Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
LAKE CITY — Newly-listed honorable-mention Columbia cranked up the pinning machine Tuesday night to kick off the new year.
The Tigers recorded seven falls to roll past Gainesville, 54-28, in prepping for this weekend’s Cradle Cancer Invitational, a two-day IBT hosted by Jensen Beach.
While Gainesville (7-14) controlled the bookend weights — for the most part — Columbia (5-2) put the dual away with better strength in the middle, where six of its seven falls came through.
Chace Curtis (Northeast #2 at 126), Matt Ross (Northeast #8 at 132), Daniel Mann (Northeast #7 at 138), Matt Raulerson (Northeast #8 at 145), Zion James (Northeast #6 at 160), Chad Sapp (Northeast #10 at 170, bumping up to 182) and Chris Williams (285) picked up the pins for the Tigers.
Gainesville’s points came via fall from Corey Ryan (Northeast T-10 at 182, first appearance at 170 Tuesday night), plus an injury-default victory from Nathan Fox (106) and a major from Scotty Tacinelli (Northeast #8 at 113, bumping up to 120 Tuesday), plus a pair of forfeits.
Columbia will begin Cradle Cancer action on Friday. Gainesville is off until January 14, when the Hurricanes will compete in the Trojan Invitational, hosted by Lincoln.