GULF BREEZE — We thought this kind of matchup between Pace and Gulf Breeze could happen. Often.
Saturday, at the Ryan Blackwell Invitational, after the Patriots had gotten the better of the Dolphins the previous week with a higher team finish at Border Wars, this time it was host Gulf Breeze that would come out on top.
The Dolphins overcame Pace and the rest of a 12-team tournament field, running an IBT this year after doing duals in each of the past few seasons, with 273 points to the Patriots’ 264.5.
Crestview was a distant third, with 181 points, with South Walton (130) and Choctaw (113) rounding out the top five.
Results from Saturday’s tournament can be found HERE.
Team scores: 1. Gulf Breeze 273. 2. Pace 264.5. 3. Crestview 181. 4. South Walton 130. 5. Choctaw 113. 6. WS Neal (AL) 99. 7. Rocky Bayou Christian 94. 8. Tate 89. 9. Ocean Springs (MS) 87. 10. Wewahitchka 85.5. 11. TR Miller (AL) 51. 12. Milton 35.
Championship matches —
106: Jake Parker (Wewa) p. McGougin (TRMiller), 1:56.
113: Max Brewster (SWalton) p. Nate Weber (GBreeze), 3:37.
120: Deagan Kilpatrick (Choctaw) p. Jacob Hobbs (Pace), 1:57.
126: Logan Merritt (GBreeze) p. Haze Esary (Pace), 1:05.
132: Colson Elliott (GBreeze) md. Marcus Virgin (Tate), 14-0.
138: Camden Friend (Pace) p. Scott (OSprings), 2:29.
145: Atticus Waters (Pace) p. Chase Maas (SWalton), 1:55.
152: Ian Daily (GBreeze) p. David Luckey (Pace), :27.
160: Sean Jones (GBreeze) p. Layne Franks (Crestview), 3:06.
170: Micah Barker (GBreeze) d. Isaac Waters (Pace), 9-7, SV.
182: Hunter Dupont (GBreeze) p. Salvador Gallegos (Crestview), :51.
195: Wyatt Dillon (Pace) p. McCorvey (WSNeal), 2:00.
220: Ashtyn Allen (Tate) p. Desi McQueen (Crestview), :25.
285: Levi Portz (SWalton) p. Josh Green (Crestview), 1:20.
ACES OF THE DAY
Gulf Breeze: With four Dolphin wrestlers scoring a perfect 30 team points on the day, and six champs in all, it’s pretty difficult to choose one “ace,” so we’ll go with the one who did it the fastest in junior Logan Merritt (126), who had five pins in 3:55 of mat time Saturday. Merritt had falls in Pool C over a Dolphin teammate, Choctaw and WS Neal, then pinned Pace and WS Neal wrestlers in the 1st-3rd pool and his title.
Pace: Senior Wyatt Dillon (195) had five first-period pins in dominating the weight class, taking one of the Patriots’ three titles on the day. Dillon took 4 pins to win Pool A in 3:57, falling Crestview, Choctaw, TR Miller and WS Neal wrestlers. He then won by fall over a seecond WS Neal competitor in 2 minutes in the final.
Crestview: Junior Layne Franks (160) was one of four Bulldogs to place second in the tournament, with a 3-1 record on the day. Franks won Pool A behind a pin over South Walton and 10-2 major over Pace. In the championship bracket, Franks had a fall over Choctaw, but then lost by fall to Gulf Breeze in the effective title match.
South Walton: Senior Levi Portz (285) was 5-0 and pinned his way through the tournament, all five falls in the first period, and needing just 4:06 of mat time. Portz won Pool B with pins over South Walton, Wewahitchka, Ocean Springs and Tate, then added his fifth pin in the final over Crestview.
Choctaw: Junior Deagan Kilpatrick (120) won the weight class, going 5-0 on the day. Kilpatrick was 3-0 to win Pool B, with pins over Ocean Springs, South Walton and WS Neal, then falled wrestlers from Pace and TR Miller in the 1st-3rd pool, to not only max-point but pin his way through the weight.
Rocky Bayou: Junior Peyton Andersen (182) was 4-1 and placed 3rd in the weight class, as the Knights’ top point-scorer in the tournament. Andersen was 3-1, all wins by fall, in Pool A, with a loss only to the eventual champ, pinning South Walton, Crestview and Tate. He then pinned an Ocean Springs wrestler for 3rd.
Tate: Senior Ashtyn Allen (220) wrecked the weight class with five pins in 3:36 of mat time. Allen won Pool B with falls over TR Miller, Ocean Springs and Choctaw, then pinned Pace and Crestview in succession in the championship pool, needing just 25 seconds in the final.
Wewahitchka: Eighth-grader Jake Parker (106) was 5-0 with five bonus-point wins on the day. Parker had pins over Rocky Bayou, Ocean Springs and Gulf Breeze in Pool A, plus a 12-1 major over the eventual 3rd. Parker picked up his fourth pin of the day with his fall over TR Miller in the final.
Milton: Sophomore Brock Wells (120) had the Panthers’ highest place finish, taking fifth. Wells was 1-1 in Pool A to place second, and then was 1-1 in the 4th-6th pool. He had wins by fall over Wewahitchka and WS Neal, with losses to third-place TR Miller and fourth-place Gulf Breeze.