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#NEDailyRdp: February 8

LAKE BUTLER — Fresh off a runnerup finish in last weekend’s 23rd annual Clay Rotary, Buchholz kept up solid momentum Tuesday night in taking down host Union County, 52-24, in the Tigers’ Senior Night.

The bookends of the dual belonged to the Bobcats (8-4 in duals for the season, as they swept 182 through 285, and five of the first six lower weights as well.

Jun Jie Zheng (106), Hunter Steinmann (113), Venumadhava Mirel (132), Laine Slayton (138), Aiden Moore (152) and Jamari Chisolm (195) each won by fall, with Kason Nichols (182) contributing a 16-3 major. Buchholz also took forfeit victories at 220 and 285.

Union County (season record unknown due to missing dual from last week) contended well in the middle portions of the lineup, with falls from Ethan Shea (145), Caleb Crawford (160) and Colin Hadlock (170), plus a forfeit victory at 126.

Buchholz has one more dual on the docket against Columbia (not sure at this writing whether that dual is today or Friday; inquiries were made), while Union County’s regular season is complete. The Tigers will next be at the 1A-District 4 IBT next week on the 16th, at Clay.

Mainland sweeps quad: At Mainland, the Buccaneers were able take a sweep of the competition, but just barely, as criteria (most forfeit wins) determined a winner in the final round against Seabreeze, 43-42.

Earlier, Mainland (11-13 in duals) took double-digit wins over Florida Deaf & Blind (52-24) and Atlantic (42-6). Seabreeze (unknown season record had wins over those same teams (54-6 over Atlantic, 60-6 over Florida Deaf & Blind), with the Dragons winning their first dual of the season (1-8 on the year) in the final round, 48-18, over Atlantic.

Triple winners for Mainland were Brian Harris (132/138, 2 pins & decision), Sam Ayodele (152/160, pin), Nico Rivera (182/195, pin) and Robert Snodgrass (285). Kaleb Alexander (145/152, pin & decision), Kalyb Evans (170, pin) and Jeffery Turner (220, pin) were each 2-1 on the night.

For Seabreeze, William Sites (106), River Gray (113, 2 pins), Wyatt Sites (126, pin), Joseph Kent (132, 2 pins & major), Hayden Herndon (145, 3 pins), Jackson Pruett (195, 2 pins) and Pedro Sierra-Bonilla (220, 2 pins) all were 3-0 on the night, with David Kelley (138, pin) and Aiden Hedge (152, pin) both winning twice.

The Dragons saw a triple-win effort from Alexander Bishop (120/126), with Dino Jeudy (113) and Khayree Lofton (120/126) each taking two victories on the night.

Florida Deaf & Blind’s regular season is concluded; the Dragons will next be at Clay for the 1A-District 4 IBT. Seabreeze goes back on the mat Thursday night, traveling to New Smyrna Beach for a single dual, while Mainland will be at Space Coast’s SC Roundrobin on Saturday.

Box scores for the seven area duals can be found HERE.

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