Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
JACKSONVILLE — It’s been a tough season — a couple of them, actually — for the Robert E. Lee wrestling program.
Despite the possibility of substantial returning numbers coming back in 2016-17, those returners never fully materialized. And the Generals’ hope of possibly contending for, let alone winning, a Gateway Conference title slipped away as a result.
It’s not like winning a Gateway, but the victory the Generals picked up at this weekend’s Westside Duals, hosted by neighborhood rival Westside, might make up for some of that, as Lee outpointed the Wolverines for the team title, 143-132.
First place was a fairly-even battlefield in the eight-team event, as Baker County was third with 123.5 points, Atlantic Coast fourth at 122 and First Coast fifth at 111. Stanton was a bit further back, with 72.5 points in sixth, Fernandina Beach seventh with 58.5 and St. Augustine eighth, with 27.
A summary of each weight class follows:
113 (no wrestlers competing at 106) — First Coast’s Jason Schwartz pinned Baker County’s David Jackson (:48) in the only match of the weight class, and the title.
120 — Baker County’s James Knabb was 3-0, with two pins and an 11-10 decision in round 2 over First Coast’s Seanjohn Adams, a match that settled first place in the weight class, as Adams finished 2-1.
126 — The Wildcats’ Jordan Johnson went back-to-back with weight-class titles for Baker County, going 5-0 with four first-period falls and a medical forfeit. In round 3, Johnson pinned First Coast’s Gerard Taylor in 1:32, a match that settled first place, as Taylor was 4-1.
132 — Baker County’s Ryan Timmons made his first appearance of the season, going 5-0 with three pins, a forfeit and decision. His fall in Round 4 over Westside’s Angelo Philpot, in 2:46, essentially settled first place in the weight class, as Philpot was 4-1.
138 — Corbin Snyder of Fernandina Beach collected three first-period falls and two decisions to go 5-0 for first place in the bracket. He decisioned Lee’s Darius Wells (4-1) by a 12-9 score in a match that ultimately settled the title.
145 — Westside’s Jacob Boyd won four times by fall, all in the first period, but it was Boyd’s 1-0 decision in Round 3 over Atlantic Coast’s Tywaine Rochebrun that settled the question of who would win the weight class. Rochebrun clinched second with a 14-5 major over Lee’s Dewayne Randall, who also was 4-1 on the day.
152 — Stanton’s Mitchell Mika was the Blue Devils’ lone champion, with a tech fall, first-period pin and 3-0 decision over Lee’s Caleb Zaccheo in the final round to win the bracket, with Zaccheo also 2-0 going into that round.
160 — Fernandina Beach’s Joseph Helm either pinned or teched his way to four victories on the day, with a fall in 3:51 over Westside’s Delmontae Davis in Round 3 settling first place, as Davis finished 3-1 for the tournament.
170 — With three wrestlers going 3-1 (Westside’s John Jones, Lee’s Kalvin Dorce and Baker’s James Barnett) and the trio going 1-1 against each other (Dorce 11-0 over Barnett, Jones 11-3 over Dorce, Barnett 4-3 over Jones in overtime), Jones was declared the champion through criteria.
182 — Calvin Altman made it back-to-back titles for Westside, going 4-0 on the day with two pins, a forfeit and a 5-2 decision. Lee’s Christopher Telusma was 4-1, with a fall over Atlantic Coast’s Uriah Ford to clinch second place.
195 — David Johnson was Lee’s only individual champion, going 5-0 with four falls and a 3-1 decision in the final round over Atlantic Coast’s Jamari Broussard that settled first place, as both wrestlers were unbeaten going into that round.
220 — Atlantic Coast 220s Kurk Jackson and Darius Idlebird finished 1-2 in what was more or less a reprise of their finals match the previous weekend at Raines, with Jackson (major and fall otherwise) taking a 3-2 decision over Idlebird this time to win the weight class.
285 — Westside’s Tariq Hookfin was the Wolverines’ fourth champion, going 5-0 with five pins. His fall in Round 6 over Baker County’s Jestin Canterbury, in 2:22, ultimately decided first place, as Canterbury also was 4-0 going into that match.