Columbia tops GHS to capture Bobcat Duals
Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 12:00 a.m.
As area wrestling nears its postseason, the level of competition will only grow stronger. In the case of any sputtering, why not get a tuneup. District tournaments are on the horizon next weekend to be exact — and if the Bobcat Duals was a tournament to see where each team stood, Columbia couldn’t be more pleased.
The Tigers were unbeaten Saturday at Buchholz, edging runner-up Gainesville by 44 points. Columbia had two wrestlers finish the day 5-0, including Cole Schrieber (103-pound weight class) and Monterance Allen (189). Isaac Henderson (130), Michael Roberts (135), Vinnie Corraeo (160) and Joe Fields (152) all finished 4-1 on the day for the Tigers.
“An event like this is perfect because most of our guys got to wrestle five matches in five hours,” Columbia second-year coach Andrew Porter said. “That many matches, combined with the type of talent that was here today, made for a pretty good tournament.”
Tournament runner-up Gainesville also had two wrestlers finish undefeated. Kyle Brooks’ five wins put him five shy of recording the most in GHS history. The senior, who normally wrestles at 140, was wrestling at 145, and improved his season record to 52-1. Preston Muerlott (152) also went 5-0 on the day for the ’Canes.
Gainesville came into Saturday on the rebound of a heartbreaking loss in the City Championships. The ’Canes were unbeaten in the previous five-year existence of the tournament before losing to Eastside on Friday.
“That was tough for us, but it really felt as if we needed to pull closer together and that carried over into today,” GHS head coach Ryland Wagner said. “This tournament has lifted everybody’s spirits back up to where they need to be come districts.”
Buchholz’s Damien Boada was able to record his 100th win in front of the home crowd. The Bobcats, who finished third in the tournament with a total of 186 points, took advantage of the Bobcat Duals as a chance to rotate in some of the younger talent. According to head coach Billy Pankey, it was all added preparation for the upcoming district tournament beginning on Saturday.
“To be able to get five solid duals in one day is a great warm-up,” Pankey said. “We had some kids that needed some rest and some from the junior varsity that needed to get in there.”
Bishop Snyder finished third with 147 total points, Vanguard had 132 and Bradford came in sixth with 87.
Bradford’s Kevin Wright (112 weight class) and Sean Boyette (171) finished 5-0. Boyette, a senior, improved his season record to 20-2. Kevin Paulk (135) and Drew Reddish (140) both finished 3-2 on the day for the Tornadoes.