Packer Classic Recap: Hosts Hold Off Ware

South Georgia Matmen staff report

MOULTRIE — In a tournament that included much of the Matmen coverage area this past weekend, host Colquitt pushed past Ware to win its own 16-team IBT Saturday, the Packer Classic.

Colquitt outpointed Ware, 170.5-160, for the team title. Coffee was third at 144.5, followed by Lowndes at 140.5 and Tift at 132.5 to round out the top five.

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Ware County wrestlers and coaches photographed after the Gators took second at Colquitt’s Packer Classic in Moultrie on Saturday. (Photo submitted by Joe Eichfeld).

Lee was sixth 110, with Thomas County Central ninth with 75, Bainbridge 11th at 57, Berrien 12th with 56.5, Brantley 13th at 54 and Cook 15th with 46.

Below follows a recap of the 14 weight classes:

106 — TCC’s David Burgess bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with a major in the quarters over Tift’s Caleb Barber (13-2) and falls over Island’s Brayden Adams (3:07, semis) and Ware’s Ethan Frye (5:58, championship). Frye got to the final with a pin (6:44 over Colquitt’s Jared Collum in the quarters) and 4-0 win over Lowndes’ Dominic DiTomasso in the semi. DiTomasso stopped Adams, 6-4, for third. After losing to Frye in the quarters, Collum won three matches on the back side to take fifth, with a fall over Houston’s Alexander Payan (1:47 in consi round 2) and pin over Cook’s Tommie Lamb (2:11 in consi semis), then defeated Barber, 8-2, for fifth.

113 — Brantley’s Eddie Singletary won four matches to take the title, with techs over Berrien’s Colton Mitchell (15-0, round of 16) and Lowndes’ Ethan Gilbert (15-0, quarters), a 13-2 major over Tift’s Quay Goldsborough, then downing Colquitt’s Ethan Sellers, 8-4, for the championship. Sellers got to the final with a pin over Houston’s Ethan McAlister (:46, quarters) and a sudden-victory win over Coffee’s Phillip Farabow (9-4, semis). Farabow decisioned Goldsborough, 7-2, for third place. Aftrer losing to Singletary in the quarters, Gilbert won three matches on the back side for fifth, with falls over Island’s Brayden Whitten (2:57 in consi round 2), Ware’s Anthony Phillips (1:40 in consi semis), then an 8-2 win over Lowndes’ Cole Chandler for fifth.

120 — The Packers’ Zack Kirkland went 4-0 for the bracket, opening with a 2-0 decision over Lee’s Zachary Schultz (round of 16), then falling Houston’s Caden McIver (3:52, quarters) and Coffee’s Zane Cumbass (1:03, semis). In the final, Kirkland held off Lowndes’ Nathan Lawson, 4-1, for the championship. Lawson got to the final with a pin over Berrien’s Keishaynedrick Sykes (2:41, quarters) and 6-0 shutout over the hosts’ Heath Massey (semis). Massey pinned Cumbass in 4:16 for third place. Schultz, who lost in the pigtail to Kirkland, would rally for fifth, with a 3-1 sudden-victory win over Sykes (consi round 2) and 10-4 decision over Ware’s Grayson Smith (consi semis) before pinning McIver in 5:57 for fifth.

126 — Lee’s Ethan Dooley pinned his way into the final, with falls over Houston’s Bryan Thomas (1:13, round of 16), Ware’s Dustin Varnadore (5:32, quarters) and Lowndes’ Andrew Adams (4:25, semis) before surviving a wild final, 13-11, against Ware’s Reese Poole. Poole bonus-pointed his way in, with an 18-2 tech over Cook’s Tyler Inman (round of 16), fall in 1:40 over Brantley’s Austen Cooper (quarters) and 13-4 major over Fitzgerald’s Nic Jordan (semis). Adams pinned Jordan in 3:20 for third place. Colquitt’s David Riley, who lost by fall to Adams in the quarters, had three wins for fifth, falling Coffee’s Makaleb Burch (3:49) in consi round 2, pushing past Varnadore, 8-6, in sudden victory in the blood round, and then falling Thomas in 5:05 for fifth.

132 — Fitzgerald’s Chance Mitchell rolled into the final, with a 17-1 tech over Lee’s Logan Frost (round of 16) and pins over Lowndes’ Dustin Sherhouse (1:40, quarters) and Cook’s Tripp Williams (:16, semis), but then won over a six-minute match as well, downing Colquitt’s Timmy Brinson, 6-3, in the final. Brinson had pinned his way through to the final, with falls over Houston’s William Robitzsch (1:54, round of 16), Ware’s Mosies Butler (:40, quarters) and Tift’s Tim Wright (5:01, semis). Williams knocked off Wright, 12-10, for third, wihle Coffee’s Nolan Smith, who’d lost 13-11 to Wright in the quarters, was fifth. Smith pinned Frost (5:48 in consi round 2), decisioned Butler (10-4 in consi semi) and pinned Islands’ Christian Rodriguez (4:47) in the fifth-place match.

138 — Houston’s Bryan Hernandez-Marti picked up four wins to take the title, with a fall over Lowndes’ Devron Gardner (2:59, round of 16), major over Islands’ Ty Carter (13-1, quarters), decision over Colquitt’s Austin Paradice (7-1, semis) and 10-0 major over Lee’s Phin Johnson in the championship match. Johnson had reached the final with wins over Coffee’s Garrett Kelley (16-2 in round of 16), Colquitt’s Nate Taylor (9-0 in quarters) and Ware’s Banner Thomas (3-1 in semis). Paradice shut out Thomas, 7-0, for third place, while Berrien’s Daniel Griffin, who’d lost by fall (4:59) to Paradice in the quarters, strung together three bonus-point wins for fifth. Griffin pinned Dodge’s Lance Bayles (4:44 in consi round 2) and Kelley (2:51 in consi semis), then majored Taylor, 15-6, in the fifth-place match.

145 — Lowndes’ Jackson Lawson racked up two pins and two decisions, with falls over Dodge’s Joseph White (1:11, round of 16) and Pelham’s Cameron Drinkwater (3:50, quarters), then decisions over Fitzgerald’s Rico Ashley (11-6, semis) and a 6-0 shutout of Coffee’s Case Merritt in the championship match. Merritt got to the finals with a pin over Bainbridge’s Carsen Love (1:37, quarters) and a 15-4 major over Ware’s Kooper Thomas in the semis. Thomas came back to overcome Ashley, 11-7, in the third-place match, while Colquitt’s Deontae Edwards finished fifth after a 5-4 loss to Thomas in the quarters. Edwards bonus-pointed his way through the back, pinning Dodge’s Joseph White (:17, consi round 2), majoring Berrien’s Courson Taylor (12-1, consi semis) and pinning Drinkwater in 3:07 in the fifth-place match.

152 — Lowndes’ Gareth Chaney made it back-to-back wins for the Vikings. After a bye, Chaney pinned Tift’s Andrew Taylor (:55, quarters) and then held off Cook’s Brian Odom (7-4 in the semis). In the final, Chaney pinned Coffee’s Gregory Lacoste in 4:48 for the championship. Lacoste got to the finals with a 7-2 win over Cook’s KJ Walton (round of 16), fall over Fitzgerald’s Malik Reed (3:18, quarters) and 12-6 win over Berrien’s Caden Taylor in the semis. Odom pinned Taylor in 3:49 for third, and Islands’ Levi Luciani, who lost to Taylor, 9-8, in the quarters, had two pins and a 7-2 win over Ware’s Cannon White in the fifth-place match.

160 — Houston’s Reed Vincent pinned his way through the bracket, with falls over Colquitt’s Johnathan Wickett (1:04, round of 16), Coffee’s Timothy Landers (1:06, quarters) and Cook’s Shandon Henley (1:29, semis). Vincent then had to go into the second period in the final, eventually pinning Tift’s Rod Redding in 3:03. Redding got to the final with a 20-4 tech over Lowndes’ Colby Strawder in the quarters and 5-1 win over Islands’ James Langenfeld in the semi. Henley beat Langenfeld, 11-4, in the third-place match, while Strawder came back with three back-side wins for fifth. Strawder pinned Wickett (4:45, consi round 2) and Dodge’s KeShaun Smokes (3:19, consi semis) then edged Ware’s Conner White, 8-7, for fifth.

170 — Coffee’s Teyon Wimberly rolled through the bracket with three pins and a tech, falling Pelham’s Kobe Ross (4:44, round of 16), teching Lowndes’ Zach William (16-1, quarters) and then pinning Bainbridge’s Chris Rainey (4:38, semis) before pin #3 in the final over Ware’s Nick Felton, in 3:04. Felton got to the championship match with three pins of his own (4:33 over Colquitt’s Demetrius Carter in round of 16, :15 over Brantley’s Devin Murphy in quarters and 1:39 over Tift’s Garrett Westberry in semis). Westberry would take third with a fall in 2:26 over Rainey. Brackets posted to Trackwrestling did not note a fifth-place winner between Ross and Williams. Ross had pinned Houston’s Michael Holston (2:34 in consi round 2) and Murphy (3:00 in consi semis), while Williams shut out Cook’s Jamarrion Walker (6-0 in consi round 2) and downed Carter, 7-3, in the consi semis.

182 — Tift’s Gerald Coney was nearly as dominant in this weight as Wimberly was at 170, with three pins and a 15-1 major. Coney pinned Lowndes’ Kade Clark (1:58 in round of 16), majored Island’s Garrett Shoemake in the quarters, and then pinned Bainbridge’s Randy Fillingame (2:23 in semis) before falling Brantley’s Josh Strickland in 23 seconds in the final. Strickland got to the final with a major (16-7 over TCC’s Chaz Brady in round of 16), pin (1:24 over Lee’s Seth McCullers in quarters) and 3-1 decision in the semis over Dodge’s Josh Gay, who came back for third with a pin in 3:55 over Fillingame. Ware’s Jesus Hernandez, who lost 14-3 to Fillingame in the quarters, won three times on the back for fifth. Hernandez falled Berrien’s Gabriel Williams (:06 in consi round 2) and Shoemake (3:25 in consi semis), then decisioned Coffee’s Jason Rish, 5-3, in the fifth-place match.

195 — Lee’s Kyle Cloud had three victories to take the bracket. After a bye, Cloud pinned Houston’s Jayleem Santos (1:04 in quarters), then pushed past Islands’ Gus Bachman (4-2 in the semis). In the final, Cloud pinned TCC’s Byron Beckwith in 3:43 for the title. Beckwith got to the finals with pins over Fitzgerald’s Alex Conner (1:17 in the quarters) and Bainbridge’s Arkeavious Marshall (2:24 in the semis). Marshall falled Bachman in 3:24 for third place, while Dodge’s Noah Pace, who’d lost by fall in 2:55 to Marshall in the quarters, won twice on the back, including a 7-5 win over Santos in the fifth-place match.

220 — Colquitt’s Nic Jarvis needed just 2:35 to clear the weight class out, with three pins (:42 in quarters over Cook’s Aaron Edmonds, 1:22 in semis over Dodge’s Javon McNeal and :33 in the championship match over TCC’s Amari Pettis. Pettis had two first-period pins (1:04 over Bainbridge’s Francisco Navarro, round of 16, and 1:02 over Houston’s Connor McElroy in the quarters), with a 6-1 win in the semis over Lee’s Maliik Jordan. Jordan needed double-overtime to turn back McNeal, 4-3, in the third-place match, while Fitzgerald’s De Harper, who lost 1-0 to Jordan in the quarters, won three times for fifth, including a 10-5 win in the fifth-place match over Ware’s Zay Taylor.

285 — Tift’s Seth Spillers took four victories to close out the weekend, with a fall over Bainbridge’s Hunter Griffin (:46, round of 16) and wins over Colquitt’s Collin Crosby (13-2 in quarters), Coffee’s Jesus Riano (4-1 in semis) and 9-3 over Berrien’s Jaden Wheeler in the championship match. Wheeler got to the finals with a 18-2 tech over Houston’s Dylan Ogle and pins over Lee’s Cameron Green (2:30 in quarters) and Colquitt’s Brian Merritt (5:16). Merritt edged Riano, 3-2, for fifth, while Islands’ KyShon Williams, who’d lost by fall to Merritt (4:42) in the quarters, won three for fifth place, including a 7-1 win over Ware’s Izzy Smalls in the fifth-place match.

Complete brackets for this tournament can be found here.

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