Bulldogs 2nd at tournament


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 1:52 a.m.
Suwannee High's wrestling program hosted the Billy Saylor Invitational this weekend featuring nine of the best wrestling programs in the south. Teams came from as far away as Coppell, Texas and Prattville, Ala. to wrestle in the Suwannee tournament named after a three-time state champion wrestler from Suwannee, who died wrestling at Campbell College in North Carolina in 1997.
"Competition is fierce," Suwannee coach David Laxton said. "It's great to be here at the Saturday night fights counting points for the win."
Prattville took home the win after a photo finish between Suwannee, Coppell and Prattville. The tournament championship was locked up by Prattville, but Suwannee placed second and the runner-up position came down to the two final matches in the 215 and the heavyweight divisions.
Suwannee's Barney Wainwright pinned his University Christian opponent to take the 215-pound championship and Jon Snyder won the heavyweight division, pinning his Prattville opponent. Both pins earned Suwannee six points each and made the Bulldogs' score 176.5, narrowly defeating Coppell with 174.5. Prattville took home the championship trophy with 182 points.
"I wrestled in college with David Laxton," Prattville coach Trent Miller said. "The competition in Suwannee is always good. We've been coming down here to wrestle since 2000."
Freshman wrestler Travis Laxton won the 103-pound weight class for Suwannee. It was his first time wrestling in the tournament.
"It feels great winning in front of my friends in the spirit of Billy Saylor," Travis Laxton said.
Other participating teams were University Christian, Wakulla High, Middleburg, Clewiston, Lincoln High and Durant.

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