The Season 2015-16: Pedro Menendez

Pedro Menendez

You can see everything I have on the Falcons in 2015-16 here –> PEDRO MENENDEZ

2015-16 record: 22-28 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a review of the Falcons’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: If you held a dual tournament with more than six teams in it in 2015-16, it was likely that the Falcons were there battling away in it. All told, Pedro Menendez participated in seven duals invites, which made it possible for the Falcon regulars in the lineup to have piled up the matches (pro tip: if you have a mix of experience and inexperience, this is a good way to get everybody moving in the same direction. There were times when the Falcons succeeded (Parker Duals, 6-1 record) and other times where they struggled (winless at St Johns River and just two wins at Flagler, mainly due to being short-handed and also facing some powerhouses). There are several returners coming back in 2016-17. Hopefully, the next coach will continue to build the program up. It was clearly starting to pay dividends in year 2.

2015-16 MVP: Avery Samples did something that only a handful of wrestlers did in 2015-16, and that was rack up 50 wins during the course of the year. Samples won 30 consecutive matches (mostly at 152), starting at Flagler Duals and ending at Flagler Rotary, and during that stretch Samples racked up 19 pins, with all but two of the wins coming in bonus-point form. He was all-SJR Conference after going undefeated in that dual tournament, and advanced the farthest of any Falcon in the post-season series. Samples dominated at District 4 and was just a couple of scoring moves keeping him from Kissimmee. He proved himself to be an effective leader in 2015-16.

2016-17 captain: While four Falcons saw action in 50+ matches during the course of the year last season, one of their best — Max Worthington — had a more-usual 42, and that behind a deep run in the post-season. Worthington is the only returning District 4 champ coming back for 2016-17, and he, too, dominated at districts, but got a rough draw at regions when the best wrestler in District 2 at their shared weight class (160) took a couple of injury-defaults at districts to rest an injured shoulder. Worthington has a lot of what he needs in order to get to state in 2016-17. The only thing left is to stay in the lineup all season.

Heaton’s Hero: Olivia Bordley had a very solid older brother, Dominique (a 2015 grad), go before her at Menendez, literally just about replacing him in the lineup at his 126/132 spot. Wrestling that far up in her first varsity seaosn had a bit of a predictable result, as many varsity 126/132s have had more than a year’s worth of starter experience and are wrapping up their careers there. That put Bordley in a tough spot, as all of her contested matches wound up in either falls or techs, and there was just one of those. She did help the team considerably with her 12 forfeit wins, but found herself outside the starting lineup at time of the post-season. Still, though, she stayed in it for the entire season. For that, Olivia Bordley is the Heaton’s Hero for Pedro Menendez.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): RJ Iglesias (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past year, District 4 3rd place); Collin Tanner (junior, wrestled 138 this past year, District 4 4th place); David Soule (junior, wrestled 145 this past year, District 4 runnerup); Worthington (senior, wrestled 160 this past year, District 4 champ); Alex Cathcart (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, District 4 4th place); Carter Payne (sophomore, wrestled 182 this past year, 1 match from regions); Austyn Holsolmback (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, District 4 3rd place). Also: Robert Lazar (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Olivia Bordley (junior, wrestled 126/132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Brandon Durham (senior, wrestled 126/132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Brycel Myers (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Justin Van Hoogten (senior, wrestled 195 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Hunter Conner (junior, wrestled 285 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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