JV State Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

KISSIMMEE — Four Northeast area wrestlers won state championships and Fleming Island took second overall at the JV State Championships, hosted by Osceola on Friday and Saturday.

Fleming Island finished only behind West Orange, 214-175, in finishing second in the 32-team tournament. Clay was seventh with 105 points, while Matanzas was 14th at 69, Flagler Palm Coast 23rd with 34 points and Buchholz 24th with 31.5.

Fleming Island’s first champion was Tyler Williams at 132. Williams had two falls, an 11-0 major in the quarters and 13-1 major in the semis and he then decisioned West Orange’s Trevor Beck, 9-2, in the championship match.

At 152, the Golden Eagles’ Seamus Wade also brought home the title, with three pins and two decisions. He won by fall in the round of 32 and by decision in the round of 16 and quarters (the second a 14-12 win), then pinned his way through the semis and final, falling Tampa Jesuit’s Tim Eberly in 1:59 for the championship.

The Golden Eagles had two additional finalists in Joseph Donato (106) and Luke Chop (138). Donato fell, 4-0, to Lake Gibson’s Jesse Gehr, while Chop fell in the 138 final, 3-0, to Hagerty’s Logan Perkins.

Additional medalists in the tournament for Fleming Island were Ryan Hobson (5th at 106), Brady Dunlap (3rd at 113), Caleb Dale (4th at 120) and Ian Kincaid (5th at 170).

Clay picked up title-winning efforts from Garrett Weseman (160) and Carson Yost (170).

Weseman pinned his way through the 160 bracket, only having to go past the first period in the quarters, where he went 4:33 before winning by fall. In the finals, Weseman decked St. Cloud’s Valdemar Guerra in 1:03.

At 170, Yost used two pins and two six-minute wins to take the title, with falls in the round of 16 and quarters, a 9-0 major in the semis and then a 5-1 championship-round victory over Wellington’s Jake Pilat.

Additional medalists for Clay were Joe Grelli (5th at 220) and Colby Butler (4th at 285).

Also representing the area with medal efforts were Andrew Dance of Flagler Palm Coast (third at 113, won by fall over Fleming’s Dunlap in the third-place match), Matanzas’ Caleb Bower (fifth at 126) and Joel Alicea (third at 132) and Buchholz’s Nevan Burney (sixth at 195).

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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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