The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.
We are at the halfway pont of the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our sixth team up this round and fourth out of 2A-District 4, the 40th team overall, is New Smyrna Beach.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH
You can see everything I have on the Barracudas in 2019-20 here –> NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Win/loss record: 11-5 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Barracudas’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: New Smyrna Beach began the season on December 4 with a midweek dual loss, then hit the road for conference rival University (Orange City)’s Clash of the Titans tournaments, with the girls placing 20th on December 6 and 12th out of 17 teams on the 7th. After splitting a pair of midweek duals on the 10th and 11th, the Barracudas next went to Dr Phillips’ one-day House of Payne IBT, where they were eighth out of 13 teams. After a midweek dual win on the 17th, New Smyrna Beach had a midpack finish at the Bill Scott Memorial two-day IBT at Lyman on the 20th-21st, finishing seventh out of 14 teams. The Barracudas had solo contingents at Matanzas’ Lady Pirate Classic on the 21st, a one-day girls tournament that had no team scores, and at the Knockout Christmas Classic, where NSB was 40th as a team. After the holidays came to an end and after a midweek dual loss on January 8, the Barracudas were third at the 2A-District 4 dual team tournament on the 11th. NSB then had a midweek dual win on the 15th and swept to a 5-0 night at the Orange Park Duals, sharing top honors on the 22nd. NSB then competed at conference rival DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT, where it was 12th out of 17 teams on the 25th. The Barracudas then made the short hop up I-95 to Palm Coast and the two-day Flagler Rotary IBT on January 31-February 1, placing 18th out of 33 teams. They then hosted the 5 Star Conference tournament on the 8th, placing fifth out of nine teams, and wrapped up the regular season with a T-75th showing at the girls’ state meet at Dr Phillips on February 14-15. The Barracudas then were fifth out of eight teams in the 2A-District 4 tournament and placed 18th at Region 1, qualifying two wrestlers for states. At Silver Spurs, New Smyrna Beach placed T-23rd out of 77 teams in the 2A state tournament. The Barracudas graduated two key seniors from this past year’s team, but will have as many as 11 key returners available to them in 2020-21, all of them with at least two years of eligibility.
Note: Records are as compiled by Matmen, with all varsity results posted to Trackwrestling.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Susan Pacini (sophomore, 14-18 at 106, 2-2 at girls’ state, 1 match from regions); Jace Engberg (junior, 37-16 at 120, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Tristen Winfrey (junior, 17-4 at 120/132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Michael Shannon (junior, 42-8 at 126, district runnerup, region champ, state 3rd); Justis Chandler (junior, 23-18 at 132, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Hunter Childress (junior, 12-15 at 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Jackson Farmer (junior, 1-5 at 145, 1 match from regions); Thomas Evans (junior, 19-18 at 152, 1 match from regions); Braden Sullivan (sophomore, 9-9 at 160, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Thomas Connell (sophomore, 4-11 at 170, 1 match from regions); Austin Mitchum (junior, 11-9 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Hunter Lupien (20-13 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Dale Edwards (12-26 at 182, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: Rising junior Michael Shannon finished a solid freshman season and didn’t rest on his laurels, putting in offseason time throughout the summer, and the result of that time was a third-place state medal in his first state appearance. Shannon reached the final at House of Payne and won the title at Lyman, with a 1-2 appearance at Knockout. That second loss there touched off a 14-match win streak, in which Shannon max-pointed through district duals, went 5-0 at Orange Park and reached the final at DeLand after three pins. Shannon took fourth at Flagler Rotary and pinned his way to a 5 Star title at home. He then split a pair of matches in the traditional tournament series with a region rival, taking a loss in the District 4 finals, but coming back for a Region 1 title. At states, it took a former state champion to defeat Shannon, who had a 5-1 tournament in taking third, with three bonus-point victories.
2020-21 captain: Fellow rising junior Jace Engberg put together a very solid season of his own, with a state-tournament appearance of his own. Engberg started off with a sixth at Clash of the Titans and was 6-1 at Lyman, reaching the final after a pool victory. Engberg was 3-1 with three max-point wins at district duals, and had a max-point night at Orange Park, going 5-0. After finishing one match sort of placing at DeLand, Engberg dropped to 120, where he was sixth at Flagler and won the 5 Star title. Engberg then pinned his way into the District 4 final at 120 and reached the Region 1 semis, with a pin in the blood round to secure his place at Silver Spurs, where he had a consi-side fall. With two more seasons left, we should see Engberg make the podium in his career, possibly even in March.
Zander Laurin Warrior: In a team largely made up of freshmen and sophomores in 2019-20, it’s sometimes a difficult thing to fit in, but 2020 graduate Dale Edwards made it work, often holding down the upperweight end of the lineup for the Barracudas. In his final season with the team, it was one of largely ups and downs centering around a largely even keel, as Edwards erased an 0-5 start with a 7-5 rally; then, after a four-loss streak, rallied again with a 3-2 performance at Orange Park. From there, though, Edwards would win just once in his final 11 matches. But that one victory, an overtime win in the consis at districts, allowed him to extend his season another week. For finding a way when there seemed to be none, Dale Edwards is the Zander Laurin Warrior for New Smyrna Beach.
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