January 25 Dual Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

ORANGE PARK — Visiting Middleburg overcame an early 15-0 deficit, then clinched the dual with two late wins to defeat Ridgeview, 39-27, in another Clay County matchup of two solid programs Wednesday night.

The Clay Panthers jumped out fast in the middle weights, with falls from Saeid Ejmali (138) and Reed Propes (152), plus a decision victory from Malachi Martin at 145.

From there, however, Middleburg (12-11) turned the momentum its way with big points up top, as Cody Eastwood (160), Dylan Hanna (170), Bryan Heflin (182) and Robert Barnard (285) all won by pin. Tazz Hampton (106) kept up the string of contested victories for the Broncos, with a pin that put Middleburg up 30-15 with four matches left.

Ridgeview (4-5) would rally back to 30-27, with pins from Jonathan Kaylor (113) and Marcus Reid (120), but the Broncos shut the door with Christopher Burch’s fall at 126, with Bryce Williams (132) adding the icing to the cake with a decision victory.

Middleburg will be at the Flagler Rotary on Friday and Saturday, with Ridgeview now off until Clay’s Rotary IBT starting on February 3.

Creekside 56, Nease 22: At St Johns, the host Knights (14-6) won 10 matches, five of those via pin and a sixth via technical fall, to rally from their 23-point loss at Bartram Trail last week.

Creekside and Nease (16-11) traded wins early, with Knight pins for Jacob Cooney (145) and Brendan Jones (152) answered by a fall from Nease’s Jacob Satterfield (138) and major by Tanner Hill (160).

The Knights then won six straight, with pins from Brandon Dickman (170) and Trey Chesser (182), plus a tech from Corey Grower (195) to go up 47-10.

Nease then picked up pins from Sean Arnold (113) and Gannon Janssen (120), with Creekside answering with a fall by Max Patterson (126) and decision by Jalen Hines (132).

Both teams are off until Friday, when they’ll both be at Palm Coast for the Flagler Rotary.

Matanzas 39, Deltona 33: At Deltona, the visiting Pirates (15-16) swept the matches between 106 and 138, with an additional win at 195 to close out a hard-fought dual.

Stone White (120) and Jakobi Givens (195) each had pins for Matanzas, which took advantage of several open Deltona weights in the lowers to secure the victory. Lawrence Russo (126) added a 6-3 decision victory for the Pirates.

Matanzas will next be at Flagler Rotary on Friday.

Bishop Kenny 54, Ponte Vedra 24: At Bishop Kenny, the Crusaders took advantage of the Sharks’ lack of upper weights, jumping out to a 36-0 lead behind five PVHS forfeits and a fall for John Alexander (220).

Ponte Vedra rallied back somewhat behind falls from Gavin Riccobono (106) and Preston Turner (113), but the Crusaders made sure of the win with pins by Jack Delaney (120) and Garrett Tirado (126).

The Sharks closed out the final four matches of the dual with a pin by Harrison Crowley (138) and decisions for James Stanton (132) and Evan Merry (152), while Joey Cusick (145) won by fall for Kenny.

The Crusaders will be at Flagler Rotary on Friday, while Ponte Vedra will compete in the Parker Duals, also starting Friday.

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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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