#RoadToTheShow: 3A-Region 1, Day 2

Flagler Palm Coast wrestlers and coaches celebrate as 3A-Region 1 team champions Saturday afternoon at home (Photo submitted by Zach Sanford).

PALM COAST — Double-district titles. Double-region titles.

Only three teams in the north can claim that status, and after winning the 3A-Region 1 IBT Saturday afternoon at home, Flagler Palm Coast is one of those three — and the only one outside of Clay County to do so.

The Bulldogs steadily pulled away from Hagerty throughout the weekend, bulding a 47.5-point margin of victory by tournament’s end, 196.5-149, with nine wrestlers qualified out. FPC will send one champion, five runners-up, two 3rds and one 4th to Thursday’s FHSAA 3A state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.

As for the runnerup Huskies, Hagerty will send six wrestlers to state, with three champions, one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th. That was enough to hold off Buchholz for second place, as the Bobcats ended with 138 points and six qualifiers of their own (two champs, two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th).

DeLand was fourth, with 115.5 points and four state qualifiers (one runnerup, two 3rds and one 4th), while Apopka rounded out the top five with 112 points and two champs, plus two runners-up.

Timber Creek was sixth, with 101.5 points and four qualifiers (one champ, one runnerup and two 3rds), while Oakleaf was seventh (85.5 points, two 3rds and one 4th), Bartram Trail eighth (80 points and three qualifiers, one champion, one runnerup, one 3rd), Creekside ninth (70.5 points and three qualifiers, all 4ths) and Winter Park 10th (70 points and three qualifiers, one champ and two 3rds).

As for the rest of the tournament field with state qualifiers, Mandarin and Wekiva tied for 11th with 48 points (each with one champion, with the Orlando-based Mustangs also adding a 4th), Seminole 13th with 46 points (one runnerup, one 3rd and one 4th), Forest 14th with 43 points (one champ and one 4th), Windermere 15th with 33.5 points (one 4th), Sandalwood 20th with 22 points (one 4th) and Atlantic Coast T-21st with 16 points (one 4th).

Oviedo led the field among teams with no state qualifiers, placing 16th with 29 points, followed by Lyman (17th, 25), Lake Brantley (18th, 24), Ocoee (19th, 23). Nease, Olympia and West Port joined Atlantic Coast at T-21st, with 16, followed by Evans (25th, 10), University-Orange City (26th, nine), Lake Howell & Lake Mary (T-27th, six), West Orange (29th, five), First Coast (30th, four) and Dr Phillips (31st, two).

A summary of Saturday follows —

13 of 14 3A-Region 1 champions gather for a photo Saturday afternoon at Flagler Palm Coast. Lower weight champions are in the front row (not in weight class order), upper weight champions standing behind them. Not picture is Mandarin’s Tony Carter (Photo submitted by Zach Sanford).

Championship: Forest sophomore Aydan Ruano (37-7) took a pair of decisions Saturday, with a 5-2 semifinal win over Timber Creek senior Jean Vazquez and a 9-5 championship decision over Flagler Palm Coast freshman Timothy McLean. McLean (28-12) reached the final with a semifinal pin (4:30) over Oviedo’s Conner Rodriguez.
3rd place: Vazquez (34-7) bonus-pointed through both rounds of the consis, with a 10-2 semifinal win over Oakleaf’s Angel Rodriguez and a second-period fall (1:46) over District 3 rival and Hagerty freshman Aiden Vick. Vick (9-5), who lost in round 1 by pin to McLean, bonus-pointed through four rounds to podium, with Saturday wins over DeLand’s Victor Hopton (pin in 3:59, quarters) and Oviedo’s Rodriguez (17-9 major, semis). Oakleaf’s Rodriguez reached the blood round with a 31-second consi-quarter pin over district rival Chase Newmans of Bartram Trail.

Championship: Timber Creek senior Trenton Dominguez (43-4) bonus-pointed into the final, including a semifinal TF Saturday over Buchholz’s Finn Buchanan (21-5 in 4:57); in the final, Dominguez won the title with an 8-5 decision over District 3 rival Lochlann Higgins of Hagerty. Higgins (36-6) pinned his way into the final, with a 31-second Saturday fall in the semis over West Port’s Prince Valentine.
3rd place: DeLand junior Grady Bryant (36-11), after losing by pin in the quarters to Higgins Friday, took four consi-side wins en route to third, with Saturday wins over Oviedo’s Josh Sabbia (pin in :31, quarters), over Buchanan (7-3, semis) and then over District 2 rival and Flagler freshman Carson Baert, with a third-period TF (15-0 in 4:54). Baert (21-16) had three wins in the wrestlebacks after losing by fall in the quarters to Dominguez, with Saturday pins over Oakleaf’s Ion Hortinela (:51, quarters) and over Valentine (3:30, semis).

Championship: Bartram Trail junior Ethan Vugman (46-1) bonus-pointed through the tournament, with a 9-0 major in the semis over Flagler Palm Coast junior Kole Hannant, followed by a second-period fall (2:53) in the final over Apopka junior Tamarion Kendrick. Kendrick (6-1 post-season) also bonus-pointed his way into the final, with a 10-2 major in the semis over DeLand’s Phoenix Krauth.
3rd place: Hannant (43-8) pinned his way back to third against district rivals, with falls in the blood round (1:47) over Blake Alban of University (Orange City) and then again for third in 1:19 over Buchholz sophomore Jedidiah Brown. Brown (33-18), who lost by fall in round 1, won four consi-side matches with bonus points, including wins on Saturday over Lyman’s Jackson Freddickson (11-1 major) and over a district rival of his own in Krauth (pin in 4:52). Alban reached the consi semis by pinning Timber Creek’s Keegan Clark in 4:35.

Championship: Buchholz sophomore Cavarius Liddie (30-3) opened Saturday with a 4-0 semifinal win over Oakleaf’s Keon Barrientos, then came back to win by medical forfeit over District 2 rival and Flagler Palm Coast junior John Hald, in a rematch of the district final. Hald (37-11) survived in the semis to emerge with an 8-7 decision over Apopka’s Jalen Moliere.
3rd place: DeLand junior Kellen Chapman made it a 1-2-3 District 2 sweep, avenging a quarterfinal loss along the way. Chapman won four matches in the consis, with Saturday victories over Ocoee’s Nathan Ramirez (16-0 TF in 2:57, quarters), over Moliere (8-3, semis) and by a 3-2 count for third over Oakleaf sophomore Keon Barrientos. Barrientos (29-12), who’d pinned Chapman in the Friday quarters, secured his state space with an 8-3 blood-round win over Creekside’s Conner Wright. Wright advanced to that round by dint of a fall over Sandalwood’s Ricky Hicks (1:57).

Championship: Winter Park sophomore Jorge Gonzalez (7-0 post-season) powered through a pair of decisions on Saturday for his second region title, beginning with a 9-5 win in the semis over Seminole junior Ryan Culbertson, then finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 6-4 win over Buchholz senior Venumadhava Mirel. Mirel (49-9) was on the winning end of a sudden-victory match in the semis, shutting down Oakleaf senior Marcus McGee, 2-0.
3rd place: McGee (36-4) rallied from the semifinal loss, taking two wins on the back for third, with a 6-0 decision over Mandarin’s Jameel Smith (consi semis) and an 8-1 win for the bronze over Culbertson. Culbertson (31-11) secured his state space with a 4-2 blood-round win over Lake Brantley’s Dariu Duany. Smith advanced to the consi semis by walkover forfeit, while Duany downed district rival David Mejia of Hagerty, 7-4.

Championship: Apopka senior Rocco Vargas (7-0 post-season) bonus-pointed into the final, with a semifinal fall (2:40) over Creekside senior Keanan Sexton, then overcome Seminole senior Abdelkrin Salomon, 11-4, in the title round. Salomon (30-8) got to Vargas behind a 6-2 semifinal win over Windermere’s Tyler Drone.
3rd place: After losing by quarterfinal TF to Vargas on Friday, Timber Creek freshman Josue Batista (26-14) rallied back for four consi-side wins to grab third, including Saturday wins over DeLand’s Mathias Franz (8-6, quarters), over Drone (12-3, semis) and over Sexton (7-3) for third place. Sexton (26-9) secured a Kissimmee ticket with a 7-4 blood-round win over Lake Brantley’s Kai Higgins, who’d reached that round by pin (2:10) over West Orange’s Stacey Rhodes.

Championship: Buchholz senior Aiden Moore (52-6) bonus-pointed through the tournament, beginning the day Saturday with a 10-0 major over Winter Park junior Joey Parker, then closing out with his third 1st-period fall of the weekend, pinning Bartram Trail junior Preston Pena in 1:16. Pena (38-13) also had three bonus-point wins before the final, pinning Apopka’s Bonosky Fidel in 5:19 in the semis.
3rd place: Parker (7-1 post-season) won by fall twice in the consis, with pins over DeLand’s Lane Wishart (3:41, blood round) and over Wekiva junior Seth Galvin (1:48) for third, in a rematch of their quarterfinal (which Parker won by major, 14-0). Galvin (33-11) won three times in the consis for his podium space, including Saturday wins over West Orange’s Lorenzo Perez (pin in 4:29, consi quarters) and over Fidel (6-2 decision, semis). Wishart got to the blood round after pinning the hosts’ Felipe Costa in 4:21.

Hagerty wrestlers and coaches with the team’s 3A-Region 1 team runnerup trophy won Saturday at Flagler Palm Coast (Photo submitted via Hagerty team Facebook page).

Championship: Hagerty senior Blake Watts (51-7) pinned his way into the final, with his third 1st-period fall coming in the semis over Buchholz’s Max Szabo (1:21), then decisioned Flagler Palm Coast senior Timothy King, 12-5, for the title. King (27-14) advanced to the final behind an 11-6 decision in the semis over Seminole senior Benjamin Buhring.
3rd place: Buhring (42-8) overcame a fourth-place finish in the District 2 IBT to qualify out for states, with two consi-side wins, opening with a pin over Windermere’s Jerry Vargas (4:21) for his second win over Vargas in as many days, then decisioning Atlantic Coast senior Joel Dudley, 6-1, in the medal round. Dudley (5-3 post-season) had lost to King by decision in the quarters, winning three times in the consis to make podium, including Saturday wins over district rival Lee Leavell of Creekside (pin in 4:42, quarters) and over Szabo (6-4 in sudden victory, semis). Vargas had gotten to the blood round behind an 18-5 major over West Port’s Tyler Pinkowski.

Championship: Hagerty junior Kamdon Harrison (50-8) won his second region title, pinning his way through the field in a combined mat time of 5:25, with Saturday pins over Creekside senior Diego Rivera (2:22, semis) and over Apopka junior Ransom Randolph (1:51, championship). Randolph (6-1 post-season) pushed past Flagler Palm Coast senior Bryce Dodge, 3-2, in the semis to get to Harrison.
3rd place: Dodge (19-2) bonus-pointed through both consi rounds, with a 12-2 blood-round major over Oviedo’s James Chiaradio and a second-period fall (2:03) over Rivera for third. Rivera (19-7) secured his state space with a consi-semi pin (3:29) over Lake Brantley’s Giovanni Duany. Duany (2:35 over Oakleaf’s Roman Polinsky) and Chiaradio (4:15 over Windermere’s Jeryl Lewis) both won by fall in the consi quarters.

Championship: Hagerty senior Ethan Gomez (53-10) opened the day with a semifinal pin over Windermere senior Kurt Vollenweider (2:33), then came back to push past Flagler senior Blane DeFord, 6-4, in the final. DeFord (37-7) advanced to the final with a semifinal pin over Bartram Trail junior John McNames (1:47).
3rd place: McNames (6-1 post-season) took two pins in the consis after the semifinal loss, with falls over district rival Adrian Rodriguez of Mandarin (1:54, semis) and over Vollenweider (:44) in the third-place match. Vollenweider (21-6) punched his Kissimmee ticket with a 4-2 blood-round win over Winter Park’s Tristen Carbonell. In the consi quarters, Rodriguez falled DeLand’s Paul Derosby (1:48), while Carbonell edged district rival Dennis Proulx of Timber Creek, 3-2.

Championship: Mandarin senior Tony Carter (31-0) stayed unbeaten with a pair of one-point Saturday decisions, pushing past Buchholz junior Kason Nichols, 4-3, in the semis, and defeating Flagler senior Marcelo Gonzalez, 3-2, for the title. Gonzalez (41-10) earned his third bonus-point win of the weekend with an 11-3 major over Oakleaf’s Onjel Caraballo in the semis.
3rd place: Nichols finished the weekend with four bonus-point wins in claiming third, with a 13-3 blood-round major over Lyman’s Haiden Williams-Marchetti and a fall for third (2:42) over DeLand junior and District 2 rival Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro. Rodriguez-Cayro (43-15), who’d lost by 7-5 decision to Caraballo in round 1, took four bonus-point wins in the consis to make the podium, with Saturday pins over Creekside’s Eddie Craig (2:08, quarters) and over Caraballo (3:47, semis). Williams-Marchetti reached the blood round after a pin in the quarters (2:07) over Hagerty’s Connor Gilliam.

Championship: FPC senior Garrick Schwartz (39-9) won his team’s only individual title, with a pair of Saturday decisions, first overcoming Hagerty sophomore Hunter Tate in double overtime, 7-6, in the semis, and then taking down District 2 rival and Buchholz senior Jamari Chisolm, 4-1, in the final. Chisolm (13-6) reached the final after a 4-3 win in the top-half semi over Olympia’s DJ McCray.
3rd place: Tate (45-8) bounced back for third behind a pair of shutout wins in the consis, with a 3-0 win over Mandarin’s Jaelen Simmons in the blood round (Simmons had beaten Tate at regions in 2021) and a 2-0 decision for the bronze over Sandalwood junior Duffy Mista. Mista, who’d fallen by a 4-2 count to Schwartz in the quarters on Friday, won three matches on the back, including Saturday victories over Timber Creek’s Nico Perez (pin in 4:32, quarters) and over McCray (3-2, semis). Simmons had gotten to the blood round by virtue of a 28-second consi-quarter fall over Lyman’s Danny Izquierdo.

Championship: After falling in double-overtime in the final last year, Apopka senior Ralph Sanchez (7-0 post-season) made sure of things this year, with a 7-2 semifinal win over Creekside senior Vincent Approbato and a championship fall (:56) over DeLand senior Marion Smokes. Smokes (43-7) got to the final and Sanchez after his third pin of the weekend, pinning Winter Park sophomore Liam Glassmeyer in 3:48 in the bottom-half semi.
3rd place: Glassmeyer (7-1 post-season) won twice by decision in the consis, with decisions over Flagler’s Dalton Schell (7-3) in the semis and a 7-5 win over Approbato in the third-place match. Approbato (32-6) secured his state space with a 4-0 win over Ocoee’s Keniel Carrasquille in the blood round. Schell won by walkover in the consi quarters, while Carrasquille majored Oakleaf’s Ben Gaddis, 8-0, in a Knight v Knight matchup.

Championship: Wekiva junior Holley Saintmelus (34-6) pinned his way through the tournament, with Saturday falls in the semis over Forest junior Cane Fernandez (4:24) and again in the final over Timber Creek junior Peter Nesheiwat (2:27). Nesheiwat (42-10) also won by fall in the semis, pinning Oakleaf junior Jordan Mitchell (4:40) in the top half of the bracket.
3rd place: Mitchell (22-4) bounced back with a pair of consi-side wins, first with a 4-3 blood-rounder over Flagler’s Seth Davis, then by pin in 2:41 over Fernandez for third and fourth. Fernandez punched his Silver Spurs ticket with a pin in the consi semis over Ocoee’s Deandre Scott. Both Davis and Scott reached the blood round with decision wins, as Davis went double-overtime to turn back Apopka’s Zaire Warner, 2-1, while Scott outlasted DeLand’s Marco Selph, 7-5.

Brackets for this region and all four regions in 3A can be found HERE.

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