The Season 2016-17: Gainesville

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You can see everything I have on the Hurricanes in 2016-17 here –>  GAINESVILLE

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Hurricanes’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Gainesville had a mostly-new lineup this year, but the Hurricanes brought a lot of first-year varsity sophomores and juniors to the table as starters, so there were not the physical-maturity issues that can sometimes happen. However, there was a pretty tough stretch of duals between Columbia’s event and Buchholz’s event just before Christmas, in which Gainesville won just one dual. January was a much more hit-and-miss month, partly because there were lineup movements (and partially because we had some missing results that month), and we didn’t get anything from two of the Hurricanes’ events. Sustaining momentum was trickier down the stretch. Graduation losses don’t hurt Gainesville too much, certainly in comparison to the previous year, but this group will have to work together at getting better.

2016-17 MVP: Like the Hurricanes as a group did, sophomore Scotty Tacinelli was at his strongeest at the beginning of the year, winning 14 of his first 15 matches (only a 2-0 loss marring an otherwise perfect start, in the fifth of five home duals on the first weekend. After that start, though, Tacinelli’s competition ratcheted upward significantly, and wins got harder to come by, as he went 3-6 between the Buchholz duals event just before Christmas and the Trojan Invitational in Tallahassee in mid-January. Tacinelli got the ship righted enough to get into the region tournament at Chiles, but found rough going in two losses to District 1 113s. Tacinelli might be the next Hurricane who can get out to Kissimmee, with some additional work.

2017-18 captain: Can Corey Ryan captain? Look, the kid pulled down a perfect on the ACT. Already, he’s a leader. And, he has enough wrestling to to be an effective leader on the mat as well as in the classroom. He shared the Hurricanes’ deepest run in the region tournament, and was one of four returning district runners-up that Gainesville will have coming into 2017-18. He dropped a weight late in the year, after Cities, and won twice on the back side at regions after a reasonable district performance and some decent regular-season wins. How well the Hurricanes do in 2017-18 will be determined by how well their experienced kids — Ryan most definitely included — carry expectations next year.

Heaton’s Hero: Junior Dishant Rami had two falls in his first weekend as a varsity starter for the Hurricanes. Not a bad way to start. However, unless there were wins at West Port or Villages (there may very well have been) there would not be another contested win until districts, when Rami had to win one match just to keep his season going for another week. Rami was able to get that win — with at least 22 losses in between, most if not all of those by fall and go another week. It would have been easy for Rami to pack it in, but he didn’t, and for that, Dishant Rami is the Heaton’s Hero for Gainesville.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Nathan Fox (senior, 106, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Tacinelli (junior, 113, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Nicholas Hanson (sophomore, 120, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Rami (senior, 132, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Josh Cohn (sophomore, 138, 1 match from regions); Ryan (senior, 160, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Justin Harbilas (senior, 170, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Bronson Carter (junior, 182, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Donnie Wilburn (senior, 285, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions). Also: Pierre Toney (senior, 182, did not compete in post-season); Alex Anzivino (senior, 220, 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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