The Scouting Report: 3A-District 5

Welcome to another edition of The Scouting Reports. Here, we take a spin through what the entire state of Florida has coming back. More information for you, the readers, is what we’re all about at Matmen. We’re starting with the completely out-of-area teams, as we just ran through each area team in the previous 3 months. The plan is to complete all 48 districts before most schools start. We can only highlight returners from last year based on post-season performances and we can only know so much about transfers. If someone out-of-area was hurt or just didn’t compete, I just won’t know about it (regardless of what may be or have been posted on other forums). One new wrinkle for this year. We’re focusing less on the individual histories of each wrestler and focusing more on their matches with local kids, and we’ll have a couple of tidbits on each team to show that focus.

3A-District 5

2015-16 team finish: 1. Osceola. 2. Gateway. 3. Lake Nona. 4. Melbourne. 5. St. Cloud. 6. Celebration. 7. Haines City. 8. Ridge Community.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Osceola. 2. Gateway. 3. St. Cloud. 4. Viera. 5. Ridge Community. 6. Celebration.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Osceola. 2. Gateway. 3. St. Cloud. 4. Celebration. 5. Viera. 6. Haines City. 7. Ridge Community.

Celebration
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 23rd at region, T-71st at states. 2015 — T-25th at region. 2014 — 24th at region.
Individual returners: Cole Peraza (junior, 26-18 at 113, district 3rd); Michael Ford (senior, 30-12 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Zidkijah Moore (senior, 13-13 at 170, district 3rd); Ralph Mendez (senior, 3-7 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Storm matters: A sizable amount of graduation loss this past year, led by state qualifier Jose Flores (220), who was Celebration’s only representative at states in the past three seasons.

Gateway (Kissimmee)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 7th at regions, T-14th at states. 2015 — 6th at region, 14th at states. 2014 — 8th at region, 21st at states.
Individual returners: Jacob Robles (sophomore, 9-39 at 106, district 3rd); Lucas Rodriguez (senior, 53-9 at 120, district champ, region champ, state 6th); Klayton Willis (junior, 21-35 at 126, district runnerup); Nikko Nawaz (senior, 38-25 at 132, district 3rd); Alberto Acevedo (senior, 0-4 at 170, 1 match from regions); Brandon DeJesus (senior, 38-24 at 182, district 3rd); Dervens Jean-Baptiste (senior, 25-25 at 195, district 3rd); Candelario Calderon (senior, 11-23 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: In a matchup of region champs in the state semis, Flagler Palm Coast’s Michael DeAugustino shut out Rodriguez, 7-0. Gateway 2016 graduate Miguel Vasquez fell to fellow FPC wrestler Kaz Maia, also a 2016 graduate, 13-6 in the first round at 152.

Haines City
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 36th at region. 2015 — No team in 2014-15, at least that competed in postseason. 2014 — 22nd at region.
Individual returners: Joeshua Ayala (senior, 1-2 at 120, 1 match from regions); Zachary Bedwell (junior, 0-3 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Tyler Mathis (senior, 6-8 at 182, 1 match from regions); Stephen Bedwell (senior, 5-12 at 195, 1 match from regions); Anthony Colon (senior, 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Hornets matters: Haines City had just two Region 2 qualifiers, both going 0-2. After a year away, it’s tough to rebuild the momentum of a program.

Lake Nona (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 14th at region, T-39th at states. 2015 — 2nd at 2A-District 6, 8th at 2A-Region 2, 25th at 2A states. 2014 — 2nd at 2A-District 6, 10th at 2A-Region 2.
Individual returners: Christopher Navarro (senior, 54-12 at 106, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Gustavo Borjas (senior, 33-25 at 113, district 4th); Michael Taub (senior, 22-37 at 120, district 4th); Jack Ryan (junior, 28-23 at 132, 1 match from regions); Elvis Agresta (junior, 7-18 at 145, 1 match from regions); Christian Sosa (sophomore, 38-26 at 152, district 3rd); Gabriel Alequin (senior, 16-34 at 160, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Lions matters: Lake Nona had one state qualifier (and placer) in 2016 graduate Isaiah Dawson, who lost in the consi semis to Timber Creek’s Jackson Saffold and to Cooper City’s Jozef Macugoski for fifth (Fleming Island’s Jason Davis beat both wrestlers, Atlantic Coast’s Narek Stepanyan went 3-0 with Macugoski).

Melbourne
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 12th at region, T-54th at states. 2015 — 5th at 2A-District 13, 16th at 2A-Region 4, T-54th at 2A states. 2014 — 7th at 2A-District 13, 20th at 2A-Region 4, T-66th at 2A states.
Individual returners: Joseph Boozer (sophomore, 14-22 at 106, district 4th); Zach Hoffman (junior, 29-13 at 113, district runnerup); Jonny Bishop (senior, 23-16 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Gabe Etienne (junior, 24-11 at 126, district 3rd, region 4th); Chandler Holder (senior, 19-15 at 138, 1 match from regions); Owen Graham (senior, 31-18 at 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Tyler Neidlinger (senior, 11-11 at 160, 1 match from regions); Joey Fields (junior, 30-12 at 170, district runnerup); Nik Simpson (senior, 19-15 at 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: Like Lake Nona, Melbourne moved up to 3A in 2015-16, actually improving its region position four spots. Etienne was knocked out of the state tournament by Buchholz’s Gant Moore in a 7-2 consi rd-1 loss.

Osceola (Kissimmee)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 1st at region, 5th at states. 2015 — 1st at region, 2nd at states (South Dade). 2014 — 2nd at region, 2nd at states (Brandon).
Individual returners: Malyke Hines (sophomore, 106, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Saul Mayorga (junior, 22-8 at 113, district champ, 1 match from states); Luis Pena (senior, 29-12 at 120, district 3rd, region 4th); Blake Fuller (senior, 36-13 at 138, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Leandro Velazquez (senior, 38-14 at 145, district champ); Ethan DeLong (senior, 182, district champ, region 4th, 1 match from state podium); Jamari Watson (senior, 13-10 at 195, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Boris Espinosa (sophomore, 5-8 at 220, 1 match from regions); Nick Parsons (senior, 19-8 at 285, district champ, region 4th).
Why knowing about the Kowboys matters: If you’re from Florida, you know about the Kowboys unless you just stumbled onto this site, first time, and didn’t know it was about wrestling. DeLong was eliminated from states in the consi quarters or state’s “blood round” by Freedom’s Darrell Wallace, who was then decisioned in the consi semis by Fleming Island’s Ryan Smenda.

Ridge Community (Davenport)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-34th at region. 2015 — T-25th at region. 2014 — T-25th at region.
Individual returners: Emil Otero (senior, 11-10 at 126, district 4th); David Gutierrez (junior, 10-15 at 132, 1 match from regions); Manuel Castro (senior, 3-5 at 138, 1 match from regions); Elian Martinez (senior, 12-12 at 152, 1 match from regions); David Damelus (junior, 17-16 at 182, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Bolts matters: It’s been a tough run in a hugely competitive district for Ridge, which hasn’t had a state qualifier in at least the past three seasons; the Bolts had just one win as a team at regions last year, from Damelus in consi rd 1.

St. Cloud
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 22nd at region, T-71st at states. 2015 — 14th at region, T-68th at states. 2014 — T-19th at region.
Individual returners: Justin McGinley (sophomore, 13-20 at 106, 1 match from regions); Luis Rosario (junior, 12-11 at 113, 1 match from regions); Victor Moya (sophomore, 6-5 at 120, 1 match from regions); Demitrius Anderson (senior, 36-7 at 126, 1 match from regions); Moises Rivera (junior, 18-18 at 145, district 4th); Bryce Bakken (junior, 31-13 at 160, district runnerup); Joseph Ianiello (junior, 18-19 at 182, 1 match from regions); Jordan Blattner (senior, 17-15 at 195, district 4th); Fidel Lara (junior, 22-14 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: St. Cloud had one wrestler make the state tournament, as 2016 graduate Graham Sokolovic (285) lost in the first round to a fellow Class of ’16 member from the Matmen coverage area, Atlantic Coast’s DeAngeles Harris, by a 9-5 count.

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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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