The Season 2016-17: Pedro Menendez


You can see everything I have on the Falcons in 2016-17 here –>  PEDRO MENENDEZ

Win/loss record: 7-20 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Falcons’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: This was a season that — with a couple of exceptions — did not go the way anyone connected with the Falcons would have wanted it to go. First there was a coaching change, and then there wasn’t, and then there was again. Menendez sorted itself out through that process, and then had three starters make appearances at the first event of the season and not again after that, with another leaving in January and four not suiting up for districts. Just six wrestlers suited up for District 4, but the good news was that five of those six qualified for the Region 1 tournament at Clay and five (not exactly the same five, but most) can come back in 2017-18. That’s a nucleus to build around.

2016-17 MVP: The brightest light around the Falcons’ season was the progress that senior Max Worthington made after winning districts in his junior year in 2016. It was a little bit of slow progress, though, at the beginning, as Worthington was 3-3, but then won nine of his next 10, with the only loss out-of-state. After two losses at Rob Bierbaum, Worthington then ripped off nine wins in a row and 13 of 14. From there, Worthington’s only losses prior to the post-season were either against 3A competition or against the 2A state finalist at 170. He had another eight-match win streak that closed out the regular season, was sufficient to win the District 4 title a second time and get him to the Region 1 finals. Worthington was the Falcons’ lone representative at states, going 1-2 with a win by fall. I had a couple fewer wins than what was officially reported, but either way Worthington had an incredible season to close out his career.

2017-18 captain: As was the case with Worthington, I seem to not have the same number of wins, but the season that Robert Iglesias had, in conjunction with his freshman season, were both solid enough to put him in line for a captaincy position, with a 4-1 effort in the Matanzas Duals, a runnerup finish at Rob Bierbaum, and better than .500 at St Johns River Conference, but there were some regular-season setbacks as well. Iglesias bumped down to 113 in January, but moved back up to 120 for the post-season, reaching the District 4 final — where he ran into a two-time state qualifier and fellow captain — and went 1-2 at Clay for Region 1.

Heaton’s Hero: Junior Max Gailey found himself competing at four different weights during the course of the season, starting at 285, dropping to 220 for Westside Kiwanis at Bishop Snyder and later for Army Duals, then going down a third time at Flagler Rotary. Gailey made one last drop for the season-ending dual against St. Augustine, only to go back up to 195 for the post-season. Gailey only had his hand raised twice all season after a contested match, one in the very first match of December, and once again at Army Duals. Most of the others were losses by fall, none going past the second period. But Gailey’s willingness to do whatever for the Falcons is why he is the Heaton’s Hero for Pedro Menendez.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Iglesias (junior, 120, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Collin Tanner (senior, 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Alex Cathcart (senior, 170, 1 match from regions); Gailey (senior, 195, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Carter Payne (junior, 285, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions). Also: Robert Richard (sophomore, 132, did not compete in post-season); Trenton Schmermund (sophomore, 145, did not compete in post-season); Devin Hudgins (senior, 145, did not compete in post-season); David Soule (senior, 152, did not compete in post-season); Austyn Holsomback (junior, 195, 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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