Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
LAKE CITY — Lake Asbury, for the second time in school history, won both the Clay County and North Florida Championship events in the same year on Saturday.
The Tigers, just a week after finishing behind both Suwannee Middle and Wilkinson Junior High at the Eagles Toughman, surged past both those teams at North Florida, hosted by Lake City Middle School, outpointing Suwannee, 231-228, for the title.
Wilkinson was third, with 192 points, followed by: host Lake City (154), Lakeside JHS (127), Green Cove Springs JHS (126), Orange Park JHS (120), Riversprings Middle (100), Wakulla Middle (75), Oakleaf JHS (51), Richardson Middle (37), Florida High (33), Episcopal (21.5), Cedar Creek Christian (18) and University Christian (7).
Here’s a quick glance at each of the weight classes:
75: After losing by fall to Wakulla’s Julian Harvey the previous week, Lake City’s Luke Schreiber came back to take the bracket, with two pins over Lakeside and Riversprings, then decisioned Harvey, 4-2, in the final.
80: Wakulla’s Riley Girgis continued his run of success, with a decision over a Wakulla teammate, and three pins, falling Cedar Creek Christian’s Hunter VanVactor in 4:58 in the title match.
85: Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick, who lost in the finals at Eagles Toughman, came back for the win this past weekend, with three decisions and a fall, downing Lake City’s Braxton Abbott 5-3 in the final.
90: Colby Tedder of Suwannee Middle continued his run of pins, with four falls in this tournament. Tedder pinned Lake Asbury’s McGinnis (no first name provided in the bracket) in 3:34 in the finals.
95: Wilkinson’s Alex Velazquez had a fall in the first round and then three decisions after that, with a repeat victory in the final (from the previous week) over Suwannee’s Bryson Greene, 9-7, in the title match.
100: After falling in the semis at Eagles Toughman to eventual champ Hunter Williams of Lakeside, Suwannee’s Xander Kirkland got another shot in the finals against Williams, after an earlier fall and decision, defeating Williams this time by a 9-6 decision.
106: Wilkinson’s James Benton moved from 113 at Eagles Toughman down to this weight for NFC, and the result was largely the same — four pins. Benton falled Oakleaf’s Abdiert Escobar in 1:47 in the title match.
113: With Benton at 106, the way was paved for Eagles finalist Jordan Ware of Suwannee, and he took advantage, with a major, fall and 17-2 tech fall in the finals over McGrowan of Lake Asbury (no first name provided), in a rematch of the Eagles semifinal between the two, which Ware also won.
120: Lake City’s Kaleb Davis continued to rule at this weight class, with two falls, the second in 3:24 over Green Cove Springs’ Dalton Baysinger in the final.
126: A week ago, Stiltner of Lake Asbury (no first name provided) fell to Oakleaf’s David Parkes at Eagles; last Saturday, the tables were turned, as Stiltner — who’d had two prior falls — added a third in 1:24 over Parkes for the title.
132: Alex Anderson of Lake City followed up a four-pin performance at Eagles with three at home on Saturday, pinning Grind of Lake Asbury in 1:27 during the title match.
138: Lake City’s Obie Smith made it back-to-back titles for the hosts with three pins, the last coming over Harris of Lake Asbury (no first name provided) in the final.
145: Suwannee’s Jacquez Moore continued a dominating run of falls, with four at NFC, pinning Episcopal’s Kaiman Clark in 12 seconds in the title match.
152: Suwannee got back-to-back wins here, as they did at Eagles, as Blaine Howard won the bracket with two falls and a 12-8 decision in the final over Orange Park JHS’ Brandon Jordan.
160: Gavin Smith of Green Cove Springs followed up his three-pin win at Eagles with another trio of falls at NFC, pinning Florida High’s Amarrie Harris in 2:18 for the championship.
170: Orange Park’s Darrian Williams brought home top honors, with two pins, the second in 1:08 over Martinez of Lake Asbury (no first name provided) in the final.
182: Grant Travis of Lakeside continued his winning ways, adding an NFC title to his Toughman victory, with three pins, the last over Reese Sheehan of Orange Park in the final.
195: Lake Asbury’s Longmire (no first name provided) had two pins to take the bracket, falling — in a rematch from the Eagles final — Richardson’s Jaycob Jones in 37 seconds.
220: After falling 8-5 to Suwwannee’s Maury Roberts in the semis at Eagles, Lake Asbury’s Gonzalez (no first name provided) pulled together a late fall over Roberts for the NFC victory, with the pin in 5:56.
285: As at 220, Suwannee’s Jeff Jones had lost to Green Cove Springs’ Evan Sheets by fall in the Eagles final; this time, he would pin Sheets for the victory, with a fall time of 1:13.
Brackets are posted just above this recap.