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We have six dates on a master schedule for 2018-19.

Please note: We will ONLY be posting this schedule on the Northeast site. We will, later on in the year, be running off just one site and not two. Until we close down the two-site situation, though, posts will continue to run on both sites.

If you have dates for your dual or IBT or round-robin tournament, I’d like to have them. Coaches can email me the usual way.

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The Season 2017-18: Arnold

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, our next installment in the series is the Northwest side’s Arnold.

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.

ARNOLD

You can see everything I have on the Marlins in 2017-18 here –>  ARNOLD

Win/loss record: 18-8 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Pirates’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Arnold was going to go through a few growing pains this year after a 2016-17 season that saw an incredible senior group sweep through and on to new challenges, plus a few transfers to in-district rivals also took hits from the Marlins’ chances. Still, though, after a rocky start (middle of the pack at Border Wars, in the bottom five at Capital City, a 2-6 Beast of the Beach effort), Arnold settled in to some degree, getting a little more consistency in its lineup through IBTs at Tate, Mosley and Wewahitchka, and the Marlins were 3-4 in duals at North Bay Haven Bash. Arnold put together a decent runnerup finish at Bay County, and then finished in the middle of the pack at both districts and regions, with a top-25 showing in the 1A state tournament in March, thanks to a runnerup medal effort. Arnold loses just two seniors that played key roles on this year’s team, but they were big roles, and so the remaining group has work to do. Good thing, though, that there’s potentially 14 returners back.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Daniel Golden (sophomore, 2-10 at 106, did not compete in post-season); Jackson Gibson (sophomore, 10-29 at 106, 1 match from regions); Will Ashby (junior, 22-27 at 113, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Spencer Korol (junior, 10-27 at 120, 1 match from regions); Griffin Hebert (senior, 30-12 at 126, district 3rd, did not compete at regions); Justin Ivy (junior, 15-18 at 138, district 4th, did not compete at regions); John Vinson (senior, 5-22 at 145, 0-2 at districts); Bradley Chapman (senior, 7-12 at 145, did not compete in post-season); Robbie Houston (senior, 5-13 at 152, did not compete in post-season); Max Gaylord (sophomore, 2-13 at 160/170, did not compete in post-season); Chase Green (junior, 2-4 at 170, 1 match from regions); Isaac Povilatis (senior, 5-13 at 195, did not compete in post-season); Casey Peppers (senior, 33-20 at 220, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Josh Young (junior, 9-26 at 285, district 4th, did not compete at regions).

Graduation losses from this year’s team (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience): Drew St Amant (51-5 at 152, district champ, region champ, state runnerup); Sam Buatu (36-13 at 160, district runnerup, 1 match from states).

2017-18 MVP: The obvious choice for this award was senior Drew St Amant, who was part of the firepower in the Marlins’ lineup in the previous year, winning a state medal in 2016-17. St Amant started off with a solid third at Border Wars, losing only to a Louisiana wrestler, then fell in the finals at Capital City to a 2A wrestler from Riverdale. St Amant’s third loss came at Beast of the Beach against an Alabama wrestler, and that loss started what would a 27-match win streak, beginning during Beast of the Beach and that would not end until the finals of the Clay Rotary against Tampa Prep’s Anthony Artalona. Included in that run were 23 bonus-point victories (14 by pin and four more by tech). St Amant then pinned his way through Bay County and pin/teched his way through districts, shutting down the opposition’s offense at regions to take the title there. At states, St Amant was perfectly solid through Saturday evening, where multiple-time state champ Artalona got him once again. St Amant was able to thrive on the pressure of being the last Marlin standing at every tournament, and should be wrestling somewhere at the #NextLevel.

2018-19 captain: Junior Casey Peppers, whom I don’t recall seeing before this season, emerged as a fairly solid 220 this year, going to battle — sometimes to a standstill — with Bay state qualifier Brandon Jackson in some pretty epic battles down the stretch. Peppers got off to a slow start — inexperience and/or early competition level had a lot to do with that — but was 27-10 after a 4-7 start. Peppers had a pair of five-match win streaks during the season, going 14-3 during a stretch starting in mid-January and continuing through month’s end. He added a Bay County title, with a tight win over Jackson, but then had tournament runs at both the district and region level end at Jackson’s hands. Still, though, he was the only Marlin returner who’d gotten to Saturday at regions this past year. That experience level will be critical this coming season.

Heaton’s Hero: John Vinson was another guy who was a first-year varsity starter as a junior this past year, and it was a difficult start to that first year. Vinson won just two matches, but both were by pins, at Border Wars, Beast of the Beach and Tate’s Aggie Invitational in the month, starting off 2-19 when throwing in the Panhandle tournament as well. Vinson stayed in the room, going out of the lineup for a spell and then returning for both Bay County and then for districts. It was a pretty quick end, but he did give it a go at the end of the season, one in which there were plenty of struggles. For that, John Vinson is the Arnold recipient of the Heaton’s Hero award.

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The Season 2017-18: Matanzas

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 2A-Region 1 team champion Matanzas.

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.

MATANZAS

You can see everything I have on the Pirates in 2017-18 here –>  MATANZAS

Win/loss record: 18-8 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Pirates’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: We thought the Pirates could have a good season this past winter, but I don’t know if anyone expected — outside the Matanzas room itself — this much good this season. It started with a 5-0 effort at home the first weekend at Matanzas Duals and picked up some more momentum with a runnerup effort in the 2A-District 4 duals. After a couple of near-miss losses, Matanzas closed out the Nutter Duals with a 3-2 record and only lost to Fleming Island at the St Johns River Conference duals tournament. While Matanzas finished 10th at Capital City, dual finishes were clearly ahead of IBT ones, but that would change once the calendar clicked over to 2018. Although there were a couple of double-digit regular-season dual losses, the Pirates would finish second at region duals — falling by just a point in the final — and the IBT finishes skyrocketed, starting with a seventh at Flagler Rotary in late January, a sixth at the girls’ state tournament the first weekend of February, and then wins at both 2A-District 4 and 2A-Region 1, followed up by a top-15 finish at states. Two state qualifiers, including one champion, will not return, but Matanzas has a massive amount of returners coming back, and should be a major player in the area in 2018-19, with potentially a top-five team shot at states.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Shaun Culbreth (junior, 39-12 at 106, district champ, region 4th, 1 match from state medal); Ethan Goodman (junior, 28-18 at 113, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Riley White (sophomore, 10-8 at 113, 4th at girls’ state meet); Josh Bower (senior, 26-13 at 120, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); MaKayla Wilder (senior, 9-4 at 120, 4th at girls’ state meet); Lawrence Russo (senior, 40-9 at 132, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Ian Eckert (senior, 26-16 at 138, district runnerup, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Griffin Wilder (junior, 14-8 at 138, did not compete at post-season); Angelina Bermudez (junior, 9-6 at 145, 4th at girls’ state meet); Amedeo Pieroni (sophomore, 3-12 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Morgan Morrison (sophomore, 6-6 at 152, 1-2 at girls’ state meet); Sean LeBeau (sophomore, 6-11 at 160, did not compete in post-season); Quenteen Robinson (junior, 5-5 at 160, district runnerup, 1 match short of states); Jon Bradford (senior, 6-18 at 160/170, did not compete in post-season); Sam Russo (sophomore, 17-14 at 170, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Tyrel Scheltz (senior, 14-19 at 182, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Christian Zaborowski (senior, 11-14 at 195, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Cecil Bermudez (senior, 19-22 at 285, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).

Graduation losses from this year’s team: Nick Lipka (16-10 at 120, did not compete in post-season); Stone White (28-13 at 126, district champ, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Tyrone Jones (48-3 at 145, district champ, region champ, state champion); Logan Wells (17-16 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).

2017-18 MVP: It was a surprise to see Tyrone Jones in Matanzas colors this year, and Jones didn’t skip much of a beat in coming over from Flagler Palm Coast. With a sizable assist from his new school, Jones did the work necessary to regain eligibility. After a 4-0 start, Jones took two of his three losses at Capital City Classic, finishing fourth there. After Cap City, Jones won 19 straight matches before falling to fellow state champion and former teammate Avery Holder at the #BattleForFlagler. From there, Jones dominated the scene, with five straight IBT titles, first at Flagler Rotary, then Clay Rotary, districts, regions and state, winning 21 matches in a row. Included in that run were 11 pins, a tech fall and two majors — one of those over a defending state champion. It was an incredible run, one that might get him into a college program — hopefully.

2018-19 captain: Junior Lawrence Russo wasn’t going to sneak up on anyone this year after the sensational sophomore year he had in 2016-17. Nevertheless, Russo still pulled a 40-win season together, including 22 of 23 matches between Capital City in the second week of December and the Flagler Rotary toward the end of January. Five of Russo’s nine losses for the season came in February and March, all against fellow state qualifiers (so, too, did the earlier four). Included in those 40 wins were 24 falls over the course of the year, and the two years he’s had with state experience will stand the Pirates in good stead.

Heaton’s Hero: Most of the Pirates, as might be guessed, found a solid amount of successes this past year. Team titles and individual ones would be included on that list. There weren’t a lot of weights where Matanzas consistently struggled as a group, but the one that maybe stands out was 152, where freshman Amedeo Pieroni did have a hard time finding wins this year. Pieroni had just one contested win — according to my records — and that was the first week of the season, at the Matanzas Duals. He had a pair of forfeit victories at St Johns River as well, but other than that it was losses. Pieroni wasn’t in the lineup much after St Johns River, with just a dual against Atlantic and districts in the mix. But he was back for the post-season, and that matters, as he did his best to give the Pirates a chance. For that, Amedeo “AJ” Pieroni is the Heaton’s Hero for Matanzas.

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The Season 2017-18: Niceville

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 Niceville, our first team from over on the Northwest side of the ledger.

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.

NICEVILLE

You can see everything I have on the Eagles in 2017-18 here –>  NICEVILLE

Win/loss record: 22-8 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Eagles’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The Eagles opened their season in normal fashion, with a pair of top-seven finishes in tougher tournaments (sixth at Border Wars, seventh at Capital City) and then swept to the inaugural 2A-District 1 duals title. Niceville followed that up with a runnerup effort at Beast of the Beach, going 6-1 before falling to Wakulla in the final. The Eagles’ toughest tournament of the season was probably at Deep South Bayou Duals in Louisiana, where Niceville finished ninth. After a top-five showing at Scott Rohrer in Birmingham the first weekend of 2018, the Eagles followed that up with a runnerup effort at 2A-Region 1 duals and a third in the Trojan Invitational. With some lineup changes for Gator Brawl, the Eagles were in the middle of the pack of that field, but took third at the North Bay Haven Bash in the last week of January, following that up with a solid fourth at Clay Rotary. In what’s become the toughest district in north Florida for 2A, the Eagles were third, which wasn’t the finish they were looking for; in fact, they barely held that third, but bounced back with a solid T-6th at regions the following weekend and finished in the top third of the 2A states field. Niceville loses a lot to graduation. While not an irreplaceable class, the 2018 kids brought a lot of firepower that will be missed. However, the Eagles do have 11 guys back with extensive experience. Those 11 will have to take a big step, individually and collectively, in 2018-19.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Noah Tritz (sophomore, 6-21 at 106, did not compete in post-season); Ethan Jimenez (sophomore, 11-20 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Keane Creager (junior, 39-30 at 132, district runnerup, 1 match short of states); Luis Gallego (8-42 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Sam Williams (senior, 27-14 at 145, district 4th, 1 match short of states); Collin Lentz (senior, 17-9 at 152, did not compete in post-season); Brian Son (senior, 4-13 at 160/170, did not compete in post-season); Jackson Schoener (junior, 37-32 at 170, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Ramsey Kidder (junior, 5-22 at 182, did not compete in post-season); Tanner Ayers (senior, 6-12 at 220, did not compete in post-season); Aiden Ancog (senior, 9-13 at 285, 0-2 at districts).

Graduation losses from this year’s team: Emma Allsbrook (16-22 at 106, 0-2 at districts, girls’ state 3rd); Zachary Hartzog (60-11 at 120, district champ, region 3rd, state 4th); Evan Mickey (32-24 at 126, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Bailey Howes (48-19 at 152, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Jack Johnson (55-7 at 160, district champ, region champ, 1 match short of state medal, 2017 state champion); Tyler Neiss (12-31 at 182, 1 match short of regions); Morgan Causey (32-33 at 195, 1 match short of regions); Darrius Pena (42-22 at 220, district 3rd, region 4th, 0-2 at states); .

2017-18 MVP: Jack Johnson is very good. We knew this up here, even if we didn’t know — or pick — him to be a state champion. But this year, he couldn’t sneak up on the rest of the state. His stance atop the podium on the final Saturday night of the season in March 2017 proved that. Still, despite that, Johnson started as he finished, with a tournament win at Border Wars, which is really, really difficult to do. He ran out to a 19-1 start, going undefeated at Beast of the Beach, but then took a couple of losses, including to a very good Tennessee wrestler at Deep South. After that loss, Johnson would win 25 of his next 26 matches, his only loss to an Alabama wrestler at Scott Rohrer. Johnson only lost to three in-state competitors, one of those twice, winning both district and region titles along the way. Johnson has already committed to attending the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, starting this fall, and will be wrestling for the Falcons there (signing photo to follow in a few weeks).

2018-19 captain: I could go in two good directions here, but when it’s almost a 50-50 tossup, I’ll usually opt for the senior in this role, and therefore Sam Williams is tipped for the job. Williams did miss a good amount of action this season (Capital City, Trojan, Gator Brawl, North Bay Haven Bash), but still got 41 matches in despite that. 145 was a pretty solid weight within the district, leading to the fourth, but we saw more of what Williams could bring to the table in 2018-19 at regions, where he defeated a district champion in the first round and reached the semis. As one of two kids that were right on the doorstep this past season, Williams will be counted on for significant leadership this year.

Heaton’s Hero: You have to admire the tenacity of a kid who’s willing to go out and take losses and keep coming back…42 times in a season. That was the case for Luis Gallego this past year. Gallego made appeances at every tournament except for Gator Brawl during the past year, and most of them were struggles. Two wins at Border Wars. Two at Beast of the Beach. One at Scott Rohrer. One at Trojan. Two at North Bay Haven. Lots of quick pins. But Gallego never quit, and other than at Gator Brawl never didn’t appear in the Eagles’ lineup at 138. That kind of stick-to-itive-ness is missing in too many places, but it’s there for Gallego, and it makes him the Heaton’s Hero for Niceville.

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St Augustine Record: Vugman, Dickman co-WOY winners

Here’s their story:

http://www.staugustine.com/sports/20180401/creeksides-brandon-dickman-bartram-trails-nick-vugman-are-county-wrestlers-of-year

I haven’t seen where the Record has posted their all-county team. When I do, I’ll add that to this post.

Editor’s Note: The Record has added the all-county team as a “breakout” element on the link where the story is located. That wasn’t there last night, but it is now.

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The Season 2017-18: First Coast

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 First Coast. I promise you, it’s been entirely random in the selections of the teams involved (other than me leading off with Keystone Heights). We could have several Northwest teams in a row as well.

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.

FIRST COAST

You can see everything I have on the Buccaneers in 2017-18 here –>  FIRST COAST

Win/loss record: 18-10 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Buccaneers’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Right from the first weekend, things looked different for First Coast, as the Buccaneers took a dual win over Westside in finishing 3-2 at North Florida Duals. The rest of December would be tough, though. 1-4 in duals after the first weekend, and an 11th-place IBT finish at Westside Kiwanis. But First Coast seemed to come back re-energized in January, going 14-4 the rest of the season in duals (6-2 at Army Duals and a runnerup showing at Parker Duals, plus a third-place team finish at Gateway in mid-January. But the success didn’t translate into February performances, as the Buccaneers finished near the bottom at still a brutally-competitive 3A-District 1 and again at regions. Now, for the good news. There are 10 returners who saw extensive time in the varsity lineup in 2017-18, and only three starters will graduate. If First Coast can make a sustained commitment to off-season wrestling, it will reap the rewards of that commitment.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Jonah Ingram (junior, 15-7 at 113/120, did not compete in post-season); Jason Schwartz (senior, 35-8 at 113, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Shawnjohn Adams (senior, 27-7 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Jarrett Conner (junior, 12-9 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Keyshawn Brown (junior, 13-14 at 138, 2-2 at districts); Austin Mims (senior, 14-20 at 160, 0-2 at districts); Devante Wyatt (junior, 31-9 at 170, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Valois Ochoa (senior, 25-5 at 182, did not compete in post-season); Grayson Peterson (sophomore, 4-12 at 220, 0-2 at districts); Aeneas Cohen (senior, 12-18 at 195/220, did not compete in post-season).

Graduation losses from this year’s team: Tabitha Shaw (15-18 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Brian Austin (10-18 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Elijah Wilcox (20-10 at 195, 0-2 at districts).

2017-18 MVP: Junior Jason Schwartz has been a consistent beacon of solid performances in his three years with First Coast, but in the competitive gauntlet that is 3A-Region 1, Schwartz — like most of the rest of the Buccaneers — has had trouble breaking through and qualifying out for states. After an OK start to the season, Schwartz found his strongest form in mid-season, winning 20 matches in a row between mid-December and the Parker Duals in late January, with 19 of those wins bringing maximum points to the First Coast point total. Schwartz wrestled up a weight or even two at Parker before dropping to his natural 113 for the post-season competitions, losing only to the eventual 3A state champion in the District 1 semis, and making it to Saturday at regions, losing only to the eventual Region 1 runnerup and the District 1 runnerup. Schwartz is right on the doorstep of the final weekend; a consistent off-season might be the key.

2018-19 captain: Sophomore Devante Wyatt was probably the most consistent athletic presence in the Buccaneer lineup. Although he wrestled four matches at 160 for Gateway, Wyatt otherwise spent the rest of the year at 170, where he won 10 matches in a row between his medal round match at Bishop Snyder’s Westside Kiwanis Invitational and the Army Duals two-day dual event at Terry Parker. Wyatt qualified out for regions for the first time after being among the area’s leaders among freshmen for wins, but lost four of his final six matches of the season. However, two of four losses were to the eventual state champion (and district and regional champion) and to the eventual state (as well as regional) runnerup. Wyatt proved he could hang in against guys with more experience and that’s going to be key next season.

Heaton’s Hero: I’ve always mentioned, since I started doing these posts, that I have a soft spot for seniors who have been faithful starters in a wrestling program, and yet never found the key that would get them success in the forms of wins and losses. For them, the delayed gratification, in the form of the lessons wrestling teaches, will have to come later. That may be the case in Brian Austin‘s situation. After a 1-5 open, Austin seemed to find his way at the midway point, going 9-9 and placing third at Gateway. Any medal effort is a good weekend. But that third-place win would be the final win of Austin’s high school career, as he would lose in each of his final four matches. But three of those were by decision, and he saw the season through with a district appearance. For that, Brian Austin is the Heaton’s Hero for First Coast.

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