NICEVILLE — After two weeks of roundrobin/IBT work, Gulf Breeze tried its hand at duals last Saturday at the inaugural Rocky Rumble, hosted by Rocky Bayou Christian.
And even employing a mix-and-match approach that saw 18 different Dolphin wrestlers go out at least once — with all 18 getting their hands raised in victory at least once — Gulf Breeze ran the gauntlet to go 5-0 and take the title.
In Pool 2, the Dolphins took wins over Choctaw (50-30), Rocky Bayou (63-18), Rutherford (65-18) and Arnold (66-18). The championship dual, against repeating 1A-District 1 duals champion South Walton, was far closer, but Gulf Breeze survived a 41-40 victory that went to criteria to determine a winner.
Three Dolphin wrestlers were 5-0; two of those max-pointed through the day, scoring 6 team dual points in each dual the team contested. Blake Fluck (182, 3 pins) and Isaac Land (195, 4 pins) were Gulf Breeze’s max-pointers, while Michael Mancuso (126/132, 2 pins & major) bonus-pointed his way to a 5-0 day.
Brennden Nita (152, 3 pins) didn’t compete in the first pool dual, but otherwise had a perfect 4-0 day. At 4-1 for the Dolphins were Lily Powell (113, 2 pins), Coby Shields (120, pin/tech/major) and Micah Barker (170, 2 pins & decision).
As well, Charlie White (138/145, pin & major) and Nikolai Johnson (220, pin) were 3-2 for Gulf Breeze.
Here’s a recap on the rest of the teams* in the field:
South Walton (6-1 for season, 3-1 in event, 2nd overall): The Seahawks won Pool 1 with dual wins over North Bay Haven (58-24), Mosley (54-30) and Niceville (47-36).
Niceville (3-1 for season & event, 3rd overall): The Eagles were second in Pool 1, with victories over Mosley (51-27) and North Bay Haven (48-30), with a loss to South Walton as noted. In the third-place crossover, Niceville took down Choctaw, 48-30.
Three Niceville wrestlers were 4-0 on the day, led by max-pointer Bryce Travis (160, 3 pins). Aidan Kyllonen (152, 3 pins & major) and Martin Black (170/182, 2 pins & major) also were 4-0.
Garrett Jarvis (120, 2 pins & major), Ethan Pinto (126, 2 pins), Colt Dannenmueller (138, 2 pins & decision) and Harrisen Wall (182/195, 3 pins) all were 3-1 for the Eagles.
Choctaw (4-2 for season, 3-2 in event, 4th overall): The Indians were second in Pool 2. After opening with a pool loss to Gulf Breeze as noted above, Choctaw had wins over Rocky Bayou (41-40), Arnold (51-24) and Rutherford (66-12), falling to Niceville in the crossover.
Roman Jackson (285, pin) was a 5-0 max-pointer for Choctaw, while three Indian wrestlers were 4-1, with Bradack Carroll (152, 2 pins), Jesse Sarver (182, decision) and Caden McKinney (220, 3 pins) each accomplishing that tournament mark.
Eli Devoid (160, 3 pins) was 3-1 for Choctaw, while Olivia Culpepper (106, 3 pins), Mia Wise (113), Deagan Kilpatrick (120, 2 pins) and Jacob Johns (132, tech) each were 3-2.
Mosley (2-2 for season & event, 5th overall): The Dolphins were third in Pool 1, with a 51-30 win over North Bay Haven in pool as well as the losses noted above, but rallied for a 48-36 crossover win over Rocky Bayou to claim fifth.
Derrick Williams (106/113, 4 pins) pinned his way to a max-point day, and was joined as a max-pointer by Valarie Solorio (106/113, 3 pins).
Calvin Williams (126, pin & decision), Kaymen Hart (220, pin) and Robert Wills (285, pin & decision) were all 3-1 for Mosley, with Lucas Biddle (132, 2 pins) John Mengel (182/195, pin) and Andre Trice (182/195, pin) each winning twice.
Rocky Bayou Christian (4-4 for season, 2-3 in event, 6th overall): The hosts were third in Pool 2, with wins over Arnold (66-12) and Rutherford (42-20), along with the losses as noted above in pool and crossover.
North Bay Haven (2-4 for season, 1-3 in event, 7th overall): The Buccaneers didn’t find a win in Pool 1, but bounced back for a 69-12 victory over Rutherford to claim seventh.
Rutherford (unknown record for season, 1-4 in event, 8th overall): The Rams’ lone victory came in pool, as a short-handed group pushed past Arnold, 30-24.
Arnold (unknown record for season, 0-4 in event, 9th overall): The Marlins could not pick up a dual win in Pool 2 and had no crossover partner to wrestle for ninth place.
Complete box scores for all teams can be found HERE.
* — Individual performances for wrestlers on several area teams that competed in this tournament could not be reviewed in this story, due to missing results from those teams. Team performances for each area team were noted above.