The Scouting Report: 2A-District 14

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 14

2015-16 team finish: 1. Jensen Beach. 2. Okeechobee. 3. South Fork. 4. Port St. Lucie. 5. Suncoast. 6. Dwyer. 7. Palm Beach Lakes.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Jensen Beach. 2. Okeechobee. 3. Port St. Lucie. 4. South Fork.
2013-14 team finish: 1. No team results available.

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-19th at region, T-64th at states. 2015 — 7th at 3A-District 9, 21st at 3A-Region 3. 2014 — 5th at 3A-District 9, 23rd at 3A-Region 3.
Individual returners: Ryan Feinburg (sophomore, 21-22 at 113, 1 match from regions); Jason Lucanini (senior, 26-12 at 138, district 3rd); Prince Hall (junior, 22-12 at 152, district 3rd); Kyven Higgins (junior, 32-19 at 220, district champ, region runnerup).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: Higgins was 1-2 at states, edging 2016 Middleburg graduate Ammon Meeks in double-overtime in the first round (the score was reported, rather strangely for a 2-OT match, as 0-0). Higgins should be a threat to medal in 2016-17.

Jensen Beach
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 1st at region, 6th at states. 2015 — 1st at region, 6th at states. 2014 — 1st at region, 4th at states.
Individual returners: Wyatt Kirkham (sophomore, 44-21 at 106, district champ, region 3rd); Joey Tufo (junior, 45-19 at 113, district champ, region 3rd); Spencer Bonneville (junior, 5-23 at 120, district champ); Andrew Klopman (senior, 51-12 at 126, district champ, region champ, state 4th); Kyle Kirkham (senior, 28-7 at 145, district champ, region champ, state 6th); Liam Martin (senior, 34-13 at 152, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state podium); Blake Wiswell (junior, 38-27 at 160, district champ, region 4th); Jack Sopotnick (junior, 46-17 at 170, district champ, 1 match from states); Cole Podaras (junior, 46-17 at 182, district champ, region champ).
Why knowing about the Falcons matters: Wyatt Kirkham was 1-2 at states, with his lone victory a late fall over Bartram Trail’s Nicholas Vugman in consi round 1. At 113, Tufo was 0-2, with a first-round loss (7-3) against 2016 Matanzas grad Rocky Samples. Klopman (who wrestled for Clay in 2013-14 and Matanzas in 2014-15) reached the semis for the second time, winning 12-1 over 2016 Middleburg graduate Dylan Rossetti in the first round. Kyle Kirkham fell twice to Dunedin’s Brendan Ditro (quarterfinals & fifth-place match). Martin was 2-2 in the tournament, eliminating 2016 Matanzas graduate Eddy Leon de la Cruz with a second-period fall in consi round 1. Wiswell went 0-2 in the 160 bracket, losing by fall in the first period of his first-round match with eventual finalist and 2016 Lincoln grad Jaycie Rudd, while Cole Podaras was 0-2 at 182, injury-defaulting in consi round 1 to 2016 Creekside graduate Willy Lulias. 2016 Falcons graduate Konnor McHale won states this past year at 132; along the way, McHale won by tech fall in the quarterfinals over Crestview grad Michael Cantwell. At 138, Jensen Beach grad Devon McKinley was 0-2 and was eliminated in consi round 1, 8-3, by Matanzas grad Tristan Kraus. Finally, 2016 Falcon grad Nate Podaras (285) was one match short of states.

Okeechobee
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 13th at region. 2015 — 14th at region, T-66th at states. 2014 — 12th at region, T-76th at states.
Individual returners: Jacob Myers (sophomore, 16-14 at 106, district 3rd); Blake Everett (junior, 26-13 at 113, district runnerup); Austin Scee (senior, 22-14 at 126, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Kallen Pinerio (junior, 27-10 at 132, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Drayton Billie (senior, 17-7 at 138, district champ, 1 match from states); Jarrett Mills (junior, 28-12 at 145, district runnerup); Lamar Williams (junior, 21-6 at 170, district runnerup); Justin Drawdy (junior, 10-17 at 220, district 4th); Royce Arnold (junior, 5-9 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Brahmans matters: A solid performance, team-wise for Okeechobee, but no qualifiers out. With three getting just one match from the state tournament, next season should change that and see a Brahmans return to Kissimmee.

Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 29th at region. 2015 — 8th at 2A-District 15, 27th at region. 2014 — 8th at 2A-District 15, 26th at region.
Individual returners: Davidson Marcellus (senior, 4-8 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Matthew Tulucci (senior, 3-7 at 145, 1 match from regions); Immri Charles (junior, 9-7 at 170, district 4th); Andre Laurent (senior, 9-7 at 195, district champ).
Why knowing about the Rams matters: It’s been at least four years since Lakes had a state qualifier; Laurent got to Saturday at regions.

Port St. Lucie
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 16th at region, T-69th at states. 2015 — 2nd at region, 22nd at states. 2014 — 9th at region, T-18th at states.
Individual returners: Anthony Lasala (sophomore, 5-17 at 113, 1 match from regions); Tajah Johnson (sophomore, 12-17 at 145, 1 match from regions); Luke Hanna (junior, 21-8 at 170, district 3rd); Emmanuel Noel (sophomore, 14-11 at 195, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Jaguars matters: Port St. Lucie’s lone point at states came from 2016 graduate Deandre Sims (285), who decisioned Fort Walton Beach’s Joseph Pearson 7-3 in consi round 1. Sims in turn was knocked out of the tournament by 2016 Ed White graduate Kelton Johnson in consi round 2, via second-period fall.

South Fork (Stuart)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-23rd at region. 2015 — T-17th at region. 2014 — T-24th at region.
Individual returners: Nicholas Davenport (sophomore, 16-16 at 106, district 4th); Johnny Auvil (junior, 21-12 at 113, district 4th); Curren Schwartz (junior, 8-17 at 120, district runnerup); Jacob Isham (senior, 9-20 at 126, district 3rd); Jacob Earnest (sophomore, 3-25 at 132, district 4th); Sebastian Davenport (senior, 18-17 at 145, district 4th, 1 match from states); Miguel Francisco (senior, 10-12 at 152, district 4th); Dominick Cariani (sophomore, 1-9 at 170, 1 match from regions); Evan Wethington (sophomore, 6-16 at 195, district 3rd); Oliver Kearns (junior, 9-6 at 220, district 3rd); Tyler Deal (senior, 22-10 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: This is a team with a lot of returning region experience; what’s needed now is just lots of improvement. South Fork could be a team on the move in 2016-17.

Suncoast (Riviera Beach)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-23rd at region. 2015 — 7th at 2A-District 15, 28th at region. 2014 — 5th at 2A-District 15, 21st at region.
Individual returners: Anthony Limauro (junior, 23-9 at 106, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Tyrese Davis (sophomore, 25-11 at 113, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Nick Diggs (junior, 3-23 at 132, district 3rd); Julian Rincon (sophomore, 4-19 at 145, 0-2 at districts); Chris Leitten (senior, 3-19 at 170, 1 match from regions); Tim Owens (senior, 3-24 at 195, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Chargers matters: Not as many qualifiers as South FOrk has back, but Suncoast has two wrestlers that were just one match from states in Limauro and Davis, both of whom should be shoo-ins to make the show in 2018 if not next year.

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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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