By MATMEN, Wednesday, 12:10 a.m.
ENTERPRISE, AL — Milton’s Aireaana Gavere was crowned as one of 12 Queens of the South on Tuesday.
No, really. You can look it up. It’s on Track, after all.
Gavere (6th at 135) won the 138-pound title at Enterprise HS’ Queen of the South two-day IBT on Tuesday. She was the only north Florida to take a weight-class crown, as it were.
Team-wise, four area teams made the short hop across the Florida state line, as Choctaw (81 points) was fifth, Wewahitchka (65) sixth, Niceville (55.5) seventh and the Panthers (42) eighth.
Gavere pinned two Alabama wrestlers and a Choctaw competitor to win Pool B in the 138 bracket on Monday. In Tuesday’s full IBT, Gavere opened with a fall over Enterprise, then took an 8-2 decision to reach the final and Pool A champ Aenaya Vines of Thompson, a last name and school well-known in the Southeast.
But Gavere was unfazed by reputation, dominating the mat nearly from jump, with two takedowns and four turns en route to a 16-0 tech fall in 5:30 for the title.
Niceville’s Isabella Wall nearly joined Gavere in holding a QOTS crown, with three pins in Pool B on Monday, followed by a semifinal TF over Wewahitchka on Tuesday, but Wall couldn’t slow down Pool A champ Alanah Girard of Daphne (AL) in the final, losing by fall in 47 seconds.
Choctaw got thirds from Mary McKinney (114), Atlantis Carroll (120) and Alexea Lawson (132), while fourths were picked up by Wewa’s Zoey Sapp (100), Kameron Easter (114), Angel Williams (120) and Mia Beatty (126), as well as by Milton’s Ellawyn Lafferry (132) and Niceville’s Alexis Krumnow (138) and Alexis Orcutt (165).
Rankings are per https://kabrawrestling.com/rankings
Results from Tuesday’s tournament can be found HERE.