1st - Ed Scott (PA) dec. Francis Morrissey (Veterans - GA), 5-2
3rd - Austin Boone (MI) dec. Willie McDougald (NY), 5-3
Two GA hammers ventured to upstate New York and find themselves against each other in the 1st round … that is what happened with Woodward Academy’s Matt Singleton and Veteran’s Francis Morrissey. For those of us that have watched these two hammers compete compete in the SE - it was great to see the two go head-to-head … my preference would’ve been later in the tournament, but you don’t always get what you ask for.
Morrissey downed Singleton with a fall in overtime (personally I don’t remember watching that … I thought Morrissey just won, but I watched a lot of wrestling yesterday - but that is what is listed on Flo so we will go with it). Morrissey then beat Kaya Sement 4-0 and Helena’s (AL) Will Miller 5-1 to advance to the 1st - 4th place bracket. Singleton beat Miller (14-2), but lost to Sement 7-3 and dropped into the 9th-12th place bracket and Miller went 0-3 in the pool and dropped to the 13th-16th place bracket.
Singleton rebounded with a nice 9-4 win over Luca Errico to advance to the 9th-10th place match, but dropped a tough one Cade Balestrini 3-1 to finish 10th (and 2-3 on the day). Miller received a forfeit to advance to the 13th-14th place match where he lost 7-4 to Cooper Pontelandolfo.
The SE wasn’t finish in the “Main Event” pool as NC’s Dallas Wilson and FL’s Noah Castillo also battled for the hammer. Wilson was in Pool A with eventual Champ Ed Scott (who he lost to by fall in the 2nd period). Wilson split his other two matches - beating Ryan Burgos 8-3 and losing to Avery Bassett 6-3. Finishing 1-2 put Wilson in the 9th-12th place bracket. He lost two tough decisions (5-4 to Cade Balestrini and 6-4 to Luca Errico) to finish the day in 12th.
Castillo found himself in the ultra competitive Pool B … where 5 of the 6 matches were decided by just a point and Castillo was in 3 of those 5 matches. Castillo lost to eventual 4th place finisher McDougald 4-3 to start the day, but bounced back to get 1-0 win over Cooper Pontelandolfo and a 2-1 over Cade Balestrini). Castillo then went on to win his next two matches and placed 5th (and was 4-1 on the day). Castillo downed Avery Bassett 8-3 and Kaya Sement 3-1.
NC State Placer Kai Paxton found himself in Pool “B” - in what may have been the deepest weight class of the tournament … FloWrestling highlighted 152, but 145 was ultra-competitive and very deep with full pools for both “B” and “C”. Paxton dropped his first 3 matches of the tournament, but rebounded with a nice 2-1 win over Cody Walsh of Camden Catholic. There is no score reported for Paxton’s 7th place match so we don’t know how he finished the day.