LAKE BUTLER — Wakulla has traditionally gone to Beast of the Beach on the third weekend of December.
This year, with that event on hiatus due to uncertain times, the War Eagles headed east and lost just seven contested matches over the course of four duals Saturday in Union Cty’s Scrap for the Strap.
Wakulla (5-0 in duals for the season) took down Union Cty’s varsity group (72-12), the Tigers’ second group (82-0), followed by Palatka (66-18) and Ridgeview (66-9) in winning the inaugural tournament title.
The host Tigers (3-2) were second on the day, bouncing back from the round 1 loss with wins over Ridgeview (47-36), Union Cty B (72-0) and Palatka (54-18).
The closest dual of the day came midway through the tournament, when Ridgeview edged Palatka, 36-32, in round 3. That plus a 60-21 win over the host second group gave the Clay County Panthers (10-6) third with a 2-2 day.
Palatka (1-4 in duals for the season) took fourth at 1-3, with a 54-12 win over Union Cty B in round 2.
Outstanding wrestlers in the tournament were Ridgeview seniors Matthew Rodriquez (lowers) and Derrick Mosley (uppers), with Palatka senior Delton Nealy taking the OW among middle-weight wrestlers.
Duals from the tournament can be found HERE.
Ridgeview is first back on the mats with the Panthers’ 5-way duals event on Tuesday; all other teams in the event return to competition in January. Palatka hosts the 1A-District 5 duals tournament on the 5th, while Wakulla and Union Cty both host district duals events on the 7th (War Eagles 1A-District 2, Tigers 1A-District 4).
ACES OF THE DAY
Wakulla: Senior Jackson Osteen (182) was one of the War Eagles’ seven max-pointers, with his lone forfeit against Union Cty B in rd 3; Osteen had falls over Union Cty A, Palatka and Ridgeview in succession.
Ridgeview: Rodriquez (132) was the Panthers’ only max-pointer, with a forfeit in Round 1 and pins in succession over Union Cty A, Palatka and Wakulla to close out the day.
Palatka: Nealy (152) was 4-0 on the afternoon, with pins over Union Cty B, Wakulla and Union Cty A in rounds 2, 4 and 5, plus a 16-1 tech fall over Ridgeview in round 3.
Union Cty B: Freshman Rodney Barnett (126) didn’t have his team’s best record, but he did record the Tiger second group’s only fall of the day in Round 1, with a pin in the Ridgeview dual.
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