4 BHS wrestlers move on to regional meet
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
J.T. Griffis and Clay Hicks placed second and third, respectively, while Dustin Lariscey and Jordan Luke each placed fourth, giving the Bradford High School wrestling team four who will move on to regional competition after this past weekend’s District 4-1A meet at The Bolles School in Jacksonville.
The top four in each weight class earned the right to move on to the Region 1 meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at Godby High School in Tallahassee.
Griffis, a junior who advanced to the state finals last year, won his first two matches by a 14-7 decision and a 13-1 major decision before being pinned by Bishop Kenny’s Nick Toney in the championship match.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Griffis said, noting that Toney is a two-time state qualifier.
Hicks, a senior, went 1-1 before pinning Kolton Kimbrell in 30 seconds, setting up a third-place match in the 145 class against Wolfson’s Mark Harrington, whom Hicks pinned in the first round. Hicks took the second matchup as well, defeating Harrington 5-4.
“It feels pretty good,” Hicks said about the chance to move on.
Lariscey, a senior, was pinned in the second round of the 132 class after a first-round bye. He bounced back, pinning Tyre Singleton of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in 27 seconds before getting pinned by University Christian’s Derrick Stumph in 4:20 in the third-place match.
This is the first full season of wrestling for Lariscey, who previously wrestled just two to three months during his sophomore year. He felt good after his last match at the district meet, though added he wasn’t completely satisfied.
“I felt pride that I was moving on to regionals,” Lariscey said, “but I thought I could’ve done better at districts.”
Luke actually had only three other competitors in the 285 class, so he was able to advance with a couple of byes and get to the third-place match, where he was pinned by Episcopal’s Travis Williams.
“Making the regionals is a dream come true,” said Luke, who is just a freshman.