BROOKSVILLE — Fivay, one of the more dominant programs on the North Suncoast, flexed its muscle Saturday at the fifth annual Solomon Duals hosted by Central.
The Falcons swept their three opponents by a combined score of 228-15, including 84-0 over Hudson in its opening dual.
"We didn't come here for the team competition, but we thought we'd see some good individual tests," Fivay coach Matt Bullwinkel said. "We still have a young team, and our kids got some good wins."
Eleven of Fivay's 14 wrestlers went undefeated, led by Troy Reed (113 pounds), Jesse Barker (132), Andrew Scherer (138), Dominick Grilli (170), and Kelly Meus (285). Each had two pins.
Weeki Wachee, entering only its second full season with a varsity program, placed second. The Hornets lost 70-12 to the Falcons but recorded two pins.
Weeki Wachee's Brandon Dunn (126), who went 3-0 with two pins, was named one of the most outstanding wrestlers. He pinned Central's Jarred Butts in 1 minute, 10 seconds and Fivay's Soran Varela in 1:42. Weeki Wachee's Andrew Vreeland (152) went 2-1, pinning Fivay's Dalton Kaechele in 1:31.
Hornets coach Joe Felice knew that a second-place finish at the event was important for his team. "If we can take a match from Fivay, that's a win for us," he said. "We're a young program and we're still looking for little things to build on."
Central was without standouts Puerto Rico Nieves and Josh Cleveland, who suffered knee injuries last weekend. The losses proved too much to overcome, although Luke Walton did show he was a star in his own right. Walton went undefeated and was named a most outstanding wrestler. He defeated Fivay's Colin Hahn 3-2 after moving up a weight class to 160 and also pinned Vreeland in 3:48 and Kaechele in 1:00 at 152.
"We wanted to test Luke (in this tournament)," Central coach Richard Drumheller said. "It's my job to get these guys ready for districts and states, and I know he is one of those guys that will be there in the end."