CRAWFORDVILLE — No team but Wakulla has won the 1A-District 2 duals team title.
And, for the fifth time Thursday at home, the War Eagles made sure that, for another year, no other team would.
After watching Suwannee take down Florida High, 57-18, the War Eagles stopped the Bulldogs, 39-27, and Seminoles, 59-16, to improve to 9-1 in duals for the season and take their fifth 1A-2 title.
Wakulla (9-1) will face Rocky Bayou Christian in a 1A-Region 1 quarterfinal dual at South Walton on January 13, while Suwannee (24-7) will face the District 1 champ and region host Seahawks in another quarterfinal. The two winners will meet in the semis and the winner in that round will advance on to the 1A-Region 1 final at Osceola HS in Kissimmee.
The day began with the Bulldogs and Florida High (4-5), and early on the Noles built leads of 6-0, 12-3 and 18-9 on pins from Nicholas Roeder (152), Xander Hawkes (170) and Diego Duprey (195).
But, from there, it was all Suwannee, as the Bulldogs roared back for a 48-0 to close out the dual.
Dustin Wood (182), Christian Harrell (220), Eleuterio Meria (285), Topher Pearson (113), Justin Contreras (120), Brody Boehm (126), Austin McKinney (132) and Tyson Musgrove (145) all won by fall during that runEli Jolicoeur (5-3 at 106) and Ayden Kirby (6-0 at 138) both taking decisions for Suwannee during that run. Austin Howard (6-0 win at 160) had the Bulldogs’ first points of the dual when the team still trailed.
As Florida High did in the first dual, Suwannee built the first lead over Wakulla, going up 12-0 on pins from Howard (160) and James Prentice (170). Wakulla answered back with three falls back-to-back-to-back from Tyler Edenfield (182), Sultan Ellington (195) and Kohl Pippen (220), but the Bulldogs tied it at 18 with a pin from Meria.
Things really tightened up from there, as the teams traded decisions from 106 through 126 to make it 24-all with four matches left, with Julian Harvey (8-3 at 106) and Caleb Orr (5-3 at 120) winning for Wakulla and Pearson (9-6 at 113) and Boehm (4-3 at 126) taking Ws for Suwannee.
Wakulla forged a nine-point gap behind a 1-0 win from Isaiah Wilson at 132 and fall from Wyatt Welch at 138, but Musgrove’s 4-2 win at 145 made it 33-27 with one match to go. There, Jae T Thaxton slammed the door shut on Suwannee’s title hopes, with a fall at 152.
That brought Florida High back to the mat for the final dual of the day, and while the Seminoles got out to leads of 4-0 and 10-6 on a pin from Duprey and 11-2 major from Xander Hawkes, Wakulla would win 10 matches in a row to pull away for the district title.
During that run, Brown (113), Juan Jimenez (126), Wilson (132), Welch (138) and Hayden Reeves (145) all won by fall, with Harvey (22-8 at 106) and Thaxton (9-0 at 152) both taking majors and Pippen winning by a 4-2 decision behind a takedown in sudden victory at 220. Liam Hawkes (160) closed out competition with a second pin for Florida High.
All three teams that competed Thursday had weekend competitions. Both Wakulla and Florida High are at Yulee for the two-day Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border IBT, while Suwannee has been at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial tournament, with duals Friday and IBT competition on Saturday.
Box scores from the tournament can be found HERE. (Some scrolling will be involved to get to them, but they’re there)
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