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.
2015-16 team finish: 1. Olympic Heights. 2. South Broward. 3. Dillard. 4. Stranahan. 5. West Boca Raton. 6. Northeast. 7. Archbishop McCarthy. 8. Blanche Ely. 9. Boyd Anderson.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Forest Hill. 2. Hollywood Hills. 3. Archbishop McCarthy. 4. Stranahan. 5. Coconut Creek. 6. Dillard. 7. Suncoast. 8. Palm Beach Lakes. 9. Boyd Anderson.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Forest Hill. 2. Archbishop McCarthy. 3. Stranahan. 4. Hollywood Hills. 5. Suncoast. 6. Coconut Creek. 7. Dillard. 8. Palm Beach Lakes. 9. Boyd Anderson.
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 30th at region. 2015 — 12th at region, 37th at states. 2014 — 6th at region, T-39th at states.
Individual returners: Scott Thrasher (senior, 11-10 at 138, district 3rd); Kyle Fuxa (senior, 9-5 at 160, district 3rd); Joseph Lockwood (junior, 2-4 at 170, 1 match from regions); Daniel Marohnic (junior, 9-5 at 182, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Mavericks matters: After (at least) three years with representation at Kissimmee, McCarthy did not get to states last year and only had one wrestler — Marohnic — even reach Saturday, and that was augmented by a forfeit win in consi round 2. Having just five post-season starters isn’t the best way to start the upcoming season, but at least there’s some upside in that four return.
Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-19th at region, 47th at states. 2015 — no program per FHSAA. 2014 — 3rd at 3A-District 12, 5th at 3A-Region 3, 23rd at 3A states.
Individual returners: Schadrac Cadet (senior, 7-14 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Augustus Haynes (junior, 5-15 at 138, 1 match from regions); John Etienne (senior, 7-13 at 145, district 4th); Elmer Inacio (senior, 152, 1 match from regions); Stephan Aristhomene (senior, 20-6 at 160, 1 match from regions); Jordany Chery (senior, 9-11 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Marcus Rice (senior, 12-10 at 195, district 4th, 1 match from states); Matthew Parish (sophomore, 9-12 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Tigers matters: Program had a re-emergence after not competing in 2014-15 at the post-season level. While no returners got to states, there are eight returners with post-season experience, and Rice was one match from states this past year. 2016 Tigers graduate Marvens Saint Charles finished sixth at 220, with two of his three losses in the tournament coming against Region 1’s Gaven McAnally of Tate, first in the first round (6-1) and then in the fifth-place match (third-period fall).
Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — no presence beyond districts. 2015 — T-29th at region. 2014 — 27th at region.
Individual returners: Sharod McBride (senior, 23-4 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Cobras matters: McBride was the only Anderson wrestler to suit up for the post-season, and that’s always a worrisome thing, particularly when the one-man team is a senior. While the Cobras haven’t had a presence at states in at least four years, no one wants to see a program fade away.
Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 17th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 19th at region, T-63rd at states. 2014 — 29th at region.
Individual returners: Reynaldo Vassor (junior, 13-18 at 106, district 3rd); Bryant O’Neal (senior, 14-14 at 120, district 3rd); Angel Reyes (sophomore, 10-27 at 126, district 4th); Kobey Parchment (junior, 17-14 at 132, district 4th); Elijah Richards (senior, 17-13 at 138, district runnerup); Alexander Dixson (junior, 14-13 at 145, district champ); Sondley Cajuste (senior, 17-12 at 152, 1 match from regions); Shanoyd Whyte (sophomore, 10-17 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: No returning Dillard wrestler got to Saturday at regions, although eight retuners is a solid base on which to build. 2016 Panthers graduate Frederick Dixson (195) was 0-2 at states, including a first-round loss by fall against 2016 Creekside graduate Gus Fischer.
Northeast (Oakland Park)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 27th at region. 2015 — 10th at 3A-District 12, T-24th at 3A-Region 3, T-43rd at 3A states. 2014 — 12th at 3A-District 12, 33rd at 3A-Region 3.
Individual returners: Ansy Dessources (junior, 5-7 at 120, 1 match from regions); Bryan Pierre (junior, 8-9 at 132, 1 match from regions); Salvador Deleon (sophomore, 10-8 at 145, district 3rd); Kyle Potts (junior, 6-7 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Darrel Burgess (senior, 14-6 at 160, district runnerup); Jeremiah Francois (junior, 7-8 at 170, 1 match from regions); Jordan Sylla (junior, 14-7 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Nico Espisito (sophomore, 5-5 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Devyn Ricks (junior, 13-8 at 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Hurricanes matters: Another large group of returners, how much improvement they’ll show will be critical to Hurricanes’ hopes to move into the top half of the district. Sylla advanced the farthest of all the Northeast wrestlers, getting to one match from states, where a district rival knocked him out in the region’s blood round.
Olympic Heights (Boca Raton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 2nd at region, 4th at states. 2015 — 1st at 3A-District 11, 2nd at 3A-Region 3, 17th at 3A states. 2014 — 1st at 3A-District 11, 3rd at 3A-Region 3, 9th at 3A states.
Individual returners: Fabian Jaramillo (sophomore, 21-23 at 106, district runnerup); Paul Steger (senior, 23-15 at 113, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 5th); Chance Scott (senior, 27-17 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Nick Peglow (senior, 44-12 at 132, district champ, region runnerup); Dylan Pereira (senior, 21-19 at 138, district 4th); Ethan Davis (sophomore, 3-7 at 145, district runnerup); Sam Cannova (senior, 160, district champ, 1 match from states); Troy Jaffy (junior, 18-12 at 182, district champ, region 4th).
Why knowing about the Lions matters: A program with the kind of graduation losses that the Lions had this past year would normally be reeling, but I suspect Olympic Heights will do a lot of reloading instead, with three state qualifiers back. Moving to 2A has not hurt Olympic Heights in any way. Here’s a breakdown of the 2016 state qualifiers’ performances:
Steger: Reached the semifinals enroute to finishing fifth, with a first-period, first-round fall over Middleburg’s Briar Jackson. He later decisioned Tate’s Alex Porter, 4-3, in the fifth-place match.
Peglow: Went 1-2 at states, with the lone victory an 11-3 major over Bartram Trail’s Matthew Pickett in consi round 1.
Jaffy: Was 0-2 at states, losing to eventual state champ Brian Buser of Tampa Jesuit by fall in the first round and then again by fall to 2016 Bartram Trail grad Anthony Stith in consi round 1.
Ethan Altabet (2016 grad at 126): Placed sixth at states, with a 17-4 major over 2016 Tate graduate Tanner Wood in the first round and a 13-1 major over 2016 Middleburg graduate Dylan Rossetti in the blood round.
Dan Georges (2016 grad at 152): Took third at states, losing only to eventual finalist Christian Febus of Lake GIbson in the semis by a 3-2 score. Georges falled Creekside’s Brandon Dickman in the consi semis and then decisioned Leon’s Justin Grant, 3-2, in the third-place match.
Laurence Kosoy (2016 grad at 170): Pinned his way through the state tournament, closing it out with a third-period fall over 2016 Middleburg graduate Jonathan Shoen to win the title.
Garrett Davidofsky (2016 grad at 195): Went 1-2 at states, losing in the first round to 2016 Ed White graduate Atyrus McDonald, 5-3.
Alexi Castro (2016 grad at 220): Went 1-2 at states, opening with a second-period fall in the first round over 2016 Ed White grad Avery Wilds. His two losses were by three points, including an OT loss to eventual champion Jamel Davis of Barron Collier in the quarters.
Stefen Singer (2016 grad at 285): Went 2-2 in the tournament, getting knocked out in the blood round by 2016 Ed White graduate Kelton Johnson in a 15-4 major decision.
South Broward (Hollywood)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, 30th at states. 2015 — 6th at 3A-District 13, T-11th at 3A-Region 4, T-49th at 3A states. 2014 — 10th at 3A-District 13, T-28th at 3A-Region 4.
Individual returners: Anthony Valverde (senior, 40-5 at 106, district champ, region champ); Andrew Valverde (senior, 42-5 at 113, district champ, region champ)); Ricardo Perez (senior, 17-17 at 126, district runnerup); Daniel Vicovan (senior, 27-10 at 132, 1 match from regions); Nadird Odar (senior, 17-14 at 152, district 4th); Demetri Neeley (senior, 12-10 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: Solid talent returning for South Broward, led by the Valverdes. Anthony Valverde was 1-2 at states, dropping matches to eventual placers in both losses and no matches against Region 1 opponents. Andrew Valverde lost to just one wrestler — Brandon’s Andreus Bond — at states, by a 2-0 count in the quarters and 1-0 in the third-place match. Andrew majored Tate’s Porter, 15-6, in the first round. 2016 graduate Andre L’Abadie (138) was 1-2 due to injury in the quarters, with no interactions against Region 1 wrestlers.
Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 14th at region, T-69th at states. 2015 — 13th at region, T-34th at states. 2014 — 8th at region, T-20th at states.
Individual returners: Jose Monterrey (senior, 12-16 at 113, district 4th); Joel Williams (senior, 3-19 at 120, district 4th); John Lorzano (senior, 6-20 at 126, district 3rd); Franki Fleury (senior, 3-12 at 160, district 4th); Jorge Carballeda (junior, 7-20 at 182, district 4th); Giovanni Munoz (junior, 0-8 at 220, 0-2 at districts); De’Andre Carr (senior, 27-7 at 285, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Dragons matters: Of the returners, Carr got the farthest — just one match from the state tournament in a very deep region (if not even a very deep district) — but 2016 graduate Trent Boudreau was Stranahan’s lone representative at states, going 1-2 at Kissimmee without seeing any Region 1 competition.
West Boca Raton (Boca Raton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 11th at region, T-64th at states. 2015 — 6th at 3A-District 11, 28th at 3A-Region 3. 2014 — 6th at 3A-District 11.
Individual returners: Kevin Estevez (junior, 37-15 at 120, district champ, region 4th); Alex Bordeau (junior, 45-15 at 170, district 3rd, region 3rd); Owen Kerski (sophomore, 5-22 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Bulls matters: Of West Boca’s eight post-season starters, five graduated in May, making numbers the priority for the Bulls in 2016-17. Estevez was 0-2 at states, including a loss by fall in consi round 1 to Nease’s Dylan Martinson. Bordeau was 1-2 at Kissimmee, knocking out 2016 Tate graduate Heath Herndon, 18-8, in consi round 1, but then lost 2-0 in consi round 2 to Chiles’ Gavin Hoard. 2016 Bulls graduate Dimitri Naimi (152) was 0-2 at states, getting knocked out of the tournament in consi round 1 by Creekside’s Dickman, 8-5.