#TheShowIsHere: 1A-Region 1 (+2) Recap

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
KISSIMMEE — A runnerup showing at the Class 1A state tournament is still quite possible for Clay.

The Blue Devils stand in third place after the first day of wrestling Friday at Silver Spurs Arena, just a half-point back of runnerup Cardinal Gibbons, 65-64.5.

Currently, Lake Highland Prep is well on track to repeat as team champions, leading the first day with 119 points. Four other north Florida teams, besides Clay, are in the top 10, as Arnold is fifth with 36 points, Florida High sixth with 26.5, Wakulla seventh at 24 and Yulee 10th with 17.

Bishop Kenny, Episcopal and Wewahitchka are tied for 25th, with 10 points, with North Florida Christian tied for 34th with eight, and University Christian and Westside tied for 49th with four. Marianna, Pedro Menendez, Raines, Suwannee and West Nassau are all tied for 54th and three points, with Baker County, Bay, Bradford, Fernandina Beach, Palatka, Rutherford and South Walton all tied for 72nd, with no score.

Below follows a summary of the first day from a north Florida perspective:

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Louie Gagliardo, Clay: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Gagliardo needed just 2:46 to earn a technical fall in the first round over Somerset Academy’s Chase Gillis, then followed that up with a tight 2-1 decision in the quarters over The Master’s Academy’s Dylan Kohn. Gagliardo (45-6) will face fourth-ranked Jonathan Conrad of Carrollwood Day (6-2 in the post-season) in the semifinals.
Matthew Rodriquez, University Christian: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Rodriquez had a solid performance in the first round against American Heritage-Delray’s Vincenzo Napolitana, but fell, 9-6. In the wrestlebacks, Rodriquez edged Weeki Wachee’s Devin Horton, 7-6, in consi round 1, but fell to Kohn in consi round 2, 13-1.
Brandon Trask, Suwannee: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Trask lost in the opening round to Cardinal Gibbons’ John James Yancey, 8-4, and then dropped into the consi rounds, where he lost a difficult one to Gibbs’ Danya Jones, 10-7, in consi round 1.
Matthew Owen, Wakulla: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Owen fell to Keys Gate’s Jacob Delgado, 12-2, in the first round, which posted him against Astronaut’s Carson Kirk. There, in consi round 1, Kirk won by fall in 1:24.

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Larry Smith, Wakulla: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Smith had two pins on Friday, needing just 17 seconds to get the first one over Anclote’s Brice Arlt in the first round, then coming back to pin Avon Park’s Travon Spry in the quarterfinals. Smith (48-3) will face top-ranked Ryan Chauvin of Lake Highland Prep (44-4) in the semifinals.
Kyle Hopkins, Episcopal: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Hopkins began his tournament with a second-period fall over Cocoa Beach’s Michael Watson, in 3:38, to close out the first round. Then, in the quarters, Hopkins spotted quarterfinal opponent Ben Buhler of Tampa Prep a 10-3 lead before roaring back for a 14-13 win. Hopkins (7-1 in the post-season) will face 11th-ranked Stevie Chopek (43-3) of Yulee in the semifinals.
Stevie Chopek, Yulee: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Chopek started by falling Crystal River’s Chase Bunts in 2:36 in the first round, then came from behind to take a 5-4 decision in the quarters over Somerset Academy’s Darian Estevez in order to set up the Region 1 semifinal between the pair.
Daniel Porter, University Christian: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Porter drew Chauvin in the first round, losing by tech fall in 3:33 (16-1), but rallied for a fall over Calvary Christian’s Michael Sarron in 4:29 in consi round 1. In consi round 2, Porter hit a roadblock in Buhler, falling by a 7-1 score in that round.

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Chris Merring, Clay: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Merring opened the tournament with a 14-1 major over Avon Park’s Timothy Ferreira in the first round, then won by injury default after two periods, when opponent Louis Cortez could not complete the match. Merring (32-5) will face sixth-ranked Alex Prunoske of Clearwater Central Catholic (51-8) in the semifinals.
Dylan Youmans, Yulee: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Youmans won by fall in the first round, pinning Lemon Bay’s Albert Werden in 4:55, and then lost to top-ranked Lucas Willis of Somerset Academy, 5-0, in the quarterfinals. That sent Youmans to the wrestlebacks, where he downed Mater Lakes’ Omar Armengol, 8-3, in consi round 2. Youmans (43-3) will face fifth-ranked Vincent Menozzi of Lake Highland Prep (41-16) in the blood round.
Jack Delaney, Bishop Kenny: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Delaney fell to St. Stephen’s Episcopal’s Alan Morano, 7-1, in the first round to drop into the consi rounds, where he lost to Hernando’s Josh Hulse, 6-3, in consi round 1.
Gabe Meyer, Bay: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Meyer lost in the first round to Prunoske, 11-5, which shuffled him into the consi rounds. There, in consi round 1, Meyer lost by a 7-0 count to Menozzi.

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Peyton Hughes, Clay: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Hughes had two pins Friday, the first of those in 1:35 over Anclote’s Alex Roberds in the first round. Hughes then added a second pin in 2:46 over Monsignor Pace’s Derrod Walker, in the quarterfinals. Hughes (33-5) will face Devin Kohn of The Master’s Academy (51-2) in the semifinals.
Ethan Pickren, Arnold: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Pickren took a 5-2 decision in the first round over Bishop Moore’s Jake Wheeler, but then fell in extra time to Immokalee’s Gabriel Ramirez, 2-0 in sudden victory, to move into the wrestlebacks. There, in consi round 2, Pickren decisioned Raines’ Jaquan English. Pickren (63-6) will face second-ranked Hector Candelaria of Somerset Academy (21-2) in the blood round.
Max Metcalf, Florida High: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Metcalf lost to 2016 state champion Noah Castillo of Lake Highland Prep, 13-3, and was bounced into the consi rounds, where he revived to get into Saturday, with a 15-2 major over Citrus Park Christian’s Josh Pritz in consi round 1 and then an 8-5 decision over Walker in consi round 2. Metcalf (34-12) will face eighth-ranked Dylan Morse of American Heritage-Delray in the blood round.
Jaquan English, Raines: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. English lost in the first round to top-ranked Devin Kohn of The Master’s Academy, in 1:46, and the loss moved him into the consi rounds. There, English pinned Avon Park’s Jose Pontinela in 2:13 in consi round 1, but then he lost to Pickren.

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William Pickren, Arnold: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Pickren had two pins on Friday, the first of those in 55 seconds in the first round against St. Stephen’s Episcopal’s Max Manning. Then, in the quarters, Pickren falled Hernando’s Dakota Ellerbee, in 3:04. Pickren (58-1) will face 13th-ranked Solen Sheppard (37-11) of Gulf in the semifinals.
Dylan Fabiani, Clay: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Fabiani falled Lemon Bay’s Tripp Lytle in 4:40 in the first round, and put Lake Highland Prep juggernaut Joey Silva on his back in the first period, but ran out of time. Silva came back to pin Fabiani in 5:59 and push him into the wrestlebacks, but Fabiani falled Somerset Academy’s Anthony Temes in 2:36 in consi round 2. Fabiani (30-16) will face fifth-ranked Nick DeSola of American Heritage-Delray (38-9) in the blood round.
Bryan Metcalf, Florida High: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Metcalf started the tournament with a 3-2 win over Admiral Farragut’s Christopher Sexton, but then lost in the quarters to Key West’s Nick Piraino, 10-4. That put Metcalf into consi round 2 against DeSola, and DeSola had the answers in an 8-2 decision.
Seth Weinthal, South Walton: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Weinthal lost in the first round, via 10-0 major, to Booker’s Jeffrey Phillips, moving down to the wrestlebacks. There, Temes found a way, winning 4-2 in sudden victory and defeating Weinthal.

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Richie McClanahan, Arnold: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. McClanahan needed barely 3 minutes to reach the semis, with a first-round fall in 2:27 over Key West’s Oscar Lacayo. Then, in the quarters, McClanahan polished off Dunbar’s Daylon Hutchins in just 34 seconds to qualify for the medal. McClanahan (64-0) will face third-ranked Frankie Talshahar of American Heritage-Delray in the semifinals.
Max Harris, Florida High: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Harris got out strongly, with a 10-2 major in the first round over Miami Jackson’s Alejandro Estrada, but then lost in the quarters, 9-3, to Southeast’s Alex Roldan. That pushed Harris to the wrestlebacks, where he picked up a hairy-at-times 16-10 decision over Bishop Moore’s Logan Flanagah. Harris (32-13) will face seventh-ranked Joey Lopez of Cardinal Gibbons (37-5) in the blood round.
Cody Taylor, Clay: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated. Taylor took a loss by fall in the first round to Lopez, in 4:59, sending him to the consolation rounds. Taylor got the fall back with a pin over Lemon Bay’s Jarred Dilley in 1:47, in consi round 1, but then was eliminated with a 7-1 loss in consi round 2 to Gulf’s Nathan Napolitano.
Andrew Slade, Bishop Kenny: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Slade lost by fall to Talshahar, in 2:24, and had to go through the consi rounds, with a tight 7-6 win over Northside Christian’s Nicolas Carbone in consi round 1. Lopez, though, was too much in consi round 2, as he won by fall over Slade in 3:58.

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Keath Sawdo, Clay: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Sawdo had two bonus-point victories, with a 4-minute technical fall (15-0) over Jupiter Christian’s Austin Tuttle in the first round, then he picked off nearly another tech, having to settle for a 14-1 major in the quarterfinals over Bishop Moore’s Devin Hernandez. Sawdo (48-5) will face eighth-ranked Amadeus Concepcion of Cardinal Gibbons (39-2) in the semifinals.
Jake Richardson, Florida High: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Richardson won a close first-rounder over Somerset Academy’s Daniel Valledor, 4-3, to move into the quarterfinals, where he lost by fall to top-ranked Kai Bele of Lake Highland Prep. That moved Richardson into the wrestlebacks and a District 2 rival in Suwannee’s Joey Borrell, with Richardson taking a 3-2 win. Richardson (42-10) will face another region rival in 10th-ranked William Tharpe (11-5 in the post-season) in the bloodround.
William Tharpe, West Nassau: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Tharpe took down Coral Springs Charter’s Jordan Taylor, 7-4, in the first round, but then fell in the quarters to Northside Christian’s Kamen Wilmington, 10-4, and moved into the consi rounds. There, Tharpe decisioned Tuttle by a 9-3 count to set up the rematch with Richardson.
Joey Borrell, Suwannee: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Borrell lost to Concepcion in round 1, 11-3, sending him into the consolation rounds. There, though, Borrell turned in a nice victory over a 55-match winner, downing Space Coast’s Reggie Bradley, 5-4. That put him into his consi round 2 matchup with Richardson.

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Burley Parker, Wewahitchka: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Parker had two bonus-point wins Friday, majoring Sarasota Military Academy’s Jovon Cine, 16-6, in the first round, and then pinned Mater Lakes’ Nestor Nunez in 3:50 in the quarters. Parker (59-11) will face second-ranked Max Cosmides of Lake Highland Prep (29-15) in the semifinal.
Drew St. Amant, Arnold: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Had a solid first-round win, downing Dunbar’s Marcus Stanley by a 9-2 count there, but then was edged by Cardinal Gibbons’ Adonis Concepcion, 4-3, in the quarterfinals. Moving into the wrestlebacks, St. Amant took a 14-5 major in consi round 2 over Cine. St. Amant (69-6) will face 12th-ranked Codey Maniates of Hernando (48-8) in the blood round.
Max Martinez, Marianna: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the tournament. Martinez got the ball rolling with a 6-3 win in the first round, downing Lely’s Marion Moreta, but then took a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Cosmides in the quarters. Moving into the quarters from there, Martinez took care of business with a 9-6 win over Suwannee’s Tanner Clark. Martinez (45-7) will face fourth-ranked Nunez (47-5) in the blood round.
Tanner Clark, Suwannee: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Clark lost by fall to top-ranked Anthony Artalona of Tampa Prep in the first round, in 1:10, and had to restart from the wrestlebacks. Clark did take a solid 12-4 major decision over Somerset Academy’s Vinnie Blasucci in consi round 1, but then he met up with Martinez.

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John Parker, Yulee: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Parker had a solid first-round win over Villages’ Ryan Hatcher, 12-7, but then sustained a loss by major, 11-3, to Somerset Academy’s Juan Vernaza in the quarters. Now having to fight his way out of the consis, Parker took another solid victory, this tiem by a 7-1 count. Parker (30-6) will face Key West’s 11th-ranked Jodael Deralus (30-14) in the blood round.
Max Worthington, Pedro Menendez: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Worthington had a tight match in the first round, losing that one to Nature Coast’s Jordan Gibson, which sent Worthington into the consis. There, he pinned American Heritage-Delray’s Mikey Talshahar in 4:21 in consi round 1, but Deralus was too much in consi round 2, taking a 4-1 decision.
Joseph Helm, Fernandina Beach: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. In the first round, Helm fell to Bishop Moore’s Brad Kata, 15-4, moving Helm back into the wrestlebacks, where he had a wild match with Southeast’s Jonathan Locke before falling, 14-11, in consi round 1.
Jackson Vines, Wewahitchka: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Vines lost in the first round to multiple-time and defending champion Jake Brindley of Lake Highland Prep, in 2:50 in the first round, and the loss pushed him into the consi rounds, where he fell, 8-1 in consi round 1, to Fivay’s Jamal Wesley.

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Cole Maddox, Arnold: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Maddox had a solid start, with a 13-2 major in the first round over Jupiter Christian’s Prince Hall. Maddox then followed up on that with an 11-7 decision over Atlantic’s Wilbur Thomas in the quarterfinals. Maddox (69-5) will face third-ranked Nick Benton of Somerset Academy (52-5) in the semifinal.
Christian Rickey, Episcopal: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Rickey was beaten in the first round by Somerset Canyons’ Sam Cannova, 12-2, to move into the wrestlebacks. There, Rickey picked up a 6-1 win over Rockledge’s Devicq Thompsen-Alexander in consi round 1, but then fell, 7-4, to Thomas in consi round 2.
Trevor Hart, Wakulla: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Hart lost in the first round of the tournament to Westminster Christian’s Anthony Machado by tech fall, 16-1 in 4 minutes, which sent him to the wrestlebacks, where he fell 11-7 to Spoto’s Amneous Chambers in consi round 1.
James Barnett, Baker County: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Barnett lost in the first round to Benton by fall in 3:44, moving him into the consi rounds, where he fell to Hernando’s Devin Dennis, 7-1, in consi round 1.

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Will Haigler, Florida High: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Haigler took a tough first-round loss, falling to Ft. Pierce Westwood’s David Hall 5-4, but then came back to get to Saturday, teching Atlantic’s Zack Jordan in 2:44 (16-1) in consi round 1, and then holding off Southeast’s Stephen Kelle, 14-12, in consi round 2. Haigler (40-6) will face American Heritage-Plantation’s unranked Jordon Johnson (29-5) in the bloodround.
Andrew Annand, Wakulla: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Annand dropped a 7-2 decision in the first round to American Heritage-Plantation’s Jordon Johnson, moving him into the consis. There, he did take a 5-4 decision in consi round 1 over Lely’s Tomas Schultheis, but then fell to Lake Wales’ Willie Knighton, 11-5, in consi round 2.
Yakeif Duncan, Rutherford: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Duncan lost by major decision to Somerset Academy’s Raul Gierbolini, 16-3, and moved into the wrestlebacks, where he was closer, but still fell short, in an 11-7 loss to Central’s Foster Hawthorne in consi round 1.
Malachi Davenport, Wewahitchka: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Lost by tech fall in 2:15 to Cardinal Gibbons’ Michael Lopouchanski (15-0) in the first round, dropping him into the consolation rounds, where he lost by fall in 1:21 to Hernando’s Harry Williams.

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Cam Brown, Florida High: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Brown needed just 91 seconds to get to the semis, with a first-round fall over Fernando Valdez of Hernando in the first round and then another, this one in 55 seconds, over Victory Christian’s Stetson Smith. Brown (28-4) will face fifth-ranked Zaqueri Viers of Space Coast (43-5) in the semifinal.
David Lunn, North Florida Christian: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Began his odyssey for a medal with a 3-2, ultimate-tiebreaker decision over Palatka’s Bryan Smith. Lunn then added to that with a 10-8 decision in the quarters over Lucny Jean of Lake Wales. Lunn (23-6) will face top-ranked Christopher Williams of Cardinal Gibbons (40-0) in the semifinals.
Kaleb Collins, Clay: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Collins had a strong start, with a third-period tech fall (17-2, 5:05) over Gulf’s Justus Sheppard, but then fell to defending champion Williams, 11-5, in the quarterfinals. In consi round 2, Collins rallied back, shutting out Somerset Academy’s Daniel Miranda, 9-0. Collins (44-10 will face Jean (34-8) in the blood round.
Garrett Hester, North Bay Haven: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Hester lost to Viers in the first round, 19-7, which moved him into the wrestlebacks. There, he fell, 13-4, to Booker’s Eric Chavarria.
Bryan Smith, Palatka: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. After the loss to Lunn in ultimate tiebreaker, Smith was bracketed into the consolation rounds, where he fell, 3-2, to Monsignor Pace’s Andrew Bradley in consi round 1.

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Kurt Jackson, Clay: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Jackson pinned Palatka’s Ira Dixon in 1:56 to move into the quarters, where he took an 11-3 major there over Dunbar’s Judas McKenzie. Jackson (48-3) will face top-ranked Ben Goldin of Lake Highland Prep (47-6) in the semifinals.
Jonathan Wainwright, North Florida Christian: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Wainwright started well, with a first-round decision over Nature Coast’s Michael Weston, 10-8, but then lost by fall in 30 seconds to Southeast’s Darrien Grant and was slotted into the wrestlebacks. There, he lost by fall in 2:10 to Key West’s Isaac Exilus in consi round 2.
Marlon Ng, Wakulla: Went 1-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. Ng had a significant upset in the first round, decisioning second-ranked Matt Whitehouse of Atlantic, 2-1, but then fell in the quarters to Mater Lakes’ Cole Schwartzberg, dropping into the wrestlebacks. There, he lost in consi round 2 to Jupiter Christian’s Kyven Higgins, by an 8-6 score.
Eddie McCormick, Bradford: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. McCormick lost to Goldin in the first round, by fall in 1:04, to drop into the consolation rounds, where he took another loss by fall, this time to Exilus in 1:28 in consi round 1.
Ira Dixon, Palatka: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. After the loss to Jackson, he fell into the consis, where he lost by fall to Higgins in 4:13 in consi round 1.

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Jacob Marin, Wakulla: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. Marin had a fall in the first round, pinning Southeast’s Chevaughn Rose in 1:35, and then picked up another bonus-point win in the quarters, majoring Cardinal Gibbons’ Adam Fox by a 10-2 score. Marin (35-1) will face 11th-ranked Mike Morales of Lemon Bay (49-8) in the semifinals.
Josiah McCallum, Bishop Kenny: Has clinched a medal and is in the semifinals. McCallum started out with a second-period fall in the first round, pinning Tenoroc’s Sean Monday in 2:54, and then followed that up with a 4-2 win in sudden victory over Lake Highland Prep’s Curtis Ruff in the quarterfinals. McCallum (45-6) will face Miami Jackson’s Brandon Bodden (36-2) in the semifinals.
Tariq Hookfin, Westside: Went 2-1 on Friday and is still alive in the wrestlebacks. Hookfin had a solid first round, with an 11-1 major decision over Zephyrhills Christian’s Malik Jones, but then lost by fall to Bodden in 2:29 in the quarterfinals. That sent Hookfin to the consis, where he decisioned Crystal River’s Jason Graham, 5-2. Hookfin (44-3) will face sixth-ranked Ruff (35-15) in the blood round.
McKenzie Lewis, Yulee: Went 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. In the first round, Lewis lost to Morales, 3-1, which moved him into the consi rounds. There, Lewis lost by fall to Miami Edison’s Sumandre Valier, in 1:52.

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