The Scouting Report: 2A-District 11

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 11

2015-16 team finish: 1. Riverdale. 2. Fort Myers. 3. Mariner. 4. Island Coast. 5. Ida Baker. 6. Lehigh. 7. North Fort Myers. 8. Cape Coral.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Riverdale. 2. Charlotte. 3. Fort Myers. 4. Island Coast. 5. Ida Baker. 6. North Fort Myers. 7. Cape Coral. 8. Port Charlotte..
2013-14 team finish: 1. Riverdale. 2. Charlotte. 3. Fort Myers. 4. Island Coast. 5. Cape Coral. 6. North Fort Myers. 7. Ida Baker. 8. Port Charlotte.

Cape Coral
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 29th at region, T-57th at states. 2015 — 32nd at region. 2014 — T-24th at region.
Individual returners: Christopher DePaola (senior, 34-11 at 106, district runnerup, region 4th, 1 match from state podium); Tyler Gallagher (junior, 11-13 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Bayron Acevedo (junior, 6-15 at 138, 0-2 at districts); KevVon Gary (junior, 6-20 at 145, 1 match from regions); Kevin Gary (senior, 18-13 at 152, district 3rd); Chase Dye (sophomore, 3-11 at 160, 0-2 at districts); Tyler Todd (senior, 9-17 at 170, 1 match from regions); Eduardo Fajardo (sophomore, 4-17 at 182, 0-2 at districts); Rodrigo Munoz (sophomore, 6-23 at 220, 1 match from regions); Kobie Green (junior, 9-3 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Seahawks matters: DePaola was 2-2 at states, decisioning Region 1’s Kristopher Smith, a 2016 St. Augustine graduate, by an 8-2 count in the first round. Another Region 1 wrestler, Tate’s Jacob Cochran (who wrestled for Team Florida at junior nationals a few weeks back) pinned DePaola in the second period of the “blood round.”

Fort Myers
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-6th at region, T-8th at states. 2015 — 4th at region, 8th at states. 2014 — 5th at region, T-24th at states.
Individual returners: Mason Evans (sophomore, 15-23 at 145, district 4th); Chael Griffith (sophomore, 11-16 at 152, 1 match from regions); Cameron Keene (junior, 10-16 at 160, 1 match from regions); Mike Edouard (junior, 34-19 at 170, district 3rd, region 4th); Landen Luettich (sophomore, 10-18 at 182, 1 match from regions); Jamey Vasquez (junior, 18-23 at 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Green Wave matters: Graduation losses hit Fort Myers after this season, as five of the Green Wave’s 11 post-season starters (and a solid majority of their post-season points) graduated this past spring. The one state returner, Edouard, was 0-2 at states, but pushed state finalist Jonathan Shoen, a 2016 graduate at Middleburg, to the edge in an 8-7 decision in the first round. As for Green Wave graduates, Colten Thomas (132) reached the semis and placed sixth without facing any Region 1 competition. Hadley Vadyak (138) also was sixth, decisioning 2016 Pace grad Travis Thompson, 9-6, in the first round. Najee Jacob (195) finished fourth, decisioning fellow placer and 2016 Creekside graduate Gus Fischer, 8-4, in the quarterfinals, with a fall in the consi semis over Matanzas 2016 graduate Jordin Castanheira (also a placer). Finally, Michael Delago (285) saw three Region 1 opponents en route to a silver medal, with an 11-5 quarterfinal win over third-place Kelton Johnson (a 2016 Ed White grad) and a 6-0 semifinal decision over sixth-place Marcus Zeighler, a 2016 Columbia grad. Delago fell in the finals, 4-3, to Leon graduate Gabe Beyer.

Ida Baker (Cape Coral)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-24th at region, T-64th at states. 2015 — 19th at region, T-63rd at states. 2014 — T-24th at region.
Individual returners: Deziree Montervino (junior, 5-12 at 106, district 4th); Hunter Iverson (sophomore, 2-20 at 120, 1 match from regions); Noel Deleon (junior, 6-11 at 126, district 3rd); Zachary Lovell (junior, 4-22 at 132, 1 match from regions); Justin Shelton (sophomore, 17-21 at 138, district 4th); Rilley Stilson (junior, 160, district 4th); Halil Aydogmus (junior, 4-13 at 195, 1 match from regions); Jacob Heidig (senior, 1-4 at 220, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: Younger group next year will miss the leadership of 2016 graduate Nick Richards, who was 2-2 and just missed the state podium in Kissimmee. At states, Richards lost by fall in the third period of the first round to eventual placer Maverick Dennis, a 2016 Matanzas graduate.

Island Coast (Islamorada)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-21st at region. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — 20th at region.
Individual returners: Tyler Conant (sophomore, 26-13 at 113, 1 match from regions); Joseph Retherford (senior, 26-13 at 120, district 3rd); Carlos Luna (junior, 27-12 at 132, district 3rd); Joey Perez (senior, 30-15 at 138, district 3rd); Anthony Setzer (senior, 19-13 at 182, 1 match from regions); Kelvin Grannan (sophomore, 4-9 at 285, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: Graduation losses hit this team pretty hard as well. Retherford made it to Saturday at regions, but he was the only Island Coast wrestler returning that did so.

Lehigh (Lehigh Acres)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 26th at region. 2015 — 10th at 2A-District 12, T-28th at region. 2014 — 10th at 2A-District 12, T-31st at region.
Individual returners (season records mostly not available): Omar Franco (sophomore, 106, district 3rd); Luis Gonzalez (junior, 5-11 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Bidonal Jacquet (junior, 195, 0-2 at districts); Jocelin Pierre (junior, 5-6 at 220, district 4th); Rigoberto Villa (junior, 37-11 at 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Lightning Bolt matters: Another team with some solid graduation loss. Villa was in a monster district (2 eventual state placers), and got to Saturday at regions.

Mariner (Cape Coral)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 11th at region, T-22nd at states. 2015 — 3rd at 1A-District 12, 7th at 1A-Region 3, T-17th at 1A states. 2014 — 2nd at 1A-District 12, 1st at 1A-Region 3, 6th at 1A states.
Individual returners: Edwin Martinez (senior, 20-19 at 113, district 3rd); Bradley Weaver (sophomore, 12-19 at 120, 1 match from regions); Christian Minto (sophomore, 49-3 at 126, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Gavin Barrall (senior, 22-12 at 132, district 4th); Deion Gaines (senior, 1-4 at 138, 1 match from regions); Jaiden Critten (sophomore, 6-16 at 152, 1 match from regions); Douglas Grossi (senior, 2-34 at 182, 0-2 at districts); Cesar Yamamoto (senior, 37-11 at 195, district runnerup); Justin Cordones (sophomore, 15-13 at 220, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Tritons matters: Minto had a sensational freshman year wrestling among the larger lower-weight wrestlers, reaching the semis, where he lost to multiple-time state champ Kyle Norstrem of Brandon, his only states loss. Minto did not see any Region 1 competition along the way to taking third. Tritons 2016 graduate Keaton Koselke was 2-2 at 145, coming up one match short of the state podium. In the first round, Koselke pinned Region 1’s David Jackson, a 2016 Lincoln graduate, in the second period.

North Fort Myers
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-24th at region. 2015 — 20th at region. 2014 — T-26th at region.
Individual returners: Luke Ciganek (sophomore, 4-10 at 106, 1 match from regions); Peter Joseph (senior, 27-7 at 113, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Cameron Lee (sophomore, 9-11 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Jade Ciganek (junior, 9-24 at 126, district 4th); Caleb Ragan (sophomore, 6-15 at 132, 1 match from regions); Elijah Feliciano (junior, 7-10 at 138, 1 match from regions); Micah Kilhefner (sophomore, 5-13 at 145, 1 match from regions); Michael Chase (junior, 9-11 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Kevin Link (senior, 6-8 at 160, 1 match from regions); Hunter Kobylanski (sophomore, 8-8 at 170, district 4th); Logan Snukis (senior, 24-8 at 182, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Colton McMullen (junior, 5-8 at 220, 1 match from regions); Adolphus Taylor (sophomore, 13-8 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Red Knights matters: Lots of returners that need more matches in 2016-17. Joseph and Snukis were very close to states last year and should be threats to get out. They’d be the first Red Knights wrestlers in at least four years to get to states.

Riverdale (Fort Myers)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 1st at region, state runnerup (Brandon). 2015 — 3rd at region, 5th at states. 2014 — 8th at region, 17th at states.
Individual returners: Coleby Barnes (sophomore, 28-16 at 120, district champ, 1 match from states); Trey Floyd (junior, 19-8 at 126, district runnerup); Hunter Weeks (senior, 32-4 at 145, district runnerup, region champ, state 3rd); Nelson Ortiz (junior, 31-12 at 152, district champ); Trendon Dunn (junior, 34-9 at 160, district champ, 1 match from states); Cole Schneider (senior, 38-5 at 285, district champ, region 3rd, state 4th).
Why knowing about the Raiders matters: Lots of tremendous talent graduated in 2016 for Riverdale, but there’s still quite a lot in the cupboard for the Raiders as well. With as many Raiders as there were at states, each deserves their own line, starting with the returners:
Weeks — Lost only to state runnerup Noah Ridley of Brandon in the quarterfinals at states, with a 12-2 win over Region 1’s Juwan Lee, a 2016 Ed White grad, in the first round. Weeks then eliminated Lincoln’s Jackson in consi round 2, 12-0, and knocked out 2016 Pace graduate Anthony Krevatas in a takedown fest, 26-12, during the blood round to earn his podium spot.
Schneider — Should be the odds-on favorite to win states in 2016-17 after taking fourth behind three graduates (he is the only returner out of the top eight at states, including the two who lost in the blood round). He pinned Columbia’s Zeighler in the second period of the consi semis, but then injury-defaulted to Ed White’s Johnson in the third-place match after sustaining injury in the quarters against Lennard’s Rowdy Driggers.
James Monos (2016 grad, 106) — Took third at states, pinning Region 1’s Dominic Cerillo of Niceville in the first round. Monos also had a second-period fall in the consi semis over Tate’s Cochran.
Jarrett Chandler (2016, 132) — Finished fourth at states, did not face any Region 1 competition. He did beat district rival Thomas by injury-default in the consi semis.
Daniel Williamson (2016, 138) — Reached the finals, where he lost to multiple-time state champ Frank Bruno of Brandon. Williamson pinned 2016 Ed White grad Darien Tucker in the first period of the first round.
Jared Galan (2016, 170) — Went 0-2 at states after sustaining injury in the first round against Chiles’ Gavin Hoard.
Gage Schield (2016, 182) — Finished third at states, with his only loss in the semis against eventual champ Brian Buser of Tampa Jesuit. Schield pinned 2016 Creekside grad Willy Lulias in the second period of the first round, and decisioned Matanzas’ Dennis, 9-7, in the consi semis.
Jesse Pryor (2016, 220) — Reached the finals, where he was a takedown short against Barron Collier’s Jamel Davis in a 3-2 loss. Pryor did not face any Region 1 competition.

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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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