- February 14, 2022
Flagler Palm Coast wrestler Ana Vilar got a late start this season due to ineligibility.
She wrestled with the Flagler wrestling club team at the Girls Knockout Christmas Tournament in Kissimmee and finished fourth. And she wrestled in a couple of dual matches against the boys.
But the Clay Rotary girls tourney on Feb. 4 was her first official action for FPC this season against other girls. The late start didn't hinder her in the least.
Vilar cruised to the 130-pound title at Clay with three pins and a medical forfeit. Vilar, ranked fourth in the state, pinned 12th-ranked Gabrielle Bombardier in 3:08.
A state qualifier last year, Vilar appears ready for the postseason, which is scheduled to begin with districts on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Matanzas High School.
"We wanted her to get one tournament under her belt (before districts)," FPC coach David Bossardet said.
Vilar could face the state's No. 1-ranked 130-pounder, Matanzas senior Brielle Bibla, at least a couple of times this postseason.
"Brielle's pretty tough," Bossardet said. "If it works out, they could wrestle each other at district, region and state."
FPC freshman Joslyn Johnson also competed at Clay, finishing fourth with a 2-2 record at 105 pounds.
The Matanzas boys team finished sixth at the Clay Rotary boys tourney on Feb. 4. Dylan Parkinson won the 152-pound championship in dominating fashion with two 42-second pins, two shutout technical falls and a 13-2 major decision in the semifinals.
FPC's boys team finished third in the Five Star Conference tournament at University High behind DeLand and New Smyrna Beach. Seabreeze was fifth with 80 points, and Mainland was sixth with 68 points.
Four FPC wrestlers won Five Star Conference titles: Kole Hannant (132 pounds), Kelton Howard (160), Dalton Schell (195) and Ethan Laupepa (220).
Johnny Hald (138) and Carson Baert (152) advanced to the finals.