The Season 2016-17: Englewood

ENGLEWOOD

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

Win/loss record: 10-5 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Rams’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Englewood was a team that, because of the strength of its star power, was always going to be a team that would have more staying power in bigger tournaments than it might otherwise have in smaller ones or in duals tournaments, but after finishing second at Optimist and then in the middle of the pack of Westside Kiwanis, the Rams held their own in a dual format as well. Still, though, there were some surprises, like at Gateway, where Englewood had just one medalist. The Rams upgraded their schedule again this past season with the addition of Westside Kiwanis, but will need to get some more out-of-town dual competition. And, next year, Englewood will lose a senior class that supplied a good chunk of its wins. Four post-season starters will return, however, and that’s a start.

2016-17 MVP: Senior 182 Michel Augustin went from being pretty good to very good between his junior and senior seasons, so considering that he was just one match short of a state medal, it was a bit surprising to see him not win at either Optimist or Westside Kiwanis. But, toward the end of Kiwanis and through the first part of Parker Duals, Augustin didn’t lose again, ripping off 14 wins in a row and bringing home Gateway Conference gold for the Rams. He lost in the third round of Parker Duals, but then had another six wins, giving eventual 3A state champion Jason Davis a battle in the semifinals of Clay’s Rotary tournament. While at Clay, Augustin got revenge for one of his early-season losses, finishing third. He added a runnerup effort at District 3, then knocked off District 1’s champion in the Region 1 quarters, losing in the semis to the eventual state runnerup. At states, Augustin (third-team all-First Coast according to the Times-Union) knocked off a 40-match winner in the first round, with his two pins on the weekend ensuring a middle-of-the-pack states finish for the Rams.

2017-18 captain: I can remember being at an event where Englewood was and Karam Hill was a sophomore and he gave, well, let’s just say not 100 percent effort and I remember what his coaches said at the time. It wasn’t terribly complimentary, but what a difference a year’s maturity makes. Hill got out to a solid start to his junior year this season, with a tournament win at Optimist on the first weekend of the season. After a solid 2-2 at Westside Kiwanis, Hill had just one match — that at Gateway, where he only competed on Friday — but that match started a little run where Hill won 11 of 13 matches, including a 5-1 Parker Duals weekend and fourth-place finish at Clay’s Rotary tournament. Hill was second at District 3, losing only to an eventual state podium finisher, and won his first match against a 39-match winner at Region 1. Englewood will need his winning attitude in 2017-18.

Heaton’s Hero: Sophomore 220 Christopher Lands had his first varsity season for the Rams this past year, and he got out to a decent start, winning six of seven matches at Army Duals to enter Gateway Conference with a decent 7-3 record. That’s when things started gettting tougher for Lands, who lost eight straight, including both matches at districts and his first round of regions. However, Lands did nab his first contested win that went a full six minutes, in the first round of consis at Chiles, and although his season came to an end in the next round, he stayed persistent in trying to turn around a losing streak. For staying in the lineup all year and being persistent in the face of a tough run of losses, Christopher Lands is the Heaton’s Hero for Englewood.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Dairo Guerra (junior, 120, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Tyler Crawford (senior, 126, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Lands (junior, 220, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Hill (senior, 285, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions). Also: Cameron Courtenay (sophomore, 106, did not compete in post-season); Hunter Padgett (sophomore, 113, did not compete in post-season); Kyle Crow (sophomore, 132, did not compete in post-season); Gabriel Reyes (sophomore, 132, 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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