LAKE CITY — They work out together in the summer, a lot of times, but there’s still enough grudge in the rivalry between Suwannee and Columbia to make things interesting when the Bulldogs and Tigers clash.
That was the case Wednesday night in the reprise — after a two-year hiatus — of the #BattleForThePaddle, created in the preseason prior to the 2017-18 year. Columbia won it that year, but Suwannee laid claim to it for the next 12 months after a 47-30 road dual win that wrapped up the dual season for both teams.
The Bulldogs (27-11) won five of the night’s seven contested matches, as both lineup shortfalls and strategic bumparounds led to a few forfeit victories.
Brody Boehm (132), Tyson Musgrove (138), Dustin Wood (182) and Blaine Howard (195) all won by pin for Suwannee, while Timothy Jolicoeur (126) took a 15-0 tech fall victory.
Columbia (15-7) answered with pins from Brett Millard (106) and Thomas Greene (152).
Both teams now turn their attention to the FHSAA post-season series, with Suwannee going to the 1A-District 2 tournament at Florida High on the 19th. Columbia will also go to Tallahassee, but to Lincoln on the 20th for the 2A-District 2 IBT.
Fernandina Beach 58, Nease 19: At Fernandina Beach, the Pirates rolled to victory behind 10 weight-class wins, including both bookends of the lineup.
Fernandina Beach (22-4) swept from 106-132 and again from 182-285, with pins from Caden Kubatzke (120), Jeremy Mahoney (126), Dietrich Woods (132), Enzo Gamba (152), Tyler Harris (182) and Jared Hutchinson (285), plus an 11-3 major from Kolby Kidd at 220 and forfeit wins at 106, 113 and 195.
Nease (10-13) wrapped up its dual season by controlling most of the middle of the lineup behind pins from Mateos Zajni (138) and Anthony Tanza (145), a 13-3 major from Peter Simon (170) and 6-2 win at 160 from Chad Severt.
The Pirates have one more regular-season competition to attend, going to Terry Parker’s six-way “rumble” event on Friday, while Nease is next up at the 3A-District 1 IBT at Oakleaf on the 20th.
Englewood 42, Wolfson 30: At Englewood, less than a week since the teams last met and Wolfson won by the same score as Englewood’s win Wednesday, the Rams took the win after spotting the Wolfpack a 24-0 lead.
The Rams (8-7) had three straight max-point wins at 138-152 and again from 182-285, with pins from Lynden North (138), DiSean Hires (145), Ke’Eric Merrell (152), Darryl Sam (182), Sam Howard (195) and Billie Maynard (285), with a forfeit win at 220.
Wolfson (7-4) collected falls from Samual Harris (113) and Max Lewallen (132), with forfeit wins at 120, 126 and 170.
Both teams wrapped their dual seasons Wednesday night; the Rams will be at Westside for the 2A-District 3 IBT on the 18th, while Wolfson goes to Clay on the 17th for the 1A-District 4 IBT.
First Coast sweep: At First Coast, the hosts swept past both Stanton (48-6) and Paxon (42-6) on their Senior Night.
Domorrien Wright (132, pin over Paxon), Payton London (138, pin over Paxon), Myles Nicco (145, pin over Paxon), Josiah Mossor (152, pin over Paxon), Isaiah Tucker (160, pin over Paxon), Cleon Johnson (195, pin over Paxon) and Jaquan Dennis (220, pin over Paxon) were double winners for the Buccaneers (5-6).
Paxon’s lone contested win came via fall from Michael Dramis (182), while Stanton’s was via forfeit.
First Coast will be at Terry Parker’s event on Friday, while Stanton and Paxon are done until district competitions. The Blue Devils go to Westside on the 18th, while Paxon is at Yulee’s 1A-District 3 meet on the 20th.
Still waiting on: We’re still looking for boxscores from the Leon/Godby dual scheduled for Wednesday night, as well as the Marion County conference tournament at Forest; that event was duals in format last year.
RESULTS: Box scores from all of Wednesday night’s reported action can be found HERE.