By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
PALM COAST — Thus far after the first day of competition at the 3A-Region 1 tournament at Flagler Palm Coast, the momentum that District 1 champion Fleming Island built last week showed few, if any, signs of slowing down.
The Golden Eagles hold a 15.5-point lead over Winter Springs heading into Saturday’s second day of competition, 88-72.5, with the third-place hosts another half-point back.
Fueling the Fleming Island surge are nine semifinalists — nearly a third of the entire field — and four additional wrestlers in the consi rounds, with none eliminated Friday.
Semifinalists for the Golden Eagles are Briar Jackson (106, 2 Friday pins, both in the first period), Albie Snedaker (113, 2 Friday pins, also both in the first period), DeAndre Demus (120, 2 Friday pins), Jacob Sandoval (126, fall and decision), Paul Detwiler (152, 2 first-period pins on Friday), Ben Sann (160, fall and decision), Jason Davis (182, 2 first-period pins on Friday), Ryan Smenda (195, 2 first-period pins on Friday) and Jose Concepcion (pin and 2-1 decision in the quarters).
Still alive for third place are Trace Insalaco (132), Vince Hauser (138), Jalyn Robinson (170) and Brandyne Mackey (220).
Flagler Palm Coast has 12 still left in the tournament, but with four semifinalists to Fleming’s nine.
Reaching that level for the Bulldogs were Michael DeAugustino (120, fall and tech fall), Avery Holder (fall and major at 126 on Friday), Michael Martins (138, fall and major Friday) and Tyler Irigoyen (220, tech fall and 16-second pin on Friday).
Christian Sheppard (106), Damion Figouera (132), Tyrone Jones (145), Curtis Brock (152), Keith Boswell (160), Steve Canidate (170), Eddie Bryant (182) and Vincent Ebanks (285) are still alive in the hunt for third place.
From the top three, it’s a bit of a drop to where Buchholz and Fletcher are, in the top half of the tournament (T-14th, with 21 points).
The Senators have just three wrestlers left alive, but all are in the semis: Trent Dalldorf (120, two decisions Friday), Owen Beining (160, two falls, the second one in just 65 seconds) and Narek Stepanyan (195, two falls).
Buchholz has four wrestlers still in the tournament, two on each side of the bracket. On the title side are Bryan Perkins (106, pin and decision Friday) and Jordan Mobley (152, win by DQ in the first round and forfeit in the quarters), while Gant Moore (132) and Armando Acosta (182) are in the consi quarters.
Likewise, Sandalwood and Oakleaf are both tied for 16th, as each had 19 points on Friday. Each had one semifinalist (Ryan Rosano at 113 for the Knights, Cameron Bell at 145 for the Saints). However, Sandalwood had three kids in the consi rounds (Leon Cruz at 113, Chandler Bell at 160 and Cole Friend at 182), while Oakleaf has just one in Ethan Gustilo (126).
Atlantic Coast (24th) and Robert E. Lee (T-26th) each had one semifinalist apiece, with Kurk Jackson (220) repping for the Stingrays and David Johnson (195) for the Generals. ACHS also has one left in the consis in Tywaine Rochebrun (145), as does Mandarin (Adam Spikes at 152).
As was mentioned on the site earlier, a total of 12 wrestlers were disqualified for improper weigh-ins.
Finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday night.