DELTONA — Volusia County will be well-represented in next week’s 1A-Region 2 duals tournament.
For the first time in Deltona’s history, the Wolves will compete in the region level of the FHSAA duals post-season series after winning twice Wednesday at home to take the 1A-District 6 title.
Deltona (5-4 in duals for the season) hammered both Atlantic (66-6, semis) and Seabreeze (52-24, championship) to take the title. With the runnerup finish, the Sandcrabs (5-7) return to the region level for the second time, after a year’s absence; Seabreeze was the District 4 champion in 2020.
The Wolves will wrestle Villages in a Region 2 quarterfinal on January 13 at Hernando, while Seabreeze will face the host Leopards, a Region 2 finalist each of the past three seasons since the FHSAA began the post-season duals competition.
But Wednesday was about the Wolves, as they lost just four contested matches on the day, with eight wrestlers — including each of their first seven lightest weights — going 2-0 in District 6 action.
Jeffrey Root (138) and Zane Hair (152) led the way for Deltona, as both middles had two pins on the day.
Five of the remaining six were max-pointers, including Dianna Pineda (106, pin), Austin Riis (113, pin), Nicholas Conboy (120), Kyle Yasses (126, pin) and Nathan Hatch (285, pin). Kevin Kerns (132) bonus-pointed through the day, with a pin and major in the win column of his ledger.
Seabreeze advanced to the final with a quarterfinal win over Tavares (60-24) and semifinal win over Mt Dora (45-36).
Tyler Herndon (152/160) led the Sandcrabs by pinning his way through all three rounds to a 3-0 day; Pedro Sierra (220, 2 pins) joined Herndon as a 3-0 max-pointer.
Six additional Seabreeze wrestlers were 2-1 on Wednesday, with William Sites (106, 2 pins), Wyatt Sites (126, pin & decision), Joseph Kent (132, 2 pins), David Kelley (138, 2 pins), Hayden Herndon (145/152, 2 pins) and Brogan Kelly (170, pin) all winning twice for the Sandcrabs.
Deltona goes back on the mats Friday at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial, while Seabreeze will get additional duals work this weekend at DeLand’s two-day Bulldogs Invitational, which begins on Friday.
Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (There’ll be a little scrolling involved)
MISSING: If your team isn’t being written about as we move into the duals post-season and middle third of the regular season, it’s due to results gone missing. Go to our SCHEDULES page; if your team is listed as PENDING for a given event on a given day, I didn’t get results. I’ll still take them, at any time; coaches all have my work email.