PALM COAST — While a dream season like New Smyrna Beach’s in 2020-21 is very difficult for a smaller program to duplicate year over year, the Barracudas did accomplish one thing that last year’s did.
Everybody wants a double-district title, but only 10 teams in the whole of Region 1 were able to accomplish that feat in 2021-22. New Smyrna Beach, by virtue of Wednesday night’s 18-point victory over host Matanzas to win the 2A-District 4 IBT title, was one of those 10 teams.
And, the Barracudas were a 2A-Region 1 duals finalist for the second straight year. Only three other teams in the north can say that as well.
Finally, the 12-person team on the mats at Matanzas Wednesday night qualified as an entire group for next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles, as New Smyrna Beach finished with six champions, two runners-up and four 3rds.
Matanzas moved up one spot from the year before in collecting its 212-point total. The Pirates will send 11 automatic qualifiers to Chiles, with four champions, three runners-up, three 3rds and one 4th.
St Augustine outpointed Belleview, 154-141.5, for third and fourth, respectively. The Yellow Jackets will take eight to Chiles, including four champions, two runners-up, one 3rd and one 4th, while the Diamondbacks also advance eight to regions (four runners-up, two 3rds and two 4ths).
Mainland doubled up Pedro Menendez, 108-54, for fifth and sixth, respectively. The Buccaneers advanced nine automatic qualifiers, with two runners-up, two 3rds and five 4ths, while the Falcons — in their first year back in 2A — qualified out four wrestlers, with one 3rd and three 4ths. Gainesville’s one wrestler scored 18 points for a team 7th, finishing second in his weight class.
Below follows a summary of the day —
106: In a two-person bracket, Matanzas sophomore Christian Borgmann (13-14) rode out New Smyrna Beach freshman Richard Crunkilton in the second period and got an escape in the third for a 1-0 win and district title. Both wrestlers are first-time Chiles qualifiers.
113: Matanzas junior Carter Wilder (31-5) won his second district title and Chiles appearance, pinning his way through the tournament. After a quarterfinal bye, Wilder falled St Augustine junior Logan Brenner (3:29) in the semis and then pinned Belleview junior Caleb Mullinix in 1:33 for the title. Mullinix (31-9) bonus-pointed his way to the final with a quarterfinal pin (:55) over Menendez’s Logan Geist and a semifinal TF (15-0 in 4:30) over NSB freshman Beau Laye. Laye (23-18) had a bye into the third-place match, where he won by injury default over Brenner to take the bronze. Brenner (1-2 post-season) secured his space with a 10-9 blood-round decision. Mullinix, Laye and Brenner are all first-time Chiles qualifiers.
120: In a three-person bracket, New Smyrna Beach freshman Jonathon Bruner (37-11) won twice by fall, taking pins over Matanzas freshman Kyler Corley (2:26, semis) and over Belleview junior Zackery Young (3:22, championship round) for his first district title and Chiles appearance. Young (29-9) received a bye into the final to qualify out for the third time; Corley (6-12), a first-time Chiles qualifier, received a bye for third place.
126: New Smyrna Beach senior Jamey Bruner (42-4) won his third district title and reached the final round for the fourth time, bonus-pointing through the tournament with a quarterfinal pin (1:23) over Menendez’s Wyatt Smith, followed by majors in the semis over Matanzas senior Braden Hawley (15-3) and in the title match over Mainland junior Kaden Golder, 16-3. Golder (37-9) qualified out for the second time after a quarterfinal bye, pinning Belleview junior Christian Lewis in 1:53 in the semis. Hawley (19-21) earned his third Chiles trip with a bye into the third-place match, where he falled Lewis in 4:15; Lewis (26-17), for his part, will go to Chiles for the first time after a consi-semi pin in 1:35.
132: St Augustine senior Wilson Nguyen (2-0 post-season) qualified for regions for the fourth time, but first time as a district champion) after a 14-2 semifinal major over Mainland junior Brian Harris, pushing through a 6-5 decision in the championship over Belleview senior Mark Willis. Willis (37-8) will make his third trip to Chiles after a year away, with a quarterfinal pin (1:28) over Matanzas’ Henson White and a 2-0 decision in the semis over NSB sophomore Simjay Engberg. Engberg (28-23) wrestled back to third and his first Chiles appearance after injury late in the season last year kept him out of the post-season, with a bye in the semis and a third-period fall (5:27) over Harris. Harris (26-15) took a 13-2 blood-round major for his first Chiles qualification.
138: New Smyrna Beach senior Jace Engberg (37-8) joined Bruner and Nguyen as four-time region qualifiers, winning his second district title with two first-period pins. After a bye, Engberg falled Mainland junior Dasaniel Rodriguez-Andino (1:45) in the semis, then pinned Matanzas junior Dylan Parkinson (1:28) to win the bracket. Parkinson (35-16) secured his first Chiles appearance, taking a semifinal pin (5:39) over Menendez senior Logan Meehan, while Rodriguez-Andino (7-15) won by injury default over Meehan (18-8) in the third-place match. Rodriguez-Andino will be making his first region appearance, while Meehan has qualified for the fourth time, first at Chiles.
145: St Augustine junior Christian Jackson (3-0 post-season) won his team’s second district title, his first such title, and earned his second Chiles appearance after a year away, with three wins Wednesday. After a 5-1 quarterfinal win over Menendez junior Archer Bosick, Jackson took falls in the semis over NSB sophomore Aidan Sutton (5:02) and in the title round over Mainland junior Sam Ayodele, in 2:26. Ayodele (21-18), after a bye in the quarters, qualified out with an 11-8 semifinal win over Belleview’s Zach McLaughlin. Sutton (28-11) picked up his second Chiles ticket with two max-point wins in the consis, winning by injury-default in the third-place match over Bosick (13-7), who advanced to the post-season second round with a 6-2 blood-round decision. Ayodele and Bosick are first-time Chiles qualifiers.
152: Matanzas senior Tyson Mills (39-5) won his team’s third weight class, taking his second district title and qualifying for Chiles for the third time, pinning his way through the day in a combined mat time of 4:16, with falls in the quarters (1:17) over Belleview’s Clayton Evans, in the semis (:34) over Mainland junior Isaiah White, and again in the championship match over St Augustine junior Brayden Lovingood (2:25). Lovingood (1-1 post-season) earned his second Chiles trip after a quarterfinal bye and a semifinal fall (1:21) over NSB senior Justis Chandler; Chandler (27-19, front-side pin), for his own part, rallied back to third and his fourth region trip with two pins in the consis, pinning White in 3:05 in the medal round. White (21-16) punched his Chiles ticket with a 10-6 decision in the consi semis.
160: St Augustine senior Clint Griffin (2-0 post-season) advanced to Chiles for the third time, first time as district champion, with pins in the semis over Menendez freshman Bryson Farris (:42) and in the final over Matanzas junior Brandyn Cox (3:11). Cox (25-21) reached the final with a semifinal pin in 1 minute over Belleview junior Riley Green, taking his second trip to Chiles in the effort. Green (1-1 post-season) came back to pin Farris (0-2 post-season) for third place in 3:18. Both Green and Farris are first-time Chiles qualifiers.
170: Matanzas sophomore Jordan Mills (44-4) joined his brother as a two-time district champion, with his second trip to Chiles secured after second-period falls in the semis over St Augustine senior Khaled Gardner (2:34) and again in the championship round over Belleview junior Cornelius Bentley-Greene (2:24). Bentley-Greene (22-8) also is a two-time Chiles qualifier, winning by fall in the semis over Mainland senior Kalyb Evans (3:58). Gardner (1-1 post-season) won by forfeit over Evans (13-8) for third place; both Gardner and Evans are first-time Chiles qualifiers.
182: New Smyrna Beach sophomore Sawyer Vanrider (30-18) began a run of three straight ‘Cuda titles, taking his first district championship and region appearance with falls in the semis over Belleview junior Eric McLaughlin (5:18) and again in the finals round in 3:41 over Matanzas junior Adyn Cox. Cox (21-17) qualified for the first time for Chiles with pins in the quarters over St Augustine’s Teddy Wanamaker (1:08, quarters) and over Mainland senior Nico Rivera (4:23, semis). McLaughlin (31-10) won by fall twice in the consis to secure his third region trip, pinning Rivera in 1:28 for third place. Rivera (13-15) picked up his second Chiles appearance with a bye in the consi semis.
195: Barracuda junior Dylon York (37-7) won his first district title behind first-period pins in the semis over Mainland junior Josh Newman (:54) and again in the championship against Gainesville junior Aiden Kittelson (1:30). Kittelson (11-8), the Hurricanes’ one-man team, took two wins to reach the final, with a quarterfinal pin over Menendez’s Charles Hadley (1:47) and a 5-4 semifinal decision over Matanzas’ Landon Wright. Wright (27-13) won twice in the consis, with an 8-7 decision for third place over Newman (18-15, front-side pin), who qualified out with a blood-round fall (2:28). All four placers in this weight class are first-time Chiles qualifiers.
220: New Smyrna Beach senior Austin Mitchum (37-11) pinned his way to a second Chiles ticket, with a first time as district champion, with falls in the quarters (2:27) over Menendez’s Emry Hunt, in the semis (2:14) over Mainland senior Jeffery Turner, and then in the championship over St Augustine senior Nate Bumbalough in 3:38. Bumbalough (2-1 post-season) reached his first district final with a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Belleview’s Jose Cintron and a semifinal pin (3:20) over Matanzas sophomore Joel Douglass. Turner (13-14) took a pair of consi-side pins, falling Douglass in 1:44 for third place, while Douglass (9-17) qualified out with a consi-semi pin (2:57). Bumbalough, Turner and Douglass are all first-time Chiles qualifiers.
285: St Augustine junior Jaquan Whitty (3-0 post-season) closed out the evening with his first district title and Chiles qualification, with preliminary pins in the quarters (3:03) over Mainland’s Alex Shallop and semis (3:57) over Menendez sophomore Stewart Martin, followed by a 5-0 decision in the final over New Smyrna Beach senior Cole Billings. Billings (27-17) also became a first-time Chiles qualifier after a quarterfinal bye and a 7-4 double-overtime win in the semis over Belleview junior Andrew Dunn. Martin (19-8) bounced back in the consis for his second region trip, finding a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 win in the third-place match over Dunn (20-3, front-side pin) who pulled out a 2-1 blood-round decision to take his second trip to Chiles.
You can see complete brackets from this tournament and other 2A contested brackets in Region 1 and throughout the state HERE.