Day 1 Update from State Wrestling MeetFeb 15, 2013 -- 10:54pm
By Shannon Heaton(Follow Heaton on Facebook and Twitter at @QChawkeyeinFL) A total of 29 local wrestlers in the four-county area kept their dreams of a state championship alive by winning first-round matches at The Lakeland Arena, site of the Florida high school state wrestling tournament this weekend. Leading the charge locally, with seven quarterfinalists, was Clay in Class 1A. Dale Browning (106), Adam Breindel (138), Jeff Rivers (152), Jake Bain (160) and Justin Fountain (220) all won by fall in the first round, while Austin Luke (132) and Austin Weltzbarker (160) each took decisions to advance. Also in Class 1A, University Christian got off to a solid start, with six advancers into the quarters. Trevor Betros (145) won by forfeit at 145, with teammates Trey Miller (170), Tim Betros (182) and Robert Parland (195) each winning by fall. Michael Fegins (138) and Jamal Fiffer (285) added decisions. Orange Park had the strongest showing among area schools in Class 2A, with four quarterfinalists. Corey Van Dorn (182) had an easy time of it in the first round, winning by a 17-2 technical fall, while teammates Frank Waters (152), Jacob Abdel (170) and Devon Brooks (285) all won by decision. Fleming Island was the only other local school to move on more than one to the quarterfinals. Competing in Class 3A, the Golden Eagles got a fall from Evan McCall at 120 and decisions from Chase Robison at 106 and Charles Cuthbert at 126. Area teams with single wrestlers moving on to the quarterfinals included: in 2A, Ridgeview (Jamarius Jackson at 132), Middleburg (Kyle McClinton at 138), St. Augustine (David Martinez at 170), Creekside (Shane Carpenter at 195) and Atlantic Coast (Travis Hutchinson at 195). Hutchinson was the only public-school wrestler from Duval County to win a match in the first round. Class 1A single quarterfinalists included Nick Toney at 113 from Bishop Kenny, Max Sheppard at 132 from Episcopal, and Harry Glasser of Bolles and Garrett James of Yulee at 152. Wrestling continues throughout the day today.