Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
SPRING HILL — Spotting three wrestlers to 2A state powerhouse Lake Gibson, Northeast #1 Flagler Palm Coast put on a late rush — behind four weight-class titles, plus a slew of other placers, to win the Corey Hill Memorial Invitational Saturday, a two-day IBT event.
The Bulldogs outpointed Lake Gibson, 198.5-189, for the team win, even with them being the only team in the top seven with fewer than 12 starters. Palmetto was third with 155.5 points, with host Springstead fourth at 141.5 and Northwest #2 Lincoln fifth with 133.
All told, the Matmen coverage area walked away with six brackets, as Michael DeAugustino (120), Avery Holder (132), Steve Canidate (182) and Vincent Ebanks (285) were titlists for Flagler Palm Coast, with Justin Grant (160) and Josh Martin (220) winning for Lincoln.
DeAugustino pinned or teched his way to the finals at 120, where he met up with 2016 2A state finalist Diamonte Perry of Lake Gibson, taking a 9-5 decision in the battle of 2016 state finalists.
Holder pinned his way into the final, where he met up with another 2A state finalist from 2016 — and, ironically, his teammate’s cousin — in Pasco’s John DeAugustino. Holder pushed the pace in a 13-4 major in the final.
The third seed at 182, Canidate pinned or teched in all of his matches, with two pins Friday, a tech in the semis, and fall in 3:20 over Hernando’s Harry Williams to win the title.
Ebanks had two falls on Friday, but had to go a full six twice (and then some) on Saturday for his bracket, winning over Lincoln’s Thomas Moss 6-0 in the semi, and then winning the title in OT with a 3-1 decision over Wiregrass Ranch’s Justin Aponte.
For Lincoln, Grant had two bonus-point wins on Friday and then added a third in the finals, when he majored Lake Gibson’s Gabriel Bourne, 10-1, for the championship.
Martin pinned his way through the 220 bracket to get to the final, where he needed just 2:45 to tech Lakeland’s Tanner Howe by a 15-0 count.
Additional area placers for the coverage area included FPC’s Michael Martins (3rd at 138), Tyler Irigoyen (3rd at 220), Damion Figourea (4th at 132), and Tyrone Jones (4th at 152), with Moss coming back after the semifinal loss to finish third at 285.
Brackets will be posted to both Northeast and Northwest IBT local pages on Monday.