#3AState: Flagler Bid For Another First Comes Up Short

Flagler Palm Coast’s Bryce Dodge (left) works for a turn during 160-lb action in the FHSAA Class 3A semifinals Saturday afternoon at Osceola (Photo by Brant Parsons,

KISSIMMEE — A run of firsts for Flagler Palm Coast came to an end Saturday against a Wellington team seeking some firsts of their own.

That seemed to be the theme of Saturday in FHSAA Class 3A, with a new first-time champion, a new first-time runnerup, and a new first-time semifinalist (and by extension Region 1 champ) in the Bulldogs.

In Saturday afternoon’s 3A semifinals battle of the firsts, it was Wellington that had too much power in the tank for Flagler, taking a 43-25 win over the Bulldogs.

Saturday’s semifinal opening start weight, 182, has been a solid one for the Bulldogs (12-8 in duals) most of the year, and in spaces somewhat was once again for FPC, as it held even with Wellington through the first four weights, 9-9.

Marcelo Gonzalez (182) took an 8-3 win to kick off the dual; three weights later, Seth Davis racked up a first-period fall to tie things up.

But Wellington took pins at 106 and 113, forcing the Bulldogs to try to play catch up the rest of the way. Kole Hannant (120) bagged a bonus point with his 11-3 response and major decision at 120, cutting the Wolverines’ lead to 21-13.

It was a short-lived attempt to catch up, as Wellington pulled together a 22-0 run that clinched the dual, behind a pin from James Marvel (138), an 11-3 dual-clinching major from Mario Trigazis (145), a forfeit at 132 and decisions from Sam Marvel (8-5 at 126) and Seth Rhodes (14-12 at 152).

Flagler powerhouse state IBT placewinners Bryce Dodge (160) and Blane DeFord (170) both secured falls, but by then the damage had been done as far as the overall dual was concerned.

While Wellington had enough firepower for the double-digit semifinal, it couldn’t prevent Palmetto Ridge’s run to the title, which began Saturday with a 39-26 semifinal win over four-time defending champion South Dade. The final saw the Bears, 2A semifinalists in 2020 and runnerup last year, overcome an early 9-0 deficit in rolling out to a 42-25 victory.

Palmetto Ridge built three different mini-runs in taking the dual, with three wins in four between 285 and 120 on Austin Foye’s pin at 285 and decisions from Tyler Washburn (6-4 in sudden victory at 113) and Bernardo Barnhart (7-2 at 120).

After Wellington took it out to a 22-12 gap with wins at 126 and 132, the Bears got back-to-back-to-back pins from Demetri Zertopoulis (138), Brennan Van Hoecke (145) and Carson Miller (152) to take a 30-22 lead. The Wolverines got three back at 160, but two more Ridge pins from Roman Garcia (170) and Leonard Feliciano (182) sealed the deal.

Box scores for the entire weekend can be found HERE.

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