Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (20xx-xx).” Your donation dollars at work, folks.
This year, we’re not following a rotation scheme. We’re keeping it a bit more random this go-round. Using a highly scientific line of inquiry for the first change, our next installment in the series is Crestview, our third team from this district.
Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past four seasons. At the request of a reader last season, we will note the accomplishments of each team’s senior class that will be moving on to new goals in May or June.
You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2017-18 here –> CRESTVIEW
Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets (we had one missing dual meet involving Crestview this year; not all individual records are available as a result). I believe the Bulldogs were 16-11, if I had to guess. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Crestview started under new coach Roman Rozell with Fleming Island’s Keystone Invitational, with some decent results along the way to a 12th-place finish. The Bulldogs had one of their stronger tournament finishes with a 5-0 effort at the Gulf Breeze Duals, and were 3-2 at the inaugural 2A-District 1 duals tournament on February 16. Their last duals tournament of December came at Beast of the Beach, where Crestview was 4-4, but had a solid start. The Bulldogs were fourth at Tate’s Aggie Invitational, their best IBT effort of the year, but then struggled at the Scott Rohrer Memorial in Alabama to start January. A better tournament came at Mosley’s Panhandle Championships, where Crestview took fifth, and the Bulldogs followed that with a fourth at Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl. I am pretty sure Crestview was 4-3 at North Bay Haven’s second annual Bash event. Post-season tournament results were a bit mixed, as the Bulldogs were seventh at 2A-District 1’s traditional tournament, but finished in the top half at 2A-Region 1, 13th out of 27 teams. The upside heading into next year is that Crestview has 12 wrestlers returning with 15+ matches. The downside for the Bulldogs is that most of this past year’s post-season success will leave the room along with their senior class, as none of the 12 wrestlers with 15+ matches this year have experience at the region-tournament level.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Javan Alto (senior, 113, did not compete in post-season); Dylan Fife (sophomore, 9-8 at 120, did not compete in post-season); Easton Flamand (junior, 126, 1 match from regions); Malachi Santiago (sophomore, 132, 0-2 at districts); Kendra Sanders (senior, 138, 0-1 at girls’ state); Karter Watson (senior, 4-22 at 145, did not compete in post-season); Rowan Gomez (sophomore, 145, 1 match from regions); Dakota Matthews (senior, 11-20 at 145/160, did not compete in post-season); Eddie Olesiuk (senior, 17-7 at 160, did not compete in post-season); James Secrest (senior, 6-6, 1 match from regions); Kennard Madden (junior, 195, 1 match from regions); Rolando Hernandez (junior, 11-10 at 220, did not compete in post-season).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Noah Kryfka (33-9 at 106, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Katie Meinert (106, 0-2 at girls’ state); Angel Ortega (39-20 at 138, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Nathan Gunn (160, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Ryan Stontenburgh (182, 0-2 at districts); Coleman Young (220, district champ, region champ, 0-2 at states); Xavier Molina (285, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
2017-18 MVP: One of if not the most consistent presence in the Crestview lineup was Coleman Young at 220. Young won his first 11 matches, after not competing at Keystone, with seven of those wins coming by fall. Young went on to a 27-2 start, winning 14 matches in a row between Scott Rohrer Invitational and continuing through Gator Brawl, as well as a couple of wins at North Bay Haven Bash before running into a South Dade wrestler. We’re not 100% certain, but the smart money says that was Young’s last loss until the state tournament, during which he swept to district and region titles, the only Bulldog to win both. Although both of his matches ended up in decision losses, Young’s consistency at the top of the lineup was unmatched.
2018-19 captain: There are a couple of seniors that could be returning that had more matches, but I’m never sure if guys are going to come back if they for whatever reason don’t finish the season (I’m always thinking it’s due to injury). So I’m going to go with James Secrest in this role, given that he’s had prior experience in the lineup even before this season, even though by my count he only had 12 matches. Nearly half of those were at either Gulf Breeze’s duals event or at districts, and he was hurt at Tate’s Aggie Invitational, not appearing back in the lineup until districts, where he was only able to compete in one match before defaulting out. If healthy next season, Secrest’s experience should be helpful to the Bulldogs in 2018-19.
Heaton’s Hero: We saw freshman Rowan Gomez start for the Bulldogs at Tate, and there were not a lot of opportunities for him to find success — one at Scott Rohrer, one at Panhandle, one at Gator Brawl and one at North Bay Haven Bash. Most of the losses were by fall, and a lot of them were pretty quick, but since joining the starting lineup Gomez was a regular presence. Gomez finished the year in the lineup, with a districts appearance, so even though it was mostly January and the post-season, Gomez did soldier through despite a lot of struggles, and for that, Rowan Gomez is the Heaton’s Hero for Crestview.
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