Ponte Vedra High School wrestlers scored some significant victories at the recent Sgt. Marcus Preudhomme Duals at Fletcher High School. The tournament, in addition to Ponte Vedra, included Creekside, Englewood, St. Augustine, Atlantic Coast and Fletcher.
Ponte Vedra went 3-2 during the tournament, scoring team wins against Englewood (46-24), Atlantic Coast (52-24) and a nip-and-tuck victory over St. Augustine with a criteria win. The match was tied 30-30 in regulation time and was finally decided by criteria No. 6 (most near-fall points).
Wrestlers with key contributions on the day included Preston Turner, Ethan Baur and Troy Maritato. First-year wrestlers Alex DeAlmeida, Katherine BiJi, Max Ordenes and Rett Maritato also had important wins. Junior Gavin Riccobono lost a heartbreaker against Luke Davis of Creekside, 2-1, in a preview of what will be an important rematch in the season-ending district tournament.