North Florida Matmen staff report
PALM BAY — Consider it a statement. A notice.
You had your one year to get Flagler Palm Coast, and that year has perhaps passed.
And maybe Friday’s sweep of five duals and maybe Saturday’s 39-point margin of victory at the Barbara Pill Memorial IBT doesn’t say that the Bulldogs are on the level of a Fleming Island, or even the Flagler teams of the early-to-mid 2010s.
But the Bulldogs are on the path.
They proved that much this past weekend, with an average margin of victory of 43 points per dual on Friday night, in which they swept Eau Gallie (66-15), Titusville (74-6), Viera (66-14), Heritage (54-24) and Cocoa Beach (44-36), good for an average margin of victory of 41.8 points per dual.
Three FPC wrestlers were 5-0 on Friday, with two — Kole Hannant (106, 3 pins) and Kyle Peacock (138, 4 pins) — max-pointing (scoring six points in each dual the team had) through the night.
Blane DeFord (152/160, 4 pins & major) also was 5-0 for the Bulldogs, with an additional six wrestlers going 4-1: Johnny Hald (120, 3 pins & decision); Andrew Dance (132, tech & decision); Timothy King (145, 3 pins); Marcelo Gonzalez (160/170, 3 pins); Jayden Austin (182, 2 pins) and Seth Davis (285, 4 pins). Joseph Rizzo (113, pin & major), Brenden Buckles (126, 3 pins) and Joey Wronowski (220, 2 pins) each were 3-2 for Flagler Palm Coast.
Eau Gallie: The Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-0 lead and kept it at double-digits throughout the dual, thanks to pins from King, DeFord, Gonzalez, Austin, Wronowski, Hald, Buckles and Peacock.
Titusville: Again, Flagler started fast, getting out to a 27-0 lead before the opponents put their only points on the board. DeFord, Davis, Hannat, Rizzo, Hald and Buckles all won by pin, while Dance had a 15-0 tech fall and Schwartz had an 11-4 decision.
Viera: The Bulldogs again jumped out to an 18-0 lead, extending it to 36-6 before Viera would score again. Gonzalez, Schwartz, Austin, Davis, Hannant, Hald, Peacock, King and DeFord all won by fall in the dual.
Heritage: In Flagler’s first test of the night, Heritage struck first, getting out to a 12-0 lead and led 24-18 before Hald’s 9-7 win at 120 touched off a seven-match win streak to close down the dual. Dalton Schell (195), Davis, Buckles, Peacock, King, DeFord and Gonzalez all had pins, with Dance adding a 6-2 win as well.
Cocoa Beach: The Bulldogs led by a big margin, 28-6, before the Beachers’ strength in the lowers and middles could come through, as Cocoa Beach got as close as 28-24 and 34-30 before DeFord’s 15-7 major sealed the deal on an unbeaten night. Wronowski, Davis, Hannant and Peacock had pins, while Rizzo added another major by a 14-1 count.
That was Friday. On Saturday, Flagler outpointed Merritt Island, 253-214, for the team title, while Atlantic was fifth with 150 points.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s IBT portion of things, with a review of the champion’s day — regardless of school — and Flagler results at each weight class:
106 — Hannant would pin his way through the day, with falls over Viera’s Jaxson Crumpler (quarters), Merritt Island’s Elijah Barnal (3:44, semis) and a fall in the final over Cocoa Beach’s Josh Rivas in 2:31 for the Bulldogs’ first bracket.
113 — Merritt Island’s Zane Hudson had two pins in two matches, with the second coming in just 41 seconds in the title match over Melbourne’s Connor Bechtol. Rizzo would place third after reaching the semis. After two byes, Rizzo lost by fall (:18) to Bechtol, but rallied with pins over Melbourne’s Logan DeLos Santos (2:04) in the consi semis and over Heritage’s Austin Jones (2:26) for third.
120 — Merritt Island’s Elijah Lusk would also pin his way through the draw, with three pins in all, the last in 1:23 over Heritage’s Roman Maldonado. Hald would take fourth after reaching the semis behind two byes. He lost by fall to Maldonado (5:23) there, but then pinned Heritage’s Seth Marr (3:49) in the consi semis. In the place match, Hald fell to Viera’s Dylan Quiroga, 6-4.
126 — Viera’s Andrew Pinzon had a tech fall and two decisions, the second of those a 10-8 win over Melbourne’s Micah Faxon, with Buckles placing fifth. He lost by fall to Atlantic’s Tyler Livingstone (1:22) in the quarters, but then decisioned Titusville’s Joshua Nelson, 7-1, in the consi quarter to secure a podium spot. In the consi semis, Buckles fell to Cocoa Beach’s Billy Day, 11-5, but rallied to pin Livingstone for fifth in 2:59.
132 — Cocoa Beach’s Michael Watson bonus-pointed his way to the final, where he decisioned Cocoa’s Ronald Theilacker, 8-5. Dance placed third after reaching the semifinals; after pinning Cocoa Beach’s Phillip Corriveau (:55) in the quarters, Dance lost by fall (4:51) to Theilacker. He bagged two pins on the backside, falling Astronaut’s Darren Brazeale (:24, consi semis) and Merritt Island’s Sean Anderson (3:30) for third.
138 — Heritage’s Zachary Cook pinned his way into the final, where he decisioned Peacock by an 8-5 count for the title. Peacock had two pins and a tech prior to the final, falling Bayside’s Alejandro Rodriguez (1:30) in the round of 16 and Titusville’s William Watkins (5:54) in the quarters; he then teched Cocoa Beach’s Ryan Beirne, 18-2 in 6 minutes in the semi. Sebastian Bedowski, who did not wrestle Friday night for FPC, was 1-2 in the tournament, losing by fall to Cook (1:00) in the round of 16. He rallied for a 42-second pin over Cocoa Beach’s Skyler Milstead in consi round 1, but then lost by fall in 1:21 to Melbourne’s Jason Baker.
145 — Cocoa Beach’s James Clark-Herndon pinned his way through, with 3 pins, the last in 2:35 over Melbourne’s Richard Skidmore. King was third and a semifinalist, with a fall over Eau Gallie’s Anthony Callahan (1:13) in the round of 16 and a bye in the quarters, falling to Skidmore (:38) in the semis. In the consi rounds, King teched teammate Felipe Costa (who made one appearance Friday, with a forfeit), 17-1 in 4:48, in the consi semis. He then decisioned Atlantic’s Avante Chamble, 7-2, for third. Costa was 4-2 and placed fifth on Saturday, with a front-side fall (1:22) in the round of 16 over Bayside’s Ethan Kermish before falling to Chamble, 5-3, in the quarters. Costa then decisioned Eau Gallie’s Anthony Callahan (4-0) and Heritage’s Gabriel Ferreira (7-3) to earn a podium spot, and pinned Kermish in 2:58 for fifth.
152 — DeFord pinned his way through the bracket for the title, the Bulldogs’ second, starting in the quarters with Melbourne’s Christian Nieto (:37). He then pinned Heritage’s Daniel Ferreira (3:22) in the semis and closed out the weekend with a fall over Cocoa’s Jay Funk in 2:02 for the title.
160 — Cocoa Beach’s Timothy Vincent bonus-pointed through the draw, with a fall in 27 seconds in the final over Atlantic’s David Arcieri. After losing by fall to Arcieri in the quarters, Gonzalez would come all the way back for third. He decisioned Heritage’s Vincente Ramirez-Elis, 11-5, in consi round 2, then pinned Astronaut’s Thomas Hubbard in 38 seconds in the consi quarter and falled Bayside’s Mason Lawrence in 3:37 in the semi before taking a forfeit against Heritage’s Christian Neilson for third.
170 — Eau Gallie’s Julian Stoneman pinned his way into the final, then found a takedown in sudden victory for a 10-8 win over Bayside’s Zander Owens. Schwartz, who lost by fall to Stoneman in the quarters, would come back to take fourth. In the consis, Schwartz pinned Astronaut’s Summer Berube (1:26) and Merritt Island’s Elijah Johnson (4:08) before falling, 6-1, to Cocoa’s Troy Sawyer.
182 — Merritt Island’s Colby Fisher had a pin and two decisions, winning 9-4 in the fianls over Heritage’s Chance Gorman. Austin placed fourth after reaching the semifinals. He pinned Bayside’s Cole Griffith in the quarters before falling, 7-3, to Fisher in the semis. Austin then pinned teammate Schell (who was at 195 on Friday) in 1:21 in the consi semis, then fell, 6-5, to Atlantic’s Christian Henry. Schell would take sixth, starting the day with a loss by fall to Henry on the front. He then pinned Melbourne’s Jacob Roberts (:55) and won by forfeit in the consi quarter to guarantee a podium spot. In the fifth-place match, Schell lost by fall to Griffith in 3:31.
195 — Cocoa Beach’s Peter Sagorski had three falls, none going past the first period, with the last in just 19 seconds over Viera’s Connor Kennedy for the title. Wronowski, who was at 220 Friday night, placed fourth in the weight class. After losing by fall to Heritage’s Daunte Daube in the quarters, Wronowski had two byes into the consi semis, where he pinned Astronaut’s Jonah Thomas in 4:31. Wronowski then lost by fall (2:27) to Eau Gallie’s Landon Peacock in the third-place match.
220 — Melbourne’s Marqueil Ford-Watson bonus-pointed through the draw, with three pins and a 21-8 major in the final over Merritt Island’s Diari James. No Flagler Palm Coast wrestlers at this weight.
285 — Atlantic’s Jared Jackson pinned his way through the tournament, with three pins, the last of those in the final over Eau Gallie’s Keshawn Dixon. Davis placed third after reaching the semifinals. He had pins on the front over Melbourne’s Colin Wakeman (round of 16) and Cocoa Beach’s Remi Martinez (quarters) before losing a wild match in sudden victory to Dixon, 13-12, in the semis. Davis then decisioned Atlantic’s Derrick Thorvaldsen, 4-3, in the consi semis and shut out Viera’s Justin Feliciano, 5-0, for third.
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