The Season 2015-16: Crestview

Crestview

You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2015-16 here –> CRESTVIEW

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets. As I never heard from the Crestview coaches last season, any time they wrestled somebody who also didn’t reach out, we didn’t get results. That’s in part why we didn’t get several different duals. Hopefully next season this situation changes. Please review the attached document for a review of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Honestly, it’s a bit tough to tell from my vantage point all the way over here in Jacksonville. There were times where I thought Crestview looked pretty good (4-0 start, probably 5-0 if they did in fact wrestle Milton on January 7). But then there were times where the Bulldogs didn’t look like the same team (losing to teams they’d previously beaten earlier in the year, plus the seventh-place finish at districts). Just a very complicated story — something happened between December and February, but with so many missing January results, it’s hard to tell. Most of the Bulldog starters return, and that’s a good thing from what I’m seeing, but the leadership of the Cantwells will be tricky to replace.

2015-16 MVP: Michael Cantwell led the Bulldogs in victories this season, came within a takedown of being Crestview’s lone district champion, and picked up the team’s only victory at states this year. According to the results I have (and there may have been an earlier one that I don’t have), Cantwell took his first loss on January 21. and that loss was the first round in a three-round struggle with Gulf Breeze’s Noah Losievsky. Cantwell returned the favor at Panhandle Duals, only to see Losievsky get the edge in the district finals. At regions, Cantwell lost only to the eventual region champion, pinning two solid District 2 kids on Saturday to punch his ticket to Kissimmee. At states, Cantwell had a solid first-round win, but then lost to the eventual champion in the quarters. Along with brother Josh, Cantwell brought a lot of leadership to this year’s team.

2016-17 captain: Next year’s Crestview team is going to be searching for some identity, with the Cantwells now graduated at this particular point. The senior returners will be necessary components, particularly in the upper weights, but it will be Diego Calonje‘s resume built this past season that Crestview will rely on a lot. Calonje put together a sparkling campaign in his sophomore season this past year, with just two regular-season losses, runnerup efforts at both District 1 and Region 1 levels, and he had a solid first-round match at states with eventual third-place finisher Chance Sharbono of Braden River. I think Calonje should make podium at states before his high school career is done, maybe a high podium finish.

Heaton’s Hero: From the results I have, the only contested win for Edwin Rivera-Lopez came during the Bulldogs’ quad at Niceville in mid-January. Otherwise, what I was seeing was either forfeits or quick losses, but what I also saw was that Rivera-Lopez stayed in the lineup through the entirety of the season, from December 1 all the way through to the post-season. That is the work ethic I look for with this award, and therefore Edwin Rivera-Lopez is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Crestview.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Rivera-Lopez (junior, wrestled 106 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Darien Hallmon (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past year, 1 match from regions); Jackson Moore (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, 1 match from regions); Angel Ortega (junior, wrestled 126 this past year, District 1 4th place); Calonje (junior, wrestled 138 this past year, District 1 runnerup, Region 1 runnerup); Milton Bouchard (junior, wrestled 152 this past year, 1 match from regions); Lajonte Watson (senior, wrestled 170 this past year, 1 match from regions); Luis Berrios (senior, wrestled 182 this past year, 1 match from regions); Austin French (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Coleman Young (junior, wrestled 220 this past year, District 1 4th place); Jeremy Cassidy (junior, wrestled 285 this past year, 1 match from regions). Also: Karter Watson (sophomore, wrestled 120 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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