Trivia question! Quick, who was the only wrestler from a Duval County public school to earn a medal at state last year?
OK, I won’t wait that long. It was Wolfson sophomore DeAngeles Harris, whose always-forward, always-attacking style put him on the podium in Class 1A in fifth place at 285 pounds. How much technique did he have? Didn’t matter. How much off-season work has he done? THAT could be a big question going forward. He was one of several strong heavies that we had in the @NEFloridaMatmen coverage area, and maybe in two years could be the best of them all…if he continues to work at it. Wolfson had some of the familiar struggles typical for Duval public teams (new coach, late start, trying to find numbers), and the lack of experience tended to make things an uphill battle for those who did make it out.
Except for Harris, who just waded in with an attack-first mentality. I would not say he was the best Duval public-school heavyweight in 2013-14 (I have to reserve that for Forrest/Westside’s Kahlil Welsh, and I hope Welsh is back for next year). But he was in the conversation, and apparently figured some things out toward the end.
Some discrepancies between what Coach Marabell reported and what I had, at least to some degree, and what he had I changed to. But his record and my record for Harris was right at least. I look forward to seeing what this kid can do in the next two years. Talents like his are EXACTLY why I started this website. Everyone knows what Clay and Fleming and Orange Park can do. Nobody knows enough about the talent hidden in Duval. I’m not even sure the coaches know about the talent hidden in their schools. I know they can guess at it. We just have to help them find it and nurture it, and publicizing the efforts of kids like Harris is a good start.