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TurkeyNWrestling19-20: 2A-District 4

It’s not just preview-speak. I really could see any one of five 2A-District 4 teams get out to the region level on January 16 and finish second in the traditional tournament on February 19.

Competition looks to be just that balanced as things stand heading toward the November holidays.

Notice the wording, though.

To me at least, it is pretty clear that the roster is in place for Matanzas to return as district champion, even in a district where 70 percent of last year’s teams are whisked off to other districts or classes, only to have a replacement group come in from central Florida.

The Pirates have 10 boys returners from last year’s region runnerup and the top-scoring team in Kissimmee from the north in 2A. Seniors Quenteen Robinson (5th at states) and Shaun Culbreth (6th) headline that group. They’re the only returning state medalists within the district.

Seven of the 10 returning Pirates were Region 1 qualifiers a year ago, and six of those seven got to the second day of competition. There is a sizable amount of graduates (seven, including six state qualifiers and one medalist) that will need to be replaced, however.

Of the “Gang of Four” teams in the mix, I think Seabreeze is best-positioned in terms of returning experience. The Sandcrabs lost just one starter from last year’s team, and that starter did not compete in the post-season.

Rather, Seabreeze can call upon as many as 13 key returners from last year’s team, five of those region qualifiers from a tough Region 2 field; included in that group is a returning state qualifier.

New Smyrna Beach’s season, from a distance, had a curious finish to it after the Barracudas qualified out of district team duals, as several kids did not compete in February after being key contributors during the year.

But last year is last year. This year’s ‘Cudas team has eight returners back, including four region qualifiers, and though they’re still young, they did some real damage last year, and just might again this year.

Belleview is a couple of years removed from a top-10 states finish, and while this year’s group of Diamondbacks might not get to that level, they have a solid group that is battle-tested as well, with nine returners, including five region returners.

The Diamondbacks do lose their most experienced wrestler as part of a key group of May/June graduates, but their returning kids did engage in a solid amount of off-season work.

Don’t count out St Augustine by their placement here. The Yellow Jackets could challenge hard for as high as second, with nine region qualifiers back (including one state qualifier). Pine Ridge had a decent region tournament a year ago, and the Panthers bring back seven key returners as well. Deltona has some kids to replace, including the team’s top wrestler, but there is some depth there. Mainland is in year 2 of its program; the post-season wasn’t kind to the Bucs a year ago, but as many as nine key returners are back from last year.

This district might just be the strongest in the coverage area when it comes to girls’ wrestling. Matanzas’ program alone might be evidence of that, as the Lady Pirates were fourth at state a year ago and bring back 11 girls from that team, led by 2019 senior runnerup Angelina Bermudez and fellow medalists Riley White and Morgan Morrison (both juniors, both 6ths in 2019).

Deltona, too, has a nice group back, with five girls’ state competitors back from last year. Mainland brings back three, Seabreeze (2019 state 5th Kayla Nguyen) and New Smyrna Beach each have one, and I would not be surprised to see many more girls throughout the district this year.

Projected finish: 1. Matanzas. 2. Seabreeze. 3. New Smyrna Beach. 4. Belleview. 5. St Augustine. 6. Pine Ridge. 7. Deltona. 8. Mainland.

* — records as reported to Matmen; do not include all results due to missing events

BELLEVIEW
Coach: Bryan Irwin, 2nd year.
2018-19: 3-4* in duals searchable on Track and/or reported to Matmen. 4th at Kiwanis Invitational, 9th at Corey Hill, 11th at Ed Kilpatrick.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 2A-Region 2 qualifier, 2A-Region 2 quarterfinalist; Traditional: 4th at 2A-District 5, 20th at 2A-Region 2. 2018 — Duals: Did not qualify for 2A-Region 2; Traditional: 4th at 2A-District 5, 9th at 2A-Region 2, T-64th at states. 2017 — Traditional: 2A-District 5 runnerup, 5th at 2A-Region 2, 8th at states.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Mark Willis (sophomore, 22-13 at 106, 2A-District 5 3rd, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); Michael Ventre (junior, 25-27 at 113, 2A-District 5 3rd, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Morgan Cole (junior, 25-25 at 126, 2A-District 5 champ, 2-2 at 2A-Region 2); Shaun Young (senior, 17-31 at 138, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Cody Wolfgang (junior, 12-28 at 152, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Nathan Halstead (junior, 22-21 at 182, 2A-District 5 runnerup, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Riley Sorensen (junior, 21-5* at 182, did not compete at post-season traditionals); Johnathan Potter (senior, 23-6* at 220, did not compete at post-season traditionals); Peyton McCartin (senior, 10-19 at 285, 2A-District 5 4th, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2).
Key losses (graduation): Rocky Yarbrough (57-7 at 120, 2A-District 5 runnerup, 2-2 at 2A-Region 2); Chase Lee (45-17 at 145, 2A-District 5 runnerup, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Gabe Morris (10-6* at 195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jeremiah Hutter (11-4* at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Matmen’s take: Diamondbacks should see a push upward this year; group is still pretty young, but now is much more battle-tested. Getting back to states now the next level to reach.

DELTONA
Coach: Keith Wallace, 14th year.
2018-19: 4-12 in duals. 12th at Clash of the Titans, 17th at Milton-Winter, T-14th at Live Greco, 7th at 5 Star, 36th at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 1-3 at 2A-District 6; Traditional: 8th at 2A-District 6, T-26th at 2A-Region 2. 2018 — Duals: 2A-District 6 runnerup, Region 2 quarterfinalist; Traditional: 5th at 2A-District 6, T-28th at 2A-Region 2. 2017 — Traditional: 6th at 2A-District 6, T-19th at 2A-Region 2, T-68th at states.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Dianna Paneda (sophomore, 3-6* at 100/106, 2-2 at girls’ state, 2A-District 6 4th, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); Angela Vivanco (junior, 3-10* at 106, 2-2 at girls’ state); Kaylynn Smars (sophomore, 1-2* at 112, 1-2 at girls’ state); Luis Vazquez (senior, 20-11 at 120, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Hunter Kraus (senior, 11-7 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Carlos Pineda (senior, 13-20 at 126, 2A-District 6 4th, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); Jacob Swanson (senior, 19-18 at 132, 2A-District 6 4th, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Yalizza Atanda (senior, 1-2* at 134, 1-2 at girls’ state); Zane Hair (sophomore, 4-13 at 145, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); A’nyia Jackson-Drayton (sophomore, 5-15 at 182, 1 match from girls’ state medal, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Ethan Chiu (junior, 10-18 at 285, 1 match from 2A-Region 2).
Key losses (graduation): Daniele Dessoye (8-18 at 112/113, 1-2 at girls’ state, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Brandon Dessoye (5-10 at 138, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Gerardo Rivera (12-18 at 160, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Dakota Fagg (27-10 at 220, 2A-District 6 champ, 1 match from states).
Matmen’s take: Girls group is pretty solid and should expect to finish in the top 25 at state, if not higher. Returning boys do need to find another level, with no region qualifiers getting to Saturday from last year.

MAINLAND (Daytona Beach)
Coach: Matthew Lawrence, 2nd year.
2018-19: 0-15* in duals. 24th at Lady Panther Invitational, 9th at 5 Star, T-52nd at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 0-4 at 2A-District 6; Traditional: 9th at 2A-District 6. 2018 — No program. 2017 — No program.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Xavier Logan (sophomore, 7-14 at 138, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Juliette Akopov (junior, 3-8* at 140, 1-2 at girls’ state); Reece Dorton (sophomore, 3-14* at 152, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Megan Jones (junior, 1-4* at 154, 0-2 at girls’ state); Devin Dorton (junior, 3-14* at 160, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Xaclevia Garnett (sophomore, 0-4* at 172, 0-2 at girls’ state); Doug Dittmer (junior, 15-3* at 182, 2A-District 6 runnerup, did not compete at 2A-Region 2); Tommy Short (senior, 3-12 at 195, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Victor Howard (senior, 1-10 at 285, 0-2 at 2A-District 6).
Key losses (graduation): Luke Shealy (6-7 at 132, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Jade Jennings (6-10* at 145, 1-2 at girls’ state, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Ed Pagano (1-6 at 170, 1 match from 2A-Region 2).
Matmen’s take: We were excited to see the Bucs reach out to us pretty early on; it’s a group that to be sure is still short on experience. But Mainland should get much better this year, with a deeper schedule.

MATANZAS (Palm Coast) (BOYS)
Coach: TJ Gillin, 1st year as HC.
2018-19: 26-3 in duals. 4th at Capital City, 3rd at Flagler Rotary, 6th at Green Cove Springs Rotary.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: District champ, region runnerup; Traditional: District champ, region runnerup, 12th at states. 2018 — Duals: District runnerup, region semifinalist; Traditional: District champ, region champ, 15th at states. 2017 — Traditional: 4th at district, 16th at region, T-75th at states.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Braden Hawley (sophomore, 7-19 at 106, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Shaun Culbreth (senior, 42-6 at 113, district champ, region champ, state 6th); Ethan Goodman (senior, 29-15 at 120, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); George Joanos (senior, 6-12 at 132/138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Griffin Wilder (senior, 24-6 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Noel Alicea (senior, 30-14 at 152, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Sam Russo (junior, 25-13 at 160, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Quenteen Robinson (senior, 42-6 at 170, district champ, region champ, state 5th); Pete Grimm (senior, 8-15 at 195, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Alex Licul (junior, 11-17 at 285, district 4th, did not compete at regions).
Key losses (graduation): Caleb Bower (28-19 at 126, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Lawrence Russo (32-9 at 132, district champ, region runnerup, state 6th); Josh Bower (41-15 at 138, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Ian Eckert (37-12 at 145, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Gregory Moore (12-15 at 182, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Tyrel Scheltz (14-9 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Cecil Bermudez (37-17 at 220, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states).
Matmen’s take: Pirates are still class of the field in 2A over on the northeast side, but this year’s group is senior-laden. Developing depth is going to be key in keeping the tradition moving in right direction.

MATANZAS (Palm Coast) (GIRLS)
Coach: John White, 15th year.
2018-19: Unknown in duals.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — 4th at state. 2018 — 6th at state. 2017 — T-15th at state.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Riley White (junior, 11-5 at 122, state 6th); Sierra Kemp (sophomore, 1-9 at 122, 0-2 at state); Angelina Gonzalez (sophomore, 5-7 at 128, 2-2 at state); Jordan Monge (senior, 5-6 at 134, 1-2 at state); Angelina Bermudez (senior, 6-4 at 140, state runnerup); Destiny Cruz (junior, 2-6 at 147, 1-2 at state); Amalia Arias (junior, 0-4 at 154, 0-2 at state); Morgan Morrison (junior, 8-6 at 162, state 6th); Nida Anwar (sophomore, 3-5 at 162, 1-2 at state); Klarissa Appiah (senior, 197, 1-2 at state); Abrinna Taylor (junior, 197, 0-2 at state).
Key losses (graduation): Makayla Wilder (11-4 at 122, state 4th); Jessie Wilson (1-5 at 222, state 5th).
Matmen’s take: Lady Pirates have proved themselves capable of competing against some of the state’s best — and biggest — girls teams so far. Having a head coach and schedule of their own this season should again bolster team’s stature.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Coach: Kevin Kehoe, 6th year.
2018-19: 22-9 in duals. 9th at Johnny Rouse, 6th at Flagler Rotary, T-3rd at 5 Star, T-69th at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 2A-District 6 runnerup, 2A-Region 2 quarterfinalist; Traditional: 7th at 2A-District 6, T-26th at 2A-Region 2. 2018 — Duals: Did not compete; Traditional: 9th at 2A-District 6, 35th at 2A-Region 2. 2017 — Traditional: 5th at 2A-District 6, 27th at 2A-Region 2.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Michael Shannon (sophomore, 45-5* at 120, 2A-District 6 champ, 1 match from states); Jace Engberg (sophomore, 25-19* at 126, 2A-District 6 3rd, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); Tristan Winfrey (sophomore, 4-4 at 132, 1-2 at 2A-District 6); Maritza Torres (senior, 2-4* at 138, 1-2 at girls’ state); Justice Chandler (sophomore, 12-15 at 145, 2A-District 6 4th, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); Hunter Childress (sophomore, 8-22* at 160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Dale Edwards (senior, 10-17* at 182/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Michael Saljanin (senior, 39-9* at 285, 2A-District 6 3rd, did not compete at 2A-Region 2).
Key losses (graduation or as noted): Kyle Peacock (sophomore, 36-5* at 120/132, did not compete in post-season traditionals; transferred to Flagler Palm Coast); Trentyn Smith (26-17* at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Drake Williams (26-12* at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Hank Baker (41-6* at 195, 2A-District 6 3rd, 1 match from states); Gavin Thomas (4-5 at 220, 1 match from 2A-Region 2).
Matmen’s take: Don’t expect the Barracudas to finish seventh at district traditionals again this year. Group of sophomores — Shannon especially engaged in much offseason work — is hungry and should push for return to January 2019 form.

PINE RIDGE (Deltona)
Coach: Paul Ryder, 1st year.
2018-19: 4-8* in duals searchable on Track/reported to Matmen. 14th at Clash of Titans, T-15th at Bill Scott, 8th at 5 Star.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 2-2 at 2A-District 6; Traditional: 6th at 2A-District 6, T-22nd at 2A-Region 2. 2018 — Duals: Did not qualify for regions; Traditional: 3rd at 2A-District 6, 26th at 2A-Region 2. 2017 — Traditional: 8th at 2A-District 6, T-28th at 2A-Region 2.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Clayton Keebler (junior, 16-5 at 113, 2A-District 6 champ, 2-2 at 2A-Region 2); Sean McNeil (senior, 8-16 at 120, 2A-District 6 4th, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); David Cortez (sophomore, 0-6 at 132, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Nathaniel Brazel (sophomore, 6-14 at 138, 0-2 at 2A-District 6); Andre Williams (junior, 16-10 at 152, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Gavin Simmoni (junior, 5-11* at 160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Dylen Oglesby (senior, 19-10, 2A-District 6 4th, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); .
Key losses (graduation): Kyle Stilwell (13-12* at 182, 2A-District 6 3rd, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Luis Diaz (15-13 at 195, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Darien Johnson (10-12 at 220, 2A-District 6 3rd, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2).
Matmen’s take: Panthers have a few solid returners, but still seeking a return to 2A states. Might get easier in Region 1, but not much easier; still, a couple of kids might knock on the door in Chiles in late Feb.

SEABREEZE (Daytona Beach)
Coach: Michael Fries.
2018-19: 12-4* in duals searchable on Track/reported to Matmen. 7th at Clash of Titans, 12th at Bill Scott, 17th at Flagler Rotary, 6th at 5 Star, T-43rd at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 2-2 at 2A-District 6; Traditional: 3rd at 2A-District 6, T-14th at 2A-Region 2, T-62nd at states. 2018 — Duals: Did not qualify for regions; Traditional: 4th at 2A-District 6, 12th at 2A-Region 2, T-22nd at states. 2017 — Traditional: 4th at 2A-District 6, T-17th at 2A-Region 2, 38th at states.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Kayla Nguyen (junior, 15-11* at 100/106, girls’ state 5th); Joseph Kent (sophomore, 15-11* at 106, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Cynder Melton (sophomore, 11-4 at 113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Quirion Cayden (sophomore, 24-9 at 120, 2A-District 6 3rd, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Grant Schwartz (junior, 19-15 at 126, 2A-District 6 runnerup, 2-2 at 2A-Region 2); Devin Stickney (junior, 28-15 at 132, 2A-District 6 3rd, 1 match from states); Brock Roberts (junior, 33-15 at 152, 2A-District 6 3rd, 1-2 at 2A-Region 2); Nikolas Crossman (junior, 13-17* at 160, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Victor Lipsey (senior, 30-10 at 170, 2A-District 6 champ, 2A-Region 2 4th, 1-2 at states); Chris Thomas (junior, 8-18* at 182, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Earl Smith (junior, 7-15 at 195, 1 match from 2A-Region 2); Nathan Boyd (junior, 18-14 at 220, 2A-District 6 4th, 0-2 at 2A-Region 2); Caiden Patton (junior, 7-10* at 220, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Key losses (graduation): Akarri Davis (15-8* at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Matmen’s take: Sandcrabs have slowly added a little more, and a little more, and a little more to the lineup. Having virtually the entire lineup back from last year’s team is going to be a big upside.

ST AUGUSTINE
Coach: Will Rinchiusa, 3rd year.
2018-19: 10-19 in duals. 4th at Arlington Optimist, 12th at Keystone Memorial, 12th at Flagler Rotary, 20th at Green Cove Springs Rotary.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2019 — Duals: 6th at district; Traditional: 4th at district, 13th at region, T-59th at states. 2018 — Duals: 5th at district; Traditional: 5th at district, 16th at region, T-69th at states. 2017 — Traditional: 5th at district, 21st at region.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience this past season, with 2018-19 weights): Traci Coleman (junior, 6-21 at 113/120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Wilson Nguyen (junior, 9-11 at 120, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Jakob Hartline (sophomore, 13-18 at 126, 1 match from regions); Gabe Galloza (junior, 37-10 at 132, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Jordan Levy (junior, 14-20 at 138, 1 match from regions); Cedric Diaz (senior, 12-12 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Hayden Yanni (junior, 18-15 at 145, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Khaled Gardner (sophomore, 1-5 at 160, 1 match from regions); Ryan Murphy (junior, 41-17 at 182, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states).
Key losses (graduation): Kade Tsitos (16-8 at 152, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Elijah Ryan (12-8 at 170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Darius Stanley (50-6 at 285, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states).
Matmen’s take: This might be first year in a while that Yellow Jackets are thought of more as a duals team and not a team noted for 1 or 2 individuals. If they can find some more bigs, watch out.

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