CRAWFORDVILLE — Led by three individual winners, the Suwannee High wrestling team placed second in the district meet Friday.
The Bulldogs racked up 167 points to finish second in the District 2-1A meet, placing behind host Wakulla, which finished with 259.5 points.
“They’re starting to come around a little bit,” SHS coach John Wainwright said of the Bulldogs’ runner-up finish. “We’ve got some brand new kids. There’s only a handful of kids returning from last season. So keeping them on the mat, keeping them working and keeping them positive.”
Timothy Jolicouer, Tyson Musgrove and Blaine Howard won their individual weight classes for Suwannee and advance to the Regional 1-1A meet Friday and Saturday, also to be held at Wakulla. Eight other Bulldogs also qualified for the regional.
Jolicoeur, who improved to 52-8 on the season, won his semifinal match by major decision before winning the title at 126 pounds by forfeit.
At 138 pounds, Musgrove pinned Florida High’s Emil Ganim in a semifinal before taking a 2-0 decision against Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick in the title match. Musgrove is 36-18 overall on the year.
Howard won the 182-pound division with a pair of pins — against Maclay’s Joe Butler and Marianna’s Christian Cosson — and a 12-5 decision in the championship match against Wakulla’s Jackson Osteen. Howard improved to 24-5 on the year.
“Blaine Howard and Tyson Musgrove, both of them beat the Wakulla kids for the first time this year,” Wainwright added.
Five Bulldogs finished as district runners-up at their weight classes, Brody Boehm at 106 pounds, Foster Swain at 113 pounds, Xander Kirkland at 120 pounds, Caleb Parsons at 145 pounds and Austin Howard at 152 pounds.
Also advancing to the regional meet for Suwannee are Jaxon Sansouci, who placed third at 132 pounds; Dustin Wood, who finished third at 170; and Cayden Williams, who was fourth at 285 pounds.
Wainwright is hopeful his young team can continue to progress and perform well in a difficult regional meet that features a tough Clay team and Ridgeview in addition to the senior-laden Wakulla War Eagles.
“Trying to get the freshmen used to regionals and these other kids, we need them to pull through and get down to state,” Wainwright said.