The Season 2015-16: Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze

You can see everything I have on the Dolphins in 2015-16 here –> GULF BREEZE

Win/loss record: According to what I have — which I think is everything, but the records for the individual kids didn’t exactly match what was reported to FHSAA — 15-11 in duals. Please review the attached document for a review of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: It was a pretty solid season, on the whole, for the 2A-1 Dolphins, who competed solidly in both dual and IBT formats. Gulf Breeze finished seventh at Beast of the Beach, went 3-1 at Pace’s Maxfit Duals, closing out with a 5-3 record at Panhandle Duals — two of those losses coming by a total of 10 points. In IBTs, the Dolphins were in the top five at their own invite, took third out of 12 teams at Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl and put together a solid third inside a very competitive District 1 tournament. Regions didn’t go quite so well as hoped, but Gulf Breeze will have a lot of talent returning — even with some very good seniors graduating.

2015-16 MVP: Perhaps the best of those graduating seniors was the only Dolphin wrestler to qualify out for 2A states, Aaron Mantuano, who was one of just two GBHS competitors to make it to Saturday at Border Wars in the first weekend of the season. But that was just a warmup, as Mantuano won 18 straight matches (according to the results I have), going from Beast of the Beach through Tate’s invitational; included in that run of victories was a 14-match string of consecutive pins. I didn’t have 50+ wins for Mantuano as was reported to FHSAA, but I did have him leading the Dolphins in victories despite neither winning a district nor a region title. The loss that Mantuano took at districts, he later avenged during the course of the region tournament, finishing third in both events to get out to state.

2016-17 captain: Tannen Slack was the other Dolphin to get to Saturday at Border Wars, and he wound up — by the results I have — putting together three long streaks of eight, 11 and nine wins during the course of the year, with the last streak sending Slack to a District 1 title — he’s one of two returning district champions for 2016-17 — and halfway through regions. Getting to state didn’t happen this year, as a pair of decision losses after reaching the semis left him just one match short of the state tournament. We’re still expecting some solid performances from the Dolphins next year, perhaps district-title level performances if everything goes right, and Slack will play a key role in that.

Heaton’s Hero: Border Wars wasn’t exactly sure where Calvin Malo was wrestling the first weekend, having him at 138 and then a Calvin “Mayo” at 145. Malo struggled early on in the year in his first high school season and with wrestling varsity, starting off 1-12 at one point, but the second half of his season seemed to swim along much better, as — according to the results I have — Malo was 10-10 down the stretch. Malo had a quick exit at district, losing twice by fall to more experienced kids, but he was in every event from start to finish and he will get better in this room. Calvin Malo, not Mayo, is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Gulf Breeze.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Nate Golmon (sophomore, wrestled 126 this past year, District 1 runnerup, 1 match from 2A states); Noah Losievsky (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, District 1 champ); Calvin Malo (sophomore, wrestled 138 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Alex Jacobs (junior, wrestled 145 this past year, District 1 4th place); Tannen Slack (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, District 1 champ, 1 match from 2A states); Bradley Miller (senior, wrestled 182 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Will Cross (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, 1 match from regions). Also: Katlyn Butcher (junior, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Kaylee Stevens (senior, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Devin Patterson (junior, wrestled 145/152 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Ethan Rocha (senior, wrestled 182/195/220 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Danny Bevil (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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2 comments on “The Season 2015-16: Gulf Breeze
  1. Cody Eastwood says:

    How far off are you from doing Middleburg’s season??

    • sheaton2013 says:

      Got to follow me on Twitter…Middleburg is the next 2A team I will work on. I do not have individual match by match results from St Cloud, but I think I have records for that weekend as a whole; otherwise I have everything for that, I think.

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