Baker recovers nicely, finishes fifth at Duals

Baker recovers nicely, finishes fifth at Duals

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Baker recovers nicely, finishes fifth at Duals

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Ida Baker stayed hot after going undefeated on Friday in the 10th annual Gary Fries Duals and finished in fifth place after losing just one match over the two-day event.

The Bulldogs faced off against favorite Miami Columbus at 9 a.m. Saturday and couldn’t find their footing. Baker fell behind early en route to a 57-24 defeat.

“It was a good matchup, it was something we wanted to happen,” Ida Baker head coach Fernando Vazquez said. “We knew that for us to get over the hump and be where we want to be we need to face the best.”

“Our kids were up for it. We took it on the chin, but I think the way we responded is going to help us later on down the road.”

Ida Baker won its next three matches before facing off with Lemon Bay in one of eight championship finals to decide the fifth and sixth place finishers.

They won the match 44-33 with four pins against Lemon Bay, including a 19-4 technical fall from 2011 and 2012 Class 2A runner-up Brandon Gacad.

Gacad, wrestling at 120, went undefeated over the weekend with seven wins by pin and one decision.

“I thought I did well. I was upset I left that last match up to tech fall,” Gacad said.

“But my goal was to pin everyone but I guess that’s the next best thing, can’t be too upset.”

Fort Myers finished the tournament 4-4 for eight place. The talented but young group received valuable experience in the early season tournament.

“In some ways I saw a lot of promise,” Fort Myers head coach Chris Drake said.

“We’re still pretty young. We have a lot of work to do and have an opportunity to get better in practice. We survived some early blows today.”

Levi McQuinn and Abdias Corgelas went 8-0 for Fort Myers at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively.

Island Coast went 2-6 for a 12th-place finish, while South Fort Myers was 2-6 and 13th and Cypress Lake finished 1-7 for 15th place.

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