OVIEDO — This year’s Fleming Island team has, in just three weeks of competitive season thus far, done something several previous iterations of Golden Eagle clubs could not.
Beat South Dade. And, in the same weekend, Southwest Miami.
But the Dade County Eagles found a way Saturday in a couple of weights that they could not against Fleming Island on Friday, taking a 33-21 win for the Johnny Rouse Duals title at Hagerty HS.
Fleming Island kicked off its duals season with a 6-1 record, winning Pool D on Friday with pool wins over Celebration (72-3), Wiregrass Ranch (84-0) and Southwest Miami (34-32).
On Saturday, the Golden Eagles continued with the hot hand, downing former 3A-Region 1 rivals Hagerty (54-27) and Flagler Palm Coast (51-19), then overcame the multiple-time 3A defending state champion Buccaneers, 36-33, to get another shot at Southwest Miami.
But a nine-point swing at one weight and some tightening up at others allowed Southwest Miami to take the win in the championship dual.
The Golden Eagles had two wrestlers go 7-0 on the weekend. At 182, Jhoel Robinson (5 pins) was a max-pointer, scoring 6 team dual points in each dual that Fleming Island wrestled. Jayce Paridon (113/120, 3 pins & 2 decisions) was the other to win all seven of his matches.
Matthew Kotler (145, 5 pins & decision) and Joshua Sandoval (170, 3 pins, major & decision) were both 6-1, while Kaden Schaefer (138, 2 pins & 2 decisions) turned in a 5-1 weekend.
Laird Duhaylungsod (120/126, 3 pins & 2 decisions) and Ethan Hoffstetter (285, 4 pins & decision) were both 5-2 on the weekend, with Shane Duhaylungsod (106, 2 pins) going 4-2. In a regular role, Joshua Mukaddam (126, 3 pins) was 3-2.
Here’s a look at the rest of the teams in Region 1 that competed in the tournament:
Flagler Palm Coast (6-7 for season, 3-4 in event, 6th overall, 2nd in Pool B): The Bulldogs opened with pool wins Friday over Oviedo (63-0) and University (Orange City), 66-6, before falling to Winter Springs, 36-24. Saturday began with losses to South Dade (40-39) and Fleming before a 42-36 win over the host Huskies. Osceola then edged FPC for fifth, 35-30.
Flagler Palm Coast also had two unbeatens, as Garrick Schwartz (195, 3 pins, major & 2 decisions) and Dalton Schell (220, 4 pins & decision) both were 7-0.
Timothy McLean (106/113, 2 pins) and John Hald (132, 3 pins & 2 decisions) were both 6-1, while Kole Hannant (126, 3 pins & decision), Marcelo Gonzalez (182, 3 pins) and Seth Davis (285, 2 pins & 2 decisions) were each 5-2.
In a regular starting role, Brendan Buckles (160, pin & 2 decisions) turned in a 3-3 weekend.
Hagerty (9-4 for season, 3-4 in event, 7th overall, 2nd in Pool A): The Huskies took wins over DeLand (48-33) and Matanzas (45-33) before falling to Osceola in criteria, 34-33, on Friday. Saturday started off tough for Hagerty, with losses to Fleming, South Dade (48-24) and FPC before the Huskies took seventh with a 54-30 win over Palm Harbor University.
David Mejia (132, 3 pins & 2 decisions) with a 6-1 weekend, while Blake Watts (152, 4 pins & decision) was 5-1.
Kamdon Harrison (160, 4 pins) and Connor Gilliam (182, 3 pins & injury-default win) both were 5-2 on the weekend, while Ethan Gomez (170, 2 pins) and Hunter Tate (195, 3 pins) each were 4-3.
DeLand (4-2 for season & event, 9th overall, 3rd in Pool A): The Bulldogs opened with losses to Hagerty and Osceola (48-30), but finished with a 57-21 win over Matanzas. Saturday saw three double-digit wins come DeLand’s way, as it took down Oviedo (72-6) and Celebration (60-24) before defeating Matanzas a second time, 48-31, to win the consolation bracket.
Victor Hopton (106, 3 pins) and Marion Smokes (220, 5 pins) were both 6-0 max-pointers for the Bulldogs, while Kellen Chapman (126, 3 pins & tech), Lane Wishart (145, 4 pins), Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (182, 4 pins) and Marco Selph (285, 5 pins) all were 5-1.
Grady Bryant (113, pin & major), Joshua Folsom (132, 2 pins & decisions) and Andrew Knowles (195, 4 pins) all were 4-2 for DeLand, while Mathias Franz (138, 2 pins) contributed a 3-2 weekend.
Matanzas (6-6 for season, 3-4 in event, 10th overall, 4th in Pool A): After going winless on Friday, with a leadoff loss to Osceola (42-40) in addition to those noted earlier, the Pirates won three times on Saturday, taking down Wiregrass Ranch (69-12), University (Orange City) (71-12) and Buchholz (40-37) before falling to DeLand.
Three Matanzas wrestlers were 7-0 on the weekend, with Carter Wilder (113, 2 pins & 2 decisions), Toryion Stallings (120, 3 pins & decision) and Jordan Mills (170, 4 pins, major & decision) all going undefeated.
Tyson Mills (152, 5 pins) was 6-1 in the tournament, while Christian Borgmann (106, pin) finished 5-2 and Dylan Parkinson (132/138, major) was 4-3. Landon Wright (182, pin) chipped in a 3-3 weekend for the Pirates.
Buchholz (4-3 for season, 3-3 in event, 11th overall, 3rd in Pool C): The Bobcats had two duals in Pool C on Friday, falling to Palm Harbor University (38-37) and South Dade (49-30), but had a 3-1 day on Saturday, with wins over University (Orange City) (66-12) and Wiregrass Ranch (64-18), plus a 66-12 win over Celebration for third in the consolation bracket.
Two Buchholz wrestlers were 6-0, as Venumadhava Mirel (132/138, 4 pins) was a max-pointer and William Lancer (170/182, 3 pins & major) bonus-pointed through the weekend. Cavarius Liddie (126/132, 3 pins & decision) was 4-0 in a regular role.
Aiden Moore (152, 3 pins & decision) and Jamari Chisolm (195, 3 pins) each were 5-1 for Buchholz, with Laine Slayton (132, 2 pins) contributing a 4-1 tournament. Talia Robbins (106, pin) and Max Szabo (160/170, 2 pins & major) both were 4-2 for the Bobcats.
University (Orange City) (3-10 for season, 3-4 in event, 3rd in Pool B, 13th overall): The Titans had two wins against Oviedo (30-24 on Friday, 42-24 on Saturday), with a third win over Wiregrass Ranch (42-24) plus a loss to Winter Springs (72-4) along with the losses mentioned earlier.
Rubens Joseph (220/285) did not compete on Friday, but hit the ground running with four pins on Saturday for a 4-0 day to lead the Titans.
Oviedo (6-10 for season, 0-6 in event, 4th in Pool B, 14th overall): The Lions fell in Friday pool play to Winter Springs (75-0) and on Saturday against Celebration (60-24), in addition to those duals mentioned earlier.
Oviedo got a 3-0 second day from Caden Martz (113/120, pin), and a 3-1 tournament from Levi Thorpe (285, pin).
You can see full duals results for all 15 teams in the tournament HERE.