January 18 Dual Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

JACKSONVILLE — In a matchup of two teams hoping not only to climb the ladder in the coverage area but also position for top-five 1A-Region 1 finishes, Yulee brought the hammer to Bishop Kenny Wednesday night.

The Hornets (22-1) won 10 matches, seven of those via fall, to roll to a 53-18 victory over the host Crusaders in a meet where Yulee controlled the bookends.

Eight of the Hornet wins were from 106-126 and from 182-285, where Yulee swept. At those weights, Bryce Bees (106), Jacob Godsave (126), David Crawford (182), Noah Winebarger (195), TJ Holton (220) and McKenzie Lewis each won by fall, with Stevie Chopek (113) taking a major and Dylan Youmans (120) a win by decision.

Bishop Kenny (13-4) fared far better in the middles, with Joey Cusick (145) and Nick Beenen (170) winning by falls, along with Jack Donghit (132) and Andrew Slade (138) both taking decisions.

But Yulee had points here, too, as John Parker (160) had a pin and David Dry (152) won by major.

The Hornets are off until Friday, when they travel to the Atlanta area for the North Metro IBT event, a two-day tournament. Bishop Kenny can’t reflect too long, as 1A-District 4 rival Bolles comes calling on Friday night.

Ponte Vedra 37, Fletcher 36 (criteria): At Fletcher, the Senators rested several starters for this weekend’s Gateway Conference meet, and the Sharks (6-7) went on to win every weight class but one from 106 through 152.

Ponte Vedra picked four straight maximum-point wins from 132 through 152, with James Stanton (132), Harrison Crowley (138), Ethan Baur (145) taking falls and Evan Merry (152) winning by disqualification. Preston Turner (113) and Bryce Reed (120) each added decision victories.

Bryce Bednarski (220) picked off the Senators’ lone contested victory, with a fall there.

Ponte Vedra will travel to St. Augustine on Tuesday for a dual meet. Fletcher will be at Sandalwood for the Gateway, which concludes Saturday afternoon.

FSDB triangular: At St. Augustine, Bradford won duals over Interlachen (36-3) and the host Dragons (39-18).

Brian Foster (decision over FSDB at 113), Thomas LeVasseur (pin over FSDB at 120), Andrew Hetler (2 pins at 145), Logan Montemurro (pin over FSDB at 160), Jesse Burch (major over Interlachen at 195) and Eddie McCormick (220) were all 2-0 for the Tornadoes.

Jacob Hake (170) had a fall for Bradford against FSDB, with Aaron Blazs (132) winning by decision against Interlachen.

The Dragons also picked up a win over the Rams, 36-21. Lance Gardenhire (106) and Giovanni Viruet (126) both picked up two wins apiece.

Interlachen’s Brennan Wykoff (decision over Bradford over 182) was also 2-0, with Cade Mason (145) taking a fall and Dalton Cady (132) winning by decision against FSDB.

Bradford will host Raines on Monday, while Interlachen will travel to Leesburg on Wednesday. FSDB is off until February 8, when the Dragons host a quad.

Matanzas 60, Pine Ridge 18: At Matanzas, the Pirates prepped for Friday’s St Johns River Conference hosting effort with eight pins.

Matanzas (11-11) won every match but the last one after the 285 weight class, with the dual starting at 170.
Christopher Mixan (170), Jakobi Givens (182), Paul Berent (220), Payton Katz (113), Caleb Bower (126), Nick Lipka (132), Jackson Mills (138) and Ian Eckert (145) racked up the falls for the Pirates.

Buchholz 54, Eastside 12: At Eastside, city rival Buchholz started several of its backups, and the Bobcats tapped as starters responded with 10 victories — seven pins, a tech, a major and decision — in all of the contested matches.

Picking up pins for Buchholz were Brandon Thomas (132), Devon Bell (138), Andreas Christou (152), Nicholas Deese (160), Shearod Bredfeldt (170), Jacob Robinson 195) and Dalaitren Davis (220). Kevin Smith (145) won by technical fall and William Kverneland (126) by major.

The closest match of the night was at 182, where the Bobcats’ Seth Verdote held off the Rams’ O’meun Johnson, 17-14. All of Eastside’s points came via forfeit.

Both teams are now off until Saturday night’s “Cities” championship, hosted by Gainesville, which competed at West Port’s round-robin event Wednesday night. Nathan Fox (106) and Corey Ryan (182) both took first at their weights for the Hurricanes.

Wolfson 43, Englewood 36: In a dual that determined third place from the previous weekend’s Army Duals event at Terry Parker, the Wolfpack got out to a 27-0 lead on falls from Keethan Seay (220), Keayon Gray (106), Aries Fahnbulleh (113) and Hector Rosado (120), plus a decision victory from Ronald Brunson at 285.

Englewood got back in the dual on falls from Tyler Crawford (126) and Chris Courtenay (132), but Wolfson kept a 25-point gap on a fall from Matt Ward (138) and major decision from Sai Hassalla (145).

The Rams closed the gap to 13, 37-24, on a forfeit at 152 and fall by Tavian Whitehead (160), but Steven Ho’s 26-second pin at 170 clinched the dual in favor of the Wolfpack. Michel Augustin (182)’s pin and a forfeit at 195 closed out the dual on an up note for Englewood.

Both teams are now off until Friday’s Gateway Conference start at Sandalwood.

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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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