#TheSeason2018-19: Florida High

Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2018-19),” because we’re creative like that. Your donation dollars at work, folks.

Teams are being selected on a random basis. Our fifth installment out of 1A-District 2, closing out that district, and 58th overall, is Florida High.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past five seasons.

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You can see everything I have on the Seminoles in 2018-19 here –>  FLORIDA HIGH

Win/loss record: 7-6 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Seminoles’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Florida High had some comparative struggles as a team, early on, but closed with a strong finish, as one would hope for. The Seminoles began the year with a third-place finish at their own Cam Brown Seminole Classic on the first weekend of the season, then took ninth at the 25-team Capital City Classic two-day IBT at crosstown rival Chiles. The Seminoles then made their first trip out of town for Ft Walton Beach’s Beast of the Beach two-day dual tournament, placing 12th in the event with a 5-3 record in contested duals. Florida High then took part in the two-day Knockout Christmas Classic between Christmas and New Year’s, placing 38th in Florida’s best regular-season tournament. The Seminoles fared better in starting January at Fleming Island’s Keystone Invitational, taking seventh out of 18 teams. They took second in the 1A-District 2 dual team tournament, following that up with a midpack finish at Yulee’s Battle of the Border (fifth out of 11 teams). After a quarterfinal loss in the Region 1 dual team tournament, Florida High was off the tournament trail until the second weekend in February, where the Seminoles took a T-9th finish at that 37-team two-day IBT. With better rest, they cranked up the pace in the post-season tournament series, finishing their expected second at District 2. The Seminoles then added a second runnerup finish at Region 1, a very solid team effort, and followed that up with an eighth-place finish at the state tournament in Kissimmee. Florida High could duplicate those tournament finishes in 2019-20, as the Seminoles could return as many as 12 wrestlers with post-season or significant regular-season experience, plus they had a couple more kids right on the doorstep in terms of match numbers.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Emil Ganim (junior, 33-18 at 113, district champ, region 3rd, state 6th); Brooks Dyer (senior, 34-8 at 120, district champ, region champ, state 4th); Tyler Reeve (junior, 36-6 at 126, district runnerup, region champ, state 3rd); Dean Wright (freshman, 12-19 at 132, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Liam Hawkes (sophomore, 4-14 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Dennis Ganim (senior, 33-18 at 138, district champ, 1 match from states); Micah Perdue (junior, 10-8 at 152, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Noah Perdue (senior, 30-18 at 160, district champ, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Chauncy Riggsby (senior, 27-15 at 170, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Syre Ganim (senior, 8-9 at 170/182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Diego Duprey (sophomore, 3-6 at 195, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Joshua Nable (sophomore, 5-22 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Max Metcalf (45-9 at 145, district runnerup, region 3rd, state 5th).

2018-19 MVP: Rising junior Tyler Reeve catapulted himself into position as one of the state’s stronger 120/126 wrestlers in 1A with the way his sophomore season went down. Reeve pinned his way to a Cam Brown Seminole Classic title, then came back to finish second at Capital City. He had an abbreviated appearance at Beast of the Beach and didn’t appear at Knockout, perhaps due to injury, but rallied at Keystone, running the table for a 7-0 weekend and a gold-bracket title. Reeve would add a second title at Battle on the Border, but then had a hard time solving a district rival in his next two larger tournaments, falling in overtime twice to that rival at both the Clay Rotary final and at districts two weeks later. Reeve found a different path in the region final, winning three times by fall in running the table to the title. He also avenged his front-side quarterfinal loss, coming back to place third with an emotional run to close out his sophomore season.

2019-20 captain: Rising senior Brooks Dyer put himself out there as the team leader in terms of performance this past year, and one wonders how he might have performed were it not for an injury in the second day of Keystone. As it was, Dyer racked up 34 wins, by my count, at either 113 or 120, with a win at Cam Brown Seminole Classic, a finalist appearance at Capital City, a 7-0 tournament at Beast of the Beach, and a fifth at Clay, his first tournament back after the injury, nearly five weeks away. Dyer needed just one match to win the district title, adding the region title the following weekend. Dyer’s chance for a state finals bid was derailed with a semifinal loss at Kissimmee, but he rallied back to finish fourth in the weight class. If Reeve is the Seminoles’ emotional leader, Dyer will be Florida High’s tactical one in 2019-20.

Zander Laurin Warrior: Most of the time, we highlight a wrestler that has struggled to find success in this paragraph. We’re not doing that this time. May graduate Max Metcalf has been a part of this website since its founding. We’ve had notes on him, on this site, going all the way back to November 2013. That’s a long time. He was a 7th-grader then. And this year, he rolled up 45 wins, by my count, and that’s without an appearance at Clay. He certainly would have had upper 40s, maybe a shot at 50, had he appeared there. He spent most of the year at 138, where he won at home for Cam Brown, took fifth at Capital City, went 8-0 at Beast of the Beach, 4-2 at Knockout, and was second at Keystone, with a second title at Battle on the Border. Next year will be the first year for the site without a Metcalf to write about (Metcalf was second at districts, third at regions and fifth at state, up at 145). It’s going to be different, and he’ll be missed, and that’s why he’s the Zander Laurin Warrior for Florida High.

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