The Season 2015-16: Eastside

Eastside

You can see everything I have on the Rams in 2015-16 here –> EASTSIDE

Win/loss record: Unknown for duals. I may have everything from the Southside Duals at Boca Ciega (there are seven duals that I do have that were posted to Track), but I don’t have anything from the Diamondback Duals and I am missing the Rams’ dual with Trinity Catholic as part of Interlachen’s Senior Night quad on February 3. Please review the attached document for a review of the Rams’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Numbers and schedule and missing results. Those were sort of the themes for me when it came to Eastside this past season. Numbers — the fullest team that the Rams fielded came after Cities (whether it was at Diamondback Duals or the week after is up in the air, due to missing results) was six kids in the lineup. Tough to win duals that way, but I do have Eastside as having won at least three. It’s hard to tell, with so many questions, how the season played out, but the Rams did have one Cities champion and did score as many points at regions as their district rival earlier profiled, Palatka. The interesting point for next season is that just two starters — both first-year starters at least and perhaps first-year wrestlers — return for next year. Hopefully Eastside will get some influx of numbers for 2016-17. Also, hopefully, at least one regular-season IBT. That would help as well.

2015-16 MVP: First-year starter and senior Niknil Lamba didn’t have a deep post-season run — two matches at regions — but Lamba also didn’t have the kind of season that first-year starters tend to have at numbers-challenged programs like Eastside’s, either. Lamba got off to a solid start — he did not, from my best information, compete in Southside Duals, and according to the results I do have for him, he was 9-3 through Cities, as the Rams’ lone city champion. Lamba seemed to struggle a bit more in the post-season, losing his first district match but later rallying to move out as District 5’s third-place finisher. When struggles took place for the team, Lamba was Eastside’s brightest light.

2016-17 captain: With just two returners for 2016-17 and being the lone senior that would return, Roven Anonuevo will have leadership responsibilities placed upon him. Anonuevo — like any first-year starter in essentially a middleweight weight class — struggled to start the year, with no contested wins until Army Duals, but from there, he seemed to find more footing, getting to regions and seeing how competitive that environment will be. Next year’s group of wrestlers is going to have a trial by fire, and it will need senior leadership from Anonuevo to help get them through that trial.

Heaton’s Hero: Maxwell Tuchman made his first appearance in the Eastside lineup at Southside Duals, appearing in at least a part-time role at that event, but from that point forward Tuchman had a regular presence in the lineup, appearing in everything else I had — Army Duals, Cities, Interlachen’s quad and the post-season. He did take some lumps, but also had a fall over a 2A region qualifier under his belt. Tuchman will be one of the most-experienced wrestlers the Rams have in 2016-17, and he’ll be needed. For this year, Maxwell Tuchman is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Eastside.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Anonuevo (senior, wrestled 132 this past year, District 5 4th place); Tuchman (sophomore, wrestled 160/170 this past year, District 5 4th place).

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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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