NEPTUNE BEACH — After taking its first dual losses of the season over the weekend at DeLand’s Bulldogs Duals event, New Smyrna Beach responded. And then some.
The Barracudas put themselves in position to defend their 2A-Region 1 duals title with a pair of double-digit wins Thursday night at Fletcher, taking down Westside (78-6) in this year’s 2A-Region 1 quarterfinals, followed by a 44-29 win in the semifinal round over Matanzas, NSB’s District 4 rival.
New Smyrna Beach (16-2) will face Fleming Island in a battle of region champions (the Golden Eagles won the first four 3A-Region 1 titles) on January 21 at Osceola, as the 2A-Region 1 final kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
The winner of that dual will face the Region 3 champion, either Tampa Jesuit or Charlotte, in the 2A state semifinals on the 22nd.
Matanzas (12-11) got to the semifinals by taking down host and District 3 champion Fletcher, 44-36, in the quarterfinals.
In the quarters, the Barracudas rolled up the first 78 points in the dual, clinching the dual after eight weights behind pins from Justis Chandler (152), Thomas Evans (160), Thomas Connell (170), Sawyer Vanrider (182), Dylon York (195) and Richard Crunkilton (106), plus forfeit wins at 220 and 285.
But NSB didn’t let up, continuing to collect pins from Beau Laye (113), Jonathan Bruner (120), Jamey Bruner (126), Simjay Engberg (132) and Jace Engberg (138). The Wolverines (5-5) broke through in the final weight class of the dual, with Nathan Williams winning by fall at 145.
As for the Pirates, they seized the early lead, getting out to a 20-6 behind a pin from Adyn Cox (195), second-period TF from Jordan Mills (182) and an 8-2 win from Tyson Mills (152), plus a forfeit win at 170. Fletcher (unknown season record), which had gotten on the board behind Josh Daltro’s fall at 160, cut that lead to 20-18 behind pins from Dylan Tate (220) and Toby Matson (285).
Things stayed close moving through the lighter end of the spectrum, as pins from the Lady Pirate contingent, Mariah Mills (106) and Tianna Fries (113), matched Fletcher max points from Ryden Ashmore (fall at 120) and a forfeit at 126. Matanzas pulled away and clinched behind back-to-back pins from Toryion Stallings (132) and Dylan Parkinson (138), with Fletcher’s Kaden Solomon (145) wrapping up the quarterfinal with a pin for the Senators.
The Pirates seized early momentum in the final, getting out to a 14-0 lead behind a fall from Brandyn Cox (160), a third-period TF from Jordan Mills (182) and an 8-6 win from Landon Wright at 170. But back-to-back-to-back pins from York (195), Austin Mitchum (220) and Cole Billings (285) got the Barracudas back on top, 18-14.
The duo of Mills and Fries bagged two more wins, with Mills by fall at 106 and Fries by 8-1 decision at 113, to get the Pirates their final lead of the dual, 23-18. From there, though, it was all Barracuda power, as Jonathan Bruner (120), Jamey Bruner (126), Jace Engberg (138) and Chandler (this time at 145) had pins, with Simjay Engberg taking an 11-7 win at 132. Matanzas won by forfeit at 152, but the dual and finals berth were clinched by then.
The Barracudas are off until their trip to Osceola, but the rest of the group at Fletcher are all back in action this weekend. Matanzas will be at Wolfson’s Wolfpack Challenge, Fletcher at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational and Westside will host its own one-day roundrobin event, all on Saturday.
Box scores from all three duals at Fletcher, along with all other available boxes in the state, can be found HERE..
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