The odds are with area wrestlers.
The first step toward the state meet begins this week with district tournaments. The majority of area schools compete on Friday. Mosley will vie for regional berths on Wednesday.
This round is the easiest for wrestlers to advance due to a lower number of teams and competitors. The top four finishers in each weight class move on to respective regional meets starting Feb. 8. The regional meet becomes more difficult, as wrestlers must finish in the top four out of 16 in each weight class.
Mosley’s trek to the regional tournament is a little more daunting with eight other schools competing in District 1-2A at Gulf Breeze on Wednesday. The Dolphins are joined by Choctawhatchee, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Niceville, Pace and Tate. However, there is a possibility not every school will have wrestlers for each weight class.
District 1-1A also has nine teams, but seven of those are area schools, which affords a better opportunity for advancement. Bay County champion Arnold joins Bay, Bozeman, Franklin County, Marianna, Niceville Rocky Bayou Christian, Rutherford, South Walton and host Wewahitchka in the 1-1A event.
Regional tournaments are two-day meets. Mosley’s wrestlers will advance to Region 1-2A at Palm Coast Matanzas. Other area wrestlers will move on to Region 1-1A at Jacksonville Bolles.