OK, so the two results posts below have all of today’s action laid out and done. At this point, it’s just Fiffer in the All-Star Division with South Florida Lightning, which is off to a solid start in its bracket, and the two Monsta teams — with wrestlers from Columbia, South Walton, Suwannee, Florida High, West Nassau, Arnold, Tally Leon and…I think that’s everybody.
Community 1 is done with Flagler Attack finishing 7th in a very strong Bracket A, Spring Hill (with St. Augustine’s Will Rinchiusa, who I hope was able to convince a college coach or two to give him a long look at the #NextLevel) winning Bracket B and Buchholz 28 Chains, comprised mostly of Buchholz kids with a little boost from Bishop Snyder and also Middleburg, taking second in Bracket C.
Community 2 is also done, with Clay finishing fifth in Bracket E (it should be noted that Fleming Island’s camp partner last week, the Yorktown Tigers, took home top honors in Community 2) with a 10-2 weekend and just 1 one-sided loss. I thought it was a cool thing that Clay not only got to wrestle Cardinal Gibbons, but also hammered Cardinal Gibbons, more than doubling that side up in a 43-20 win.
I’m still not totally sure what happened in the early exits for both Fleming Island and Suwannee Mat Men. Fleming won its pool but then struggled in bracket competition, losing to a team it had beaten in pool play to get knocked out of Community 1’s Bracket A, while Suwannee started off well with two wins in pool action in Community 2 and then didn’t win again.
The takeaway for those teams, though, as it should be for everybody who did and continues to wrestle in Kissimmee, is that this is all practice for the upcoming season. For the seniors like RInchiusa, or Jamal Fiffer, or Dylan Martin, this was a chance to show the wares before college coaches — or it’s the last hurrah before bigger and better things await. And these kids who competed their tails off in KIssimmee could be doing other things. I really had hoped to see a Duval or a St Johns team in this tournament. I don’t know all of the Disney Duals rules, so it might be impossible for a team comprised of all Gateway Conference champions to compete in any division other than All-Star — which might be too high a level, looking at Fiffer’s teammates on the Lightning side, and the in-state hardware they’ve collected — but surely some of the stronger Gateway teams might have gained a lot from four days or so in the Developmental tournament. The teams that fed kids to Monsta will improve, certainly.
We’ll have more from Disney on Tuesday; we’ll keep posting results until the last @NEFloridaMatmen wrestler is done.