#TheRecap: Gulf Breeze 5th at Indians Invite

North Florida Matmen staff report

WETUMPKA, AL — For having fewer wrestlers than any other team in the top five at this weekend’s Indians Invitational, Gulf Breeze hung in well as Florida’s lone representative in the 14-team tournament.


The Dolphins were fifth with 141.5 points, with just 11 wrestlers. Ben Russell held off the hosts, 255.5-227, for the title, while Prattville was third with 165 and Stanhope Elmore fourth with 154. All other teams in the field were from Alabama.

Below follows a summary of the tournament, with all Gulf Breeze results recapped:

106: Wetumpka’s Chad Strickland had four first-period falls to win the title in a five-person roundrobin. His Round 4 fall in 1 minute over the Dolphins’ Nate Weber was the “effective” championship match, as Weber was 3-1, with pins over third-place Ethan Sharkey of Gulf Shores and fourth-place Damion Billups of Ben Russell (1:54), plus a 16-0 tech (3:12) over fifth-place Garrison Beatty of Holtville.

113: Ben Russell’s Sandlin Pike had six pins — three in Pool B, three in the bracket — to take first, falling St James’ Tennison Norton in 1:28 for the title. Gulf Breeze’s Elijah Johnson was sixth. Johnson was 0-3 in Pool B, falling to Norton (1:03) in the crossover quarters. Johnson won by forfeit over Elmore’s Kristian Seals in the consi semis before taking a loss by fall (1:19) to Wetumpka’s Parker McKee in the fifth-place match.

120: Wetumpka’s Xander McWilliams had three pins and an 8-4 decision in a five-person roundrobin, with his decision win coming in round 3 over runnerup Kyle Mattox of Ben Russell for the effective title. Gulf Breeze’s Logan Merritt took third with a 2-2 record. Merritt pinned fourth-place Jared Cherry of Elmore (1:01) in round 1 and falled fifth-place Jordan Parlette (:20) of Prattville in round 3, with losses to McWilliams (2:49) in round 4 and Mattox (19-2 in 4:16) in round 5.

126: Ben Russell’s Nyshaad Hannon was 4-0 in Pool A (3 pins & decision), then decisioned Gulf Breeze’s Colson Elliott, 7-3, for the title. Elliott won Pool B with pins over Robert E. Lee’s Wendell Cheney (2:29, round 1), Prattville’s sixth-place Dylan Romo (2:26, round 2) and Wetumpka’s Jay Nowden (4:56 in round 5), plus a 6-4 win over third-place Jonathan Medeiros of Dothan in Round 4.

132: Ben Russell’s Bobby Charsha was 4-0 with three decisions and a injury-default win to take the title. Charsha won by ID in round 5 over Wetumpka’s Kyler Adams in the effective championship match. Gulf Breeze’s Ian Daily was fifth. Daily was 0-1, with a 4-0 loss to Charsha in round 1, and did not compete further in the tournament.

138: Prattville’s Nathan Tate won Pool A with four bonus-point wins (3 pins & major), then pinned Daphne’s Chandler Holder, the Pool B champ, in 3:38 for the title. Gulf Breeze’s Dylan Lawrence was third. Lawrence was the only wrestler in the weight class to go six with Tate, falling 11-2 in round 3. He had pool wins over Ben Russell’s Devion Freeman (8-5, round 1), Robert E. Lee’s Aldreious Hill (15-0 in 3:57, round 2), and pinned sixth-place Jake Taunton of Elmore (2:51 in round 5) before falling Wetumpka’s Dawson Tadlock in 1:45 for third place.

145: Daphne’s Ethan Lassere won Pool D, then had three wins in the crossover bracket, with a pin and two decisions, the second of those a 4-2 win over St James’ Gabe Robbins, the Pool C champ, for the title. Gulf Breeze’s Wyatt Sise was second in Pool B, with a tech fall win over Dothan’s Coleman (17-0 in 5:10) and loss by fall to Wetumpka’s fourth-place Tyler Anthony (3:43). Sise then lost by fall in the crossover quarters to third-place Brady George of Gulf Shores (1:41) and did not compete further, resulting in an eighth-place finish.

152: Ben Russell’s Saxon Coker won Pool A with four pins, then shut out Prattville’s Jonathan Dury, the Pool B champ, 7-0, in the title match. Gulf Breeze’s Garret Rudick was third in Pool A with a 2-2 mark, with pins over Elmore’s Kyan Lewis (:55 in round 4) and Holtville’s Carson Heathcote (:54 in round 5) after earlier losses to Coker (2:31 in round 2) and fourth-place Andrew Crumpton of Daphne (2:58 in round 3). In the fifth-place match, Rudick fell to Wetumpka’s Trent Blankenship in 2:25.

160: Montgomery Catholic’s Jack Burt bonus-pointed through the day, with two pins to win Pool A, then two more in crossover before majoring Elmore’s Jeremiah Cherry-Daniel, the Pool B champ, 17-4. Gulf Breeze’s Mason Bourgeois was fifth overall and second in Pool B. After pinning Prattville’s Cedric Thomas in 1:10 in round 1, Bourgeois lost to Cherry-Daniel by fall in round 2 (:33). After a second loss to Burt in the quarters (1:35), Bourgeois came back for fifth, with a forfeit over Prattville’s Grant Johnson in the consi semis and fall over Dothan’s Donald Glenn in 1:43 for fifth.

170: After winning Pool B (tech & pin), Ben Russell’s Hezekiah Hunter needed just 2:38 to pin through the crossover bracket, falling Pool A champ John Paul Uter of Gulf Shores in 1:36 for the title. No Gulf Breeze wrestlers at this weight.

182: Wetumpka’s Mason Blackwell pinned his way through the weight class, with four falls to win Pool A and a fifth fall in 1:40 over Pool B champ Matt Prater of St James for the title. Gulf Breeze’s Micah Barker was sixth, going 2-2 to finish third in Pool B. He pinned Elmore’s Dylan Davis (1:02 in round 1) and won by forfeit over Prattville’s Micah Parrish in round 5, with losses to third-place Kentarious Fulks of Sidney Lanier (:56, round 3) and Prater (:17, round 4). In the fifth-place match, Barker medical-forfeited to Gulf Shores’ Bobby Williams.

195: Opelika’s Benjamin Daughtry max-pointed through a six-person roundrobin, with four pins and a win by DQ for the title. His fall in round 5 (2:45) over Wetumpka’s Nathan Waters was the effective championship match. No Gulf Breeze wrestlers at this weight.

220: Gulf Shores’ Charlie Hollis was 6-0 with five pins in a seven-person roundrobin, with a round-3 fall in 4:24 over Robert E. Lee’s Rondarius Webb the effective championship match. Gulf Breeze’s Bryson Wick was fourth, with a 3-3 record. After losing by fall in round 2 to Hollis (1:39), Wick pinned St James’ Hamilton Cunningham (:48, round 3), then won by medical forfeit over Prattville’s Chad Nichols in round 4. After a loss to Webb (1:34) in round 5, Wick pinned Montgomery Catholic’s Maverick Friday (3:22) in round 6, then fell in an effective third-place match to Wetumpka’s Ezra Phillips (1:21) in round 7.

285: Opelika’s Michael Bawson ws 6-0 with four pins and two decisions in a seven-person roundrobin, with the championship match coming down to a 5-0 decision in round 5 over Robert E. Lee’s Reggie Fowler. No Gulf Breeze wrestlers at this weight.

Full brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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