North Florida Matmen staff report
TALLAHASSEE — Ten north Florida teams — more concentrated in the central and west regions of the north — congregated at Florida State University School for its annual Seminole Wrestling Classic on Saturday.
No team scores were kept, but champions were crowned in 20 weight classes. Here’s a little bit on their day:
70 — Niceville’s Cash Tharp won the weight class with a 3-1 record on two pins and a decision, as two other wrestlers (Riversprings’ Matthew Thaxton and Florida High’s Taylor Jones) were also both 3-1. Jones beat Tharp, 10-6, Thaxton beat Jones 9-6 and Tharp beat Thaxton, 8-4. But Tharp’s other two wins were by fall, while Jones and Thaxton each had one pin and one major, thus Tharp won by most points scored.
75 — North Bay Hvaen’s Derrick Williams was 4-0 with two pins, a tech and major; his fall over Riversprings’ Troy Thaxton in round 4 was the title-clinching victory.
80 — Riversprings’ Connor Brown was 4-0 with two pins, a forfeit and major, with a round-4 fall over Niceville’s Sal Ricchio effectively clinching the title.
85 — Wakulla Middle’s Caleb Orr had three pins to take Pool A, then majored Battle’s Toby Trumbower, the Pool B winner (pin & decision prior to final), by a 9-1 count for the bracket victory.
90 — Riversprings’ Nate Jacobs was 2-0 (2 pins) to win Pool A, then majored Pool B winner Grady Randolf of Niceville (major & pin prior to final), 16-2, for the championship.
95 — Battle’s Garrett Marschka had two pins and a 7-2 decision over Suwannee runnerup Austin McKinney to win the round-robin.
100 — Niceville’s Ethan Pinto pinned his way through Pool A (3 falls), then held off Suwannee’s Body Boehm, the Pool B winner (major/fft/pin), 6-3, in the finals.
106A — Niceville’s Andrew Randolph won Pool B with a pin and 3-2 overtime decision, then falled Pool A champ Bradley Martin of Riversprings (decision & major prior to final) for the title.
106B — Niceville’s Jason Stitt made it back-to-back-to-back for the fledgling Eagles, with two pins and a 13-2 major over runnerup Alex Cortese of Lake City for the weight-class win.
113 — Riversprings’ Jae-T Thaxton won Pool A with two pins, then decisioned Pool B winner Cameron Wilder of Suwannee (2 pins), 7-1, in the crossover final match.
120 — Riversprings’ Max Harvey pinned his way through both Pool A (2 pins) and the crossover final against Pool B winner Ayden Kirby of Suwannee (major/pin/decision prior to final).
126 — Florida High’s Dean Wright, whom we’ve seen in the varsity lineup in both 2017-18 and this year, won Pool B with a major and pin, then held off Lake City’s Cooper Mote, the Pool A winner (2 pins), 10-9, in the championship match.
132 — Florida High’s Maurice Adams had a 7-1 decision over runnerup Kohl Pippin of Riversprings, going on to add two pins and win the weight class.
138 — Suwannee’s Austin Howard bonus-pointed his way to the weight-class win, with a round 1 14-6 major over Lake City runnerup Wilson Philemon, with a tech and pin later to win the title.
145 — In an all-Lake City final, Pool B winner Auvontae Smith (3 pins) added a 15-3 major over Pool A winner Nick Wilkerson (major & pin prior to final) to win the title.
152 — Lake City’s Jordan Jones won Pool B with a pin and decision, then collected a second pin in the crossover final against Pool A winner Collin Bishop (2 decisions prior to final) of Florida High.
170 — Lake City’s Mal’Que Macon pinned his way through the bracket, with two falls to win Pool B, and a third fall in the crossover final over Pool A winner Taj Ellington of Riversprings.
182 — Riversprings’ Todd Williams also pinned his way through the bracket, with 3 pins to win Pool A and a fourth pin in the crossover final against Lake City’s Noah Moreland, the Pool B winner (3 pins prior to final).
220 — Florida High’s Brody Williams pinned Washington’s Payton Hall in a two-person bracket for the championship.
285 — Riversprings’ Anthony Graziano had a pin and forfeit to win Pool A, then picked up a second pin in the crossover final against Niceville’s Aiden Taylor (pin and forfeit to win Pool B).
Complete brackets can be found here: SEMINOLE WRESTLING CLASSIC
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