DAYTONA BEACH — When every wrestler on the squad is averaging 4-5 points more than the top opponents, things are going to go right.
And things went right on Saturday for Flagler Palm Coast in taking the 5 Star Conference title — an event that wasn’t staged a year ago — at Seabreeze.
The Bulldogs outdistanced New Smyrna Beach, 234.5-177, for the team title, building a 57.5-point gap over the Barracudas, with DeLand third at 172.5.
University (Orange City) was fourth with 87 points, followed by Deltona (70), host Seabreeze (61), Mainland (56) and Atlantic (10).
Below follows a summary of the tournament —
106: FPC got started right away, as Timothy McLean pinned his way through the tournament, with falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Richard Crunkilton (2:47, quarters), University (Orange City)’s Anthony Rosamonda (:56, semis) and DeLand’s Victor Hopton (1:59) for the championship. McLean had two takedowns in the match, with the second one leading to the fall a few seconds later. Hopton had a bye into the semis, where he falled Seabreeze’s William Sites (1:29). Sites took third with a 42-second pin over Crunkilton and 8-3 third-place win over Deltona’s Dianna Pineda, whom Sites had falled in the quarters. Pineda made podium with a 38-second pin over Rosamonda.
113: The Bulldogs got a back-to-back effort from Carson Baert, who pinned University’s Xzekiel Oyola (3:32) in the semis and then teched New Smyrna Beach’s Beau Laye (17-2 in :54) in the final. Laye reached the final with a semifinal pin (5:41) over Seabreeze’s River Gray, while Oyola turned back Gray, 7-4, for third.
120: Flagler Palm Coast’s Kole Hannant made it a three-peat from the jump, with a bye into the semis, followed by a semifinal pin over DeLand’s Phoenix Krauth (2:32) and a 4-0 win over New Smyrna Beach’s Jonathon Bruner in the final. Hannant had takedowns in both of the first two periods, setting the tone throughout the match. Bruner also had a bye into the semis, where he pinned UOC’s Drake Alban (3:08). Krauth (front-side pin) got a bye into the third-place match, where he pinned Alban in 2:32; Alban in turn, secured a place finish with a fall (1:13) over Delton’a Kyle Kerns in the consi semis.
126: The Barracudas’ Jamey Bruner got his team a notch in the title column, with a semifinal TF over Mainland’s Kaden Golder (16-1 in 5:20) and an 8-5 win over Flagler’s John Hald in the championship match. Bruner had first takedown and led, 3-0, going into the third, but had to stave off a late flurry from Hald with a takedown at 32 seconds to go to secure the win. Hald pinned DeLand’s Kellen Chapman (1:01) to reach the final after a bye into the semis. Golder (front-side pin) won twice on the back, with decisions over Deltona’s Kyle Yasses (6-2, semis) and Chapman (10-9) for third. Chapman (front-side decision) earned podium with a TF (17-2 in 1:49) over Seabreeze’s Caitlyn Cavalluzzo.
132: Deltona’s Kevin Kerns had first-period falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Simjay Engberg (1:38, quarters) and Atlantic (1:15, semis) to reach the final, where a flood of offense resulted in a 19-12 decision over Seabreeze’s Joseph Kent. Kerns had the first two takedowns, but Kent went up with a reversal and 2-point turn to go into the second period. Kerns would score four times in the second and poured on the points in the third to ensure the win. Kent had a bye into the semis, where he pinned DeLand’s Joshua Folsom (3:51) to get to Kerns. Folsom (front-side major) came back with two wins in the consis for third, with an 8-2 win over Engbeg and fall (3:25) for third over Mainland’s Brian Harris. Harris pinned Atlantic (3:56) to ensure a top-four place.
138: Jace Engberg posted NSB’s second title effort; after a bye into the semis, Engberg needed just 1:56 of mat time to collect the gold medal, with pins over Mainland’s Dasaniel Rodriguez-Andino (:23, semis) and over DeLand’s Mathias Franz in 1:33 for the title. Engberg needed just one takedown, with a 2-point nearfall before the turn that led to the pin. Franz got to the final behind pins over Seabreeze’s David Kelley (1:02, quarters) and University’s Brock Kreimeier (1:34, semis). Kreimeier (front-side pin) added two more wins in the consis, with a 6-3 win over FPC’s Danya Cherry in the semis and a fall over Rodriguez-Andino (3:43) for third. Rodriguez-Andino (front-side pin) made podium with a 14-12 decision over Seabreeze’s David Kelley.
145: Flagler got back on the title chase here, as Felipe Costa won three times for his championship, with a pin (2:38) over Atlantic and decisions over Seabreeze’s Hayden Herndon (12-5, semis) and over DeLand’s Lane Wishart, 5-1, in the final. A pair of third-period takedowns for Costa, one right away and the second with 30 seconds to go, sealed the deal. After a bye, Wishart reached the final with a fall (3:12) over Deltona’s Matt McCaw in the semi. After losing by fall in the quarters, New Smyrna Beach’s Aidan Sutton pinned his way back to third with falls over Atlantic (1:13), McCaw (4:57) and Mainland’s Sam Ayodele (3:35) in the third-place match. After a bye, Ayodele secured his place finish with a pin over Herndon (3 minutes) in the consi semis.
152: University (Orange City) got its first title of the day as Cooper Braden won three times by fall, with pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler (1:39, quarters), Deltona’s Zane Hair (:52, semis) and over DeLand’s Zane Canada in 5:51 for the title. Canada held the lead most of the way, but a late score gave Braden life to put together the moves for the pin. Canada had two falls in 55 seconds to reach the final, with pins over FPC’s Dylan Bennett (:29, quarters) and over Mainland’s Isaiah White (:26, semis). After a bye, Chandler pinned his way back to third, with pins over White (1 minute) and Bennett (2:10); Bennett won twice to earn a place, with falls over Seabreeze’s Aiden Hedge (3:46) and Hair (2:20).
160: The Bulldogs picked up their fifth title of the day, as Bryce Dodge had two pins in 2:09. Dodge falled Deltona’s Noah Hancock (:11) in the semis and University’s Bryan Persinger in 1:58 for the championship. Dodge needed just one takedown, picking up a pair of 3-point nearfalls before securing the stick. Persinger reached the final with a 7-0 decision over DeLand’s Noah Falk, who rallied for third with a 14-2 major over Hancock.
170: Blane DeFord put up FPC’s second back-to-back run and sixth championship, with a semifinal TF (16-0 in 4:32) over DeLand’s Paul Derosby, followed by a fall in the final (1:01) over Atlantic’s Noah Anderson. DeFord had one takedown, and three turns en route to the pin. Derosby (front-side pin) added two more pins in the consis, with falls over New Smyrna Beach’s Thomas Connell (1:52, semis) and over Mainland’s Kalyb Evans (2:45) for third. Evans (front-side pin) clinched a place finish with a consi-semi fall (2:44) over University’s Reese Gordon.
182: The Bulldogs picked up a second three-peat behind Marcelo Gonzalez’s pins double to the title. Gonzalez pinned UOC’s Slade High-Tompkins (:48) in the semis, with a fall in the final (3:37) over DeLand’s Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro. Gonzalez had three takedowns in each period before securing the fall. After a bye into the semis, Rodriguez-Cayro reached the final behind a 10-7 semifinal win over NSB’s Sawyer Vanrider, who pinned his way back to third with falls over Mainland’s Nico Rivera (2:26, consi semis) and over High-Tompkins (4:40) in the bronze-medal match. High-Tompkins (front-side pin) had a bye into the third-place match.
195: New Smyrna Beach won its third title of the day, as Dylon York won the title with a 4-2 decision over FPC’s Garrick Schwartz, avenging a 12-7 loss to Schwartz from three days earlier. York escaped to open the second period and the match’s scoring, with a late takedown in the third to take the win. After a bye into the semis, York reached the final with a second-period pin (3:16) over DeLand’s Andrew Knowles, while Schwartz pinned Deltona’s Nate Tsang in 4:40 in the semis. Tsang (front-side major) had a bye into the third-place match, where he won by fall (1:55) over Knowles, who earned a 6-3 win in the consi semis over Seabreeze’s Jackson Pruett.
220: The Barracudas had its first back-to-back title effort, as Austin Mitchum took pins over DeLand’s Owen Yorks (4:57, quarters) and over Deltona’s Wyatt Keckler (1:40, semis), then pushed past Seabreeze’s Pedro Sierra, 12-6, in the title match. Mitchum had three takedowns and a reversal in the match, plus a 3-point nearfall in the first period, to take the decision. Sierra had a bye into the semis, where he pinned UOC’s Rubens Joseph in 3:03. Joseph (front-side decision) won twice in the wrestlebacks, with a semifinal pin over Yorks (3:18) and a 6-2 third-place win over Flagler Palm Coast’s Ethaniel Laupepa. Laupepa’s 43-second fall over Keckler in the consi semis secured a a top-four finish.
285: The Bulldogs’ “Flaglah Hammah,” Seth Davis, bagged FPC’s eighth title of the tournament with three decisions by a combined total of four points, as he edged Deltona’s Nathan Hatch (3-2, in double-overtime, quarters), New Smyrna Beach’s Cole Billings (3-2) and DeLand’s Marco Selph (4-2) to win the title. Davis picked up a key takedown with 17 seconds left in the match to take the weight-class gold. Selph got to the final with pins over Mainland’s Alex Shallop (1:03, quarters) and UOC’s Zachary Baer (1:38, semis). After a bye, Hatch pinned his way back to third with pins over Baer (2:09, semis) and Billings (2:13) in the bronze match. Billings won by injury default over Shallop in the consi semis to make the podium.
Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.