Knockout Recap: Camden Wins 4th Straight

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Camden County wrestlers are all smiles after winning their fourth consecutive Knockout Christmas Classic Saturday evening at Osceola HS in Kissimmee, FL (Photo submitted via Facebook to Camden County Wrestling Club page).

South Georgia Matmen staff report

KISSIMMEE, FL — Other teams brought the firepower to the Knockout Christmas Classic this past weekend at Osceola HS.

No team, though, in the 39-team field brought the same level of consistency across the weight classes that Camden brought, and the Wildcats were able to successfully defend their title for the third straight year.

Camden County held off Florida’s strongest public school, Lake Gibson, and in-state rival Woodland, Cartersville for the title, the Wildcats’ fourth in as many years, with 191 points to those teams’ 185. Cleveland TN was fourth with 149, followed by Punta Gorda Charlotte, a Florida team, fifth with 144.5.

Locally, Valdosta was 16th with 78 points and Colquitt was 24th with 55.

Other Georgia teams in the tournament were Collins Hill (eighth, 130), Woodward Academy (12th, 110.5), Brookwood (14th, 91.5), Union Grove (29th, 40.5) and North Gwinnett (34th, 31).

Below follows a brief recap of each weight class. We will also note each wrestler from Camden, Valdosta and Colquitt as they appear and as they performed in the tournament:

106 —
Highlight: Cleveland’s Trae McDaniel had a fall, two majors and two decisions, shutting out Jensen Beach FL’s Dylan Layton (2 pins/2 decisions prior to final), 9-0, for the bracket win.
Darrell Rochester, Valdosta: Placed fifth and reached the quarterfinals. Rochester had wins on the front over Dobyns Bennett’s Caden Dobbins (7-0) and Countryside’s Steven Nguyen (3:13), falling to McDaniel, 8-4, in the quarters. On the backside, Rochester had wins over Orlando Freedom’s Erick Rocher (10-1) and Lake Gibson’s Jesse Gehr (4-2), falling, 6-0, to Oviedo Hagerty FL’s Ryan Rowland, 6-0. Rochester then pinned Camden’s DeMarquis Hall in the fifth-place match, in 3:14.
Hall: Placed sixth and reached the quarterfinals. Hall won by DQ over Fleming Island FL’s Hunter Herrington and pinned Gehr in 3:18, losing by fall to Layton in 3:20 in the quarters. Hall pinned Freedom’s Lens Mathurin (1:20) and decisioned Nguyen, 5-1, on the back before falling to Charlotte’s Andrew Austin, 14-2, in the consi semis.
Riley Dahlgren, Camden: Went 3-2 in the tournament, taking a front-side loss to Woodland’s Carson Bailey, 3-2. Dahlgren had three wins on the back: fall over Miami Columbus’ Christian Guzman (:14), 6-1 decision over Cleveland’s Arlo Laxton, and a 15-6 major over Wade Husing of Chariho, RI. He fell to Mathurin, 3-2, in consi round 5.
Jayson Brown, Colquitt: Was 0-2 in the tournament, losing by tech fall to Tampa Prep’s Ethan Mojena (15-0 in 2:09) on the front side and by fall on the back to Thompson AL’s Blaise Albarado in 1:29.

113 —
Highlight: Thompson’s Dylan Lesueur powered through five decisions, the last of those a 9-8 win over Cleveland’s Jackson Bradford (tech & 3 decisions prior to final).
Nathan Orum, Camden: Placed third and reached the semifinals. Orum pinned Fleming Island’s Riley Holton (5:52), majored Columbus’ Robert Dusendang (8-0) and teched teammate John Myers (16-1 in 5:41) before falling to Lesueur, 5-4, in the semis. Orum shut out Lake Gibson’s Chase Ayers, 4-0, in the consi semis, and rode out Woodland’s Gavin Nix, 1-0, in the third-place match.
Myers: Placed fifth and reached the quarterfinals. Myers had front-side wins over Countryside’s Ethan Grimes (15-0 tech in 4:47) and Collins Hill’s Powell Gilbert (2-1) before facing Orum. On the back, Myers stopped Tallahassee Florida High’s Brooks Dyer, 3-1, and shut down Hillcrest SC’s Treavell Westfield, 7-1, in the blood round before losing by fall to Nix (4:48) in the consi semis. He closed off Ayers’ offense in the fifth-place match, winning 2-0.
Kaleb Davis, Valdosta: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Davis downed Florida High’s Emil Ganim, 9-6, before falling to Bradford by tech fall (18-3 in 4:39) in the round of 16. Davis pinned Grimes in 4:14 in consi round 4 before falling to Dobyns Bennett’s Brennan Watkins, 4-0, in consi round 5.
Ethan Sellers, Colquitt: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with two back side wins. Sellers lost by fall to Westfield in 2 minutes, but rallied with pins over Jensen Beach’s Eli Davenport (1:39) and Freedom’s Andrew Aja (1:49) before losing by tech fall to Dyer (15-0 in 4:51).

120 —
Highlight: Woodland, Cartersville’s Kyle Gollhofer had four pins and a 16-3 major, with his fourth pin coming at 3:11 over Charlotte’s Donovan Cataldi (pin, 2 majors & decision prior to final).
Tyler Crew, Camden: Placed third and reached the semifinals. Crew pinned Winter Springs FL’s Allen Maxwell (:28) and decisioned Fleming Island’s Briar Jackson (2-0), before losing, 10-2, to Cataldi in the semis. Crew had two decisions on the back, downing Southwest Miami’s Sebastian Melguizo (11-4) in the consi semis and Collins Hill’s Joey Felix, 5-0, in the third-place match.
Jordan Hampton, Valdosta: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with two back side wins. Hampton fell to Thompson’s James Latona, 7-6, on the front, but came back with two bonus-point wins over Colquitt’s Caden Summerlin (fall in 4:06) and Cleveland’s Charles Randall (14-2). He then lost to Jackson, 10-7, two rounds short of a medal.
Summerlin: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall on the front to the hosts’ Jaekus Hines (1:01) and then the loss to Hampton.

126 —
Highlight: Woodland, Cartersville’s Caleb Henson pinned his way into the final, then stopped Woodward Academy’s Nick Masters (pin & 3 decisions prior to final) in a battle of unbeaten Peach Staters, 7-5.
Nick Krug, Camden: Placed third and reached the semifinals. Krug had front-side wins over Dobyns Bennett’s Patrick Mitchell (:26), Lake Gibson’s Brendon Abdon (3-0) and Southwest Miami’s Jose Gonzalez (3:10) in the quarters before falling to Masters in double overtime, 6-4. Krug then pinned Abdon in 2:45 in the consi semis, stopping Countryside FL’s Stevie Chopek, 4-2, in the third-place match.
Tyler Lamon, Valdosta: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with a front-side fall over Orange City University FL’s Jonathan Justice (1:06), falling to Thompson’s Chandler Akins, 11-2. He then medical-forfeited out of the tournament.
Heath Massey, Colquitt: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall in 1:19 to Henson on the front side and then a loss by fall in consi round 3 to Freedom’s Brennon Reid, in 2:51.

132 —
Highlight: In what was termed by one local expert as *the* final of the tournament, Woodland, Cartersville’s Caden McCrary (pin, tech & 2 decisions prior to final) was able to get out from bottom in a 2-1, ultimate-tiebreaker over Homestead South Dade’s Bretli Reyna (pin, 2 techs & decision prior to final).
Timmy Brinson, Colquitt: Was 3-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Brinson majored Cleveland’s Garrett Stevenson (10-0) and decisioned Hernando’s Michael Brown (2-0), before falling to Musselman WV’s Joey Miller (1:30) in the round of 16. Brinson pinned Chariho’s Tyler Dumas in 3:00 before falling to Dallastown’s Cael Turnbull, 8-0, in consi round 5.
Caleb Picard, Camden: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with a front-side win. Picard pinned Jensen Beach’s Jacobi Genn in 5:23, but then lost to McCrary by tech fall (20-5 in 4 minutes) in the round of 16. Picard then lost by fall in consi round 4 to Hagerty’s Carl Patrick in 1:35.
Cameron Bradley, Valdosta: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall to Riverdale’s Coleby Barnes in 2:43 on the front side, and then a 6-2 loss by decision to Fleming Island’s Garrett Cole in consi round 3.
John Walsh, Valdosta: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with an 11-1 loss on the front side to Winter Springs’ Tony Stribling and a loss by fall to Turnbull (:59) in consi round 3.

138 —
Highlight: The hosts’ Malyke Hines became the first four-time Knockout champion behind four pins and two decisions, the second of those a 6-3 win over Woodward Academy’s Mathew Singleton (2 pins, major & 2 decisions prior to final).
Austin Paradice, Colquitt: Was 3-2 in the tournament, with all three wins on the back side. After a loss by fall to Chariho’s Kyle Merritt in 5:35, Paradice won three on the bounce, pinning Musselman’s Gabe Leopardi in consi round 2 (4:42), then majoring Freedom’s Moises Toussaint, 12-0, in consi round 3, and overcoming Jackson Hurst of Dobyns Bennett, 9-7 in sudden victory, in consi round 4. He then lost, 13-3, to Cleveland’s Logan Whiteside in consi round 5.
P.A. Ferguson, Camden: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Ferguson pinned Toussaint in 51 seconds, then lost to Merritt, 8-5, in the round of 16. On the back side, Ferguson majored Collins Hill’s JaQuan Reece, 10-2, and then fell to Dallastown’s Brooks Gable, 4-2, in consi round 5.
Nate Taylor, Colquitt: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with both wins on the back side. Taylor lost by fall to Hernando’s Josh Pritz in 1:36 on the front, then decisioned Thompson’s Judah Campbell, 11-6, in consi round 2 and majored Valdosta’s Jordan Brown, 10-0, in consi round 3. He then lost by fall in consi round 4 to Riverdale’s Jared Dinh in :52.
Brown: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall to Lake Gibson’s Shannon Hanna in 1:34 on the front, and the loss to Taylor on the back.

145 —
Highlight: Woodland, Cartersville’s Jaxon Smith won the bracket with a tech fall and four decisions, the last of those over Camden’s only finalist in the tournament, Tyler Dahlgren, but he needed extra time to win over Dahlgren, taking a 6-4 sudden-victory decision.
Dahlgren: Reached the final behind four wins, including pins over Brookwood’s Jakob Feilden (1:26) and Miami Palmetto’s Giancarlo Fuentes (4:54), then majoring Winter Springs’ JJ Contreras, 10-2, in the quarters. Dahlgren then decisioned Southwest Miami’s Julian Hernandez, 4-3, in double-overtime in the semis.
Cedric Wynn, Colquitt: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with a win on the back side. Wynn lost by decision to Brookwood’s Chandler Mullis, 15-8, on the front side, but rallied for a fall over Brentwood Academy TN’s Gus Elliot in 2:46. Wynn lost to Thompson’s Nathan Roberts, 7-2, in consi round 2.

152 —
Highlight: Miami Southridge’s Johnny Lovett won the bracket with a pin and four decisions, the last of those a 14-8 win over Hagerty’s Ethan Woods (2 pins & 2 decisions prior to final).
Raydan Wilder, Camden: Placed fifth and reached the quarterfinals. Wilder picked up front-side wins over Thompson’s Josiah Campbell (fall in 3:40) and decisioned Winter Springs’ Hayden McCandless, 6-2, before falling in the ultimate tiebreaker to Hagerty’s Ethan Woods, 4-2, in the quarters. On the back side, Wilder decisioned Lake Gibson’s Elijah Gray, 4-3, in consi round 6 and then pinned Charlotte’s Lucas Willis in 37 seconds in the blood round. Wilder came up short in the consi semis against Collins Hill’s Lucas DeSilva, 4-2, but came back to shut out Carrollwood Day FL’s Jonathan Conrad, 8-0, in the fifth-place match.
Aushaud Evans, Valdosta: Was 5-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Evans pinned North Gwinnett’s Seth Anderson (2:00) in a pigtail match, but then lost by fall in 2:51 to Lovett. On the back, Evans picked off four wins in a row, pinning Brentwood’s Grant Clark (2:12 in consi round 2) and Countryside’s Chase Niles (2:32 in consi round 3), downing Jensen Beach’s Chris Williams (4-3 in consi round 4) and Woodland’s Caleb Jones (8-6 in consi round 5), before losing by fall to Chariho’s Dominic Bonanno in 2:53 in consi round 6.
Ny’Quavion McBurrows, Colquitt: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with a win on the back side. McBurrows lost by fall to Conrad in 1:44 on the front, then took a victory over Neptune Beach Fletcher’s Tyson Petrie by injury-default in consi round 3. McBurrows then lost by fall in 2:09 to the hosts’ Chase Fuller in consi round 4.

160 —
Highlight: South Dade’s Brevin Balmeceda had three falls in 1:03 and a tech fall in 1:22, but needed all of his defense in six minutes to ride out Lake Gibson’s Miguel Hernandez (pin, major and 2 decisions prior to final), 1-0, for the title.
Omega Clark, Camden: Was 3-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Clark majored Cleveland’s Nate Schillin, 14-5, on the front side, but then fell to Fleming Island’s Tanner Hill, 7-5, in the round of 16. On the back, Clark decisioned Southwest Miami’s
Dominique Dale, Valdosta: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides. Dale majored Charlotte’s Matthew Andou, 15-3, but then fell in the round of 16 to Brookwood’s David Hornsby, 6-3. On the back, Dale decisioned North Gwinnett’s Haller, 8-5, but then lost in consi round 5 by fall to Dallastown’s John Ligon, in 3:49.
Johnathan Wickett, Colquitt: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with a 12-4 loss on the front to Woodward’s Hayes Ogletree, and fell in consi round 2 to Orange City University’s Kale Moore, 14-0.

170 —
Highlight: Tampa Prep’s Colin Nation picked up a pin, tech and three decisions, the last of those in the final over Hillcrest’s Walker Stephenson (3 pins & decision prior to final), 6-3.
Hunter Malson, Camden: Was 2-2 in the tournament, with both wins on the front side. Malson picked up a pair of first-period pins there, falling University-Orange City’s James Houck (1:05) and Fleming Island’s Gavin Smith (1:43), losing by fall to Stephenson in the round of 16. Malson then lost by fall in consi round 4 to Hernando’s Fernando Valdez in 4:44.

182 —
Highlight: Lake Gibson’s Ashton Habeil picked up two falls, two pins and then won by injury default in the final over Riverdale’s Jesse Martinez (3 pins & decision prior to final).
Cody Herrin, Camden: Was 2-2 in the tournament and reached the quarterfinals, with both wins on the front side. Herrin teched Charlotte’s Cade Newton (15-0 in 3:59) and held off Tampa Prep’s Zach White (8-7), falling to Habeil, 12-5, in the quarters. On the back, Herrin lost to Hillcrest’s Dale McKnight, 4-2, in consi round 4.
Demetrius Carter, Colquitt: Was 0-2 in the tournament, with a loss by fall to Miami Palmetto’s Josh Mizelle on the front (1:51) and by fall on the back to South Dade’s Daniel Espino-Delgado in 3:57 in consi round 1.

195 —
Highlight: Countryside’s Anthony Burburija started with two pins, then had two decisions and a major, that last a 12-4 victory in the finals over Woodward Academy’s Malcolm Wiley (2 pins & win by injury default prior to final).
Myles Starke, Camden: Placed sixth in the tournament and reached the quarterfinals. Starke pinned Freedom’s Eric Calderon (:31) and Brookwood’s Samuel Kelly (:59) in the first two rounds, taking an injury-default loss to Wiley in the quarters. On the back, Starke majored Columbus’ Carmine D’ascoli, 14-3, in consi round 4 and pinned Fleming Island’s Chad Nix (:18) in the blood round to secure his podium spot. Riverdale’s Darius Parker knocked off Starke, 4-2 in sudden victory, in the consi semis, and Starke took an injury-default loss in the first period to Lake Gibson’s Caden Cunningham.
Noah Pettigrew, Valdosta: Went 2-2 in the tournament, reaching the quarterfinals. Pettigrew majored Collins Hill’s Anthony Vinson, 12-3, and pinned Riverdale’s Ethan McLean (3:13), but then did not compete in Saturday’s competition.

220 —
Highlight: Charlotte’s Jose Valdez racked up two pins, two majors and a decision, majoring Brookwood’s Justin Oldknow (3 pins & injury-default prior to final), 15-6.
Nic Jarvis, Colquitt: Placed third in the tournament and reached the semifinals. Jarvis won three times on the front, with pins over Freedom’s Dionis Vazquez (1:00) and Countryside’s Landon McConnell (1:07), then decisioned Brentwood Acafdemy’s Will Taylor, 2-0, in the quarters. Jarvis then fell, 3-1, in Valdez’s closest match of the weekend. On the back side, Jarvis pinned South Dade’s Kenneth Crouse in 1 minute in the semis, then falled Dallastown’s Jamal Brandon in 3:45 in the third-place match.
Rafael Wilkerson, Camden: Was 3-2 in the tournament, with wins on both sides of the bracket. Wilkerson pinned Woodland’s Jalene Hudson in 3:26, then lost to Southridge’s Taso Kourtakis, 6-4, in the round of 16. Wilkerson pinned Osceola’s Dylan Ruiz in 4:45 in consi round 2 and Southwest Miami’s Kevin Trujillo in 4:32 in consi round 3, falling to Collins Hill’s Cody Hutchison, 4-3, in consi round 4.
Fulton King, Colquitt: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with the win on the front side. He knocked off Jensen Beach’s Levi Krakoff, 5-3, in the first round before losing by fall to Brandon in the round of 16. King then lost by fall to Columbus’ Gian Rodriguez in 2:58.
Garrett Gaston, Camden: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with the win on the back side. Gaston lost in the first ropund, 3-2, to Chariho’s Devin Shaw, but rallied with a 3-0 win in consi round 1 over Fletcher’s Ethan Hollenbach. Gaston then lost by fall in consi round 2 to Cleveland’s Wilson Benefield, in 3:46.
Michael Roberts, Colquitt: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with the win on the back side. Roberts lost by fall to Oldknow (1:54) in the first round, coming back with a pin in 45 seconds over Hillcrest’s Gerald Bryant in consi round 1. Roberts fell to Hernando’s Qwenton Coney, 12-9, in consi round 2.

285 —
Highlight: Dallastown’s Raymond Christas racked up two pins and a decision, then won by injury-default in the final over Collins Hill’s Tomari Fox (4 falls prior to final).
Demetrius Allen, Valdosta: Placed fifth and reached the quarterfinals, with falls over University-Orange City’s Joe Baily (1:03) and Winter Springs’ Matt Saint John (5:20), losing by fall to Fox in the quarters (1:47). Allen won twice and made podium with a fall over Musselman’s Jamie Kilmer (1:52) in consi round 4, then decisioned Fletcher’s Stanley Hollenbach, 6-2, in the blood round. He went double-overtime in the consi semis with Southwest Miami’s Christian Sanchez before falling, 3-2, but rallied for a 5-0 win in the fifth-place match over Camden’s Hayden Malson.
Malson: Placed sixth and reached the quarterfinals, with two wins on both sides of the bracket. Malson pinned Woodward Academy’s Robert Joseph in 1:09, then turned back Kilmer in sudden-victory, 3-1, in the round of 16. He then lost in the quarters to Sanchez, by fall in 3:38. Malson reached the podium with falls over Saint John (1:45) and Chariho’s Mike Phelps (4:36), but then lost in the consi semis to Brentwood’s Thomas Gore, 6-0, getting to Allen.
LB Neloms, Valdosta: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with the win on the front side. Neloms downed South Dade’s Tanavelo Shropshire, 9-6, in the first round, but then lost, 5-0, to Phelps in the round of 16. In consi round 2, Neloms lost by fall to Hernando’s Sam Fleming, in 2:36.
Collin Crosby, Colquitt: Was 1-2 in the tournament, with a first-round loss in sudden victory to Union Grove’s Brian Shaw. Crosby then pinned Dobyns Bennett’s Justin Lemons in 1:53 in consi round 1, and was eliminated in consi round 2 by Hillcrest’s Jacoreyn Byrd.

Complete brackets from this tournament can be found here.

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