One To Go; 2As Complete

Our 9th of 10 district previews is written and complete with 2A-4 ready to format and place into the hopper for the 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning publication time.

The last preview to compose will be 3A-District 1. We’ll be finalizing our preseason team rankings at that point and then working up the compare/contrast picks review post that comes out about an hour after the previews are published and all the coaches are stoked or not happy that some guy who never wrestled picked them to win/not win their district. (I don’t know that this is true in all cases, but I do know I never wrestled — I’ve told the story out there, my actual wrestling experience is about 20 seconds and then LIGHTS).

Plus there’ll be the Times-Union preview to work up. I have been told that is going to run on either November 27 or November 28.

An FYI for the larger community reading our sites. This year, we (at least on the Northeast side and on a trial basis in Tallahassee) are engaging with tournament hosts, where due to travel constraints I will not be able to be on-site for their events, to enlist student journalists to augment our coverage. One thing I have always wanted to do with the Matmen platforms is to use them as an opportunity for young people interested in (ideally sports) journalism as a college major and projected professional career to get their feet wet by providing content in the form of quotes from coaches and (in IBTs and round-robins) head-and-shoulder photos of wrestlers winning weight-class titles. Those student journalists can then point to Matmen as an ongoing site in which their work has been published. Often, it’s difficult to get started in the business without a “clip file.” Having their work published and names cited on our website — which will easily go over 1 million page views before season’s end, if projections hold — helps them get started. It’s my small way of being able to give back.

Three of the four Northeast/Tallahassee tournament hosts, that are holding events on the first weekend of the regular season, have been contacted already, and the fourth — who has not hosted an event before — will be contacted today. We have already received a positive response from Florida High on this front. It’s a trial run that, if successful in the first weekend, could see a greatly-expanded amount of coverage for you, the readers. We may even look at this for duals as well, if the early returns are favorable.


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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