PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gulf Breeze had just a bit more depth than Suwannee on Saturday.
Having three extra wrestlers meant that the Dolphins were able to overcome the 1A Bulldogs’ five individual champions to walk away with the team title in the inaugural Arnold IBT, as Gulf Breeze held off Suwannee, 222.5-203.5.
All 13 Dolphin wrestlers placed in the top five in their respective weight classes, with champions at 132, 182 and 220, plus five runners-up.
Half of Suwannee’s team walked away with brackets, as the 1A Bulldogs brought 10 wrestlers west, with two seconds and two thirds as well. Suwannee had titles at 113, 126, 138, 152 and 170.
Crestview outdistanced Choctaw, 157.5-102, for third place, thanks to two weight-class wins at 160 and 285 for the 2A Bulldogs. Host Arnold, which took sixth as a group, also had two titles (106 and 120), while seventh-place North Bay Haven took a win at 195 and ninth-place Marianna a win at 145.
Brackets from Saturday’s competition can be found HERE.
Team scores: 1. Gulf Breeze 222.5. 2. Suwannee 203.5. 3. Crestview 157.5. 4. Choctaw 102. 5. Bozeman 99. 6. Arnold 90. 7. North Bay Haven 86. 8. Ft Walton Beach 60. 9. Marianna 39. 10. Gainesville 26.5. 11. Northside Methodist (AL) 23. 12. Graceville 19.
Championship matches —
106: Valorie Soloria (Arnold) d. Topher Pearson (Suwannee), 7-6.
113: Austin McKinney (Suwannee) d. Nate Weber (Gulf Breeze), 3-0.
120: Lucas Biddle (Arnold) tf. Tristen Le (North Bay Haven), 16-1, 4:09.
126: Timothy Jolicoeur (Suwannee) tf. Logan Merritt (Gulf Breeze), 17-0, 4:46.
132: Colson Elliott (Gulf Breeze) md. Brody Boehm (Suwannee), 13-0.
138: Tyson Musgrove (Suwannee) p. Trevyn Slik (Arnold), 3:18.
145: Ethan Heinemann (Marianna) p. Devonte Knox (Choctaw), 5:28.
152: Austin Howard (Suwannee) medfft over Ian Daily (Gulf Breeze).
160: Layne Franks (Crestview) p. Bradley Garner (Bozeman), 1:09.
170: Dustin Wood (Suwannee) p. Trevor Dupont (Gulf Breeze), 3:09.
182: Hunter Dupont (Gulf Breeze) p. Salvador Gallegos (Crestview), :42.
195: David Mercado (North Bay Haven) p. Julian McCulley (Gulf Breeze), 5:12.
220: Micah Barker (Gulf Breeze) p. Austin Comer (Bozeman), 1:54.
285: Josh Green (Crestview) p. Chase Pelfrey (Choctaw), 4:47.
THE IBT ACES
106: Soloria pinned her way into the final, where she would win by a 1-point decision, with first-period falls over seventh-place North Bay Haven (:21, quarters) and third-place Gulf Breeze (1:29, semis).
113: Before shutting out Gulf Breeze in the final, McKinney had just 50 seconds of mat time, with pins over seventh-place Choctaw (:15, quarters) and fourth-place Ft Walton Beach (:35, semis).
120: In a roundrobin format, Biddle was 5-0 with four pins in 3:26, plus a tech fall over North Bay Haven in the effective championship match, which took place in the first round of the roundrobin.
126: Like Biddle at 120, Jolicoeur had four pins and an effective championship match in the first round of the 126 roundrobin, where he won by tech fall over Gulf Breeze.
132: Elliott stayed unbeaten on the season (27-0), bonus-pointing through the tournament with first-period pins over sixth-place Marianna (:30, quarters) and fourth-place Arnold (1:52, semis) before his major over Suwannee.
138: In roundrobin format, Musgrove was 5-0 with five pins, combined mat time of 11:18, with his effective championship match against Arnold coming in round 4.
145: After a bye into the quarters, Heinemann pinned his way through the bracket, with pins over seventh-place Crestview (1:21, quarters) and fourth-place Gainesville (4:34, semis) before his fall in the final.
152: Before his win by medical forfeit in the final, Howard took first-period pins over sixth-place Marianna (:56, quarters) and fourth-place Crestview (1:43, semis).
160: Franks pinned his way through the draw, with pins before the final coming against fourth-place Gulf Breeze (2:19, quarters) and third-place Suwannee (5:59, semis).
170: In roundrobin format, Wood was 4-1, taking first place via tiebreaker format with three pins, including the round 1 effective championship match against Gainesville.
182: Nobody dominated their weight class like Dupont dominated his, with five pins in roundrobin format, in a combined mat time of 2:29. His effective championship match, in round 2, was his longest match of the day.
195: In roundrobin format, Mercado won by fall twice, with a first-period pin over Crestview before his pin for the title against Gulf Breeze.
220: Barker collected three first-period pins in a combined mat time of 4:45, with falls over fifth-place Choctaw (1:26, quarters) and sixth-place Crestview (1:25, semis) prior to the finals win.
285: In roundrobin format, Green was 5-0 with five pins and a combined mat time of 7:47, with his fall in round 5 both the effective championship match and his longest match of the day.