North Florida Matmen staff report
CANTONMENT — Tate has been known over the past few seasons to have a healthy dose of Alabama competition on its docket.
So it comes as no or little surprise that Alabama teams swept to the top three team finishes in Saturday’s Aggie Invitational.
Crestview was the top Florida team in attendance, taking fourth place with 152 points, one-half point behind third-place Baldwin County, ALA and 1.5 points ahead of the host Aggies.
Dora AL won the tournament with 209 points, 35 ahead of runnerup Fultondale, AL.
Mosley was seventh in the 16-team tournament, with 94.5 points, while Arnold was eighth (66), Milton ninth (64), Pace 11th (58), Tate’s B group 14th (21) and North Bay Haven 16th (11).
A brief summary of each weight class follows:
106 — Crestview’s Noah Kryfka pinned his way through the tournament, with three first-period falls, the last of those in 48 seconds over Mosley’s Dawson Bevens (3 pins prior to final). Dora AL’s Samari Harris took third with a 9-3 win over Fultondale’s Daniel Farias.
113 — Tate’s Jacob Cochran also pinned his way through the tournament, with three falls all coming in the second period, the last in 3:43 over Dora’s Carlos Chavez (2 pins prior to final). Tate B’s Marcus Virgin reached the third-place match against Cameron Holder of Daphne AL, but no result was recorded on the official brackets.
120 — Fultondale’s Macon Edwards had two falls to get to the final, where he decisioned Gulf Shores AL’s Brady George (2 falls prior to final). Tate’s Brandon Biello and Gulf Shores’ David Callaghan were slated to wrestle for third, where Biello should have won by walkover (brackets don’t reflect) due to Callaghan already wrestling five matches earlier in the tournament day.
126 — Baldwin County’s Michael McKinley had two first-period falls to get into the finals, where he turned back Pace’s Owen Moore (2 falls of his own prior to final), 7-4, in the final. Dora’s Drake Norris advanced by rule for third place over Tate’s Kenneth Pedicord, who’d had five matches earlier in the tournament day.
132 — Dora’s Zach Clayton won four matches to take the title, with two pins and two decisions, the second of those over Fultondale’s Chase Cunningham (2 pins and medical forfeit), 7-4, in the final. Tate’s Matthew Blalock won by medical forfeit over Arnold’s Justin Ivy in the third-place match.
138 — Crestview picked up its second title of the tournament, as Angel Ortega had three pins to get to the final, then decisioned Gulf Shores’ Garrett Brasher (3 pins of his own prior to final), 7-2, in the championshp match. Fultondale’s Nathan McKinley pinned Daphne’s Nolan Whiteis in 1:03 for third place.
145 — Arnold’s Drew St Amant had a very solid tournament, with two first-period falls before the final, where he majored Pace’s Ethan Billhimer (3 pins prior to final) by an 8-0 score. St Amant won the lower-weight Outstanding Wrestler award for his tournament. Dora’s Jagger Bahrik advanced by walkover to third place past Baldwin County’s Tabarro Reed, who’d wrestled five times earlier in the tournament day.
152 — Nate Golmon gave Tate its second championshp, with a fall and major prior to the finals, where he teched Gulf Shores’ Will West (major & decision prior to the final) by a 16-1 count, picking up the upper-weight Outstanding Wrestler award as a result. Dora’s Jordan Tyree pinned Pace’s Anthony Root in 1:43 for third place.
160 — Tate went back-to-back for titles, as Juan Alvarez had a fall and then two decisions, the second of those in the finals over Dora’s David Williams (2 decisions prior to final), 8-6. Both wrestlers that advanced to the third-place match, Fultondale’s James Adams-Smith and Satsuma AL’s Jeffery Trawick, had wrestled five times earlier in the tournament day, resulting in a double-walkover.
170 — Dora’s Chance Thompson had two pins and a medical forfeit win to get to the finals, where he added a third fall over Pace’s John Gunther (2 pins prior to final), in 2:24. Mosley’s Parred Pitts pinned Gulf Shores’ Jean Tinoco in 1:30 for third.
182 — Baldwin County’s Braiden Williams had a decision in the quarters, but then pinned thereafter, needing 33 seconds to fall Crestview’s Kennard Madden (2 pins prior to final) for the title. Fultondale’s Eric Gonzalez pinned Dora B’s Josef Wallace in 2:46 for third place.
195 — Tate earned its fourth title of the tournament, as Azaya Purifoy sandwiched a 9-1 semifinal win with two first-period falls, the second of those in 1:55 over Fultondale’s Khalil Yow (2 pins prior to final) for the championship. Baldwin County’s Kale Carlton decisioned Dora’s TJ Lindsay, 10-5, for third.
220 — Crestview took home its third bracket of the event, as Coleman Young had a decision and then a 21-7 major over Baldwin County’s Caleb Goddard (2 pins prior to final) in the championship match. Arnold’s Casey Peppers pinned Mosley’s Landon Harris in 2:50 for third.
285 — The Bulldogs made it back-to-back titles, and four in all for the day, as Xavier Molina had three falls in succession, the third of those in 5:24 over Milton’s Connor Saint (pin & decision prior to final) for the title. Dora’s Ronny Henderson pinned Baldwin County’s in 2:50 for third place.
Complete brackets, with team scores, from this event can be found here.