Coming into the season with eight wrestlers ranked top 10 in the state, the Suwannee High School varsity wrestling team had a good chance at placing in the state tournament. However, early season injuries took a toll leaving the team with five top ranked wrestlers going into the Billy Saylor tournament held Jan. 13-14 in Live Oak. Sophomore Shawn Brown was the silver lining, in the 145 pound weight class finishing second for SHS.

Unfortunately for SHS wrestling, two of their key wrestlers did not make weight for the tournament. Senior Aaron Fountain (132 lbs.), who won his weight class of 134 pounds for the Clay High Rotary tournament over the first weekend in January, did not make weight for the Billy Saylor tournament.

“I was so perturbed that we had two that didn’t make weight,” head coach David Laxton said.

Laxton said the team also may lose another two wrestlers because of grades.

“At one point we had eight wrestlers that were ranked in the state,” he said. “We are in the process of rehabilitation.”

SHS will be traveling to Mosley High School in Lynn Haven this weekend for the Panhandle Championships. 

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