The Scouting Report: 2A-District 10

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 10

2015-16 team finish: 1. Charlotte. 2. Venice. 3. Palmetto. 4. Sebring. 5. Braden River. 6. Port Charlotte.
2014-15 team finish: Unknown to me. We received brackets from the host, but not team scores.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Venice. 2. Palmetto. 3. Sebring. 4. Lakewood Ranch. 5. Sarasota. 6. Lennard. 7. Braden River.

Braden River (Bradenton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-17th at region, T-31st at states. 2015 — T-32nd at region. 2014 — T-34th at region.
Individual returners: Riley Dunn (junior, 39-16 at 106, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Lucas Romano (senior, 24-17 at 126, district 3rd); Colton Cox (junior, 132, district 4th); Chance Sharbono (senior, 61-6 at 138, district champ, region 3rd, state 3rd); Andrew Petkash (junior, 152, 1 match from regions); Miguel Ojedo (junior, 160, 1 match from regions); Brenden Bengtsson (junior, 20-12 at 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Pirates matters: Sharbono represented the Pirates with distinction at states, with only a quarterfinal loss marring an otherwise perfect tournament. Sharbono decisioned Region 1’s Diego Calonje of Crestview, 7-4, in the first round. On the consi side, Sharbono eliminated 2016 Pace graduate Travis Thompson in round 2, by a 12-2 major decision.

Charlotte (Punta Gorda)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-6th at region, T-22nd at states. 2015 — 2nd at 2A-District 11, 1st at region, 11th at states. 2014 — 2nd at 2A-District 11, 4th at region, T-9th at states.
Individual returners: Jacob Woodard (sophomore, 4-5 at 120, district 3rd); Bryce Peterson (sophomore, 27-18 at 126, district champ); James Paull (senior, 18-13 at 138, district 3rd); Anthony Cavanaugh (junior, 152, district 3rd, region runnerup); Yvens Candio (junior, 20-12 at 160, district 3rd); Dylan Mills (junior, 8-9 at 182, district runnerup); Dalton Mills (senior, 35-7 at 195, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Nathan McCann (senior, 12-8 at 220, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Brian Ireland (senior, 23-19 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Tarpons matters: Charlotte was represented in Kissimmee by 2016 graduates Ryan & Bryan Rubenacker, both of whom picked up wins at the tournament. Ryan Rubenacker (106) got to the finals on Saturday night, opening his run with a third-period fall in the first round over Bartram Trail’s Nicholas Vugman. Bryan Rubenacker (113) was 1-2 at states, falling in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Trae-von O’Neal of Gainesville, by fall in the second period.

Palmetto
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 14th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 9th at region, T-17th at states. 2014 — 7th at region, T-30th at states.
Individual returners: Travis Murway (senior, 22-20 at 113, district runnerup); Kevin Schneider (sophomore, 28-18 at 120, district runnerup); Brendan Valley (sophomore, 12-8 at 126, 1 match from regions); Dominick Bass (senior, 38-12 at 152, district runnerup, region 4th); Ariel Rowe (senior, 10-25 at 170, district 4th); Alonzo Houston (junior, 25-18 at 182, district 3rd); Andrew Duncan (junior, 11-7 at 195, district 4th); Brian Ormsby (senior, 16-11 at 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Tigers matters: Bass was 0-2 at states, falling to eventual third-place Dan Georges of Olympic Heights in the first round. Bass was eliminated from the tournament by 2016 Gulf Breeze graduate Aaron Mantuano, in a 7-5 decision.

Port Charlotte
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-21st at region. 2015 — 8th at 2A-District 11, T-32nd at region. 2014 — 8th at 2A-District 11, 24th at region.
Individual returners: Sean Kavanagh (senior, 11-9 at 126, district 4th); Deangelo Dagastino (junior, 8-17 at 138, 1 match from regions); Dylan Landmark (junior, 4-7 at 145, 1 match from regions); Jose Valdez (sophomore, 14-18 at 160, district 4th); Winston Buckley (senior, 26-3 at 170, district champ, 1 match from states); Gavin Spencer (junior, 24-13 at 195, 1 match from regions); Noah Campese (junior, 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Pirates matters: Buckley and 2016 Port Charlotte graduate Raheem Poteat (132) got the farthest of any Pirates wrestlers at regions. Buckley reached the Region 3 semis, while Poteat won two matches on the back side after losing an opening-round match.

Sebring
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 8th at region, T-34th at states. 2015 — 16th at region, 38th at states. 2014 — 12th at region, 43rd at states.
Individual returners: Ryan Fountain (senior, 42-12 at 106, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1 match from state podium); Danny Cardoso (sophomore, 19-22 at 113, district 3rd); Gianni Oliva (senior, 10-10 at 120, district 4th); Juan Oliveras (junior, 11-16 at 126, 1 match from regions); Efrain Acosta (sophomore, 23-20 at 138, district 4th); Philip Sapp (junior, 37-14 at 170, district runnerup); Tyrek Richards (senior, 27-7 at 285, district champ, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Blue Streaks matters: Fountain was 2-2 at states, with a first-round decision over Tate’s Jacob Cochran (13-6). 2016 Sebring graduate Jacob Figur (5th at states) opened his tournament with a second-period fall over 2016 Bartram Trail grad Anthony Stith, and on the consi side, eliminated 2016 Terry Parker grad Aquana McCalop with a third-period fall. In the fifth-place match, Figur decisioned 2016 Matanzas graduate Maverick Dennis, 7-3.

Venice
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, T-8th at states. 2015 — 6th at region, T-49th at states. 2014 — 3rd at region, 13th at states.
Individual returners: Nathaniel Parker (junior, 32-15 at 106, district 4th, 1 match from states); Tyler Conway (sophomore, 7-12 at 113, district 4th); Hunter Moline (junior, 35-14 at 126, district runnerup); Cory Swearinger (senior, 7-13 at 132, 1 match from regions); Dan Stone (junior, 43-8 at 138, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Mike Cararo (senior, 145, district 4th); Jacob Mathis (senior, 47-6 at 152, district champ, region champ); Luke Veigel (senior, 24-10 at 160, district champ, region 3rd, state 4th); Jack Marble (sophomore, 19-13 at 170, district 3rd); Scotty Schenke (sophomore, 182, district 4th); Dakota Marksbury (senior, 10-17 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Indians matters: Mathis went 1-2 at states, seeing no Region 1 competition along the way. He lost in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Christian Febus of Lake Gibson. Veigel didn’t have Mathis’ sterling win/loss record, but bagged fourth after losing in the quarters to eventual finalist and 2016 Lincoln graduate Jaycie Rudd. The top Indians competitors at states were 2016 graduates Brent Smallwood (120) and Nick Vischulis (195), who were both finalists. Smallwood lost in the finals to Columbia’s Chace Curtis by a 6-3 score. Vischulis didn’t face a Region 1 wrestler en route to a meeting with brandon’s Joe Marcano in the finals.

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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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