Head Coach- Tyler Countryman
Coach Countryman has been a head wrestling coach for 12 years. Spending 6 years as the first Montgomery Catholic wrestling coaching overseeing two state champions and 15 medalists. Next spending a year at Smiths Station Junior High and Stanhope Elmore High. At Stanhope he produced one state finalist and two other state medalist. Following his one year as head coach at Stanhope Elmore he was hired to be the second wrestling coach in the short history of the Gulf Shores program. This would be the first year of postseason wrestling for the Dolphins.
2015-2016 Gulf Shores Wrestling Season
In the second season of wrestling at the school the county expanded from the original two teams of only Gulf Shores and Foley to include Baldwin County High, Daphne and Spanish Fort. The Dolphins enjoyed immediate success as they took 4 wrestlers to the state tournament including the first Super South Section Champion(Gage Hudson) south of Montgomery.
2016-2017 Gulf Shores Wrestling Season
In the third season the team advanced to the second round of the inagural dual state tournament. In the first round Gulf Shores defeated Pell City 54-18 before falling to eventual state champion Oxford High by a score of 37-24. The team placed 3rd in the Super Sectional tournament sending 10 to the state tournament. The team once again preformed well as they produced the first 3 medalists in Gulf Shores History. They included Bailey Roan(3rd) Gage Hudson(3rd) and John Paul Uter(6th) The team placed 9th overall as a team.
2017-2018 Gulf Shores Wrestling Season
Once again the young program found new heights during the 2017-18 season. For the second year in a row the team qualified for the dual state tournament and ran into the eventual champions Oxford. After finishing 2nd in the county and struggling compared to the year prior the team came together at the right time. When sectionals came around the team once again placed third as a team and qualified 10 wrestlers for the state tournament. This year was more of a team effort as there were fewer wrestlers in the finals but more higher placers across the board. The lone champion Gage Hudson would prove his dominance going into the tournament being the lone Section Champion. The following week at the State Tournament Gulf Shores witnessed history as Gage Hudson blew through the bracket to become the first Gulf Shores State Champion in wrestling. Two others placed Brady George(5th) and Will West(6th). Postseason awards soon followed as Gage Hudson took home Gulf Coast Officials Wrestler of the Year and Coach Tyler Countryman won Coach of the Year honors.
Once again the Dolphins proved they have what it takes when it involves the mat. The team carried a 20-4 dual record. Reaching 20 wins for a third time. The team qualified for the dual state tournament for a third time(in its third year of exsistance) and lost a tough one to Wetumpka 36-33 as they advanced to the semi finals before losing to the eventual champs Oxford. When sectionals came the Dolphins once again proved they belong at the top end of 6A wrestling by placing 4th in the section tournament. 8 wreslters qualified for the State Tournament including Brady George(3rd ), Gage Hudson(Champion), Garrett Brasher(2nd), Will West(2nd), John Paul Uter(Champion), Jackson Carey(5th), Jean Tinono(4th), and Drake Ewing(4th). With this momentum the next week the Dolphins started hot by going 8-0 in the first round and taking a lead in the tournament. The next round would not go the Dolphins way but they rebounded to finish in the top 10 and place 4 wrestlers on the medal stand, a new high. State Placers were Gage Hudson(3rd), Brady George (4th), Garrett Brasher (4th) and John Paul Uter(4th). The team placement set in stone the senior class legacy by being the first and only Baldwin County to place in the top 10 as a team, now twice.