North Florida Matmen staff report
YULEE — Let the battle be joined for Nassau County.
The reigning county-champion Hornets, ranked as an honorable-mention team in preseason for the Northeast, proved that they’ve got more than a little fight in them Wednesday night, and not quite ready to lay down that crown just yet, with a pair of victories over #10 West Nassau (43-42 via criteria) and Fernandina Beach (72-9).
West Nassau took down the Pirates, 54-30, in the third dual of the evening.
Joshua Brown (pin over West Nassau at 113), Bryce Bees (two pins at 120/126), Orion Duffy (two pins at 132), David Crawford (two pins at 195), Bradley Durronce (pin over the Warriors at 220) and McKenzie Lewis (pin over West Nassau at 285) each were 2-0 for the Hornets on the night.
Triston Martinez added a fall for Yulee at 106 in the West Nassau dual, while Aston Ricks (120), Logan Blaise (138), De’Von Worthen (152) and Gunner Harrison (160) had falls against Fernandina Beach.
Double winners for West Nassau on the night were Jake Blount (two pins at 126), Bradley Hulett (two pins at 138), James Clay (pin over Yulee at 145), Requan Works (two pins at 152), Mark Hall (two pins at 160) and Breyer Wood (pin over Yulee at 170).
Brendan Ferenchik (120), Wyatt Rochay (132) and Patrick Connors (285) each added falls for the Warriors in the win over Fernandina Beach.
Fernandina Beach’s Jeremy Mahoney (pin over West Nassau, decision over Yulee at 106 and Nathan Manning (pin over West Nassau at 182) were 2-0 on the night, with Uriah Giedrys (195) and David Sturges (220) taking falls against the Warriors.
Yulee will be at the Cam Brown Seminole Classic on Friday and Saturday, while West Nassau and Fernandina Beach will both be at the North Florida Duals on Saturday.
Clay 57, Orange Park 21: At Green Cove Springs, in the other battle of the night where two top-10 ranked teams hooked up, the host Blue Devils swept the field between 120 and 152 to take the win in an intra-Clay County dual.
Clay, ranked second on Matmen and third in the Orlando Sentinel’s statewide Class 1A poll, got the right start with a fall at 285 from Ryan Rivers, then overcame a 12-6 deficit with seven wins in eight matches, including falls from Stevie Chopek (120), Daniel Porter (126), Cale Hoskinson (132), Grant Stanish (145) and Carson Yost (170).
Abbott Taylor had a 15-4 major decision at 195 and Joe Grelli’s pin at 220 closed out the dual in favor of the Blue Devils (1-0).
Eighth-ranked Orange Park did lead, as mentioned earlier, behind a forfeit and then fall from Davon Baily at 113. Later on, Jacob Moore would win by fall at 182 and Jacob Campbell added a decision at 160 for the Raiders (0-1).
Clay returns to the mats on Friday, traveling to South Walton for Border Wars. Orange Park is off until Saturday, when it will compete in the North Florida Duals at Bishop Snyder.
Flagler Palm Coast 68, St. Augustine 12: At Palm Coast, the third-ranked Bulldogs (#5 in Orlando Sentinel 3A statewide poll) scored maximum points at 10 weights for the season-opening home win.
Christian Sheppard (120), Shane Butler (126), Michael DeAugustino (132), Avery Holder (138) and Michael Martins (145) all picked up falls for FPC. Curtis Brock (160) won by technical fall and Wilbur Thomas (182) added a 7-1 decision for the Bulldogs.
St. Augustine picked up pins from Marcus Petersen (152) and Cade Augspurger (170) for its points.
Flagler Palm Coast will be at Orange City for Clash of the Titans on Saturday, while St. Augustine will be at Fleming Island’s Robert Northway “Keystone” Invitational on both Friday and Saturday.
Bishop Kenny 57, Ponte Vedra 15: At Jacksonville, the fifth-ranked Crusaders rolled up four pins against a short-handed Sharks side.
Jack Delaney (120), Garrett Tirado (132), Andrew Slade (152) and Jimmy Citrano (170) all won by fall for Bishop Kenny, with Jack Donghit (126) taking a win by decision.
Ponte Vedra took in a pin from Alex DeAlmeida (145) and decision from Ethan Baur at 160 as part of its final total.
The Crusaders will be at the Keystone in Fleming Island this weekend, while Ponte Vedra will be at Terry Parker’s Arlington Optimist Invitational on Saturday.
Clay-Orange Park: I know that Clay won by a 57-21 score, per Blue Devil Twitter. Recap in this space forthcoming.
3A-Region 1: A tight battle went Timber Creek‘s way in a 43-36 season-opening win over Lake Mary in a match of District 4 vs. District 3. Five falls (Jacob McCrimmon 106, Logan Custred 113, Corban Arana 132, Carlos Matos 145 and Ryan Harper 170) fueled the TCHS victory…Ocoee turned back Colonial, 45-36, behind pins from Jacob Labonte (145), David Ortiz (170), Luisadyan Lopez (182), plus a tech fall for Herman Gomez (126) and major for Markel Howard (195)…Edgewater won each match from 145 through 182 in a 39-33 victory over Oak Ridge, with pins from Jordan Albrecht (145), Marquis Kelly (152) and Elijah White (170).
1A-Region 2: The Villages romped past Lecanto, 61-18, with three pins coming from Shir Moyal (120), James Creech (126) and Joshua Graham (195).
Statewide implications: In a battle of Orlando Sentinel state-ranked 2A teams, fourth-ranked Riverdale held off visiting and third-ranked Jensen Beach, 34-33. The Raiders had falls from Johnathan Cavanaugh (120), Jacob Moore (126) and Jesse Martinez (160), with Kenny Hauck (113) and Blake Wiswell (182) with pins for the Barracudas. Key match might have been 195, as Darius Parker edged 2017 state qualifier Chad Nix, 2-1, to give Riverdale a three at that weight…State-ranked 1A #2 Cardinal Gibbons rolled past Monarch, 72-9, in the Chiefs’ season-opener. Jaydon Lee (113), Jed Huerkamp (126), Anthony Temes (132), Eric Temes (145), Brett Brincefield (152), Zachery Bellar (160), Nestor Nunez (170), Daniel Limperis (220) and Devon Roosna (285) had falls for Gibbons…Also from the Southeast, Ferguson rolled up three wins, including over Mater Academy (42-27) and Southridge (42-29). Daniel Moya (120), Alejandro Guerra (152), Andrew Alemany (170), Derek Brown (195) and Maxwell Diaz (285) all were 3-0 for Ferguson.