#RoadToTheShow: 1A-Region 1 Recap (NE Edition)

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Clay wrestlers and coaches celebrate the 1A-Region 1 title won on Saturday afternoon in the Blue Devil gym (Photo by Shannon Heaton),

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
GREEN COVE SPRINGS — After Friday, things looked pretty touch-and-go as far as Clay’s chances to defend its 1A-Region 1 title.

But, in third place behind Wakulla and Florida High after Friday’s first day of the tournament, the Blue Devils put on a surge in the semifinals, rolling past both Tallahassee-area teams and not looking back. Five region champions later, Clay had a 35-point victory over Wakulla and a successful defense of its title.

“I don’t know if we had five region champs last year, but I’m pretty pleased with how things shook out,” Clay coach Jim Reape said. “Being short-handed going in, and pretty good teams to overcome in Wakulla, Florida High and Arnold…what we we did well was wrestle our matches.”

Suwannee was fifth with 88 points on the day, with Yulee a point back of the Bulldogs in sixth and Bishop Kenny a point back of the Hornets in seventh. Episcopal and Bolles tied for ninth, with 44 points each, followed by: Westside (T-11th, 41), University Christian (14th, 39), Pedro Menendez (15th, 32), Raines (T-16th, 30), West Nassau (T-18th, 27), Baker County (22nd, 24), Bradford (T-23rd, 22), Fernandina Beach (25th, 21), Bishop Snyder & Wolfson (T-27th, 17) and FSDB (30th, eight) in the 31-team field.

Below follows a summary of each weight class from a Northeast perspective:

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Louie Gagliardo, Clay (106)

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Louie Gagliardo, Clay: Won the tournament. Gagliardo saw none but state qualifiers en route to his title. After a first-round bye, he then majored Wakulla’s Matthew Owen, 14-5, in the quarterfinals. On Saturday, Gagliardo picked up a second major, this time an 11-1 victory over University Christian’s Matthew Rodriquez, to get into the finals against Suwannee’s Brandon Trask. In that match, Gagliardo secured a fall in 3:01 for the championship. Gagliardo reax: “I feel accomplished. I set my goals for this this year, and it’s my first region title. I feel proud of myself and appreciate the coaching I had to get to this point. There’s still a couple of things I need to work on, but my mindset is really good. I’m happy with the way I wrestled.”
Brandon Trask, Suwannee: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Trask pinned his way through to the final, all falls in the first period. Trask needed 37 seconds to fall North Bay Haven’s Landon Ladtkow in the first round and 1:03 to pin Bolles’ Josh Bono in the quarters. On Saturday, Trask pinned Yulee’s Kyle Davis in 1:40 in the semifinals to get to Gagliardo.
Matthew Rodriquez, University Christian: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Rodriquez opened the tournament with a 36-second fall over West Nassau’s Roy Knight in the first round, then decisioned Florida High’s Brooks Dyer, 9-5, in the quarters. After the loss to Gagliardo, Rodriquez had two consi-side falls, pinning Bono in 2:47 in the semi and then Owen in 3:48 for third place.
Rest of the Northeast: Bono was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a front-side fall over Bishop Snyder’s Elijah Bishop (1:09 in round 1) and back-side pins over South Walton’s Sophie Thaxton (55 seconds in consi rd 2) and Wewahitchka’s Jaden Moseley (2:38 in consi qtr)…Davis was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with two front-side pins over FSDB’s Christian Miranda (53 seconds in round 1) and Moseley (5:07 in the quarters)…Miranda and Bishop were both 1-2 in the tournament, both with consi rd 1 falls (Miranda in 4:34 over NFC’s Harrison Green, Bishop in 2 minutes over Ladtkow)…Knight was 0-2 in the tournament.

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Kyle Hopkins, Episcopal: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Hopkins had a first-round forfeit, then moved into Saturday’s wrestling with a 21-4 tech of Florida High’s Mike Cerio in the quarters. On Saturday, Hopkins picked up a second tech fall over Suwannee’s Tyler Ogles, also by a 21-4 score. In the final, Hopkins gave good fight to four-time region champ Larry Smith of Wakulla before falling, 4-2.
Stevie Chopek, Yulee: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Chopek had a first-round bye, then decisioned University Christian’s Daniel Porter, 8-2, in the quarters. On Saturday, Chopek ran into the Smith buzzsaw, losing by an 18-7 major. In the consi semis, Chopek pinned Cerio in 3:42 to ensure his state space, then added a second victory over Porter in the third-place match, 8-4.
Daniel Porter, University Christian: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Porter had a fall in the first round, pinning Bozeman’s Wylie DeBarr in 1:07, but then fell to Chopek in the quarters. Porter then won three matches by fall to qualify out, with pins over Clay’s Justin Byler (2:33 in consi rd 2), Bolles’ Dalton Posick (3:15 in consi qtr) and Ogles (3:29 in consi semi) to have the rematch with Chopek for third and fourth.
Rest of the Northeast: Ogles was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with front-side wins over Byler (1:21 in round 1) and Arnold’s Griffin Hebert (3:28 in the quarters)…Posick also was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with wins on both sides of the bracket (1:45 over Marianna’s Neal Smith in the first round, 5:10 over Bishop Snyder’s Jeffrey Prosser in consi rd 2)…Byler and Prosser were both 1-2, with consi-round 1 wins (Byler 6-4 over Wolfson’s Aries Fahnbulleh, Prosser by forfeit)…Fahnbulleh and David Jackson (Baker County) were both 0-2 in the tournament.

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Chris Merring, Clay (120).

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Chris Merring, Clay: Won the tournament. Merring began the bid for a second region title with a fall in 1:02 over Arnold’s Justin Ivy in the first round, then majored Suwannee’s Chase Clark, 10-1, in the quarters. On Saturday, Merring added a second major over Bay’s Gabe Meyer (16-6), and then picked up a third with a 14-5 major over Yulee’s Dylan Youmans, 14-5 behind takedowns in every period, for the title. Merring reax: “It feels good, but my eyes are on the bigger picture. I don’t want to settle for anything less than (a) state (title). It’s definitely meaningful (to come back and win after injury). I think after that injury, it’s been tough, but coming back like this has made it worth it.”
Dylan Youmans, Yulee: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Youmans pinned Wewahitchka’s Tyler Dubray in 1:41 in the first round, then staved off a difficult challenge in the quarters from Wakulla’s Rolin Malik, advancing with a 7-6 win. Youmans controlled the pace more in Saturday’s 4-1 semifinal win over Bishop Kenny’s Jack Delaney, to get to Merring in the final.
Jack Delaney, Bishop Kenny: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Delaney had a first-round bye, then pinned Bozeman’s Douglas Hanson in 5:35 in the quarters. After falling to Youmans, Delaney had two wins on the back, decisioning Clark, 7-2, in the consi semis, and then hammered Meyer, 14-0, in the third-place match.
Rest of the Northeast: Clark was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a first-round forfeit on the front and then back-side pins over Dubray (27 seconds in consi rd 2) and Florida High’s Dennis Ganim (3:39 in the consi qtrs)…Menendez’s Robert Iglesias was 1-2, with a consi rd 1 fall over Fernandina Beach’s Camden Smith (2:17)…Smith, Wolfson’s Keayon Gray and Bishop Snyder’s JP Villanueva were all 0-2 in the tournament, with Bradford’s Brian Foster scheduled to compete but did not.

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Peyton Hughes, Clay (126).

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Peyton Hughes, Clay: Won the tournament. Hughes had a first-round bye, pinning Episcopal’s Reid Hampton in the quarterfinals in 2:30. On Saturday, Hughes added a second fall over Florida High’s Max Metcalf, finishing that off in 4:32, to get to the final. There, against Arnold’s Ethan Pickren, Hughes had a 5-1 lead early in the third, but gave up a late takedown and turn that made the match a bit closer, but Hughes finished with a 7-6 decision. Hughes reax: “I had a comfortbale lead on that one, and everything was clicking. I just have to not get put into scrambles and defend my legs a little better. It’s just fundamentals more than anyting else. Winning means a lot. It was an oppportunity to prove myself, winning district and regionals in a pretty tough weight class. I had to get past some tough kids to win it.”
Jaquan English, Raines: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. English had a first-round bye and then pinned Bishop Kenny’s Garrett Tirado in 1:32 to reach the semifinals, where he fell to Pickren by an 8-2 decision. English punched his ticket for Kissimmee with a fall in 2:28 over Bay’s Damien Stayer, but then fell to Metcalf in the third-place match, 13-6.
Rest of the Northeast: Tirado and Jordan Johnson (Baker County) were both 2-2 and Saturday qualifers. Tirado had a win on each side of the bracket (2:43 over Bozeman’s Brian Zerr in round 1, 2-0 over Yulee’s Jacob Godsave in consi rd 2), while Johnson’s wins were both consi wins (1:00 over Bradford’s Aaron Blazs in consi rd 1, 2:41 over Hampton in consi rd 2)…Hampton and Godsave were both 1-2 in the tournament, with Hampton pinning Wewahitchka’s Dylan Jacobs in 4:27 in round 1, and Godsave decisioning Bolles’ Julian Morris 9-3 in consi rd 1…Blazs and Morris were both 0-2 in the tournament.

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Dylan Fabiani, Clay: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Fabiani had two first-period falls on Friday, pinning Bay’s Aaron Curry in 1:06 in the first round and Wakulla’s Blake Reeves in 51 seconds in the quarters. After falling, 8-3, to eventual champion William Pickren of Arnold in the semifinals, Fabiani rallied for two pins, falling Mosley’s Shane Ferry in 2:22 in the consi semis and then pinned South Walton’s Seth Weinthal in 3:08 to take third.
Rest of the Northeast: Jack Donghit (Bishop Kenny) and Kenneth Foster (Suwannee) were both 2-2 in the tournament and were Saturday qualifiers. Both had a win on both sides of the bracket (Foster 1:07 over Wolfson’s Gavin Carter in round 1, 2:13 over Westside’s Angelo Philpot in consi rd 2, Donghit 3:48 over NFC’s Landon Kelly in round 1 and 2:53 over Carter in consi rd 2)…Carter and Philpot were both 1-2 in the tournament, both with falls in consi rd 1 (Carter 4:02 over West Nassau’s Bradley Hulett, Philpot 3:04 over Kelly)…Hulett and Cooper Helton (Episcopal) were both 0-2 in the tournament, while Baker County’s John Timmons was scheduled to compete but did not.

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Cody Taylor, Clay: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Taylor pinned or teched his way to the final, with a first-round fall over Bolles’ Hunter Dixon in 1:29, then teched Marianna’s Ethan Ellis, 16-0, to get to the semis. There, Taylor pinned Bishop Kenny’s Andrew Slade in 5:04 to reach the final, where he couldn’t gain traction of attacks against three-time region champ Richie McClanahan of Arnold, falling, 9-0, in the final.
Andrew Slade, Bishop Kenny: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Slade pinned Baker County’s Devon Cole in 2:31 in the first round, then powered past Micah Lanier of Wakulla in the quarterfinals, with an 8-5 decision. After the loss by fall to Taylor, Slade earned his state position with a consi-semi 5-1 decision over Suwannee’s Terrell Williams, but collided his head with the mat during that match and injury-defaulted to Florida High’s Max Harris in the third-place match.
Rest of the Northeast: Williams was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with all three wins on the back side (2:50 over Dixon in consi rd 1, 4-3 over Yulee’s Grant Stanish in consi rd 2, 10-5 over Bishop Snyder’s Brenden Bizier in the consi qtrs)…Bizier was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with wins on each side (10-2 over Menendez’s Collin Tanner in round 1, 1:57 over Bozeman’s Triston Tiller in consi rd 2)…Tanner, Sai Hassalla (Wolfson) and Stanish were all 1-2 in the tournament. Tanner pinned Rickards’ Keian Bahmani (3:45) and Hassalla majored Rutherford’s D’vante Sims (11-1) in consi rd 1, while Stanish decisioned Hassalla, 9-4, in the first round…Dixon and Cole were both 0-2 in the tournament.

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Keath Sawdo, Clay (145).

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Keath Sawdo, Clay: Won the tournament. Sawdo pinned Wolfson’s Cameron Frison in 1:24 in the first round, and followed that up with another bonus-point win, majoring Wakulla’s Noah Wilson, 13-5. In Saturday’s semis, Sawdo picked up another major, 11-0 over Suwannee’s Joey Borrell, to get into the final. There, a first-period takedown was enough to turn back Florida High’s Jake Richardson, 3-1, and give Sawdo his second region title. Sawdo reax: “It’s different from last year, but it’s still just the first big step in the list of those toward achieving that goal (of a state title). I’ve seen (Richardson) so many times, they know what I’m about to do. He knows my moves and I know his. The key is to go back to what’s been working the last few matches and keep doing that. I think I’m as ready as I ever will be (for states). I’ll see some tough matches going into the final.”
William Tharpe, West Nassau: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Tharpe pinned Bradford’s Andrew Hetler in 59 seconds in the first round, adding a second bonus win in the quarters, when he majored Arnold’s Jonathan Lozada, 13-1. After taking a 3-0 loss to Richardson in the semis, Tharpe came back for two more bonus-point wins, majoring South Walton’s Connor Metcalf, 14-5, in the consi semis, and then pinned Borrell in 5:32 to finish third.
Joey Borrell, Suwannee: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Borrell won twice by decision to get to the semis, downing Rutherford’s Keivontie Logan (6-0) in the first round and then Bolles’ KJ Fagan (7-4) in the quarters. After the loss to Sawdo, Borrell pinned Bishop Kenny’s Joey Cusick in 5:17 to qualify out prior to the loss by fall to Tharpe.
Rest of the Northeast: Cusick was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a first-round fall (5:22) over Westside’s Jacob Boyd in round 1 and back-side wins over Mosley’s Caleb Schultz (4:54 in consi rd 2) and Lozada (6-0 in consi qtrs)…Fagan was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with wins on each side (10-3 over Yulee’s Tyler Berrier in round 1 and then 3:50 over Godby’s Zach Godwin in consi rd 2)…Hetler, Boyd, Frison and Berrier were all 0-2 in the tournament.

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Tanner Clark, Suwannee: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Clark pinned Bolles’ Derrick Champine in 1:17 in the first round, but then lost in the quarters to eventual runnerup Burley Parker of Wewahitchka, by fall in 4:00. Clark had to win three on the bounce to qualify out for states, falling University Christian’s John Leone (2:53 in consi rd 2), Bishop Kenny’s Sid Madison (4:26 in consi qtrs) and winning, 8-7, over Clay’s Dylan Taylor, in the consi semi. Clark then fell to Marianna’s Max Martinez in the third-place match, 6-3.
Rest of the Northeast: Delmontae Davis (Westside) was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with all three wins on the back (1:29 over Champine in consi rd 1, 37 seconds over Florida High’s Duncan Weaver in consi rd 2 and 4-3 over Raines’ Alonzo Davis in the consi qtrs)…Taylor was 2-2 and a semifinalist, with front side wins by forfeit over North Bay Haven’s Dagon Womack in round 1 and by fall over Weaver (3:24) in the quarters…Madison and Alonzo Davis were both 2-2 and Saturday qualifiers, with Madison winning on each side of the bracket (25-second fall over Godby’s Quentavius Smith in round 1 and 4-2 over Bradford’s Trevor Jones in consi rd 2) and Davis taking two back-side falls over Smith (4:30 in consi rd 1) and Wakulla’s Ian Walker (4:15 in consi rd 2)…Jones and Leone were both 1-2, both with consi rd 1 forfeits…Champine was 0-2 in the tournament, while Yulee’s David Dry was scheduled to compete and did not.

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John Parker, Yulee (160).

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John Parker, Yulee: Won the title. Parker had a first-round bye on Friday, then ground out a 6-3 decision in the quarters over Bolles’ Caleb Calhoun. On Saturday in the semis, Parker held off Suwannee’s Billy Jenkins, 5-2, to get into the finals, where his third-period escape with 50 seconds left in the match was enough to overcome Pedro Menendez’s Max Worthington, 1-0, for the championship, the second in Yulee school history. Parker reax: “It’s pretty cool (to win). I’d almost forgotten (about being injured in December) about that, but I didn’t like being out of the lineup, I never usually miss anything. But it’s my senior year. Yulee’s getting better as a team. Pretty soon we’re going to be able to compete with the top teams.”
Max Worthington, Pedro Menendez: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Worthington pinned Marianna’s Gunner Nebel in 2:45 in the first round, then overcame Fernandina Beach’s Joseph Helm, 6-4, in the quarters. On Saturday, Worthington pinned Wewahitchka’s Jackson Vines in 3:09, to advance to the title match and Parker.
Joseph Helm, Fernandina Beach: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Helm pinned Florida High’s Marcus Haigler in 3:42 in the first round, but then won four matches to take third after losing to Worthington in the quarters. Those wins included a 28-second fall over University Christian’s Derrick Stumph (consi rd 2), 15-3 major over Bozeman’s Michael Stout (consi qtrs), fall in 2 minutes over Jenkins in the blood round, then a 48-second fall over Vines to take third.
Rest of the Northeast: Calhoun was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a round 1 win over Stout (7-6) and back-side victories over West Nassau’s Breyer Wood (8-4 in consi rd 2) and Mosley’s Jarred Pitts (2:12 in consi qtrs)…Jenkins was 2-2 and a semifinalist, with front-side falls (both in the first minute) over Westside’s Matthew Gathright (48 seconds) in the first round and Pitts (38 seconds) in the quarters…Wood and Stumph were both 1-2 in the tournament, with Wood winning by forfeit and Stumph decisioning Gathright, 16-9, in consi rd 1…Gathright was 0-2 in the tournament, while Jacob Schloth (Bishop Kenny) was scheduled to compete and did not.

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Christian Rickey, Episcopal: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Rickey lost his opening-round match to Westside’s John Jones, 7-5, but then wouldn’t lose again, with five on the bounce to take third. Rickey pinned NFC’s Landon Albritton in 2:35 (consi rd 1), Bolles’ CJ Grimes in 4:26 (consi rd 2), decisioned Bishop Kenny’s Nick Beenen (1-0 in the consi quarters on Saturday), and pinned Jones in 1:52 to make it all the way back, then pinned Baker County’s James Barnett in 3:51 to finish third.
James Barnett, Baker County: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Barnett lost in the first round to Beenen, by fall in 4:29, meaning he had to win four matches in order to reach Kissimmee. He did that, with a fall in 2:34 over Suwannee’s Angel Soto in consi rd 1, forfeits over Bradford’s Jesse Burch and Bozeman’s Caleb Hale in consi rd 2 and the quarters, and then decisioned Florida High’s Jemel Fanfan, 3-2, in the blood round before losing by fall to Rickey in the third-place match.
Rest of the Northeast: Jones was 2-2 and a semifinalist, with front-side wins over Rickey and then Hale (4:44) in the quarterfinals…Beenen was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with one win on each side (Barnett in round 1, 2:42 over Bishop Snyder’s Hunter Chaney in consi rd 2)…Jesse Burch (Bradford), Grimes and Chaney were all 1-2 in the tournament, with Grimes pinning Yulee’s Gunner Harrison in 1:22 and Burch pinning Chaney in 1 minute in round 1, while Chaney pinned Marianna’s Dillon Melvin in 4:12 in consi rd 1…Soto and Harrison were both 0-2 in the tournament.

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No Northeast state qualifiers.
Rest of the Northeast: Westside’s Calvin Altman was 2-2 and a semifinalist, with a first-round bye and fall in 4 minutes over Bay’s Andrew Luzny in the quarters…Anthony Hoyt (FSDB) also was 2-2 with wins on each side of the bracket (forfeit in round 1, 6-4 win over Godby’s Jeff Louis-Jean in consi rd 2)…Bolles’ James Omlor and Yulee’s Michael Crawford were both 1-2 with front-side wins (Omlor pinned West Nassau’s Brice Burnsed in 2:56 and Crawford pinned Bishop Kenny’s David Citrano in 3:04)…Burnsed and Citrano were both 0-2 in the tournament, while Andrew Rosepiler (Baker County) was scheduled to compete and did not.

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Kaleb Collins, Clay: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Collins had two pins on Friday, falling Godby’s JaTyren Walker in 3:35 in the first round, then pinning Menendez’s Maxwell Gailey in 1:00 in the quarter. Collins fell to region rival Cam Brown of Florida High, 3-2, in the semis, but then came back with two dominant wins to take third, teching Walker, 16-1, in the consi semis, and then pinning North Bay Haven’s Garrett Hester in 3:52 in the third-place match.
Rest of the Northeast: Addison Glisson (Bishop Kenny) was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, taking one win on each side of the bracket (forfeit in round 1, fall in 1:14 over Baker County’s Josh Ossmann in consi rd 2)…Daniel Boylan (West Nassau) was 1-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a consi rd 2 fall over Gailey (2:57), while Gailey and Noah Winebarger (Yulee) also went 1-2 in the tournament. Gailey had a forfeit in the first round, with Winebarger winning by forfeit in consi rd 1.

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Kurt Jackson, Clay (220).

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Kurt Jackson, Clay: Won the tournament. Jackson had two pins on Friday, falling Suwannee’s Bernardo Perez in the first round (3:08) and Bolles’ Mason Yost in the quarters (1:24). In the semis, Jackson had his toughest matchup of the tournament with Wakulla’s Marlon Ng, coming back from an early deficit to win 11-7 and reach the final. There, Jackson picked up his first title with a fall in 2:07 over NFC’s Jonathan Wainwright. Jackson reax: “I’ve been sick all week and the first two rounds I really wasn’t wrestling my best. I got back to my usual self in the third (match), though. It’s a good win. Sets me up for a good finish at states, but it depends on where (Lake Highland Prep’s) Ben Goldin is, whether we’re on the same side of the bracket. I just want to maintain, stay healthy and get some good practices in.”
Eddie McCormick, Bradford: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. McCormick had a first-round bye and then pinned Raines’ Jevonte Hagan in 3:58 in order to reach the semis. There, he lost, 5-2, to Wainwright in the semis, but he rallied to secure his Kissimmee place with a fall in 1:50 over Yost in the consi semis. McCormick then lost by fall to Ng in the third-place match, in 2:15.
Rest of the Northeast: Yost was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with back-side wins by fall over Arnold’s Veryl White (3:10 in consi rd 2) and over Godby’s Ryan Kirby (3:52 in the consi quarters), while Wolfson’s Keethan Seay was also 2-2 and a qualifier, taking falls on each side of the bracket (1:44 over White in the first round, 52 seconds over Perez in consi round 2)…Hagan and John Alexander (Bishop Kenny) were both 1-2 in the tournament, both with round 1 falls (Hagan in 5:02 over Kirby and Alexander in 53 seconds over Mosley’s Brandon Jackson)…Blake Hodges (West Nassau), TJ Holton (Yulee) and Perez were all 0-2 for the tournament.

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Tariq Hookfin, Westside: Qualified out as the runnerup. Hookfin had a first-round bye on Friday, then downed Godby’s Devon Neely, 3-1, in the quarterfinals. In Saturday’s semi, Hookfin got his offense revved up against District 3 rival McKenzie Lewis of Yulee, winning there by a 9-2 decision. That put Hookfin into the finals against Wakulla’s Jacob Marin. Marin scored with a reversal in the second, but Hookfin was able to get out twice to send the match into overtime. Hookfin pushed the pace, but Marin turned a bad shot into a takedown of his own in sudden victory, 4-2.
Josiah McCallum, Bishop Kenny: Qualified out for states by finishing third. McCallum had a first-round bye, and then decisioned Raines’ Jamon Goodwine, 3-1, in the quarters. In the semi against Marin, McCallum went into double-overtime, giving up a reversal from the top and then not able to score after escaping from down during his second extra session, falling 4-3. McCallum rallied for third place with a 54-second fall of Neely in the consi semis, then decisioned Yulee’s Lewis, 3-1, for third place.
McKenzie Lewis, Yulee: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Lewis pinned District 1 champion Elliot Woodham of Arnold in 1:09 in the first round, then reached the semis with a second fall, this one in 2:21 over Wolfson’s Ronald Brunson. After losing to Hookfin, Lewis went into overtime with Clay’s Ryan Rivers, taking a 3-2 victory on a second stall warning to clinch his state spot. He then fell to McCallum in the third-place match.
Rest of the Northeast: Rivers was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a round 1 fall over Marianna’s Jason Rudd (:43) and then wins on the back side over Menendez’s Carter Payne (35 seconds in consi rd 2) and Goodwine (3-1 in the consi quarters)…Goodwine and Brunson were both 2-2 and Saturday qualifiers, with both winning on each side of the bracket (Brunson 3-2 over Florida High’s Logan Stinson in round 1 and 21-second fall over Bozeman’s Joey Delarosa in consi rd 2, Goodwine fall in 1:20 over Delarosa in round 1 and 8-3 over Stinson in consi rd 2)…Payne was 0-2 in the tournament, while Orlando Heggs (Bolles) was scheduled to compete and did not.

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