North Florida Matmen staff report
HUDSON — Just one day removed from a trip to the sweet 16 in the FHSAA 1A state dual team tournament, Suwannee took on a few of west-central Florida’s better teams in 2A and 3A at the Fivay Duals on Friday & Saturday.
The Bulldogs (19-11 for the season) started off with a 4-1 pool record, taking wins over Tampa Plant (41-30), Anclote (48-36), Mitchell (54-24) and West Port (46-19), falling only to host Fivay (48-36).
Suwannee was in the gold bracket on Saturday, and with the competition ratcheting up, the Bulldogs’ short-handed lineup was more exposed, leading to losses to River Ridge (51-24), McKeel Academy (51-24), Brandon (54-15) and Palm Harbor University (67-9).
Xander Kirkland (120) survived the weekend with a 9-0 record. Kirkland finished with four pins and a decision, including three pins over gold bracket opponents.
Timothy Jolicoeur (126) was 7-2 for the Bulldogs, en route to a max-point tournament through the first seven duals, but then lost by decision and injury-default in the Palm Harbor University dual.
Tyson Musgrove (138, 4 pins and 2 majors, 6-0 through the first six duals) and Caleb Parsons (145, pin/major/2 decisions) were both 6-3 for Suwannee. Dustin Wood (170/182, pin) was 5-3 and Brody Boehm (106/113, 4 pins) 5-4 for the Bulldogs.
All 11 Suwannee wrestlers had at least one contested pin, as Foster Swain (106/113) had a fall over West Port, Ayden Kirby (132) took a pin in the Mitchell dual, Austin Howard (152/160) had pins over Plant and Mitchell, Austin Baxter (160/170) had a pin over Plant and Jim King (170/182) had pins over Anclote and West Port.
Below follows brief summaries of each Suwannee dual:
Plant: The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 lead and clinched the dual by extending the lead to 35-6 with five weights to go and a forfeit in hand, thanks to pins from Boehm, Jolicoeur and Howard, plus majors from Musgrove (11-0) and Parsons (13-3) and an 8-2 win for Kirkland, his only dual where he did not score six points for the team.
Anclote: Suwannee led the whole way in this dual, too, with leads of 18-0, 30-6 and 42-18. Boehm, Jolicoeur, Musgrove and King all won by pins for the Bulldogs.
Fivay: The Bulldogs again took a 12-0 lead and were up, 30-6, before the hosts won six straight between 160 and 285, but the dual was up in the air right up to the last match. Jolicoeur, Musgrove and Parsons had pins for this dual.
Mitchell: Suwannee rebounded with a hot start in this dual, with a 42-0 run to kick things off; that run was sufficient to clinch. Kirby, Musgrove, Howard and Kirkland all won by fall.
West Port: Suwannee trailed early, 13-10, but didn’t give up a contested match after that deficit, winning six of the final seven weight classes with max-points to take the win. King, Swain, Boehm and Jolicoeur had pins and Musgrove had an 8-0 major in the dual.
River Ridge: The Bulldogs’ first gold bracket dual, Suwannee won just three contested matches as River Ridge won eight of nine at one piont. Musgrove, Kirkland and Jolicoeur each had pins for the Bulldogs.
McKeel: Suwannee trailed early, 24-0 and 36-6, with just four contested wins from Wood, Boehm, Kirkland and Jolicoeur.
Brandon: Against the long-time south Florida powerhouse, Suwannee spotted the Eagles an 18-0 early lead, which became 42-6 in fairly short order. Both of the Bulldogs’ max-point wins were via forfeit, only Parsons’ 4-3 decision at 145 was a contested victory.
Palm Harbor University: Suwannee found itself trailing, 46-0, before a Kirkland pin got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. Parsons would later add a 16-10 decision at 145 as the Bulldogs finished fifth in the gold bracket.
Complete results for West Port were not made available at the time of this writing to Matmen. Suwannee’s match-by-match results from these duals can be found HERE.
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