#DistrictDuals: Wakulla Three-Peats; Suwannee Reaches Region Round

Wakulla wrestlers and coaches celebrate their third straight 1A-District 2 dual team tournament title Thursday night at Florida High (Photo submitted by Heather Harrell).

North Florida Matmen staff report

TALLAHASSEE — For the third straight year in the 1A-District 2 dual team tournament, the semifinals featured the exact same matchups: Wakulla v Godby, Suwannee v Florida High.

For the third straight year, the War Eagles dominated the scene, with two one-sided victories.

For the third straight year, Suwannee would battle Florida High down to the wire, only to…win?

Yep. Win.

After two earlier failed attempts, the Bulldogs were finally able to flip the script in the 1A-District 2 semifinals, joining Wakulla for the first time in the 1A-Region 1 quarterfinals next week at Arnold.

Suwannee will face Arnold in one quarterfinal round, while Wakulla will take on South Walton for the third straight season in the other quarterfinal, with the two winning teams meeting in a semifinal dual; a spot in the FHSAA state dual tournament and Region 1 title being on the line.

The semis saw Wakulla thrash Godby, 78-3, in the top half, while Suwannee won eight of the first 10 weights, with Jim King’s third-period fall at 170 providing enough points to secure a clinched dual, even with Florida High having four forfeits in hand, for a 42-36 victory.

In the final, Wakulla gave just two losses, both against former Suwannee state qualifiers, for a 66-12 victory and the title.

Nine different War Eagle wrestlers were 2-0 on the night. Four of them — Noah Wilson (145), Chase Roberts (152), Cole Baggett (160) and Hayden Reeves (182) — pinned both of their opponents.

George Hernandez (113, pin over Suwannee), John Trevor Hinsey (195, pin over Godby) and Slade Watkins (220, pin over Godby) were all max-pointers for Wakulla, while Julian Harvey (106, decision over Suwannee) and Jackson Merrick (138, decision over Suwannee) also were 2-0.

Raymond Hatchman (120, pin over Godby), Jae Thaxton (126, pin over Godby), Matthew Owen (132, pin over Suwannee), Jackson Osteen (170, pin over Godby) and Jayvon Brown (170, pin over Suwannee) each had one contested victory.

Suwannee wrestlers and coaches celebrate their first appearance upcoming at the FHSAA dual-team region tournament next week after finishing second in 1A-District 2 Thursday evening at Florida High (Photo submitted by Kirk Kirkland).

Only Xander Kirkland (120, pin over Wakulla) was 2-0 for Suwannee; Kirkland also was a max-pointer. Brody Boehm (106) and Caleb Parsons (145) each had pins for Suwannee in the Florida High dual, while Jaxon Sansouci (7-6 at 132) and Tyson Musgrove (6-2 at 138) both won by decision. Timothy Jolicoeur (126) won by fall in the Wakulla dual.

There was no third-place match contested. Florida High got pins from Tyler Reeve (126) and Micah Perdue (160), plus four forfeits, in their dual with the Bulldogs, while Godby’s lone win was a 10-5 decision from Joshua Yarbrough at 285.

Complete results from all rounds of the tournament can be found HERE.

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