So like I promised on the Northeast site earlier this week, I thought I’d take some time to look at some possible “true 4th” matchups that could have gone down in the 2016 district tournament.
Recall the earlier opinion post, in which I argued for a true 4th place for the region tournaments. This would occur when the region’s “bracketed 4th” would face off in a battle for a place at states against the wrestler that the bracketed 3rd defeated in the blood round. This would only happen if those wrestlers did NOT wrestle earlier in the tournament, which is, I think, impossible to achieve in the region bracket.
At the district level, however, if the wrestlers did compete earlier in the tournament, the wrestler that won earlier would walk over the wrestler he or she had beaten, and there would not be a contested wrestleback for that weight class. Obviously, the fuller the bracket (or more teams in the district), the more likely a true 4th wrestleback would be to occur.
Here’s a rundown of “true 4th” matches for the five local districts in 1A:
132: Ethan Ellis (Marianna) v. Aidan Campbell (North Bay Haven).
145: Hunter Kruger (Bozeman) v. Dagon Womack (North Bay Haven).
152: Davis Whitfield (Bay) v. Jaden Page (South Walton).
160: Drew Hostetter (Florida High) v. Tyler Cordle (Wakulla).
126: Zach Watson (Yulee) v. Malik Hardison (Westside).
152: Matthew Gathright (Westside) v. Caleb Griffin (Baker County).
182: Carter Payne (Menendez) v. Keethan Seay (Wolfson).
District 5: None. With half of the teams in the district having just a handful of wrestlers, this is not surprising.
106: Colwyn Mason (Ft Walton Beach) v. Austin O’Gara (Pace).
120: Jackson Moore (Crestview) v. Kevin Green (Pace).
145: Cody Brooks (Crestview) v. Alex Jacobs (Gulf Breeze).
152: Xavier Morgan (Milton) v. Cannon Crum (Niceville).
160: Devon Moseley (Niceville) v. Joey Royce (Ft Walton Beach).
182: Nick Woodward (Ft Walton Beach) v. Brian Miller (Pace).
195: Brandon Ortiz (Milton) v. Darrius Pena (Niceville).
None. With five teams in the district, this is not surprising.
170: Manuel Rodrigues (Terry Parker) v. Reed Danielson (Orange Park).
285: Jonathan McDow (Ridgeview) v. Deon Williams (Orange Park).
106: Colin Brown (Creekside) v. Josh Bower (Matanzas).
113: Bryan Reed (Ponte Vedra) v. Blake Swor (Bartram Trail).
145: Marcus Petersen (St. Augustine) v. Marshall Frye (Ponte Vedra).
170: Gabe Wentworth (St. Augustine) v. Pavan Guduri (Paxon).
220: Michael Bragalone (St. Augustine) v. Cole Scott (Ponte Vedra).
285: Zachary Owens (Paxon) v. Jonathan Walter (Nease).
And here is 3A:
106: Brandon Cuevas (Fletcher) v. John Johnson (Flagler Palm Coast).
120: Rayquan Piper (Fletcher) v. Vince Karl (Oakleaf).
126: Ivante White (Fletcher) v. Trace Insalaco (Flagler Palm Coast).
138: Conner Smith (Fletcher) v. Ben Hogan (Buchholz).
145: Dominick Belew (Fletcher) v. Dorian Bowden (Robert E. Lee).
182: Cole Friend (Sandalwood) v. David Thompson (Oakleaf).
195: Matthew Strong (Fletcher) v. Christopher Telusma (Robert E. Lee).
285: Jordan Belle (Robert E. Lee) v. Chris Shauman (Sandalwood).