Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
LONGWOOD — Consider the first step toward area dominance in Class 3A taken by the Flagler Palm Coast wrestlers this weekend.
The Bulldogs were the top Northeast Matmen-area team at this weekend’s 43rd Bill Scott Memorial IBT tournament, hosted by Lyman High School on Friday and Saturday.
Flagler Palm Coast finished the tournament with 215.5 points, compared to third-place Fleming Island at 178.5. The Bulldogs only finished behind Florida’s arguably-strongest team and national powerhouse Lake Highland Prep, which rolled up 312 points.
Riverdale edged Winter Springs, 163.5-162.5 for fourth place. Buchholz was 16th, with 74 points, to round out area teams in the 35-team tournament.
The Bulldogs had 10 placewinners on the day, led by 120-pound champion Michael DeAugustino, the event’s only area winner in an all-local final.
DeAugustino had three bonus-point victories in getting to the finals, majoring Lake Highland Prep V2’s Vincent Menozzi 14-2 in the semifinal. There, he faced Fleming Island’s Deandre Demus, who had pinned his way through the bracket, including a fall in 4:49 over Astronaut’s Louis Cortez in the semi. DeAugustino set the pace again in the title match, topping Demus by a 9-3 score.
Joining DeAugustino as Flagler medalists were 132-pound runnerup Damion Figueroa, as well as thirds from Avery Holder (126), Michael Martins (138) and Vincent Ebanks (285). Steve Canidate added a fourth at 182, with John Johnson (113) and Tyrone Jones (145) both fifth, Curtis Brock (152) sixth and Tyler Irigoyen (220) seventh.
In addition to Demus, Fleming Island had four other finalists in Paul Detwiler (152), Jason Davis (182), Ryan Smenda (195) and Jose Concepcion (285), with Briar Jackson placing fourth at 106 and Vince Hauser seventh at 138.
Buchholz’s Gant Moore reached the finals at 138 to lead the Bobcats, with Bryan Perkins (106) and Armando Acosta (182) both finishing eighth.
Lake Highland — at least their V1 version — finished the weekend with eight brackets, as Ryan Chauvin (113), Joey Silva (132), Mason Wohltman (138), Kai Bele (145), Jake Brindley (160), Erich Byelick (170), Bryce Rogers (182) and Ben Goldin (220) all winning titles.
Rounding out the list of champions were Nic Bouzakis of Citrus Park Christian (106), The Master’s Academy’s Devin Kohn (126), Tampa Prep’s Anthony Artalona (152), DeLand’s Raymond Haverty (195) and Winter Springs’ TJ Boyd (285). Brackets will be posted to the Matmen site on Monday. A summary of each weight class follows:
106: Bouzakis, a 7th grader, had two pins and a tech fall to get to the semis, where he decisioned Jackson 9-4 to reach the final and Hagerty’s Ryan Rowland, who had two pins and a decision en route to the semi. There, Rowland knocked off The Master’s Academy’s Dylan Kohn 6-1, but in the final Bouzakis needed just 1:45 to win by fall. Kohn beat Jackson, 3-1, for third, with Lake Highland V1’s Jake Wohltman beating Riverdale’s Tahj Clayton 5-1 for fifth and Lake Highland V2’s Bailey Flanagan winning 6-1 over Perkins for seventh.
113: Chauvin pinned or teched his way into the final, with three falls and a 19-3 tech over Flagler’s Johnson in the semis. On the bottom side of the bracket, Tampa Prep’s Ben Buhler had a pin and decision to get to the semis, edging Riverdale’s Lleyton Taylor by a 6-5 score. Chauvin couldn’t keep the string of bonus intact, but he did control the action in the final with a 9-3 decision. Cian Fischer of Weyauwega-Fremont (Wis.) majored Columbus’ Charlie Huffman 9-0 for third place, with Johnson edging Taylor, 3-2, for fifth and Brandon Boyle of Hagerty downing South Lake’s Tanner Kitta, 2-0, for seventh.
120: See above for more discussion on DeAugustino and Demus. Menozzi pinned Cortez in 5:26 for third place, with Riverdale’s Caleb Cavanaugh pinning South Lake’s Kane Dehnz in 1:30 for fifth. Hagerty’s Mathieu Byers decisioned Josh Pritz of Citrus Park Christian, 10-6, for seventh.
126: Kohn had a pin and tech to get to the semis out of the bottom half of the bracket, but then used a pair of decisions on Saturday to win the title. In the semis, he downed Flagler’s Holder, 6-2. Meanwhile, Lake Highland V1’s Noah Castillo followed a mostly-similar path in the top half, with two pins and a decision to reach the semi, where he decisioned Hagerty’s Emauni Smithson 5-3. In the final, though, Kohn was able to take a 1-0 win. Holder majored Smithson, 11-2, for third place, with Dr Phillips’ Jamel Clue edging Riverdale’s Coleby Barnes 9-8 for fifth and South Lake’s Travis Pawlowski winning 12-8 over Edgewater’s Will Mitchell for seventh.
132: Silva, the 2016 Walsh Ironman finalist, pinned his way through the bracket, including a semifinal fall in 2:47 over Bishop Moore’s Jake Wheeler to reach the final and Flagler’s Figueroa, who had three bonus-point wins prior to a 9-7 semifinal win over Key West’s Nickolas Piraino. But Silva wouldn’t be denied in the final, pinning Figueroa in 3:55. Piraino decisioned Wheeler, 9-6, for third place, with Hagerty’s Mason Perkins pinning Apopka’s Dwight Parker in 2:23 for fifth and Lake Mary’s Manuel Fernandez winning 9-5 over Josh Contreras of Winter Springs for seventh.
138: Wohltman had bonus points in every round, with two pins and a forfeit win en route to the semi, where he teched Lake Mary’s Jordan Goldman by a 20-5 score to reach the final and Buchholz’s Moore, who’d picked up a fall and two decisions before the semi, and a third one there with a 5-2 win over Flagler’s Martins. Wohltman was too much in the final, however, taking a 13-4 major. Martins downed Goldman, 5-2, for third place, with Booker’s Jeffrey Phillips beating the V2 Highlanders’ Steve Goldware, 3-2, and Fleming’s Hauser majoring Melbourne’s Stevie Galluscio, 15-3, for seventh.
145: Bele pinned his way to the finals, with three such sticks up to the semis, where he falled Riverdale’s Ortiz Nelson in 2:57 to reach the final and take a shot at Hagerty’s Ethan Woods, who picked up four bonus-point wins to get to the title match. Woods majored Melbourne’s Owen Graham, 16-4, in the semi, but Bele had enough for the bracket win, taking a 7-5 decision. Nelson needed overtime to turn back Bishop Moore’s Logan Flanagan 6-5 for third place, with Flagler’s Jones winning by injury-default over Graham for fifth and Apopka’s Roody Edouard pinning University (Orange City)’s Matthew Romans in 1:59 for seventh.
152: Artalona had five bonus-point victories in taking the bracket, with three falls up to the semis, where he majored Winter Springs’ Dimitri Alicea 12-3, to face off against Fleming’s Detwiler, who picked up two pins and a major prior to decisioning Jesse Martinez of Riverdale, 7-4, in the semi. Artalona kept the offense up in the finals, winning 14-4 for a major over Detwiler. Martinez downed Alicea, 11-5, for third place, with Lake Highland V2’s Logan Andrew downing Flagler’s Brock 7-1 for fifth and Lake Mary’s McKlaine Johnson taking a forfeit win over the V1 Highlanders’ Cameron Monzadeh for seventh.
160: Brindley was up two weights from his Walsh Ironman weight and one above his expected weight for this invite, but it didn’t seem to hold him back to bump up, with two pins and a tech to get to the semis, where he held off North Port’s John Cruz 3-2, and set up a final matchup with Winter Springs’ Max Wohlabaugh. Wohlabaugh pinned his way through to the semis and then won by injury-default over Riverdale’s Hunter Weeks there. But Brindley secured the takedown in sudden victory, winning 5-3. Cruz majored Bishop Moore’s Brad Kata, 12-3, for third place, with Deland’s Will Hennessy winning by forfeit over Weeks for fifth and Columbus’ Mike Fernandez edging the V2 Highlanders’ Hunter Brinkman 6-5 for seventh.
170: Byelick had bonus points in every round to win the bracket, taking three falls to reach the semis, where he majored Deltona’s Gabe Gonzalez 12-4 to get to Winter Springs’ Cole Mitchell, who had a decision, fall and tech before downing Lake Brantley’s Nathan Ferkovich 9-2. Byelick picked up a second major in the final, beating Mitchell 11-2. Apopka’s Quentin Wilson, who’d lost to Mitchell in the first round, won six matches to take third with the last a 1-0 win over Ferkovich. Apopka’s Kendrik Koller won by forfeit over Gonzalez for fifth, with Riverdale’s Caleb Van Helden winning 6-5 over Gage Lauter of DeLand for seventh.
182: Rogers had two first-period falls to get to the semis, taking an 11-2 major over Apopka’s Logan Celella to reach Fleming Island’s Davis, wrestling in his first tournament of the season. Davis either had pins or techs en route to the final, with a second-period fall over Key West’s Josh Hettel in the semis. Rogers, though, was able to hold Davis at bay in the final, with a 5-2 decision. Celella edged Flagler’s Canidate 3-2 in the third-place match, with Hettel winning 6-4 over University (Orange City)’s Jorge Betancourt for fifth and Winter Springs’ Jessiah Contreras pinning Buchholz’s Acosta in 3:44 for seventh.
195: The finalists both pinned their way into the final, with Haverty picking up two in first-period falls and two in the second period, including the semifinal win, over Apopka’s Zach Gallon, in 2:34. Smenda had four first-period pins to reach the final, pinning Melbourne’s Joe Fields in 57 seconds in the semis. Haverty edged Smenda, 3-2, to win the final. Gallon pinned Fields in 1:50 for third place, with Montana Lewis of Winter Springs falling Lake Mary’s Evens Cesar in 1:37 for fifth and Ty Torres of Key West with a fall in 1:34 over the hosts’ Drew Meehan for seventh.
220: Goldin had nothing but bonus points for the V1 Highlanders throughout the bracket, with nothing but falls prior to the final, pinning Key West’s Isaac Exilus in 1:17 in the semis. Meanwhile, Weyauwega-Fremont’s Dylen Kicherer also pinned his way through in reaching the final, falling Jacob Stanbro of Riverdale in 2:47 in the semis. Goldin didn’t get a fifth pin, but did control the match in the final, winning by an 11-3 major. DeLand’s Terence Neat stopped Apopka’s Matthew Simms, 7-5, for third place, with Exilus winning 9-3 over Stanbro for fifth and Flagler’s Irigoyen pinning Lake Howell’s Josh Ohl in 5:15 for seventh.
285: Boyd proved he could win the heavies with both power and grit, with four falls prior to the final, including a fall in 5:12 in the semis over Columbus’ Dylan Perez, to set a region-rivalry match with Fleming’s Concepcion, who had two pins early and two decisions in the quarters and semis — including a 5-3 win over Columbus’ Robert Perez there. Boyd needed extra time, but got the job done with a 4-2 OT decision. Flagler’s Ebanks pinned Dylan Perez in 4:07 for third place, with Astronaut’s Javohn Maravolo pinning Robert Perez in 1:30 for fifth. Hagerty’s Christian Gomez falled Lake Howell’s Juan Claros in 4:32 for seventh.