The Season 2015-16: Pace

Pace

You can see everything I have on the Patriots in 2015-16 here –> PACE

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets, due to missing results. Pace was 7-1 at Beast of the Beach, losing only to eventual champ Arnold there, but it was there where the Patriots’ first missing result was found, and there were several more situations where there were missing duals. Please review the attached document for a review of the Patriots’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: On the whole — from what we were able to determine — there are a lot of teams that would have liked to have had Pace’s season, as the Patriots had at least 20 dual victories and, I would suspect, more than 25, plus some solid IBT showings (top half at Capital City, a second at Gulf Breeze). Pace had a solid second at District 1 and a top-10 in a brutally-competitive Region 1 tournament, with three state qualifiers. Pace might be the team to beat in District 1 next year, with 12 returning starters, including nine region qualifiers and one returning state qualifier.

2015-16 MVP: With a region title under his belt and advancing to Saturday at the 2A state tournament, plus his place as one of two returning senior starters, Anthony Krevatas was one of the two cornerstones behind the Patriots’ success in 2015-16. Krevatas was in the most competitive weight class at Border Wars, and followed that tournament up with 12 wins in his next 13 matches — including eight in a row — before incomplete result submissions made it difficult to follow his season. But as reported to FHSAA, Krevatas wouldn’t lose again in the regular season, dropping a decision to Niceville MVP Jack Johnson in the District 1 final in a back-and-forth rivalry that Krevatas was able to get back twice, in the Region 1 final and in the consi second round at states.

2016-17 captain: Of Pace’s three state qualifiers in March, only Sullivan Gerlits will return for the 2016-17 season. In December of 2015, though, whether Gerlits would make it to states was looking like a very open question, with five straight losses after a season-opening win. Going into 2016, Gerlits was still under .500, but put several things together in January. Whatever Gerlits did, it worked, as it resulted in a District 1 runnerup effort and fourth-place showing at Region 1, where Gerlits made the semis and then lost to the eventual state finalist, Lincoln MVP Jaycie Rudd. Gerlits only got two matches at states, but the experienced gained should be very influential on a Patriot team loaded with go-getters wanting more in 2016-17.

Heaton’s Hero: With one exception in 2015-16, every Patriot starter was well above the .500 line, but the one that wasn’t filled a key hole in the Pace starting lineup. Brady Deloach didn’t start for the Patriots until January, and therefore I don’t have a lot of definition in his season. There were quite a few quick losses, but Deloach was a consistent presence in the lineup once he joined it, and he’ll only get better, with as much returning experience in the lineup as there projects to be. Brady Deloach is the Pace representative for the Heaton’s Hero nomination.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Austin O’Gara (senior, wrestled 106 this past year, District 1 4th place); Joseph Verda (junior, wrestled 113 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Kevin Green (senior, wrestled 120 this past year, District 1 4th place); Leland Knoch (senior, wrestled 126 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Owen Moore (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, District 1 3rd place); David Montano (senior, wrestled 145/152 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Sullivan Gerlits (senior, wrestled 152/160 this past year, District 1 runnerup. Region 1 4th place); Justin Gehrke (senior, wrestled 160/170 this past year, District 1 4th place); Brian Miller (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, District 1 4th place); Nick Singletary (senior, wrestled 195 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Brady Deloach (junior, wrestled 220 this past year, 1 match from regions); Murphy Bennett (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, District 1 3rd place). Also: Jonah Vitale (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tyler Tran (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Cameron Bennett (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); John Gunther (sophomore, wrestled 170 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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