Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay High Wrestlers Win 2 Straight Meets

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay High Wrestlers Win 2 Straight Meets

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Byline: Brent Beaird

The Clay High School wrestling team is off to a good start. The Blue Devils have won two straight invitational meets - the Citrus High Ed Kilpatrick Invitational in Inverness on Dec. 5 and the Kiwanis Invitational at Forrest High in Jacksonville on Dec. 12 - on consecutive weekends.

Blue Devils wrestling coach James Reape said all 14 wrestlers scored at least three points in both meets.

"So the guys who did not medal were key," he said.

In the Citrus Invitational, Citrus High placed second and Ridgeview High from Orange Park third. Josh McCleod was the lone Blue Devils champion at 125 pounds. The rest of the Blue Devils participants and their finishes were: Dylan Toth, third at 103; Kyle Taylor, second at 119; Jason Wojcik, third at 135; Pat Laniel, third at 135; Jake Bane, fourth at 140; Casey Soileau, second at 152; Hong Chen, second at 171; Brandon Fountain, fourth at 189; and Justin Fountain, third at 215.

At the Kiwanis Invitational, Clay won with 238.5 points and Ridgeview was second with 233.5. Both schools had four champions each. Clay champions were Toth, Wojcik, Laniel and Soileau. Ridgeview champions were Johnny Frambo (112), Josh Fox (171), Darius Dornes (215) and Jonathan Dixon (285).

Other Clay wrestlers and their finishes were: Brandon Senters, fourth at 112; Taylor, second at 119; McCleod, second at 125; Bane, fourth at 140; Brandon Kumm, third at 152; Casey Jackson, fourth at 171; Brandon Fountain, second at 189; and Justin Fountain, third at 215.


Panthers head wrestling coach Chris McNealy is pleased with his team's 7-1 record.

"Our one loss was to a very tough No. 1-ranked team in the state, Springstead," McNealy said. "We placed second on Nov. 28 at the eight-team Deltona Duals at Deltona High. …

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