Ponte Vedra wrestling takes second place at Optimist Invitational


The Ponte Vedra High School wrestling team finished in second place at the Optimist Invitational tournament held at Terry Parker High School this past weekend.

The performance marks the highest finish for the program in a local tournament in its relatively short history. The Sharks took second place while only fielding eight of 14 available weight classes. Of the eight Sharks that wrestled that day, each of them placed at least third in a pool of 10 teams.

According to the team’s coaches, Ponte Vedra’s wrestling team is still suffering from a drought in participation at the upper weight levels (182 pounds, 195 pounds, 220 pounds and heavyweight 275 pounds) and therefore has to forfeit five matches each meet. If you know of any potential wrestlers that meet this criteria, please have them reach out to Athletic Director David Scott at (904) 547-7356 or come to the wrestling practice at Ponte Vedra High School from 4 to 6 p.m.

113 pounds -Gavin Riccobono (junior): First place
120 pounds- Preston Turner (junior): Third place
126 pounds- Rett Maritato (freshman): Third place
132 pounds- Jon Soffer (junior): Third place
138 pounds- Alex De Almeida (sophomore): Third place
152 pounds- Evan Merry (senior): First place
160 pounds- Ethan Bauer (sophomore): Second place
170 pounds- Troy Maritato (junior): Second place