ST CLOUD — Harmony is an established 3A power in central Florida. Somerset Academy’s the likely favorite to win the FHSAA 1A state tournaments, as it did a year ago.
Finishing only behind those teams in last weekend’s Longhorn Rotary Classic was New Smyrna Beach, with a solid third and 178 points in the two-day IBT at Harmony HS. The Barracudas had a 57-point gap over fourth-place Tohopekaliga, nearly doubling up fifth-place Satellite (96.5 points).
Evans, with 72 points, was eighth in the 15-team event, while Stanton was 15th with 11.
Below follows a recap of individuals within the coverage area that finished in the top four in their respective weight classes:
106 — Lake Highland Prep’s Mary Manis (Ponte Vedra resident) reached the final, where she lost by by second-period TF to Somerset’s Lincoln Sledzianowski (16-0 in 3:38). Manis had pins over Ferguson (:45, rd of 16) and New Smyrna Beach’s Richard Crunkilton (1:38, quarters), with a walkover forfeit over Poinciana in the semi.
126 — The Barracudas’ Jamey Bruner reached the final, taking his first loss of the year via third-period TF (17-2 in 5:41) to the hosts’ Rey Ortiz. Bruner had a bye into the quarters, where he teched Satellite (17-0 in 4:58) and pushed past another Harmony wrestler, 3-2, in the top-half semi.
138 — NSB’s Jace Engberg was a finalist, taking a 7-4 loss there to former Bishop Kenny wrestler Sebastian Deara, now at Ferguson. Prior to the final, Engberg had a bye into the quarters, pinning Harmony (1:55) and powering past St Cloud, 2-0, in the semis.
145 — Evans’ Tyran Schanck was the fourth area finalist, taking a 6-0 loss to Harmony’s unbeaten JC McNichols in the title round. Prior to the final, Schanck had pins over wrestlers from St Cloud (1:32, rd of 16), Rockledge (2:51, quarters) and Somerset (3:20, semis). New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler (front-side decision and loss by fall to McNichols in the semis) was fourth, with a consi-semi decision and loss by third-period pin to Somerset in the placing match.
170 — The Barracudas’ Jackson Farmer was the top area competitor, taking third. Farmer had a front-side pin over Evans’ Winston Lawrence in the quarters, losing by fall to the eventual champion from Harmony in the semis. Farmer added pins over Rockledge and over Ferguson (1:44) to wrestle back to third.
182 — NSB’s Sawyer Vanrider added another third to the ‘Cudas count. Vanrider had two pins in 85 seconds to reach the semis, where he lost by fall to the eventual champ from Satellite. In the consis, Vanrider powered through to two decisions, the second of those a 13-10 win over Bayside for third.
195 — The Barracudas’ Dylon York was the coverage area’s lone champion, bonus-pointing his way through the draw. After a bye into the quarters, York needed just 25 seconds to fall Tohopekaliga, but had to go a full six to take an 11-2 major over eventual 3rd Edward Clayton of Evans. In the final, York added another first-period pin, falling Harmony’s Jacob Jimenez for the title. Clayton (bye into quarters and front-side pin) had a consi-semi decision and took third with a fall (3:51) over Tohopekaliga.
220 — NSB’s Austin Mitchum was a semifinalist and placed third. Mitchum had two first-period front-side pins before falling, 3-1, to the eventual runnerup from Rockledge; in the consis, Mitchum added two more pins, the second of those in 2:26 over Tohopekaliga for third.
Complete team scores and brackets can be found HERE.