(Tyler Rodriguez getting the fall over the Brawlers)
“Family on 3, BOOM on 6” is the break you heard at the end and beginning of every dual this past week in Kissimee, Florida. This past week, June 24th through the 27th, the Franklin Central Wrestling Club competed in the national AAU Disney Duals. The FC Boom Squad is what they went by, and they represented Franklin Central as well as Indiana with some of the highest integrity. This tournament was represented with over 165 teams.
The tournament was broken into two major sessions that took place over 4 days. The first was pool play, in which athletes competed in a round robin style. Then teams were broken up into brackets based on how well they wrestled in their pool. Franklin Central dominated their pool only losing by a few points to a more experienced team. “Each wrestler really stepped up and played their part” said head coach Kevin Moore, “I have been impressed with the growth and dedication each wrestler has stepped up and shown. These boys are going to impress the state next year, and nobody will see it coming, BUT WE WILL”. The FC boom squad is a young team and is only going to get better in the future. Coach Moore mentioned that so much of this would not have been possible without family’s and parents that helped raise funds. This would not have been possible without the help and expertise of Tyre Shelton.
Result are listed below…
Round 2: FC Boom Squad defeats Gator Bite 29-28
Highlights: Gavin Keesee with a fall in 1:57, Steven Edwards with a Major decision, and Antone Alexander with a 54 second pin.
Round 3: FC Boom Squad defeats Potomac Valley Yellow 40-38
Highlights: Nick Morton with a 2:00 minute fall and Tyler Rodriguez with a Major decision over Maryland state qualifier.
Round 4: NFWA White defeats FC Boom Squad 35-31
Highlights: Nick Morton 44 second fall, Chase Coleman battles back from a 12 point deficit and loses by 2, Steven Edwards and Antone Alexander both win by fall
Round 5: Brawlers over FC Boom Squad 46-24
Highlights: Nick Morton with a fall, Ishamael Rodriguez with a fall, Steven Edwards with an overtime win over PA state qualifier
Round 6: FC Boom Squad over The Eagle Wrestling Club 66-15
Highlights: Nick Morton wins by fall, Riley Conley wins by fall in 29 seconds, Chase Coleman wins by fall, Ben Massey wins by fall, Gavin Keesee wins by fall
Round 7: FC Boom Squad defeats Decatur Centrals Elite Wrestling Club 51-20
Highlights: Nick Morton wins by fall, Chase Coleman wins by fall, Tyler Rodriguez wins by fall, Ethan Linville wins by fall in 20 seconds, Gavin Keesee wins by fall in 13 seconds, Steven Edwards wins by fall, Antone Alexander wins by fall.
FC Boom Squad places 2nd in their pool
FC Boom squad is then placed into the GOLD bracket for a chance to place top 8. The FC Boom Squad is then eliminated and places top 16.
Franklin Central ended the tournament with 6 AAU All Americans
(Gavin Keesee, Steven Edwards, Ethan Linville, Nick Morton, Tyler Rodriguez, Antone Alexander)
- Steven Edwards (Gold AA; undefeated)
- Antone Alexander (Silver AA; one loss)
- Gavin Keesee (Silver AA; one loss)
- Nick Morton (Silver AA; one loss)
- Tyler Rodriguez (Copper AA; 3 losses)
- Ethan Linville (Copper AA; 3 losses)
We are very proud of the success that these young men achieved in Florida. Your Flashes were represented well. Be on the lookout for what some of these young men do on the football field this upcoming season!!!