By MATMEN, Tuesday, 12:40 p.m.
WINTER SPRINGS — For the second time in as many years, Deltona qualified out for the FHSAA region round of duals competition on Saturday.
The Wolves (7-3) won Pool B with dual victories over Lyman (42-36), East River (42-31) and Edgewater (66-18) in the 2A-District 8 duals tournament at Winter Springs HS. While Deltona had few answers for the highly-regarded hosts in a 72-9 championship-round loss, the wins did send the Wolves back to regions (Deltona won the 1A-District 6 title in 2022) for the third time since the duals series began (Deltona was 2nd in 2A-District 6 in 2018).
Regions don’t promise much joy, though, as Deltona will be taking on defending 2A state champion Lake Gibson in a quarterfinal round Thursday (start time 6 p.m.) back at Winter Springs, which won the right to host quarterfinal and semifinal duals by dint of its district title.
While no Deltona wrestler went through Saturday’s rounds unscathed, several of them were 3-1 on the day, including Javonni Carraturo (106, pin), Kevin Kerns (132, 3 pins), Kyle Yasses (138, pin & 2 decisions), Justin Rivera (152, 3 pins), Gevin De la Cruz (160, 2 pins & decision).
The tournament saw Kerns go over the 125-career wins mark as well.
Two other teams in the Matmen coverage area competed in the event. Lyman (4-5) and Horizon (0-2) were both third in their respective pools. The Greyhounds had knocked off Edgewater, 42-25, but fell to East River, 45-36, in Pool B, while the Hawks took losses against Winter Springs (72-12) and Jones (47-30) in Pool A. The local teams did not meet for what would have been fifth place in the district.
Four Lyman wrestlers were 3-0 on the day, as Micah Jones (113, 2 pins), Jackson Fredrickson (126, 2 pins), Cameron Popeck (145/152, 3 pins) and Julio Menoyo (170, 2 pins) all were max-pointers for the Greyhounds. Vincent Savelli (182, 2 pins) added a 2-1 day for Lyman.
For Horizon, Gregory Taillon (152) and Joao Nascimento (160) both were 2-0 with two pins; they were Horizon’s lone unbeatens.
Results of last week’s event, along with all other area district competitions that are mostly or completely reported, can be found HERE.