- February 20, 2023
Four Flagler County wrestlers placed at the boys state wrestling championships March 2-4 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.
Matanzas sophomore T.J. McLean placed fifth in the 106-pound weight class in the Class 2A tournament. McLean lost in the quarterfinals and won three matches in the consolation bracket to go 4-2 in the tourney.
Matanzas senior Dylan Parkinson placed eighth at 152 pounds. Parkinson lost his first match but won two straight matches in wrestle-backs to get into a medals match.
"Dylan had a heart-breaker in the blood round last year at regional," Matanzas coach T.J. Gillin said. "To end his career with a state medal, I'm real excited for him. He worked his tail off to get it."
Flagler Palm Coast senior Kole Hannant placed in the Class 3A tournament for the second year in a row. Hannant placed seventh at 132 pounds, pinning Zach Balma of Riverdale in 5:43 in the seventh-place match.
FPC's Dalton Schell also ended his high school wrestling career with a state medal. Dalton placed eighth at 195 pounds.