PALM COAST — Even with missing starters, Fleming Island is still a very formidable opponent.
Seven opponents found that out over the course of the weekend at Flagler Palm Coast’s 35th annual Flagler Rotary Saturday, which for the first time in recent memory was contested in duals format.
The Golden Eagles rolled up an average margin of victory of 47.5 points per dual in Friday’s pool competition, as Fleming Island (22-1 in duals for the season) romped past DeLand (76-3), Creekside (55-18), Columbia (64-13) and Flagler Palm Coast (53-24).
On Saturday, in championship-bracket competition, Fleming Island pushed past St Augustine (41-33), Buchholz (46-27) and one of 1A’s top championship threats out of south Florida in American Heritage-Delray, 42-32, in the title dual.
“We’re banged up,” Golden Eagles coach PJ Cobbert said on-site Saturday evening after Fleming’s part in the competition was complete. “Missing like five starters. But we beat them (visitng AH-DB) in good spots. Bumped (tournament OW Hunter) Herrington up a weight and Riley (Holton) did what he was supposed to do.
“Good week of practice, but we lost some key kids. We’ll see how long they’re out. But no matter what happens, we’ll show up with who we got.”
Clay was third in the 17-team tournament, taking first in the Black pool on Friday with a 4-0 day in which it lost just six individual matches. The Blue Devils then got to the semis, with a 57-18 win over Creekside, but then fell to 1A statewide rival AH-Delray, 37-33. Clay then responded with consi-side wins over Oakleaf (50-22) and Buchholz (69-10) for third. The Bobcats were second in the Black pool, at 3-1, and beat Oakleaf, 45-27, in the quarters, as well as 3A-District 2 rival FPC, 46-34, in the consi semis.
The Clay Knights were fifth after going 2-1 and taking one of the two wins over American Heritage-Delray during the weekend (in Grey pool wrestling on Friday), with consi-side wins over St Augustine (48-35, quarters) and Flagler Palm Coast (47-35, fifth place). FPC was the B flight champ within the Green pool, losing only to Fleming on Friday; after opening Saturday’s wrestling with a 48-24 loss to AH-Delray, the Bulldogs beat Creekside, 50-24, in the consi quarters. St Augustine avenged a Friday Green pool loss to Creekside with a 48-36 seventh-place dual win Saturday.
In Saturday morning’s consolation pool, Suwannee — which had gone 1-2 in the Grey pool on Friday — was 4-1 on Friday to place second in that pool, while Bartram Trail was third, Columbia fourth, DeLand fifth, Deltona seventh and Ponte Vedra eighth.
Box scores for all duals contested over the weekend can be found HERE. Not all teams could be individually noted further in the recap due to missing results.
Championship standings: 1. Fleming Island. 2. American Heritage-Delray. 3. Clay. 4. Buchholz. 5. Oakleaf. 6. Flagler Palm Coast. 7. St Augustine. 8. Creekside.
Consolation standings: 1. Hagerty. 2. Suwannee. 3. Bartram Trail. 4. Columbia. 5. DeLand. 6. Lake Mary. 7. Deltona. 8. Ponte Vedra. 9. Lake Brantley.
THE ACES OF THE DAY
Fleming Island: Herrington (113/120) was one of three Golden Eagles to go 7-0 on the weekend, with pins Friday over DeLand and Creekside and a third one Saturday against Buchholz. Herrington also had a major decision in the win over Flagler Palm Coast and a decision win over American Heritage-Delray, plus two forfeit wins.
Clay: Ethan Daniels (285) was one of two 8-0 Blue Devil wrestlers and the only one to max-point (score 6 points in each dual that the team wrestled), with two pins (over Bartram Trail and Oakleaf) plus a win by disqualification against Buchholz and five forfeits.
Buchholz: Aiden Moore (145) was 8-0 and bonus-pointed through the weekend, securing four pins, a win by injury-default and two majors. Moore had falls against Ponte Vedra, Bartram Trail, Lake Brantley and Oakleaf, with the majors against Clay (twice).
Oakleaf: Logan Gilbert (132/138) was the Clay Knights’ lone unbeaten wrestler, with a 6-0 weekend fueled by Friday pins over American Heritage-Delray, Suwannee and Lake Mary and Saturday falls against Buchholz and St Augustine. He took a decision in the Clay dual as well.
Flagler Palm Coast: Kyle Peacock (160) bonus-pointed through the weekend, with a 7-0 tournament slate that included four pins (two on Friday over St Augustine & Hagerty, two on Saturday against American Heritage-Delray and Creekside), plus a major against Buchholz.
St Augustine: Connor Spossey (170) was the Yellow Jackets’ lone unbeaten, going 7-0 with five pins. Spossey had three falls Friday (Hagerty, Deltona and Creekside) and two more on Saturday (Oakleaf and Creekside), with decisions over the hosts and against Fleming Island.
Creekside: After losses in his first two matches, Andrew Feeks (106) pinned his way through the rest of the weekend, as one of two St Johns Knights to go 5-2. Feeks had pins over DeLand, St Augustine, Clay, Flagler Palm Coast and St Augustine.
Suwannee: Xander Kirkland (120) earned max points in all seven appearances for the Bulldogs, with six pins over the weekend (Lake Mary & Oakleaf on Friday, Lake Brantley, DeLand, Bartram Trail & Hagerty on Saturday), with a forfeit win over Columbia as well.
Bartram Trail: Ethan Vugman (106/113) was the only Bear with more than seven wins on the weekend, going 9-0. Vugman had six pins (Buchholz, Deltona, Hagerty, Suwannee, Columbia & DeLand), including five on Saturday, and a decision for Bartram’s only points against Clay.
Columbia: Jaycob Jones (285) was 6-0 on the weekend and the Tigers’ only unbeaten wrestler (the 285 weight led to a 9-0 weekend for Columbia wrestlers). Jones had pins over DeLand on Friday as well as Hagerty and Bartram Trail on Saturday.
Deltona: Ethan Chiu (220) was an 8-0 max-pointer, with three pins each day (Flagler Palm Coast, Hagerty and DeLand on Friday; Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra and Lake Brantley on Saturday), plus two forfeit victories over the course of the weekend.
Ponte Vedra: Rett Maritato (170) was the Sharks’ lone unbeaten wrestler, with an 8-0 weekend that included five pins (Clay, Bartram Trail, Deltona, Lake Brantley and Lake Mary), two tech falls and a decision.