North Florida Matmen staff report
OVIEDO — For the third consecutive season, Fleming Island rules the roost in 3A-Region 1.
The top-ranked Golden Eagles qualified nine wrestlers for next week’s state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, winning four weight-class titles to take the 3A-Region 1 traditional tournament Saturday at Hagerty HS.
Fleming Island outpointed the host Huskies, 219.5-156.5.
“It’s the third region title in a row, so we want to keep that up, but we gotta get better for next week,” Fleming Island coach PJ Cobbert said on site Saturday. “There’s the highs and the lows, but we can’t worry about brackets, we just have to wrestle.
“It should help (competing in 3A-Region 1), we’ll see. We hope so. We gotta win the matches we’re supposed to win and then we have to have some help along the way.”
Third-ranked Flagler Palm Coast held on to third place in the region, scoring 135.5 points, 23 ahead of 3A-Region 1 duals finalist Winter Springs and 26 ahead of fifth-place Apopka, a team the Bulldogs beat during January’s region duals series.
FPCHS had six state qualifiers, with a pair of region championships along the way.
Buchholz stayed in the top 10 Saturday, taking eighth with 58 points, and qualifying two wrestlers to states. Oakleaf finished in 12th place (42 points), with one champion/qualifier, while Fletcher was 13th (29 points, with one qualifier). Robert E. Lee was 18th, with 19 points and one qualifier.
First Coast tied for 27th, with 10 points, while Mandarin was 30th with eight, Atlantic Coast 33rd with five and Sandalwood 34th with four.
A summary of local competitors that survived to Saturday’s wrestling follows, along with a brief note on each champion in the field:
Championship: Hagerty junior Ryan Rowland dominated the bracket, save for one match (more on that in a bit), majoring Lake Howell senior Luis Pasarell, 17-7, in the finals.
Local outlook: Sixth-ranked Flagler Palm Coast freshman Trent Burke and top-ranked Fleming Island junior Louis Gagliardo, the District 1 champion, placed third and fourth, respectively. Both locals lost in the semis, with Gagliardo going double-overtime before falling to Rowland, 5-4. Burke lost by a 9-4 count to Pasarell. Both locals would win by fall in the blood round, as Gagliardo pinned University-Orange City’s Zion Gonzalez in 1:44, while Burke pinned Winter Springs’ Caleb Desroches for the second time in two days, this one in 3:44, to qualify out. Gagliardo then injury-defaulted to Burke in the medal round.
Championship: Top-ranked Fleming Island junior Briar Jackson, the District 1 champion, pinned his way through the bracket, with his fourth pin of the tournament coming in 2:55 in the finals over Freedom junior Christian Fields.
Local outlook: Jackson got to the finals with his longest match of the tournament, falling Lake Howell’s Angel Giraldo in 4:42 in the semifinal round. But he wouldn’t be alone in qualifying, as second-ranked Flagler Palm Coast junior John Johnson finished third in the tournament with two pins and a tech fall. Johnson teched First Coast’s Jason Schwartz in the consi quarters, then punched his ticket for states with a fall in 1:55 over Giraldo. He wrapped up Saturday with a 22-second fall in the medal round over Oviedo’s Gabe Rendon. Oakleaf’s Abdiert Escobar was eliminated from further competition in the consi quarters, taking an 11-5 loss to Rendon.
Championship: Second-ranked Oakleaf senior Ryan Rosano won his first region title to go with the District 1 title, shutting out third-ranked Fleming Island senior Albie Snedaker in the finals, 3-0.
Local outlook: Both Rosano and Snedaker took care of business in the finals with decision victories, as Rosano turned back Boone’s Jayden Bradshaw, 7-4, and Snedaker overcame Hagerty’s Dylan Kohn, 7-6. On the back side of the bracket, Fletcher senior James Knox was eliminated from further competition in the consi quarters, losing by fall to Winter Springs’ Allen Maxwell in 2:50.
Championship: Freedom senior Smaill Saint Pierre scored bonus points at every round of the tournament, including the finals, where he majored second-ranked Fleming Island senior Jacob Sandoval, the District 1 champion, 10-1.
Local outlook: Sandoval reached the finals Saturday morning, taking a 4-1 win over Timber Creek’s Corban Arana to assure himself of at least a runnerup berth at states. Mandarin junior Luke Hopkins would win his first match of the day in the consi quarters, with an 11-6 win over Seminole’s Ezekiel McEntire, but his bid for state came up one scoring move short, as he fell to Timber Creek’s eventual third-place finisher, Arana, 6-5, in the blood round. Flagler Palm Coast sophomore Drew Dance was elminated from further competition in the consi quarters, by fall in 3:01 to Boone’s Noel Soto, who would go on to place fourth.
Championship: In a rematch of Matmen top-ranked wrestlers, Flagler Palm Coast senior Avery Holder (1st at 138) repeated his District 1 title in taking an 8-3 decision victory over Fleming Island senior Jaquan English (1st at 132).
Local outlook: Both Holder and English won by fall in the semifinals to assure themselves of state places. Holder pinned Boone’s Andrew Fletcher in 1:48 in the semis, while English falled Winter Springs’ Matthew Phillips in 3:22. Buchholz junior DeAngelo Fletcher fell in the blood round and was eliminated from further competition. Fletcher pinned Oak Ridge’s JeanVoltaire Faustin in the consi quarters, in 2:56, but then lost by fall in the bottom half of the consi semis to Phillips, in 1:55.
Championship: Second-ranked (145) Flagler Palm Coast senior Michael Martins defied expectations in the title match against Hagerty junior Ethan Woods, doing everything needed to secure a 4-3 decision for the region title.
Local outlook: Martins advanced to the final and assured himself of a state berth with a 14-4 major in the semis over Oakleaf senior Ethan Gustilo. Martins was joined by District 1 champ and third-ranked Fleming Island sophomore Dalton Williams, who finished fourth. Williams had lost in the semis to Woods, 6-4, but was able to punch his ticket for states with a 9-7 blood-round win over Apopka’s Dwight Parker. Williams then fell in the medal round to Winter Springs’ JJ Contreras, 9-5. Gustilo’s bid to qualify for state came up just one scoring move short, in a 6-5 loss to Contreras in the bottom-half consi semi.
Championship: Hagerty senior Dylan Kohn had bonus points in every round of the tournament, falling Timber Creek senior Carlos Matos in 4:31 in the finals.
Local outlook: Fleming Island fourth-ranked junior Vince Hauser, the District 1 champ, was one scoring move short of states Saturday. Hauser fell to Kohn, 16-6, in the semifinals, and was the only wrestler in the tournament to go a full six minutes with Kohn. But he could not solve Oviedo’s Dominic Isola in the blood round, however, taking a 3-2 loss.
Championship: Hagerty sophomore Logan Perkins won the title with a takedown in overtime, overcoming fifth-ranked (160) Flagler Palm Coast junior Curtis Brock, 7-5, for the championship.
Local outlook: Brock, the District 1 champ, assured himself of a state appearance and at least a runnerup medal with a 6-4 semifinal win over Lyman’s Zion Trent. Fleming Island sophomore Luke Chop reached the semis also, where he lost to Perkins, 5-4. That would not be the only one-point loss on his day, as Chop would fall in the blood round to Apopka’s Roody Edouard, who would go on to finish fourth, 3-2.
Championship: Oviedo junior Wyatt Forsberg took home the championship, holding off sixth-ranked Buchholz senior Jordan Mobley, 6-4, in the final.
Local outlook: Mobley, the District 1 champion, assured himself of a state berth/runnerup medal with a 4-2 semifinal win over Olympia’s Muibdeen Akinyele. Fleming Island junior Trace Insalaco was one match short of states, going 1-1 on Saturday. Insalaco edged Winter Park’s Quentin Lee, 4-3, in the consi quarters, but then fell in the blood round, 10-7, to Akinyele.
Championship: Top-ranked Fleming Island senior Paul Detwiler, the District 1 champ, added a region title to his resume, pinning his way through the draw, with a fall in 1:30 over Timber Creek’s Brian Santiago in the finals.
Local outlook: Detwiler had the longest match of his tournament in his semifinal win over Hagerty’s Justin Segarra, but the outcome was the same, as Detwiler pinned Segarra in 3:55. Two local wrestlers would reach the blood round, both coming up just short in that round. Second-ranked Buchholz sophomore Armando Acosta won his consi quarter over Lake Mary’s Justin Degale-Stewart, 8-1, but then fell in the top half consi semi to Segarra, 3-1. Tenth-ranked Oakleaf senior Isaiah Graham also won in the consi quarters, 9-2, over Evans’ LaJon Glass, but then fell in the bottom half consi semi to Apopka’s Keyshon Talley, 7-2.
Championship: Apopka’s Kendrik Koller, after pinning his way to the final, was able to survive the final after going six minutes, outlasting Winter Springs’ Bobby Williams, 4-3.
Local outlook: After losing by fall in 3:44 in the semis to Williams, sixth-ranked Buchholz junior Lawrence-Smith Jackson, the District 1 champ, came back to finish third. Smith-Jackson majored Hagerty’s Ethan Lopez, 12-4, in the blood round to punch his ticket to states, then came back with a fall in the medal round over third-ranked Flagler Palm Coast senior Wilbur Thomas. Thomas, who’d lost by fall in the semis to Koller in 2:52, assured his space at states with a 7-4 blood-round win over fifth-ranked Fleming Island junior Anthony Breeden. Breeden had put himself into the final six with a 5-3 win in the consi quarters over Oviedo’s Eli Slage.
Championship: Winter Springs’ Jessiah Contreras needed to survive overtime to take his title, taking a 4-2 win over Deland’s Raymond Haverty in sudden victory for the victory.
Local outlook: Tenth-ranked Atlantic Coast senior Jamari Broussard was one scoring move away from states. After a 13-2 major in the consi quarters over Oak Ridge’s Kevin Perez, Broussard came up just short against Hagerty’s Matthew Kaplan in the blood round, falling by a 2-1 count. Fleming Island senior Jalyn Robinson, the District 1 champ, lost by fall in the consi quarters and was eliminated from further competition, in 3:47 to eventual third-place finisher Matthew Simms of Apopka.
Championship: Top-ranked Fleming Island senior Ryan Smenda, like Detwiler before him, pinned his way through the bracket, needing just 45 seconds in the finals to fall Lake Mary’s Will Litsey.
Local outlook: Smenda, the District 1 champ, opened his Saturday with a pin in the semifinals, falling Apopka’s Michael Handy in 3:55. T-10th Robert E. Lee senior Leo White joined Smenda on the podium, finishing third in the weight class. White lost in the semifinals to Litsey, 10-3, but then wasn’t scored upon in two matches on the back side. White shut out University-Orlando’s Edmond Wals, 5-0, to punch his ticket for states, then stopped Apopka’s Michael Handy, 6-1, in the medal round. Second-ranked Flagler Palm Coast junior Tyler Irigoyen was one match short of states. Irigoyen won his first match by fall, pinning Freedom’s Patchiney Prophete in 4:11, but then fell to Handy, 8-2, in the top half consi semi.
Championship: Second-ranked Fleming Island senior Jose Concepcion brought the Golden Eagles their fourth bracket, needing overtime to overcome fifth-ranked Fletcher junior Stanley Hollenbach, 4-2, in the second all-area final.
Local outlook: Both Concepcion, the District 1 title, and Hollenbach won in the semifinals. Concepcion overcame Freedom’s Darrell Lowe, 3-1, in the top-half semi, while Hollenbach pinned Lake Mary’s Ben Moxley in 1:26. Buchholz senior Aaron Menden was one match short of states. Menden opened his day Saturday with a 5-1 win over Oak Ridge’s Keon Bush, but couldn’t find offense in the top half of the blood round against Lowe, falling by a 7-0 count.
Special thanks to the Orlando Sentinel’s Brant Parsons, who provided additional reporting integral to this recap’s content.
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