North Florida Matmen staff report
LAKELAND — In what surprises no one, Lake Highland Prep is dominating after the first day of competition at the 1A-Region 2 traditional tournament Friday at George Jenkins HS.
The Highlanders lead runnerup Space Coast, 109-68, after the first day of competition. Hernando is third, with 67.5 points, with Rockledge and Villages tied for fourth with 56.
District 5 champion Crystal River is in eighth place after the first day, with 49 points. Locally, Palatka leads the charge, in 13th place overall with 31 points. Interlachen’s two wrestlers put the Rams in 23rd place, with 11 points, while Eastside is 25th after the first day, with six points.
Below follows a local summary of the first day (we will have a full story on Sunday from this region, with a rundown of each weight class):
113 — Palatka sophomore Drevon Wallace is in the consi third round on Saturday after going 1-1 in Friday’s wrestling. Wallace had a bye in the first round, then lost by fall to ). Villages freshman Cameron Rima in the quarters (5:10). Wallace needed just 37 seconds to get through to Saturday, with a fall over Jackson McGavin of The First Academy out of Orlando. He’ll face Hernando sophomore Jonathon Britton in the consis on Saturday.
120 — Palatka sophomore Ontarius Reid and Eastside freshman Riley Trax were both 1-2 and have been eliminated from further competition. Reid lost to Space Coast’s Charles Tarey by fall in the first round (4:38), but rallied with a pin in 1:26 over Hernando’s Billy Gould. He then lost by fall in 44 seconds to Astronaut’s Austin Carter in consi rd 2. Carter opened with a pin over Trax in 1:15, but Trax came back with a pin of his own in 1:13 over Hudson’s Megan Linebach. Trax was knocked out in consi round 2, by Tarey, in 1:38.
126 — Interlachen junior Elijah Miller was 1-2, while Palatka freshman DJ Nealy and Eastside freshman Ernest Walker were both 0-2. All have been eliminated from further competition. Miller lost in overtime to Gulf’s Tyler Pastorius, 10-8, but then won in consi rd 1 by injury-default over Rockledge’s Noah Reneau. Miller then took a loss by pin in 2:15 against Hernando’s Michael Brown. Nealy was pinned twice, in 1:17 in round 1 against Ridgewood’s Jesus Saldivor and then in 2:28 by Satellite’s Michael Collins in consi rd 1. Walker lost by fall to Brown, in 1:59, in the opener, then lost by fall in :59 to Space Coast’s Thomas Driscoll in consi round 1.
138 (no locals at 132) — Interlachen senior Cade Mason was the first local to make the semis, with two pins Friday. Mason falled Atlantic’s David Arceri in 1:32 in the first round, and then pinned Ridgewood’s Shawn Bearden in 3:26. Mason will face defending 1A state champion Noah Castillo of Lake Highland Prep in the semis on Saturday, with one more match at least to follow.
152 (no locals at 145) — Palatka sophomore Isaiah Dixon was 0-2 and has been eliminated from further competition. Dixon injury-defaulted in the first round to Cocoa’s Jeremiah Funk, then was ID’d out of the tournament against Atlantic’s Landon Coleman.
170 (no locals at 160) — Palatka sophomore Jacob Carreras is in the consi third round Saturday, while Eastside freshman Tony Newsome was 0-2 and was eliminated from further competition. Carreras won by injury-default against Bishop Moore’s Daniel Gomez in the first round, but then lost by disqualification in the quarters against Satellite’s Joe Scherer. Carreras would rally on the back side, though, with a fall in 40 seconds over Hudson’s Zane Schaediger. He will face Space Coast’s Marcus Santos in the consi third round. Newsome lost twice by injury-default, first to Villages’ Ryan Hatcher in the first round and then again in consi rd 1 to Cocoa’s Gregory Williams.
182 — Eastside sophomore Luke Peterson was 0-2 and was eliminated from further competition. Peterson lost by disqualification to Bishop Moore’s Andrew Alfonso in the first round, then took a loss by fall in consi round 1 to Hudson’s Cody Sutphin.
195 — Palatka senior Bryan Smith, a 2017 state qualifier, needs just one more win Saturday to go back again this year. Smith reached the semifinals with a first-round fall in 2:52 over Brooksville Central’s Chris Murphy, then survived an overtime test in the quarters, winning, 6-4, over Astronaut’s Nathanial Carter. Smith will face Nature Coast’s Ashton Harding in the semis on Saturday. Eastside freshman Amir Bilal was 0-2 and was eliminated from further competition. Bilal lost by fall to Harding in 15 seconds, then lost by injury-default in consi rd 1 to Space Coast’s Johnathan Pankow.
220 — Eastside freshman Jamel Bell was 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from further competition. Bell lost by fall in 30 seconds in the first round to Hudson’s James Buehrig, then sustained a loss by pin in consi rd 1 to Titusville’s Robert Ware.
285 — Palatka senior Ira Dixon, like Smith a state qualifier last year, is just one victory away after two wins on Friday. Dixon had a first-round bye into the quarters, then needed just 38 seconds to fall Atlantic’s Vernon Hamilton in that round. Dixon will take on Bishop Moore’s Andrew Cannon in the semifinals on Saturday. Eastside junior Afi McNeal was 0-2 on Friday and was eliminated from further competition. McNeal lost by fall in 1:12 in the first round to Rockledge’s DeAudre Thomas. He then took another loss by pin, this one in 2:43 to Brooksville Central’s Zach Carmack.
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