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Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
PALM COAST — If nothing else, what was learned Saturday afternoon following the conclusion of the 31st annual Flagler Rotary Invitational was that the 3A-District 1 team race ought to be a hot one to follow in four weeks’ time.
Just one point separated Rotary runnerup and host Flagler Palm Coast from third-place Fleming Island Saturday, as the Bulldogs nipped the Golden Eagles, 214.5-213.5, in an event where both teams were missing key starters. Both teams, however, gave a little gap to team champion Winter Springs, which won the event with 243 points and had five champions in the 33-team event.
Next up among Northeast coverage-area teams were Bartram Trail and Fletcher, both of which tied for 10th place at 84 points. Oakleaf (78.5 points) was 12th, Creekside (71.5) 14th, Sandalwood (57) 15th, Matanzas (56) 16th and Bishop Kenny (53.5) 17th to round out the top half of the field.
Middleburg was 20th, with 43 points, while Bolles had 35 points in 23rd, followed by Nease (24th, 33), Suwannee (25th, 32), Episcopal (29th, 13), St. Augustine (30th, 10), Palatka (31st, 9) and Pedro Menendez (32nd, 7).
A breakdown of each weight class follows:
106 — It’s not easy to pin one’s way through a bracket like this one, but Fleming Island sophomore Briar Jackson did that, with four falls — two on each day — to take the title. On Friday, Jackson pinned Hernando’s Heaven-Leigh Jackson in the round of 16 (:47) and Lake Howell’s Angel Giraldo in the quarters (:40), with falls on Saturday in the semis over Astronaut’s Carson Kirk (4:52) and over region rival Ryan Rowland of Hagerty (5:50) in the championship match. After losing in the round of 16 to Suwannee’s Brandon Trask, Wakulla’s Matthew Owen won six matches on the back side to take third, majoring Kirk, 15-3, for third place, while Flagler Palm Coast’s Christian Sheppard won by medical forfeit over Trask, who injury-defaulted out of the tournament in his semifinal match against Rowland.
113 — Fifth seed Jayden Bradshaw of Boone beat three higher-seeded wrestlers en route to the title. Bradshaw pinned Hagerty’s Brandon Boyle (1:27) in the round of 16 and then downed 4th seed Ryan Rosano of Oakleaf, 8-6, in the quarters on Friday. He then took down top seed Larry Smith of Wakulla in the semis, 10-8, pinning third seed Wyatt Kirkham of Jensen Beach (1:27) for the championship. Smith came back in the consis for third, pinning Fletcher’s Rayquan Piper in the consi semis and then shutting out Rosano, 5-0, in the third-place match. Piper won by forfeit over Fleming Island’s Albie Snedaker, who reached the semis, for fifth place.
120 — Top-seeded Michael DeAugustino of the hosts won his second Rotary title, with three falls, a major decision and decision in taking the bracket. DeAugustino pinned Hagerty’s Mathieu Byers (:23) in the first round, then majored Fletcher’s Trent Dalldorf 14-0 in the round of 16 and pinned Matanzas’ Stone White (:48) in the quarters. On Saturday, DeAugustino falled Hernando’s Josh Hulse (2:48) to get to the final against district and region rival DeAndre Demus of Fleming Island, the second seed, where DeAugustino took a 5-2 victory. Heritage’s Seth Adeclat, who lost to Demus 9-3 in the semis, came back for third with two decisions in the consis, first over Bishop Kenny’s Jack Delaney (6-2) and then 3-2 over Jensen Beach’s Joey Tufo for third in a rematch of their quarterfinal match Friday night (Adeclat won the quarter 3-1). Hulse won by forfeit over Delaney for fifth place.
126 — Top-seeded Lucas Rodriguez of Boone picked up bonus points in every round of the event, with three falls and a major en route to the title. Rodriguez falled Jensen Beach’s Kyle Moran (:28) in the round of 16 and Fletcher’s James Knox (1:25) in the quarters on Friday, coming back with a semifinal pin in 2:48 over Winter Springs’ Mathew Phillips, then pushed the pace in a 12-1 major over Astronaut’s Louis Cortez, the second seed, for the bracket win. Phillips took third with two wins on the back, first by fall over Oakleaf’s Vince Karl in the consi semis and then by injury-default over Wakulla’s Max Owen for third place. Matanzas’ Lawrence Russo won by forfeit over Karl for fifth.
132 — Jensen Beach’s Andrew Klopman, who wrestled for Clay in 2013-14 and Matanzas in 2014-15, was the second seed coming in and had a pin, a tech fall and three decisions to win the weight class. Klopman pinned Lake Howell’s Nathan Aquino (:23) in the first round, teched Bishop Kenny’s Jack Donghit 16-0 in the round of 16 and downed Chiles’ Logan Mellor, 4-0, in the quarters. Klopman then decisioned Hernando third seed Dakota Ellerbee, 8-5, in the semis to reach the final, where he turned back 1 seed Emauni Smithson of Hagerty, 4-2, for the championship. The hosts’ Damion Figourea won four matches on the consi side to come back from a quarterfinal loss to Fleming Island’s Trace Insalaco (6-2 in that one), with three bonus-point victories and then a revenge 4-2 decision over Insalaco for third. Ellerbee, who lost by fall to Figourea in the consi semis, majored Matanzas’ Jackson Mills 14-2 for fifth.
138 — Top-seeded Ethan Woods of Hagerty had bonus points in every round, with three pins and a major to take the championship. Woods pinned Astronaut’s Skyler Boss (2:57) in the round of 16 and falled Bishop Kenny’s Ryan Bell (1:56) in the quarters, coming back for another fall in 2:58 over Bartram Trail’s Matt Pickett in the semi. He then allowed the hosts’ Michael Martins, the 2 seed, just one point, rolling to an 11-1 major. Jensen Beach’s Caelin Cascione, who’d lost by fall in the semis to Martins, came back to take third, with a fall in the consi semis and an 18-4 third-place major over Pickett. Winter Springs’ Adrian Diaz downed Wakulla’s Micah Lanier, 10-4, for fifth.
145 — Winter Springs top seed Dimitri Alicea had four wins in taking the bracket, with at least one pin, one major and one decision en route to the title. Alicea falled Heritage’s Jynien Dormevil in 1:15 in the round of 16 and then advanced past Wakulla’s Noah Wilson in the quarters. he then majored 5 seed Curtis Brock of the hosts, 15-2, to get to the final against #2-seeded Cameron Bell of Sandalwood, a region rival, and won that matchup by a 5-2 count. Hernando 3 seed Codey Maniates, who’d lost in overtime to Bell in the semis, came back for third behind two decisions, 4-1 in the consi semis and then 8-2 for third place over Jensen Beach’s Forest Boyland. Brock finished fifth, with a 3-2 win over Chiles’ Austin Nolan.
152 — Hagerty’s Oliver Hart, the second seed, collected a pin, tech fall and two decisions in winding his way to the bracket victory, making Hagerty the first team in the event with multiple titlists. He teched Fleming Island’s Seamus Wade, 16-0, in the round of 16, then pinned Pine Ridge’s Gabriel Laureano in the quarters to get to Saturday, where he decisioned 6 seed Brendan Jones of Creekside, 11-4, in the semis, then overcame the top seed, Flagler’s Tyrone Jones, by an 8-3 score to win the title. DeLand’s Yoaquim Rios, who’d lost by fall to Tyrone Jones in the semis, had two pins on the back side to take third, falling Boone’s Gage VanKuilenburg in the consi semis and then pinning Brendan Jones in 46 seconds for third. VanKuilenburg majored Hernando’s Bronson Tafelski, 11-3, for fifth.
160 — Top seed Max Wohlabaugh of Winter Springs earned the Bears’ second bracket in dominant fashion, with two pins on Friday and two tech falls on Saturday. Wohlabaugh pinned Boone’s Daniel Bass (1:14) in the round of 16 and Oakleaf’s Isaiah Graham (:42) in the quarters Friday, then teched 4 seed Will Hennessy of DeLand, 23-8, in the semis and 2 seed Blake Wiswell of Jensen Beach, 22-7, for the title. Hennessy came back for third, with a forfeit victory in the consi semis and then a 3-1 win over Sandalwood’s Chandler Bell in a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Hennessy had won 3-2) for third place. Fleming Island’s Ben Sann, who had lost 7-4 in the quarters to Wiswell, took fifth with a decision victory over Suwannee’s Billy Jenkins.
170 — Second-seeded Cole Mitchell of Winter Springs made it back-to-back titles for the Bears, pinning his way to the final and then handing top seed Brandon Dickman of Creekside his first loss of the year, 6-4, in the final. Before that, though, Mitchell had falls over New Smyrna Beach’s James Muni in the round of 16, Hernando’s Devin Dennis in the quarters, and third seed Nathan Ferkovich of Lake Brantley in the semi. Ferkovich came back for third on the back side, not allowing a point in two wins, with identical 5-0 wins in the consi semis and over the hosts’ Steve Canidate in the third-place match. Jensen Beach’s Jack Sopotnick, who’d lost by fall to Dickman in the semis, took fifth with an 8-6 decision over Lake Howell’s Justin Segarra.
182 — Top seed Jason Davis of Fleming Island didn’t allow a point scored against him in the entire tournament, with three first-period falls, a major and decision to win the championship, making Fleming Island just the third team in the field with multiple champs. Davis falled Bishop Kenny’s Jimmy Citrano (:31) in the first round), Nease’s Jarrod Case (:55) in the round of 16 and Bartram Trail’s Jacob Bennett (1:09) in the quarters. In the semis, Davis shut out Jensen Beach’s Chad Nix, the 5 seed, 11-0, to set up a showdown with 3 seed and region rival Jason DeGroat of Winter Springs, winning that final by a 3-0 decision. New Smyrna Beach’s Josh Brouillette, who lost in the round of 16 via first-period fall to Nix, didn’t lose again, with five back-side victories — including a fall over Nix — to take third place, in which he pinned the hosts’ Eddie Bryant in 59 seconds. Nix decisioned Hernando’s Harry Williams, who lost to DeGroat in the semis, by a 9-3 score for fifth.
195 — Fletcher top seed Narek Stepanyan defended his seed with a bracket victory, with two falls and a win by forfeit in the semis, then an overtime victory in the finals of a weight class that foreshadowed how 3A-Region 1 might go down in this weight class, as all four semifinalists were from that region. Stepanyan pinned Wakulla’s John Trevor Hinsey (:32) in the round of 16 and then Oakleaf’s Dexter Moore (:39) in the quarters. He had a walkover into the final, then downed District 1 rival Ryan Smenda of Fleming Island in overtime, 3-1. DeLand’s Raymond Haverty, who lost to Smenda in the semis, had a fall and walkover on the back side to take third place, while Creekside’s Corey Grower — who had lost by fall to Smenda in the quarters — took fifth with a decision over Jensen Beach’s Richard Quintero.
220 — Winter Springs 2 seed Montana Lewis earned the Bears’ fourth bracket, with a win by forfeit, two decisions and fall in the finals. Lewis had a walkover in the round of 16, then downed DeLand’s Terrence Neat, 5-4, in the quarters on Friday. In the semis, Lewis decisioned 3 seed Marlon Ng of Wakulla, 11-5, to match up with 4 seed Kolton McDaniel of Bartram Trail in the final, where Lewis won by fall in 2:40. Ng came back to take third, with a fall over Seabreeze’s Braden Buswell (not named in the brackets) in the consi semis and then fall in 1:48 over the hosts’ Tyler Irigoyen in a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Ng had won 9-3). Buswell then downed Fletcher’s Darrell McBride, 6-1, for fifth.
285 — Another 3A-Region 1 preview mostly played out in this weight class, with 3 seed TJ Boyd of Winter Springs winning Winter Springs’ fifth title. Boyd pinned Middleburg’s Robert Barnard (4:55) in the round of 16, then downed Bishop Kenny’s Josiah McCallum, 3-1, in the quarters. He came back Saturday with two falls, first in the semis over Flagler’s second-seeded Vincent Ebanks (3:44) and then pinned top seed Christian Gomez of Hagerty for the championship. Fleming Island’s Jose Concepcion, who lost 2-1 in the quarters to Wakulla’s Darius Wilkins, came back to take third behind four bonus-point wins, including a forfeit over McCallum for third. Wilkins finished fifth, with what looked to be either a decision or fall over Ebanks in that match (it was noted as a decision with a time).
Brackets from the event have already been posted to Matmen and to The Wrestling Nation.