North Florida Matmen staff report
GAINESVILLE — After the first day of competition in the Category V Duals, hosted by Gainesville HS, nearby Columbia and not-so-nearby Cypress Bay enjoyed the strongest finishes.
The Tigers and Cypress Bay were both 5-0 in the first day of competition, which will continue Saturday with teams wrestling across from their slotted pools.
Columbia had contested wins over Eastside (78-6), Westside (52-21) and Oakleaf (42-36) to take first in Pool B. Two Ocala teams, Forest and West Port, that were slated to appear and were no-shows, prompting tournament organizers to give two forfeit victories in Pool B.
Oakleaf won over Eastside (78-6) and Westside (60-24) to go second in Pool B, with Westside taking third on a 66-0 win over the Rams.
In pool A, Cypress Bay survived unscathed with wins over Interlachen (60-6), Leesburg (66-0), the host Hurricanes (56-18) and Middleburg (48-36), plus a team forfeit win over Ed White, which also was slated to appear but did not on Friday.
Middleburg was second in the group, with contested wins over Interlachen (60-0), Leesburg (60-18) and Gainesville (54-30). The hosts won against Leesburg (42-18) and Interlachen (48-6; was sent as 78-6 but there were several double forfeits based on other Hurricane appearances earlier in the day). Leesburg was fourth in the group with a 24-6 win over the Rams.
Weigh-ins for Saturday begin at 8 a.m. Results from the first day can be found here, and a fuller recap of the weekend’s action will be posted to the site on Saturday night.