FERNANDINA BEACH — It took a team with a resume solid enough to come within one match of a Georgia state duals trophy to take down Episcopal on Saturday.
Otherwise, the Eagles were the top Florida team in the 12-team Dual at the Dunes, hosted by Fernandina Beach.
Episcopal (6-1 in duals for the season) won Pool C with a 3-0 record, with dual victories over the host Pirates (45-34), Ridgeview (54-25) and Gainesville (72-12). The Eagles then defeated last year’s Dunes champion, Suwannee, by a 40-29 count, but had few answers against Georgia 6A’s Brunswick, winning just two weight classes in a 67-7 dual loss.
Brunswick, which finished T-5th in the Georgia 6A state dual tournament in 2019-20, won the tournament with a 5-0 record.
Suwannee opened its dual season with a 3-2 record on Saturday, taking first in Pool B. The Bulldogs took victories over Bishop Kenny (33-28), Charlton Cty GA (42-33) and Brunswick B (58-0) to reach the championship pool. In the crossover, the Bulldogs fell to Brunswick, 60-18.
Host Fernandina Beach (7-3 for the season) was fourth, with its lone loss to Episcopal. The Pirates defeated Ridgeview (60-24) and Gainesville (69-12) in Pool C, then, in the 4th-6th crossover, took down Baker Cty (48-36) and Bishop Kenny (43-18).
The Crusaders (9-3) were fifth, with a 2-1 record in Pool B (wins over Brunswick B, 60-12, and Charlton, 51-28), defeating Baker Cty, 60-18, for fifth.
Baker Cty (3-8) was second in Pool A, with wins over West Nassau (36-24) and Keystone Heights (60-12). After a 1-2 start in Pool C, with a 54-12 victory over Gainesville, Ridgeview (8-3) took two crossover wins over Keystone Heights (29-9) and Charlton (30-12).
The Indians made their (0-4) made their season debut, with additional Pool A losses to Brunswick A (81-0) and West Nassau (36-24). The Warriors (3-6) had an additional Pool A loss to Brunswick, 72-12, and did not compete in the crossover. Gainesville (0-10) had crossover losses to two of the Georgia teams, falling to Brunswick B (12-6) and Charlton (30-18).
Complete scoresheets, as reported by the tournament manager, can be found HERE.
Standings: 1. Brunswick GA A. 2. Episcopal. 3. Suwannee. 4. Fernandina Beach. 5. Bishop Kenny. 6. Baker Cty. 7. Ridgeview. 8. Charlton GA. 9. Keystone Heights. 10. Brunswick GA B. 11. Gainesville. 12. West Nassau.
ACES OF THE DAY
Episcopal: With most of the Eagles taking losses to Brunswick A, there were no unbeatens for the Eagles, but 8th-grader Lawson Perry (195) was one of two Episcopal wrestlers at 4-1. Perry had three pins, falling wrestlers from Fernandina Beach, Ridgeview and Gainesville.
Suwannee: The defending champs used Saturday’s meet as a chance to get a number of mix-and-match options for mat time. Freshman Austin McKinney (120) was 4-1 and had had pins over Bishop Kenny, Brunswick B and Episcopal, with his only loss coming to a multiple-time Georgia state placer.
Fernandina Beach: Sophomore Caden Kubatzke (120) was a 5-0 max-pointer, one of two on the day for the Pirates, with four pins. Kubatzke pinned wrestlers from Episcopal, Ridgeview, Gainesville and Bishop Kenny on the day.
Bishop Kenny: Sophomore Colin Hearn (152/160) was the Crusaders’ lone unbeaten wrestler, going 5-0 with four pins (three at 160). Hearn falled wrestlers from Brunswick B, Charlton, Fernandina Beach and Baker County, with a decision victory over Suwannee.
Baker Cty: Sophomore Joshua Carter (132) was one of two Wildcat max-pointers, with pins over West Nassau, Brunswick, Fernandina Beach and Bishop Kenny. Carter also won by forfeit in the Keystone Heights dual victory.
Ridgeview: Sophomore Ian Finnorn (138/145/152) had appearances at three weights, with two pins (Fernandina Beach, Charlton) and a decision (Episcopal) at 138, a fall at 145 over Keystone Heights and a fall over Gainesville at 152.
Keystone Heights: In the Indians’ season debut, junior Sheppard Wingate (170) didn’t have the team’s best record, but did leave with the day’s only contested result in a 2-2 tournament. Wingate won by decision over Ridgeview.
Gainesville: Junior Brennan Kade (145) was 3-2 on the day and one of two Hurricanes wrestlers to win three matches. Kade had pins over Episcopal, Brunswick B and Charlton.
West Nassau: Junior Christian Daly (182) was one of two Warriors to go 3-0 and be max-pointers, with pins over Baker Cty and Brunswick, plus a forfeit win over Keystone Heights.
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