North Florida Matmen staff report
PANAMA CITY — Mosley didn’t have quite enough points to win the inaugural George Mulligan Memorial two-day tournament at Bay this past weekend.
Visiting Georgia side Thomas County Central (TCC) saw to that, with 232.5 points to the Dolphins 222.5.
But Mosley was declared county champions by dint of finishing second at the 18-team tournament, made up mostly of Panhandle-area teams. The Dolphins held off Spanish Fort AL by three points for second. Arnold and Niceville tied for fourth place, as both the Marlins and Eagles had 158.5 points, 1.5 ahead of Florida High in sixth and seven ahead of Marianna in seventh.
Choctaw was eighth (113 points, followed by South Walton (104.5), Milton (103), North Bay Haven (102.5), Crestview (92.5), Tate (83), Bay (81), Rutherford (76), Rocky Bayou Christian (62), Wewahitchka (49) and Bozeman (40.5).
Below follows a summary of the tournament, with eligible* area top-six placers noted —
106: Mosley’s Cole Bell pinned his way through the draw for the title. After getting a bye into the quarters, Bell had pins over Rutherford’s Zander Stillgess (:57, quarters), Wewa’s Justin Johnson (2:45, semis) and then, in the final, over Spanish Fort’s Peyton Haws (pin & decision prior to final) in 1:54 for the title. Stillgess came back for third with a bye and three bonus-point wins, majoring South Walton’s Brett Canut, 13-5, in the third-place match, while Johnson won by fall in 47 seconds for fifth.
113: Niceville’s Ethan Pinto also pinned his way through the bracket, with falls over TCC’s Damion Jones (2:23, quarters), a 10-second fall in the semis and fall in 1:56 in the final over Arnold’s Lucas Biddle. Biddle picked up two falls en route to the title match, with a pin in 3:32 in the quarters and 45-second fall over Choctaw’s David Tambula in the semis. Tambula came back with two wins for third, majoring Marianna’s William Carrel, 9-1, in the place match, while Jones had a 15-second pin for fifth.
120: The hosts’ Jamie Balmeceda pinned his way into the final, where he took a 10-4 win over Arnold’s Will Ashby. Balmeceda earlier had pins over Mosley’s Darius Mailhot (:31, rd of 16, Milton’s Coleman Barnhill (:28, quarters) and Rutherford’s Calvin Williams (4:38, semis), while Ashby had wins over Choctaw’s Ethan Pfhul (3:02, rd of 16), Rutherford’s Colin Dutton (4-2, quarters) and Spanish Fort’s Dayton Blohm (10-0, semis). Williams won twice for third, with a 21-13 major over Blohm in the third-place match, while Niceville’s Noah Tritz decisioned Wewa’s Conner Roberts, 6-2, for fifth.
126: Florida High’s Tyler Reeve had all pins in taking the title; after a bye into the quarters, Reeve falled Rocky Bayou’s Luke Latham (3:32, quarters), Spanish Fort’s Denver Persinger (1:48, semis) and over TCC’s David Burgess (2 pins & tech prior to final) in 2:25 for the championship. Reeve’s teammate, Emil Ganim, won three matches on the back to finish fourth after a 13-7 loss in the third-place match, while Persinger pinned Arnold’s Spencer Korol in 4:56 for fifth.
132: Spanish Fort’s Gabe Warren had four first-period pins in 4:02 for the title, with the last one in 1 minute in the finals over Florida High’s Brooks Dyer. Dyer won by fall in 2:49 in the round of 16 and pinned Crestview’s Easton Flamand in 1:44 before a 7-3 win in the semis over Mosley’s Nick Hejke. Hejke had two pins on the back, falling TCC’s Bryson Yarley in 2:19 in the third-place match, while Niceville’s Jayden Pinto majored Wewa’s Jaden Moseley, 11-2, for fifth.
138: Mosley’s Jaylan Griffin won the title behind two pins and two decisions. Griffin falled Arnold’s John Starling (3:56, rd of 16) and Florida High’s Dean Wright (3:56, quarters), then powered past Milton’s Brandon Nicholson, 5-1, in the semis, and then edged Spanish Fort’s Chris Duran (3 pins prior to final), 7-6, for the title. Nicholson had two wins for third on the back, with a 10-4 decision in the third-place match, and Bay’s Kyle Roper pinned Wright in 3 minutes for fifth.
145: Mosley’s Logan Gall made it back-to-back titles with four wins in the bracket. Gall had falls over Choctaw’s Eli Devoid (2:46, rd of 16) and Choctaw’s Ben Semenov (1:11, quarters). In the semis, Gall edged Niceville’s Keane Creager, 3-2, but came back with an 8-0 major over Florida High’s Dennis Ganim for the title. Ganim reached the final with falls in 1:00 in the round of 16 and over South Walton’s Shane Lane (:35, quarters) and TCC’s Bailey Brue (3:30, semis). Creager had two pins to claim, third, falling Brue in 2:52 in the place match, while Marianna’s Ethan Heinemann pinned Semenov in 3:55 for fifth.
152: Arnold’s Nick Kendrick had three wins to claim the Marlins’ first title, with techs in the quarters over Crestview’s Lance Sanders (23-7 in 4:30) and in the semis over TCC’s Daviyon Johnson (16-1 in 4:30) before decisioning Mosley’s Jonathan Griffin for the title by a 9-2 count. Griffin reached the finals behind a 26-second pin in the round of 16, over Milton’s Joslyn Anderson (2:45, quarters) and Rocky Bayou’s Calvin Wells (1:48, semis). Johnson won by pin twice for third, with a 60-second pin over South Walton’s John Lopez in the medal match, while Choctaw’s Sherman Fuller pinned Wells in 3:27 for fifth.
160: Spanish Fort’s Jake Snow bonus-pointed through the tournament, with a pin, two techs and a 9-0 major over Marianna’s Chase Maddox. Maddox got to the title match with a pin in 1:03 in the round of 16 and over Crestview’s Layne Franks (1:46, quarters), then took an 11-6 decision over Florida High’s Micah Perdue in the semi. Perdue would win twice for third, decisioning Mosley’s Kaydon Lester by an 8-4 count for third place, while Milton’s Daniel McDonal pinned Arnold’s Max Gaylord in 37 seconds for fifth.
170: Marianna’s John Maddox also bonus-pointed through each contested round in taking the bracket victory. After two byes into the quarters, Maddox took a pin in 1:33 in the quarters, then falled Mosley’s Noe Pena in 2:42 in the semis. In the final, Maddox completed the title run with a 10-2 major over Spanish Fort’s Ford Williamson (pin/major/decision prior to final). Pena had two pins on the back for third, falling TCC’s Dalin Covington in 2:56 in the third-place, while Rutherford’s Chad Allgood took fifth place with a fall in 1:46 over Niceville’s Bryce Travis.
182: Crestview’s Julio Fernandez had four pins for the weight-class win. Fernandez falled Niceville’s Dante Barrett (:27, rd of 16), TCC’s Randy Sowell (:46, quarters), then won by fall in 3:08 in the semis before falling Marianna’s Christian Cosson in 54 seconds for the title. Cosson pinned Arnold’s Henlee Haynes (1:00, quarters) and shut out Mosley’s Isaac Hall, 6-0, in the semi. Hall would finish fourth after a double-overtime 6-5 win in the consi semis and a loss by fall in the third-place match, while Sowell pinned Florida High’s Diego Duprey in 5 minutes for fifth.
195: Rutherford’s Xavier Stillgess earned the Rams’ lone title with three victories. After a 27-second pin in the quarters over Crestview’s Mathew Sharp, Stillgess had two decisions, with an 11-5 semifinal win over Florida High’s Marcus Haigler and a 5-4 championship victory over Spanish Fort’s Noah Bauer (2 pins prior to final). Haigler was third with two wins on the back, downing Niceville’s Sean Ripley, 5-2, in the third-place match. TCC’s Elijah Ryan pinned Arnold’s Tyler Lewis in 2:58 for fifth.
220: Crestview’s Kennard Madden gave the 2A Bulldogs their second title, with a pair of decisions leading up to a first-period pin. Madden downed Arnold’s Justin Harry (6-3, quarters) and Niceville’s Ramsey Kidder (4-2, semis) to reach the title match, where he needed just 1:23 to pin TCC’s Colby Baker (major & pin prior to final). Harry won four times on the bounce at the back, the last of those a 6-5 win in the third-place match over Kidder, while Mosley’s Logan Strickland edged Marianna’s Roosevelt Williams, 8-7, in the fifth-place match.
285: TCC’s Garrett Harrell had four first-period pins, the last coming in the finals over Bozeman’s Cole Galbreath (2 decisions prior to final). Milton’s Alec Cavazos won twice in the consis to take third, with a 51-second fall over Spanish Fort’s William Blount in the medal match, with Michael Barton claiming fifth with a pin in 2:23 over Rocky Bayou’s Kyle Burden.
NOTE: Not all local teams’ top-six placers could be fully recapped due to missing results. Coaches can get with Matmen at any time to resolve this.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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