Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
DELAND — This is how you dominate an IBT, in case there are pointers needed:
Everyone places. Almost everyone wins.
That’s how #2 Flagler Palm Coast dominated the Five Star Conference tournament on Saturday, with 16 placers, 14 finalists and 12 brackets won. The result was a 129-point gap between the Bulldogs and the hosts for first and second (282.5-153.5).
FPC would have outpointed the second- and third-place teams, combined, by 56.5 points, or the bottom five teams, again combined, by 44.5 points.
There was even one Flagler-Flagler final during the course of the weekend, and only one weight class didn’t have at least one Bulldog in the title match. Below follows a quick summary of FPC’s carnage:
106: John Johnson had a fall and major to get to the finals as the #2 seed, decisioning New Smyrna Beach’s David Cieckiewicz — who’d pinned his way through — by an 8-5 count.
113: Top-seeded Avery Holder had a second-period fall in the semis and wasn’t challenged by Deland’s Nathan Hewson in the final, as Holder won by tech fall, 18-2.
120: #1 seed Michael DeAugustino had one of the stronger matchups from the field after two 55-second falls in the first two rounds, as he had to push past Deland’s Omar Garcia for a 2-1 decision.
126: Trace Insalaco and Brady Quint went 1-3 in this bracket. Top-seeded Insalaco had a fall in the semis, and then decisioned University Orange City’s Joe Hammerle, 10-6, for the Bulldogs’ 4th straight title. Hammerle had decisioned Quint, 6-1, in the semis, but Quint rallied with two falls to take third.
132: #2 seed Nathan St. Pierre continued to shine, pinning his way through the bracket, with first-period falls in quarters and semis, and a second-period fall in 2:40 over Deland’s Lucas Ruiz.
138: Second-seeded Tariq Johnson took care of business to make it six titles in a row, with falls in the quarters and semis, plus a 9-6 win in the final over top seed Jordan Engberg of New Smyrna Beach.
145: #1 seed Evyn Insalaco made a sparse (4-man) bracket scarcer, with a first-period fall in the semis and fall in 3:50 over Deland’s Bradley Duell in the championship match.
152: Top-seeded Kaz Maia had two one-sided victories, with a third-period fall in the semis and 16-4 major decision over Deland’s Chris Ray in the title match.
160: Eric Rosso made it nine titles in a row for FPC, but only had to wrestle once to do it after winning by walkover in the semis. Rosso, the top seed, decisioned Deland’s Will Hennessey, 4-2, in the final.
170: Second-seeded Eddie Bryant got through to the final with a decision and pin, but couldn’t keep the string of titles intact, as Deltona’s Gabe Gonzalez finally broke through for the rest of the conference by the narrowest of margins, edging Bryant 5-4.
182: Top seed Steve Canidate, like St. Pierre before him, pinned his way through the bracket, only having to go past the first period in the quarters. Canidate falled Seabreeze’s Matt Kohler in 1:28 to win the title.
195: In the all-FPC final, top seed Anthony Mascraella had two pins to take the title, pinning Bulldog teammate Tyler Irigoyen in 1:18 in the final. Unseeded Irigoyen likewise had pinned his way through to the title, pinning the 3 and 2 seeds in succession.
220: In just a four-man bracket, this was the only weight class not to have an FPC wrestler in the final. Justin Haaf lost by fall in the semis, but needed just 57 seconds to polish off New Smyrna Beach’s Robert Baker for third.
285: #1 seed Vincent Ebanks pinned his way through the bracket — the fourth Bulldog to do so — with a fall in the title match over University Orange City’s Nick Anderson.
FPC is off until Thursday when the Bulldogs host #3 Clay at 7 p.m. in what will be the dual season finale for both teams.
Complete brackets from the Five Star are up on the 15-16 IBTs page.