LYNN HAVEN — The area’s largest wrestling tournament returns to Mosley High School this weekend.
The Dolphins will host the annual Panhandle Wrestling Championship on Friday and Saturday inside the Jim Redfern Gymnasium. Twenty or more schools are expected to compete in the event, which is the final major tournament before the district round begins Feb. 1.
Wrestling begins at 2 p.m. on Friday with a few rounds of preliminary bouts until mid-afternoon. The event picks up in earnest at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a full slate of matches and championships later in the day. Saturday also includes a junior-varsity tournament.
Mosley will be joined by Bay County schools Arnold, Bay, Bozeman and Rutherford. Marianna, Wewahitchka, Fort Walton Beach, Choctawhatchee, Pace, Gulf Breeze and Crestview are among the others expected to compete.
The tournament will offer some of the county’s best a chance to wrestle against top competition as they seek regional and state berths in the coming month. It also will afford some who have struggled or been injured an opportunity to improve with several matches over the weekend.
Arnold is paced by Colby Baker (138-pound weight class), Taylor Ryan (145) and Kole Krimm (hwt.). Bozeman is led by Jonah Savage (106) and Johnathan Kenney (138). Alijah Saffore (195) and John Lee (220) lead Rutherford and John Sherman (160) heads a Bay program resurgent in participation numbers this season.
Host Mosley is led by Forrest Lang (152), Justin Berg (182) and Trace Reeves (195).