The Season 2016-17: Stanton

STANTON

You can see everything I have on the Blue Devils in 2016-17 here –>  STANTON

Win/loss record: 6-12 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Blue Devils’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Any season where the Blue Devils would finish the year with more than one wrestler would have represented some kind of progress, as they had just the one a year ago. This year, Stanton still wasn’t close to fielding a full team at any point, but it did have a couple of lights, a couple of light middles, a couple of bigger middles and one big in just about every event in which it competed. That allowed the Blue Devils to win some dual meets this year — that wasn’t possible a year ago — and it also gave Stanton the opportunity to mix-and-match a little bit in terms of weight classes.

2016-17 MVP: Last year’s solo wrestler, Mitchell Mika, was once again the runaway choice for MVP honors, as he had the most wins, by far, on the Blue Devil roster (26), and he advanced the farthest at both Gateway (third place) and at regions (Saturday qualifier). After wrestling 152 all year, during which he won 11 of 12 matches at one stretch, Mika weighed in at 160 for the post-season. In order to get ready for a states run in 2018, off-season work would really help — and there ought to be a couple of teams around here that could use him.

2017-18 captain: One of the first-year kids that came to the program this year was junior Miles Every, who got out to a pretty nice start this year at 120. He had several contested wins en route to a 10-3 start, with seven pins through that start. The competition would ratchet up as January turned into February, and the wins would be harder to come by, but Every was able to get a win at districts and advance out to the region tournament. Every still needs a lot of technique and a lot more mat time before he would be at Mika’s level, but he would be a good leader for any younger kids coming out next year.

Heaton’s Hero: Another first-year Stanton starter was junior Patrick Lehman, who I also looked at as a potential captain choice, but he had a little bit less success on the mat. However, in the times I saw Stanton, he was always leading the way, getting kids where they needed to go, and despite the lack of personal success at times, he completed the entirety of the regular season (although he did not compete at districts). Lehman’s been a good influence on his team, and between that and his determination to complete the year, Patrick Lehman is the Heaton’s Hero for Stanton.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): John Perera (junior, 106, 1 match from regions); Every (senior, 120, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Gabriel Navearro (sophomore, 132, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Tymofiy Hryhorchuck (junior, 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Bryce Battle (senior, 145, 1 match from regions); Mika (senior, 160, district 4th, 2-2 at regions). Also: Jahmon Hardwick (sophomore, 126, did not compete in post-season); Patrick Lehman (senior, 170, 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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