#TheShowIsHere: 2A-Region 1 First-Day Recap

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen

KISSIMMEE — Lincoln is close to the leaders after the first day of competition in the 2A state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena Friday.

The Trojans are tied for 13th place, with 22 points, going into Saturday’s rounds. Brandon leads Lake Gibson, 54.5-51, atop the team standings, with Palm Bay third at 40.5.

From a northern perspective, next up are Leon and Ridgeview (T-17th) with 18 points apiece, while Tate is tied for 19th with 17. Creekside is tied for 24th, with 12.5 points, with Niceville and Orange Park tied for 28th at 11.

Pace is tied for 34th, with nine, while Bartram Trail, Englewood and Middleburg are tied for 39th with seven points each. Chiles, Columbia and Gulf Breeze each have five points and are tied for 52nd, while Crestview is tied for 58th with three, Nease tied for 63rd with two, Terry Parker tied for 69th with one, and Matanzas tied for 76th, with no score.

Below follows a summary of northern wrestlers’ first day in 2A:

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Jacob Cochran, Tate: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Cochran pinned Eau Gallie’s Riley Benninger in 1:31 in the first round, but then sustained his first loss of the season to Lake Gibson’s Connor Williams in the quarters, falling 9-2 and dropping into the wrestlebacks. There, Cochran pinned Springstead’s Thomas McCane in 47 seconds in consi round 2. Cochran (52-1) will face third-ranked Chase Ayers of Pasco (55-10) in the blood round.
Gabe Jacobs, Gulf Breeze: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Jacobs pinned Suncoast’s Anthony Limauro in 3:50 in the first round, but then lost in the ultimate tiebreaker, 3-2, to Liberty’s Anthony Lopez, to fall into the consi rounds. There, Jacobs made an escape stand up in a 1-0 decision over Riverdale’s Tajh Clayton in consi round 2. Jacobs (41-5) will face second-ranked Donovan Cataldi of Charlotte (39-5) in the blood round.
Mark Munroe, Lincoln: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Munroe lost in the first round to Olympic Heights’ Michael Butler by fall, in 1:44, and then lost in consi round 1 to McCane, 7-0.
Tazz Hampton, Middleburg: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Hampton lost in the first round via tech fall to South Broward’s Anthony Valverde, in 4:31 (17-1), dropping him into the consi rounds, where he fell 11-4 in consi round 1 to Clayton.

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Nicholas Vugman, Bartran Trail: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Vugman lost in the first round to Lake Gibson’s Nathan Lawwell, 7-1, to drop into the wrestlebacks. There, Vugman picked up a decision in consi round 1, decisioning Eau Gallie’s Weston Blalock, 7-2, but then lost in consi round 2 to Riverdale’s Lleyton Taylor, 12-6.
Sean Arnold, Nease: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Arnold lost in the first round to Poinciana’s Esau Bazilme, 5-4, to enter the wrestlebacks. There, Arnold took a 2-0 loss against Estero’s Orande Smith in consi round 1.
Leland Knoch, Pace: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Knoch fell via technical fall to top-ranked Trey Lane of Brandon, 17-2 (5:18) in the first round, dropping into the consi rounds, where he lost by fall to Charlotte’s Ted Gjerde in consi round 1, in 38 seconds.
Dominic Cerillo, Niceville: Cerillo also took a loss in the first round via technical fall, losing to Springstead’s Richie Rivera, 16-0 (5:20). That sent him to the consi rounds, where he fell in consi round 1 to Bayside’s Timothy Tran, 8-5.

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Marcus Reid, Ridgeview: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Reid opened the tournament with a second-period fall over Dixie Hollins’ Hugh Herring, in 3:44, in the first round. He kept the pressure up in the quarterfinals, with a second pin — this time in the first period, in 1:30 — over Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Alexander Godinez. Reid (8-0 through the postseason) will face second-ranked Chris Rivera of Fort Myers (43-5) in the semifinals.
Alex Porter, Tate: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Porter had a third-period fall in the first round, pinning Palm Bay’s Kevin Schneider in 5:07 in the first round. In the quarters, Porter had to go a full six minutes, but picked up another bonus-point win, majoring Land O’Lakes’ Jarrett Kinney, 15-5. Porter (47-5) will face sixth-ranked Seth Adeclat of Heritage (46-5) in the semifinals.
Michael Crowder, Lincoln: Went 2-1 on Friday and is alive in the wrestlebacks. Crowder needed just 39 seconds to fall Gulf Coast’s Dean Nunziato in the first round, but then fell, 16-4, to Adeclat in the quarterfinals to fall into the wrestlebacks. There, Crowder took out Lennard’s Hunter Lefevre in just 42 seconds in consi round 2. Crowder (27-8) will face Kinney (44-6) in the blood round.
Zachary Hartzog, Niceville: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Hartzog lost by fall to Rivera in the first round, in 3:31, and fell into the consolation rounds, where he lost by a 10-2 major to Sebastian River’s Zachary Robertson.

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Chace Curtis, Columbia: Went 2-1 on Friday and is alive in the wrestlebacks. Curtis had a tight first-round win over South Lake’s Travis Pawlowski, taking a 4-3 decision, but then fell, 12-5, to Estero’s Kyle Nesbit in the quarterfinals, dropping into the wrestlebacks. There, Curtis pinned Golden Gate’s Gerald Roger in 2:29 to advance. Curtis (45-6) will face eighth-ranked Drew Harrington (40-3) of Dixie Hollins in the blood round.
Lawrence Russo, Matanzas: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Russo lost in the first round to Jesuit’s Matt Daner, 12-4, to drop into the consi rounds, where he lost, 7-1, to Roger in consi round 1.
Mathew Blalock, Tate: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Blalock lost by fall in the first round to Pasco’s John DeAugustino, in 1:07, and entered the wrestlebacks, where he lost by fall in 1:53 to Olympic Heights’ Chance Scott in consi round 1.
Kevin Green, Pace: Was scheduled to compete but did not.

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Jacob Satterfield, Nease: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Satterfield lost in the first round to Dunedin’s Thomas Bujalski, 9-7, to drop into the wrestlebacks. He got a bonus-point win on the consi side, majoring Merritt Island’s Dacoda Deyoung, 15-6, in consi round 1, but then fell in 2:08 to Golden Gate’s David Ortiz in consi round 2.
Logan Mellor, Chiles: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Mellor lost by fall in the first round to Mariner’s Christian Minto, in 4:49, but got a fall back in the wrestlebacks, with a pin in 3:53 over Okeechobee’s Austin Scee in consi round 1. However, Mellor then lost by fall in consi round 2 to Dan Stone of Venice, in 1:53.
Noah Losievsky, Gulf Breeze: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Losievsky went double-overtime with Ortiz in the first round, but gave up three points in that double-OT round, falling 4-1 and dropping into the back side of the bracket. There, Losievsky fell, 4-0, to Johnathan Fan-fan of Lake Gibson in consi round 1.
Matt Ross, Columbia: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Ross lost by fall to Stone in 1:23 in the first round, dropping into consis, where he took a second loss by fall, this time in 2:31 to Olympic Heights’ Marcus Rivera.

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Saeid Ejmali, Ridgeview: Went 2-1 on Friday and is alive in the wrestlebacks. Ejmali pinned Miami Central’s Kahris Blackman in 5:46 in the first round, but then fell in the quarterfinals to Dunedin’s Grant Cardwell, 9-4, to drop into the consolation rounds. There, he pinned Region 1 rival Matt Pickett of Bartram Trail in 2:37. Ejmali (8-1 in the post-season) will face unranked Brian Opalensky of Estero (27-10) in the blood round.
Matt Pickett, Bartram Trail: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Pickett lost via major decision to Palm Bay’s Dylan Perrow, 15-1, in the first round, falling into the consis. There, he picked up a fall in 1:33 over Broc Spurling of Brandon in consi round 1 to set up the meeting with Ejmali.
Kendall Townley, Tate: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Townley lost a tight first-rounder to Jensen Beach’s Caelin Cascione, 11-8, to drop into the consi rounds, where he took a 5-2 loss in consi round 1 to Opalensky.
Andrew Tychsen, Chiles: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Tychsen was shut out in the first round, 9-0, by Olympic Heights’ Nick Peglow, to enter the wrestlebacks, where he fell, 6-2, to Springstead’s Ean Morales.

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Bailey Howes, Niceville: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Howes opened his state tournament with a 3-2 sudden-victory decision over Miami Sunset’s David Sastre, but then lost by fall in the second period to top-ranked Ashton Habeil of Lake Gibson, in 3:10, in the quarters to drop into the wrestlebacks. There, Howes lost via technical fall to Springstead’s Charles Roche, 22-5, in consi round 2.
Austin Nolan, Chiles: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Nolan took a solid first-round win over South Broward’s Nadird Odar, 9-4, but then fell in the quarters, 12-2, to Brandon’s Noah Ridley, and fell into the wrestlebacks as a result. On the back side, Nolan fell in consi round 2 to Naples’ Juan Cruz, 3-1.
Diego Calonje, Crestview: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Calonje fell in the first round to Okeechobee’s Kallen Pinerio in 4:34 in the third period, to fall into the wrestlebacks, where he was pinned by Roche in 2:59 in consi round 1.
Trenton Carroll, Middleburg: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Carroll lost by tech fall in 4:28 in the first round to Jensen Beach’s Kyle Kirkham (18-2 score), and couldn’t come back in consi round 1, losing there by a 14-0 count to Cruz.

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Juan Alvarez, Tate: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Alvarez fell to Venice’s Jacob Mathis, 12-1, in the first round, and then fell into the consolation rounds, where he took a loss by fall in 2:06 against Jensen Beach’s Liam Martin.
Tanner Hill, Nease: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Hill lost in the first round to Coleman Bryant of Dixie Hollins, in 1:19, and then lost by fall in the consi round as well, losing in 3:48 to Brandon’s Elier Cruz.
Jeremy Burke, Lincoln: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Burke fell, 8-0, in the first round to Palmetto’s Dom Bass, and after dropping into the consi rounds, fell again, this time by an 8-2 count in consi round 1 over Miami Sunset’s Danny Perez.
Brendan Jones, Creekside: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Jones lost by fall in the first round to Riverdale’s Jesse Martinez in 3:43, taking part in the wrestlebacks. The outcome wasn’t better, as Jones fell in 2:06 to Palm Bay’s Chris Patterson in consi round 1.

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Jack Johnson, Niceville: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Johnson pinned Springstead’s Chase Landgraff in 3:10 in the first round and then moved into the semis with a 2-1 win over Riverdale’s Hunter Weeks in the quarters. Johnson (36-7) will face top-ranked Bryce Poppell (53-3) of Palm Bay in the semifinals.
Justin Grant, Lincoln: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Grant decisioned Lake Gibson’s Gabe Bourne, 5-4, in the first round, but then sustained his first loss of the season in the ultimate tiebreaker to Fort Myers’ Mike Edouard, 6-4, dropping into the wrestlebacks. There, Grant majored Terry Parker’s D’Angelo Johnson, 17-6. Grant (48-1) will face eighth-ranked Devin Price of Golden Gate (43-8) in the blood round.
D’Angelo Johnson, Terry Parker: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Johnson lost his first-rounder against Leto’s Dudane Anderson, 11-5, but bounced back in the first round of the consis, taking a 10-5 win over Charlotte’s Yvens Candio, which set up the match with Grant in consi round 2.
Tavian Whitehead, Englewood: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Whitehead battled to a near-standstill with Pasco’s Miguel Angel Hernandez before falling, 7-6, dropping him into the wrestlebacks. There, Whitehead lost, 9-6, to Jensen Beach’s Blake Wiswell in consi round 1.

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Brandon Dickman, Creekside: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Dickman began the tournament with a second-period tech fall over Bayside’s Owen Cavanaugh, in 3:15 (15-0). Dickman needed all six minutes and then some, however, to turn back Cypress Lake’s Jermaine Teague, 6-4 in sudden victory. Dickman (49-1) will face top-ranked Matt Cates of Palm Bay (55-1) in the semifinals.
Nartorian Lee, Orange Park: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Lee started off strongly, with a second-period fall in the first round over Port St. Lucie’s Emmanuel Noel (3:13), and followed that up with a 5-2 decision in the quarterfinals over Venice’s Luke Veigel. Lee (55-5) will face eighth-ranked Austin Deffenbaugh of Brandon (67-9) in the semifinals.
Chase Cleveland, Ft Walton Beach: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks: Cleveland advanced to the quarterfinals with a win by forfeit against prospective opponent Jack Sopotnick of Jensen Beach, but then lost in the quarters to Deffenbaugh, 6-1, dropping into the wrestlebacks. There, he downed Sebring’s Philip Sapp, 4-2, in consi round 2. Cleveland (33-15) will face fifth-ranked Veigel (40-4) in the blood round.
Christopher Mixan, Matanzas: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Mixan lost by fall in 30 seconds to Cates in the first round, falling into the wrestlebacks, where he lost to Sapp, 13-5, in consi round 1.

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Jonathan Grant, Leon: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Grant falled Olympic Heights’ Jon Roseme in 2:58 in the first round, then followed up that fall with a second pin, this one in just 48 seconds over Jack Faysash of Wesley Chapel in the quarters. Grant (36-3) will face fourth-ranked Brad Bolesta (33-3) of Gaither in the semifinals.
Michel Augustin, Englewood: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Like Grant, Augustin started his tournament with a fall, in 1:03 over West Boca Raton’s Alex Bordeau in the first round. Augustin then lost by fall in the quarters to Barron Collier’s Jack Simpson, dropping into the wrestlebacks. There, Augustin won by fall in 2:23 over Roseme in consi round 2. Augustin (34-6) will face Middleburg’s Bryan Heflin (39-13) in the blood round.
Bryan Heflin, Middleburg: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Heflin lost in the first round to Jensen Beach’s Chad Nix, 9-4, but then won twice on the back side, with a 13-7 decision over Cypress Lake’s Brian Gimenez in consi round 1, and then winning by fall over Palm Bay’s Arlen Dean in 3:23 in consi round 2, setting up the District 3 rematch in the blood round.
Reed Danielson, Orange Park: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Danielson lost by fall in the first round to Dean in 3:33, to fall into the wrestlebacks. There, he sustained a 5-3 loss in consi round 1 to North Fort Myers’ Logan Snukis.

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Key Nettles, Pace: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Nettles began his state tournament with a fall in 3 minutes in the first round over Wesley Chapel’s Jack Ward, then took a 15-9 victory over Olympic Heights’ Troy Jaffy in the quarterfinals. Nettles (49-5) will face third-ranked Dalton Mills of Charlotte (28-2) in the semifinals.
Henry Segura, Leon: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Segura had a fall in the first round, pinning Jesuit’s Eli Davenport in 1:38, but then lost in the quarterfinals to Fort Myers’ Matt McQuinn, 5-2, to fall into the wrestlebacks. There, he pinned Springstead’s Trenton Shenefield in 1:57. Segura (39-2) will face Gulf Coast’s Nikolas Perovic (47-5) in the blood round.
Nick Woodward, Ft Walton Beach: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Woodward opened states with a 6-1 decision over Shenefield in the first round, but then lost by fall late in the first period to Mills, in 1:57, in the quarterfinals, to fall into the consis. In consi round 2, Woodward pinned Norland’s Devonate Wellons in 2:29. Woodward (30-17) will face 13th-ranked Jaffy (41-11) in the blood round.
Corey Grower, Creekside: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Grower won by forfeit over prospective opponent Michael Porcelli of Citrus, who was injured at regions last week. He then fell, 9-1, in the quarters to Naples’ Dinel Chery and fall into the wrestlebacks, where he lost by a 17-2 technical fall to Perovic in consi round 2.

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Josh Martin, Lincoln: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Martin had a pair of second-period falls, with the first of those in the first round in 3:27 over Robinson’s Devin Jandura. In the quarterfinals, Martin falled Mariner’s Justyn Cordones in 3:33. Martin (41-6) will take on Brandon’s Joe Marcano (26-0) in the semifinals.
Tyler Dehart, Orange Park: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Dehart lost in the first round to Lake Weir’s Kelton Wilemon, 9-2, but then won twice on the back side. First up in the consis was Merritt Island’s Caden Norris, whom Dehart decisioned by a 5-2 score. Then, Dehart took down Cordones, 6-2. Dehart (47-12) will face 11th-ranked Jean Malivert of Cypress Lake (32-9) in the blood round.
Kolton McDaniel, Bartram Trail: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. McDaniel lost his opening-round match to Seabreeze’s Braden Buswell, 13-4, to fall into the wrestlebacks. There, he pinned Northeast’s Nico Esposito in 2:34 in consi round 1, but then fell to Malivert, 7-6, in consi round 2.
Coleman Young, Crestview: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Young lost by fall in the first round to Marcano, in 5:10, to drop into the consi rounds. There, he did pick up a fall in 4:03 over Dillard’s Shanoyd Whyte in consi round 1, but then lost by fall in consi round 2 to Buswell, in 3:47.

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Joseph Pearson, Ft Walton Beach: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Pearson downed Palm Bay’s Brian Ormsby, 3-1, in the first round, and then got his attacks really cooking against Blake’s Egan Atkins in the quarters, winning there by fall in 3:52. Pearson (36-9) will face top-ranked Cole Schneider of Riverdale (23-0) in the semifinals.
Bailey Barnard, Middleburg: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Barnard lost in the first round to Braden River’s Brendan Bengtsson, 10-4, but rallied for two wins on the back, majoring Port St. Lucie’s Brenden Mimnaugh, 8-0, in consi round 1, and then decisioning Merritt Island’s Connor Liston, 4-2, in consi round 2. Barnard (37-9) will face King’s Willie Mason (52-18) in the blood round.
Thomas Moss, Lincoln: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Moss went into double-OT with Dixie Hollins’ Jesse Smith in the first round, where he fell, 4-2, and then was sent into the wrestlebacks, where he lost by fall to Mason in 48 seconds.
Murphy Bennett, Pace: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Bennett lost by fall to Schneider, in 1:54, in the first round, which put him into the consolation rounds, where Bennett lost by fall to Julian Heppner of Belleview, in 3:20.

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