#RoadToTheShow: 3A-Region 1, Day 1

PALM COAST — If anybody’s got plans to track down first-day 3A-Region 1 leader and tournament host Flagler Palm Coast, they’d best get cracking Saturday morning in the semis.

Friday, after the first day of competition, the Bulldogs have a 13-point lead on the rest of the field, keeping 12 wrestlers (eight semis & 4 consis) alive into Saturday’s second day.

Flagler Palm Coast currently leads District 2 rival DeLand, 78.5-65.5, for first place. The Volusia Bulldogs have 10 going into the second day, with two semifinalists and eight in the consis.

Hagerty is currently standing third with 62 points and eight still in the tournament (five semifinalists and three in consis). Oakleaf (59.5 points, four semifinalists & four in consis) and Buchholz (57 points, seven semifinalists and one in consis) round out the top five.

Apopka is sixth (51 points, six semifinalists, one in consis), Creekside seventh (50.5 points, three semifinalists. three in consis), Timber Creek eighth (49, three in semis, four in consis), Bartram Trail ninth (35, three semifinalists, one in consis) and Winter Park rounds out the top 10. (33, three semifinalists, one in consis).

Windermere leads the second 10, with 26.5 points; Oviedo is next with 26 points, followed by Mandarin (23), Lyman (22), Forest/Ocoee/Wekiva (20), Seminole (19), Lake Brantley (17). Three teams — Nease, Olympia and West Port — all are tied for 19th with 16 poins. Windermere and Mandarin has four wrestlers left, while Oviedo, Lyman, Ocoee, Wekiva, Seminole and Lake Brantley each have three. Forest has two left in the tournament.

Sandalwood is 23rd with 14 points, followed by Evans (10), Atlantic Coast (eight); Lake Howell/Lake Mary/University (Orange City) (all tied with six); with West Orange scoring five points, First Coast four and Dr Phillips two. Sandalwood and West Orange each have two in the consis, with Evans, Atlantic Coast and UOC each moving through one.

Here’s a summary of the first day —

Semis: Timothy McLean (Flagler Palm Coast, 27-11) v Conner Rodriguez (Oviedo, 18-4); Ayden Ruano (Forest, 35-7) v Jean Vazquez (Timber Creek, 32-6)
Semis recap: McLean pinned Hagerty’s Aiden Vick (4:46, rd of 16) and then decisioned Oakleaf’s Angel Rodriguez, 11-4, in the quarters, while Rodriguez found a takedown in sudden victory for a wild 16-14 win over DeLand’s Victor Hopton (rd of 16) and majored Bartram Trail’s Chase Newmans, 14-6. Ruano took pins over Winter Park’s Brendon Powers (:49, rd of 16) and over Nease’s Jaiden Zajni (4:39, quarters), while Vazquez falled Buchholz’s Jun Jie Zheng (5:20, rd of 16) and Creekside’s Alexavier Panganiban (3:14, quarters).
Consi quarters: Vick v Hopton; Newmans v Rodriguez.
WB rd 2 recap: Vick falled Panganiban (2:05) for his second consi-side max-point win, while Hopton took a 9-5 win over Zajni for his second consi victory. Newmans pinned Powers in 34 seconds, while Rodriguez teched Dr Phillips’ Ruddi Acosta in the second period (15-0 in 2:45).

Semis: Finn Buchanan (Buchholz, 19-18) v Trenton Dominguez (Timber Creek, 41-4); Lochlann Higgins (Hagerty, 35-5) v Prince Valentine (West Port, 11-19).
Semis recap: Buchanan bonus-pointed through the first day, with a fall over Olympia’s Shiv Patel (2:41, rd of 16) and 9-1 major over Oakleaf’s Ion Hortinela (quarters), while Dominguez needed just 1:56 of mat time to pin Atlantic Coast’s ArJun Lamba (:49, rd of 16) and the hosts’ Carson Baert (1:07, quarters). Higgins, also, wasn’t on the mat long, with pins over Sandalwood’s Adam Goodman (:40, rd of 16) and DeLand’s Grady Bryant (1:40, quarters), while Valentine falled Apopka’s Carter White (3:13, rd of 16) and held off Oviedo’s Josh Sabbia, 13-8, in the quarters.
Consi quarters: Sabbia v Bryant; Baert v Hortinela.
WB rd 2 recap: Sabbia rallied in the wrestleback with a 10-0 major over Lake Brantley’s Andres Camposano, while Bryant pinned Lamba in 1:22. Baert and Hortinela also advanced from the front-side, with Baert taking a medical forfeit and Hortinela majoring District 1 rival Jason Choi (Nease), 11-3.

Semis: Ethan Vugman (Bartram Trail, 44-1) v Kole Hannant (Flagler Palm Coast, 41-7); Phoenix Krauth (DeLand, 35-19) v Tamarion Kendrick (Apopka, 5-0 post-season).
Semis recap: Vugman opened Friday with pins over University-OC’s Drake Alban (4:42, rd of 16) and over Oviedo’s Andres Millan (4 minutes, quarters), while Hannant also dominated his quarter, with a fall over Nease’s Durban Aldrich (1:05, rd of 16) and TF over Lyman’s Jackson Freddickson (19-4 in 4 minutes, quarters). Krauth won by fall twice as well in the third quarter, pinning Creekside’s Justin Umali (1:57, rd of 16) and Timber Creek’s Keegan Clark (2:39, quarters), as did Kendrick (pins over Hagerty’s Carson Greenier in 1:55 in rd of 16 and over Oakleaf’s Lincoln Morales in 3:07, in the quarters).
Consi quarters: Alban v Clark; Freddickson v Jedidiah Brown (Buchholz).
WB rd 2 recap: Alban pinned his way back to the final eight, with a rd-2 fall over Morales (3:33), while Clark falled Olympia’s Brae White in 2:57. Freddickson pushed past Umali, 3-0, to move on to Saturday, while Brown — who’d lost by fall to Morales in the rd of 16 — bounced back with two pins, falling Millan in 2 minutes.

Semis: Keon Barrientos (Oakleaf, 28-10) v Cavarius Liddie (Buchholz, 28-3); John Hald (Flagler Palm Coast, 36-10) v Jalen Moliere (Apopka, 5-0 post-season).
Semis recap: Barrientos took a pair of pins, falling Lake Brantley’s Tyler Waller (:48, rd of 16) and DeLand’s Kellen Chapman (2:33, quarters), while Liddie pinned Olympia’s Tony Ho (1:17, rd of 16) and Timber Creek’s Aiden Benson (3:24, quarters). After opening with a rd-of-16 pin (3:02) over Ocoee’s Nathan Ramirez, Hald teched Sandalwood’s Ricky Hicks in the third period (17-2 in 4:47, quarters), while Moliere also had two bonus-point wins, with a pin (1:02, rd of 16) over West Port’s Kaden Perez and a 22-11 major over Creekside’s Conner Wright.
Consi quarters: Wright v Hicks; Ramirez v Chapman.
WB rd 2 recap: Wright powered past Windermere’s Lucas Drone, 13-11, while Hicks pinned Ho in 1:41. In the bottom half, Ramirez took his second consi-side win with a 9-8 decision over Timber Creek’s Aiden Benson, while Chapman pinned Lyman’s Allyn Rosario in 3:37.

Semis: Marcus McGee (Oakleaf, 34-3) v Venumadhava Mirel (Buchholz, 48-8); Jorge Gonzalez (Winter Park, 5-0 post-season) v Ryan Culbertson (Seminole, 30-9).
Semis recap: McGee bonus-pointed into the semis, with a fall over DeLand’s Joshua Folsom (2 minutes, rd of 16) and a 14-2 major over Lake Brantley’s Dario Duany, while Mirel also had a first-round pin (1:25, over Sandalwood’s Ben Peterson), followed by a 6-4 win over Hagerty’s David Mejia in the quarters. Gonzalez followed a similar path, with a rd-of-16 fall (1:22) over Windermere’s Francisco Delgado-Mendez and a hard-fought 4-3 decision over Mandarin’s Jameel Smith, while Culbertson took a pair of decisions (7-0 over Nease’s Parker Stamschror in the rd of 16 and 10-3 over Wekiva’s Joshua Raphael in the quarters).
Consi quarters: Raphael v Smith; Mejia v Duany.
WB rd 2 recap: Raphael needed just 15 seconds to pin Folsom, while Smith bounced back from the loss with a 15-8 decision over district rival Peterson. Mejia decisioned Forest’s Jakob Zawosky, 8-1, while Duany won by the same 8-1 score over Oviedo’s Johnathan Dishman.

Semis: Keanan Sexton (Creekside, 25-7) v Rocco Vargas (Apopka, 5-0 post-season); Abdelkrin Salomon (Seminole, 29-7) v Tyler Drone (Windermere, 17-9).
Semis recap: Sexton pinned his way in to the semis, with falls over Olympia’s Trevor Winkelkotter (1:43, rd of 16) and over DeLand’s Mathias Franz (5:02, quarters), while Vargas teched his way in, with TFs over First Coast’s Jace Austin (25-10 in 5:50, rd of 16) and over Timber Creek’s Josue Batista (19-4 in 5:51, quarters). After a rd-of-16 pin (4:44) over Oviedo’s Clayton Mitchell, Salomon shut out West Orange’s Stacey Rhodes, 5-0, in the quarters, while Drone bonus-pointed through Friday with a rd-of-16 TF (17-1 in 5:47 over Bartram Trail’s Jacob August) and a quarterfinal pin (1:58 over Lake Brantley’s Kai Higgins).
Consi quarters: Higgins v Rhodes; Batista v Franz.
WB rd 2 recap: Higgins got the lone scoring move in a 3-1 decision over Lyman’s Cameron Warner, while Rhodes downed Austin, 11-6, in round 2. Batista falled Mitchell in 3:19, while Franz pinned August in 1 minute.

Semis: Preston Pena (Bartram Trail, 37-12) v Bonosky Fidel (Apopka, 5-0 post-season); Aiden Moore (Buchholz, 50-6) v Joey Parker (Winter Park, 5-0 post-season).
Semis recap: After opening with a 12-1 major over Windermere’s Kollin Kuehnhold (rd of 16), Pena pinned the hosts’ Felipe Costa (:38) in the quarters, while Fidel pinned West Orange’s Lorenzo Perez (1:33, rd of 16) and then powered past DeLand’s Lane Wishart, 3-1, in the second quarter. Moore took a pair of first-period pins, falling Timber Creek’s Barak Matviak (1:26, rd of 16) and Creekside’s Colton Leavell (1:21, quarters, while Parker falled Lake Mary’s Nick Ghezzi (3:01, rd of 16) and then shut out Wekiva’s Seth Galvin, 14-0, in the quarters.
Consi quarters: Galvin v Perez; Wishart v Costa.
WB rd 2 recap: The two in-district rivalries will meet after Galvin pinned Lake Brantley’s Elijah Huyck (2:12) and Perez falled Leavell (3:39), while Wishart and Costa both took pins (Wishart in 3 minutes over Olympia’s Ethan Rivera, Costa in 4:15 over Ghezzi).

Semis: Max Szabo (Buchholz, 37-18) v Blake Watts (Hagerty, 49-7); Timothy King (Flagler Palm Coast, 21-13) v Benjamin Buhring (Seminole, 40-7).
Semis recap: After pinning Apopka’s Sean Javier (1:45) in the round of 16, Szabo turned back Nease’s Jacob Lutz, 6-3, in the quarters, while Watts had two first-period falls (1:19 over Bartram Trail’s Grady Hutchinson in rd of 16, 1:24 over West Port’s Tyler Pinkowski in quarters). King falled Ocoee’s Jonathan Fournier (:51) in the first round and then decisioned Atlantic Coast’s Joel Dudley, 10-4, while Buhring took majors over Windermere’s Jerry Vargas (14-4) and Creekside’s Lee Leavell (13-0).
Consi quarters: Leavell v Dudley; Pinkowski v Vargas.
WB rd 2 recap: Leavell and Dudley had pins to set up the District 1 rivalry match, with Leavell pinning Javier (1:29) and Dudley falling Hutchinson (2:51). Pinkowski pinned Winter Park’s Teddy Barry (2:44), while Vargas decisioned Lutz, 10-3.

Semis: Diego Rivera (Creekside, 18-5) v Kamdon Harrison (Hagerty, 48-8); Bryce Dodge (Flagler Palm Coast, 17-1) v Ransom Randolph (Apopka, 5-0 post-season).
Semis recap: Rivera took bonus-point wins in both rounds, teching Winter Park’s Ashton Hughes (16-1 in 4:23, rd of 16) and majoring Ocoee’s Eric Gilreath (15-2, quarters), while Harrison had two falls in a combined mat time of 1:12 (:41 over Bartram Trail’s Easton Hansen, rd of 16, and :31 over Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis, quarters). Dodge also won twice by fall, with pins over Olympia’s Zach Winkelkotter (:44, rd of 16) and over Lake Brantley’s Giovanni Duany (2:37, quarters), while Randolph max-pointed into the semis, with a forfeit and second-period pin (3:28, quarters) over Oakleaf’s Roman Polinsky.
Consi quarters: Polinsky v Duany; Lewis v James Chiaradio (Oviedo).
WB rd 2 recap: Polinsky came back from the loss with a pin over Hughes (1:38), while Duany downed Forest’s Antonio Brown, 7-3, in the top half. Lewis falled district rival Winkelkotter (1:45), while Chiaradio rode out Gilreath for a 1-0 win.

Semis: John McNames (Bartram Trail, 4-0 post-season) v Blane DeFord (Flagler Palm Coast, 36-6); Ethan Gomez (Hagerty, 51-10) v Kurt Vollenweider (Windermere, 20-4).
Semis recap: After a first-period fall (1:57, rd of 16) over DeLand’s Paul Derosby, McNames held off Winter Park’s Tristen Carbonell, 3-2, in the quarters, while DeFord bonus-pointed his way to Saturday (pin in :28 over First Coast’s Alphonso Parsons in rd of 16, 15-0 TF in 3:28 over Timber Creek’s Dennis Proulx in the quarters). Gomez had a pair of second-period pins, with falls over Ocoee’s Andy Delva (2:34, rd of 16) and over Mandarin’s Adrian Rodriguez (2:59, quarters). Vollenweider bonus-pointed into the semis, with a third-period fall (5:39, rd of 16) over Lyman’s Jacob Zifferblatt and a 17-5 major over Oakleaf’s Mason Ganion.
Consi quarters: Derosby v Rodriguez; Proulx v Carbonell.
WB rd 2 recap: Derosby had two pins in the consis, the second in 3:26 over Ganion, while Rodriguez pinned Gateway and district rival Parsons in 4:31. Proulx shut out Buchholz’s William Lancer, 9-0, in rd 2, while Carbonell falled Seminole’s Wordner Edoward in 4:24.

Semis: Tony Carter (Mandarin, 29-0) v Kason Nichols (Buchholz, 17-2); Onjel Caraballo (Oakleaf, 20-5) v Marcelo Gonzalez (Flagler Palm Coast, 40-9).
Semis recap: Carter needed 1:33 of mat time to pin his way into the semis, with falls over University-OC’s Slade High-Tompkins (:37, rd of 16) and over Ocoee’s Ethan Smith (:56, quarters), while Nichols also pinned his way in (1:39 in rd of 16 over Nease’s Peter Simon, 2:31 in quarters over Oviedo’s Joey Gioa). Caraballo took decisions over DeLand’s Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (7-5, rd of 16) and over Hagerty’s Connor Gilliam (8-4, quarters), while Gonzalez pinned Creekside’s Eddie Craig (3:37, rd of 16) and Evans’ Edward Clayton (2 minutes, quarters).
Consi quarters: Haiden Williams-Marchetti (Lyman) v Gilliam; Rodriguez-Cayro v Craig.
WB rd 2 recap: Williams-Marchetti won by fall twice in the consis, the second over Clayton (2:56), while Gilliam decked Simon in :29 after significant blood time in the quarters against Caraballo. Rodriguez-Cayro had two bonus-point consi wins, pinning Gioa in :58, while Craig had two consi pins, the second in 57 seconds over Smith.

Semis: Jamari Chisolm (Buchholz, 12-5) v DJ McCray (Olympia, 25-11); Garrick Schwartz (Flagler Palm Coast, 37-9) v Hunter Tate (Hagerty, 43-7).
Semis recap: After opening with an 8-5 win over Timber Creek’s Nico Perez, Chisolm falled Mandarin’s Jaelen Simmons (1:30) in the quarters, while McCray took a pair of decisions (6-2 in rd of 16 over Creekside’s Eli Pagan, 1-0 in quarters over Lake Howell’s Jayden Velazquez). Schwartz majored Lyman’s Danny Izquierdo (17-7) in the round of 16, taking a 4-2 quarterfinal win over Sandalwood’s Duffy Mista, while Tate won by fall twice (4 minutes in rd of 16 over West Port’s Rowlin Richardson, :18 in quarters over Nease’s Alan Rivera).
Consi quarters: Perez v Mista; Izquierdo v Simmons.
WB rd 2 recap: Perez won twice in the consis, with a 5-2 decision over Rivera in round 2, while Mista came back from the loss to Schwartz with a 3-2 win over DeLand’s Andrew Knowles. Izquierdo pinned former teammate Velazquez in 2:52, while Simmons falled Richardson in 1:49.

Semis: Vincent Approbato (Creekside, 31-4) v Ralph Sanchez (Apopka, 5-0 post-season); Marion Smokes (DeLand, 42-6) v Liam Glassmeyer (Winter Park, 5-0 post-season).
Semis recap: Approbato won by fall in the round of 16 (3:03) over Dr Phillips’ Amir Motassim, then powered past the hosts’ Dalton Schell, 7-3, in the quarters, while Sanchez took pins over Mandarin’s De’Shawn Wise-Minor (1:41, rd of 16) and over Hagerty’s Landon Revis (4:17, quarters). Smokes needed only 29 seconds of mat time Friday, pinning Lake Brantley’s Jackson Jumpp (:12, rd of 16) and Oakleaf’s Ben Gaddis (:17, quarters), while Glassmeyer falled Lake Mary’s Dominic Kontogiannis (1:48, rd of 16) and decisioned Ocoee’s Keniel Carrasquille, 8-1, in the quarters.
Consi quarters: Carrasquille v Gaddis; Kevin Gustave (Evans) v Schell.
WB rd 2 recap: Carrasquille advanced with a 5-0 shutout over district rival Motassim, while Gaddis pinned Buchholz’s Bryan Diehl in 3:34. In the bottom half, Gustave falled Revis (2:13) as the Trojans’ lone Saturday qualifier, while Schell pinned district rival Kontogiannis in 2:52.

Semis: Jordan Mitchell (Oakleaf, 20-3) v Peter Nesheiwat (Timber Creek, 41-9); Cane Fernandez (Forest, 21-6) v Holley Saintmelus (Wekiva, 32-6).
Semis recap: Mitchell took a pair of pins over Hagerty’s Thad Elam (1:29, rd of 16) and over DeLand’s Marco Selph (2:44, quarters), while Nesheiwat falled Sandalwood’s Thomas Graham (:39, rd of 16) and then overcame Ocoee’s Deandre Scott, 5-2, in the quarters. Fernandez followed a similar path to Nesheiwat’s, with an opening-round pin (3:34) over Dr Phillips’ Ritchy Augustin and a 7-1 quarterfinal win over Lake Howell’s Joshua Maldonado, while Saintmelus won by fall twice (:40 over Buchholz’s Marquise Williams in rd of 16, 2:53 over Oviedo’s Malachi Williams in the quarters).
Consi quarters: Zaire Warner (Apopka) v Seth Davis (Flagler Palm Coast); Scott v Selph.
WB rd 2 recap: Warner won by fall twice in the consis, pinning Oviedo’s Williams in 4:24 in round 2, while Davis also had two victories, taking a 2-1 double-overtime win over Maldonado. Scott pinned Bartram’s Tyler Vernon in 59 seconds, while Selph falled Creekside’s Dominic Deverteuil in :27.

Updated brackets (no team scores) for Region 1 can be found HERE.

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