NEW SMYRNA BEACH — Two warmup dual wins were nice. Winning a four-team dual tournament was good.
But the first major test facing New Smyrna Beach in its defense of 2A-District 4 and 2A-Region 1 dual and traditional titles came Wednesday night with a solid Matanzas group due to visit.
And the Barracudas were up to the challenge, more than keeping the Pirates at bay in a 51-27 dual victory that featured cheerleaders and a solid crowd to lift NSB throughout.
The ‘Cudas (6-0 in duals) got pins from Richard Crunkilton (106), Jamey Bruner (126), Jace Engberg (138), Aidan Sutton (145), Thomas Evans (160), Dylon York (195) and Austin Mitchum (220) during the dual, with Jonathon Bruner (120) adding a 7-3 win.
The Pirates (3-2) hung in, somewhat, but couldn’t get built a win streak of larger than two matches against the hosts. Tyson Mills (152) and Jordan Mills (170) each won by fall and Landon Wright (182) by DQ for Matanzas, while Dylan Parkinson (132) took a 7-6 win.
Both teams will be in big dual-team event stages this weekend. New Smyrna Beach makes a hop over to Harmony for the two-day Longhorn Rotary Classic, while Matanzas will travel to Hagerty for the Johnny Rouse Duals. Both events start Friday and end Saturday.
Middleburg 48, Orange Park 31: At Middleburg, it was almost two separate duals in one, with the Broncos (4-3) dominating the lower half and Raiders (3-11) controlling most of the upper half.
Orange Park built leads of 13-0 and 31-6 behind pins from Cevan Broughton (17), Cesar Contreras (195) and Geoffrey Jules-Delice (220), plus a major from Jasmine Hecht (17-8 at 152) and decision from Trevion Sermons (12-7 at 160).
But the Broncos had their power waiting down below, and the lowers didn’t disappoint, rolling off seven straight max-point wins to take the dual. Austin Cruce (182), Caleb Eastwood (126), Riley Girgis (138) and Logan Moore (145) each had pins for Middleburg.
Both teams are off until next week. Middleburg will make the long trip to the Panhandle for Ft Walton Beach’s two-day Beast of the Beach on Monday and Tuesday, while Orange Park stays closer to home, going in-county to Oakleaf’s Hammer Invitational on Tuesday.
Deltona 40, Mainland 33: At Deltona, the visitors got out to a strong start as their fellow travelers did at Middleburg, as Mainland (5-6) built leads of 16-0 and 33-6 before Deltona came back with a strong lower-weight attack.
The Buccaneers opened with pins from Sam Ayodele (12), Nico Rivera (195) and Jeffery Turner (220), plus a tech fall from Kalyb Evans (16-1 third-period TF at 182) and major from Brian Harris (15-2 at 138).
But Deltona (3-4) started bringing it back from 285 onward, with pins from Noah Hancock (170), Nathan Hatch (285), Dianna Pineda (106), Austin Riis (113), Nicholas Conboy (120) and Kyle Yasses (126), plus a 17-5 major from Kevin Kerns at 132 that closed out the dual.
Deltona will head west to the Bradenton Brawl, which starts on Friday, while Mainland will take a trek to Villages for the Amanda St John Memorial, a one-day IBT set for Saturday.
Nease 75, Wolfson 6: At Nease on Senior Night, the St Johns Panthers gave up just one contested match during the course of the evening, improving their season record to 9-3.
Nease pins were recorded by Jacob Lutz (152), Bam Ghazanfari (160), Chad Severt (170), Peter Simon (182), Albio Jakupi (195) and Parker Stamschror (132). The Panthers also got a 10-6 win at 138 from Mateos Zajni.
Wolfson (4-8) got its lone win at 126, where Andrew Harbin won by second-period fall.
Nease is off until Saturday, when the Panthers competed in the St Johns Scuffle, while Wolfson has concluded its 2021 part of the season. Next up for the Wolfpack is the 1A-District 4 duals tournament at Clay on January 6.
Paxon sweeps tri-meet: At Raines, the visiting Golden Eagles swpet to victories over FSDB (36-30) and the host Vikings (30-24), improving to 4-5 in duals for the season.
David Kang (132, pin), Naden Nile (138, pin), Brendan Lawson (152, 2 pins) and Andrew Rodriguez (182, pin) each were double-winners for Paxon, which got pins from Ethan Copley (195) and Matthew Brunelli (220) in the win over FSDB.
The hosts kicked off their duals season with an opening-round 42-30 win over FSDB. De’Quon King (120, pin), Clifton Richardson (195, 2 pins), Jamari Watson (220, 2 pins) and D’Cari Wilson (285) each won twice for Raines. Jirah Thomas (152) added a pin in the FSDB dual.
The Dragons had their first action in nearly two years as a program. While rosters allowing Matmen to name first and last names for all double-winners were not available at this writing, FSDB (0-2) got two wins each from Juan Lihay (106), Dino Juedy (113, pin), Khryree Lofton (126) and Rodriguez at 170.
Raines is also going to Villages for the Amanda St John Memorial on Saturday. Paxon and FSDB are done until January, with the Golden Eagles going to 1A-District 3 duals competition at Eiscopal on the 5th and Dragons going to a quad meet at Raines on the 12th (if they do not go to district duals at Clay on the 6th).
MISSING: While we did get one of three duals from the tri-meet at First Coast, we did not get the entirety of the event and so even the one dual we did get does not get reported here. We also did not get a scoresheet from either boys or girls action going between Tocoi Creek and Ponte Vedra.
BOX SCORES: See box scores from New Smyrna Beach across to the Winter Park/Orlando area and on north and west to the Panhandle, all HERE.