Updates

We’ve added new 2A-Region 3 pairings to the site. Apparently one of the district hosts submitted their results outside of normal weight class order and it threw the pairings off. All is fixed now.

We’ve added Scott Rohrer Hoover brackets to our Week 6 list of IBTs. Not sure how that slipped through the cracks on us; it was probably something I meant to ask about and didn’t — for a month.

We’re in process on the 3A-Region 1 preview (you saw the 1A-Region 2 preview that came out today, projecting 12 Lake Highland region titles). 3A-Region 1 will post to the site at 0600 Wednesday. We’re up to 132 at the immediate moment.

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#RoadToTheShow: 1A-Region 2 Preview

1A-Region 2 preview

When & where: George Jenkins HS, Lakeland. First session is set for noon Friday (as all are in all classes statewide). Saturday’s first session is set for 10 a.m., finals in this particular instance are set for 4 p.m.
Team favorite: Lake. Highland. Prep. Next?
Can anybody challenge the Highlanders?: No. Next?
Local outlook in a nutshell: The most likely event occurring is that Palatka moves two out to Kissimmee, at most. Interlachen has a shot at one qualifier — with the right road.

Matmen’s state qualifier predictions, sure to be wrong —

106: 1. Ryan Vite (Space Coast). 2. Danny Nini (Lake Highland Prep). 3. Sebastian Dwyer (Crystal River). 4. Keith Germain (Weeki Wachee).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Josh Rivas (Cocoa Beach).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Brandon Cody (The Master’s Academy); Heaven-Leigh Jackson (Hernando).
First-round match worth price of admission: Rivas v. Germain. Only first-rounder with two winning records.
My too-short take: Comes down to the room versus the experience in these tournaments, in this bracket. I’m going to go with the experience, thinking it still might be the room. Really hope that Jackson can qualify out; a consi semi with Dwyer would be key.
Local outlook: No local wrestlers.

113: 1. Jake Wohltman (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Cameron Rima (Villages). 3. Carson Kirk (Astronaut). 4. Jacob Tihoni (Satellite).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Drevon Wallace (Palatka).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Aaron Gentz (Nature Coast).
First-round match worth price of admission: Azizbek Rustamiy (Atlantic) v. Tihoni. Winner has a leg up on qualifying out.
My too-short take: The bottom-half semi between Wohltman and Kirk would be the “real” championship match, as those wrestlers are the class of the field. Wohltman should mostly cruise through this bracket, as the Highlanders start to crank up their machine here.
Local outlook: I have Wallace as a dark horse; the key match for him is his first one (yes, that’s a cliche, but it happens to be true). His quarterfinal with Rima moves the whole top half of the bracket. Win that, and the second quarter isn’t that scary by comparison. Lose that, and even with a couple of consi wins, you’re looking at Kirk in the blood round. I think Wallace’s still a year away yet, but it’s not impossible for him to get out. All comes down to the quarter.

120: 1. Nic Bouzakis (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Michael Watson (Cocoa Beach). 3. Austin Carter (Astronaut). 4. Gavin Wheeler (Bishop Moore).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Brady Bowles (Atlantic).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Cole Vedder (Weeki Wachee).
First-round match worth price of admission: Bowles v. Billy Gould (Hernando). Hernando’s battle-tested.
My too-short take: Nobody touches Bouzakis, who’ll have a shot at being Florida’s all-time best before he’s done. Watson will cruise into the final on the top half. I could be sold on the 3-4 flip-flopping, but those are the qualifiers, I’m pretty sure.
Local outlook: Palatka’s Ontarius Reid has a pretty good Saturday shot — IF he wins in the first round. A quarterfinal loss gets him into the bottom quadrant of consi round 2, and either way it’s quite winnable. Eastside’s Riley Trax has a tall order with Carter in the first round, but might pick up a win on the back.

126: 1. Ryan Chauvin (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Jake Wheeler (Bishop Moore). 3. Louis Cortez (Astronaut). 4. James Creech (Villages).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Thomas Driscoll (Space Coast).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Noah Reneau (Rockledge).
First-round match worth price of admission: Creech v. Driscoll. These two might meet in the blood round, too.
My too-short take: Another semi where the “real” title may be determined, but either way it’s going to be Chauvin winning and Dist 7 claiming three spots. Top half of the bracket is more solid; bottom much lighter, other than Chauvin/Cortez.
Local outlook: Getting a win somewhere in the bracket is going to be an accomplishment for first-year varsity competitors Elijah Miller of Interlachen and Ernest Walker of Eastside. Miller’s got a better draw for it, in our view, but lack of experience could be an issue.

132: 1. Josh Hulse (Hernando). 2. Bailey Flanagan (Lake Highland Prep). 3. Owen Lott (Anclote). 4. Kevin Rochon (Villages).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): James Clark (Cocoa Beach).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Legend Newsome (Space Coast).
First-round match worth price of admission: Rochon v. Jaxson Morris (Nature Coast). 69 wins in that matchup.
My too-short take: This is a weirdly-setting-up kind of bracket; I could see all kinds of permutations coming out of here, with expected champ Joey Silva moving up two weights. I know Hulse lost in OT to Lott last week; I still see him as the class of the field.
Local outlook: No local wrestlers.

138: 1. Noah Castillo (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Solen Sheppard (Gulf). 3. Josh Pritz (Hernando). 4. Ethan Hatcher (Villages).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Cade Mason (Interlachen).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Jason Amato (Space Coast).
First-round match worth price of admission: Hunter Galloway (Astronaut) vs. Shawn Bearden (Ridgewood). Most evenly-matched of the first-rounders.
My too-short take: Nobody beats Castillo, and Sheppard should get through the bottom half of the bracket. This is one of those scenarios where it may (or may not, depending on how you slot in) be a good thing to have a true wrestleback for fourth, because I’m projecting Pritz vs. Amato in the bottom half consi semi, and that should be a war; either one, in the top half, would be favored by a solid margin.
Local outlook: The key for Mason, taking his final shot at a region tournament, is to stay in the top half of the bracket, meaning he’s got to win twice Friday. That second match, whoever it is coming out of that price-of-admission note earlier, is a winnable match for Mason, who’s seen good competition. Castillo is a wall that can’t be climbed, meaning it comes down to the consi semi. I have Hatcher, I could see it the other way (motivation? perhaps). What Mason does NOT want to do is drop that quarterfinal and go into the bottom half where Pritz and Amato are going to be.

145: 1. Joey Silva (Lake Highland Prep). 2. TJ Rideout (Atlantic). 3. Boston Tafelski (Hernando). 4. Ryan Cody (The Master’s Academy).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Graylan Wilson (Villages).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Anthony Minacapelli (Space Coast).
First-round match worth price of admission: Tyler Swingle (Cocoa Beach) v. Billy Fetzner (Nature Coast).
My too-short take: Swan song for Silva in this tournament run; nobody comes close this weekend. Projecting the 2-6 spots gets much harder. Rideout’s got a ton of experience against some really good kids, but got a really bad draw at districts where he had Silva in the semis. Tafelski and Cody are right there, and both Minacapelli and Wilson are in the mix.
Local outlook: No local wrestlers.

152: 1. Cameron Monzadeh (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Reggie Bradley (Space Coast). 3. Bronson Tafelski (Hernando). 4. John King (Rockledge).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Joshua Coley (Weeki Wachee).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Jason Dutton (Gulf).
First-round match worth price of admission: Andrew Ferrell (Anclote) v. Landon Coleman (Atlantic).
My too-short take: Monzadeh’s room and competition should get him through; I would have said Bradley for certain a month ago, but (and disclaimer: I don’t know anything about his physical fitness when I saw him) he didn’t look the same this year, when I saw him at Yulee, compared to last year. I still think he’s capable of placing next week. Another weight that looks toss-uppy between 3-6.
Local outlook: Palatka’s Isaiah Dixon has a winnable match in the first round; losing might net him an 0-2 tournament. Dutton looms in the Friday night round. A full season would have helped, and he’ll learn from this experience for next year.

160: 1. Kai Bele (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Devon Krajewski (Rockledge). 3. Ryan Pletcher (Cocoa Beach). 4. Collin Miller (Crystal River).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Austin McCombs (Hernando).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Kennith Lisk (Weeki Wachee).
First-round match worth price of admission: Riley Sorensen (Villages) v. Julio Escobar (Cocoa). 48 wins there, most evenly-balanced of the group.
My too-short take: Coming up from his regular-season weight of 145, nobody should touch Bele. The bottom-half semi between Bele and Pletcher could be the best match of the weight class. Being away from the top two kids could benefit Krajewski, as the top half is a bit lighter.
Local outlook: No local wrestlers.

170: 1. Max Cosmides (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Ryan Hatcher (Villages). 3. Fernando Valdez (Hernando). 4. Patrick Webb-Melton (Weeki Wachee).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Joe Scherer (Satellite).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Joseph Smith (Rockledge).
First-round match worth price of admission: Webb-Melton vs. Marcus Santos (Space Coast). 71 wins there.
My too-short take: Cosmides and Hatcher should reprise their District 7 finals matchup here. The question is who’ll join them on the podium. Smith is lurking out there, and him against Webb-Melton in the consi semi is projecting to be a barnburner. I think Valdez will have a better time of it in the top half.
Local outlook: No matter how the first round goes for Palatka’s Jacob Carreras, I think he has a win in him based on the setup. Not as sure about getting to Saturday. My first-impression bracket had him doing so in the bottom half, meaning 2-2 is possible. That would be a great tournament for Carreras, who’s had a few good wins this year. Eastside’s Tony Newsome will struggle to avoid 0-2 Friday, with Hatcher right off the bat.

182: 1. Erich Byelick (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Cole Mitchell (Cocoa Beach). 3. Devicq Thompsen-Alexander (Rockledge). 4. Blake Newberry (Astronaut).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Derrick Martins (Weeki Wachee).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Alex Espinal (Hernando).
First-round match worth price of admission: Newberry vs. Martins, and this one really should be, with 78 wins in play and a good shot at one (or both qualifying out).
My too-short take: I’m framing this as the District 8 kids chasing Byelick, albeit unsuccessfully despite the Highlander’s move up two weights. He’s just that strong. Mitchell will not be touched in the bottom half in getting to the final as well. Those consi semis project to be absolute gold, though.
Local outlook: Eastside’s Luke Peterson will be struggling to find a win on Friday, facing two kids from programs with more history and matches on their side.

195: 1. Logan Andrew (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Johnathan Pankow (Space Coast). 3. Bryan Smith (Palatka). 4. Charles Alexander (Rockledge).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Mario Hernandez (Bishop Moore).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Josh Graham (Villages).
First-round match worth price of admission: Jacob Forbes (The First Academy) v. Nathanial Carter (Astronaut).
My too-short take: Nobody will stop Andrew from a region title, and Pankow demonstrated to me at Yulee that he’s state podium-worthy. Three good wrestlers between Hernandez, Alexander and Nature Coast’s Ashton Harding, and only one, I think, gets out.
Local outlook: Smith is the strongest local competitor coming out of District 5 and the safest bet to make it to states. Getting to the semis, I think, is critical, however, as losing earlier means a harder road in the bottom half of the consi bracket. Getting through that would be a gauntlet. By contrast, the top half is either Hernandez, Forbes and maybe Weeki Wachee as well. That’s not a road Smith can’t handle.

220: 1. Ben Goldin (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Michael Weston (Nature Coast). 3. James Buehrig (Hudson). 4. T-Jay Mitchell (Space Coast).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Brian Henderson (Crystal River).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Jordan Love (Rockledge).
First-round match worth price of admission: Henderson v. Jesse Sorensen (Brooksville Central).
My too-short take: My transitive property is getting a little shaky. I have the first two right, I think, and I don’t think Buehrig will lose to anyone other than Goldin, but to have Mitchell fourth requires Mitchell beating somebody that beat the guy who beat him. Got all that? That’s why I hedge with the dark horses. I’m seeing Mitchell, Love and Henderson all staging up for one spot.
Local outlook: I wish I knew more about Titusville; it MIGHT be that Eastside’s Jamel Bell, who gets Buehrig in the first round, wins that consi round 1, but Saturday is a very big ask for an inexperienced freshman. He’s seeing some heavy hitters in his quadrant, for sure.

285: 1. Curtis Ruff (Lake Highland Prep). 2. Andrew Cannon (Bishop Moore). 3. Shane Davidson (Weeki Wachee). 4. Ira Dixon (Palatka).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Vernon Hamilton (Atlantic); DeAudre Thomas (Rockledge).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Logan Wellman (Nature Coast).
First-round match worth price of admission: Davidson vs. Hamilton. Winner could be a semifinalist, maybe a finalist. Big implications there.
My too-short take: Ruff went 3-2 with Cannon at districts, but I still believe there’s more separation between him and the rest of the group. That outcome, though, makes me think Cannon is the next pick. The top half of the bracket is pretty solid (I project three qualifiers from that half). Bottom half, with Ruff, has some air in it and that could help somebody like Wellman, who should be a semifinal lock.
Local outlook: Dixon’s got the chops to make it out to Kissimmee once more. He has a reasonable shot at being a semifinalist, though my first-impression bracket has me projecting him to fall to Davidson in the quarters. Although the bottom half is the lighter half, Dixon will have two tough Saturday matches in Thomas and Wellman to get out. It will not be easy. I think he can do it, but it’s a tough road.

Brackets for this region can be found here.

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#NextLevel: February 6-18

Below follows a summary of college wrestling activity involving Matmen-area alumni between the dates of February 6-18:

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Brian Girard

Belmont Abbey: On February 10 at Davidson, the Crusaders fell, 25-16, to the hosts. Competing for Belmont Abbey at 197 was Brian Girard (Arnold ’16), who lost via tech fall, 16-1 in 7:00 to Davidson’s Konner Pritchard.

Robert Parland

Robert Parland

Coker College: On February 13 on the road at in-state rival Newberry, the Cobras fell by a 29-9 count to the Wolves. In that dual, Robert Parland (University Christian ’13), competing at 285, took a 10-3 loss to Newberry’s Patton Gossett. On February 6, the Braves fell to UNC-Pembroke on the road in ECAC league action, winning just three matches in a 33-12 loss. Parland had half of Coker’s points, winning by medical forfeit at 285.

Noah Satterfield

Noah Satterfield

 

Davidson College: On February 16, Davidson lost on the road at Gardner-Webb, taking a 27-12 defeat. in that defeat, Noah Satterfield (Marysville OH ’15, family now in Ponte Vedra Beach) lost by just a point, 7-6, at 174, to the hosts’ Christian Maroni. On February 10, Davidson hosted Belmont Abbey, with a 25-16 win. At 174, Satterfield fell to BAC’s John Glunt, 7-3. On February 8, Davidson hosted The Citadel, taking a 25-15 win behind three straight wins between 165-184. Satterfield had one of those, shutting out The Citadel’s Bradley Mewhorter, 12-0, for a bonus point.

Justin Trinh

Justin Trinh

Florida A&M Rattler Invitational: Held on February 10 on the FAMU campus, Central Florida won the tournament with 115 points, outpointing Middle Tennessee (108) and Georgia (105), with the hosts fourth at 67. At 133, UCF’s Junior Francois won by injury default over teammate Jake Toledo in the finals. 141 saw UCF’s Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16) take first with a 3-0 record, on three pins. At 149, FAMU’s Cednet Jean was the top Florida finisher, going 3-1 and placing second, while at 157, Florida Gulf Coast’s Marcus Messina was second. Messina’s first win was over FAMU’s Isaiah McNealy (Ridgeview ’12), who was 0-2 in the weight class. At 174, FGCU’s Eugene Kinchen won the the title, decisioning FAMU’s Wiliam Jacobs by a 9-6 count. 184 saw UCF teammates Jarrod Smiley and Bradley Kata go 1-2, with Robert LaPeter taking 197 for Florida State on a 4-0 record. Donterius Spencer (Rickards ’17) was 2-2 for FAMU, also at 197. At 235, Luttere Eglaus was 3-1 to place second for UCF, while FAMU’s Berry Davis was 2-1 to place second at 285 for the Rattlers.

Dy'Juan Carney

Dy’Juan Carney

Fort Hays State: February 11 saw FHSU take second in the MIAA Conference meet in Wichita, KS, with 74.5 points. Competing at 133, Dy’Juan Carney (Wakulla ’15) was 1-2, with a 12-6 quarterfinal loss to Central Missouri’s Daide Agnew. He rallied for a fall in 5:44 over Central Oklahoma’s Noah McQuigg, but lost in the consi semis, 9-0, to eventual third-place finisher Blake Dauphin, also of Central Oklahoma. On February 7, FHSU routed Newman College at home, dropping juust one match in a 39-4 dual win. Carney, competing at 133 there as well, picked up a 7-2 decision in that dual over Newman’s Vincent Eremita.

Nelson Elder

Nelson Elder

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Joseph Pearson

Huntingdon College: Placed second at the Southeast Wrestling Conference tournament in Greensboro NC on February 9-10, with 87.5 points. At 133, Nelson Elder (Choctaw ’16) was third, avenging his only loss. Elder had a pin over Averill’s Frank Blevins in the round of 16, only to lose by fall to University of the Ozarks’ Corey Muniz in the quarters. Elder’s first consi-round match was an injury-default win over Blevins, and, after a bye, he decisioned UNC-Greensboro’s Christopher Haskin, 11-6, in the consi semis and followed that with a 7-1 win over Muniz for third. At 285, Joseph Pearson (Ft Walton Beach ’17) was 1-2, with a first-round 11-2 major over Averill’s Thaddeus Wilkerson. Pearson then lost to eventual runnerup Alveno Matthews, 2-1, in overtime in the quarters, falling 5-3 in the second round of consis to the hosts’ Nicholas Harper.

Kaz Maia

Kaz Maia

Iowa Lakes CC: Placed fourth at the NJCAA Region XI tournament on February 11, with 108.5 points. At 157, Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16) was second, with a pair of tight decisions. Maia decisioned Ellsworth’s Steven Lawrence in sudden victory, 8-6, in the semis, but then fell in the finals to Iowa Central’s Ethan Karsten, 6-5.

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Zoe Wight

Life University women: Placed 13th at the WCWA Nationals February 9-10 in Oklahoma City. Zoe Wight (Gulf Breeze ’14) was 4-2 for the Running Eagles, just one match short of a top-eight finish. Her only championship-side match came in the round of 32, where she took a 10-7 loss (VFA) in 5:25 to Adrian’s Marguerite Elliott. In her first consi-round match, Wight won, 4-0, (VFA in :17), over Midland’s Hannah Schievert. Next up was a 4-4 VPO1 decision for Wight over Midland’s Erin Scheidt. Wight then took a 10-2 VPO1 win over McKendree’s Andrea Sennett to reach the blood round, where she fell to University of the Cumberlands’ Anna Naylor, VFA in 1:44. Naylor went on to place sixth in the bracket.

Cy Wainwright

Cy Wainwright

Newberry College: On February 16, the Wolves — led by Clay alumnus Cy Wainwright — romped over host Emmanuel College, taking a 42-6 win. Austin Neal (125) and Patton Gossett (285) bookended the dual with falls, with Hunter Quinn (157) also taking a pin. Nolan Whitely (133) won by an 18-2 tech fall, while Nick Weldon (197) picked up a second tech, this time 16-0. Isaiah Royal (11-3 at 141) and Austin Crocker (14-3 at 184) each had majors for the Wolves. On February 13, the Wolves took care of business against in-state rival Coker, winning, 29-9, and only allowing three wins to their opponents. Joey Rocca won by fall at 165, with Whitely (21-3 in 3:48 at 133) and Alex Rice (19-2 in 2:48) had tech falls for Newberry, while Neal (14-2 at 125) won with a major. On February 9, the Wolves traveled to UNC-Pembroke for an ECAC dual, falling by a 23-14 count. Royal (14-3 at 141) and Weldon (10-1 at 197) each picked up a bonus point in their victories for Newberry.

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Jacob Marin

Queens University of Charlotte: Queens took two wins over NCWA opponents South Carolina (58-0) and East Carolina (52-4) on Sunday at home. In those matches, Jacob Marin (Wakulla ’17) made his season debut, with a win by forfeit over South Carolina and a fall over ECU’s Timothy Hudson in 1:56.

Chris Bono

Chris Bono

South Dakota State: On February 16 at home, SDSU — coached by Bolles alumnus Chris Bono — defeated nearby rival North Dakota State, 22-12, behind a pair of tech falls from David Kocer (16-1 in 6:13 at 174) and Seth Gross (16-0 in 4 minutes at 133), plus four additional decisions, without allowing NDSU to score a bonus point. On February 11, the road-warrior Jackrabbits won, 24-9, over host West Virginia, with seven weight-class wins, including each of the last four from 174 through 285. Henry Pohlmeyer (11-3 at 141), Luke Zilverberg (14-0 at 157) and Kocer (10-2 at 174) all won by major for SDSU. On February 9, the Jackrabbits traveled to Pittsburgh for a road dual, taking a 25-13 victory, with six wins. Four of those were via bonus, with Pohlmeyer (141) winning by fall, top-ranked Gross (133) via a 16-0 tech fall and Zilverberg (10-2 at 157) and Kocer (15-3 at 174) both with majors.

Evyn Insalaco

Evyn Insalaco

Jason Davis

Jason Davis

Southeastern: The Fire participated in the NAIA Mid-South Conference tournament on February 17, taking fifth out of seven teams in the event. Two local wrestlers suited up for Southeastern. At 157, Evyn Insalaco (Flagler Palm Coast ’16) was 0-2, losing via tech fall to eventual conference champion Nosomy Pozo of Life, 18-2 in 5:14, in the quarterfinals. After a bye, Insalaco fell in the consi quarters to Lindsey Wilson’s Bryce Hoffman, 6-5. At 184, Jason Davis (Fleming Island ’17) was 1-2, winning 8-7 in the round of 16 over Lindsey Wilson’s Kohl Dodd. Davis then lost to Cumberland (TN)’s John Olivieri, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. After a bye, Davis then took a 4-2 loss against Cumberlands (KY)’s Max Emerson in the consi quarters.

Aaron Fountain

Aaron Fountain

Spartanburg Methodist: Won the NJCAA Eastern District II title on February 11, with 106.5 points. Competing at 149, Aaron Fountain (Suwannee ’12) won the title, with two pins. Fountain falled Camden CC’s Mark Woods in 6:59 in the semis, then came back in the final for a fall over Middlesex CC’s Devin Jefferson in 5:52 to claim the bracket.

Delmontae Davis

Delmontae Davis

University of Dubuque: The Spartans hosted Coe in IIAC action on February 9, taking a 38-9 loss. Delmontae Davis (Westside ’17) started for the Spartans at 174, losing by fall in 4 minutes to the Kohawks’ Jake Voss.

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#RoadToTheShow Turns Eyes To Regions

Over the next four days, one each day, we’ll roll out our local region previews.

The schedule is as follows (all publication times 0600, HOPEFULLY):

  • Tuesday — 1A-Region 2.
  • Wednesday — 3A-Region 1 (Northeast site only).
  • Thursday — 2A-Region 1.
  • Friday — 1A-Region 1.

Today, we’ll also — upon conclusion of the first preview and putting it into the hopper — work up a #NextLevel post. Might have an outside chance at completing end of day, before gym and other distractions get in the way.

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#RoadToTheShow: 1A-District 3 Recap

Clay wins Hunter Hill

Clay wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Blue Devils’ 19th consecutive district traditional title, taking first place in the 1A-District 3 meet Saturday at Westside HS in Jacksonville (Photo submitted by Hunter Hill via Facebook).

By SHANNON HEATON
North Florida Matmen

JACKSONVILLE — For the second time in as many seasons, second-ranked Clay gave itself a setback before even stepping onto the mats Saturday morning at Westside HS.

But, for the 19th consecutive season, even after losing two starters that did not make weight, the Blue Devils righted the ship, medaled all 12 of their remaining wrestlers (none finishing lower than third), put 11 into the finals, won seven of those finals matches and added a district traditional team title, this one the 1A-District 3 version, with 230 points.

“Two guys basically dropped the ball, but we still had an opportunity to compete, to win the district title, win the region title and get as many as we can down at state,” Blue Devils coach Jim Reape said. “The kids got after it and executed. We had some matches where we were hard-headed, but failure is a great teacher.

“(152) Dylan Taylor looked great. (138) Peyton (Hughes) was dominant, he looked very strong. I liked (126) Cale (Hoskinson)’s look, (113) Daniel (Porter) looked dominant. I liked that (195) Kurt (Jackson) tried to rally his teammates as well as his wrestling; he has really stepped his game up. (170) Carson Yost is a guy who just grinded. He’s a great team guy, such a great character kid. One of the guys I thought should be mentioned was (reserve) Garrett Weseman, who showed up in case DT (Taylor) couldn’t go today. He showed up all week, made weight this morning. That’s the kind of kids we have.”

In a pretty wild scramble to run down the Blue Devils — which often put the Westside gym in a place where it was Clay against whoever wasn’t wearing blue and black — Yulee came out on top, with 165 points. The Hornets matched Clay’s number of Region 1 qualifiers (12), with one champion.

West Nassau was third in the tournament, with 107 points and seven region qualifiers. Baker County took fourth, with 88.5 points, advancing six wrestlers, three of them as district champions. Host Westside was fifth, with 78 points and six qualifiers, with one champion.

Bishop Snyder took sixth in the event, with 65 points and six qualifiers, while Raines was seventh at 53.5 points and three qualifiers. Fernandina Beach was eighth, with 44 points, three qualifiers, and one champion.

Below follows a summary of the 14 weight classes, with champion quotes for each class:

106 — Fernandina Beach freshman Jeremy Mahoney won twice to claim the title, opening with a fall in 3:18 in the semis over Bishop Snyder freshman Christian Villanueva. That put Mahoney into the finals against seventh-ranked Yulee freshman Tristan Martinez (2:00 over West Nassau freshman Wesley Carlisle). Mahoney staved off every opportunity Martinez threw at him, surviving for a 10-8 finals win and taking the Pirates’ lone title. “It feels good. I put in a lot of work all week to prepare. Coaches worked us hard, and it showed up tonight,” Mahoney said. “I stayed patient (at the end), didn’t get too panicked. I was a little nervous, but I kept going. Kept pushing. Since I’m a freshman, it’s a good start. Hopefully I can keep on winning these titles.” Carlisle came back for third, after a bye in the consi semis, then winning by fall in 2:00 for third place over Villanueva, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a fall in 1:17 over Baker County’s Brianna Thornton.

113 — Third-ranked Clay senior Daniel Porter pinned his way through the bracket, without going past the first period in the process. Porter falled Bishop Snyder sophomore Jeffrey Prosser in 1:06 in the semis, setting up a finals match with Yulee sophomore Trevor Gladson (1:41 over Westside freshman Ernest Terry). Porter closed it out just before the end of the first period, with a fall in 1:52. “It feels great. A little sluggish. I wanted to pick up the speed, but I executed my game plan. Overall, I did well,” Porter said. “It’s not so strange (to be in the final district meet). It’s kind of like another tournament. That’s how I’ll treat regionals and states. Go out, try and compete as hard as I can. The wrestling is the easiest part. Hard part’s cutting the weight; once the wrestling starts, it’s easier for me.” Prosser would come back for third place with two pins, first in :47 in the consi semis over West Nassau’s Kyle Overturf, then in 2:00 in the third-place match over Terry, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 58-second fall over Baker County’s Aaron Norman.

120 — Top-ranked Clay sophomore Stevie Chopek also pinned his way through the bracket. Chopek falled Westside freshman Seth Britton in 2:36 during the semis, to set up a finals match with Yulee sophomore Bryce Bees (1:00 over Fernandina Beach’s Thomas Wright, 2:36 over West Nassau sophomore Brendan Ferenchik). Chopek controlled the final from the start, but wasn’t able to secure the fall until the third period, in 5:15. “I just took it like any other match,” said Chopek, who came to Clay from Yulee, where he reached the 106 finals last year. “It’s an old rivalry, but it is what it is. Right now, I’m ready. Trying to get that state title and get payback for last year. Just keep dominating, wrestle every match like it’s my last.” Ferenchik came back for third, with a 6-0 consi-semi win over Bishop Snyder’s Elijah Bishop and then winning by fall in 2 minutes for third place over Britton, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a fall in 4:13 over Baker County’s David Jackson.

126 — Fourth-ranked Clay freshman Cale Hoskinson took two wins for the championship. Hoskinson shut out Yulee freshman Aston Ricks by technical fall, 15-0, in the semis, to face off against West Nassau senior Jake Blount (1:00 over Bishop Snyder junior JP Villanueva) in the final. A rematch from earlier in the year, this one was closer, but Hoskinson was able to survive this one as well, downing Blount, 3-2. “I was nervous about this one; the whole day I was thinking about the matchup with Blount. I knew it would come down to him, and when he got that first takedown, it got me more nervous,” Hoskinson said. “Came down to mental toughness and movement. If I’d stopped moving, I would have lost the match. Winning means a lot; hopefully I can come back next year and win, eventually be a four-time district champ.” Villanueva came back for third with two pins, first in 2:14 in the consi semis over Fernandina Beach’s Camden Smith, then winning by fall in 57 seconds over Ricks, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a bye.

132 — Seventh-ranked Baker County senior Jordan Johnson powered through a pair of six-minute matches for the championship, won in the absence of Wildcats coach Hank Farmer, attending the funeral of his grandfather Saturday. Johnson overcame Yulee junior Orion Duffy, 12-7, in the semis, to set up a match in the finals with West Nassau sophomore Bradley Hulett (1:39 over Westside’s Steven Millikin, 6-1 over eighth-ranked Clay junior Gabe Peddichord). Johnson seized on the attack early, picking up a bonus point with his 12-2 major in the finals. “We’re just trying to make him proud,” Johnson said of his head coach’s absence. “He’s not a wrestling guy, but he’s been a really great help. Hank’s picked up the slack really good and trying to show us what we’re doing and he’s done a great job. Our assistant coach is our main technique guy and he’s been here all day, so it’s still been pretty good for us.” Peddichord came back for third with two pins in 1:05, first falling Fernandina’s Blade Wailes in 50 seconds in the consi semis, then needing just 15 seconds to secure a fall in the third-place match over Duffy, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 15-8 decision over Millikin.

138 — Second-ranked Clay junior Peyton Hughes pinned his way through the bracket, with a pair of falls. First of those was West Nassau sophomore Taison Mullins, in 2:24, in the semis, setting the stage for a finals match with Baker County senior Devon Cole (5:27 over Bishop Snyder’s Clayton Beasley, :53 over Westside’s Jalonie Andrew). Hughes needed just 1 minute to take the title. “Pretty much everything was working; I was up 10-3 when I got the pin, so five takedowns in the first period,” Hughes said. “Just need to keep working hard on my conditioning, be in the best shape I can. Keep on working the fundamentals, so I’m ready for the next step.” Yulee senior Logan Blaise, who lost to Mullins in the quarters, came back for third, first pinning Andrew in 2:38 in the consi semis, and then winning by forfeit in the third-place match over Mullins, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a fall in 1 minute over Beasley.

145 — Baker County sophomore James Knabb needed just one victory to win the bracket, and he got it with relative ease. After a bye to the finals, Knabb kept constant pressure on Yulee senior De’Von Worthen, scoring a 21-6 technical fall for the title. “It was a fun tech,” Knabb said. “The guy knew how to wrestle, but everything went pretty good. It wasn’t a huge match, but a good match to wrestle. I’m going to have to train hard every day this week (for regions). It’s going to be hard to get through it (to states), but I hope I can get there.” Worthen had advanced to the finals with a 15-10 decision over Bishop Snyder junior Johnathan Bokros. Bokros, in turn, would receive a bye in the third-place match.

152 — Top-ranked Clay junior Dylan Taylor had bonus points in both of his matches on Saturday. Taylor began the tournament with a fall in 1:12 in the semis over Yulee senior Tyler Berrier, setting up a finals match with sixth-ranked West Nassau sophomore Requan Works (1:28 over Fernandina Beach’s Taylor Maxwell, 5:30 over ninth-ranked Westside sophomore Angelo Philpot). Taylor scored at will in the final, going on for a 19-7 decision to take the title. “I felt solid, especially since I only got one practice in this week. I still expected to still have it today,” Taylor said. “I executed when I needed to. Had good movement, got a lot of backpoints. I got in a hard warmup that helped me get out of my slump and got all the nerves out of the way. Let technique take over. I think with a good week of practice this week, I’ll be ready to get first at regions.” Philpot came back for third, with a fall in 2:32 in the consi semis over Bishop Snyder’s James Baker, then won by a 6-3 decision in the third-place match over Berrier, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 46-second fall over Maxwell.

160 — In one of the day’s most anticipated matches, third-ranked Raines senior Alonzo Davis won the title with three wins for the Vikings’ only title of the day, first teching Bishop Snyder’s Jose Indio (19-2) in the quarters and then edging eighth-ranked Westside senior John Jones, 3-2, in the semis. That set up a finals matchup against top-ranked Clay senior Connor Green (1:34 over Yulee senior Gunner Harrison), and Davis did just enough to seize and then hang on for a 4-3 win and the title. “(The summer at North Florida Wrestling Academy) helped a lot. PJ’s a great coach, tells me the same thing that Coach Gilbert does, just wrestle my match,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of great training partners over there. First period, I thought I had the high-crotch (takedown) but they didn’t give it to me; Coach just told me to keep wrestling. It was 4-3, I had a stall warning, couldn’t get a takedown…I just didn’t want to do anything stupid.” Jones would come back for third, with a fall in 4:27 in the consi semis over West Nassau’s Zachary Boston, then holding off Harrison, 5-3, in the third-place match. Harrison punched his ticket to Bolles with a fall in 1:00 over Fernandina Beach’s John Powell.

170 — Sixth-ranked Clay senior Carson Yost had three wins to take first in the weight class. After a forfeit win in the quarters, Yost decisioned Raines’ Raynarde Thomas, 6-3, in the semis, to set a finals match against West Nassau sophomore Breyer Wood (:56 over Westside’s Dalton Wilson, 7-5 over Yulee’s Victor Janson). Yost needed just 59 seconds to fall Wood, but the mental prep took considerably longer. “I walked behind the bleachers for an hour. Just telling myself, I’m going to win, I deserve to win, no one can beat me…and it showed,” Yost said. “We put countless hours in, practicing for district/regional/state. To beat our competition, we have to work better. We do two-a-days. Lift. Wrestle hard. It’s all worth it.” Baker County senior James Barnett came back for third after a loss in the quarters to Thomas, with a 12-1 major over Janson in the consi semis and then pinning Bishop Snyder sophomore Pedro Velez in 1:55 for third place. Velez punched his ticket to Bolles with a 7-3 decision over Thomas.

182 — Seventh-ranked Westside senior Calvin Altman finally broke through for a title, defending his home mat with a pin and decision as the Wolverines’ lone titlist of the day. He pinned Bishop Snyder junior Thomas Graden (1:37) in the semis, setting up a finals match against fourth-ranked Clay junior Abbott Taylor (7-1 over Fernandina Beach junior Nathan Manning). Altman nearly worked a fall, then held off Taylor’s late charge for a 9-7 decision as the building erupted and a fan did a cartwheel onto the mats. “It’s super big. I got to wrestle a state qualifier, but last year I was one match short, on points, so I came in thinking, I’m a state qualifier, too,” Altman said. “That’s how I felt. I’ve been wrestling for three years, and it’s all about getting your mind right, not about muscling. If one move doesn’t work, go to the next one. Last year, I was scared to take shots. I ain’t scared this year. With my quickness, I can score on anybody.” Graden came back for third with a 37-second fall in the consi semis over Yulee’s Will Harvey, then won with an 8-4 decision in the third-place match over Manning, who’d punched his ticket to Bolles with a 24-second fall over West Nassau’s Justin Curry.

195 — Top-ranked Clay senior Kurt Jackson pinned his way through the tournament, with three falls, collecting the Blue Devils’ seventh title on the day. Jackson falled West Nassau’s Cameron Chavarria (:36) in the quarters and Fernandina Beach’s Uriah Giedrys (4:34) in the semis, to take on ninth-ranked Raines senior Jevonte Hagan (7-1 over Baker County junior Josh Ossmann, 4:22 over Yulee junior David Crawford) in the final. Jackson was able to work his third fall in 1:47 for the title. “I need to get back to my old blast double, had it since freshman year at Middleburg, and I need more hard motion overall,” Jackson said. “I’ve been rolling with Connor Green in the practice room to get that motion going. I have to move against him. Otherwise, getting ready is mostly the same old, same old. Still get in the zone, focus on what I want and go get it.” Crawford had two max-point wins on the back side for third, first pinning Chavarria in 2:27 in the consi semis, then winning the third-place match by disqualification over Ossmann, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 3-2 win over Giedrys.

220 — Seventh-ranked Baker County senior Blake Dicks had two wins for the Wildcats, earning their third weight-class championship in the process. Dicks pinned Fernandina Beach junior Robbie Elefterion in 3:25 in the semis, setting up to wrestle ninth-ranked Clay sophomore Joe Grelli (3:45 over Yulee sophomore Bradley Durrance) in the final. There, Dicks scored a takedown and was able to get out from bottom for a 3-0 victory. “I missed a few meets early on, with an injury. I was a 70-pounder, then my shoulder happened and there was nothing I could do but sit around and put on a bunch of weight. So I just tried to muscle up to make it at 220. Either he got a lot better or I was lucky the first time, I don’t know,” Dicks said, referring to his pin over Grelli at district duals at Yulee in early January. “(Winning over a Clay wrestler) gives us all something to work for. Feels good to be one of the only kids that beat them. We know they compete good on the state level, so if we beat them, we should be able to, also.” Durrance wrestled back to third with two pins, first falling West Nassau’s Daniel Boylan in 3;15 in the consi semis, then winning by fall in 1:38 in the third-place match over Elefterion, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a bye.

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Yulee wrestlers and coaches mug for the camera following the Hornets’ runnerup showing Saturday at the 1A-District 3 traditional tournament hosted by Westside HS in Jacksonville (Photo submitted by Dana Crawford via Facebook).

285 — Third-ranked Yulee senior McKenzie Lewis powered through a pair of decisions in taking the title, first winning in the semifinals, 7-3, over Raines senior Jamon Goodwine, to reach the finals against seventh-ranked Clay senior Ryan Rivers (1:42 over Westside freshman Ray Bolden). In the final, Lewis was able to work enough offense to take a 5-3 decision and win the bracket. “It shows me where I’m at. Last year, I lost by two to him at district,” Lewis said. “I’ve put in the work to get ready and I’ve had my revenge. Coach is going to put us through some serious work (this week in practice). I’m going to do as much as I can to get ready for regionals, because I have to be ready to match up against Clay and Wakulla and Bishop Kenny.” Goodwine came back for third, with a medical-forfeit win in the consi semis, then needed 55 seconds in the third-place match to pin Bolden, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a fall in 3:31 over West Nassau’s Tre’Von Gray.

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#RoadToTheShow: 1A-District 1 Recap

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Bay wrestlers and coaches celebrate the Tornadoes’ first title since 2004 with a victory in the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament Saturday at South Walton HS (Photo submitted by Vern Barth).

North Florida Matmen staff report

SANTA ROSA BEACH — It was expected that the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament could be a tough fight.

But six points separating first from third? That kind of tough fight is always hard to predict.

And the three teams in the midst of that fight all could claim something good in their favor after the smoke cleared Saturday evening at South Walton HS.

Bay won the team title, scoring 141 points along the way, with eight qualifiers for the 1A-Region 1 tournament at Bolles School in Jacksonville on February 23-24.

The Tornadoes needed pins at both 220 and 285 in the final round to claim the district title; once both were secured, Bay had won its first district title since 2004.

The host Seahawks finished second, with 139 points, but could claim the most individual titles won in the district (four), with seven of nine wrestlers advancing to regions.

And third-place Marianna, with 135 points, walked away with the most region qualifiers in the district (nine in all), including a pair of titlists.

But every one of the 10 teams got a little something in the way of positives. First up would be fourth-place Rutherford, which was not projected to score quite so highly, but that’s what the Rams did, with 107 points, eight kids out of nine moving on, and one champion.

Arnold finished fifth with 101.5 points, advancing seven wrestlers to regions, including one champion. Bozeman, in sixth with 89.5 points, had one champion and six qualifiers, while seventh-place Mosley had two champs, five qualifiers, and 88 points. Wewahitchka moved three wrestlers on to regions, with 55.5 points, while North Bay Haven qualified two for 24.5 points and Rocky Bayou Christian had one qualifier and 8.5 points.

A complete summary of the 14 weight classes follows:

106 — Fifth-ranked Mosley sophomore Dawson Bevens tied up the rivalry with second-ranked Bozeman 8th grader Nicholas Hejke in taking the title. Bevens opened with a fall in 4:44 over Bay freshman Jaime Balmeceda in the semis to set up the meeting with Hejke (:37 over Rutherford freshman Colin Dutton). Bevens found enough offense in the finals to hold off Hejke, 3-1, for the title. Dutton came back to finish third, teching Arnold’s Jackson Gibson (20-5 in 5 minutes) in the consi semis, then survived a wild 16-12 third-place match against Balmeceda, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 32-second fall over Rocky Bayou’s Gavin Barber.

113 — Marianna junior Neal Smith pinned his way through the bracket, needing just 2:04 to win the championship. Smith falled Bozeman’s Justin Johnson (:22) in the quarters and Rutherford sophomore Shaun Dubroca (:23) in the semis, to match up in the finals with Mosley sophomore Cameron Bevens (:13 over Rocky Bayou’s Joshua Pruitt, 6-2 over Arnold sophomore Will Ashby). Smith had to go past the first minute, but the result was the same: a fall in 1:19 for the title. Ashby came back to claim third place with two pins of his own, first over Wewahitchka’s Conner Roberts (:22) in the consi semis, then a second fall in 4:44 for third over Dubroca, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 33-second fall over North Bay Haven’s Lucas Biddle.

120 — Third-ranked Bozeman senior DJ Hanson had bonus points in every round of the tournament to win the bracket, the Bucks’ lone title of the day. Hanson pinned Marianna’s Dustin Arnold (:41) in the quarters, then falled Arnold’s Spencer Korol in 3:22 in the semis to set up a finals matchup of two prior district champions, against Wewahitchka sophomore Jaden Moseley (3:41 over Bay sophomore Brandon Hermes, 2:30 over Rutherford sophomore Chase Dubroca). Hanson held the upper hand in the final, taking a 15-4 major for the title. Dubroca came back for third with two pins, first in 3:34 over Arnold in the consi semis, then earning a fall in 1:20 for third place over Hermes, who punched his ticket to Bolles with a 12-5 decision over Korol.

126 — Top-ranked South Walton junior Ethan Pickren pinned his way to the title, without going past the first period in so doing. Pickren had three falls, pinning Marianna’s Chris Calhoun (1:00) in the quarters and Bozeman junior Brian Zerr (1:32) in the semis. That set up a finals match with Wewahitchka junior Jonathan Harvey (2:45 over Mosley’s Jaylan Griffin, 9-8 over Arnold junior Griffin Hebert). In the final, Pickren was able to collect the third fall in 1:08 for the bracket win. Hebert would come back for third behind two pins, first in 1:59 over Bay’s Jeremiah O’Neal in the consi semis, and then again in 1:47 for third place over Zerr, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a fall in 2:41 over Griffin.

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South Walton wrestlers and coaches celebrate a runnerup showing in the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament Saturday at home (Photo submitted by Travis Laxton via Facebook).

132 — Third-ranked South Walton junior Seth Weinthal had two wins to take the title, beginning with a fall in 2:42 in the semis over Bozeman 8th-grader Wylie DeBarr. Weinthal then matched up with Bay senior Aaron Curry (4:30 over Mosley’s Lonnie Bell, 2:50 over Wewahitchka’s Dylan Jacobs) in the final. Weinthal controlled the pace in the finals, with enough attacks for a 12-7 decision. Marianna junior Trenton Faust, who’d lost to DeBarr in the quarters by fall, came back for third place with a fall in 1:51 over Jacobs in the consi semis, then taking a fall in the third-place match over DeBarr, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a fall in 3:08 over Bell.

138 — Third-ranked South Walton junior Dylan Haman had to take three wins to win the title, with a pair of falls and a decision. Haman pinned Marianna’s Jacob Crenshaw in the quarters (:46) and Arnold sophomore Justin Ivy in the semis (3:15) to set up a finals meeting with Bay senior Tim Messick (1:45 over North Bay Haven’s James DeClerk, 2:42 over Mosley sophomore Logan Gall). Haman generated enough offense in the final to secure a 5-2 win for first place. Gall would come back for third with a 57-second consi semi fall over Crenshaw, then took an 8-1 decision in the third-place match over Ivy, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a fall in 2:40 over DeClerk.

145 — Rutherford junior Keivontie Logan also won the bracket with three ‌wins for the Rams’ lone title, starting with a 15-0 in 4:20 tech fall over Arnold’s John Vinson, then falling Wewahitchka’s Blake Lynn in 3:29 to reach the finals and South Walton freshman Chase Maddox (9-7 overtime win over Marianna senior Ethan Ellis). In a close final, Logan was able to pull out a 7-5 decision for the weight-class win. Bay sophomore Kyle Roper, who’d lost by tech fall to Ellis in the quarters, came back to finish third behind a fall in 1:30 over Lynn in the consi semis, and a medical forfeit over Ellis — who was battling illness — in the third place match. Ellis punched his ticket for Bolles with a 23-second fall over Mosley’s Kaydon Lester.

152 — Top-ranked Arnold senior Drew St Amant nearly scored maximum points in taking the Marlins’ lone title, with two pins and a tech fall. St Amant pinned Rutherford’s Matthew Richards (1:02) in the quarters and Rocky Bayou sophomore Wyatt Kirkpatrick (1:20) in the semis, to take on Marianna sophomore John Maddox (1:23 over South Walton’s Joseph Gajewski, 3:03 over Mosley junior Garrison Kovacs). St Amant needed to go into the third period, but got the 15-0 tech fall shutout for the title. Kovacs would come back to take third with two pins, first in 4:04 over Richards in the consi semis and the second one in 1:45 for third place over Kirkpatrick, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a 10-8 win over Gajewski.

160 — Third-ranked Mosley senior Jarred Pitts also had three wins for first place and the 1A Dolphins’ second title, opening with a fall over Rocky Bayou’s Tyler DiGennaro (1:31) and then pinning Bozeman junior Chase Wyzard (3:57) in the semis. Pitts then took on Arnold senior Sam Buatu (1:19 over Marianna’s Christian Cossan, 3:25 over South Walton senior Gunnar Nebel) in the final, setting the pace in a 7-3 decision for the title victory. Nebel would finish third behind two back-side pins, first in 3:56 over Bay’s Hunter Hayes in the consi semis, then in 2:56 in the third-place match over Wyzard, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a 12-11 decision over Cossan.

170 — Fourth-ranked South Walton junior Harris Barton had bonus points in each round of the tournament, bookending a major with two pins for the Seahawks’ fourth title of the day. Barton falled Rocky Bayou’s Hunter Bedner (:56) in the quarters, then majored Marianna sophomore Corey Davis, 15-4‌, in the semis. Barton then faced Bozeman junior Caleb Ward (3:21 over Bay’s Davis Whitfield, 10-4 over North Bay Haven senior Aidan Campbell), needing just 1:47 to collect a fall and the bracket. Davis came back for third behind two pins, the first in 4:36 over Whitfield in the consi semis, and the second in 1:50 for third place over Campbell, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a 16-9 decision over Arnold’s Chase Green.

182 — Bay senior Andrew Luzny pinned his way through the bracket, with a pair of third-period falls. Luzny falled Bozeman’s Curtis Earnest in 4:31 in the semis, to match up with South Walton junior Mason Levasseur (:32 over Rocky Bayou’s Anthony Clymer, 7-3 over Rutherford sophomore D’ontae Newton) in the final. There, Luzny collected the fall in 4:16 (setting the stage for his bigger teammates to come) and the bracket win. Marianna junior Jonah Mercer, who’d lost in sudden victory (16-11) to Newton in the quarters, would come back for third behind three wins, first in :53 over Clymer in the consi quarters, 9-7 in sudden victory over Earnest in the consi semis, and then 9-8 in the third-place match over Newton, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a fall in 2:19 over North Bay Haven’s Thomas Adkinson.

195 — Top-ranked Marianna senior Cole Maddox pinned his way through the bracket, with two falls, for the 1A Bulldogs’ second title. In the semis, Maddox pinned Bay’s Kurt Stephens in 42 seconds, matching up with North Bay Haven third-ranked senior Garrett Hester (2:59 over fifth-ranked Wewahitchka senior Malachi Davenport) in the final. Maddox had to go into the second period, but collected the fall nevertheless, in 2:25 for the bracket. Davenport would come back to claim third place with a bye in the consi semis, then won by fall in 2:54 in the third-place match over Rutherford’s Xavier Stillgess, who punched his ticket for Bolles with a 15-9 decision over Stephens.

220 — Fifth-ranked Bay senior Brandon Jackson pinned his way through the bracket, with three falls in all. Jackson pinned South Walton’s Cole Anderson (1:38) in the quarters, then Rutherford freshman Elton Rumph (4:26) in the semis, to square off against fourth-ranked Arnold junior Casey Peppers (:11 over Wewahitchka’s Cody Finch, 7-1 over Marianna junior Noah Johnson) in the final. Unlike the previous week at Bay County, Jackson held the upper hand, with a fall in 4:32 for first place. Rumph came back for third place, with a fall in 57 seconds over Finch in the consi semis, then majoring Johnson, 20-11, in the third-place match. Johnson punched his ticket for Bolles with an 8-6 decision over Anderson.

285 — Fifth-ranked Bay senior Justin Pippin secured the team title for the Hurricanes, and their third individual title, by pinning his way through without going past the first period. Pippin falled Arnold sophomore Josh Young in 1:56 in the semis, squaring off against Rutherford sophomore Jonathan Heller (:50 over Marianna sophomore Jason Rudd) in the final. Pippin needed just 58 seconds to win the bracket, by fall. Rudd came back for third behind a bye in the consi semis and then a fall in 1:45 in the third-place match over Young, who survived a wild 13-12 decision over Mosley’s Logan Strickland to punch his ticket for Bolles.

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#RoadToTheShow: 1A-District 4 Recap

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Bishop Kenny wrestlers and coaches celebrate a fifth consecutive 1A-District 4 team title Saturday afternoon at Bolles School in Jacksonville (Photo submitted by Maria Schloth).

North Florida Matmen staff report

JACKSONVILLE — Having 14 weights covered by the squad is no guarantor of success in a post-season competition.

But when each individual wrestler also averages more points per person than any of the other teams can say, success is a lock.

Fourth-ranked Bishop Kenny not only had the numbers, their numbers produced the points Saturday at the 1A-District 4 traditional tournament hosted by Bolles, as the Crusaders qualified all 14 wrestlers for the 1A-Region 1 tournament, back at Bolles on February 23-24, earning seven weight-class titles en route to a 224-point team performance.

That was enough to give Bishop Kenny an 83-point cushion over runnerup Pedro Menendez, which finished with 141 points and two championships. The Falcons moved through 13 wrestlers to the region level.

The host Bulldogs were third in the tournament, finishing with 128.5 points and one champion. Ten Bolles wrestlers will represent the school on their home mats for the final time this season. Bradford, with 65.5 points and two champs and four qualifiers, was fourth.

Episcopal had one champion and four qualifiers, good for 51 points and fifth place, while Wolfson, with three qualifiers, was sixth at 40. FSDB had three qualifiers, including one champion, to finish seventh with 38 points.

A summary of the 14 weight classes can be found below:

106 — FSDB 8th grader Luke Boccuzzo secured the first title of the day, and the Dragons’ only one, by pinning his way through the bracket. Boccuzzo falled Episcopal freshman Joe Jackson in 3:26 in the semis to set up a finals match against Bolles 8th grader Jacob Witt (2:57 over Bishop Kenny freshman Ryan Mayer). Boccuzzo scored his second pin in the first period, falling Witt in 1:54 for the title. Jackson would rally for third, falling Mayer in the third period (4:13).

113 — Fourth-ranked Episcopal sophomore Kyle Hopkins had bonus points in both of his Saturday wins, taking the Eagles’ lone title on the day. Hopkins opened with a 28-second fall over FSDB freshman Lance Gardenhire in the semis, to set up a finals match with Pedro Menendez junior Robert Iglesias (2:07 over Bishop Kenny junior Reilly Gentges). Hopkins pressed the pace, securing a bonus point for the Eagles in a 14-6 major decision. Gentges came back to take third with two pins, 1:31 over Wolfson’s Keayon Gray in the consi semis and in 1:49 in the third-place victory over Gardenhire, who punched his Bolles return ticket with a 15-6 major over Bolles’ Denny Vohs.

120 — Fifth-ranked Bishop Kenny senior Jack Delaney needed three wins to take the title, pinning his way through in exactly 4 minutes. Delaney falled Episcopal’s Noah Meyer in the quarters (:35), Pedro Menendez freshman Justin Whitty in the semis (:31) to face off against Bolles sophomore Dalton Posick (1:43 over FSDB 6th-grader Ajani Zahira). Delaney had to go into the second period, but the result was the same — a fall in 2:54 for the championship. Zahira came back for third with two decisions, 12-10 in sudden victory over Meyer in the consi semis and 14-9 in the third-place match over Whitty, who punched his Bolles return ticket with a bye.

126 — Bishop Kenny junior Jack Donghit picked up his first district title, pinning his way through with two falls. Donghit falled Pedro Menendez sophomore Jarrett Ellis in 2:40 in the semis, to take on Bradford freshman James Smith (20-1 tech over FSDB’s Ty Snow and 2:53 over Episcopal freshman Will Thompson). Donghit needed just 35 seconds to take the title, by fall. Ellis came back for third, first with a 7-0 win over Snow in the consi semis and then a 35-second fall of his own in the third-place match over Thompson, who punched his Bolles return ticket with a bye.

132 — In a two-man bracket, just one match was needed to determine the champion. In the finals, Bishop Kenny senior Garrett Tirado needed just 55 seconds to win the title, falling Pedro Menendez senior DeAndre Jones. No third-place match was staged.

Menendez 2nd Kevin Leonard

Pedro Menendez wrestlers and coaches celebrate a 1A-District 4 traditional tournament runnerup finish Saturday afternoon at Bolles School in Jacksonville (Photo submitted by Kevin Leonard).

138 — Ninth-ranked Pedro Menendez freshman Connor Spossey won twice to pick up the title for the Falcons, opening with a second-period fall (3:17) over Bishop Kenny sophomore Syrus Bakkar. Spossey then faced off against Episcopal sophomore Reid Hampton (4:42 over Bolles freshman Marquez Chavez), controlling the scoring in a 13-6 decision for the title. Chavez came back to place third, falling Bakkar in 1:32.

145 — Third-ranked Bishop Kenny junior Andrew Slade set the pace in winning the title, with two pins and decision. He falled Episcopal’s Daniel Cooper in the quarters (1:31) and FSDB’s Tayshaun Smith (:56) in the semis, to face off against fifth-ranked (at 152) Bolles junior KJ Fagan (1:56 over Wolfson freshman Korie Rorie, 11-3 over Pedro Menendez senior Collin Tanner). There, Slade held the upper hand in an 11-5 win for the title. Tanner came back to take third with two wins, 7-5 over Cooper in the consi semis and then 14-2 in the third-place match against Rorie, who punched his Bolles return ticket with a fall in 3:33 over Smith.

152 — Eighth-ranked Bisohp Kenny junior Joey Cusick pinned his way through the bracket, with two falls, the first in 3:20 in the semis over Pedro Menendez freshman Sean Jones. That put Cusick into the finals against Wolfson sophomore Cameron Frison (1:28 over Bradford’s Dylan Mead). Cusick needed just 1:23 in the finals to claim the title, with a fall. Jones came back to take third behind a bye into the third-place match, where he won by fall in 2:14 against Bolles junior JJ Rodriguez, who punched his Bolles return ticket with a 40-second fall over Mead.

160 — Seventh-ranked Bradford senior Logan Montemurro pinned his way to the title, with a pair of falls. Montemurro opened with a third-period fall in the semis over Pedro Menendez senior David Soule (4:27) to reach the final and Bishop Kenny junior Ryan Bell (1:30 over Bolles sophomore Luke Selmont). Montemurro went into the second period in the finals, getting the pin in 2:58 for the title. Soule came back for third, pinning Selmont in 1:47 in the third-place match.

170 — Ninth-ranked Bradford senior Jesse Burch made it back-to-back titles for the Tornadoes, also pinning his way through the bracket. Burch falled Bishop Kenny senior Jimmy Citrano in 59 seconds in the semis, setting up a finals match with Bolles junior CJ Grimes (20-5 tech in 5:43 over Pedro Menendez senior Alex Cathcart). This time, Burch would have to go into the second period, but the fall came nonetheless, this time in 3:45. Citrano would come back for third, decisioning Cathcart by a 15-8 count in the third-place match.

182 — Eighth-ranked Bishop Kenny senior Nick Beenen needed just 46 seconds to win the title. After a bye into the finals, Beenen squared off against Bolles freshman Ethan Asbury (3:58 over Pedro Menendez freshman Dane Litzinger). The final was over fairly quickly, with Beenen winning by fall. Litzinger got a bye in the third-place match.

195 — Pedro Menendez junior Austyn Holsomback also needed a short stint on the mat to win the title, the Falcons’ second of the day. After getting a bye into the finals, Holsomback needed just 47 seconds to pin Bishop Kenny junior Connor Sidman, who’d gotten to the final with a pin in 5:17 over Bolles freshman David Adewale. Adewale received a bye in the third-place match.

220 — Fourth-ranked Bolles senior Mason Yost won twice for the Bulldogs’ lone title of the afternoon. Yost falled Pedro Menendez senior Nick Rose in 1:23 in the semis, to square off with eighth-ranked Bishop Kenny senior John Alexander, who’d received a bye into the finals. In a tight match, Yost held on to take a 3-2 decision for the championship. Rose received a bye in the third-place match.

285 — Top-ranked Bishop Kenny senior Josiah McCallum pinned his way to the title, without having to go past the first period. McCallum needed just 1:02 to fall Pedro Menendez sophomore Mike Solomon in the semis, to face Wolfson senior Keethan Seay in the final (:20 over Bradford freshman Michael Porchiazzo). McCallum needed a little longer, but not much longer, falling Seay in 1:44 for the championship. Solomon rallied to finish third, pinning Porchiazzo in 16 seconds.

Brackets from this tournament can be found here. Region pairings for next week can be found here.

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