FFMS wrestlers AAC champions
Published 2:57 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Flight Middle School wrestlers won the Albemarle Athletic Conference tournament championship at Moyock on February 10. Scoring a total of 233 points, the Seahawks defeated Chowan in second place with 198.5 points, Moyock third with 163 points, River Road fourth with 156.5 and Elizabeth City in fifth with 128 points.
According to Head Coach Anthony Beach the First Flight team finished its regular season 12-0 with a current winning streak of 31 straight victories making it back-to-back regular season and tournament championships.
Seventh grader Reagan Riddick, wrestling at 108 pounds, was the first female conference champion, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament, and is the first female to ever receive that award. Earning the most tournament pins was sixth grader Kai Reece and setting school records as the first sixth graders to place first, Nathan Canning and Azrael Simpson each have undefeated records.
Individual results for the First Flight Middle School Wrestling Team include:
85-pounds: Blake Austin, first place
92-pounds: Nathan Canning, first place; Kai Reece, fourth place
100-pounds: Azrael Simpson, first place
108-pounds: Reagan Riddick, first place
115-pounds: Blake Francis, first place
122-pounds: Damien Markovich, third place
128-pounds: Jack Fitzgerald, second place
134-pounds: Gage Tomlin, first place
140-pounds: Stephen Strader, second place; Tyde Mezzacca, fourth place
147-pounds: Cooper Daniels, first place; Pierce Chase, second place
154-pounds: Porter Braddy, third place
162-pounds: Milosz Gargol, third place
172-pounds: Trevor Schweitzer, second place
Notables include: Kieren Brethauer, Jaden Rock, Noah Kinnisten, Mathew Mercer, Richard Rowell, Caden Hedges, Noah Boddicker, Gavin Wassler, Lane Halfin, Dylan Hoggard, Nick Gardill, Katie Braddy, Keller Foard, Noah Smeltzer, Dylan Byard, and Makayla Schutte.
Coaching the Seahawks were head coach Anthony Beach, assistant coach Kyle Briglia and assistant coaches Shane Francis and Nick Smeltzer.