PALM COAST — Two first-time Region 1 dual tournament qualifiers will represent 2A-District 4 on Thursday night.
New Smyrna Beach ran the table at Saturday’s district meet, with wins in succession over Mainland (69-12), St Augustine (39-33) and Matanzas (42-33) to run their duals record to 9-1 for the season.
After falling to the Barracudas in what was their first dual of the day, the Yellow Jackets (6-6) bounced back quickly, taking three wins in a row of their own to come back as the true second-place team, with wins over Seabreeze (54-30), Belleview (60-24) and the host Pirates (51-30) to qualify out.
The “eastern” half of 2A-Region 1’s dual team representatives will therefore meet at New Smyrna Beach on Thursday to determine which team will go to Osceola next week for the region final in the first day of the FHSAA dual state tournament.
The host ‘Cudas will face Ponte Vedra in one quarterfinal, while St Augustine takes on District 3 champ Fletcher in the other, followed by the quarterfinal winners meeting.
A round-by-round recap follows:
Quarters: Two one-sided duals saw the 1 and 2 seeds advance, as New Smyrna Beach defeated Mainland, while the Pirates pushed past Deltona, 57-24. The closest dual of the day went to criterion I before Belleview took a 43-42 victory over Seabreeze.
Semis/consi qtrs: In a hot semifinal from the jump, New Smyrna Beach used a pair of decisions in the final two weights to take a 39-33 win over St Augustine, while Belleview found itself enmeshed in another dual going to criteria, this time with Matanzas taking the 43-42 victory. On the back side of the bracket, Mainland received a bye, while Seabreeze doubled up Deltona (1-7), 43-20.
Final/consi semis: After the Pirates (8-2) started off with a 12-0 lead, the dual became back-and-forth until four straight max-point ‘Cuda wins between 120 and 145 gave New Smyrna Beach the upper hand. In the consis, Belleview only trailed after the first weight in taking a 45-30 win over Mainland (2-5), while St Augustine never trailed against Seabreeze, going on a 24-0 run to close out a 54-30 win.
3rd place/true 2nd: The Yellow Jackets did trail Belleview (2-2), 12-6, three weights in, but won the final five weight classes with max points in all five for a 60-24 victory. In the final dual of the day, Matanzas did forge leads of 18-12 and 24-18, but the Yellow Jackets would take victories in five of the final six weights to pull away for good.
New Smyrna Beach had five wrestlers go unbeaten on the day: Simjay Engberg (106, 2 pins); Jamey Bruner (126, 2 pins & decision); Jace Engberg (132, 3 pins); Michael Shannon (145, decision) and Doug Dittmer (195, 2 pins). An additional five ‘Cudas all won twice.
For St Augustine, Wilson Nguyen (120, 3 pins & decision), Carlos Quintanal (138, pin), Connor Spossey (170/182, 4 pins) and Ryan Murphy (182/195, 3 pins) were each 4-0, while Brayden Lovingood (132, 3 pins) was 3-0 and Gabe Galloza (145/152, 2 pins & decision) 3-1. An additional four Yellow Jackets would take two wins.
Jordan Mills (160, 3 pins) and Robert Elder (285, 3 pins) were both 4-0 for Matanzas, while Carter Wilder (106/113, 3 pins), Toryion Stallings (113/120, 2 pins & decision), Jack Stapleton (126, 2 pins & injury-default), Tyson Mills (152, 2 pins & decision) and Brandyn Cox (170/182, 2 pins) were all 3-1, with one additional Pirate winning twice.
Mark Willis (120/126, 2 pins, injury-default & decision) and Andrew Dunn (220/285, 4 pins) were Belleview’s 4-0 wrestlers, with Morgan Cole (132, 3 pins), Andrew Davis (138, pin) and Nathan Halstead (195, 3 pins) each going 3-1. An additional two Diamondbacks won twice.
For Seabreeze, Cynder Melton (113, 3 pins), Joseph Kent (126/132, 3 pins), Brock Roberts (160, 3 pins) and Nathan Boyd (220/285, 3 pins) all were 3-0, with three additional Sandcrabs winning twice. Mainland’s Devin Dorton (170, 2 pins) and Deltona’s Kevin Kerns (120, pin), Jackson Matthew (138, pin) and Ethan Chiu (220, pin & decision) all were double winners for their teams.
Box scores for every dual contested can be found HERE.
Seabreeze and Deltona will be first back on the mats with a regular-season dual on Wednesday. On Saturday, Matanzas will be at Westside’s one-day roundrobin, while Belleview goes to Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational and Mainland will make the trip to Fernandina Beach’s War on the Shore.