By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
TALLAHASSEE — The recent history of 2A-Region 1 has been one of balance.
On the Northeast side of the slate, at least, that recent history was repeated again this past weekend, as five Northeast teams were just 11.5 points apart, from fourth through ninth places, at the conclusion of competition at Chiles HS Saturday.
With two individual champions, Nease was fourth with 92 points, 71.5 back of tournament champion Lincoln, but only 20 back of runnerup Pace. Creekside was fifth with 90 points, with Bartram Trail a point back from the Knights with 89, and Middleburg 1.5 points back of the Bears, and Ridgeview within hailing distance seven back of the Broncos in ninth.
Orange Park was 11th in the 27-team field, with 67.5 points, with Columbia 12th at 65.5, Matanzas 16th with 51, Englewood 18th with 45, Terry Parker 19th with 39, St. Augustine 21st with 19, Gainesville 22nd at 18, Ponte Vedra 23rd at 15, Stanton 25th at five and Ed White and Paxon tied for 26th, with no points.
Below follows a summary of each weight class from a Northeast perspective:
Tazz Hampton, Middleburg: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Hampton began his tournament on Friday with a 16-0 tech fall in the first round over Matanzas’ Ethan Goodman, and then lost by fall in 2:32 in the quarters to eventual champion Jacob Cochran of Tate. Hampton then won three matches to make it to states, with a 60-second fall in consi round 2 over Pace’s Austin O’Gara, a 13-4 major over Ponte Vedra’s Gavin Riccobono in Saturday’s consi quarter and a 12-6 consi semi win over Creekside’s Luke Davis. Hampton lost by fall in 42 seconds for third place, to Lincoln’s Mark Munroe.
Rest of the Northeast: Cameron Broughton (Orange Park) was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a first-round tech fall (17-0) over Nease’s Ryan Ward, and bconsi-round victories over Ridgeview’s Gabe Guzman (consi round 2, 3:57) and Gainesville’s Nathan Fox (consi quarter, 14-5)…Davis was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with front-side wins by forfeit in the first round and by an 8-0 major over Fox in the quarters…Fox and Riccobono were also both 2-2 and Saturday qualifiers, with one win on each side of the brackets each (Fox 9-7 over O’Gara in round 1 and fall in 1:01 over Goodman in consi round 2, Riccobono fall in 3 minutes over Guzman in round 1 and 12-0 major over Ward in consi round 2)…Goodman, Guzman and Ward were all 1-2 in the tournament, with wins in consi round 1 (Goodman by forfeit, Guzman 16-4 over Crestview’s Michael Higdon, Ward 10-0 over Chiles’ Ethan Dhanarajan)…Ed White’s Bruce Harting was scheduled to compete but did not, with two forfeits to his opponents.
Sean Arnold, Nease: Won the tournament. Arnold had two pins on Friday, with a first-round pin over Tate’s Noah Kryfka (3:52) and then a second pin in the quarters over Martin Lee of Columbia (4:08). On Saturday, in the semis, Arnold edged Pace’s Leland Knoch, 5-4, to set up a District 4 finals rematch with Bartram Trail’s Nicholas Vugman. The rematch went the same way the first one did, with Arnold winning, this time with a 5-4 decision to win the title.
Nicholas Vugman, Bartram Trail: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Vugman had two pins on Friday, first pinning Choctaw’s Jerson Cabiao in the first round (4:42) and then falling Orange Park’s Frank Sawyer in the quarters (5:13). On Saturday, Vugman decisioned Niceville’s Dominic Cerillo, 8-5, to get to the final and Arnold.
Rest of the Northeast: Josh Bower (Matanzas) was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with three back-side victories over Middleburg’s Logan Kline (17-second fall in consi round 1), Sawyer (fall in 5:00 in consi round 2) and Lincoln’s Ikeon Myles (forfeit in the consi quarter on Saturday)…Martin Lee (Columbia) was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with wins on each side (fall in 5:28 over Ridgeview’s Jonathan Kaylor in round 1, fall in 5:00 over Creekside’s Colin Brown in consi round 2)…Sawyer, Kaylor, Brown and Scotty Tacinelli (Gainesville) were all 1-2 in the tournament, with Sawyer winning by forfeit in round 1 and Brown by forfeit in consi round 1, while Kaylor pinned Kryfka in 4:37 in consi round 1 and Tacinelli won by fall over Kline in 1:43.
Marcus Reid, Ridgeview: Won the tournament. Reid had bonus points in every round of the event, starting off with a fall in 1:32 in the first round over Gulf Breeze’s Levi McConnell, and a second fall in the quarters over Chiles’ Austin Hall, in 3:48. In the semis on Saturday, Reid’s closest match came in the form of Tate’s Alex Porter, with Reid winning 17-4 to get to the final against Lincoln’s Michael Crowder. There, Reid won by technical fall, 16-1, needing just 3:30 to do it.
Rest of the Northeast: Creekside’s Jake Summers was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with all three wins on the back side (fall in 2:12 over Stanton’s Miles Every in consi rd 1, injury-default over Nease’s Gannon Janssen in consi rd 2) and a 2-0 win over Stone White of Matanzas in the consi quarter…White and Columbia’s Ian McGuigan were both 2-2, with White winning two consi-side decisions (5-2 over McConnell in consi rd 1, 2-1 over Orange Park’s Dean Ganci in consi rd 2, McGuigan by fall in 3:58 over Summers in the first round, then falling Englewood’s Dairo Guerra in 2:02 in consi round 2)…Ganci, Janssen and Guerra were all 1-2, with Ganci winning 9-8 in round 1 over Pace’s Tyler Tran, Janssen falling Gainesville’s Nicholas Hanson in 22 seconds in round 1, and Guerra won by fall in consi round 1 (5:30) over Hanson…Every and Ponte Vedra’s Bryan Reed were both 0-2 in the tournament.
Chace Curtis, Columbia: Won the tournament. Curtis began Friday with a first-round bye, and needed just 51 seconds to finish Friday, with a quarterfinal pin over Tate’s Mathew Blalock. In the semis, Curtis pinned Middleburg’s Chris Burch in 3:12 to get into the final, where he teched Pace’s Kevin Green in 2 minutes, 20-4.
Lawrence Russo, Matanzas: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Russo began the tournament with a 9-0 major over Milton’s Brandon Nicholson, but then lost in the quarters to Ridgeview’s Tanner Belden, in 3:45. From there, Russo won four matches to finish third, with a fall in 2:20 over St. Augustine’s Timothy Alalla in consi round 2, a 7-2 consi-quarter decision over Tyree Young of Lincoln on Saturday, and a fall over Burch in 3:54 in the consi semis. In the third place match, Russo downed Blalock, 4-3.
Rest of the Northeast: Belden and Burch were both 2-2 and Saturday qualifiers, with both reaching the semis (for Belden, 10-9 win over Gainesville’s Elijah Keselowsky in round 1 and fall over Russo, and for Burch, forfeit and 10-0 major over Choctaw’s Logan Myer in the quarters)…Nease’s Tyler Saam, Keselowsky, Alalla and Creekside’s Max Patterson were all 1-2, with Saam, Alalla and Patterson earning consi rd 1 forfeits and Keselowsky decisioning Nicholson 7-6 in consi rd 1…Englewood’s Tyler Crawford was 0-2 in the tournament.
Jacob Satterfield, Nease: Won the tournament. Satterfield had two falls on Friday, with a first-round pin in 1:13 over Gainesville’s Dishant Rami and a second fall in 5:52 in the quarters over Owen Moore of Pace. In the semis, Satterfield downed Chiles’ Logan Mellor, 15-9, to get to the final, where he decisioned Gulf Breeze’s Noah Losievsky, 5-1, for the championship.
Matt Ross, Columbia: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Ross pinned Ponte Vedra’s James Stanton in 42 seconds in the first round, and then won a wild match over Middleburg’s Bryce Williams, 24-19, in the quarters. On Saturday, Ross lost to Losievsky, 4-2, in the semi, but he rallied to make it out with an 11-1 consi semi victory over Pace’s Owen Moore. In the third-place match, Ross lost by fall to Mellor in 2:10.
Rest of the Northeast: Matanzas’ Noel Alicea was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with three wins on the back (6-2 in consi rd 1 over Orange Park’s Robert McGlynn, 6-4 over Williams in consi rd 2 and a fall in 2:34 over Ridgeview’s Jacob McGowan in the consi quarter)…Stanton and McGowan were both 2-2 in the tournament and were Saturday qualifiers, as both had two consi-round wins (for Stanton, 5-3 over Choctaw’s Eli Smith in consi rd 1 and fall in 2:31 over Niceville’s Collin Lentz, and for McGowan, fall in 3:22 over Rami in consi rd 1 and 6-4 over Lincoln’s Braxton Winder in consi rd 2)…Mueller and Williams were both 1-2, with Williams pinning Smith in 42 seconds in round 1, and Mueller pinning Stanton’s Gabriel Navearro in 55 seconds in consi rd 1…Navearro, McGlynn and Rami were all 0-2 in the tournament.
Saeid Ejmali, Ridgeview: Won the tournament. Ejmali had two pins on Friday, with a first-period fall (1:59) over Ian Eckert of Matanzas in the first round, and a second pin in 4:56 over Choctaw’s Marc Casey in the quarters. Ejmali held off the challenge of Bartram Trail’s Matt Pickett, 10-8, in the semis, and then controlled the pace in the final over Kendall Townley of Tate, winning 8-4.
Matt Pickett, Bartram Trail: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Pickett began the tournament with a 35-second fall over Stanton’s Tymofiy Hryhorchuck in the first round, and then shut out Chiles’ Andrew Tychsen, 7-0, in the quarters on Friday. After the semifinal loss to Ejmali, Pickett came back to finish third with a consi-semi fall over Lincoln’s Elliott Crum (2:56). In the third-place match, Pickett had a second victory over Tychsen, this time by a 6-2 count.
Rest of the Northeast: Daniel Mann (Columbia) was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with front-side wins over Ft Walton Beach’s Carter Lurk (14-4, first round) and Marcus Petersen of St. Augustine (13-8, quarters)…Middleburg’s Dustin Tollison, Petersen and Ponte Vedra’s Harrison Crowley were all 1-2 in the tournament, with Tollison winning by 15-4 major over Leon’s Chris Crago in consi rd 1, Petersen winning by forfeit in the first round and Crowley winning by fall over Tollison (3:42) in the first round…Eckert and Hryhorchuck were both 0-2 in the tournament, while Orange Park’s Dashner St. Vilus was scheduled to compete but did not.
Trenton Carroll, Middleburg: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Carroll had a third-period fall (5:24) in the first round over Bartram Trail’s Christian Crews, and then downed District 1 champion Diego Calonje, 14-12 in overtime, in the quarters. On Saturday in the semis, Carroll lost by fall to Chiles’ Austin Nolan in 38 seconds, but rallied from that loss with a fall in 2:18 over Creekside’s Jacob Cooney to make it to state. The third-place match brought a rematch with Calonje, and this time Calonje got the victory, 13-5.
Rest of the Northeast: Cooney was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a first-round fall over Orange Park’s Abraham Sunworbah (3:07), plus backside wins over Crews (consi round 2 in 2:03) and Ridgeview’s Malachi Martin (consi quarter, 4-0 decision)…St. Augustine’s Jacob Linden and Martin were both 2-2 and Saturday qualifiers, and both won matches on both sides of the bracket (Linden 14-12 in round 1 over Englewood’s Tanner Kern and fall in 3:43 in consi round 2 over Columbia’s Matthew Arango, Martin fall in 5:15 over Ponte Vedra’s Ethan Baur in round 1 and 12-3 major over Kern in consi round 2)…Arango, Kern and Crews were both 1-2, with Arango’s win a 10-4 decision over Baur in consi round 1, while Kern won by fall in 5:45 over Choctawhatchee’s Nathan Gunn, also in consi round 1, and Crews had a 43-second fall over Leon’s Ethan Eudy in that same round…Baur and Sunworbah were both 0-2 in the tournament.
Tanner Hill, Nease: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Hill started his run to the final with a first-round fall in 5:09 over Leon’s Jaquenez Madison, then majored Crestview’s Milton Bouchard, 12-4, in the quarters. In Saturday’s semifinal round, Hill overcame Sullivan Gerlits of Pace, 5-3, to reach the final, where he lost by fall in 1:00 to Tate’s Juan Alvarez.
Brendan Jones, Creekside: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Jones won his opening-round match by fall on Friday, with a pin over Chiles’ Miles Mercer in 3:34. In the quarters, Jones lost to Alvarez, 8-7, forcing the need to win three matches to qualify. Jones got those wins, with a 3-1 decision in consi rd 2 over Middleburg’s Joe Manfredi Friday, a fall in 2:48 in the consi quarters Saturday over Ridgeview’s Reed Propes, then beat Gerlits in the blood round, 4-3, to ensure his spot. Jones then fell, 2-1, to Lincoln’s Jeremy Burke in the third-place match.
Rest of the Northeast: Propes and Bartram Trail’s Kevin Williams were both 2-2, both with wins on both sides of the bracket, and Saturday qualifiers. Propes decisioned Gulf Breeze’s Alex Jacobs (7-3) in round 1 and Orange Park’s Jacob Campbell (10-8) in consi rd 2, while Williams pinned Columbia’s Mitchell Gregory (1:15) in round 1 and decisioned Englewood’s Deion Marshall (13-11) in consi round 2…Manfredi, Campbell, Marshall and Ponte Vedra’s Evan Merry were all 1-2, all with a consi round 1 victory (Manfredi 10-4 over Gregory, Campbell 10-9 over Madison, Merry 7-6 over Jacobs and Marshall 12-4 over Mercer)…Gregory was 0-2 in the tournament.
D’Angelo Johnson, Terry Parker: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Johnson had a 23-second fall over Chiles’ DJ Candelaria in the first round, following that up with a fall in 1:57 over Gulf Breeze’s Bradley Miller in Friday’s quarterfinal. On Saturday, in the semis, Johnson lost to eventual champion Justin Grant of Lincoln, 12-4, sending him into the blood round, where he pinned Middleburg’s Cody Eastwood in 2:51. Johnson added a fourth fall in the third-place match, pinning Gateway Conference rival Tavian Whitehead of Englewood in 1:59.
Tavian Whitehead, Englewood: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Whitehead had a 60-second fall in Friday’s first round over Columbia’s Preston O’Quinn, adding a 9-0 major in the quarters over Ft Walton Beach’s Connor Cleveland. On Saturday, Whitehead fell to eventual runnerup Jack Johnson of Niceville, 9-1, but came back with a consi-semi fall in 4:32 over St. Augustine’s Tracey Beshara, before falling to Johnson.
Rest of the Northeast: Eastwood and Beshara were both 3-2 and Saturday qualifiers. Eastwood had a 12-0 major in round 1 and then consi-round wins over Bartram Trail’s William King (3:37 in consi round 2) and Stanton’s Mitchell Mika (5-2 in consi qtr Saturday), while Beshara’s wins were all on the back side (fall in :35 over O’Quinn in consi rd 1, 3-1 over Choctaw’s Isaac Smith in rd 2 and fall in 1:30 over Gainesville’s Corey Ryan in the consi qtrs)…Ryan and Mika were both 2-2, both with two consi-side wins (Ryan fall in 4:44 over Creekside’s Jack Tellin in consi rd 1 and 7-4 over Miller in consi rd 2, Mika fall in 2:27 over Nease’s Carson White in consi rd 1, 7-4 over Cleveland in consi rd 2)…King was 1-2 in the tournament, with a fall in 2:17 over Candelaria in consi rd 1…Tellin, O’Quinn and White were all 0-2 in the tournament.
Brandon Dickman, Creekside: Won the tournament. Dickman had two falls on Friday, both in the first period, over Ridgeview’s Keine Avery in the first round (1:21) and over Jared Newhall of Lincoln in the quarters (13 seconds). In the semis, Dickman edged Orange Park’s Nartorian Lee, 2-1, to move into the final against Ft Walton Beach’s Chase Cleveland, where he nearly pulled off a tech fall, winning by a 14-0 major decision instead.
Nartorian Lee, Orange Park: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Lee had a first-round fall Friday over Nease’s Grayson Suggs (2:59), and picked up a second pin in the quarters over Pace’s Ethan Billhimer (5:12). After the semifinal loss to Dickman, Lee won two tight decisions, downing Middleburg’s Dylan Hanna, 4-2 in overtime, in the blood round, then winning 5-1 in the third-place match over Matanzas’ Christopher Mixan.
Christopher Mixan, Matanzas: Qualified out for states by finishing fourth. Mixan shut out Terry Parker’s Landon Dains, 7-0, in the first round, and also shut out Chiles’ Justin Lopeman, 5-0, in the quarters. That streak of scoreless periods came to an end in the semis against Cleveland in the form of a 10-6 loss, but Mixan secured his spot with a 12-6 win over Lincoln’s Jared Newhall in the consi semis.
Rest of the Northeast: Hanna was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a first-round major over Bartram Trail’s Caleb Sutherland (13-2) and backside wins by fall over Crestview’s Ben Taylor (1:57 in consi rd 2) and Lopeman (1:39 in the consi qtr)…Dains was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with two consi wins over Milton’s Xavier Morgan (2:23 in consi rd 1) and Billhimer (14-10 in consi rd 2)…Sutherland and Columbia’s Chad Sapp were 1-2, with Sutherland downing Gainesville’s Justin Harbilas 7-4 and Sapp pinning Suggs in 1:25 during consi rd 1…Harbilas, Suggs and Avery were 0-2 in the tournament.
Reed Danielson, Orange Park: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. Danielson pinned Bartram Trail’s Jacob Bennett in the first round (1:30), then earned a close 3-2 decision in the quarters over Niceville’s Jordan Hines. On Saturday in the semis, Danielson overcame Milton’s Seth Martin, 13-7, to get to the final, where he injury-defaulted to Leon’s Jonathan Grant.
Michel Augustin, Englewood: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Augustin had a 31-second fall over Nease’s Jarrod Case in the first round, then decisioned District 1 champ Tannen Slack of Gulf Breeze, 5-1, in the quarters. After losing by fall to Grant in 54 seconds in the semis, Augustin had a consi-semi win over Hines (fall in 2:51), then won by injury default over Middleburg’s Bryan Heflin in the third-place match.
Bryan Heflin, Middleburg: Heflin opened the tournament with a 10-6 win in the first round over Matanzas’ Jakobi Givens, and then ran into Grant in the quarters, where he lost by fall in 3:36. Heflin then rattled off three victories on the back to get to states, with a fall in 2:41 in consi rd 2 over Columbia’s David Thompson, decisioned Slack 8-4 in the consi quarters on Saturday, and then decisioned Martin, 10-6, in the consi semis.
Rest of the Northeast: Trey Chesser (Creekside) was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a first-round fall over Terry Parker’s Boakai Kanneh (1:30) and a fall in 4:31 over Case in consi round 2…Case, Givens, Thompson and Kanneh were all 1-2 in the tournament, all with their wins in consi round 1 (Case fall in 2:07 over Gainesville’s Bronson Carter, Givens 7-3 over Pace’s John Gunther, Thompson by fall in 5:00 over Bennett, Kanneh 12-9 win over Lincoln’s Gus Altenburg)…Carter and Benntt were 0-2 in the tournament.
Corey Grower, Creekside: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Grower had a forfeit in the first round, then pinned Chiles’ Thomas Blake (1:14) in the quarters to get to Saturday. Grower then lost by fall to eventual champion Key Nettles of Pace in 1:25, but rallied with two wins of his own, first a fall in 2:10 over Nease’s Nick Thoresen in the consi semis and the second a 4-2 decision in the third-place match over Ft Walton Beach’s Nick Woodward.
Rest of the Northeast: Thoresen was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a frontside round 1 fall over Gulf Breeze’s Andrew Drollinger (2:55), and backside wins over Orange Park’s Noah St. Vilus (54 seconds) in consi round 2 and Terry Parker’s Ben Sabella (2:07) in the consi quarters…Bartram Trail’s Brooks Harp and Sabella were both 2-2 and were Saturday qualifiers. Harp had two front-side wins, both by fall, with pins against Woodward (5:03) in the first round and Sabella (3:56) in the quarters, while Sabella had a first-round forfeit and a fall in 1:38 in consi round 2 over Matanzas’ Tyrel Scheltz…Scheltz and St. Vilus were 1-2 with consi rd 1 forfeits.
Kolton McDaniel, Bartram Trail: Qualified out for states as the runnerup. McDaniel had two first-period pins on Friday, with a fall over Milton’s Connor Saint (1:32) in the first round and over Zachary Smith of Terry Parker (1:41) in the quarters. On Saturday, McDaniel decisioned Chiles’ Bobby Williams, 9-3, to reach the finals. There, he pushed Lincoln’s Josh Martin in a wild match before falling, 16-10.
Tyler Dehart, Orange Park: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Dehart had a first-round bye, and pinned Tate’s Jacob Nowling in 3:21 in the quarters. On Saturday, Dehart fell to Martin, 7-2, but rallied from the loss with two consi-round wins, decisioning Gulf Breeze’s Jacob Tisdale, 4-3, in the semi, and then downing Crestview’s Coleman Young, 9-3, for third place.
Rest of the Northeast: Smith was 2-2 and was a Saturday qualifier, with one win on each side of the bracket (forfeit in round 1, fall in 1:58 over Englewood’s Christopher Lands in consi rd 2)…Michael Montalbo (Stanton), Lands and Nease’s Jon Walter were all 1-2, with each winning in consi round 1 (Montalbo 8-3 over Matanzas’ Christian Zaborowski, Lands 9-5 over Creekside’s Caleb Dickens and Walter by forfeit)…Zaborowski and Dickens were both 0-2 in the tournament.
Bailey Barnard, Middleburg: Qualified out for states by finishing third. Barnard had two pins on Friday, falling Choctaw’s Martino Plummer (2:52) in the first round and Gainesville’s Donnie Wilburn (2:29) in the quarters. On Saturday in the semis, Barnard fell, 4-2, to eventual champion Joseph Pearson of Ft. Walton Beach, but came back with two more pins in the consi rounds for his third. Barnard pinned Bartram Trail’s Justin Thompson in 4:26 in the consi semis, then falled Pace’s Murphy Bennett in 3:31 for third.
Rest of the Northeast: Thompson was 3-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with a round 1 fall over Chiles’ Nicholas Schindler (1:28) and backside pins over Zach Fisch (2:17 in consi rd 2) and Plummer (2:36 in Saturday’s consi qtrs)…Ridgeview’s Kenneth Tresvant was 2-2 and a Saturday qualifier, with backside falls over Schindler (1:39 in consi rd 1) and Leon’s Hudson Holland (3:12 in consi rd 2)…Fisch and Wilburn were both 1-2 in the tournament, with Fisch pinning Terry Parker’s Evan Jefferson in 1:07 in consi rd 1, while Wilburn pionned