ST JOHNS — Flagler Palm Coast trailed just once during the course of business in its Wednesday night away dual at Creekside, as the Bulldogs were able to turn back the Knights, 42-33.
But there was a sense of added significance on the Bulldog side, which had lost its principal, James “Tom” Russell, last week after contracting COVID-19.
“It’s a great loss for Flagler and for Florida. He was a great administrator and principal,” FPC coach Zach Sanford said after the dual. “Our kids had felt the quarantines, but now they saw it with real people being affected.
“They understand now that they need to be thankful for every every match, for every tournament that we’re able to have this year.”
The Bulldogs (3-0 in duals) jumped out to an early lead, 9-0, behind a fall from Garrick Schwartz (195) and a 5-2 win from Marcelo Gonzalez at 182. The teams then traded max-point wins from 220 through 132, with pins for FPC from Seth Davis (285), Kole Hannant (113) and John Hald (126), while Creekside answered with falls from Vincent Approbato (220) and Andrew Feeks (106), plus forfeits at 120 and 132.
The Knights (12-2) briefly forged ahead behind a forfeit at 145 after Nolan Anderson (138) powered through to a 4-3 win at his weight, but FPC would surge back out front on three bonus-point wins, as Timothy King (152) won by fall, Blane DeFord (19-4 in 5:29 at 160) by tech and Kyle Peacock (9-0 at 170) by major to close out the dual in the Bulldogs’ favor.
Flagler Palm Coast will compete in Celebration’s Storm 6-way in Central Florida on Saturday, while the Knights are off until January 2, when they’ll host the St Johns County championship.
Clay 61, Oakleaf 18: At Oakleaf, the visiting Blue Devils (4-1) roared out to a 39-0 lead and never looked back in a matchup of county rivals.
Pins from Garrett Tyre (220), Ethan Daniels (285), Maverick Rainwater (113) and Dalton Huckelberry (126), plus a 6-5 win from Gunner Ivey at 120 and two forfeits, jumpstarted the Clay effort.
The rest of the dual played out almost even, with Clay’s Luke Boree (138) and Ethan Larsen (182) each picking up pins and Dominic Martin (152) taking a 9-1 major. Oakleaf (8-4) got falls from Logan Gilbert (132) and Christian Griffith (145), plus decisions from James McClintic (7-2 at 160) and Sebastian Lopez de Victoria (4-0 at 170).
Clay is scheduled per our last information and per Track for this weekend’s Allstate Wildcat Invitational at Valdosta, while Oakleaf will host Englewood in a single dual tonight.
Fernandina Beach tri-meet: The hosts ran their duals record to 9-3, sweeping a pair of Gateway Conference opponents in Robert E Lee (75-0) and Wolfson (60-24). The third dual saw the Wolfpack turn back the Generals, 48-24.
Double winners for the Pirates were Nik Saldana (106), Jacob Simmons (113, 2 pins), Caden Kubatzke (120, 2 pins), Jeremy Mahoney (126, pin over Wolfson, decision over Lee), Dietrich Woods (138, 2 pins), Enzo Gamba (145, 2 pins), Brooks Rohe (160, pin over Lee), Lucas Crawford (170, pin over Wolfson), Tyler Harris (182, pin over Wolfson) and Kolby Kidd (220).
Wolfson (3-1 in duals) got a pair of wins each from Max Lewallen (132, pin over Fernandina), Haydon Long (195/220, pin over Fernandina) and Tavion Ford (285, pin over Fernandina). Samual Harris (113) and Liam Strange (138) each added falls in the Lee dual.
For the Generals (0-2), which opened their season Wednesday, Ricky Hicks (120), Jamal Burkes (126), Ty’Juan Jones (145) and Gerard Kennedy (152) all had pins against the Wolfpack.
Robert E Lee will be first back on the mat, going to Westside on Saturday for a single dual; Fernandina Beach and Wolfson are both off until their respective district dual tourmanents (Pirates at 1A-District 3 at Yulee on Jan. 6, Wolfpack at 1A-District 4 at Union Cty on Jan. 7).
Matanzas 60, Ponte Vedra 12: At Ponte Vedra, the Pirates stayed unbeaten in duals (5-0), taking 10 max-point wins.
Carter Wilder (106), Toryion Stallings (120), Logan Mayer (138), Tyson Mills (152), Jordan Mills (160), Bailey Molina (170), AJ Pieroni (220) and Robert Elder (285) each won by fall for Matanzas.
For the Sharks (0-5), Aiden Taylor (126) and Zach Underwood (182) each took pins.
Matanzas will travel to Lyman’s Bill Scott Memorial one-day IBT on Saturday, while Ponte Vedra is off until the St Johns County championships at Creekside on January 2.
Matanzas girls 24, Ponte Vedra 15: In the first of two duals at PVHS on Wednesday, the Lady Pirates took four victories to the Lady Sharks’ three.
Tiana Fries (100), Reina Robinson (106), Sierra Kemp (117) and Abrielle Molina (128) all won by fall for Matanzas.
For Ponte Vedra, Cynthia Kowitski (112) and Olivia Richie (134) both turned in pins, while Ava Shuck (122) survived the longest match of the night, with a 16-10 decision win.
Buchholz 50, Union Cty 30: At Gainesville on Senior Night, the Bobcats picked up their first dual victory of the year, opening up a 17-0 lead that they never relinquished.
Kason Nichols (160), Steven Szabo (170), Jason Martin (220), Siddharth Bianchi (113), Jedidiah Brown (120) and Venumadhava Mirel (132) all won by fall for Buchholz (1-1), which got a tech fall (19-3 in 5:31) from Liam Buchanan at 152, plus a 3-1 win from Timothy Bowen at 145 to close out the dual.
Union Cty opened its dual season Wednesday, with pins from Danny Thornton (182), Dayven Kelly (285) and Christian Simmons (106), plus a pair of forfeit wins.
The Bobcats will make a short hop over to Villages on Saturday for the Amanda St John Memorial, while Union Cty will host Scrap for the Strap, which appears to be now a one-day duals tournament, also on Saturday.
Mainland 48, Deltona 30: At Mainland in a matchup of 5 Star Conference rivals, the hosts got the better end of it to even their duals record at 2-2.
Brian Harris (126), Josh Rodgers (160), Devin Dorton (170), Nico Rivera (195) and Jordan Colubiale (285) all took pins for the Buccaneers, with Heath Hilado (5-2 at 132) and Isaias Davila (5-4 in ultimate-tiebreaker win at 145) both winning by decision.
The visiting Wolves (1-4) got pins from Jackson Matthew (138), Zane Hair (152), Ethan Chiu (220) and Dianna Pineda (106).
Mainland is scheduled for Union Cty’s Scrap for the Strap on Saturday, according to our information; Deltona swings right back into action tonight, hosting New Smyrna Beach.
Fletcher 55, Ridgeview 12: At Fletcher, the hosts briefly spotted the Panthers the early lead (9-6) before winning six straight matches and nine of the last 10 to take the dual win.
Ryden Ashmore (126), Gabe Daltro (145), Joel Rodriguez (160), Christopher Strong (170), Ryan Klein (182), Ethan Hollenbach (220), Jimi Baur (113) and Cole O’Brien (120) each won by fall for the Senators (3-1). Ana Bradshaw (12-4 at 106) added a major and Elisha Purdy (9-4 at 152) a decision for Fletcher.
Matthew Rodriquez (132) had Ridgeview’s lone bonus points, winning by fall; Ian Finnorn (8-1 at 138) and Derrick Mosley (8-2 at 285) both added decisions for the Panthers (8-4).
Both teams will be at Ridgeview’s 5-way duals event on Tuesday.
Results: Box scores for all reported duals from Wednesday night’s action can be found HERE.