The Scouting Report: 3A-District 8

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 8

2015-16 team finish: 1. North Port. 2. Palm Harbor University. 3. Manatee. 4. Lakewood Ranch. 5. Sarasota. 6. Countryside. 7. St. Petersburg. 8, Pinellas Park. 9. Riverview (Sarasota). 10. Seminole.
2014-15 team finish: 1. North Port. 2. Riverview (Riverview). 3. Manatee. 4. Newsome. 5. East Bay. 6. Durant. 7. Bloomingdale. 8. Riverview (Sarasota).
2013-14 team finish: 1. North Port. 2. Manatee. 3. Riverview. 4. Durant. 5. Newsome. 6. East Bay. 7. Bloomingdale. 8. Riverview (Sarasota).

Countryside (Clearwater)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 26th at region. 2015 — 4th at 3A-District 7, 9th at region, T-34th at states. 2014 — 5th at 3A-District 7, 13th at region, T-56th at states.
Individual returners: Luis Bautista (junior, 8-11 at 120, 1 match from regions); Keegan Branch (senior, 16-9 at 132, 1 match from regions); Dorian Speaker (sophomore, 10-10 at 138, 1 match from regions); Joshua Felix (junior, 8-6 at 152, district 4th); Daniel Walker (senior, 9-9 at 160, district 4th); Anthony Burburija (sophomore, 20-9 at 170, district 4th); Andrew Webb (junior, 182, 0-2 at districts); Philip Brown (senior, 14-4 at 220, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Cougars matters: Brown got the farthest among the Countryside wrestlers, getting knocked out by district rival (and eventual placer) Josh Baker of North Port (more shortly on him).

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 17th at region, T-54th at states. 2015 — ??? at 2A-District 10, 11th at 2A-Region 3, 15th at 2A states. 2014 — 4th at 2A-District 10, 6th at 2A-Region 3, 8th at 2A states.
Individual returners: Jake Seaman (senior, 47-19 at 106, district 3rd); Antonio Perez (junior, 12-18 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Hunter Reed (senior, 62-0 at 120, district champ); Zach Spade (senior, 18-13 at 126, 1 match from regions); Ryan Brown (junior, 49-16 at 145, district 3rd); Chandler Reed (junior, 9-22 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Anthony Capozzi (junior, 23-14 at 160, 1 match from regions); .
Why knowing about the Mustangs matters: Reed came into the post-season with a 59-0 record but did not compete at regions. Lakewood Ranch was represented at states by 2016 graduate Dylan Cameron, who went 2-2 at the tournament with a pair of losses to Region 1 wrestlers, falling 3-1 in the first round to 2016 Fleming Island grad Xaiver Sampsel and then again by fall in the blood round on Saturday to Winter Springs’ Cole Mitchell.

Manatee (Bradenton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 3rd at region, 20th at states. 2015 — 4th at region, 10th at states. 2014 — 5th at region, 16th at states.
Individual returners: Caleb Patterson (junior, 10-7 at 106, district 4th); Marshall Craig (senior, 61-5 at 113, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Marc Servia (sophomore, 4-32 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Nika Ukhurgunashvili (junior, 20-9 at 132, 1 match from regions); Charles Small (senior, 53-12 at 145, district champ, region champ, state 6th); Daniel Cunningham (senior, 35-23 at 152, district 3rd); Matt McAleer (senior, 48-14 at 160, district champ, region 4th); Connor Morang (senior, 51-10 at 170, district 3rd, region 4th); Brandon Dossey (sophomore, 50-14 at 182, district runnerup, region runnerup); Gary Lidge (junior, 23-17 at 195, 1 match from regions); Ne’kari Cheaves (senior, 31-22 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Hurricanes matters: At states, Craig took down Region 1 champ and 2016 Lake Mary graduate Jeremiah Costen, 4-3, in the third-place match at states. Small lost a pair of decisions to 2016 Flagler Palm Coast graduate Evyn Insalaco, 6-4 in the quarters and 9-4 in the fifth-place match, but decisioned 2016 Winter Springs grad Xavier Maxwell, 1-0, in the blood round to take his podium spot. Morang fell in the quarters, 10-6, to 2016 Fleming Island graduate John Martorano, and was eliminated in the blood round by Region 1’s Nathan Ferkovich of Lake Brantley by fall. Finally, Dossey was knocked out of the consis in round 1 by Region 1’s Curtis Duren, a 2016 Hagerty grad, by a 10-6 count.

North Port
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 2nd at region, 9th at states. 2015 — 2nd at region, 7th at states. 2014 — 3rd at region, T-17th at states.
Individual returners: RJ McDonald (sophomore, 14-22 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Braydon McLellel (senior, 38-19 at 113, district 3rd, region 4th); DJ Bradford (junior, 20-17 at 120, district 3rd); Josh Patterson (junior, 24-23 at 126, district 3rd); Tymofiy Romarniuk (junior, 26-19 at 132, district 4th); Mark Towers (junior, 14-12 at 145, 1 match from regions); John Cruz (senior, 41-3 at 152, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Ty Flenard (junior, 45-10 at 160, district 3rd); Phillip Osipov (junior, 8-8 at 182, 1 match from regions); Josh Baker (senior, 47-8 at 220, district champ, region 3rd, state 5th); Schavallis Peterson (junior, 24-19 at 285, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Bobcats matters: McLellen was eliminated from the state tournament in consi round 1, by a 4-3 count, by 2016 Sandalwood graduate Jacques Hale. Cruz pinned Region 1’s Briso Aimable of Orlando Freedom in the first round, but lost in overtime, 14-12, to eventual state champ and 2016 Winter Springs graduate James Nereim in the semis. Baker eliminated Fleming Island’s Jose Concepcion in consi round 2 at 220, taking a 9-3 decision along the way to placing fifth.

Palm Harbor University
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 5th at region, 16th at states. 2015 — 5th at region, 8th at states. 2014 — 1st at 3A-District 7, 2nd at region, 5th at states.
Individual returners: Chris Fragale (senior, 61-8 at 106, district champ, region 3rd, state runnerup); Gabriel Naranjo (junior, 56-9 at 113, district 4th); John Schriefer (junior, 36-19 at 120, district runnerup); Brendan Blackwell (senior, 17-13 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Gavin Mitchiner (senior, 60-7 at 138, district champ, region 3rd); Nick Gust (senior, 52-10 at 145, district runnerup); Ethan Wiggins (junior, 15-22 at 152, 1 match from regions); Ryan Blatchley (junior, 22-29 at 160, 1 match from regions); Jacob Mason (junior, 35-19 at 195, 1 match from regions); Brandon West (sophomore, 4-5 at 220, district 4th); Matthew Westbay (senior, 49-14 at 285, district champ, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Hurricanes matters: Fragale pinned Orlando Freedom’s Marcus Jean Baptiste in the third period of the quarterfinals. 2016 PHU graduate Joe Capone (126) knocked out Region 1’s Eddie Vazquez, of University (Orlando), with a fall in consi round 1, while Mitchiner lost by fall in the quarters to Freedom’s Christian Rivera.

Pinellas Park (Largo)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 29th at region. 2015 — 16th at region. 2014 — 4th at 3A-District 7, T-15th at region.
Individual returners (season records unavailable): Jthomas Headley (sophomore, 106, 1 match from regions); Dillon Ottinger (senior, 113, 1 match from regions); Eian Rosa (senior, 120, 1-2 at districts); Christopher Sexton (senior, 126, district runnerup); Magnus Michael (senior, 132, 0-2 at districts); Dalton Stewart (senior, 138, 1 match from regions); Domenique Smith (sophomore, 182, 0-2 at districts); Jonathan Miller (senior, 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Patriots matters: Sexton and Miller were the only Pinellas Park wrestlers to score at regions, with Sexton getting to Saturday at 126.

Riverview (Sarasota)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 34th at region. 2015 — No presence after districts. 2014 — 30th at region.
Individual returners: Cameron Lynch (sophomore, 13-10 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Michael Tierney (junior, 120, 1 match from regions); Zack Buchanan (senior, 33-10 at 132, district runnerup); Noe Garcia (senior, 10-6 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Jessin Williams (senior, 13-12 at 145, 0-2 at districts); Daryle Lynch (senior, 152, 1 match from regions); Regan Fox (junior, 160, 0-2 at districts); Nolan Perez (junior, 10-9 at 170, 1 match from regions); Nate Adams (sophomore, 2-2 at 182, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Rams matters: Buchanan was the only wrestler to score for Riverview at Region 2, winning by decision in consi round 1.

Sarasota
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, 10th at states. 2015 — ??? at 2A-District 10, 8th at 2A-Region 3, T-30th at 2A states. 2014 — 5th at 2A-District 10, 11th at 2A-Region 3, 15th at 2A states.
Individual returners: Michael Bush (junior, 60-13 at 106, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 5th); Kaden Harris (junior, 15-12 at 120, district 4th); Jack Pilkey (junior, 132, 1-2 at districts); Zachary Young (senior, 19-31 at 145, district 4th); Daniel Nava (senior, 33-16 at 195, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Sailors matters: Sarasota took some larger graduation hits at season’s end, losing three state qualifiers (two placers). Bush pinned Freedom’s Jean Baptiste late in the blood round to secure his podium spot at states. 2016 Sailors graduate Yosbiel Garcia (113) lost by fall to Lake Mary’s Costen in the quarters and also by fall to Sandalwood’s Hale in consi round 2. Fellow Sarasota grad Jarred Hardinger (170) pinned Boone graduate Jude Moore in the quarters and decisioned Lyman graduate Kahtrell Treadwell, 7-3, in the semis en route to taking second. At 182, Sailor 2016 graduate Steven Mercadante (5th at state) decisioned Freedom’s Darrell Wallace twice en route to that medal, both in the quarters and again for fifth.

Seminole
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 32nd at region. 2015 — 7th at 3A-District 7, 23rd at region. 2014 — 8th at 3A-District 7, 11th at region.
Individual returners: Borys Franco (sophomore, 106, 0-2 at districts); Mason Hart (senior, 22-10 at 113, 1 match from regions); Matthew Rocha (sophomore, 120, 0-2 at districts); Brandon Saxer (132, junior, 1-2 at districts); (potentially) Steven Stanek (145, year in school not noted, 0-2 at districts); (potentially) Cody Stocksdale (160, year in school not noted, 0-2 at districts); Grant Kesseler (sophomore, 195, 0-2 at districts); Sam Hitt (senior, 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Warhawks matters: Hitt had the only Seminole points at region, with a consi-round 1 fall.

St. Petersburg
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 28th at region. 2015 — 8th at 3A-District 7, 29th at region. 2014 — 9th at 3A-District 7, T-25th at region.
Individual returners: Joey Dejesus (junior, 3-8 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Torey Barber (sophomore, 16-15 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Eric Bunch (senior, 28-11 at 145, 1 match from regions); Bryce D’Angelo (senior, 25-12 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Joe Avis (junior, 4-13 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Green Devils matters: St. Petersburg’s points at region all came from Class of 2016 wrestlers, with Ravonn Gregory (152) getting the farthest at regions (1 match from states).

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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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