The long-promised Final 5 (& Pedro Menendez, The Season — 2013-14)

Yes, I’m sorry I took so long to get these done. I am a little interested to see how next season works, when I may have my own place to live (and therefore probably not very easy access to a computer at night), trying to work out and at the same time cover events at night, and have just one boy here, who’ll need my attention as well.

But I digress. I’ll start with Pedro Menendez, which was a very interesting team this past winter. The Falcons started off strongly, I thought, but then seemed to lose several wrestlers about a third of the way through the season. Check the records if you’re not sure. A lot of good kids just didn’t see a lot of time after December (I’m thinking of Bordley, DiGregorio & Worthington, most especially).

Menendez in January was a very different team. And yet, the Falcons got four wrestlers to state, with one — 285-pound graduate Austin Gwin — earning a fifth-place medal in 1A. Not a lot of teams got four out. A lot would have wanted to. Only one of the four state qualifiers (Padgett) returns for this season. We’ll see how it goes.

I will say this — former coach DuFresne’s use of Trackwrestling meant that Menendez’s records were as close to what I had as any other team so far. There were only three discrepancies, and they were all small ones.

PEDRO MENENDEZ

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in both 1992 and again in 2011. But I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. We combined those sites into North Florida Matmen in the summer of 2018. And, we've started South Georgia Matmen in November of 2018. Our work is never paywalled, our content is searchable for all time. We're here because the kids keep lacing 'em up, so we'll keep writing 'em up.

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