The Scouting Report: 2A-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.

2A-District 7

2015-16 team finish: 1. Lake Gibson. 2. Brandon. 3. Pasco. 4. Wesley Chapel. 5. Auburndale. 6. King. 7. Winter Haven. 8. Armwood. 9. Lake Region. 10. Tampa Bay Tech. 11. Zephyrhills.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Brandon. 2. Lake Gibson. 3. Auburndale. 4. King. 5. Winter Haven. 6. Kathleen. 7. Armwood. 8. Lake Region.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Brandon. 2. Lake Gibson. 3. Auburndale. 4. Winter Haven. 5. King. 6. Kathleen. 7. Lake Region. 8. Armwood.

Armwood (Seffner)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-32nd at region. 2015 — T-27th at region. 2014 — T-20th at region, T-62nd at states.
Individual returners: Joe Rhodes (senior, 18-21 at 132, 1 match from regions); Jacob Newman (junior, 33-15 at 138, 1 match from regions); Juan Rodriguez (junior, 34-20 at 145, district runnerup); Kerrwyn Richardson (junior, 9-44 at 160, 0-2 at districts); Mark Weaver (senior, 14-31 at 170, 0-2 at districts); John Lombardo (sophomore, 16-21 at 195, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Hawks matters: Rodriguez picked up all of Armwood’s points at regions, with a first-round fall, but then had eventual 2A state champ Adam Lewis of Tampa Jesuit to face in the quarters, and was knocked out of the tournament by 47-match winner Erick Prado of Leto in consi rd 2.

Auburndale
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 9th at region, T-31st at states. 2015 — 5th at region, 16th at states. 2014 — 8th at region, T-66th at states.
Individual returners: Robert Lamothe (junior, 15-10 at 113, 1 match from regions); Darren Crooms (junior, 15-14 at 120, district runnerup); James Burkett (sophomore, 17-11 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Hunter Crichton (junior, 6-7 at 138, 1-2 at districts); Chase Mobley (junior. 20-12 at 145, 1 match from regions); Zach Wendle (junior, 24-12 at 152, district 4th); Adam Prado (junior, 17-12 at 182, 1 match from regions); Cody Bush (senior, 26-13 at 195, district 3rd, region runnerup).
Why knowing about the Bloodhounds matters: Bush was knocked out of the tournament in the consi second round by 2016 Matanzas graduate and eventual placer Jordin Castanheira. Bloodhound 2016 grad Adam Pyle (160) eliminated Orange Park’s Nartorian Lee with a third-period fall in the blood round.

Brandon
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 2nd at region, state champion. 2015 — 1st at region, state champion. 2014 — 1st at region, state champion.
Individual returners (no season records available): Trey Lane (sophomore, 106, district champ, region champ, state champion); Andreus Bond (sophomore, 113, district 3rd, region 3rd, state 3rd); Taylor Lawrence (junior, 120, district 4th); Noah Ridley (junior, 145, district champ, region runnerup, state runnerup); Broc Spurling (sophomore, 152, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Elier Cruz (senior, 160, 1 match from regions); Tyrique Jordan (senior, 170, district 3rd); Alex Popke (senior, 182, district champ, 1 match from states); Joe Marcano (senior, 195, district champ, region champ, state champ); Josh Santana (junior, 220, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: You know about Brandon. I knew about Brandon even before I moved down here five years and a month ago. Here’s some of the Eagles’ interaction with the Region 1 wrestlers at states:
Bond — Lost 3-2 in the semis to 2016 Gainesville graduate Trae-von O’Neal of Gainesville, and then decisioned Tate’s Alex Porter by the same score in the consi semis.
Marcano — Pinned 2016 Ed White graduate Atyrus McDonald in the second period during the quarters.
Kyle Norstrem (126, 2016 Eagle graduate) — pinned fellow graduate Tristen Lucessi (Nease) late in the first period of the state quarters.
Lawrence Scrivens (132, 2016 graduate) — survived a first-round score from Orange Park’s Saeid Ejmali, who took him to sudden-victory before falling 6-4.

King (Tampa)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 21st at region, T-69th at states. 2015 — 18th at region. 2014 — T-11th at region, 50th at states.
Individual returners: Deondre Prentice (junior, 1-5 at 120, 1 match from regions); Christian Williams (senior, 37-17 at 132, district 4th, 1 match from states); David Hunt (junior, 6-15 at 145, 1-2 at districts); Dequan Green (senior, 15-26 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Melvin Waters-Dennard (senior, 39-7 at 160, 1 match from regions); Latrell Cobb (junior, 15-10 at 170, 1 match from regions); Peter O’Brien (sophomore, 12-31 at 195, 1 match from regions); Scott Buksbaum (junior, 1-7 at 220, 0-2 at districts); Willie Mason (senior, 33-15 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Lions matters: After a one-year absence, King returned to states behind 2016 graduate Jean Pierre Loyola (126), who knocked out Tate 2016 grad Tanner Wood in consi round 1 with a 9-5 decision, only to fall in consi round 2 to Lincoln graduate Sean Hendley, by fall in the second period.

Lake Gibson (Lakeland)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 1st at region, 5th at states. 2015 — 3rd at region, 3rd at states. 2014 — 4th at region, 5th at states.
Individual returners: Nathan Lawwell (junior, 39-11 at 106, district runnerup, region runnerup); Diamonte Perry (senior, 39-5 at 113, district champ, region champ, state runnerup); Austin Hosegood (senior, 39-9 at 120, district champ, region 3rd); Johnathan Fanfan (senior, 46-8 at 126, district 3rd, region 3rd); Clayton Leach (senior, 35-10 at 132, district runnerup, region champ, 1 match from state podium); Gabriel Bourne (senior, 38-15 at 138, district 3rd, region 3rd); Mason Gosnell (senior, 16-14 at 145, district 3rd); Christian Febus (senior, 44-8 at 152, district champ, region 3rd, state runnerup); Hunter Kern (senior, 42-13 at 160, district 3rd); Deyaveyun Joseph (junior, 27-20 at 182, district 3rd); Devan Lopez-Rojas (junior, 36-13 at 220, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state podium).
Why knowing about the Braves matters: Like Brandon, Lake Gibson (which beat the Eagles at both the district and region levels) had several state intersections with northern wrestlers:
Lawwell — Was knocked out of the tournament in consi round 2, via third-period fall, by Tate’s Jacob Cochran.
Perry — Won by a 12-3 major over Matanzas 2016 graduate Rocky Samples in the quarters, but lost via fall early in the second period to Gainesville’s O’Neal in the championship round.
Hosegood — Won 10-2 over Nease’s Dylan Martinson in the first round at states, but was eliminated in the blood round by Orange Park’s Marcus Reid.
Fanfan — Was eliminated in consi round 1 by Middleburg 2016 graduate Dylan Rossetti, in a 5-1 decision.
Leach — Won by fall in the first round over Bartram Trail’s Matthew Pickett and, later, eliminated Ridgeview 2016 graduate Trevor Belden in consi round 2.
Bourne — Lost in consi round 1 by a 3-2 count to 2016 Pace graduate Travis Thompson.
Febus — Started his run to the finals with a 9-5 decision over eventual fifth-place finisher Brandon Dickman of Creekside.
Lopez-Rojas — Fell 5-0 in the quarterfinals to Leon’s JT Grant, but later eliminated, in consi round 2, Middleburg 2016 graduate Ammon Meeks by fall.

Lake Region (Eagle Lake)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-35th at region. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — 27th at region.
Individual returners: Zachary Jarvis (senior, 12-14 at 152, 1 match from regions); Jeff Edinger (senior, 10-5 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Thunder matters: Last year, Lake Region had three prospective returning wrestlers, none of whom had region experience. None of those were in the lineup at districts, with Edinger getting one consi-round fall for the Thunder’s 3 team points at districts.

Pasco (Dade City)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 5th at region, 16th at states. 2015 — 1st at 1A-District 6, 2nd at 1A-Region 2, 4th at 1A states. 2014 — 1st at 1A-District 6, 3rd at 1A-Region 2, 11th at 1A states.
Individual returners: Chase Ayers (sophomore, 42-16 at 106, district 3rd, region 4th); Jeremiah Beck (sophomore, 19-19 at 120, 1 match from regions); John DeAugustino (junior, 45-5 at 126, district runnerup, region runnerup, state runnerup); Derek Dutton (junior, 17-15 at 138, 1-2 at districts); Jared Ladd (senior, 25-24 at 152, district 4th); Miguel Angel Hernandez (sophomore, 52-7 at 160, district champ, region champ, 1 match from state podium); Trevor McKeever (junior, 13-8 at 182, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Pirates matters: Ayers needed extra time to eliminate Niceville’s Dominic Cerillo, 9-4, in the consi first round at states. DeAugustino decisioned Lincoln’s Hendley, 7-3, in the quarters, en route to the state final at 126.

Tampa Bay Tech (Tampa)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-35th at region. 2015 — 8th at 3A-District 6, 30th at 3A-Region 2. 2014 — 8th at 3A-District 6, T-28th at 3A-Region 2.
Individual returners: Alex Lopez (senior, 22-9 at 126, 1 match from regions); Stephen Thomas (junior, 14-34 at 132, 0-2 at districts); David Negron (sophomore, 14-34 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Jakob Weisgal (sophomore, 8-34 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Titans matters: Dropping down a class into this murderers’ row of powerhouse teams didn’t do the Titans any favors. Lopez and Weisgal had Tech’s only points, with a consi first-round major decision and decision in that same round, respectively.

Wesley Chapel
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-13th at region, T-41st at states. 2015 — 2nd at 1A-District 6, 8th at 1A-Region 2, T-42nd at 1A states. 2014 — 3rd at 1A-District 6, 9th at 1A-Region 2, T-29th at 1A states.
Individual returners (no season records available): David Cifuentes (senior, 106, district 4th); Colton Metcalf (junior, 126, 0-2 at districts); Rudy Hajaistron (senior, 132, 1 match from regions); Jamison Cohick (senior, 145, 1 match from regions); Benjamin Tomas (junior, 160, 0-2 at districts); Jack Faysash (senior, 170, district 4th); Jack Ward (senior, 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Marcus Gillott (senior, 195, district 4th, 1 match from states); Joseph Baggott (junior, 220, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Wildcats matters: There were no intersections with northern wrestlers, but Wesley Chapel’s state points came from 2016 graduate Emmanuel Torres, who reached the semis and finished fifth at 138. Torres was a 1A Region 2 runnerup for Wesley Chapel when the Wildcats competed at Clay two season ago.

Winter Haven
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 24th at region. 2015 — 15th at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — 9th at region, T-37th at states.
Individual returners: Brennan Byrd (sophomore, 11-12 at 106, 1 match from regions); Manuelle Rosario (sophomore, 21-11 at 120, district 3rd); Yadiel Rosario (sophomore, 15-7 at 126, 1 match from regions); Larson Razzano (senior, 13-8 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Jacob Zuick (sophomore, 3-11 at 152, 1 match from regions); Deandre Smith (senior, 14-8 at 160, district 4th); Morise Hopkins (junior, 2-11 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Antonio Cole (senior, 23-13 at 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Blue Devils matters: First year without a state qualifier after appearances in the previous two seasons (including a top-10 region showing in 2014).

Zephyrhills
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-35th at region. 2015 — 12th at 2A-District 8, T-32nd at region. 2014 — 12th at 2A-District 8, 17th at 2A-Region 2, T-65th at states.
Individual returners: Noah Bensley (sophomore, 3-12 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Hunter Ledo (senior, 4-8 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: As noted with Lake Region earlier, Zephyrhills had only two prospective returners coming into 2015-16 and neither of those were in action this post-season. The Bulldogs’ first priority, after a tough district round, is simply to just keep the program thriving with additional numbers.

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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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