The Scouting Report: 1A-District 7

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.

1A-District 7

2015-16 team finish: 1. Lake Highland. 2. Bishop Moore. 3. Atlantic. 4. Villages. 5. CFCA.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Lake Highland. 2. Atlantic. 3. Bishop Moore. 4. Deltona.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Lake Highland. 2. Deltona. 3. Atlantic. 4. Bishop Moore. 5. CFCA.

Atlantic (Port Orange)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 10th at region, 24th at states. 2015 — 9th at region, T-47th at states. 2014 — 4th at 1A-District 5, 19th at region, T-68th at states.
Individual returners: Justin Bruner (sophomore, 22-14 at 106, district 4th); Evan Silvis (junior, 17-14 at 113, district 4th); TJ Rideout (junior, 18-17 at 138, district 4th); Tyler Clagett (senior, 26-13 at 170, district runnerup); Wilbur Thomas (junior, 27-11 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Austen Herres (senior, 17-14 at 195, district runnerup); Matt Whitehouse (senior, 220, district runnerup, region 3rd); Vernon Hamilton (junior, 10-8 at 285, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Sharks matters: Thomas eliminated Eastside 2016 graduate Camilo Moraga-Lewy, 6-1, in the third round of consis at regions, and in turn was knocked out by Interlachen 2016 grad Logan Hastings, 4-3, in the blood round. At states, Whitehouse did some damage to north Florida hopes, knocking out Wakulla’s Austin Beaulieu (consi rd 1 by fall), 2016 Clay graduate Jeremy Beaulieu (state blood round, 8-3 decision) and edged Arnold 2016 grad Randy Koscak, 9-7 in sudden victory, in the third-place match.

Bishop Moore (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 3rd at region, 9th at states. 2015 — 10th at region, T-68th at states. 2014 — 18th at region.
Individual returners: Ryan Rowland (sophomore, 23-19 at 106, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1 match from state podium); Devin Kohn (junior, 45-6 at 120, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 3rd); Jake Wheeler (junior, 27-17 at 126, district runnerup, region 3rd); Nick Tomesko (senior, 6-5 at 132, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Bradley Kata (senior, 36-15 at 145, district runnerup, region 3rd, 1 match from state podium); Brian Roche (senior, 5-21 at 160, district 3rd); Mario Hernandez (junior, 12-11 at 285, district champ).
Why knowing about the Hornets matters: Kohn began his state tournament with a fall over Raines’ Joseph Haynes and ended it with a 3-1 decision over Arnold’s William Pickren in the third-place match. Kata fell, 9-1, to Clay’s Keath Sawdo in the state quarters. At 152, Hornet 2016 graduate Ryan Violette (an eventual finalist) won 11-3 over Clay’s Connor Green in the first round.

Central Florida Christian Academy (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — . 2015 — did not compete at district. 2014 — 31st at region.
Individual returners: While CFCA was listed in the team standings, it had no wrestlers that were bracketed for districts.
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: Several years ago, even while a few of the Orlando-area’s strongest wrestlers were still on the scene as youngsters, they initially made their names at CFCA. Programs can rise and fall.

Lake Highland Prep (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — region champ, state champion. 2015 — region champ, state champion. 2014 — 1st at region, state runnerup (Cardinal Gibbons).
Individual returners: Ryan Chauvin (sophomore, 106, district champ, region champ, state champion); Noah Castillo (freshman, 113, district champ, region champ, state champion); Mason Wohltman (senior, 120, district champ, region champ, state champion); Joe Silva (junior, 126, district champ, region champ, state champion); Kai Bele (freshman, 132, district champ, region champ, state 5th); Max Cosmides (junior, 138, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 5th); Jake Brindley (senior, 145, district champ, region champ, state champion); Erich Byelick (junior, 152, district champ, region champ, state champion); Bryce Rogers (senior, 160, district champ, region champ, state champion); Ben Goldin (junior, 220, district champ, region runnerup, state champion); Curtis Ruff (freshman, 14-9 at 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Highlanders matters: The Highlanders have flown up the charts to not only Florida pre-eminence, but national stardom as well. Here’s a rundown of the results LHP had against north Florida wrestlers:
Chauvin — pinned Suwannee’s Brandon Trask in the quarters, majored Clay’s Louie Gagliardo (11-2) in the semis and Arnold’s Ethan Pickren (13-4) in the final.
Castillo — majored Wakulla’s Larry Smith (15-7) in the quarters and Clay’s Chris Merring (15-7) in the title match.
Wohltman — pinned Florida High’s Max Metcalf in the first round and decisioned William Pickren of Arnold (8-3) in the semi.
Silva — pinned Raines’ Jaquan English in the third period in the semis.
Bele — lost by fall to 2016 Clay graduate Derek Miller in the third period of the semis, and dropped a 5-0 decision in sudden-victory to Arnold’s Richie McClanahan in the consi semis.
Cosmides — all in consi action, sandwiched a consi-semi loss to 2016 Clay graduate Julian Summa (2-0) with a consi rd-1 win by fall over 2016 Marianna graduate Marquez Patterson-Rhodes and fifth-place 7-2 win over Florida High’s Max Harris.
Brindley — pinned 2016 Bolles graduate Conner Cronk in the quarters.
Byelick — pinned 2016 Bolles graduate Michael Surenyan in the first round and decisioned 2016 Arnold graduate Paul Patterson (9-5) in the semi.
Goldin — pinned Arnold’s Koscak in the quarters and decisioned 2016 Episcopal graduate Scott Dollison, 7-1, in the title match.

The First Academy (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: First-year program.
Why knowing about the Royals matters: This school didn’t have wrestling last year, but did have athletics. With a national powerhouse like LHP, a solid statewide program in Bishop Moore and consistently decent teams in Atlantic and Villages, a lot of statewide eyes will see how their competitive level stacks up.

The Master’s Academy (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: First-year program.
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: This school has been active in looking for coaching talent on statewide forums. Their football field is exceptional, at least from the pictures. As is the case with First Academy, it will be interesting to see how the program shakes out.

The Villages
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 13th at region, T-47th at states. 2015 — 6th at 1A-District 5, 21st at region. 2014 — 3rd at 1A-District 5, 12th at region, 28th at states.
Individual returners: Kevin Rochon (junior, 41-14 at 106, district 3rd, region 3rd); Graylan Wilson (junior, 31-17 at 126, district 3rd); Joshua Stopyra (senior, 17-13 at 138, district 3rd); Ryan Hatcher (junior, 37-16 at 152, district 3rd); Trey Petro (sophomore, 24-19 at 195, district champ); Ethan Zick (sophomore, 23-23 at 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Buffaloes matters: After a hiccup at regions in 2015, Villages regained its usual spot this past year. Rochon lost by fall late in the third period to Arnold’s Ethan Pickren in the quarterfinals at states. At regions, Wilson lost in the first round by fall to 2016 Palatka graduate Dean Lowe, and Petro lost in the first round (6-5) to the Panthers’ Bryan Smith.

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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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