Tiger Duals Recap: Suwannee Takes Title

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

LAKE CITY — It’s not a long hop, as the crow flies, from Live Oak to Lake City. Almost a second home, in many ways.

And it felt like home for the Bulldogs on Saturday at the Tiger Duals one-day tournament, as Suwannee rolled through four pool-play duals and then took down south Georgian neighbor Valdosta, 43-30, in the closest dual it’s had thus far this season.

The Bulldogs (10-0) dominated the lower bookend, with pins from Jaxon Sansouci (106) and Tyler Ogles (120) plus a major from Brandon Trask (113) against Valdosta, splitting up the middle group. Joey Borrell (145) and Tanner Clark (152) had pins there, with Billy Jenkins (160) winning by decision. Bernardo Perez (220) added a fall as well.

On the day, five Suwannee wrestlers were 5-0, with another six going 4-1. Sansouci (2 pins & major), Ogles (3 pins), Joey Borrell (2 pins & injury-default), Tanner Clark (5 pins), and Jenkins (3 pins & decision) were the Bulldogs’ unbeatens, with Jenkins taking the outstanding-wrestler award for the upper weights.

Pool play was a much easier go for Suwannee, which rolled up an average margin of victory of 53.5 points in 4 pool duals.

Against fourth-place Lake Weir — its first opponent and closest dual in the pool — Suwannee had pins from Chase Clark (126), Julian Borrell (138), Joey Borrell, Tanner Clark and Jenkins, with Trask winning by decision. Next up, against fifth-place Baker County, Sansouci, Trask, Ogles. Chase Clark, Kenneth Foster (132), Julian Borrell, Tanner Clark and Angel Soto (182) won by fall, with Joey Borrell taking an injury-default win and Charles Votava (195) winning by decision.

Next up was eighth-place St. Augustine, in which Foster, Julian Borrell, Tanner Clark, Jenkins and Perez (wrestling at 285) won by fall and Votava won by decision. The Bulldogs closed out pool play with a rematch against 10th-place Gainesville, as Ogles, Foster, Julian Borrell, Tanner Clark, Jenkins, Trevor Clements (170) and Votava (competing at 182) taking pins and Sansouci winning by major decision.

The host Tigers finished third with a 4-1 record on the day, losing only to Valdosta (63-10) during pool play. Columbia had pool wins over Bradford (42-24), West Port (52-18) and Atlantic Coast (45-24), then turned back Lake Weir, 42-33, for third place.

In that third-place match, Chace Curtis (126), Daniel Mann (138) and Zion James (160) led the way for Columbia (4-2), as each took falls. On the day, Curtis (4 pins & major) and Chad Sapp (2 pins & decision at 170/182) were 5-0, with three more going 4-1. Curtis also picked up the tournament’s outstanding-wrestler award for the lower weights.

In the Tigers’ opening win over the seventh-place Tornadoes, Curtis, Tevin Anderson (132), Mann, James and Sapp each had falls. Then, against ninth-place West Port, Columbia picked up a pin from Curtis, an injury-default victory from Mitchell Gregory (152) and major decision from Mann. Valdosta was next, and wins were tough to find, as Sapp won by fall at 170 and Curtis had a major decision. Columbia wrapped up pool play with sixth-place Atlantic Coast, with Curtis, Anderson, Mann, James and Chris Williams (285) taking pins and Sapp winning by decision.

Baker County (7-5 in duals) was the next highest-finishing local team, downing Atlantic Coast 47-24. In that place-round match, the Wildcats had falls from James Knobb (126), Jordan Johnson (132), James Barnett (170) and Jestin Canterbury (285), with Devon Cole (138) taking a tech fall victory. Barnett was the Wildcats’ lone unbeaten, with 3 pins and a tech on a 5-0 day.

The Wildcats beat Gainesville 47-30 and St. Augustine 54-18, falling in criteria H to Lake Weir, 43-42, in addition to the loss to Suwannee.

In the Gainesville win, Cole Cushman (106), Johnson, Cole and Earl Starling (152) had pins, with Barnett’s tech fall coming in the dual. Barnett and Canterbury had pins in the loss to Suwannee, with Knobb and Starling picking up falls against Lake Weir. Johnson, Cole, Starling, Barnett and Canterbury earned pins in the St. Augustine victory.

Like Baker County, Atlantic Coast (3-4 in duals) went 2-2 in pool play, with wins over Bradford (45-24) and West Port (42-30) sandwiched by losses to Valdosta (69-12) and Columbia. Jamari Broussard (1 pin at 195) and Kurk Jackson (2 pins at 220) were 5-0 on the day for the Stingrays, with two more going 4-1.

Against Valdosta, Jackson had a pin in the Stingrays’ only contested win, with Kevin Thompson (126), Joshua Myers (132), Marco Hunter (138), Uriah Ford (182) and Jackson winning by fall and Tywaine Rochebrun (152) by decision against Bradford. All of ACHS’ wins against West Port were by forfeit, with Rochebrun and Ford taking pins against Columbia and Rochebrun, Ford and Broussard with falls against Baker County.

Bradford’s one pool win came in the last round of the pool, a 39-18 win over West Port, after losses to Columbia, Valdosta (67-6) and Atlantic Coast. The Tornadoes (3-5 for the season) then took down St. Augustine, 48-18, in the seventh-place match, behind falls from Trevor Jones (152), Logan Montemurro (160), Jacob Hake (170) and Eddie McCormick (285). No Tornadoes were unbeaten, but three were 4-1.

Against Columbia, Andrew Hetler (145) and McCormick had pins with Jones and Montemurro winning by decision. Competing at 220, McCormick’s fall was Bradford’s only points against Valdosta. Montemurro and Hake picked up pins in the loss to Atlantic Coast, with Hetler winning by fall and Montemurro by decision against West Port.

St. Augustine had its one pool win in its first dual of the day, a 36-24 win over Gainesville, with subsequent losses to Suwannee, Lake Weir (54-12), Baker County and then Bradford. Tracey Beshara (4 pins while competing at both 170 & 182) was 5-0 for the short-handed Yellow Jackets (2-9 in duals), who fielded just nine wrestlers on the day.

Against Gainesville, Timothy Alalla (132), Nick Thomson (138), Kylee Turner (152), Alexander Mewes (160), Beshara and Cade Aupsburger (182) had falls for the Yellow Jackets, with Beshara’s pin the only points against Suwannee. All of St. Augustine’s points were by forfeit against Lake Weir, with Beshara (competing at 182) and Aupsburger (at 195) winning by fall against Baker County. Alalla and Beshara (again at 182) had pins in the Bradford dual.

After a 6-4 start to its season, Gainesville couldn’t find a win on Saturday, coming closest in a 31-30 loss to West Port for ninth place, in which the most-first-points-scored criterion determined the winner. Still, though, the Hurricanes did have an unbeaten wrestler, as Scotty Tacinelli (pin & decision at 113/120) went 5-0 on the day, with one other going 4-1.

Against Baker County, Nicholas Hanson (113), Tacinelli (at 120), Logan Fernandez-Smith (182) and Donnie Wilburn (285) had pins, with Wilburn picking up a second against St. Augustine and third against Suwannee, with Tacinelli winning in sudden-victory against the Bulldogs at 113. All of the Hurricane points were via forfeit against Lake Weir and West Port.

Only the Hurricanes will again see action in 2016, as they’ll compete at Buchholz’s duals event on Thursday. Columbia is off until January 3, when it hosts Gainesville, with Suwannee, Baker County and Bradford all at Yulee’s Battle of the Border on January 7. St. Augustine is off until January 10, when it travels to Palatka, and Atlantic Coast is off until January 11, when the Stingrays travel to Nease.

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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