The Ponte Vedra Sharks wrestling team continues to improve as they scored their all-time highest finish, fourth place, at the Rob Bierbaum Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
According to team coaches, the Sharks’ scoring at the 10-team tournament was a true team effort as some of the younger wrestlers scored early round victories to add to the team's score. Ponte Vedra only had 11 wrestlers for the 14 weight brackets, but of those 11, five wrestlers made it to the finals.
Individually, the Sharks had one champion, Ethan Baur at 145 pounds, and four silver medalists in Troy and Rett Maritato, Preston Turner and newcomer Harlan Nikolov. Additionally, Alex de Almeida was a bronze medalist at 138 pounds, and Jackson Shewey placed fourth at 132 pounds.
The Sharks were only 4.5 points out of third place.