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’ve got three “out-of-area” teams in 3A left to do, but these are nearby teams along the Orlando corridor and obviously have a significant impact in Region 1 of 3A. 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. Freedom. 2. Timber Creek. 3. Boone. 4. Cypress Creek. 5. Oak Ridge. 6. University. 7. Winter Park. 8. Colonial.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Freedom. 2. Timber Creek. 3. East River. 4. Boone. 5. Cypress Creek. 6. Evans. 7. University. 8. Colonial. 9. Winter Park. 10. Oak Ridge.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Freedom. 2. Timber Creek. 3. Cypress Creek. 4. Boone. 5. East River. 6. University. 7. Oak Ridge. 8. Winter Park. 9. Colonial. 10. Evans.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 5th at region, T-30th at states. 2015 — T-19th at region, T-60th at states. 2014 — 24th at region.
Individual returners: Jayden Bradshaw (junior, 47-12 at 106, district runnerup, region 3rd); Andrew Fletcher (junior, 43-12 at 113, district 3rd); Parker Chamblin (senior, 20-21 at 120, 1 match from regions); John Nelson (junior, 27-23 at 126, district 4th); Jackson Mendoza (senior, 38-15 at 152, district runnerup); Daniel Bass (junior, 31-11 at 195, district 3rd); Jason Angel (junior, 3-13 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Braves matters: Boone is trending the right way up the district, region and state ladders. Bradshaw, who lost to District 1’s Alex Barie of Sandalwood in the first round of regions, later pinned another District 1 wrestler, Albie Snedaker of Fleming Island, for third place. At states, Bradshaw was 1-2, decisioning St. Thomas’ Christian Arechabaleta 5-2 in round 1. He lost in the quarters to Osceola’s Malyke Hines by tech fall in the second period, and then was eliminated by Snedaker, 6-4, in consi round 2. 2016 graduate Jonathan Gomez (160) finished sixth at states after taking third at regions, where he decisioned District 1’s Erik Kverneland of Buchholz 3-1 in the quarters and on the back side downed Fletcher’s Owen Beining, 7-1, and Flagler Palm Coast 2016 graduate Eric Vigo, 3-1, for third place. At states, Gomez was 2-3, reaching the semis, where he lost by tech fall to eventual champ Giovanny Bonilla of Osceola. Another 2016 Braves graduate, Jude Moore (170) took fourth at regions, where he pinned District 1 2016 graduate Gerald Rushing of Buchholz in the first round and lost by fall to Fleming Island grad John Martorano in the semis. Moore was 2-2 at states, just one match short of the podium, falling in the quarters to eventual finalist Jarred Hardinger of Sarasota.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-27th at region, T-61st at states. 2015 — 31st at region. 2014 — T-33rd at region.
Individual returners: Zion Vargas (junior, 13-12 at 113, 1 match from regions); Daniel Landono (junior, 0-27 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Tyrese Williams (sophomore, 0-7 at 145, 1 match from regions); Khanh Dinh (senior, 160, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Grenadiers matters: No returners with Week 2 experience in the post-season, but Colonial had its first appearance since 2013 at the state tournament nevertheless. 2016 graduate Jordan Wooten (132) was 1-2 at Kissimmee, losing by fall in the first round to eventual state champ Kizhan Clarke of Riverview. Wooten won 10-4 over Monarch’s Zain Cruz in consi round 1, but then was decisioned in consi round 2 by Region 1 rival Cole Mitchell of Winter Springs (more on him a little later on), 14-9. Wooten had finished third at Region 1, with an overtime quarterfinal win over 2016 Buchholz grad Tommy Howell and a loss by fall in the semis to Fleming Island graduate Xaiver Sampsel in matches against District 1 wrestlers.
Cypress Creek (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 20th at region. 2015 — T-25th at region. 2014 — T-15th at region, T-48th at states.
Individual returners: Branden Cuevas (junior, 11-9 at 106, district 4th); Michael Ortega (senior, 36-11 at 113, district runnerup); DJ Dean (junior, 42-10 at 120, district runnerup); Carlos Arce (senior, 26-14 at 126, district 3rd); Charles Duran (senior, 14-9 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Reggie Smith (junior, 31-17 at 145, district 3rd); Andres Uran (junior, 24-20 at 160, 1 match from regions); Fausto Mendez (senior, 28-22 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Uzochi Oparaji (junior, 40-6 at 285, district champ).
Why knowing about the Bears matters: No presence at states for Cypress Creek, but there were plenty of CCHS wrestlers who got to the second day of regions at Palm Coast, all of them losing their first matches on Saturday, including Ortega (lost by 1 point), Dean (lost by fall to eventual qualiifer), Arce (injury default loss) and Oparaji (had won twice to get to Saturday after losing in the first round).
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, 11th at states. 2015 — 4th at region, T-37th at states. 2014 — 6th at region, T-44th at states.
Individual returners: Marcus Jean Baptiste (senior, 44-11 at 106, district champ, region champ, 1 match from state podium); Smaill Saint Pierre (junior, 30-16 at 113, district 4th, 1 match from states); Earl Johnson (senior, 26-17 at 120, district champ); Brenden Maharaj (senior, 36-15 at 126, district champ, region runnerup); Stephon Halliburton (senior, 34-15 at 132, district champ, 1 match from states); Briso Aimable (senior, 44-13 at 152, district champ, region 4th); Colby Wang (senior, 18-24 at 160, district runnerup); Wesley Britos (senior, 11-16 at 170, district 4th); Darrell Wallace (senior, 182, district champ, region 3rd, state 6th); Justin Marotta (senior, 31-11 at 195, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Patriots matters: Dominant presence in the district should only continue at Freedom, with 10 post-season starters all boasting region-qualifier credentials. At regions, Jean Baptiste had decisions over District 1 wrestlers John Johnson (Flagler Palm Coast, 5-1 in the first round), Fleming’s Snedaker (4-3 in semis) and Oakleaf’s Ryan Rosano (6-2 in the final). At states, Jean Baptiste was 2-2, with both losses to placers, falling in the quarters to eventual runnerup Chris Fragale of Palm Harbor University. Jean Baptiste eliminated Rosano in consi round 2, 4-3, to get to the blood round. At 126, Maharaj went 1-1 against District 1 at regions, winning 5-4 over Buchholz’s Gant Moore in the quarters and then later falling, 8-6, to Fleming Island graduate Tracy Davis in the final. At states, Maharaj was 0-2, losing by major decisions in both instances. Briso Aimable had just one region match against a District 1 opponent at 152, falling Buchholz’s Khauriee Sullivan in the quarters. At states, he was 1-2, with both losses to placers, including a first-round loss to third-place John Cruz of North Port. Wallace was 2-1 against District 1 at regions, with a first-round major over Oakleaf’s David Thompson, a loss by fall in the semis to Fleming Island’s Ryan Smenda, and a decision win in the consi semis over Flagler Palm Coast’s Steve Canidate, 5-3. In Kissimmee, Wallace found the most success among the Freedom returners, going 3-3, with all losses against eventual qualifiers. He was 1-1 against Region 1 opponents in the tournament, winning 5-2 over Hagerty graduate Curtis Duren in consi round 2 and losing to Smenda in the consi semis, 6-3. 2016 graduate Christian Rivera also placed sixth at states for the Patriots after winning the Region 1 title. Along the way to that title, Rivera majored Buchholz’s Ben Hogan in the first round and took a 5-4 UTB win over Fleming Island’s Paul Detwiler. Rivera then went 2-3 at states, making the semis and then falling to eventual state champ Grant Aronoff of St. Thomas. Finally, 2016 Patriots grad Kurtis Aimable also won at regions and got to Saturday night at Kissimmee. Aimable won by fall over Fletcher grad Dominick Belew in the first round at Palm Coast, and at states his only loss was to multiple-time state champion Ozzy Lugo of South Dade.
Oak Ridge (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-27th at region. 2015 — T-33rd at region. 2014 — T-33rd at region.
Individual returners: Matthew Augustave (sophomore, 14-15 at 106, district 3rd); JeanVoltai Faustin (sophomore, 8-12 at 113, 1 match from regions); Edgardo Telfort (junior, 8-11 at 126, 1 match from regions); Jean Leger (senior, 12-10 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Andrew Cheslock (senior, 8-12 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Keon Bush (junior, 12-10 at 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Pioneers matters: Oak Ridge has some substantial graduation losses to overcome (six post-season starters graduated this past spring) and none of the returners have winning experience at the region level based on last year’s tournament. Pioneers had one wrestler get to Day 2 at Palm Coast in 2016 graduate Angelo Talabert (152), who was also the only Oak Ridge wrestler to win a contested match. He lost by tech fall in the Region 1 quarters to Flagler Palm Coast’s eventual region and state finalist, Kaz Maia.
Timber Creek (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 14th at region, T-36th at states. 2015 — 6th at region, T-55th at states. 2014 — 9th at region, T-48th at states.
Individual returners: Corban Arana (junior, 19-13 at 113, district champ); Eleijah Bagley (senior, 12-11 at 126, 1 match from regions); Carlos Matos (junior, 21-11 at 138, district 4th); Jaime Santos (senior, 28-10 at 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Alejandro Florez (senior, 12-11 at 152, 1 match from regions); Brian Santiago (junior, 21-11 at 182, district 3rd); Jackson Saffold (senior, 28-4 at 195, district champ, region runnerup, state 4th); Archie Knight (senior, 19-14 at 220, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Wolves matters: Timber Creek hung on to second in the district, but found themselves passed by Boone at the region level. Saffold was the Wolves’ lone Kissimmee representative, but had a pretty solid post-season run. At regions against District 1 opponents, Saffold decisioned Atlantic Coast’s Narek Stepanyan, 5-3, in the quarters, but later lost by fall in the final to Fleming Island’s Jason Davis. Saffold fell in the first round at Kissimmee to Cypress Bay’s Carlos Osterling (who would be eliminated later by Stepanyan), 3-1, but then wouldn’t lose again until the third-place match, where Davis picked up a second win in as many weeks, this time by a 6-4 decision.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 26th at region, T-71st at states. 2015 — T-25th at region. 2014 — 20th at region, T-35th at states.
Individual returners: David Munfus (sophomore, 8-13 at 120, 1 match from regions); Eddie Vazquez (senior, 126, district runnerup, region 4th); Emmanuel Arquerros (junior, 11-16 at 132, 1 match from regions); Joshua Pantoja (senior, 24-11 at 138, 1 match from regions); Ethan Rivera (junior, 8-7 at 145, 1 match from regions); Christopher Otero (senior, 18-10 at 152, 1 match from regions); Robert Marcillo (senior, 8-9 at 160, 0-2 at districts); Uziel Rivera (junior, 19-14 at 182, district 4th); Jon Powell (senior, 6-11 at 195, district 4th); Wals Edmund (junior, 13-13 at 220, district 3rd); Brandon Pureza (senior, 17-9 at 285, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Cougars matters: Vazquez was the only University wrestler to make it to the second day of regions, let alone states. He had a battle with Fleming’s Tracy Davis before falling in the quarters, 7-6, and then won three matches to get to the third-place match, where he lost, 10-0, to Buchholz’s Moore. At states, Vazquez had a brutal quarterfinal draw, losing by tech fall in the first round to eventual finalist Franco Valdes of Southwest Miami, and then again in consi round 1 by fall to Palm Harbor University’s Joe Capone. Vazquez’s opponents had a combined win total of 112.
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 34th at region. 2015 — T-33rd at region. 2014 — T-33rd at region.
Individual returners: Cayleb Buffaloe (sophomore, 9-24 at 106, 1 match from regions); Colson North (sophomore, 20-26 at 120, district 4th); Quentin Lee (junior, 27-17 at 138, district 3rd); Chapman Evans (junior, 17-24 at 145, 0-2 at districts); Brian Harris (senior, 11-31 at 182, 1 match from regions); Jackson O’Reilly (sophomore, 8-21 at 220, 1 match from regions); Elijah Clarke (sophomore, 6-29 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Wildcats matters: Winter Park had just one victory on Day 1 at Palm Coast, as Lee picked up a consi round-1 win by decision for the Wildcats’ only point at Region 1.