Holiday Classic Recap: Wewa Finishes 8th

Wewa at ShreveportWewahitchka wrestlers take a group picture over the weekend during competition at the 2017 Holiday Classic in Shreveport, LA. The Gators finished eighth in the 11-team IBT event (Photo by Chassidy Calhoun).

North Florida Matmen staff report

SHREVEPORT, LA — Wewahitchka’s short-handed (just seven wrestlers) squad finished eighth out of 11 teams on Saturday at the 2017 Holiday Classic, hosted by Evangel Christian Academy.

The Gators scored 94 points in the two-day tournament. Jefferson City, MO, had a comfortable 76.5-point lead for the victory over Poteau, OK, 289-212.5, with Arkansas’ Little Rock Central in third at 210.

As it turned out, senior Malachi Davenport (195) would be Wewa’s only champion, clinched with his wrestling on Friday, but junior Jonathan Harvey came close, finishing second at 126.

After taking third in his pool on Friday, Harvey avenged one of his pool defeats, against pool champion Johnny Baldwin of Glen Rose, AR. After losing 8-0 in pools on Friday, Harvey majored Baldwin, 13-5, on Saturday, finishing second in a loss by fall in the finals in 1:05.

Dylan Jacobs (132) took third place, with all of his Saturday matches concluded via pin. Jacobs pinned his Little Rock Central opponent in 2:49 in the third-place match.

Conner Roberts (113) and Jaden Moseley (120) each took fifths at their weights for the Gators.

Wewahitchka is now off until this coming Friday, when the Gators will travel to the Scott Rohrer Invitational in Hoover, ALA.

Complete brackets from this event, including team scores, can be found here.

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in both 1992 and again in 2011. But I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. We combined those sites into North Florida Matmen in the summer of 2018. And, we've started South Georgia Matmen in November of 2018. Our work is never paywalled, our content is searchable for all time. We're here because the kids keep lacing 'em up, so we'll keep writing 'em up.

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