The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.
We are in the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our fourth team up this round and fourth out of 3A-District 2, the 38th team overall, is Flagler Palm Coast.
FLAGLER PALM COAST
You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2019-20 here –> FLAGLER PALM COAST
Win/loss record: 21-4 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Flagler Palm Coast started the season with a sweep of events at Bayside’s Barbara Pill Memorial on December 6-7, with a 5-0 duals record on the Friday and first-place IBT finish on the Saturday. After a midweek dual win on the 11th, the Bulldogs were third in the eight-team Will Nutter Memorial, a one-day IBT at Merritt Island on the 14th. With FPC’s lone female wrestler repping the Bulldogs at Matanzas’ Lady Pirate Classic on the 21st, the main body of the team headed to Oviedo for the Johnny Rouse Memorial, a two-day duals tournament this year, where FPC compiled a 4-3 weekend record. After the holidays, the Bulldogs made the trip to Pembroke Pines to compete in the Somerset Scuffle, placing third in the 17-team, two-day event (roundrobin component on Friday, IBT on Saturday). The Bulldogs then won two 3A-District 2 duals on the 9th to win the team duals district title. After a midweek dual win on the 14th, FPC split a pair of Region 1 duals on the 16th, getting to the semifinals. The Bulldogs then rolled through five dual opponents to take the Showdown in O-Town title at Oviedo on the 18th. After a victorious midweek dual on the 22nd, FPC then took nearly a week and a half off the competitive mats prior to hosting the Flagler Rotary on the 31st and February 1, where the hosts finished fifth out of 33 teams in the two-day IBT. Flagler then returned to the top spot in the 5 Star Conference on February 8, and won the Ocoee Mat Classic, a two-day IBT, on the 14th and 15th. The Bulldog female contingent, meanwhile, placed T-75th at girls’ state. Flagler made it a District 2 double with a first-place showing in the traditional series, finishing fourth and qualifying four wrestlers for states. Behind two medal efforts, the Bulldogs finished T-17th in the 3A state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena.
Note: Records are as compiled by Matmen.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Kole Hannant (sophomore, 45-13 at 106, district runnerup, 1 match from states); John Hald (sophomore, 31-23 at 120, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Brendan Buckles (junior, 28-21 at 126, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Kyle Peacock (junior, 43-8 at 138, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Blane DeFord (junior, 54-8 at 145, district champ, region runnerup, state 4th); Felipe Costa (junior, 13-12 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Timothy King (junior, 32-12 at 152, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Marcelo Gonzalez (junior, 34-23 at 160, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Garrick Schwartz (junior, 29-24 at 170, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Dalton Schell (sophomore, 15-31 at 182, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Joseph Wronowski (sophomore, 11-27 at 195, 1 match from regions); Seth Davis (junior, 22-21 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Joseph Rizzo (43-15 at 113, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Andrew Dance (42-13 at 132, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Isabel Petrin (3-3 at 138, 2-2 at girls’ state); Jayden Austin (17-11 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Anthony Cinelli (39-8 at 285, district runnerup, region 3rd, state 4th).
2019-20 MVP: As part of a senior group that had been part of the previous coaching leadership group, it might have been easy for the 2020 seniors, led by heavyweight Anthony (AJ) Cinelli, to maybe find something else to do for two years. But Cinelli and the seniors bought in, and for Cinelli personally, the hard road led to a state medal. Cinelli won his first 11 matches, with a 7-0 weekend at Rouse, and had a 22-2 start to his year, with the second loss to a 1A state placer. He was third at Flagler — only a fellow Matmen MVP and 3A state champion would hand him a loss, and he reached the finals at 5 Star, with a former 1A placewinner beating him. Cinelli took his lone title of the year at Ocoee, and reached the District 2 final. After a quarterfinal loss at Region 1, Cinelli powered through four wins to rally back for third and qualify out to states, securing his medal on Friday with a dramatic double-overtime win in the quarters, going on to close his high school career by placing 4th.
2020-21 captain: Rising junior Blane DeFord shook up the middle weights this year, with a seismic rise up the ranks to a fourth-place finish at states, and has been the leading example, over the past two seasons, of the new path Flagler has taken in returning to a high place among area teams. DeFord led FPC in wins, with 54, including his first 14 in a row, with titles at Barbara Pill and Will Nutter. He stayed solid through the holiday break, with a 5-2 weekend at Rouse and a third-place finish at Somerset Scuffle (all of these while wrestling a weight up). DeFord ran the table at Oviedo and placed third at Flagler, with his only loss to the eventual 2A state runnerup. He bonus-pointed through the field to 5 Star and Ocoee titles (at Ocoee, he made his drop to 145), adding a District 2 title the following week. After reaching the Region 1 finals to qualify out, DeFord fell in the quarters to a multiple-time state champ and Division I commit. His response was to pin his way into the medal round, avenging his region loss in the process, to secure a fourth-place medal. With two more years of eligibility, we could see DeFord on Saturday night before his career ends.
Zander Laurin Warrior: You have to bring what you got to this sport, sometimes, even if courage is all you’ve got to bring. Rising junior Seth Davis, despite being significantly over-matched size-wise, held down the 285 spot at Barbara Pill and Will Nutter, and acquitted himself honorably, with a 10-4 record and eight pins. He dropped to 220 for Somerset Scuffle and stayed there the rest of the year, in a weight class that — for our area — was just absolutely loaded. He was 2-4 at Somerset, 2-2 at Flagler and one match short of placing at 5 Star, but came back to take third at Ocoee after a front-side loss to the eventual champ (and state placewinner). After a loss by fall in his first district match, Davis brought what he had in the consis, grinding out two consi-side wins to secure another week for his season. For consistently showing all heart, Davis — the “Flaglah Hammah” per his coach — is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Flagler Palm Coast.
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