February 2 Dual Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

PALM COAST — From the statewide rankings, a close dual could have been the expected storyline when #8 Osceola (The Wrestling Nation ranking in 3A) faced #7 (TWN in 3A) Flagler Palm Coast Thursday night.

Expectations, instead, went out the window, as the Bulldogs more than doubled up the Kowboys’ point total, 45-19, and that occurred even with FPCHS still not having its strongest lineup available yet.

The Bulldogs (14-0) dominated the upper weights from 170 through 285, with 27 points coming out of those weights. Steve Canidate (170), Eddie Bryant (182) and Tyler Irigoyen (220) all had falls for FPC, with Vincent Ebanks taking a 2-1 decision.

While the lowers and middles were a bit more even, there were some big results along the way. One with seismic statewide implications was at 120, where the Bulldogs’ Michael DeAugustino, ranked second statewide in 3A, outlasted #1 Malyke Hines, 4-3, in double overtime. Hines has just three losses in high school, in 100+ matches, and has held a national ranking during the course of this season.

Tyrone Jones (145) added another contested victory in the middle for Flagler Palm Coast, winning by a 5-4 decision.

The Bulldogs are off until Saturday, when they’ll defend their Five Star Conference team title. Atlantic HS in Port Orange will host the event.

St. Augustine triangular: Nease took a pair of duals, sweeping Pedro Menendez (59-11) and the host Yellow Jackets (45-24), with St. Augustine picking up the middle dual over the Falcons, 36-17.

The St Johns Panthers got a pair of individual victories from Sean Arnold (113), Gannon Janssen (120), Tyler Saam (126, fall over St. Augustine), Thomas Taylor (138, fall over St. Augustine), Tanner Hill (152, pin over Menendez, decision over St. Augustine), Jarrod Case (182, pin over St. Augustine), Nick Thoresen (195, pin over Menendez) and Jonathan Walter (220, pin over Menendez). Braden Hill (145) added a fall and Jacob Corrales (132) a tech fall against Menendez.

St. Augustine double winners included Nick Thomson (132, 2 pins) and Marcus Petersen (145, 2 pins). Alexander Mewes (competing at both 160 and 170) had a fall against Nease, with Tracey Beshara (also at both 160 and 170) taking a fall over Menendez, as did Micah Hartley at 195.

For Pedro Menendez, Max Worthington (170) won twice by technical fall and was the Falcons’ lone double winner. Alex Cathcart (160) had a fall against Nease and David Soule (152) won by fall against St. Augustine.

With Thursday night’s action, Nease allowed every team competing at this weekend’s Clay Rotary an extra weight allowance, as the Panthers are also there. St. Augustine swings back into action Saturday at the Westside Duals in Jacksonville, while Pedro Menendez is off until Wednesday, when it hosts the Yellow Jackets in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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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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