PALM COAST — One of the unintended benefits of being reclassified into 2A for Fleming Island might have been the chance a couple of times a year to rekindle an old rivalry with Winter Springs.
This past weekend at the 36th annual Flagler Rotary, the Golden Eagles got into it with the Bears and, this time, the Bears had the upper hand, winning the team title with 225.5 points, with Fleming Island third at 201.5. 3A teams Ft Pierce Central (207), Harmony (167.5) and host Flagler Palm Coast (158) rounded out the top five teams.
The second five were all within the coverage area, with Hagerty 6th at 136 points, followed by Oakleaf (128), Suwannee (125), DeLand (113.5) and Apopka (112.5).
The remaining teams from the coverage area within the 33-team field were Matanzas (13th, 92 points), Bartram Trail (14th, 83.5), Creekside (15th, 76), Columbia (16th, 72.5), Mosley (17th, 66), St Augustine (19th, 53), Nease (21st, 45.5), Forest (22nd, 41.5), Deltona (23rd, 36), University (Orange City) (24th, 27), Palatka & Pedro Menendez (T-25th, 26), Bay (27th, 16), Lyman (28th, 13.5), Bolles (30th, 9.5), Mainland (31st, eight), Lake Howell (32nd, seven) and Ponte Vedra (33rd, four).
Below follows a summary of the tournament —
106: An all-coverage area final took place with 3 seed Derrick Williams (Mosley) take down top seed Shane Duhaylungsod of Fleming Island, 4-1. Williams picked up a mid-first period takedown, rode throughout the second period, and was able to get a reversal and ride for the final 1:14 of the match. Earlier, Williams had Friday pins over Oakleaf’s Adrianna Barrientos (:10, rd of 16) and Forest’s Ayden Ruano (4:34, quarters), adding a 4-2 semifinal decision over Suwannee’s Topher Pearson. Duhaylungsod bonus-pointed into the final, with Friday pins over Ponte Vedra’s Poulo Milea (1:07, rd of 32), UOC’s Anthony Rosamonda (1:18, rd of 16) and Deltona’s Dianna Pineda (3:32, quarters), with a 15-2 major in the semis over Suwannee’s Eli Jolicoeur. Pearson won twice in the consis to take third, with a 9-3 decision over Ruano, while Creekside’s Andrew Feeks (4 consi-side pins to make podium) added a fifth for fifth, falling Jolicoeur in 1:46.
113: Fleming Island top seed Jayce Paridon pinned or teched through the weekend, with a first-period fall (1:40) in the finals over 3 seed Grady Bryant of DeLand. Paridon’s first takedown in the final would be the only one he’d need in taking the fall. Friday saw Paridon bag pins over Deltona’s Austin Riis (1:32, rd of 32) and Nease’s Jason Choi (:38, quarters), with a 20-5 tech fall (2:34) over Bradenton Christian in the round of 16. On Saturday, Paridon falled Hagerty’s Lochlann Higgins in 5:38 to reach the final. Bryant had three max-point wins Friday, with pins over Creekside’s Alexavier Panganiban (1:35, rd of 32) and Newsome (1:09, rd of 16), with a forfeit win in the quarters. Bryant then knocked off 2 seed Carter Wilder of Matanzas, 9-4, in the semis. Wilder earned two falls in the consis, pinning county rival Carson Baert of FPC in 2:26 to take third, while Higgins won by fall over Ft Pierce Central (1:00) for fifth.
120: Bartram Trail top seed Ethan Vugman max-pointed through the tournament, winning by forfeit in the finals over Winter Springs’ Ryan Phillips. In Friday’s early rounds, Vugman took pins over Columbia’s Kevin Fink (2:28, rd of 32) and DeLand’s Phoenix Krauth (3:16, quarters), with a bye in the round of 16. On Saturday, Vugman had his third pin of the weekend in the semis against Citrus in order to reach the title round. Flagler’s Kole Hannant, who fell in the semis to Phillips, won twice to place third, falling Mosley’s Calvin Williams in 2:15 for third in a rematch of their quarterfinal meetup (which Hannant also won). Fleming’s Laird Duhaylungsod (3 consi-side pins to make podium) took fifth with a fall (4:38) over Citrus.
126: The hosts’ John Hald, the fourth seed, reached the final, where he lost by fall (3:19) to third seed Rey Ortiz of Harmony. Hald had battled Ortiz to a 4-4 first period, but Ortiz’s third takedown of the match proved decisive. After a bye into the round of 16, Hald had Friday wins over Matanzas’ Braden Hawley (fall in 2:17 in that round) and over Suwannee’s Brody Boehm (6-4, quarters), downing the top seed from Ft Pierce Central, 12-6, in the semis. Apopka’s Jalen Moliere was fourth, but only after winning six consi-side matches to get to the bronze-medal match, losing by fall (2:54) to Ft Pierce Central. Oakleaf’s Keon Barrientos was fifth, with a 7-0 win over Winter Springs.
132: Second seed Marcus McGee reached the final, but had no answers against top seed Russell Raabe of Ft Pierce Central, who took an 11-0 major in the championship match. Raabe had takedowns in the first and third periods, picking up 3-point nearfall turns in both of those periods, to build the double-digit victory. On Friday, McGee sandwiched a 5-0 rd-of-16 decision over Master’s Academy with pins over Bartram’s Eriq Beliard (:50, rd of 32) and Matanzas’ Dylan Parkinson (2:31, quarters). The semis on Saturday saw McGee take an 8-3 win over Harmony to get to Raabe. Suwannee’s Austin McKinney, who lost to Raabe in a pigtail match, won six times in the consis to get all the way back to third, pinning Deltona’s Kevin Kerns (a semifinalist who lost to Raabe) in 3:51 for third, while Hagerty’s David Mejia was sixth after a 5-0 place-match loss to Harmony.
138: Apopka’s Rocco Vargas was the top placewinner from the coverage area, taking fourth after a quarterfinal loss by 11-3 major to the eventual champion from Harmony. Vargas had three consi-side wins to get to the bronze-medal match, falling, 4-0, to Winter Springs. Palatka’s Brandon Lewis, a semifinalist who took a 7-5 loss to the eventual runnerup from Ft Pierce Central, had a second loss (6-3) to Vargas in the consi semis, but came back for fifth with a fall (3:54) over Newsome in the medals round.
145: Bartram Trail’s Preston Pena was the coverage area’s highest placewinner, taking third after a loss by fall in a rd-of-32 match against eventual semifinalist Matthew Kotler of Fleming Island. In rallying back, Pena won six times to place third, with a measure of revenge in the sixth win, which was a 7-6 decision over Kotler in the third-place match. Another area semifinalist, DeLand’s Lane Wishart (who fell 10-4 to Pena in the consi semis), took fifth with an injury-default win over Newsome.
152: After taking a 5-4 loss in the round of 32 to fellow placer Tyson Musgrove of Suwannee, Hagerty’s Blake Watts fought through seven rounds of consis to rally back to third, the highest finish among coverage-area competitors. Watts would turn back Matanzas’ Tyson Mills, himself a winner of three consi-side miatches after a quarterfinal loss to fellow placer Nick Hejke of Mosley, by an 11-4 decision in the third-place match. Hejke found a takedown for a 6-4 sudden-victory win over Musgrove for fifth and sixth, respectively.
160: Second seed Kamdon Harrison of Hagerty pinned his way into the final, but found himself on the losing end of a fall against top seed Elijah Penton of Winter Springs, who gained the pin in 4:58. Penton had takedowns in the first and third periods, and was up, 5-1, at the time of the fall. Earlier in the tournament, Harrison had pins over Deltona’s Noah Hancock (:24, rd of 32), Ft Pierce Central (:32, rd of 16), Suwannee’s Austin Howard (1:45, quarters) and St Augustine’s Clint Griffin (1:52, semis). Apopka’s Ransom Randolph, who lost by a 7-5 count to Penton in the semis, had two wins in the consis to take third, with a 1-0 win over Villages in the medal match. Howard took fifth, with an 8-2 win over Griffin in the place rounds.
170: Second seed Joshua Sandoval of Fleming Island reached the final, battling through a full bottom half of the bracket, but couldn’t slow down Ft Pierce Central’s Riley Orr, who took a 13-1 major in the final. Orr had first takedown in the first period, but cranked things up in the second and third, with scoring moves and a pair of 3-point nearfalls to get the major. Earlier, Sandoval took Friday pins over Bay’s Joshua Fine (:18, rd of 32), Villages’ Jake Phillips (:43, rd of 16) and DeLand’s Paul Derosby (4:43, quarters), edging Columbia’s Joseph Rice, 5-4, in the semis. Rice won twice in the consis for third, taking a 5-2 win in the bronze match over the hosts’ Blane DeFord, duplicating the 6-4 quarterfinal win Rice had on Friday. For fifth, Matanzas’ Jordan Mills — who’d lost 12-10 to Winter Springs in the quarters — flipped the script in the place round, decisioning Winter Springs by a 7-6 count.
182: Fleming Island top seed Jhoel Robinson bonus-pointed through to the final, where he decisioned Winter Springs 3 seed Edwardo Brugal, 9-2, for the title. After a scoreless first period, Robinson had a takedown and turn for five points in the second period, with a reversal and quick turn to grab the decision. Robinson had Friday pins over Harmony (3:13, rd of 32), Creekside’s Nathan Manning (3:14, rd of 16) and Suwannee’s Dustin Wood (2:58, quarters), with a 13-4 major in the semis over Villages. Oakleaf’s Onjel Caraballo, who reached the semis, finished fourth after a 16-7 major over Wood in the consi semis and an 8-4 loss to Villages for 3rd and 4th. Wood took sixth, forfeiting to Newsome in the place round.
195: Top seed Hunter Tate of Hagerty reached the final, but couldn’t overcome Villages 2 seed Izaiah Jauma, who won by a 6-4 count for the championship. Jauma never trailed and set the pace for most of the match, with two first-period takedowns and a key reversal early in the third. Tate forced a stalling penalty point, but it would not be enough. Tate decisioned Fleming’s Walter Poe (11-5, rd of 32) and had a pin (3:33) over Creekside’s Eli Pagan in the quarters, coming back for a 4-2 semifinal win over Winter Springs on Saturday. The hosts’ Garrick Schwartz won four times in the consis to take third, avenging a quarterfinal loss to Columbia’s Shawn Raggins with an 8-4 win over Raggins in the medal match. DeLand’s Andrew Knowles was sixth, with a 5-1 loss to Winter Springs in the place match.
220: Apopka top seed Ralph Sanchez pinned his way into the final, where he finally had to go six minutes to take a win, a 4-3 decision over Harmony 2 seed Nelson Toro in the finals. Sanchez opened the scoring with an escape and takedown in the second period, but Toro duplicated those points in the third to tie it at 3, but Sanchez was able to get out with 1:22 to go and made that escape stand up. Earlier in the tournament, Sanchez had first-period falls over UOC’s Rubens Joseph (1:40, rd of 32), Oakleaf’s Ben Gaddis (1:36, rd of 16), St Augustine’s Nate Bumbalough (1:35, quarters) and the hosts’ Dalton Schell (1:46, semis). Creekside’s Vincent Approbato, who’d lost by decision to Toro in the semis, won twice in the consis, with a third-place pin (3:59) over Gaddis (4 consi-side pins to get to the bronze match). Schell wound up sixth after a loss by fall (3:53) to Winter Springs in the place match.
285: Oakleaf 2 seed Jordan Mitchell reached the final, where he took his first loss of the season in a loss by fall to Ft Pierce Central top seed Gabriel Jacas (3:47). Jacas had built a 10-0 lead at the time of the fall, with two takedowns and a pair of nearfalls before securing the pin. Earlier, Mitchell had Friday pins over Apopka’s Tanner Reynolds (1:20, rd of 32), Newsome (:17, rd of 16) and St Augustine’s Jaquan Whitty (1:46, quarters), with a 5-3 win in the semis over Fleming’s Ethan Hoffstetter. Hoffstetter came back to take third, with an escape in the ultimate tiebreaker for a 2-1 win over Harmony, while DeLand’s Marco Selph decisioned Flagler’s Seth Davis, 3-0, for fifth.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.
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