The Season 2016-17: Robert E Lee


You can see everything I have on the Generals in 2016-17 here –>  ROBERT E LEE

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

Season in a nutshell: With just a couple of exceptions, Lee had no wrestlers smaller than 132 in its lineup all season, only had a 170 at a couple of events, no 195 until mid-January and didn’t find a consistent 285 until then, either. The Generals struggled in a lot of events, in part because of their deeper football run early, and in part simply because kids that had the eligibility to come out either didn’t until later in the year or not at all. Still, though, Lee did have one tournament win this year, taking first at Westside Duals in the first week of February. Lee still hasn’t been able to field a competitive Gateway or District 1 team yet, and next year doesn’t look like it will be the year, but whatever expectations one might have about the Generals, they are sure to defy those.

2016-17 MVP: When I didn’t see David Johnson early, I thought at the time that he was staying out, like many of his fellow star football classmates who’d also wrestled, to prepare for the next level in football. Not so, but it wasn’t until Gateway that we saw Johnson back on the mats. He was second there, and at 5 Star, but went 5-0 at Westside Duals and finished third at districts. With as much firepower as came out of the weight class in District 1, it wasn’t that much of a surprise that he also made it out to states, but it was to some degree considering who he had to beat to get there (two very tough Orlando-area competitors). States was too quick an experience, but for Johnson, getting there was most of the journey.

2017-18 captain: Darius Wells just goes out and quietly does the work. On a team where the upper weights often carry the day, Wells was a model of middleweight consistency, quietly cranking out wins and battling against some very decent kids. Wells had one stretch where he won 13 of 16 of matches (including a 7-1 run within that stretch). He didn’t have the strongest of season-end finishes, dropping five of his last seven contested matches, but was still one of just three Lee wrestlers to get out to the Region 1 tournament. If he gets some off-season work done, he could contend for a state position in 2018.

Heaton’s Hero: Lee was another team that did a lot of mixing and matching in the middle of its lineup, and that made pinpointing a Hero candidate a bit tricky, but in the end the movement up and around the lineup of freshman middle Corey Parrish seemed to suit. Parrish started the year in the lineup, competing at Capital City Classic — Lee’s first event of the year, and one in which few Generals that finished the year competed — and also was in the lineup for districts, without a single contested victory. Only at 5 Star was Parrish at his lowest weight, 138, meaning that he was giving up size for virtually the entire season. But he stayed in the lineup. And for that, Corey Parrish is the Heaton’s Hero for Lee.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Wells (senior, 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Parrish (sophomore, 145, 0-2 at districts); Caleb Zaccheo (senior, 152, 1 match from regions); Maurice Henderson (senior, 160, 0-2 at districts); Christopher Telusma (junior, 182, 1 match from regions); Leo White (senior, 285, district 4th, 0-2 at regions). Also: Vincente Waugh (sophomore, 132, did not compete in post-season); Timothy Greathouse (senior, 145, did not compete in post-season); Caleb Zaccheo (senior, 152, did not compete in post-season); Gregory Williams (senior, 220, did not compete in post-season).


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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