By MATMEN, Sunday, 1:55 p.m.
DELAND — The momentum continues to build in 2023 for DeLand. District duals title. 7-0 record, all double-digit wins, at Bulldog Duals.
Now, two wins in the FHSAA dual series’ region round, again by double digits.
Last Thursday at home, the Bulldogs (12-6) qualified for the 3A state duals tournament for the first time, nearly doubling up both their opponents with wins over Creekside (45-25) in the Region 1 quarterfinals and over Buchholz (47-25) in the semi.
DeLand now faces four-time region runnerup Hagerty (7-4) on Friday at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. weighin) at Osceola with the region title and berth in Saturday’s state semifinals on the line. Hagerty and DeLand have not met this year, but did meet for the effective championship match in last year’s Bulldog Duals, which the hosts won.
Below follows a summary of each dual wrestled at DeLand —
Quarterfinal 1 — DeLand 45, Creekside 25: Creekside (18-4) drew first blood with Alexavier Panganiban (16th at 106)’s pin, but the Bulldogs quickly responded with four straight wins to go up 15-6, behind a tech (16-0) from Phoenix Krauth (10th) over 14th-ranked Justin Umali, a 14-6 major from Peyton Senez (132) and decisions from Tyler Bracero (19th at 113, match score 6-3) and Grady Bryant (ranked 18th, 7-2 at 126). … Creekside got three back in a battle of ranked opponents at 138, as Conner Wright (15th) edged Kellen Chapman (18th at 132) by a 9-8 count, but the Bulldogs pushed it out to 27-9 as Joshua Folsom (15th at 145) won by fall. … Creekside got things within eight on a pair of bonus-point wins by Xavier Grimm (fall at 160) and Colton Leavell (9-1 major at 170), but back-to-back pins from Gavin Rodriguez-Cayro (10th at 182) and Garrett Perkins (195). … The teams traded pins to wrap up the dual, with Eli Pagan (220) pinning for Creekside and MJ Smokes (7th at 285) with the fall for DeLand.
Quarterfinal 2 — Buchholz 41, Bartram Trail 31: The Bobcats (4-3) raced out to a 23-0 lead behind a pair of forfeits, a fall from Jun Jie Zheng (106) and 18-2 tech from Jedidiah Brown (12th at 126). … Bartram Trail (16-8), the District 1 champ, cut that lead to four points behind a five-match run in the middle, with Nate Lacey’s fall at 160, an 11-0 major in a battle of state powerhouses Ethan Vugman (1st at 126, competing at 132) and Cavarius Liddie (2nd at 132), plus decisions from Gabe Betancourt (16-10 at 138), Grady Hutchinson (7-1 at 145) and Bryson Biddle (5-3 at 152). … The teams traded pins at 170 and 182, with Max Szabo (11th at 170) by fall for Buchholz and John McNames (9th at 182) by pin for the Bears. … Buchholz would close it out on pins from William Lancer (195) and Kason Nichols (4th at 195, competing at 220); Nichols’ fall over Shane Armstrong (5th at 220) clinched the dual; Buchholz then forfeited at 285.
Semifinal — DeLand 47, Buchholz 25: In the rematch of the District 2 final last month, the Bulldogs picked up an early 12-0 lead on pins from Bracero (113) and Krauth (120), and never trailed from there on. … The Bobcats cut that lead to 12-9 behind Liddie’s fall at 132 and Brown’s 8-6 win, but DeLand from there went on a 20-0 run behind pins from Mathias Franz (13th at 152) and Zane Canada (18th at 160), plus a Chapman tech (20-3 at 138) and Folsom decision (6-1 at 145). … The lead would not much move over the final six weights and never under double-digits, with Smokes (285) and Edwin Alsina (106) taking pins and Rodriguez-Cayro winning by a 6-2 count at 182; Buchholz had a pin from Nichols at 195, an injury-default win for Bryan Diehl at 220 and Szabo’s 11-3 major at 170.
You can find full results for this site’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds HERE.