The Season 2015-16: Flagler Palm Coast

Flagler Palm Coast

You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2015-16 here –> FLAGLER PALM COAST

Win/loss record: 19-4 in dual meets. There are some discrepancies between my records and those presented to FHSAA, although I believe I have all results in hand. Please review the attached document for a review of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Graduation losses from the 2014-15 season didn’t allow FPC to duplicate what had been, more or less, a perfect year of competition in that year, but there are around 60-70 programs in the north Florida coverage region that would have loved to have had the season that the Bulldogs did have this year, with a solid third at H-Town Throwdown (nearly taking second, only finishing behind South Dade & Southridge), fourth at Lyman, seconds at both Flagler and Manatee Duals events plus a second at Flagler Rotary, and a title at Five Star Conference. The Bulldogs were just a half-point away from sharing district top honors, a solid third at regions and a top-eight effort at states. Most of the FPC graduation losses are in the larger middleweights, and, fortunately, the Bulldogs had a glut of smaller middleweights that should be able to move up and fill in, so look out for a possible return to the top in 2016-17.

2015-16 MVP: Only one other wrestler in north Florida entered the post-season with an undefeated record besides Anthony “Kaz” Maia this past year, and it was going to be interesting how his rivalry with Winter Springs’ James Nereim would unfold this season, given that there’d been some back-and-forth (in terms of who won) between the two before Nereim got the last word at states, taking the title. Maia appeared to have initially worked through what needed to be done, taking two regular-season decisions at the Lyman final and the Flagler Rotary final. Maia added IBT titles at those events, plus H-Town Throwdown, Five Star and districts before meeting up for the third time with Nereim in the region final. That one, Nereim had the answers in a 5-1 decision, and they met again a week later with disastrous consequences, as Maia had to injury-default out of the state final. However, over the course of his high school career, Maia had reached tremendously-high levels of achievement, levels that few ever see, and his graduation will be a loss.

2016-17 captain: Nobody takes losing harder than Bulldog sophomore Michael DeAugustino, and just about no one has worked harder to overcome the lessons taught by their last loss than DeAugustino, even within the high level of the FPC room. DeAugustino went 3-2 with Southridge’s Jordan Marshall at the H-Town Throwdown (at 126) the first weekend of the season, and then cooked off 15 wins in a row until Astronaut’s Connor Kirk won by fall at Flagler Duals just before Christmas. DeAugustino then won 39 matches in a row, 21 of those by fall, that took him all the way through the Five Star Conference, districts and regions — with titles in each along the way — and up to the state finals, where another top-ranked Southridge wrestler, this time Randy McCray, had the edge in a 5-3 decision. The FPC room has been hit pretty hard by graduation losses over the last couple of years, but should still be in pretty good shape — particularly with DeAugustino’s leadership in place over the next two seasons.

Heaton’s Hero: Everybody got out to regions that competed in the district tournament, so it’s pretty tough to find somebody who “struggled,” which is a testament to the program the Bulldogs have built and worked to continue to build. But success can be somewhat relative, too, and so we’ll go with the freshman 106, John Johnson, who was in the lineup at 106 for just about every event this year (I believe only at #BattleForFlagler was he held out). It took him a while to get his sea legs, as he was 4-10 at one point (according to the results I have in the attachment), but then went 13-3 from there and stayed above .500 after that. Johnson won twice at districts — including a win over a decent First Coaster in Jason Schwartz, the Buccaneers’ 2016-17 captain as I noted in that school’s TS post — so he certainly finished well. Jason Johnson is the Heaton’s Hero reprsentative for FPC.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Johnson (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, District 1 4th place); Avery Holder (junior, wrestled 113/120 this past year, District 1 runnerup, Region 1 runnerup, 3A state 5th place); DeAugustino (junior, wrestled 120/126 this past year, District 1 champ, Region 1 champ, 3A state runnerup); Trace Insalaco (sophomore, wrestled 126/132 this past year, District 1 4th place); Nathan St. Pierre (junior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Eddie Bryant (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Steve Canidate (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, District 1 runnerup, 1 match from 3A states); Anthony Mascraella (junior, wrestled 195 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Justin Haaf (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, District 1 runnerup, 1 match from 3A states); Vincent Ebanks (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, District 1 3rd place). Also: Andrew Jones (sophomore, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Michael Martins (junior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tyrone Jones (junior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tyler Irigoyen (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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