The Season 2016-17: Interlachen

INTERLACHEN

You can see everything I have on the Rams in 2016-17 here –>  INTERLACHEN

Win/loss record: 2-27 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Rams’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: With at most six wrestlers ever appearing in the varsity lineup, dual meets were always going to be a difficult proposition for Interlachen. Also, with most of last year’s star power in the Hastings boys having graduated, we sort of wondered how things might be for the Rams this year. Well, they had a couple of solid performances during the course of the year, but the numbers issue continues. One upside is that only one wrestler that saw any time this year will graduate. But the numbers issue, continues.

2016-17 MVP: One of the reasons that there was success to be found in the Interlachen season was the emergence of first-year transfer starter Corey Adkins, who won his first 13 matches for the Rams and didn’t take a loss until the second week of January. Adkins made finals at the Ed Kilpatrick Classic and had solid performances in the two larger duals tournaments at Belleview and Crystal River. Adkins was Interlachen’s lone finalist representative in the District 5 finals, and while he didn’t make an appearance at Region 2 — I think he would have had a solid shot at Saturday at least — a states appearance in 2017-18 is by no means a long shot.

2017-18 captain: As it turned out at districts, although there were a couple of kids with better resumes than Cade Mason‘s in the Rams’ lineup, but it was Mason that was the only Interlachen wrestler to hit the mats at Region 2, where he got three matches on Friday, with a win by fall in consi round 1. Although Mason had some struggles this year, notably at the middleweight-loaded Diamondback Duals, he did go 4-0 at Crystal River’s duals event, and rallied from a first-round loss to take third at districts. Next year will be Mason’s senior year, and along with Adkins, a lot of leadership will be needed.

Heaton’s Hero: We didn’t see Dalton Cady at districts — it’s possible that among his two losses at Crystal River was a loss by injury-default — but before that Cady was a regular fixture in the Interlachen lineup in the freshman season, wrestling near the middle of the weight classes. That can be tricky for new freshmen, who are at experience and strength disadvantages compared to older opponents, but Cady kept battling throughout the regular season, and for that, Dalton Cady is the Heaton’s Hero for Interlachen.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Mason (senior, 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Adkins (senior, 195, district runnerup, did not compete at regions). Also: Cady (sophomore, 132, did not compete in post-season); Julian Rivera (junior, 182, did not compete in post-season).

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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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