#Spearfish: Niceville Holds Off Fernandina For Team Win

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gulf met Atlantic for the top spot in Saturday’s Spearfish IBT at Arnold, and it was the Gulf that won the day.

Repping the Gulfside, Niceville was able to overcome Fernandina Beach, which made the long trek over from across the state, with 276 points to the Pirates’ 258.5 in taking the team title.

Rocky Bayou Christian (177.5) was third, Rutherford (146.5) and Tate (128.5) fifth to round out the top half of the tournament. Host Arnold (102.5) was sixth, followed by Melbourne (99.5), Destin (69.5), Bozeman (41) and Ft Walton Beach (22).

Below follows a summary of the tournament —

106: Fernandina’s Luke Gray pinned his way through a six-person RR format, with five pins in 7:12. Gray had pins over Arnold’s Anthony Bradbury (:47, rd 1), Rutherford’s Gabriel Breen (:18, rd 2), Bozeman’s Elisabeth Vonkeyserling (:52, rd 3), Niceville’s Isabella Wall (:33, rd 4) and Rocky Bayou’s Thomas Pluhar (4:42, rd 5), with the fall over Pluhar for the effective championship. Pluhar was 4-1 with four pins, falling Bradbury (:31) in round 4 to clinch second. Bradbury had three pins for third, pinning Wall (3:27) in round 3, while Wall had two pins, including a round 1 pin over Breen (1:41) for fourth. Breen pinned Vonkeyserling in 44 seconds in round 4 to clinch 5th.

113: After taking second in Pool B with a 1-1 record, Rocky Bayou’s Clay Nelson reached the championship flight final, where he lost by fall to the champion from Melbourne (3:23). Nelson pinned Destin’s Jimmy Singleton, the Pool A champ, in the semis (1:57). Singleton had three falls in pool and added a fourth in pinning Niceville’s Chris Mardis for third. In the consolation flight, Tate’s Julian Agosto pinned the hosts’ Jayden Brown (3:54) to win the flight.

120: In a key battle between the top two teams in the championship final, Niceville’s Garrett Jarvis took the title with a pin over Fernandina Beach’s Cael Kubatzke in 2:48. Jarvis had two pins to win Pool B, with a semifinal pin over Tate’s Lahela Grady (2:23), while Kubatzke had three pins to win Pool A, with a fourth pin over Rocky Bayou’s Elijah Chapman (:42) in the semis. Grady came back to take third with a 47-second pin over Chapman. Rutherford’s Cyrus Nichols won the consolation flight with a fall over Arnold’s Zachary Wootton (3:50).

126: The outcome was reversed in this weight class, as the Pirates’ Caden Kubatzke won the championship flight with a second-period pin (2:36) over Niceville’s Ethan Pinto. Kubatzke won Pool A with two pins in 25 seconds, with a semifinal pin over teammate Patrick Lee (:49), while Pinto had two pins in 1:23 to win Pool B and falled Rocky Bayou’s Jeremiah Herron in 2:39 in the championship semi. Lee came back to take third with a fall (3:50) over Herron. Tate’s Zackary Rogers was second in the consolation flight, losing by fall (:40) to Melbourne.

132: After taking Pool A with a pin and TF, Rocky Bayou’s Luke Latham max-pointed through the championship pool, with a medical forfeit over Destin’s Charlie Valentine and pins over Niceville’s Noah Jarvis (3:27, semis) and over Fernandina Beach’s Nik Saldana (4:36, championship). Saldana won Pool B with a pin and medical forfeit, falling Rutherford’s Giovanni Vinczan (1:50, quarters) and Melbourne (3:42, semis) to get to Latham. Jarvis took third with a pin (1:56) over Melbourne, while Bozeman’s Daniel Pierce won by fall (2:43) over Niceville’s Alexis Krumnow for fifth.

138: After winning Pool C with a pin and tech, Rutherford’s Romero Black added two more falls to win the championship, with flight pins over Niceville’s Andreas Maldanodo-Negron (2:13, semis) and over Fernandina Beach’s Dietrich Woods (3:37) for the championship. Woods was the Pool D champ, with two pins, adding a double-overtime 6-4 win in the championship semis over Rocky Bayou’s Ethan Heathershaw. Heathershaw, the Pool A champ with two pins & decision, falled Maldanodo-Negron (Pool B champ with three pins) in 3:38 for third. Niceville’s Colt Dannenmueller won the 5th-place flight with a medical forfeit over Ft Walton Beach (semis) and 6-0 decision over Fernandina Beach’s JB Sellers.

145: Fernandina Beach’s Cole Misciagna bonus-pointed through the day up to the final, where he took a 9-3 championship decision over Melbourne. Earlier, Misciagna won Pool A with two pins and an 18-6 major, with a third fall (3:47) in the championship semis over Destin’s Zackary Thomas. Thomas, who was second in Pool B to Melbourne, took third with a 45-second fall over Tate’s Caiden Stone, who was second to Misciagna in Pool A. In a battle of Niceville teammates, Tim Dwyer decisioned JJ Martinez, 6-5, to win the consolation flight.

152: Niceville’s Aidan Kyllonen pinned his way through the tournament, with three pins to take Pool A, with championship-flight falls in the semis over Destin’s Noah Gentry (3:41) and for the championship over teammate Tristen Lionberger (2:20). Lionberger was second in Pool A, with only a loss to Kyllonen, and got to the final with a championship-flight semifinal pin over Fernandina Beach’s Blake Harrington (2:32). Harrington, the Pool B champion (2 pins) decisioned Gentry, 15-10, for third place, while Tate’s Carson White won the consolation flight with a fall (2:23) over Niceville’s Corey Burkhardt.

160: Fernandina Beach’s Enzo Gamba had two pins in 2:07 to win Pool A, adding two more in the bracket before teching Niceville’s Bryce Travis, 18-2 in 4:18, to win the weight class. Gamba had bracketed pins over Rocky Bayou’s Jaden Scruggs (2:34, quarters) and over Tate’s Landon Hutto (1:18, semis). In reaching the final, Travis won Pool B with a pin, then added bracketed victories over Destin’s Matheus Barcelos (pin in 1:15, quarters) and over teammate Ty Hawkins (7-3 decision, semis). Hawkins, the Pool C champ, downed Pool D champ Hutto, 11-6, for third, while Scruggs pinned Rutherford’s Jacob Peace in 3:54 for fifth.

170: Niceville’s Martin Black won Pool A with two pins and a decision, adding a 9-0 major in the crossover match over Pool B champ (3 pins & decision) Keaton Schirmer of Rutherford. Pool A runnerup Peyton Andersen (2-1 with 2 pins) of Rocky Bayou Christian falled Pool B runnerup Christian McDonald (3-1, 2 pins & med fft) of Rutherford in 2:58 for third place, while Tate’s Owen Joyner took fifth with a fall (1:57) over Destin’s Vincent Cavaretta.

182: The Eagles’ Harrisen Wall max-pointed through the tournament, winning Pool B with a 4-0 record on three pins and an injury-default win, adding a fifth win and fourth pin in the crossover over Pool A champ (3 pins) Lucas Crawford of Fernandina Beach. In the third-place match, Pool B runnerup Bryson Schirmer (2 pins) of Rutherford falled Pool A runnerup Elijah Smith (2 pins) in 1 minute, while Rocky Bayou’s Russell Merrifield was sixth, with a crossover loss by fall (4:43) to Melbourne.

195: In a four-person roundrobin, Tate’s Jacob Turner had a pin and two decisions, with a fall over Arnold’s Bryan Beard (1:09, rd 1) and decisions over Fernandina Beach’s Gauge Housley (10-9, rd 2) and Rocky Bayou’s Jeremiah O’Sullivan (8-4, rd 3), with the effective championship coming in round 2. Housley was 2-1 for second, with an 8-5 win over O’Sullivan in round 1, while O’Sullivan falled Beard (:10) in round 2 to clinch third.

220: Arnold’s Eimantas Skirius pinned his way through a six-person RR format, with five pins in 6:24. Skirius falled Rutherford’s Alisa Miller (:26, rd 1), Fernandina’s Peyton White (:35, rd 2), Bozeman’s Asher Burris (2:21, rd 3), Niceville’s James Opitz (1:29, rd 4) and Tate’s Landen George (1:33, rd 5), with the fall over George the effective championship match. George was 4-1 with four pins, falling White (:47) in round 4 to clinch second, while White claimed third with a 9-7 round-1 win over Burris. Burris had a pair of pins for fourth, falling Opitz in 2:49 in round 5, while Opitz took fifth with a round-2 pin (1:35) over Miller.

285: In a five-person RR format, Niceville’s Asa Adams had four pins in 3:28 to win the weight class, with falls over Bozeman’s John Hagans (:30) and Kerian Tripp (1:28), Rutherford’s Edward Johnson (1:26) and Elias Johnson (1:04), with his fall over Edward Johnson the championship match. Edward Johnson took second with 3 pins, falling Tripp in 1:07 in round 2 to clinch the runnerup spot. Tripp was third, Hagans fourth and Elias Johnson fifth, as Tripp pinned Johnson, Johnson pinned Hagans (4:32) and Hagans falled Tripp (:54).

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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