The Season 2015-16: Florida High

Florida High

You can see everything I have on the Seminoles in 2015-16 here –> FLORIDA HIGH

Win/loss record: 8-1 in duals. Please review the attached file above for a review of the Seminoles’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The question at the beginning of the year was whether this would be the year that Florida High would catch Wakulla for top honors in District 2. That particular goal didn’t come true for the Seminoles — at least not until states — but Florida High did accomplish a ton of goals this year, such as winning two IBTs and the lone dual tournament that it entered this season, picking up a top-7 team finish at states, five individual state medalists and its first region champion along the way, and pushing intracity rival Lincoln to the limit before falling in its only dual loss of the season. And there are massive amounts of kids coming back next year with tons of talent, experience — and still an unmet goal in mind for next season. As great as last season was for the Seminoles, this coming year could truly be amazing.

2015-16 MVP: I could have gone in one of a couple different directions, but the history-making direction was the one that compelled me the most. Will Haigler started the season 3-3 at 170, but then won 17 of his next 18 matches, with wins at Billy Saylor and the Seminole Wrestling Classic. Haigler then ripped off another 11-match win streak that resulted in a finals appearance at the Clay Rotary. But that was all just getting started for the post-season, in which he won districts and then picked off Florida High’s first region title in school history, with a win and three decisions, repeating his district-title feat in the region finals. Haigler then got to the state semis, eventually taking fifth place, and he’s only going to be a junior next year. It’ll be great to see how the next two seasons go.

2016-17 captain: During the course of the regular season, Cam Brown was the Seminoles’ brightest star. Athletic and physically trememdously gifted at 195 this past season, Brown won titles at Capital City, Billy Saylor, Seminole Wrestling Classic and Raines’ 5 Star Invitational, with just one loss in his first 35 matches, and that coming to an out-of-state star at Border Wars the first weekend. Most of those matches came via very quick pins — Brown had more than 10 falls in less than a minute in 2015-16. In February, he started to run into some snags with some of the northeast’s tougher 195s, but still finished fourth at Clay, won districts, finished second at regions and fourth at states. Brown will continue to be a leading light for the Seminole program for his senior year; I think he’s going to go deep into the state series once again next year.

Heaton’s Hero: Usually my choice for the HH award is somebody that started the season, wrestled all or a significant majority of the season, and then the post-season. That wasn’t the case for the Seminole representative this year, who didn’t start until January. Usually, it’s much easier to find wins in the regular season than it is to find them in the post-season, but in this case, it was regions when the Florida High Heaton’s Hero nominee finally earned his first win. Harrisen Lacayo was 0-15 going into regions, and the 16th match went the same way, sending him into the consi side of the bracket, and it was there that Lacayo finally was able to get his hand raised — not because of a forfeit, injury default or bye, but a fall. It was a fall that kept his season going for another round. Tons of kids did it that day in region meets all over the state. Probably none had that hand raising mean more for them than it did for Harrisen Lacayo, the Florida High Heaton’s Hero nominee.

Returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Ikeon Myles (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, District 2 runnerup); Mike Cerio (senior, wrestled 113 this past year, District 2 3rd place); Max Metcalf (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, District 2 runnerup, Region 1 4th place); Bryan Metcalf (junior, wrestled 126 this past year, District 2 champ, Region 1 4th place, 1A state 5th place); Lacayo (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, District 2 3rd place); Max Harris (senior, wrestled 138 this past year, District 2 champ, Region 1 3rd place, 1A state 6th place); Jake Richardson (junior, wrestled 145 this past year, District 2 champ, Region 1 4th place); Marcus Haigler (freshman, wrestled 152 this past year, District 2 4th place); Haigler (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, District 2 champ, Region 1 champ, 1A state 5th place); DeJay Robinson (junior, wrestled 182 this past year, District 2 3rd place); Brown (senior, wrestled 195 this past year, District 2 champ, Region 1 runnerup, 1A state 4th place); Brendunn Mills (junior, wrestled 220 this past year, District 2 4th place); Christian Patterson (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, District 2 3rd place). Also: Nic Timmons (sophomore, wrestled 132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Duncan Weaver (senior, wrestled 132 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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