North Florida Matmen staff report
GREEN COVE SPRINGS — None of the wrestlers that added to the Clay tradition of district tournament titles won were born when the tradition began 20 seasons ago.
Nevertheless, the current crop of Blue Devils — though they got off to as rocky a start this season as a Clay group of kids can experience as a group — more than ably added their bricks to the Blue Devil wall of tradition that is an ongoing construction project.
Wednesday afternoon at home, Clay (ranked 13th statewide and T-2nd for the northeast Florida coverage area of the Florida Times-Union) piled up eight individual weight class titles, and nearly doubled up Yulee (T-32nd statewide), 238.5-126.5, for the team race and 20th consecutive district title.
Clay qualified 13 wrestlers to next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at South Walton, with one runnerup and four thirds to go along with the eight titles.
The Hornets qualified 10 wrestlers out to regions, with five runners-up, two thirds and three fourths.
West Nassau (T-63rd in 1A) held off Fernandina Beach (T-35th), 97-89, for third place, with Bishop Snyder (T-47th) a half-point back of the Pirates with 88.5. West Nassau will take seven to regions (three runners-up, three thirds, one fourth), while Fernandina Beach advanced five (two champs, one runnerup, one third, one fourth). Bishop Snyder will take nine to regions (one champ, one runnerup, one third and six fourths).
Westside (T-35th) was sixth with 78.5 points, with one champion, one runnerup, two thirds and two fourths, while Raines (39th) was seventh with 72 (two champs and two runners-up). Baker County (T-80th) advanced two wrestlers to regions (one third and one fourth), scoring 21 points.
Below follows a complete recap of the tournament (all records as reported to district host):
106 — Clay junior Tazz Hampton (9th in 1A, 29-8) recorded his first district title after two runnerup finishes at Middleburg in 2017 and 2018, with two first-period falls (:37 over West Nassau freshman Garrett Butler in the semis), the second of those in 1:24 over Raines freshman DaQuan King (20th, 26-13), who reached the final with a 53-second pin over Yulee freshman Aaron Gray. In the third-place match, Butler (7-21) falled Gray (3-16) in 2:18.
113 — Fernandina Beach sophomore Jeremy Mahoney (8th, 34-4) won his second district title for the Pirates, powering through a pair of decisions over Bishop Snyder sophomore Christian Villanueva (20th, 9-4 in the semis) and again in the final over Yulee sophmore Tristan Martinez (12th, 28-14), 9-3. Martinez had reached the finals with a semifinal pin in 1:19 over Clay’s Justin Byler (13th). Villanueva (21-11) battled back for third, with pins in the consi semis over Raines’ Damari Williams (2:22) and in the third-place match against Westside freshman Jacare Johnson (18-16) in 2:22. That place match was a rematch of their quarterfinal, which Villanueva also won. Johnson punched his South Walton ticket with a consi-semi pin over Byler (1:37).
120 — Clay freshman Josh Kumpf (27-20) won his first district title with a pair of falls, first in the semis (3:17 over Bishop Snyder junior Austin Davoli) and then, after initially trailing by four points, a third-period fall in the finals over West Nassau junior Brendan Ferenchik (20-7) in 4:53. Ferenchik reached the finals with a fall in 3:55, while Davoli finished fourth after a 6-5 loss in the third-place match.
126 — Clay junior Luke Davis (13th, 40-13) won his second district title (first one in 2017 for Creekside) with two first-period pins, first in the semis (:19) over Fernandina Beach’s Bryce Bourqain and then again in the finals (1:43) over Westside sophomore Seth Britton (17th, 32-8). Britton got to the finals with a fall (1:10) over West Nassau’s Kyle Overturf and 7-5 win in the semis over Yulee junior Bryce Bees (35-8). Bees, who had a fall in the quarters, came back for third with two pins in a combined total of 1:18 (:21 over Bishop Snyder’s Matthew Drummond in the consi semis); that included a 57-second fall in the third-place match.
132 — Clay sophomore Cale Hoskinson (9th, 47-13) won his second district title, with two pins, first in the semis over Yulee senior Orion Duffy (1:01) and then again in the finals over West Nassau senior Bradly Kraai (21-6). Kraai advanced to the final with a pin in the semis over Westside’s Ernest Terry (1:31). Duffy (40-12) had just one match to win on the back side, teching Bishop Snyder senior Backtash Wallizada (5-22), 16-0, in the third-place match. Wallizada, who’d lost 13-1 to Duffy in a pigtail match, punched his South Walton ticket with a consi-semi fall in 2:33 over Terry.
138 — Clay freshman Andrew McGowan (17th, 33-10) won his first district title, with a semifinal pin in 1:04 over Westside sophomore Steven Millikin and 10-4 decision in the finals over Yulee sophomore Aston Ricks (19th, 43-9). Ricks reached the final with a fall in 3 minutes over West Nassau sophomore Demetrio Thomas. In the third-place match, Millikin (22-11) won by fall over Thomas (9-15) in 2:47.
145 — Clay senior Grant Stanish (12th, 36-19) won his first district title after taking thirds for Yulee in 2016 and 2017, with an 18-2 tech in the semis over West Nassau sophomore Deonte Robinson and fall in the finals over Yulee freshman Jesse Johnson (23-26), in 2:20. Johnson reached the finals with a third-period fall (5:20) over Bishop Snyder sophomore Clayton Beasley. In the third place match, Robinson (7-11) won by fall over Beasley (12-20) in 3:41; Beasley punched his South Walton ticket with a consi-semi pin in 2:28.
152 — Clay freshman Jered Mosley (33-19) won his first district title with two pins, first in the semis over West Nassau sophomore Taison Mullins (4:27) and then again in the finals over Fernandina Beach junior Jeremiah Giedrys (24-18), in 2:48. Giedrys reached the finals with a quarterfinal pin and 7-5 sudden-victory decision over Bishop Snyder senior John Bokros. Mullins (14-11), who had a front-side quarterfinal pin over Yulee’s David Wyatt (1:01), came back to take third place, with pins in the consi semis (2:10) and again in the third-place match over Bokros (21-14) in :48. Bokros punched his South Walton ticket with a 15-0 tech fall over Wyatt.
160 — Westside junior Angelo Philpot (13th, 44-5) won his first district title after finishing third in 2017 for the Wolverines, with two pins (2:30 in the quarters, 1:28 in the semis over Fernandina’s Zhane Funchess), then took down West Nassau junior Requan Works (11th, 33-4), 9-6, for the championship. Works got to the final with a 56-second fall in the semis over Clay senior Wil Dorvilus. Dorvilus (16-17), in turn, had two max-point wins for third, with an injury-default win in the consi semis and fall in 2:13 over Bishop Snyder junior James Baker (10-12). Baker punched his South Walton ticket with a consi-semi fall in 1:54 over Funchess.
170 — Raines sophomore Raynarde Thomas (19th, 21-8) won his first district title after falling in the consi semis in 2018, with pins in the semis over Clay freshman Luca Fiannca (3:06) and again in 5:28 in the finals over Bishop Snyder sophomore Kennan Wilder (19-16). Wilder reached the finals with a 9-5 semifinal win over Westside’s Abdelkareem Noubani. Fiannca (20-23) rallied from the semifinal loss to take third with a 6-3 win over Yulee senior Christopher Francis (20-20). Francis punched his South Walton ticket with a consi-semi fall in 2:50 over Noubani.
182 — Fernandina Beach senior Nathan Manning (19th, 28-5) returned to the Pirates’ starting lineup with authority, winning his first district title after placing fourth for the Pirates in 2018. Manning had three first-period pins on the day, with falls over Yulee’s Keleb Reddish (1:00) in the quarters, Clay sophomore Almando Martinez (1:48) in the semis, and a 49-second pin in the finals over Raines freshman Jamari Watson (20th, 17-14). Watson got to the finals with a fall in 1:12 over Bishop Snyder junior Jose Indio. Martinez (21-24) came back for third with a 9-6 win over Indio (10-16); Indio punched his South Walton ticket with an 8-5 consi-semi win over Reddish.
195 — Bishop Snyder senior Tommy Graden (7th, 33-5) won his first district title with a 4-2 decision in the semis over Clay junior Jordan Bell, then falled Yulee senior Michael Crawford (12th, 34-9) in 3:20 in the finals. Crawford pinned Fernandina Beach senior Uriah Giedrys (3:19) in the semis, while Bell (19th, 31-15) decisioned Giedrys (34-9), who’d punched his South Walton ticket with a 58-second pin over West Nassau’s Jackson Rowell, by a 6-3 count for third place.
220 — Clay junior Joe Grelli (15th, 29-18) won his first district title with three wins Wednesday. Grelli won by fall (1:47) in the quarters, 6-3 decision over Fernandina Beach senior Robbie Elefterion (20th) in the semis, and a 17-4 major in the finals over Yulee junior Bradley Durrance (10th, 45-6). Durrance reached the final with a 56-second pin in the semis over Westside senior Jakius Hunt. Elefterion (32-11), who had a front-side fall over West Nassau’s Carson Johns (5:09), won by fall twice to come back for third, first over Bishop Snyder freshman Angel LeCointe (1:42) in the consi semis and then again for third over Hunt (15-13) in 2:34. Hunt punched his South Walton ticket with a fall in 2:19 over Johns.
285 — Raines junior Jamon Goodwine (3rd, 25-3) won his first district title after finishing third in both 2017 and 2018, with an 8-3 semifinal win over Yulee senior Grayson Pope and 3-0 win in the finals over Clay freshman Derrek Mosley (32-11). Mosley reached the final with a 6-2 win over Westside sophomore Ray Bolden (4th, 36-4); Bolden (36-4), in turn, won twice on the back side, with a 16-0 tech fall over Fernandina Beach’s Kolby Kidd in the consi semis and double-overtime 4-3 win over Pope (32-17), who’d decisioned Kidd 9-2 in an earlier front-side pigtail, for third place.
Editor’s Note: Not all district competitors could be specificly noted in this recap due to regular-season results not submitted to Matmen. We will accept results or win-loss records for any events that are missing at any time, even after the season concludes.
Complete brackets for this tournament and all other contested 1A brackets can be found here.
All statewide rankings as created by Brant Parsons and as updated February 18.
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