South Georgia Matmen staff report
KISSIMMEE, FLA — While it only may have seemed like forever for Camden County to open its competitive wrestling season, their opponents might have wished that the Wildcats just wait out the year.
South Georgia represented very well at this weekend’s Danny Byron Invitational, with Camden rolling to a 501-point total, more than doubling up another Peach State team, Woodland, Cartersville. Lowndes also made its annual foray into this tournament, and the Vikings finished a solid seventh, scoring 143 points. Team scores were not officially kept by the tournament, but were compiled on Trackwrestling.
The tournament has an interesting format. There are three IBT-formatted tournaments going on Friday. Lowndes and several of Camden’s B team competitors were grouped into a “Gold” IBT format, along with Woodland and West Forsyth, but also including a team Camden sees a lot of in the off-season: Fleming Island, FLA.
Meanwhile, most of the Wildcat varsity starting lineup was in a “Blue” IBT format, along with several Florida teams and even a New York team that made the trip. The third IBT was all-Florida, consisting of teams engaging in a conference season opener.
On Saturday, based upon Friday performances, the top two (usually, though three are sometimes taken) at each weight class from each tournament are brought into a Gold Division and contest in roundrobin format from there, with the winner of that considered the champion. Blue and White Divisions are also contested.
Here’s a summary of how South Georgia wrestlers fared. We’ll have separate paragraphs for each weight class, one for Camden and one for Lowndes.
Camden: Riley Dahlgren won the tournament, taking first in the Saturday Gold roundrobin. Dahlgren was 2-0 on Friday with a decision and fall in a three-person roundrobin. He kept up his winning ways on Saturday, with a fall, two victories by injury-default and two decisions, winning over Woodland’s Carson Bailey (5-3 in sudden victory), Fleming’s Hunter Herrington (6-1), Liberty’s Will Valach (fall), and injury-default wins over Freedom’s Lens Mathurin and Woodland’s Junior Rosati. Jacob Fink was second in the Blue bracket. Fink was 0-2 on Friday, with two losses by fall, but won twice on Saturday (pin and 8-7 decision over Lowndes’ Dominic DiTomasso), falling only to West Forsyth’s Chase Murray, 2-1, in the Blue final.
Lowndes: DiTomasso finished third in the Blue division. He was 2-2 on Friday, with a fall in the quarters (over Fink) and a loss by fall in the semis to Bailey. He rallied for a 6-2 consi-semi win, losing by fall to Fleming Island in the third-place match.
Camden: Nathan Orum placed second and DeMarquis Hall third in the tournament. Orum and Hall would finish first and second in their Friday bracket, with Orum taking a tech fall and Hall a decision in the semis. Hall then forfeited to Orum in the final. On Saturday, both were in the Gold roundrobin, where Orum went 4-1 and Hall 3-2. Orum had two pins, an injury-default over Hall, and decision before losing in the final match of the day to Woodland’s Gavin Nix in sudden victory, 3-1. Orum pinned Freedom FLA and Osceola FLA, with a 6-0 win over Fleming. Meanwhile, Hall took two decisions and a major, falling 7-0 to Nix. He decisioned Fleming (4-0) and Osceola (6-4), majoring Freedom (9-1). Chance Marsh was first in the Blue division. Marsh was 3-1 and placed third in his bracket on Friday, with a tech, major and decision after a 3-2 loss in his first match. That first match would be Marsh’s only loss in the tournament, as he went 5-0 on Saturday. After a 6-5 win over Lowndes’ Ethan Gilbert, Marsh added a pin and three decisions (2:39 over Gulf FLA, 2-0 over Arlington NY, 2-0 over Liberty FLA and 2-1 over Celebration FLA). Xavier Belton was first in the White division. Belton was 2-2 and finished fifth in his bracket on Friday, with two pins. Saturday, he would go 3-0 to win the White bracket, with two pins and 2-1 win over Timber Creek FLA in the final.
Lowndes: Gilbert finished second in the Blue division. Gilbert was 2-2 and took fourth in his bracket on Friday, with a pin and decision (5-4, over Belton), but lost to Marsh, 6-4, in the third-place match. Gilbert’s only Saturday loss would be to Marsh as well, but he went on to go 4-1 on the day, with a pin and three decisions (5:48 over Celebration FLA, 2-0 over Gulf FLA, 2-0 over Arlington NY and 2-0 over Liberty FLA).
Camden: John Myers placed fourth in the tournament. On Friday, Myers was 1-1, with a pin and 4-3 loss in the final to Freedom FLA. After three losses to massive competition to start Saturday (including a loss by fall to Woodland’s Kyle Gollhofer in 2:41), Myers finished on a winning note, avenging his Friday loss with a 5-3 sudden-victory win over Freedom FLA and majoring Harmony FLA, 10-1. Kohlby Hopper took second in the Blue roundrobin. Hopper was 2-2 and placed fifth in his Friday bracket, with two pins. On Saturday, he was 4-1 with two pins and two decisions, falling Arlington (:37) and Gulf FLA (3:49), with wins over West Forsyth’s Christian Walker (2-0) and St Cloud FLA (2-1). His only loss was a 2-1 defeat against Timber Creek FLA.
Lowndes: Nathan Lawson was 3-1 and placed third in his bracket on Friday. Lawson had two pins and a decision, losing only to a 2018 state champion from Fleming in the semis. Lawson did not compete on Saturday.
Camden: Tyler Crew placed second and Caleb Picard sixth in the tournament. Crew was 2-0 on Friday, winning his bracket behind a fall and 10-0 major in the final over Arlington NY. Saturday saw Crew fall only to Woodland’s Caleb Hanson, 9-2, in round 2, but otherwise he racked up plenty of bonus points, with a tech (over Celebration FLA), 9-0 major (over Arlington NY), and two injury-default victories over Picard and Osceola FLA. After Picard lost by fall to Hanson in his first Friday match, he had two pins, a major and decision, battling all the way back for true second, edging Fleming in sudden victory in the true-second match. Saturday was a tougher go, as Picard was 0-5, but two of those losses were by just three points against Osceola and Celebration. Daniel Fredericks placed fifth in the Blue division. On Friday, Fredericks was 1-3 and placed fourth in his bracket, with one pin. On Saturday, Fredericks finished with a 1-4 day, including a 2-1 win over St Cloud FLA.
Lowndes: Matthew Frech was 2-2 and placed fifth in his bracket on Friday. Frech had two pins (both over Fredericks), losing to Fleming in the semis and to Picard (by fall) in the consi semis. Frech did not compete on Saturday.
Camden: Nick Krug placed second in the tournament. Krug was 1-1 on Friday, with a fall in the semis, but then fell, 4-3, to Arlington’s Dennis Robin, in the final. On Saturday, Krug went 4-1, again with a loss by just a point, with a pin (over Harmony FLA), tech (over Liberty FLA), major (8-0 over Woodland’s Easton Bishop) and decision (over Robin, 6-2). He fell only to Woodland’s Caden McCrary, 5-4, in round 4 of the roundrobin. Kaleb Clark placed first in the Blue division. Clark was 4-1 and placed third in his bracket, with a fall, two decisions and a major. He fell, 1-0, in the quarters to Bishop, but then won three on the back, including a 9-0 third-place win over Lowndes’ Andrew Adams. On Saturday, Clark again went 4-1 with a major and three decisions, losing only to West Forsyth’s Brody Knapp. He took a major over Harmony FLA and wins over Arlington, University-Orlando FLA and Adams.
Lowndes: Adams took third in the Blue division. Adams was 2-2 on Friday and placed fourth in his bracket, with a pin and 19-5 major decision. On Saturday, Adams went 3-2 with a major and two decisions, losing only to University-Orlando FLA by fall and by a 2-1 count to Clark. Adams did major Knapp by a 10-2 count, with wins over Arlington NY and Harmony FLA.
Camden: Nathaniel Santos placed fifth in the tournament. Santos was 2-0 with two pins on Friday, needing 17 seconds in the final over Arlington NY. Saturday was tougher sledding, as Santos was 1-4 on the day, with his lone win coming by injury-default in the final round over Harmony FLA. In round 1, Santos fell to Woodland’s Cody Cochran, 13-3. Porter Bryant took second in the White bracket. Bryant was 1-2 on Friday, reaching the consi semis of his bracket, where he lost by fall to West Forsyth’s Adam Galvan. He had a major in the consi quarters. Bryant was 1-1 on Saturday, with a decision in the semis and 2-1 loss to South Lake FLA in the final.
Lowndes: Addison Platt took third in the Blue division. Platt was 1-2 on Friday, taking fourth in his bracket, with one pin. He lost by tech in the consi semis and 7-3 in the third-place match to Galvan. On Saturday, Platt went 3-2, with three pins over Timber Creek FLA, Tohopekaliga FLA and Celebration FLA, losing by fall to Galvan in round 2.
Camden: P.A. Ferguson placed second in the tournament. Ferguson was 1-1 on Friday, with a fall and 4-3 loss in the final to South Lake FLA. Ferguson avenged that loss on Saturday, winning 5-4, and picked up three other wins (tech over Poinciana FLA, fall over Osceola FLA) and fall over Lowndes’ Jackson Lawson (5:19), losing only to Woodland’s Jaxon Smith, 7-4, in round 4. Robert Henderson took first in the White division. Henderson was 0-2 in Friday’s wrestling, losing by fall to Lowndes’ Lawson in the quarters. On Saturday, Henderson was 4-0, with three pins over Gateway FLA, Celebration FLA and Harmony FLA, decisioning a second Harmony wrestler, 2-0, in the final.
Lowndes: Lawson placed fourth in the tournament. Lawson was 2-1 on Friday, with a fall, decision (11-7 in the semis over West Forsyth’s Ethan Rickert) and a 13-4 loss to Woodland’s Jaxon Smith in the final. On Saturday, Lawson went 2-3, pinning Osceola FLA and Poinciana FLA, with losses including Ferguson in round 5 and Smith (5:34) in round 3.
Camden: Tyler Dahlgren won the tournament with a spotless weekend record. On Friday, Dahlgren had a pair of decisions, edging Arlington, 5-4, in the final. His run continued through Saturday, with falls over Osceola FLA (1:55), Harmony FLA (2:41), Woodland’s Caleb Jones (3:15), Arlington (1:17) and a 2-1 win over Fleming in the final round, which determined the champion. Tavarus Lampkin took second in the White division. Lampkin was 1-3 and placed sixth in his Friday bracket, with one pin on the day. He had losses by fall to West Forsyth’s Troy Rickert (1:46) and Jones (2:39). On Saturday, Lampkin was 2-1, with a decision and injury default win, falling 7-3 to Cypress Creek FLA in the “title” match of the division, contested in roundrobin format.
Lowndes: Canyon Hebb took fourth in the Blue division. Hebb was 2-2 and placed fourth in his Friday bracket, with a pin and wild 19-17, sudden-victory decision. Hebb lost by fall in the semis to Rickert (2:56) and to Jones (:14) in the third-place match. Saturday, Hebb was 2-3, with falls in the first two rounds over Timber Creek FLA and Poinciana FLA, but then fell, 15-14, to Rickert in round 3 and injury-defaulted out of his last two rounds.
Camden: Raydan Wilder won the tournament and Omega Clark placed second. Wilder rolled through Friday with two wins (tech & pin in 1:18 over Arlington in the final). Wilder didn’t slow down on Saturday, going 5-0 with a fall (over Freedom FLA), two techs (over Liberty FLA and Osceola FLA), an injury-default win (over Lowndes’ Gareth Chaney) and 2-0 round 3 win over Clark, which effectively decided the title. Meanwhile, Clark was 2-1 and second in his Friday bracket, majoring West Forsyth’s Ibriam Eminov (8-0) in the semis before losing by fall in 23 seconds to Lowndes’ Gareth Chaney. On Saturday, Clark powered his way to three majors (Freedom FLA, 10-2 over Chaney, and Liberty FLA) and an injury-default win over Osceola, losing only to Wilder. William Blount took first in the White division. Blount was 3-2 on Friday and placed fifth in his bracket, with a major and two pins. He lost, 11-7, in the quarters to Chaney, but came back for fifth after a consi semi 8-5 loss to Eminov. He falled Woodland’s Tommy Duke in 1:35 for fifth. On Saturday, Blount had a decision (Harmony FLA) and two falls (Gateway FLA and 1:50 over a second Osceola wrestler in the final).
Lowndes: Chaney placed fifth in the tournament. Chaney was 3-0 on Friday, with wins all against Georgia wrestlers (11-7 over Blount, 6-2 over Duke and a fall in 23 seconds over Clark). On Friday, Chaney finished 1-4, with his lone victory a pin over Liberty, and injury-defaulted out of his last two rounds.
Camden: Hunter Malson won the tournament and Cody Herrin placed second. On Friday, Malson was 3-1 and placed third in his bracket after an opening-round loss. He had pins over South Lake FLA, Arlington NY and a tech for third over Freedom FLA. On Saturday, Malson would not lose a match, with a decision over St Cloud FLA, tech fall over Freedom FLA and pins over South Lake (avenging the Friday loss) and Fleming. Meanwhile, Herrin was 3-0 on Friday and won his bracket, with an injury-default win over West Forsyth’s Creston Lorenzo and fall in 1:01 over Lowndes’ Colby Strawder, going on to win by fall in 2:40 in the final over Fleming. Herrin also didn’t lose a match on Saturday with a major over South Lake, decision over Fleming and pins over Freedom and St Cloud. Malson and Herrin did not wrestle in round 3, but Malson took the title by virtue of slightly more points scored in the roundrobin (his tech, vs. Herrin’s major, made the difference). Josh Morton took third in the Blue division. On Friday, Morton was 2-2 and reached the consi semis in his bracket, with an injury-default win over Lorenzo and fall, losing by fall to Woodland’s Blake Cash in the consi semis. Morton was 3-2 on Saturday, with pins over Celebration FLA and Freedom FLA to start, with a third pin over Strawder in round 4. He did lose by fall to Cash a second time to wrap up the day.
Lowndes: Strawder took fifth in the Blue division. On Friday, Strawder was 1-2 and reached the consi semis of his bracket, with one pin. Strawder went 1-4 on Saturday, with a fall over Freedom FLA. He lost by fall to Cash in 24 seconds in the first Saturday match of the day.
Camden: Rafael Wilkerson won the tournament. Wilkerson dominated his bracket on Friday, with a tech fall in the semis and fall in 5:55 over Arlington NY in the final. On Saturday, Wilkerson was 4-1 with a pin and three decisions (fall over St Cloud FLA and decisions over Arlington, Fleming and Woodland’s Bryce Shedd by a 2-1 score). He did sustain a 2-1 loss to a second Fleming wrestler, but won the title based on head-to-head win. Deonte Dozier took fifth place in the Blue division. Dozier was 1-2 on Friday, with one pin in a day that ended in the consi quarters, incluidng a loss by fall to Woodland’s Bryce Shedd in the quarters. Saturday saw Dozier go 1-4, with a 6-2 win over Freedom FLA and losses that included losses by fall to West Forsyth’s Jackson Wells and Lowndes’ Kade Clark.
Lowndes: Clark took fourth place in the Blue division. Clark was 2-2 and reached the consi semis of his bracket on Friday, with two pins. On Saturday, Clark was 2-3, with a pair of pins over Dozier and Freedom FLA, losing in the first round of the roundrobin by fall to Wells.
Camden: Myles Starke won the tournament with a perfect record. Starke had a fall and major over Freedom FLA in the final on Friday, coming back just as solidly on Saturday. He collected a fall (Arlington), major (Freedom) and three decisions (2-1 over Woodland’s Demarcus Williams, Harmony FLA and Fleming, 2-1, for the title).
Lowndes: Peyton Gunn took fifth place in the Blue division. Gunn was 2-2 and placed fourth in his Friday bracket, with two pins and losses by fall to two Georgia wrestlers, Williams in the semis and West Forsyth’s Spencer Bovenizer in the third-place match. On Saturday, Gunn was 1-4, with his only victory coming in the final round over Celebration FLA. He lost by fall a second time to Bovenizer in round 3 during the course of the day.
Camden: Garrett Gaston placed third in the tournament. On Friday, Gaston won his bracket, with a fall and 14-3 major in the final over University-Orlando FLA. Saturday saw Gaston go 3-2 in placing third, with a fall (Freedom FLA), injury default (over West Forsyth’s Matt Jacobs) and 2-1 win over University-Orlando. In round 4, he fell to Lowndes’ Brandon Gutierrez, 2-1. DeAnthony Hendrix took second in the Blue division. Hendrix was 2-2 and placed third on Friday. After losing his first match, Hendrix had a pin and fall (over the wrestler who beat him, in the third-place match), then lost by fall to Jacobs for true second, in 3:07.
Lowndes: Gutierrez had the Vikings’ best showing on the weekend, taking second in the tournament. Gutierrez was 2-0 on Friday, with a pair of decisions, including a 4-1 win in the final over Jacobs. On Saturday, Gutierrez had a fall (Freedom FLA), injury default (over Jacobs) and two decisions (University-Orlando and Gaston, falling 2-1 in the final match of the day to Osceola FLA in what was essentially the title match.
Camden: Hayden Malson placed third and Brian Jones fourth in the tournament. Malson pinned his way through his Friday, with two first-period pins, the second over Freedom FLA in 53 seconds in the final. On Saturday, Malson went 2-3, with a forfeit over Jones and pin over Gateway FLA, but then fell in each of his final three matches, including a 2-0 loss to West Forsyth’s Dylan Fairchild in round 4. Meanwhile, Jones was 3-1 on Friday, placing third in his bracket, with two pins and a forfeit in the third-place match over Woodland’s Jaymie Jacobo. Jones also was 2-3 on Saturday, with decisions over Gulf FLA and Gateway FLA, and lost by fall in round 2 to Fairchild, in 1:40.
Lowndes: Tyler McKinnon took first in the Blue division. He had a rough day on Friday, going 0-2 with a 7-5 loss in consis to Jacobo. On Saturday, McKinnon rallied to go 4-1 with three pins (Freedom FLA, Harmony FLA and Jacobo) and a forfeit over Arlington NY, with only a 12-7 loss to Poinciana FLA. Three wrestlers were 4-1 in the Blue roundrobin, with McKinnon’s team points the difference in him taking first.
Complete results from the tournament can be found here.
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