ORANGE CITY — New Smyrna Beach was the top area team in contention Saturday at area rival University (Orange City)’s annual fixture for the first weekend of December, the Clash of the Titans.
The Barracudas were third out of 15 teams in the event, finishing with 181 points. Only the state 1A title favorite, Palm Bay (288) and longtime central Florida power Winter Springs (209.5) had more.
New Smyrna Beach had nine wrestlers place in the one-day IBT, with two of them taking bracket titles.
DeLand was seventh, with four placers en route to 73.5 points, while the host Titans had three placers and finished with 65.5 points in taking ninth. Ponte Vedra also had three placers in finishing 11th with 51 points, while Deltona was 13th (25 points), Mainland 14th (16) and Atlantic 15th (15).
Complete brackets for the tournament can be found HERE.
Team scores (top 5 & locals): 1. Palm Bay 288. 2. Winter Springs 209.5. 3. New Smyrna Beach 181. 5. Hagerty 166. 5. Freedom 134. 7. DeLand 73.5. 9. University (Orange City) 67.5. 11. Ponte Vedra 51. 13. Deltona 25. 14. Mainland 16. 15. Atlantic 15.
Championship matches —
106: Martinez (Freedom) p. Simjay Engberg (NSB), 4:33.
113: Perrow (Palm Bay) tf. Jones (Heritage), 16-0, 3:03.
120: Phillips (WSprings) p. Maldonado (Heritage), 3:28.
126: Baxter (Palm Bay) d. Jamey Bruner (NSB), 6-4, SV.
132: Theilacker (Palm Bay) d. Jace Engberg (NSB), 4-0.
138: Michael Shannon (NSB) d. Harrison (Hagerty), 3-1.
145: Furman (Palm Bay) p. Deal (WSprings), 4:00.
152: Dinberg (Palm Bay) d. Watts (Hagerty), 7-5.
160: Komat (Palm Bay) d. Gomez (Hagerty), 12-7.
170: Stoneman (Heritage) d. Rett Maritato (Ponte Vedra), 6-2.
182: Lopez (Hagerty) md. Owens (Palm Bay), 16-5.
195: Doug Dittmer (NSB) d. Valdes (WSprings), 11-0.
220: Aydin (Palm Bay) d. Bornelus (Hagerty), 5-2.
285: Collins (WSprings) d. Gerardino (Palm Bay), 5-1.
ACES OF THE DAY:
New Smyrna Beach: Junior Michael Shannon (138) had one of the more-marquee title wins at the tournament Saturday, but before that he had pins over DeLand and Hagerty to reach the semis, where he decisioned Winter Springs by a 9-6 count. In the final, Shannon — who was 3rd in 2A at 126 in 2020 — took down Hagerty super soph Kamdon Harrison (4th in 3A at 126 last year), 3-1, for the title.
DeLand: Sophomore Felix Rivera (113) was one of four Bulldog placers on the day, with a 2-2 tournament and 4th-place finish. After a loss by fall to the eventual champ (a 1A state runnerup last year), Rivera had bonus-point wins over UOC and Hagerty to get to the third-place match, where he lost by fall to Lake Mary’s Jeremy Goldman in 2:39.
University (Orange City): Senior Christian Kennick (285) was one of three 3rd-place finishers for the host Titans, with a 3-1 tournament a weight up from his state-qualifier weight of a year ago. Kennick had two pins (over wrestlers from Heritage and NSB) on the day, that sandwiched a loss by fall to the eventual tournament champ. Kennick wrapped up the day with a 5-2 win over Atlantic’s Jared Jackson in the third-place match.
Ponte Vedra: Senior Rett Maritato (170) was one of three Sharks placers and their only finalist. Maritato had three bonus-point wins (12-0 major over Hagerty and two pins in the quarters and semis) before falling to Heritage’s Julian Stoneman, a fellow 2A state qualifier last year, by a 6-2 count in the finals.
Deltona: Sophomore Kevin Kerns (120) led the charge for the Wolves, with a fourth-place finish and 3-2 day. He had two pins over Olympia and a third over DeLand, but fell to the eventual runnerup in the semis and took a 7-3 loss to University’s Malique Hargett in the medal match.
Mainland: Senior Devin Dorton (160) made his return to the Buccaneer lineup after a year away from wrestling, earning Mainland’s only place finish in taking sixth. Dorton won by fall (3:13) in the quarters over NSB, but then took three losses in succession, including to eventual champ Komat in the semis and in the medal match by fall to PV’s Joseph Skinner (1:56).
Atlantic: Senior heavyweight Jared Jackson was the Sharks’ only placer, with a fourth-place effort at 285. Jackson faced off with a potential region rival in the semis, falling to Palm Bay’s Carlos Gerardino (5-0), but then came back with a 52-second fall in the consis to earn a medal. He then fell to Kennick in the medal round.