Weekend “Offseason” Roundup: April 21-23

(Editor’s Note: Please also see our Father Devine post here)

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Clay hosted its annual Greg Taylor Duals tournament on Saturday, with 12 teams in attendance.

Camden County (GA)’s Blue team, consisting of its first-team starters, won the event with a 5-0 record. Clay, the North Florida Wrestling Academy, Northeast Florida (consisting of wrestlers from Yulee, Creekside, First Coast, Nease and Bartram Trail) and Camden’s White team were all 4-1, with Buchholz going 3-2.

Additional team records will be posted as they are received. Individual results were not kept, as the event followed the same style as that employed by Appalachian State at its summer team camp, with nearly-continuous action going throughout the day. The event wrapped up at around 3:30 or so on Saturday afternoon.

The event had to be moved from Clay HS to Green Cove Springs Junior High, due to a conflict with a high school activity.

Stepanyan at Journeymen Cliff Keen World Classic: Fletcher senior Narek Stepanyan competed this past weekend at the 2017 Journeymen Cliff Keen World Classic, held at Memorial Field House on the Union College campus in Schenectady, NY. Wrestling at 220 pounds in the competition, Stepanyan was fifth in the round-robin event. Individual match-by-match results for each weight class were not reported, but six places were listed in the 220 weight class for the event, which was by invitation only.

Rodriguez 1st at Aztec Warrior: University Christian 8th-grader Matthew Rodriquez went 4-0 at the Aztec Warrior Championships, held in McGee Park Coliseum in Farmington, NM, on Saturday. Rodriquez won the 102-pound weight class in folkstyle, and didn’t give up a point on the day (pin, two 15-0 techs and a 6-0 win in the finals over a Colorado wrestler).

Smack Down at Bay Town: Several Matmen-area HS wrestlers placed in the top four in this AAU event Saturday in Palm Bay. Trent Burke (2nd at 106), John Johnson (1st at 120) and Christian Sheppard (4th at 126) all placed for Flagler Palm Coast (Avery Holder had three pins at 145 in pool competition), and Baker County’s Jordan Johnson took third at 138.

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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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