PONTE VEDRA — Clay cruised to victory at Saturday’s Ponte Vedra Duals four-team quad.
The Blue Devils (3-1 for the season) had little trouble pushing past host Ponte Vedra (75-6), Nease (71-6) and Middleburg (68-10) in the final round.
“(On Wednesday) Creekside beat us in the matches that had to be wo; we got to drive that in the room the rest of this week. When the time comes, and you have to step up, step up,” Clay coach Jim Reape said.
The Blue Devils did just that. On Saturday, 13 of 14 weight classes saw Clay take at least two wins, and nine of those 13 were unbeaten with 3-0 records. Two of the nine 3-0 kids were “max-pointers,” in that they scored six points in each dual the team wrestled. The team lost only four matches on the day.
Middleburg (3-5 this season) was 2-1, with tight wins over Nease (40-35) and Ponte Vedra (42-34) before the Broncos fell to Clay.
Seven Middleburg wrestlers were 2-1 or better, with one Bronco wrestler completing a 3-0 day.
Nease (4-4) won its lone dual in the final round of the day, edging the host Sharks with a 36-35 victory. The St Johns Panthers had four wrestlers with two victories on the day.
Ponte Vedra (0-4 for the season) had four wrestlers with two wins, and one was 3-0, bonus-pointing through the morning.
Complete BOX SCORES from the tournament can be found HERE.
ACES OF THE DAY
Clay: Junior Luke Boree (138) was one of the two Blue Devil max-pointers on the day and was the only wrestler in the event that had three pins. Boree took falls over Ponte Vedra, Nease and Middleburg.
Middleburg: Freshman Shane Jordan (106) had a 3-0 day, the Broncos’ only one. After two forfeit wins over Nease and Ponte Vedra, Jordan took an 11-1 major in the loss to Clay.
Nease: Junior Chad Severt (160) subbed out in the Clay dual, but otherwise bagged a pair of pins over Middleburg and Ponte Vedra as the Panthers’ only unbeaten wrestler.
Ponte Vedra: Senior Rett Maritato (170) was the Sharks’ only unbeaten and three-match winner. Maritato had pins for PVHS’ only points against Clay, as well as against Nease, and had a major decision against Middleburg.