By MATMEN, Friday, 4:45 p.m.
The Rocky Rumble
When & where: Saturday at Rocky Bayou Christian.
Teams in the field: In addition to the host Knights, as far as is known, Bozeman, Choctaw, Destin, Niceville and Pace are expected to compete.
Defending team champion: None. Last year’s champion, Gulf Breeze, is not returning.
Synopsis: I suspect that Pace should be this year’s favorite to win the title, and Niceville should be in the mix as well. Host RBC was fourth at district duals on Thursday night, and I believe they’ll be in the mix with Choctaw for third. Destin and Bozeman will give good fight in certain weight classes throughout the course of the day.
State-ranked wrestlers (listed by weight class) —
126: Hazen Esary (Pace, 2A-19th).
132: Ethan Pinto (Niceville, 2A-19th).
138: Maeson Otwell (Pace, 2A-9th).
145: JJ Martinez (Niceville, 2A-8th).
160: Jordan Baxter (Pace, 2A-17th).
170: Ty Morgan (Pace, 2A-7th).
182: Isaac Waters (Pace, 2A-9th).
All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/class-2A