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.
2015-16 team finish: 1. Berkeley Prep. 2. Tampa Prep. 3. Zephyrhills Christian. 4. Spoto. 5. Fivay. 6. Citrus Park Christian. 7. Carrollwood.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Southeast. 2. Tampa Prep. 3. Berkeley Prep. 4. Clearwater Central Catholic. 5. Middleton. 6. Spoto. 7. Citrus Park Christian. 8. Carrollwood.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Southeast. 2. Tampa Prep. 3. Berkeley Prep. 4. Clearwater Central Catholic. 5. Middleton. 6. Carrollwood. 7. Tampa Bay HEAT. 8. Spoto. 9. Citrus Park Christian.
Berkeley Prep (Tampa)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 6th at region, T-27th at states. 2015 — 12th at region, T-42nd at states. 2014 — 3rd at 1A-District 9, 9th at region, T-59th at states.
Individual returners: Anthony Broome (8th, 106, district runnerup); Conner Brown (senior, 25-13 at 126, district champ, 1 match from states); Andrew Hoffman (senior, 22-17 at 132, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Alexander Romanowski (sophomore, 29-12 at 138, district champ, 1 match from states); Landon Padget (senior, 20-14 at 152, district champ, 1 match from states); Paul Engel-Penaloza (junior, 160, district 4th); Jacob Safee (senior, 24-16 at 182, district champ).
Why knowing about the Buccaneers matters: All of Berkeley’s state qualifiers were 2016 grads, but the Buccaneers could have a few get out next year (4 wrestlers were one match away this past year). At states, Colton Karpman (170) lost by fall in the first round to Wakulla 2016 grad Chris Surace. Sam Chadwick (220) was eliminated in consi round 2 by 2016 Clay graduate Jeremy Beaulieu. At 285, Laurence Grundy pinned Godby’s Devaughn Stephens in the quarters, then fell 2-1 in the semis to 2016 Episcopal graduate Conor Chepenik. 2016 Clay grad Roland Samec pinned Grundy in the consi semis.
Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate (Tampa)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — None. 1st-year program starting in November.
Why knowing about the Phoenix matters: It will be interesting to see how this first-year program — likewise all like first-year and programs returning after an absence — will fare this forthcoming season.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-36th at region. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — No presence beyond districts.
Individual returners (season records not always available): Gunnar Brynjolfsson (freshman, 113, district runnerup); Jayson Gruden (sophomore, 120, district 4th); Ammar Ali (sophomore, 1-13 at 126, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Patriots matters: Carrollwood didn’t have any wrestlers in the lineup that were bigger than 126. If their trio of lowers stay wrestling, they could form a nucleus down the road.
Citrus Park Christian (Tampa)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-36th at region. 2015 — T-35th at region. 2014 — T-23rd at region.
Individual returners (season records not available): Josh DeCristi (sophomore, 132, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: DeCristi is the only CPC wrestler returning. Citrus Park only had two that suited up for the post-season.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 24th at region, T-51st at states. 2015 — 8th at 2A-District 9, T-28th at 2A-Region 3. 2014 — 2nd at 2A-District 9, 10th at 2A-Region 3, 9th at 2A states.
Individual returners: DeOnte Vindas (junior, 15-15 at 126, district 3rd); Keller Giles (sophomore, 6-22 at 132, 1 match from regions); Dominic Luna (senior, 13-15 at 138, district runnerup); Patrick Bostick (junior, 3-12 at 145, district 4th); Christian Mercado (junior, 18-19 at 152, district 4th); Cole Coyne (senior, 21-11 at 220, district runnerup, region 4th); Jessy Schaeier (junior, 12-16 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Falcons matters: First year in 1A saw a bit of rejuvenation in the Fivay program, but thus far the earlier heights hit by the program (such as in 2014) are still goals for the future. Coyne went 1-2 at states, losing to a pair of 2015 placewinners in Nature Coast’s Anthony Contegiacomo and Clewiston’s Jared Escorcia.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — No postseason competition noted. 2015 — T-35th at region. 2014 — 19th at region.
Individual returners: None from 2015-16 post-season competitions.
Why knowing about the Tigers matters: See above notes for Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-25th at region. 2015 — T-27th at region. 2014 — No presence beyond districts.
Individual returners: Jayon Simmons (senior, 11-28 at 132, district 4th); Christian Lee (senior, 7-29 at 145, district 3rd); Tyrus Lee (junior, 18-19 at 152, district 3rd); Amneous Chambersq (sophomore, 13-23 at 160, district 3rd); Franklin Costellanos (sophomore, 14-29 at 170, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Spartans matters: The younger Lee was knocked out of regions on Friday, but it took an eventual state placer — Indian Rocks Christian’s Michael Gingras (fourth) — and top-eight qualifier (Southeast’s Jonathan Locke) to beat him.
Tampa Bay HEAT (Brandon)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — No program since 2013-14 season. 2014 — 14th at region, T-16th at states.
Why knowing about the Heat matters: The HEAT had some very strong wrestlers (3x state placer Cullen Telfer at Strawberry Crest was third for HEAT as an eighth-grader in 2014) when it was an ongoing program (and it may still not be ongoing — there are a couple of Jax area teams that are assigned a district but don’t actually have kids out).
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 3rd at region, 4th at states. 2015 — 2nd at region, 3rd at states. 2014 — 4th at region, 3rd at states.
Individual returners: Ben Buhler (junior, 37-11 at 106, district champ, region 3rd, state 3rd); Ashton Habeil (freshman, 33-7 at 132, district champ, region champ, state runnerup); Anthony Artalona (junior, 40-2 at 145, district champ, region champ, state runnerup); Zach White (sophomore, 6-19 at 170, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Terrapins matters: Buhler lost his opening-round match at states to Clay’s Louie Gagliardo, 8-4, but then didn’t lose again in the tournament series, avenging the earlier loss with an 8-6 consi-semi victory over Gagliardo. Habeil knocked off Arnold’s Richie McClanahan, 2-0 in double overtime, in the state quarters, but had no answers for 2016 Clay graduate Derek Miller in the title match, falling 11-4 there. Artalona, too, finished second statewide, with a third-period tech fall over Florida High’s Jake Richardson in the first round and another tech in the semis versus Clay’s Keath Sawdo. Finally, the Terrapins’ Leonardo Tarantino (160, transferring to Blair Academy, NJ, to wrestle in 2016-17) won by fall over Westside 2016 graduate Caleb Gibbs in the state quarterfinals.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-20th at region. First-year program in 2015-16.
Individual returners: Javan Smith (sophomore, 13-9 at 120, district 3rd); Jonny Casarez (sophomore, 15-8 at 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Spencer Kubiak (junior, 6-8 at 160, 1 match from regions); Wyatt Barber (sophomore, 12-11 at 170, district runnerup); Marcelo Nobrega (sophomore, 11-11 at 182, district runnerup); Alonzo Sampson (junior, 14-3 at 195, district champ); Malik Jones (freshman, 13-6 at 285, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Warriors matters: For a first-year team, Christian performed solidly, with a solid third-place effort in a district that pundits (well, ONE pundit) said was going to be a two-team romp with no other challengers. With Casarez and Jones both just one match from states and a returning district titlist, the Warriors could take another step and have representation at states this coming year.