Northeast Florida Matmen staff report
ST. CLOUD — It took some pretty solid competition to take down Buchholz this past weekend at the Milton-Winter Memorial Duals this past weekend.
The Bobcats finished 5-3 in the two-day event, with wins over Boone (47-30), Gateway (69-9), Poinciana (67-11), Titusville (69-12) and University (Orange City), 46-27. Losses came against some pretty solid company in 3A teams Freedom (58-16) and Hagerty (43-27), as well as 2A’s Jensen Beach (49-27).
Although no full-time starter went unbeaten over the course of the weekend for the Bobcats, Buchholz did have four regular presences take just one loss.
Leading the charge in wins for Buchholz (16-6 overall) were Bryan Perkins (106/113) and Gant Moore (138/145), both of whom went 7-1 on the weekend. Perkins had a pin, tech and decision, losing only at 113 by a 4-2 decision in the Hagerty dual.
Moore had four pins, a tech and a decision, with the only loss coming again against Hagerty.
Jose Romero (220) was 6-1 with four pins, and Tracen Ransdell (145/152) was 5-1 with two pins, a tech and a major. Armando Acosta (182/195) had two pins en route to a 6-2 weekend.
Columbia also represented the Northeast area in the event, and the short-handed Tigers struggled, going 2-6 in duals.
On Friday, the Tigers lost to Astronaut (51-21), North Port (42-21), Wellington (64-9) and University-Orange City (40-36). Columbia (7-8 overall) did rally on Saturday, with wins over Ocoee (48-24) and Poinciana (35-15), falling to the hosts (42-24) and Seminole Ridge (39-24).
Daniel Mann (138/145) was the only area wrestler with a regular presence in the lineup to go unbeaten on the weekend. Mann had five pins, a win by injury-default and two decisions in finishing with an 8-0 record.
Chace Curtis (126) was 7-1 for the Tigers, with four pins, a tech and a decision.
Buchholz is off until Saturday, when the Bobcats will compete in the Gainesville “Cities” championship. Columbia will be off until the George Jenkins IBT on January 27-28.