#RoadToTheShow: 3A-1 Region Preview

So next up is the 3A-Region 1 preview.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I have been hearing rumblings of mass amounts of kids that will be DQ’d for the region tournament due to improper weighins earlier in the year. Don’t know who (exactly, rumors are just that: rumors), don’t know why. As of right now, and for purposes of this preview, that fact is not affecting how I am picking these weights. I think it is very sad for these kids that will be affected. They are going to duals and tournaments being administered by adults. Adults who should know better. The fault, where such exists, rests with those people, and it’s only too bad that sanctions can’t be put into place against any offending the rules.

So my picks will be assuming that everybody who qualified actually gets to wrestle. Meaning, those picks will be wrong, if what I have heard is true. I just can’t confirm anything, but the rumors are flying hard out there.

As my friend Brant is quick to caution with his, these are for entertainment purposes only. Prove me wrong, or prove me right. I am good either way.

106: 1. Briar Jackson (Fleming Island). 2. Ryan Rowland (Hagerty). 3. Ernesto Maysonet (Timber Creek). 4. Christian Sheppard (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Ivan Reyes (Cypress Creek).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Bryan Perkins (Buchholz).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Sheppard v. Jacen McMath (Apopka).
My too-short take: The way this region has gone lately, I do look at District 1 and District 3 kids with a bit more favor in the event of a tossup. Jackson and Rowland should be able to reprise their match at Flagler Rotary last month. Maysonet should be a solid choice for third, but there’s options for that fourth spot. Sheppard’s wrestling well, however.

113: 1. Albie Snedaker (Fleming Island). 2. Jayden Bradshaw (Boone). 3. Ryan Rosano (Oakleaf). 4. Nathan Hewson (DeLand).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Michael Ortega (Cypress Creek).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Corban Arana (Timber Creek).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Bradshaw v. Rosano.
My too-short take: Definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see Bradshaw win, but Snedaker has only been getting in better and better shape after missing several weeks. Group of about five are going to be chasing for the two 3-4 spots (Snedaker is clearly ahead on the top half, Bradshaw at least somewhat ahead in a deeper bottom half).

120: 1. Michael DeAugustino (Flagler Palm Coast). 2. Deandre Demus (Fleming Island). 3. Antonio Estrada (Timber Creek). 4. Noel Soto (Boone).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Smaill Saint Pierre (Freedom).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Trent Dalldorf (Fletcher).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Dalldorf v. Mathieu Byers (Hagerty).
My too-short take: I’m pretty certain about the final. Not locked-in-stone certain, but PRETTY certain. DeAugustino and Demus have been the class of the region. But I can pull seven wrestlers’ names off the top of my head that I think have a real shot at making the show. This bracket has a lot of solid kids in it, up and down.

126: 1. Avery Holder (Flagler Palm Coast). 2. Marcus Jean Baptiste (Freedom). 3. Lucas Rodriguez (Boone). 4. Jacob Sandoval (Fleming Island).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Jamel Clue (Dr Phillips).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Matthew Phillips (Winter Springs).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Jean Baptiste v. Ethan Gustilo (Oakleaf).
My too-short take: Holder is unbeaten against Florida wrestlers, Rodriguez is unbeaten for the year. The semifinal between the two would be for the “real” final, but Jean Baptiste is quite capable as well and should advance out of the bottom half. I’m not saying there’s no way Holder will lose, but if he does, it will take an effort at a level I have not often seen in Florida. As will be the case in many brackets, watch the consis. A lot of solid kids will go home Friday, season (or perhaps career) over.

132: 1. Gant Moore (Buchholz). 2. Brenden Maharaj (Freedom). 3. Emauni Smithson (Hagerty). 4. Brian Rosa (Apopka).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Andrew Fletcher (Boone).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Damion Figouera (Flagler Palm Coast).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Trace Insalaco (Fleming Island) v. Devon Craig (Oviedo).
My too-short take: Another class where there is separation of the leaders from the rest of the group, and then a second group chasing them that goes at least six deep. My 3-4 picks were tabbed to reach the semis, so staying on the front side as long as possible is the surest path to success (#hottake). District 1 kids may have to fight through each other to keep advancing.

138: 1. Ethan Woods (Hagerty). 2. Michael Martins (Flagler Palm Coast). 3. Jordan Goldman (Lake Mary). 4. Ernst Attilus (Ocoee).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Earl Johnson (Freedom).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Vince Hauser (Fleming Island).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Dominic Isola (Oviedo) v. Johnson.
My too-short take: Again, two wrestlers that have separated themselves at the front, and a group of up to maybe seven that are chasing down the 3 and 4 spots. I keep going back to this — check the consis in these brackets. Carnage. Look at the quarters, also, in this weight class. They may provide clues as to those that are equipped enough to run down third and fourth.

145: 1. Dimitri Alicea (Winter Springs). 2. Cameron Bell (Sandalwood). 3. Stephon Halliburton (Freedom). 4. Tyrone Jones (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Marshal Stone (DeLand).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Tywaine Rochebrun (Atlantic Coast).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Rochebrun v. Mitchell Warren (Olympia).
My too-short take: This time, there’s a group of three, with Alicea and Halliburton locking down the two spots from the bottom half of the bracket, so the battle will be for the one spot in the top half, with about five kids challenging for it. Don’t overlook Apopka’s Roody Edouard, in the mix, either.

152: 1. Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island). 2. Yoaquim Rios (DeLand). 3. Curtis Brock (Flagler Palm Coast). 4. Thanks Alcius (Apopka).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Michael Busck (Oviedo).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Oliver Hart (Hagerty).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Rios v. Brock.
My too-short take: I don’t see anybody overcoming Detwiler for the title, but there are a lot of kids chasing. Getting into the top half of the consi bracket will be critical for those slotted into the bottom half, because there are lots of tough outs in the bottom half (as many as six, arguably).

160: 1. Max Wohlabaugh (Winter Springs). 2. Will Hennessy (DeLand). 3. Briso Aimable (Freedom). 4. Ben Sann (Fleming Island).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Dan Lively (Lake Mary).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Chandler Bell (Sandalwood).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Bell vs. Uziel Rivera (University Orlando).
My too-short take: Wohlabaugh will win the bracket, of that there is no question. But everyone else in the bracket needs to be thinking about Sann. I don’t know that anyone else is safe. My picks are the “chalk” variety, but he’s defied chalk this season. Whoever between Aimable/Koller/Hennessy makes it to the third-place match can’t rest, either.

170: 1. Cole Mitchell (Winter Springs). 2. Nate Ferkovich (Lake Brantley). 3. Steve Canidate (Flagler Palm Coast). 4. Quentin Wilson (Apopka).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Justin Segarra (Lake Howell).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Jalyn Robinson (Fleming Island).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Ikzac Dixon (Evans) v. Dillon Morency (Sandalwood).
My too-short take: The Canidate-Ferkovich quarterfinal ought to be a monster between two potential state placers next week. The way I’m seeing the top half of the consi bracket shape up, it could be the top 3 District 1 kids fighting through each other for a shot at wrestling for state. Apopka’s Wilson is the chalk pick there, but things could get interesting. Watch DeLand’s Gage Lauter as a potential wildcard as well.

182: 1. Jason Davis (Fleming Island). 2. Jason DeGroat (Winter Springs). 3. George Schanck (Evans). 4. Logan Celella (Apopka).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Evans Cesar (Lake Mary).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Cole Friend (Sandalwood).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Celella vs. Friend.
My too-short take: Even setting Davis and DeGroat at the top of the group, this is a really strong group, with a number of solid kids that won’t even get to Saturday, let alone have a shot at wrestling for state. While the ranked kids are the favorites on paper, there are a few kids (I would add Timber Creek’s Brian Santiago and Flagler Palm Coast’s Eddie Bryant to the dark horse candidates as potential qualifiers out).

195: 1. Ryan Smenda (Fleming Island). 2. Narek Stepanyan (Fletcher). 3. Justin Marotta (Freedom). 4. Raymond Haverty (DeLand).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Hagen Salickram (West Orange).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Zachary Gallon (Apopka).
First-round matchup worth the price of admission: Anthony Coleman (Timber Creek) v. David Johnson (Robert E. Lee).
My too-short take: Learned a lesson about picking against somebody with both strength and athleticism like Smenda, and I’m pretty sure Stepanyan learned a lesson, too. But they’re going to have lots of challengers for the top of the heap at this weight class, with Winter Springs’ Jessiah Contreras certainly well in the mix with the dark horses to get out to Kissimmee next week.

220: 1. Montana Lewis (Winter Springs). 2. Brandyne Mackey (Fleming Island). 3. Matthew Simms (Apopka). 4. Terence Neat (DeLand).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Wals Edmond (University Orland).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Tyler Irigoyen (Flagler Palm Coast).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Patchiney Prophete (Freedom) v. Darrell McBride (Fletcher).
My too-short take: Lewis and Mackey should be a little bit ahead of the rest of the solid kids in the weight class, and both halves of the consi bracket have a lot of pitfalls to them. Getting to the semis with Lewis and Mackey is critical, and I have Simms and Neat doing that. There should be quite a few kids that can mix-and-match into those 3-4 spots.

285: 1. Dylan Meeks (Dr Phillips). 2. TJ Boyd (Winter Springs). 3. Christian Gomez (Hagerty). 4. Jose Concepcion (Fleming Island).
Dark horse (top half of bracket): Vincent Ebanks (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horse (bottom half of bracket): Uzochi Oparaji (Cypress Creek).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Darrell Lowe (Freedom) v. Ed Montilus (Apopka).
My too-short take: OK. One last time (well, I’ll probably trot it out again next week). You wrestle Meeks, you’re going for second (if you’re in the final) or third (if you see him before the final). That means Gomez, a tough customer in his own right and Meeks’ quarterfinal opponent, gets sent to the top half of the consi bracket, which is bad news for the Concepcion-Oparaji quarterfinal loser, and bad news for the Ebanks-Boyd semifinal loser. This is another group that goes almost nine deep. There’s no room for a bad move, a bad period and certainly not a bad match.

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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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