Great Wrestling at USF Preseason Duals
On Saturday, October 19th, the University of South Florida hosted one of first meets in the 2013-2014 National Collegiate Wrestling Association season with their 2013 USF Preseason Duals. Joining them were Georgia Southern University, Marion Military Institute, University of Florida, and University of North Florida. South Florida entered two squads: USF Gold and USF Green. The large audience in attendance were treated to some great wrestling as the five schools came together to prepare for the upcoming season.
The Florida Gators placed 1st at the tournament with a 5-0 dual record, including a close 26-24 win over USF-Gold on the first dual meet of the day and finishing with a 30-21 over always-tough Marion Military. USF-Gold ended up winning its next four matches over MMI, Georgia Southern, USF-Green, and North Florida to secure 2nd place.
The tournament also recognized medals to the most outstanding wrestlers at each weight class. UF took home the first five of eleven total weight class medals from 125 to 157 lbs. MMI earned the 174, 197, and 285 lb weight class medals and USF-Gold took home two (165 and 235). UNF earned the last medal at 184. The tournament also highlighted one of the first women’s preseason matches when Gabby Long of USF and Lindsay Van Zandt of UNF wrestled each other. They wrestled twice as feature exhibition matches, the first when USF-Green and UNF wrested early in the tournament and the last when USF-Gold and UNF wrestled for the last dual of the tournament. Both matches were a blast as Van Zandt won the first match by decision while Long triumphed in the re-match.
Georgia Southern, North Florida, and South Florida next take the mat on Saturday, November 2nd at the Citadel Open held in Charleston, South Carolina at The Citadel; Marion Military will host a tri-meet at Marion, Alabama on Friday, November 8th. Florida wrestles next at the UCF Open on Saturday, November 16th at the University of Central Florida where they will see GSU, UNF, and USF again.
2013 USF Preseason Duals Placewinners:
1. University of Florida 5-0
2. University of South Florida-Gold 4-1
3. Marion Military Institute 3-2
4. University of North Florida 2-3
5. Georgia Southern University 1-4
6. University of South Florida-Green 0-5
2013 USF Preseason Duals Medalists:
125 lbs: Jacob Wasserman, UF
133 lbs: Nick Anthony, UF
141 lbs: Damien Boada, UF
149 lbs: Trace Thome, UF
157 lbs: Beau Doerr, UF
165 lbs: Elliott Morales, USF
174 lbs: Steven Potemkin, MMI
184 lbs: Dean Perraca, UNF
197 lbs: Monroe Cruz, MMI
235 lbs: Nate Hodges, USF
285 lbs: John Long, MMI
Upcoming tournaments with these teams:
-Sat, 11/2: Citadel Open @ The Citadel
-Fri, 11/8: Tri-Meet @ Marion Military Institute
-Sat, 11/16: UCF Open @ University of Central Florida