) early on Saturday before falling in their final four duals of the weekend. Vincente Waugh (132) and Darius Wells (138) were both 7-1 for Lee.

11. Stanton: The 2A Blue Devils downed ‘Brain Bowl’ rival Paxon 48-24 on Friday, then lost four duals in order before rallying to take wins over FSDB (28-21) and the 11th-place match against Fernandina Beach (42-18). Mitchell Mika was 7-1 and Tymofiy Hryhorchuck 6-1 for Stanton, with Jenna Seo going 4-0 in a part-time starter role.

12. Fernandina Beach: Found one win on both days of the event, downing University Christian 30-24 on Friday and Pedro Menendez 27-24 on Saturday. Joseph Helm (#3 at 170) was 8-0 on the weekend, with six pins and a major decision, for the Pirates.

13. Pedro Menendez: The Falcons’ lone win in pool play came on Friday night in a 36-30 victory over University Christian, but they added one more in the 13th-place match, a 30-24 win over FSDB. Max Worthington (HM at 170) was 8-0 with four pins and a decision, while Austyn Holsomback (HM at 195) won in all three of the Falcons’ Friday appearances.

14. FSDB: The Dragons won their first dual of the weekend, a 28-27 victory in criteria over Paxon, but then — with just seven wrestlers in the lineup to start the event and six by its end — struggled to find wins. Reynaldo Suero-Perez was 8-0 with three pins for FSDB, while Christian Miranda (HM at 106) was 7-1.

15-16. University Christian & Paxon: Neither team was able to find a victory, although — as noted above — the Golden Eagles took a criteria loss to FSDB and UC’s three Friday losses were by a combined total of just 21 points, not bad considering the Christians had just five wrestlers in the lineup. Matthew Rodriquez (#3 at 106, 3 pins & tech) and Daniel Porter (T-3 at 113, 5 pins & decision) were both 7-0 for UC, with Cameron Wiley adding a 6-1 record.

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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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