The Scouting Report: 2A-District 16

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 16

2015-16 team finish: 1. Goleman. 2. Norland. 3. Sunset. 4. Miami Springs. 5. Mourning. 6. Carol City. 7. Northwestern. 8. Doral Academy. 9. Belen Jesuit. 10. Central.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Norland. 2. Homestead. 3. Mourning. 4. Miami Springs. 5. Goleman. 6. Carol City. 7. Belen Jesuit. 8. Doral Academy. 9. Central. 10. Mater Academy. 11. Northwestern.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Mater Academy. 2. Homestead. 3. Central. 4. Mourning. 5. Miami Springs. 6. Belen Jesuit. 7. Northwestern. 8. Carol City. 9. Goleman.

Belen Jesuit (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 18th at region, T-52nd at states. 2015 — 20th at region, 21st at states. 2014 — 16th at region, T-28th at states.
Individual returners: Eddie Silva (freshman, 12-14 at 126, district 3rd); Damian Cuesta (sophomore, 9-19 at 152, 1 match from regions); Rafael Ruiz (sophomore, 8-18 at 160, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Wolverines matters: Belen Jesuit has some substantial graduation losses to overcome, with only three returning starters boasting post-season experience and just one getting to regions (Silva, who did get to Day 2). 2016 graduate Ariel Jimenez (170) was 2-2 at states, taking down a pair of Region 3 wrestlers before falling to statewide #2 Jesse Seidl of Land O’Lakes in the blood round.

Carol City (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 25th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 22nd at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — 28th at region.
Individual returners: Derrod Walker (senior, 30-6 at 106, district champ, region 4th); Zion Lampley (junior, 11-9 at 132, 1 match before regions); Jerrod Clersaint (senior, 24-7 at 220, district champ).
Why knowing about the Chiefs matters: Walker went 0-2 at Kissimmee, losing to two placers by fall — eventual champ Trey Lane of Brandon in the first round and then Tate’s Jacob Cochran in consi round 1.

Central (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-31st at region. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — T-17th at region.
Individual returners: Kahris Blackman (senior, 28-4 at 138, district 3rd); Kahron Blackman (senior, 21-7 at 145, district 3rd); Jermol Bennett (sophomore, 170, 0-2 at districts); Willie Kirkland (junior, 5-5 at 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Rockets matters: Central didn’t get any wrestlers into Day 2 at regions, marking at least four years without a state qualifier. Looking at the Blackmans’ records, Central might need to augment its schedule some to get them over the top and off to Kissimmee in 2016-17.

Doral (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 28th at region. 2015 — 24th at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — no program per FHSAA.
Individual returners: Aiden Ford (8th, 9-17 at 113, district 3rd); Edwin Adams (sophomore, 22-11 at 120, district 3rd); Dylan Mira (8th, 20-21 at 126, district runnerup); Kevin Martinez (senior, 28-19 at 132, district champ); Zavier Garcia (sophomore, 2-6 at 138, 1 match from regions); Jovan Cruz (senior, 8-18 at 152, 1 match from regions); Miguel Garlin (senior, 3-6 at 182, 1 match from regions); Andres Trujillo (sophomore, 6-23 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Firebirds matters: Doral might return to Kissimmee next year, what with 8th grader Mira getting to Day 2 and Martinez winning a district title. If the Firebirds can find some more help in the uppers, they could be a top-four team in the district.

Goleman (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 8th at region, T-48th at states. 2015 — 25th at region. 2014 — T-24th at region.
Individual returners: Sarah Lee (junior, 1-7 at 106, district 4th); Noah Sinko (junior, 23-15 at 113, district runnerup); Anthony Perdomo (junior, 25-12 at 120, district runnerup); Anthony Romero (senior, 27-14 at 132, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Gators matters: Goleman went from worst to first in the districts, but defending that title — with the graduation losses incurred — will be tricky business in 2017. 2016 Gators graduate Enrique Kelly was 0-2 at states at 182, dropping a 3-2 consi round-1 loss to 2016 Terry Parker grad Aquana McCalop. At 195, another Gator graduate, Ivan Martinez, was 2-2, beginning and ending his state-podium bid with Region 1 wrestlers. Martinez pinned Middleburg’s Kurt Jackson in the first round, but after losing to eventual finalist Nick Vischulis of Venice in the quarters, was later eliminated in the state blood round by 2016 Creekside grad Gus Fischer, by second-period fall.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes
Other post-season stats: 2016 — None. Potential first-year program.
Individual returners: None.
Why knowing about the Trojans matters: As mentioned a few times earlier, it will be interesting to see how the first-year and rebooted programs will stack up this coming season.

Miami Springs
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 9th at region, T-31st at states. 2015 — T-17th at region, T-54th at states. 2014 — 19th at region, T-39th at states.
Individual returners: Keith Ramos (sophomore, 17-16 at 120, district 4th); Ryan Ramos (senior, 10-3 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Alex Rodriguez (senior, 26-16 at 160, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Golden Hawks matters: Springs, also, had a solid year in 2015-16, but with only three returners with post-season experience, scoring so well in next year’s post-season will be a harder feat to repeat. 2016 Golden Hawk graduate David Sanchez (138) lost in the first round of states but then didn’t lose again until the third-place match, winning by injury-default over Crestview’s Diego Calonje in consi round 1. Another 2016 Springs graduate, Randall Sandoval (145), was 1-2 at states, losing to eventual runnerup Noah Ridley of Brandon in the first round, but then eliminating 2016 Ed White grad Juwan Lee, 17-3, in consi round 1.

Mourning (North Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-31st at region. 2015 — 23rd at region, T-54th at states. 2014 — T-17th at region.
Individual returners: Adrian Gil (senior, 21-9 at 113, district champ); Carlos Urquijo (senior, 27-11 at 132, district 3rd); Antonio DaSilva (senior, 17-17 at 138, district 4th); Josue Urbina (junior, 14-7 at 170, district 3rd); Ray Lugo (sophomore, 3-7 at 195, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Sharks matters: Gil and Urquijo did both make it to Day 2 at regions, but the Sharks were unable to duplicate their 2015 feat and get a wrestler to Kissimmee.

Norland (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 7th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 8th at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — no program per FHSAA.
Individual returners: Romel Joseph (sophomore, 9-5 at 106, district 3rd); Isaiah Dixon (senior, 1-3 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Aslet Jean (senior, 34-15 at 145, district runnerup, region 4th); Alex Townsend (senior, 16-13 at 182, district 3rd); Denzel Addison (junior, 26-19 at 285, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Vikings matters: Norland is another program that will have heavy graduation losses to overcome in 2016-17. Aslet Jean, the Vikings’ only returner with state experience, was 0-2 at states, with a loss via tech in the first round to eventual champion Adam Lewis of Tampa Jesuit, and then lost by fall to Region 1’s David Jackson, a 2016 Lincoln graduate, in consi round 1. 2016 Vikings graduate Cednet Jean (160) also was 0-2, with a first-round loss via major (11-2) to Orange Park’s Nartorian Lee. Finally, 2016 Norland graduate Reoshard Donald (220) was 0-2 in the tournament, losing by third-period fall in the first round to Leon’s JT Grant.

Northwestern (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 26th at region. 2015 — 31st at region. 2014 — 22nd at region, T-66th at states.
Individual returners: Jedidiah Herring (junior, 120, district champ); Nathaniel Moss (senior, 12-11 at 152, district 4th); Micheal Jones (senior, 170, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Bulls matters: Herring and 2016 graduate James Thomas (195) both got to Day 2 at regions, but no state representation — second year in a row. The Bulls did move up five slots from last year’s Region 4 performance.

Sunset (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 21st at region. 2015 — 7th at 3A-District 16, 28th at 3A-Region 4. 2014 — 8th at 3A-District 16, 30th at 3A-Region 4.
Individual returners: Ramon Herrera (sophomore, 5-15 at 106, district runnerup); Justin Fleites (sophomore, 3-16 at 126, district 4th); Michael Alemany (sophomore, 3-12 at 132, 0-2 at districts); David Sastre (senior, 14-9 at 138, district runnerup); Kevin Otero (sophomore, 3-14 at 145, district 4th); Danny Perez (senior, 19-9 at 152, district champ, 1 match from states); Amin Esquivel (senior, 17-8 at 170, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Jonathan Esquivel (junior, 12-7 at 220, district 4th); Jorge Martinez (junior, 6-10 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Knights matters: A big group back for the Knights in 2016-17 — nine wrestlers with post-season experience — but none with state experience. It’s been at least four years since any Sunset wrestler has been to Kissimmee for states.

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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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