By MATMEN, Tuesday, 10:10 p.m.
LYNN HAVEN — While a lot of attention fell to the Panhandle Championships boys’ duals event — including ours, promise, it’s just a very big tournament — eight girls from the coverage area struck gold in Saturday’s roundrobin event at Mosley.
No team scores were kept; a total of 15 teams were in the field.
Lower-weight wrestlers carried the day for the Florida contingent, as area girls won eight of the first nine championship finals.
First up at 100 was Gulf Breeze’s Camdyn Elliott (11th), who rolled through five opponents in full RR fashion, collecting five pins in 5:39. Her 28-second fall in round 2 over Milton’s Alexis Brown proved to be the difference, as Brown had four pins of her own to take second.
In a three-person roundrobin at 105, Choctaw’s Jayda Berry was equal to the task, with pins over Enterprise (AL) and over Crestview’s Jocelyn Flores in the final round; Flores’ early pin over Enterprise was good for second.
The Bulldogs’ Sigrun Metzger (8th) set the pace in the 110 bracket, with four pins in a five-person roundrobin; her fall in round 1 (3:01) over Gulf Breeze’s Helena Alcantar (9th) proved to be the difference, as Alcantar finished off her final three opponents in 2:06 to earn second.
In the 115 bracket, Gulf Breeze earned its second title, as Lily Powell (11th) grabbed two pins in 47 seconds along with a 17-1 TF to win her pool, then added two falls in crossover, pinning Wewahitchka’s MaKani Young in 1:24 to win the championship. Young had lost by TF to Powell in pool, but then won by fall against the other pool’s champion to get a rematch.
After an Enterprise wrestler won at 120, North Bay Haven’s Katherine Lundgren got the Florida winning back on track, going 5-0 with five 1st-period falls at 125. Lundgren needed just 3:07 to complete her day, falling South Walton’s Jordan Skates in 1:22 (her longest match) in round 3 for the effective title.
Milton’s Aireaana Gavere (6th at 135, competing at 130) got the Panthers their first weight-class win, thanks to three timed pins in 92 seconds and a fourth pin with no time listed. As it turned out, the untimed fall in round 3, over Choctaw’s Alexea Lawson, was the effective championship match, as Lawson has three pins of her own.
Pace’s Evelyn Pulskamp won the 135 title in a three-person bracket, with pins over Mosley and Enterprise, in succession to claim first place, while Crestview’s Laila Archer gave the Bulldogs their second weight win. Archer rang up three pins in 2:09, pinning Choctaw’s Shilah Borden in 1:17 in round 2, the effective championship match.
You can see full brackets from Saturday’s competition HERE.
All rankings from https://www.kabrawrestling.com/rankings/girls