Panhandle Championships (Boys)
When & where: Friday & Saturday at Mosley.
Teams in the field: In addition to the host Dolphins, area teams include Arnold, Bay, Bozeman, Choctaw, Crestview, Destin, Freeport, Gulf Breeze, Marianna, Milton, Niceville, North Bay Haven, Pace, Ridgeview (we also have them at Cradle Cancer), Rocky Bayou Christian, Rutherford, South Walton, Tate, Wewahitchka. Out-of-area teams include Enterprise (AL), Northside Methodist (AL), Westfield (GA).
Returning team champion: Mosley.
Synopsis: A pretty significant upgrade to this year’s field, both in terms of improvement among returning teams and also the addition of new teams to the field. Region-duals qualifiers Gulf Breeze, North Bay Haven and Bay will join up with a very solid set of contenders in Pace, South Walton, Ridgeview and Niceville. Could see some very solid duals, and the championship pool should provide excellent competition in the first full competitive weekend of 2023.
State-ranked wrestlers (listed by weight class in ranked order) —
106: Garrett Ferguson (Gulf Breeze, 10th-2A); Nathan Lyttle (South Walton, 16th-1A); Alec Poole (Gulf Breeze, 17th-2A); Thomas Pluhar (Rocky Bayou Christian, 20th-1A).
113: Derrick Williams (Bay, 1st-1A).
120: Leonardo Sanchez (Bay, 16th-1A).
126: Isaac Brinson (South Walton, 8th-1A); David Drake (Bay, 16th-1A); Jake Parker (Wewahitchka, 17th-1A); Coby Shields (Gulf Breeze, 18th-2A).
132: Nate Weber (Gulf Breeze, 14th-2A); Gibson Moore (South Walton, 16th-1A).
138: Romero Black (Rutherford, 6th-1A); Maeson Otwell (Pace, 9th-2A), Ethan Pinto (Niceville, 18th-2A); Christian Garcia (Ridgeview, 19th-2A); Michael Mancuso (Gulf Breeze, 20th-2A).
145: Bear Siegal (North Bay Haven, 10th-1A); Bradack Carroll (Choctaw, 19th-2A); JJ Martinez (Niceville, 20th-2A).
152: Colson Elliott (Gulf Breeze, 5th-2A).
160: Keaton Schirmer (Rutherford, 11th-1A); Conner Roberts (Wewahitchka, 13th-1A); Jordan Baxter (Pace, 19th-2A).
170: Ty Morgan (Pace, 5th-2A); Malachi Lewis (Niceville, 19th-2A).
182: Isaac Waters (Pace, 8th-2A); Bryson Schirmer (Rutherford, 20th-1A).
195: David Mercado (North Bay Haven, 3rd-1A).
220: Marshall Dixon (Mosley, 16th-2A).
285: Logan McAlister (North Bay Haven, 3rd-1A); Nick Lee (South Walton, 4th-1A).
All boys rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings