ORANGE PARK — For Bartram Trail, the best Christmas gift was just getting on the wrestling mat and not facing the same practice partner that the Bears have been facing for weeks.
Tuesday afternoon at Ridgeview, Bartram Trail took down four opponents to win the Panther Duals; after a 42-39 win over Fletcher in round 2, the Bears ran through Ridgeview (48-30), Baker Cty (52-30) and Bishop Snyder (60-12) in taking the five-team duals championship.
The Bears had 12 wrestlers on the day come out and win 12 matches per scoresheets reported by the tournament host. Those scoresheets indicated that six of the 12 Bartram wrestlers won three times, and two were 4-0 “max-pointers” per Bartram coaches, scoring 6 team dual points in every dual the team contested on the day.
Runnerup Baker Cty (8-14) took wins in round 1 over Ridgeview (54-30) and in round 3 over Bishop Snyder (54-12), plus had a team forfeit. Every wrestler in the Wildcat lineup had at least two wins, with eight of those 11 taking three. From 182 through 285, Baker had nothing but max-pointers.
The host Panthers (12-8) bounced back from the round 1 loss with a 60-12 victory over Bishop Snyder in round 2, plus had a team forfeit. Nine wrestlers won at least twice for Ridgeview, with six of those nine taking three or more wins and and four sporting max-point days at 4-0.
Bishop Snyder (0-14) was 0-4 on the day, with a round 1-loss to Fletcher (66-0) as well as those noted above. The Cardinals brought just six wrestlers, five which competed through the day, with two that won at least two matches and one that won three.
Outstanding wrestlers for the day were Ridgeview’s Matthew Rodriquez (lowers) and Ian Finnorn (middles), along with Baker Cty’s Daeshawn Larry (uppers).
Fletcher (4-2) had six double winners on the day, with three of those six winning both matches by pin.
Scoresheets from the day can be found HERE.
Bartram Trail will also be first back on the mats, with a delegation heading to Osceola next week for the Knockout Christmas Classic on Monday and Tuesday. Fletcher is slated for the Bobcat Roundrobin at Buchholz on January 2, while Ridgeview and Bishop Snyder will next be at the 1A-District 4 duals tournament on the 7th and Baker Cty will be at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border on the 9th.
ACES OF THE DAY
Bartram Trail: Senior Trevor Tagarelli (126) was 4-0 on the day, with pins in round 2 over Fletcher, over Ridgeview in round 3 and over Baker Cty in round 4,
Baker Cty: Senior Larry (285) was one of the four Wildcat bigs to max-point, with pins against Bishop Snyder and Bartram Trail on the afternoon, plus two forfeits.
Ridgeview: Senior Rodriquez (132) pinned through all of his contested matches in building his max-point day, with falls over Baker Cty, Bishop Snyder and Bartram Trail.
Bishop Snyder: Senior Aaron Villanueva (152) was 3-1 on the day; after a round-1 loss to Fletcher, Villanueva took pins against Ridgeview, Baker Cty and Bartram Trail.