North Florida Matmen staff report
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — District duals champion. County champion.
Now, Flagler Palm Coast can add “Conference champion” to its history of the 2019-20 season, though Atlantic certainly made the Bulldogs work for it, as FPC held a 10.5-point margin of victory — less than a point per weight class — over the Sharks, 186-175.5.
University (Orange City) was third with 136 points, with Seabreeze fourth at 110 and host New Smyrna Beach fifth at 103.
DeLand held off Deltona and Pine Ridge for sixth, with 53 points to the Wolves’ 50 and Panthers’ 47, while Mainland finished with 30 points.
A summary of the tournament follows:
106 — FPC freshman Kole Hannant won his first conference title; after a bye into the semis, Hannant pinned UOC’s Grady Bryant (1:15) in the semis and Pine Ridge’s Devon Heil in 2:41 for the championship. Heil advanced to the final with wins over Seabreeze’s Kayla Nguyen (10-4, quarters) and DeLand’s Kellen Chapman (11-9, semis). Bryant took two wins on the back for third, pinning Chapman in 2:39 in the place match.
113 — Flagler senior Joseph Rizzo (20th-3A) took his second 5 Star title (won last year), with pins en route to the final over UOC’s Patrick King (3:53, quarters) and Atlantic’s Bernie Alvarez (4:56, semis), then held off Seabreeze’s Joe Kent (16th-2A), 9-6, for the title. Kent got to the finals behind pins over DeLand’s Makenzy Garcia (1:17, quarters) and Deltona’s Kevin Kerns (2:57, semis). Kerns would come back for third behind two pins, falling Alvarez in 1:17 in the medal round.
120 — After a runnerup showing at 126 last year as a freshman, the hosts’ Jace Engberg (14th-2A) pushed through to the title, but needed overtime to do it. Engberg decisioned FPC’s John Hald, 7-1, in the quarters, then pinned Seabreeze’s Kobe Baert (13th-2A) in 3:38 to reach the final. There, he had to find a takedown in overtime for a 6-4 win over Atlantic’s Jamey Bruner. Bruner had reached the final with a third-period tech (22-4 in 5:01) over DeLand’s Rhett Roberts (quarters) and fall over Deltona’s Luis Vazquez (5:56, semis). Baert had two pins in 67 seconds on the back, falling Vazquez in 44 seconds for third.
126 — NSB sophomore Michael Shannon won his second conference title and did so by pinning his way through the draw for the second time as well. After a bye into the semis, Shannon (7th-2A) falled Atlantic’s Tyler Livingston (3:22) in the semis, then pinned Flagler Palm Coast’s Brendan Buckles in 1:59 for the title. Buckles reached the final with a fall over Seabreeze’s Ben Orlowski (1:51) and 6-0 semifinal win over Deltona’s Carlos Pineda. Pineda had a pair of majors to rally back for third, with a 9-1 victory over Livingston in the place match.
132 — Flagler senior Andrew Dance (20th-3A) was a conference champion for the third time (won titles in 2018 and last year), pinning his way through the bracket and earning his 100th career victory along the way. Dance falled Seabreeze’s Ryan Phelan (:28, quarters), Deltona’s Jacob Swanson (1:13, semis) and Atlantic’s Azizbek Rustamiy (3:27) in the championship. Rustamiy had a bye into the semis, where he pinned NSB’s Tristan Winfrey (16th-2A at 120) in 4:45. Swanson had two bonus-point wins in wrestling back for third, majoring Winfrey by a 9-0 count in the medal round.
138 — FPC sophomore Kyle Peacock (10th-3A), after a runnerup showing last year, collected his first 5 Star title. After a bye into the semis, Peacock falled DeLand’s Lane Wishart (1:21) in the semis and then decisioned Atlantic’s Jeremiah Epps, 7-1, in the final. Epps got to the final with pins over University’s Braden Cooper (2:32, quarters) and the hosts’ Justis Chandler (1:10, semis). Chandler came back for third behind two pins, falling Cooper in 2:52 in taking third.
145 — University senior Chase McDonough (11th-3A) was a repeat champion (3rd in 2018, won last year). After a bye into the semis, McDonough majored NSB’s Hunter Childress, 12-3, in the semis, then held off Flagler Palm Coast’s Timothy King, 5-3, for the title. King pinned Pine Ridge’s Walter Warner (2:50, quarters) and edged Atlantic’s Avante Chamble, 7-6, to get to McDonough. Chamble came back for third behind a pin and 5-3 win over Childress in the place match.
152 — FPC sophomore Blane DeFord (10th-3A) became a two-time finalist and first-time conference champion. After a bye into the semis, DeFord falled UOC’s James Houck (1:17) there and then majored Seabreeze’s Brock Roberts, 9-1, for the title. Roberts (18th-2A) reached the final after a bye and third-period fall (4:27) over NSB’s Thomas Evans. Evans needed overtime in the consi semis, but less time in the third-place match, where he pinned Houck in 2:39.
160 — Seabreeze senior Victor Lipsey became a three-time conference placer (3rd in 2018, runnerup last year) and first-time champ, with a semifinal 7-0 win over UOC’s Kellan Flanary sandwiched by pins over Pine Ridge’s Nate Brazel (1:14, quarters) and FPC’s Marcelo Gonzalez (2:33) in the final. Gonzalez got to the final with a fall over Mainland’s Fred Bowen (1:45) and 4-3 win over Atlantic’s David Arcieri (19th-1A) in the semis. Arcieri came back for third behind two pins, falling Flanary in 2:39 in the medal round.
170 — In his first varsity appearance at 5 Star, Atlantic sophomore Noah Anderson pinned his way through the bracket; after a bye into the semis, Anderson falled NSB’s Thomas Connell (2:58) and then pinned University (Orange City)’s Aaron Liberti in 1:03 for the title. Liberti pinned FPC’s Garrick Schwartz in 2:26 to get to the finals; Schwartz, in turn, had two decisions to wrestle back for third, with a 7-2 win over Connell in the place match.
182 — Atlantic’s Christian Henry joined Dance, McDonough and Lipsey as three-time placers, with his first title. After a bye, Henry pinned Mainland’s Brady Howe (1:27) in the semi, then came back to fall Pine Ridge’s Jonathan Waugh in 3:58 for the title. Waugh had second-period pins over NSB’s Dale Edwards (3:01, quarters) and Seabreeze’s Chris Thomas (3:02, semis). Howe came back for third with two pins, falling Thomas in 1:46 for the medal.
195 — UOC senior Ethan Lasher (4th-3A) won his first 5 Star title (was 3rd last year), with pins over FPC’s Joseph Wronowski (1:30, quarters) and Seabreeze’s Caiden Patton (2:29, semis), then held off DeLand’s Aaron Morris, 4-2, for the bracket win. Morris got to the final with a bye and 13-1 major over Mainland’s Doug Dittmer in the semi. Patton had a fall in the consi semis, then battled into double-overtime before turning back Dittmer, 4-3, for third.
220 — Like teammate Lasher, the Titans’ Christian Kennick (6th-3A) won his first conference title after finishing third a year ago. Kennick, a junior, pinned his way through the draw, with pins over Pine Ridge’s D’Angelo Baker (5:28, quarters), Flagler’s Seth Davis (1:00, semis) and Seabreeze’s Nathan Boyd (17th-2A; 5:50) in the title match. Boyd reached the final with pins over Atlantic’s Michael Sklare (3:51, quarters) and DeLand’s Gavin Hart (3:34, semis). Baker had to win three times with max points to wrestle back for third, pinning Sklare in 4 minutes.
285 — Atlantic junior Jared Jackson (3rd-1A) won his second 5 Star title, after a bye, semifinal pin over DeLand’s Willie Goosby and 6-4 finals win over FPC’s AJ Cinelli (Jackson won by 2-1 count in the 2019 semis over Cinelli). Cinelli also had a bye into the semis, where he pinned UOC’s Keenan Diaz in 1:37. Goosby won by fall twice in taking third, pinning Diaz in :51.
Complete brackets for the tournament can be found HERE.
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