Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
JACKSONVILLE — First Coast jumped out to a quick lead and then had to hold on to it for dear life Wednesday night, surviving a late charge from Atlantic Coast, 30-29, in its season finale at home.
The Buccaneers jumped out to an 18-0 lead behind two forfeits and a fall from Jose Ortega at 170, but then the Stingrays responded, even taking the lead after 285, as Uriah Ford (182) won by decision and Jamari Broussard (195) by major, plus two forfeits, to go up 19-18.
A forfeit to First Coast at 106 re-established the lead at 24-19, but the Stingrays eliminated that one with decisions at 126 and 132 for Kevin Thompson and Marco Hunter, respectively.
Another forfeit put the Buccaneers back up by five with one match to go. Atlantic Coast picked up a bonus point there, at 145, but First Coast’s Brian Austin was able to avoid the pin against ACHS’ Tywaine Rochebrun, giving up just an 11-3 loss and helping secure the victory.
First Coast is off until February 18 and the 3A-District 1 meet at Flagler Palm Coast, while Atlantic Coast closes out its regular season tonight at home against Robert E. Lee.
Pedro Menendez 36, St. Augustine 30: At Menendez, the Falcons used strength in the upper weights to avenge a loss to the Yellow Jackets at St. Augustine last week.
David Soule (152), Max Worthington (160) and Alex Cathcart (170) each had falls for Pedro Menendez, applying three forfeits in bookend weights to key advantage.
St. Augustine did get pins of its own, including a three-peat from Conlan Trimble (132), Marcus Petersen (138) and Jacob Linden (145), plus a fourth from Micah Hartley at 182.
Both teams’ regular seasons are complete. St. Augustine will be first back on the mat on February 15 with the 2A-District 4 meet at Matanzas, while Pedro Menendez will be competing in the 1A-District 4 meet at University Christian on February 18.
Flagler Palm Coast 64, Matanzas 12: At Matanzas in the #BattleForFlagler, the Bulldogs closed out the dual with an eight-match win streak.
From 220 through the final match at 170, Flagler Palm Coast won 11 of the 12 matches. Tyler Irigoyen (220), Vincent Ebanks (285), Michael DeAugustino (120), Avery Holder (126), Damion Figourea (132), Michael Martins (138), Tyrone Jones (145) and Curtis Brock (152) each had falls, with Christian Sheppard (106) winning by technical fall and Steve Canidate (170), plus Eddie Bryant’s dual opening win at 182, by decisions both.
Matanzas did lead the dual at one point, 6-3, on Tyrel Scheltz’s fall at 195. Josh Bower added a fall at 113, but the Pirates would not pick up another victory.
Flagler Palm Coast’s regular season is complete and the Bulldogs will host the 3A-District 1 meet on February 18. Matanzas is back on the mats tonight, this time at Clay.
Buchholz 58, Oakleaf 18: At Gainesville, the Bobcats swept to victory over an inexperienced Knights side decimated by illness, requiring several first-time starts from younger wrestlers.
Jordan Mobley (152), Armando Acosta (182), Jose Romero (220), Bryan Perkins (106), Hunter Griffin (113), William Green-Church (120) and Gant Moore (132) all won by fall for Buchholz, with Shearod Bredfeldt (160) and Dylan Lewis (170) adding tech falls and Michael Rollins (138) and Aaron Menden (285) decisions.
Oakleaf had three pins on the night, from Trenton Carroll (145), Dexter Moore (195) and Ethan Gustilo (126) in wrestled order.
The Bobcats’ and Knights’ regular seasons are now complete. Both will compete in the 3A-District 1 meet at Flagler Palm Coast on February 18.
Nease 58, Ponte Vedra 16: At Ponte Vedra, the visiting St Johns Panthers rolled to victory behind four falls and several upper-weight forfeits against the Sharks.
Sean Arnold (113), Gannon Janssen (120), Tyler Saam (126) and Tanner Hill (152) each had pins for Nease, with Jacob Satterfield (132) winning by technical fall.
Ponte Vedra answered with two middleweight pins from Harrison Crowley at 138 and Ethan Baur at 145, with a major decision from Gavin Riccobono at 106.
Both teams’ regular seasons are complete, and both will be off until February 15, with the 2A-District 4 meet at Matanzas.
Florida High double dual: Both Suwannee and Columbia struggled to find points against Tallahassee powers Florida High and Lincoln, as both the Bulldogs and Tigers went 0-2.
Suwannee took a 60-22 loss to Lincoln and 56-24 loss to Florida High. Tyler Ogles (113) had two pins for the Bulldogs, while Kenneth Foster (132) was 2-0 with a major over Lincoln. Terrell Williams (138) and Joey Borrell (145) both had falls over Lincoln, while Chase Clark (120) won by fall against Florida High.
Columbia lost 62-10 to Florida High and 75-6 to Lincoln. Daniel Mann (138) was the Tigers’ only unbeaten, with a major against Florida High and fall over Lincoln for the Tigers’ lone points in that dual. Mitchell Gregory (160) won by pin against Florida High.
Both the Bulldogs’ and Tigers’ regular seasons are complete. Both will compete in district meets on February 17, with Suwannee traveling to Wakulla for 1A-District 2 and Columbia to Lincoln for 2A-District 2.
Bartram Trail 33, Ridgeview 30: At Orange Park, the Bears came back from an 18-6 deficit to secure the victory on the road in a battle of 2A-Region 1 rivals.
Nicholas Vugman (113) and Justin Thompson (285) had falls for Bartram Trail, with Thompson’s pin clinching the dual. Christian Crews (145), Ralph Hamilton (152), William King (170) and Jacob Bennett (182) added decisions for the Bears.
Ridgeview collected falls from Marcus Reid (120) and Requan Works (132), with Jacob McGowan (126), Saeid Ejmali (138) and John Tiedeman (170) winning by decision for the Clay County Panthers.
Both teams are off until districts, with Bartram Trail participating in the 2A-District 4 meet at Matanzas on February 15 and Ridgeview at the 2A-District 3 meet at Terry Parker on February 18.
Clay 72, Robert E. Lee 6: At Lee, the visiting Blue Devils closed out their regular season by winning eight of the nine contested matches.
Falls for the Blue Devils came from Dylan Fabiani (132), Cody Taylor (138), Keath Sawdo (145), Justin Merring (152), Garrett Weseman (160) and Carson Yost (170), with Kaleb Collins (195) and Joe Grelli (220) both winning by decision. The Generals’ lone victory was generated by Christopher Telusma (182).
Clay is now off until the 1A-District 3 tournament at Raines on February 18, while Lee travels to Atlantic Coast on Thursday.