Three Shark wrestlers place in Battle of the Border tournament


Three Ponte Vedra wrestlers placed in this past weekend’s Battle of the Border tournament in Yulee.

Junior Gavin Riccobono and senior Evan Merry both placed second, and junior Preston Turner finished in third.

In other Sharks wrestling news, the team defeated St. Augustine 28-24 on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on senior night. The night started slowly with the Yellow Jackets going up 12-0 on two early pins. The Sharks, however, stormed back into the lead 25-24 behind Gavin Riccobono's pin, a hard-fought Preston Turner match (5-3), a major decision by Rett Maritato (15-2) and an Alex DeAlmeida pin. The stage was set for Evan Merry in the contest’s deciding match, and Merry secured the team victory with his strategically wrestled 6-5 win over his Yellow Jacket foe.

The team will travel to Clay High School this weekend to compete in the annual Clay Rotary tournament.