The Scouting Report: 1A-District 15

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.

1A-District 15

2015-16 team finish: 1. Somerset Academy. 2. Jackson. 3. Mater Lakes. 4. Booker T. Washington. 5. Monsignor Pace. 6. Chaminade-Madonna. 7. Hallandale. 8. Edison.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Somerset Academy. 2. Jackson. 3. Mater Lakes. 4. Monsignor Pace. 5. Archbishop Curley. 6. (tie) Hallandale and Booker T. Washington. 8. Chaminade-Madonna. 9. Edison.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Somerset Academy. 2. Monsignor Pace. 3. Chaminade-Madonna. 4. Jackson. 5. Booker T. Washington. 6. Mater Lakes. 7. Archbishop Curley. 8. Hallandale. 9. Edison.

Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-12th at region, T-63rd at states. 2015 — 17th at region, T-70th at states. 2014 — 14th at region, T-69th at states.
Individual returners (season records not available): Kenny Lopez (junior, 126, district 3rd, region runnerup); Courtney Eddins (junior, 138, 1 match from regions); Heriberta Rosario (junior, 160, district 3rd); Wilson Remy (senior, 195, district champ).
Why knowing about the Tornadoes matters: Lopez went 0-2 at states, with a second-period loss by fall to Raines’ Jaquan English in the first round.

Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 23rd at region. 2015 — 20th at region. 2014 — 12th at region.
Individual returners (season records not available): Joseph Scirghiio (junior, 113, district runnerup, region 4th); Nicholas Wareham (senior, 132, 1 match from regions); Aubrey Holiday (senior, 170, 1 match from regions); Jerrell Hobor (senior, 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); George L-Temire Wright (sophomore, 195, 1 match from regions);
Why knowing about the Lions matters: Scirghio was 0-2 at states, with an opening-round loss by fall in the first period to Clay’s Chris Merring. Hobor was one match short of states, but only lost to one wrestler — Cardinal Gibbons’ David Small, first in the first round and then again in the region’s blood round, the consi semis.

Dade Christian (Miami)
Other post-season stats: First-year program, potentially, in 2016-17.
Individual returners: None.
Why knowing about the Crusaders matters: Hopefully the programs plaguing DC’s football team don’t carry over.

Edison (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 25th at region. 2015 — 25th at region. 2014 — No presence beyond districts.
Individual returners: Deangelo Perez (junior, 0-7 at 182, 1 match from regions); Delvin Burce (junior, 3-6 at 220, 1 match from regions); Sumandre Valier (senior, 7-7 at 285, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Red Raiders matters: Valier did get to Saturday at regions, but couldn’t quite push through — although he could be a threat to make it to states, given who’s graduated in the weight class, which would be a massive accomplishment for the Edison program. Just three post-season wrestlers suited up, and more numbers will be needed.

Hallandale
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 19th at region, T-51st at states. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — No presence beyond districts.
Individual returners (season records not available): Joseph Santiago (sophomore, 113, district 4th); Kameron Maynard (senior, 132, district champ, region runnerup); Javian McClarin (sophomore, 152, district 4th); Lens Bernadel (sophomore, 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Chargers matters: Maynard was 1-2 at states, pikcing up a consi round 1 win by forfeit at states. He was eliminated in consi round 2 by Arnold’s Richie McClanahan in a 3-2 loss by decision.

Jackson (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, T-40th at states. 2015 — 6th at region, T-47th at states. 2014 — 10th at region, T-69th at states.
Individual returners (season records not available): Devon Smith (junior, 113, district runnerup, region runnerup); Markeese Williams (senior, 120, district 4th); D’angelo Ulrick (junior, 126, 1 match from regions); Alejandro Estrada (senior, 132, district 3rd, region 4th); Ali Al-San Hassiman (junior, 138, district 4th); Rashaund Williams (senior, 145, district runnerup, region 4th); Kymani Ventura (junior, 152, district 3rd); Anthony Torres (senior, 160, district 4th, 1 match from states); Brandon Bodden (senior, 285, district champ, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Generals matters: Smith was 0-2 at states, but they were both very close losses, with a first-round double-overtime loss by decision to University Christian’s Daniel Porter one of them. Estrada was also 0-2, with a first-round loss by fall to eventual finalist Ashton Habeil of Tampa Prep. Williams did pick up a victory, but lost to two placers from Region 2 in Lake Highland’s Jake Brindley (champion, first round) and Astronaut’s Ethan Ahrens (3rd, consi round 2), both by tech falls. 2016 Jackson grad Brandon Petit (170) also was 1-2, losing 8-4 in consi round 2 to Marianna’s Cole Maddox. Another Generals 2016 grad, Tarivis Williams (182), was 0-2 and was eliminated by 2016 Yulee grad RJ Adams in consi round 1.

Mater Lakes (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 9th at region, T-36th at states. 2015 — T-10th at region, 38th at states. 2014 — T-20th at region.
Individual returners: Diane Perez (junior, 9-17 at 113, 1 match from regions); Omar Armengol (sophomore, 17-11 at 120, district runnerup, region 4th); Rafael Alvarez (sophomore, 17-19 at 126, district 4th, 1 match from states); Bryan Valbuena (junior, 3-4 at 132, 1 match from regions); Nestor Nunez (sophomore, 152, district runnerup, region 4th); Steven Altamirano (junior, 15-9 at 160, district runnerup); Cole Schwartzberg (junior, 220, district champ, region runnerup); Samuel Rivero (junior, 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Bears matters: Armengol was 1-2 at states with a consi round 1 win by forfeit after being paired with eventual finalist Dre Neely of Avon Park in the first round. Nunez, also, was 1-2, with a pair of losses to Region 3 wrestlers (including a round-1 loss by fall to eventual finalist Michael Gingras of Indian Rocks Christian). Schwartzberg, as well, was 1-2, with a pair of losses to Region 1 opponents, first to Clay 2016 graduate Jeremy Beaulieu by fall in the first round, and then to Arnold 2016 graduate Randy Koscak by fall in consi round 2.

Monsignor Pace (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-12th at region, 16th at states. 2015 — 8th at region, 20th at states. 2014 — 2nd at region, 5th at states.
Individual returners (season records not available): Leo Ferradaz (senior, 120, district 3rd); David Monrabal (senior, 126, district runnerup); Jack Lloyd (sophomore, 132, 0-2 at districts); Vladimir Rochebrun (senior, 170, district runnerup); Milford Vital (senior, 195, district 4th); Max Benjamin (sophomore, 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Spartans matters: No state qualifiers returning (there were a couple of Saturday advancers at regions), but 2016 Spartans graduate Alex Perez was dominant in winning states at 138, with three first-period falls and a 7-0 decision in the final.

Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 2nd at region, 17th at states. 2015 — 2nd at region, 7th at states. 2014 — 4th at region, 12th at states.
Individual returners: Darian Estevez (8th, 45-13 at 106, district champ, region 3rd); Colby Singletary (freshman, 56-8 at 120, district champ, region 3rd, state 5th); Nicholas Benton (freshman, 49-7 at 126, district champ, region champ); Daniel Valledor (junior, 46-9 at 132, district runnerup, region 3rd); Vincent Blasucci (senior, 55-11 at 145, district champ, region 3rd); Juan Vernaza (senior, 152, district champ, region champ, state 5th); Daniel Miranda (freshman, 33-15 at 170, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: Estevez was 0-2 at states, falling 6-2 in consi round 1 to Bishop Kenny’s Jack Delaney. Singletary fell, 4-2, in the quarters to Arnold’s William Pickren, but then knocked out Raines’ Joseph Haynes in consi round 2, 7-2, and majored Clay’s Dylan Taylor, 11-3, in the fifth-place match. Benton was 1-2 at 126 state, losing by fall in the second period of round 1 to Florida High’s Max Metcalf. Likewise, Valledor was 1-2 at state, losing by fall in the quarters to eventual champion and 2016 Clay graduate Derek Miller, in the second period. Blasucci was 0-2 at 145, losing by fall in the third period of consi round 1 to Florida High’s Jake Richardson. Vernaza joined Singletary on the Panthers’ list of placers with his fifth, going 2-1 against Region 1 opponents. Vernaza decisioned 2016 Marianna graduate Christian McIntire in the blood round Saturday morning at state, 8-4, then fell 3-2 to 2016 Arnold grad Paul Patterson, but bounced back in the fifth-place match with a 9-6 decision over Clay’s Connor Green. Finally, 2016 Somerset grad Andrew Vazquez (220) was 0-2 at states, losing by fall in the first period of round 1 to Arnold’s Koscak.

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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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