The Scouting Report: 3A-District 2

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. This is the last “out-of-area” scouting report left to be done; 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.

3A-District 2

2015-16 team finish: 1. Apopka. 2. West Port. 3. Ocoee. 4. West Orange. 5. Dr Phillips. 6. Edgewater. 7. Evans. 8. Wekiva. 9. Olympia.
2014-15 team finish: 1. West Orange. 2. Apopka. 3. West Port. 4. Olympia. 5. Dr Phillips. 6. Edgewater. 7. Ocoee. 8. Forest. 9. Wekiva.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Apopka. 2. Edgewater. 3. West Orange. 4. Dr Phillips. 5. Olympia. 6. West Port. 7. Forest. 8. Ocoee. 9. Wekiva.

Apopka
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 11th at region, T-61st at states. 2015 — 15th at region, T-55th at states. 2014 — 12th at region, T-24th at states.
Individual returners: Elijah Petit-Frere (junior, 106, district 4th); Brian Rosa (senior, 120, district runnerup); Dwight Parker (junior, 14-16 at 126, 1 match from regions); Ezra Green (senior, 16-22 at 132, 1 match from regions); Glen Miller (senior, 8-9 at 138, 1 match from regions); Thanks Alcius (junior, 8-10 at 152, district runnerup); Kendrik Koller (junior, 32-14 at 160, district champ, region runnerup); Quentin Wilson (senior, 28-17 at 170, district champ, 1 match from states); Logan Celella (senior, 42-7 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Zach Gallon (senior, 20-10 at 195, district runnerup, region 3rd); Jacob Caughell (sophomore, 220, 1 match from regions); Michael Handy (junior, 17-9 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Blue Darters matters: Defending district champions could have a bit more state presence in 2016-17, with two additional wrestlers (Wilson & Celella) right on the doorstep of states this past year. Koller didn’t face any District 1 competition en route to reaching the finals at Palm Coast, where he lost by fall to Winter Springs’ Max Wohlabaugh. Koller picked up Apopka’s lone point at states, going 1-2 there with a 5-3 win over Santaluces’ Gabriel Burzycki in consi round 1. Gallon was 0-2 in Kissimmee at 195, losing by fall in the first round to eventual finalist Adolfo Sotolongo of Southwest Miami.

Dr Phillips (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 7th at region, 13th at states. 2015 — 8th at region, 16th at states. 2014 — 4th at region, 8th at states.
Individual returners: Jamel Clue (senior, 42-14 at 120, district champ, 1 match from states); Luis Forestal (junior, 13-20 at 170, 1 match from regions); Dylan Meeks (senior, 37-0 at 220, district champ, region champ, state CHAMPION).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: Dr Phillips will have some graduation losses to overcome, but should be a top-20 threat at states again in March, with Meeks around one more season. He almost pinned his way through the entirety of the post-season (one major decision in the district final, which would be reprised two weeks later at Kissimmee). Meeks had one match against District 1 competition at Palm Coast and regions, pinning Fleming Island’s Jose Concepcion in the final there. At states, Meeks had falls over Cypress Bay’s Matthew Toribio (first round), Palm Beach Gardens’ Terrill Taylor (quarters), Southridge’s Darius Hamilton (semis, the only match in Kissimmee that went into the third period) and Wekiva’s Raimello Jackson (his finals opponent at districts, more on him shortly) in the final. 2016 Panther graduate Tahj Glemaud (285) was fourth at states, qualifying out by taking third at regions, where he had two falls over District 1’s Chris Shauman of Sandalwood (first round and “blood round,” which for regions is the consi semis) and a loss by fall to Atlantic Coast’s DeAngeles Harris (more on Shauman and Harris this weekend) in the semis. Glemaud was 4-2 at states, losing 1-0 in the quarters to eventual state champion Kyron Taylor of South Dade. Glemaud’s only match against a Region 1 opponent cmae in the third-place match, where he lost 2-1 to Harris in double overtime.

Edgewater (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 30th at region. 2015 — 17th at region, T-41st at states. 2014 — 8th at region, T-17th at states.
Individual returners: Tremindiou Williams (senior, 5-15 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Will Mitchell (senior, 29-10 at 126, district runnerup); Rawkon Philip (junior, 24-16 at 132, district 3rd); Marquis Kelly (sophomore, 18-17 at 138, district 4th); Matt Wemple (senior, 9-15 at 145, 1 match from regions); Elijah White (sophomore, 4-27 at 160, 1 match from regions); Joey Miller (junior, 32-15 at 220, district 4th); Dwight Collins (sophomore, 7-16 at 285, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: No Edgewater returning wrestlers were able to get to Day 2 at Palm Coast, combining for two region wins as a group (Mitchell and Miller one each). 2016 was the first year in at least the previous four where there was no presence at states.

Evans (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 23rd at region, T-71st at states. 2015 — 6th at 3A-District 4, 30th at region. 2014 — 9th at 3A-District 4, T-33rd at region.
Individual returners: Tejean Burns (sophomore, 5-19 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Marc Imprevert (junior, 20-13 at 132, district 4th); Ruben Joseph (senior, 14-7 at 138, 0-2 at districts); DeAndrew Walker (senior, 28-8 at 145, district runnerup, region 4th); Jahmal Fleming (senior, 6-12 at 160, district 4th); Ikzac Dixon (senior, 22-10 at 170, district 3rd); Demetrius Daniels (senior, 9-15 at 195, 1 match from regions); Maliek Jackson (senior, 27-5 at 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Trojans matters: Besides Walker, Jackson was the only Evans wrestler to get to Day 2 at states, falling in the consi quarters. At states, though, Walker stood alone after finishing fourth at regions, in which he pinned Flagler Palm Coast’s Evyn Insalaco in the quarters, only to lose by fall to Insalaco in the third-place match. Walker was 0-2 at Kissimmee, losing by fall in the first round to eventual placer Bryce Marcus of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Ocoee
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 19th at region, T-50th at states. 2015 — 21st at region, T-49th at states. 2014 — 17th at region, T-44th at states.
Individual returners: Hermi Gomez (sophomore, 27-14 at 106, district 3rd); Garrett Duffina (junior, 18-15 at 113, district 4th); Jason Quintana (senior, 15-15 at 120, district 4th); Tyree Glover (sophomore, 14-7 at 126, district 4th); Antwoan Ringer (sophomore, 10-15 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Derek Verhoest (senior, 23-19 at 138, district 3rd); Ernst Attilus (senior, 30-12 at 145, district 4th); Jason Frey (junior, 14-14 at 152, district 4th); Nathan Roberts (senior, 14-15 at 170, district 4th); George Schanck (senior, 182, district champ, region runnerup); Bill Liberte (senior, 25-10 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Knights matters: Of the returning wrestlers, just Schanck got past the first day at Palm Coast. Along the way to finishing second, Schanck decisioned Flagler Palm Coast’s Steve Canidate, 8-3 in the quarters, but later lost in the final to Fleming Island’s Ryan Smenda, 8-5. In Kissimmee, Schanck was 1-2, losing 11-6 in the first round to eventual champ Josiah Gittman of St. Thomas Aquinas. His lone victory was a third-period fall in consi round 1 over South Dade’s Corey Harvey.

Olympia (Orlando)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 32nd at region. 2015 — 16th at region, T-60th at states. 2014 — 13th at region, T-48th at states.
Individual returners: Billy Laute (sophomore, 10-16 at 106, 1 match from regions); Raphael Seabra (sophomore, 14-17 at 113, 1 match from regions); Chazz Savoiy (sophomore, 1-6 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Odler Verdieu (sophomore, 4-11 at 132, 0-2 at districts); James Murphy (senior, 11-18 at 138, 1 match from regions); Muib Akiniely (sophomore, 0-7 at 145, 0-2 at districts); Vann Washington (junior, 5-17 at 170, 1 match from regions); Alex Aguilera (junior, 1-14 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Welinston Ortega (junior, 6-23 at 220, 0-2 at districts); George McNeilly (senior, 32-14 at 285, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Titans matters: Olympia had just two region qualifiers, with McNeilly being the only returner and point-scorer at Palm Coast. He had to injury-default out of the tournament in the Region 1 semis at 285.

Wekiva (Apopka)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 16th at region, T-26th at states. 2015 — 24th at region, T-60th at states. 2014 — 29th at region.
Individual returners: Joseph Prevesk (sophomore, 8-12 at 106, 1 match from regions); John Asuncion (junior, 4-10 at 113, 1 match from regions); Maureece Wiesenfeld (sophomore, 1-22 at 120, 0-2 at districts); D’Andre Brutan (junior, 9-10 at 126, district 3rd); Brad Reinert (junior, 12-20 at 132, 1 match from regions); Willnes Accius (sophomore, 6-7 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Brian Palmer (sophomore, 5-19 at 152, 1 match from regions); Terrence Bryant (junior, 3-19 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Shane O’Leary (sophomore, 8-10 at 182, 1 match from regions); Joseph Bannister (sophomore, 2-6 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Mustangs matters: Just one returning Mustang, Brutan, was able to get out of the first weekend a year ago, and he was 0-2 at Palm Coast. Wekiva’s region and state point totals were generated by 2016 graduates Raimello Jackson (220) and Latavius Melton (285). Jackson lost in the quarters at Palm Coast, but then won four matches to qualify out at third, the first of which was an 8-2 consi round-2 decision over Atlantic Coast’s Kurk Jackson. At states, Jackson decisioned his way to Saturday night, not facing any Region 1 opposition until then, when he lost by fall to Meeks. Melton lost, 8-5, in the first round of regions to Fleming Island’s Brandyne Mackey (more on him this weekend), but then didn’t lose again until the third-place match, qualifying out. At Kissimmee, Melton was 0-2, with a first-round loss to eventual placer Samuel Harrison of George Jenkins and double-OT loss in consi round 1.

West Orange (Winter Garden)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-21st at region. 2015 — T-19th at region, T-68th at states. 2014 — T-26th at region.
Individual returners: Jaylen Paucar (junior, 11-19 at 113, district 3rd); Tyler Montes (senior, 25-19 at 120, district 3rd); Carlos Perez (senior, 22-16 at 145, 1 match from regions); Christopher Villafane (senior, 14-22 at 160, district 3rd); George Aldaco (senior, 28-10 at 170, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Hagen Salickran (senior, 28-15 at 182, district 3rd); Paul Atwood (sophomore, 1-19 at 220, 0-2 at districts); Aric Horne (junior, 8-10 at 285, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Warriors matters: Aldaco was the only returning West Orange wrestler to get past the first day at Palm Coast, with his only match against District 1 competition a 3-2 win in the consi quarters over Flagler Palm Coast’s Eddie Bryant.

West Port (Ocala)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 18th at region. 2015 — 18th at region, T-55th at states. 2014 — T-20th at region.
Individual returners: Aaron Kreiser (senior, 33-8 at 106, district champ, 1 match from states); Jayden Crum (junior, 24-13 at 113, district champ); Jonathan Rodriguez (sophomore, 11-11 at 120, 1 match from regions); Parker Nasman (senior, 28-9 at 132, district champ, 1 match from states); Aaron Lange (senior, 17-12 at 138, district runnerup); Dawson Guthrie (sophomore, 2-6 at 220, 0-2 at districts); Michael Guthrie (senior, 8-15 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Wolfpack matters: Kreiser and Nasman were the only West Port returners to get past the first day at Palm Coast. Kreiser lost to Oakleaf’s Ryan Rosano, 2-0, in the 106 quarters, with a 13-2 win over Flagler Palm Coast’s John Johnson and 10-8 win over Sandalwood’s Alex Barie before falling in the blood round to Fleming Island’s Albie Snedaker, 4-1. Nasman lost, 2-0, in the first round, to Buchholz’s Tommy Howell, but then won three matches — including wins over Flagler’s Nathan St. Pierre (9-0) and Sandalwood’s Hayden Raulerson (fall) — before losing in the consi semis to Colonial’s Jordan Wooten.

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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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