LAKE CITY — In the 10-team Tiger Duals on Saturday, it was the one team well outside the Matmen coverage area that set the pace.
Bloomingdale, located due east of Brandon in Hillsborough County, made the I-75 drive worthwhile, with four double-digit dual wins, including a 51-21 victory over the host Tigers in the championship match.
Columbia (15-6) in duals for the season won Pool A, with victories over Union Cty (47-33), a combined team made up of wrestlers from University Christian & Gainesville (35-21), Forest (51-30) and Westside (48-30).
Like the Tigers, Buchholz (11-3) had its only loss to Bloomingdale, a 51-29 Pool B loss in round 2 of pool play. The Bobcats took wins over Suwannnee (46-25), St Augustine (43-33) and Ridgeview (58-19) in pool, then added a fourth dual win with a 60-23 victory over Forest in the third-place match.
Union Cty (6-10, third in Pool A) was fifth, St Augustine (8-10, third in B) sixth, Suwannee (21-8, fourth in B) seventh, with the combined UC/Gainesville team taking eighth. Ridgeview (15-14) and Westside (4-6) were 0-4 in pool competitions and did not cross over.
Not all area teams could have team or individual accomplishments noted in this story, due to prior missing results. Full duals for all 10 teams in the tournament can be found HERE.
Championship: Bloomingdale 51, Columbia 21.
3rd: Buchholz 60, Forest 23
5th: Union Cty 36, St Augustine 34
7th: Suwannee 45, UC/Gainesville 24
Pool A: Columbia 4-0, Forest 3-1, Union Cty 2-2, UC/Gainesville 1-3, Westside 0-4.
Pool B: Bloomingdale 4-0, Buchholz 3-1, St Augustine 2-2, Suwannee 1-3, Ridgeview 0-4.
THE ACES OF THE DAY
Columbia: Shawn Raggins (182/195) was one of two 5-0 max-pointers for the runnerup Tigers. Raggins collected three pins on the day, with falls over UC/Gainesville and Forest in Pool A competition, plus a third pin in the loss to Bloomingdale.
Buchholz: Jason Martin (195/220) was a 5-0 max-pointer for the Bobcats, one of two Buchholz wrestlers to run the table with wins in all five matches. After a forfeit victory in the opening dual, Martin had pins over Bloomingdale, St Augustine, Ridgeview and Forest.
Union Cty: Caleb Crawford (160) was the only Tiger to go 5-0; Crawford also was a max-pointer, with four pins. Crawford tolk falls against Columbia, Forest, UC/Gainesville and St Augustine.
St Augustine: Connor Spossey (170) was a 5-0 max-pointer, collecting four pins in all. Spossey was one of four Yellow Jackets to go 5-0. He had falls over Ridgeview, Suwannee, Buchholz and Bloomingdale.
Suwannee: Austin McKinney (113) was a 5-0 max-pointer, with three pins on the day as one of three Bulldogs to go 5-0. McKinney had pins over Buchholz, St Augustine and Bloomingdale.
UC/Gainesville: Jayce Paridon (106/113) pinned his way through five opponents, and was the only member of the combined group to go undefeated in the tournament. Paridon had pins over Westside, Columbia, Union Cty, Forest and Suwannee.
Ridgeview: Matthew Rodriquez (132) was 4-0, all by pins, and in so doing eclipsed the 200-wins career mark. Rodriquez had falls over St Augustine, Bloomingdale, Suwannee and Buchholz.
Westside: Olleon Hickmon (132/138) was a 4-0 max-pointer, one of two for the Wolverines in the tournament. Hickmon had pins over Union Cty, Forest and Columbia in assembling his unbeaten record.