#Braves: Columbia Takes 5th

LAKELAND — Columbia got a long first look at some of the state’s top programs on Saturday, taking part in 2A defending champion Lake Gibson’s inaugural Braves Duals.

The Tigers took fifth out of 10 teams in the tournament, with a 3-2 day.

Columbia (4-2 overall) opened the tournament with a 51-30 loss in pool play to Timber Creek. From there, the Tigers rallied for dual wins over Celebration (33-27) and Freedom (Tampa) (36-29) before facing off against the Braves in the final pool dual. There, the 2A champs handed the Tigers a 63-9 loss.

That sent Columbia into the fifth-place match against Central (Brooksville), where the Tigers — who gave forfeits at four weights throughout the day and started six JV kids — took nine victories, eight of them by fall, in a 54-24 victory.

Three Tiger wrestlers finished the day with 4-1 records, while three more added three wins.

Results from Columbia’s day can be found in a complete set of duals from the tournament HERE.

Columbia swings back into action with a fuller lineup next weekend, with a trip to Tallahassee and the Capital City Classic two-day IBT. The tournament will be held at Florida High this year, with Chiles and Lincoln as continuing co-hosts.

Team finish: 1. Lake Gibson. 2. Palmetto Ridge. 3. American Heritage-Delray. 4. Timber Creek. 5. Columbia. 6. Central (Brooksville). 7. Celebration. 8. Tenoroc. 9. Freedom (Tampa). 10. Carrollwood Day.
Columbia junior Joseph Rice was 4-1 at 170/182 for the Tigers. Rice had pins over Timber Creek’s Zach Hanks (2:33) and Celebration’s Josh Riddle (2:36, at 182). After a win by forfeit in the Freedom dual, and a loss by major against Lake Gibson, Rice came back with a fall in 1:23 over Central (Brooksville)’s Corbin Cobb in the fifth-place dual.

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