Area wrestlers will take aim at state berths this weekend.
Regional tournaments in Class 1A and 2A will be held on Friday and Saturday. A large contingent of wrestlers will seek to finish in the top four in each weight class to move on to the state meet to be held at The Lakeland Center on Feb. 15 and 16.
Wrestlers from Arnold, Bay, Bozeman, Marianna, Rutherford and Wewahitchka will compete in the Region 1-1A meet at Jacksonville Bolles. Mosley’s Forrest Lang is the lone Dolphin who will be at the Region 1-2A meet at Palm Coast Matanzas.
Wrestling begins at both sites at 11 a.m. CST on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Consolation and championship finals are slated for 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to each session is $7.
Area wrestlers competing in regional tournaments with weight class and district finish in parentheses:
Mosley: Forrest Lang (152-pound weight class)
Arnold: Dylan Tuttle (113) (third), Brock Carlan (120) (first), Paul Patterson (126) (second), Brandon Allvey (132) (third), Colby Baker (138) (first), Taylor Ryan (145) (first), Brian Girrard (152) (third), David Thompson (160) (second), Mathew McIntosh (182) (first), Randy Koscak (195) (fourth), Reggie Gordon (220) (first), Kole Krimm (heavyweight) (third)
Bay: Arjay Bantique (113) (second), Carson Segler (120) (third), Mark Gabreski (138) (third), Casey Howe (220) (fourth), Vern Barth (HWT) (second)
Bozeman: Jonah Savage (106) (second), Cameron Hofmeister (113) (fourth), Terence Ruddy (126) (third), Jakob Gay (152) (fourth), David McKee (160) (third), Kris Kenney (170) (first), Isaiah Shewman (195) (third)
Marianna: Marquez Rhodes (106) (third), Jason Tyler Helms (113) (first), AJ Ward (120) (second), Benjamin Byrd (132) (second), Christopher Warf (138) (second), Devin Combs (152) (first), Christopher Kuhnert (160) (fourth), Marquette Roulhac (170) (third), Trevon Johnson (182) (second), Greg Screen (220) (third)
Rutherford: Caleb Arbona (138) (fourth), Daniel Nguyen (145) (third), Tarrance Reed (152) (second), Michael Lee (170) (fourth), Noah Salazar (182) (third), Alijah Saffore (220) (second), Kekoa Haina-Scott (HWT) (first)
Wewa: Austin Malcolm (106) (first), Jackson Vines (120) (fourth), Elijah Sarmiento (126) (fourth), Weston Sarmiento (132) (first), Josh Epps (145) (second), Bubba Brogdon (182) (fourth), Jarod Melvin (HWT) (fourth).
Arnold is ranked No. 10 preseason in Class 5A in a statewide poll released this week. The Marlins were 22-7 last season while reaching the region finals.
Three area schools were ranked in Class 1A. Port St. Joe opened at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Liberty County while Sneads ranked. No. 10.