Pirates Dominate Yulee Duals


Brunswick wrestlers and coaches celebrate a title won on December 22 at the two-day Yulee Duals tournament (Photo sent to team Facebook page).

South Georgia Matmen staff report

YULEE, FL — The return of a Tommy Bartolotta-coached team to a Florida gym didn’t change anything in Brunswick’s success rate this season.

On December 21-22, the Pirates roared through the two-day Yulee Duals tournament, with seven fully-contested wins in which Brunswick pulled together an average margin of victory of 43.1 points per dual, and one forfeited dual in the Pirates’ favor.

In contested duals, Brunswick defeated two Georgia opponents in Camden B (51-27) and Pierce (55-21), plus five Florida teams: Terry Parker (78-4), Steinbrenner, a Tampa-area team (56-18), Mandarin (54-21), Westside (74-3 in crossover action) and Yulee, 52-21, in the championship dual.

That championship dual saw the Pirates (19-1 for the season in Bartolotta’s first season at Brunswick after previously coaching at Flagler Palm Coast) collect pins from Marcus Norman (106), Dalton Zachry (145), Trace Insalaco (152), Curtis Brock (160) and Ulee Mullen (285), with Trent Burke (113) winning with a 13-0 major and decisions from Christian Sheppard (9-3 at 126) and Carlton Crump (11-8 at 138).

Five Pirates were 8-0 on the weekend, led by 152-pound Insalaco, who scored maximum points for the Pirates (six pins along with two forfeits). Burke had three pins and two majors at 113, while Sheppard had four pins, a win by injury-default, a major and decision at 126. Crump picked up three pins and three decisions at 138, while Brock (160/170) had five pins, a win by injury default and a decision.

Norman (4 pins & decision) and Zachry (5 pins) were both 7-1, while Jermiah Dawson (120, 2 pins) was 6-2 and Demonta Pitts (132, 4 pins) was 5-2. Logan Cauley (17-0, 2 pins), John Roberts (195/220, 2 pins & decision), Mullen (220/285, 2 pins) and William Abbott (285, pin & 2 decisions) all contributed four wins on the weekend.

Here’s a look at the other three area teams from South Georgia that made at least a partial appearance in the tournament:

Pierce: Went 4-3 in the tournament, placing fourth in Pool B, with victories over Terry Parker (57-21), Mandarin (54-24), West Nassau (47-27) and a crossover dual victory over Baker County (66-12). The Bears lost to Steinbrenner (51-27), Camden B (54-28) and Brunswick (55-21). Two Pierce wrestlers were unbeaten on the weekend, with both scoring maximum dual points for the Bears. Todd Carter (132/138, five pins) and Hunter Walters (220/285, six pins) both were 7-0 for the weekend, while Nicholas Blasko (195/220) was 5-0 in a regular role, with four pins and a decision. Dalton Malone was 6-1, with five pins, at 182, and both James Jones (113, decision) and Kennon Tyre (152, 4 pins & decision) contributed 5-2 records. Seth Armstrong (170, pin) added four victories over the course of the weekend.

Brantley: The Herons were 2-5 as a team and the only Georgia team to compete in Pool A< where had wins over Stanton (41-18) and Wewahitchka (42-6), taking losses against Baker County (48-30), Yulee (66-3), Fernandina Beach (24-18) and Westside (72-6). Brantley also had a 36-24 dual loss in crossover competition to Mandarin. Wins were difficult to come by for the Herons, with Eddie Singletary boasting the most complete record, going 6-1 with two pins, a tech fall, a win by injury-default and a decision. Joshua Strickland (195/220) was 4-0 on Saturday, with three pins.

Camden B: In results that were submitted to Matmen, we had three duals for the second group of Wildcats, who defeated Mandarin (58-9) and Pierce, falling to Brunswick, again in the dual meets we had. Robert Henderson (145, pin) and Brian Jones (285, 2 pins) were the ones with reported unbeaten totals at 3-0, while Xavier Belton (113/120) William Blount (160) and Josh Morton (170) were all 2-0 for Camden B.

Complete dual results from this tournament can be found here.

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