Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
ORLANDO — In a rare December Friday night where the gym is partially covered in wrestling mat for a single dual, #2T Flagler Palm Coast traveled down the I-4 corridor for a solid 51-24 win over Freedom, a team that finished 11th at 3A states last year.
The dual was the Bulldogs’ first in 2016-17 and second competition of the season after ranking as the highest north Florida team at Border Wars the previous weekend.
A trio of middleweight decisions from FPC really cemented down the edge in the Bulldogs’ favor, with Avery Holder (132, by a 10-3 score) over 2016 3A-Region 1 champ Marcus Jean Baptiste, first-year starter Damion Figuorea (138, 12-10) over senior Earl Johnson, and Michael Martins (145, injured last year, 4-3) over 2016 3A-Region 1 runnerup Brendan Maharaj, plus a fall from Tyrone Jones at 152.
On the bookend sides of the dual, John Johnson (106) and Michael DeAugustino (120) held down the lower end with falls, while Curtis Brock (170), Steve Canidate (182), Tyler Irigoyen (220) and Vincent Ebanks (285) locked up pins for the uppers. Half of Freedom’s 24 points came via forfeits.
FPC is now off until Friday of this week, when the Bulldogs will take part in the Bill Scott Memorial IBT hosted by Lyman on Friday and Saturday.