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#RoadToTheShow: 3A-Region 1 Preview

3A-Region 1 preview

When & where: Fleming Island HS. First session is set for noon Friday. Saturday’s first session is set for 10 a.m., finals usually begin at discretion of the tournament director and are most often slated for late-afternoon starts.
Team favorite/local outlook: The host Golden Eagles should be favored to win their fifth straight region title this weekend; this year’s senior class has never not won a region title thus far in their careers. Prior to last week, I would have suggested Hagerty would be the sole team that would chase Fleming Island most closely, but the Huskies took a bit of an internal hit to their lineup last week, and wound up second to Timber Creek in District 4. So by my reading, the 2-5 teams in the field look to be a battle between Hagerty and Timber Creek out of District 4 and Flagler Palm Coast out of Buchholz out of District 2. Right now, the Bulldogs look to be the early choice. Oakleaf and Creekside are candidates for the top 10 in the tournament.

Print brackets for this tournament here: REGION 1 PAIRINGS

For me, half the kids in this tournament are local. We’ll break down each quadrant for all of the weight classes. You’ll actually see each pick at each round (other than the round of 16), with a quick comment on the round.

The key thing to remember: It’s not personal and it’s just an opinion at the moment. Prove me wrong. Or prove me right. I like either one. I’m not telling which one is better. You’ll have to figure that one out for yourself.

Matmen’s state qualifier predictions, sure to be wrong —

106: 1. Trenton Dominguez (Timber Creek, 9th). 2. DJ Perez (West Orange, 14th). 3. Ethan Vugman (Bartram Trail, 12th). 4. Jacob Zawosky (Forest).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Tamarion Kendrick (Apopka); Kole Hannant (Flagler Palm Coast); Tyreque Pringle (Colonial).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Brielle Bibla (Nease).
First-round match worth price of admission: Hannant v Kendrick. 84 wins in that first-rounder.
My too-short take: I think the top two kids in the group are both in the same half (top), and your semifinal winner in that top half is going to go on and win the region. I think the top four are pretty well set.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Vugman advances to the semis, with a win over Hannant in the quarters.
Second quarter: Dominguez gets to the semis, with a win over Pringle in the quarters.
Third quarter: Zawosky reaches the semis, with a win over Bibla in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Perez qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Oviedo’s Zachary Scharf in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Kendrick; Grady Bryant (University-Orange City); Tiana Marcillo (University-Orlando); Andrew Feeks (Creekside). The Marcillo v Maureece Beasley (Wekiva) first-rounder could be a good one.
WB round 2 projected: Kendrick; Bibla; Pringle; Hannant. Bibla v. Bryant should be a good match.
WB quarters projected: Kendrick; Hannant. Although I’d like to see how Bibla will hang in with Kendrick.
Semis/blood round: Taking Dominguez on size advantage solely (but we’ll find out if that’s enough). Zawosky has had a brillant season, but Perez has been battle-tested over the past couple of seasons. In the blood round, I’m taking Vugman’s technical superiority in the top half and looking for the bottom half to play out as it did in the District 2 final.

FLEMING ISLAND LOGO

113: 1. Hunter Herrington (Fleming Island, 6th). 2. Fernando Dominguez (Timber Creek, 19th). 3. Trevion Demus (Nease). 4. Venumadhava Mirel (Buchholz).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Corry Sanchez (Seminole); Joseph Rizzo (Flagler Palm Coast); Victor Altamirano (Wekiva).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Ticiano Brito (Windermere).
First-round match worth price of admission: Michael Moore (Bartram Trail) v Brito.
My too-short take: Fleming begins its defense of the region title here with one of its more physical pound-per-pound kids, who shouldn’t be challenged too much this weekend. Dominguez should come out of the bottom half, but don’t be surprised if Mirel pushes past and makes the final. Demus and Rizzo are going to be strong possibilities to qualify out as well.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Herrington gets to the semis, with a win over Sanchez in the quarters.
Second quarter: Altamirano reaches the semis, with a win over Rizzo in the quarters.
Third quarter: Mirel qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Brito in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Dominguez advances to the semis, with a win over Demus in the quarters. A win here and Demus would make the final.
WB round 1 projected winners: Stewart Reynolds (Oviedo); Devin Foster (Mandarin); Moore; Frangello Baltodano (West Port). The Foster v Jeremy Goldman (Lake Mary) match should be a good one.
WB round 2 projected: Demus; Brito; Rizzo; Sanchez. Rizzo v Moore should be a good match.
WB quarters projected: Demus; Rizzo. Rizzo holds serve with a major in hand (20-10) over Sanchez, while Demus should be able to push past Brito.
Semis/blood round: Herrington should advance past Altamirano, while Dominguez takes a close battle in the bottom half. Demus, too, should be able to advance in the top half of the blood round. Mirel had a 12-0 major in hand at districts (over my pick) so, that should be enough.

120: 1. Jason Shaw (Hagerty, 1st). 2. Gabe Rendon (Oviedo, 8th). 3. Aiden Moore (Buchholz, 17th). 4. Ryan Hobson (Fleming Island, 16th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Jacob McCrimmon (Timber Creek).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): VIctor Perez (Lake Howell); Hunter England (Creekside); Marcus McGee (Oakleaf).
First-round match worth price of admission: McGee v John Hald (Flagler Palm Coast).
My too-short take: Shaw should be the class of the field in this weight class and Rendon should join him in the final, but the north will be well-represented with District 1 and 2 champions making it out. Moore has a 4-0 win over Hobson in hand from region duals.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Hobson reaches the semis, with a win over McCrimmon in the quarters.
Second quarter: Rendon qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Moore in the quarters.
Third quarter: Perez advances to the semis, with a win over England in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Shaw gets to the semis, with a win over McGee in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Duane Lewis (Windermere); Emmanual Sardobia-Gracia (Lake Brantley); Dionysos Dix (Evans); Hald. Dix v Seminole’s Cesar Marquez should be a very good match.
WB round 2 projected: McGee; England; Moore; McCrimmon. Moore v Dix should be a fun Friday nighter to watch; McCrimmon v Hald as well.
WB quarters projected: England; Moore. England has a fall in hand from districts; Moore’s offense should be too much in the bottom half.
Semis/blood round: Rendon and Shaw should not have too many problems in advancing out of the front side. Hobson has a fall in hand at districts, making him the top-half choice, While Moore pushes through out of the bottom half.

126: 1. Jayden Tapia (Timber Creek, 3rd). 2. Kamdon Harrison (Hagerty, 5th). 3. Riley Holton (Fleming Island, 6th). 4. Diego Solorzano (Lake Mary, 13th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Brendan Buckles (Flagler Palm Coast); Dominique Pringle (Colonial).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Jonathan Justice (University-Orange City); Trevor Tagarelli (Bartram Trail).
First-round match worth price of admission: Tagarelli v Jalen Moliere (Apopka).
My too-short take: The District 4 kids are too strong to overcome here, though Holton should safely get out after meeting up with Harrison — in a state-duals rematch — in the quarters. We could see three of these guys on the state podium next week, so finishing third here is a very good tournament. Tapia should be the pick for the title.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Harrison qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Holton (but closer than state duals) in the quarters.
Second quarter: Solorzano advances to the semis, with a win over Pringle in the quarters.
Third quarter: Justice gets to the semis, with a win over Tagarelli in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Tapia reaches the semis, with a win over Creekside’s Michael Galiani in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Buckles; Ethan Gorospe (Seminole); Moliere; Justin Pinto (Windermere). Moliere v Winter Park’s Joseph Parker could be a good one.
WB round 2 projected: Buckles; Tagarelli; Pringle; Holton. Buckles v Galiani could go either way; Galiani had a nice district tournament.
WB quarters projected: Tagarelli; Holton. The top half quarter should be more closely contested on Saturday morning.
Semis/blood round: Harrison has a fall in hand, so should push through, and Tapia will have too much offense. Note that the final went 9-7 in sudden victory, so if repeated, should be a great one. Solorzano’s experience carries him through in the top half, and Holton will bring too much pressure in the bottom half.

132: 1. Alex Vazquez (Lake Mary, 4th). 2. Isaac Padgett (Fleming Island). 3. Clayton Hurley (Apopka, 11th). 4. Trevor Owens (Oakleaf).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Tyran Schanck (Evans); Kevin Dominguez (Winter Park); Andrew Dance (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Kason Nichols (Buchholz).
First-round match worth price of admission: Owens v Ryan Culbertson (Seminole).
My too-short take: Another bracket where — at least for rankings purposes — the top two kids are in the same half of the bracket. I’d like to see how that would actually go in a “true second” format, but I don’t know that I would ever get that from Florida. Vazquez should be ahead of the rest of the group.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Padgett advances to the semis, with a win over Schanck in the quarters.
Second quarter: Dance gets to the semis, with a win over Dominguez in the quarters.
Third quarter: Hurley reaches the semis, with a win over Owens in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Vazquez qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Nichols in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Traevis Saint Louis (Hagerty); Tyler Drone (Windermere); Culbertson; Conner Smith (West Orange). Could be a good one between Smith and Creekside’s Nolan Anderson.
WB round 2 projected: Nichols; Owens; Dominguez; Schanck. Dominguez v Culbertson should be well-contested.
WB quarters projected: Owens; Dominguez. I think it’ll be a hot one on Saturday morning between Owens and Nichols. Going with the experience there.
Semis/blood round: Padgett is one of the area’s most improved this year, and I think some of the results out there might get him through (assuming no matchup issue), while Vazquez advances past Hurley in the bottom half. In the blood round, Owens has a 16-10 decision in hand in the top half, while Hurley should be able to push through in the bottom half.

FLEMING ISLAND LOGO

138: 1. Dalton Williams (Fleming Island, 7th). 2. Kyle Peacock (Flagler Palm Coast, 8th). 3. Chrs Labrecque (Lake Brantley, 14th). 4. Lavaughn Brown (Sandalwood).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Ransom Randolph (Apopka); Abel Marcano (University-Orlando, 18th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Logan Custred (Timber Creek, 19th); Jalon Lumar (Nease).
First-round match worth price of admission: Custred v Lumar. Both could reach blood round, both should get to Saturday.
My too-short take: Fleming gets its second region title at this weight, with an all-local final. Brown should have the wherewithal to finally qualify out for the state tournament, even with potentially two ranked opponents on Saturday.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Williams gets to the semis, with a win over Evans’ Jagdesh Persaud in the quarters.
Second quarter: Marcano reaches the semis, with a win over Randolph in the quarters.
Third quarter: Peacock qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Brown in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Labrecque advances to the semis, with a win over Custred in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Johnathan Adams (Lake Howell); Logan Gilbert (Oakleaf); Luke Henderson (Winter Park); Lumar. Should be well contested between Gilbert and West Port’s Tyler Pinkowski.
WB round 2 projected: Custred; Brown; Randolph; Lumar. Lumar v Persaud should be a good match.
WB quarters projected: Brown; Lumar. Both District 1 kids reach the blood round, but they’re going to have battles on their hands.
Semis/blood round: Williams should have no problems in the front side top half, while Peacock will push past in the bottom half. Brown has enough offense in the top half of the blood round to go out; it could be close on the bottom half, but Labrecque gets through.

FLEMING ISLAND LOGO

145: 1. Gannon Janssen (Fleming Island, 3rd). 2. Blane DeFord (Flagler Palm Coast, 7th). 3. Marcus Patrick (Oviedo, 9th). 4. Bryce Dodge (West Port, 15th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Dominick Acosta (Timber Creek); Chase McDonough (University-Orange City, 10th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Stephen Farris (Bartram Trail); Blake Watts (Hagerty, 16th).
First-round match worth price of admission: Watts v Andrew Ryan (Nease).
My too-short take: Janssen’s half of the bracket is by far the deeper half, but it’s not going to matter; he’s still going to advance out and through. DeFord should set the pace in the bottom half and the two locals and former district rivals should meet in the region final.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Janssen reaches the semis, with a win over McDonough in the quarters.
Second quarter: Patrick qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Dodge in the quarters (we have this as a rematch for third and fourth).
Third quarter: DeFord advances to the semis, with a win over Farris in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Watts gets to the semis, with a win over West Orange’s Michael Nepywoda in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Acosta; Jermell McCall (Sandalwood); Brett Moses (Lake Mary); Ryan. Ryan v Buchholz’s Timothy Bowen should be a good match.
WB round 2 projected: Acosta; Farris; Dodge; McDonough. Acosta v Nepywoda looks to be well-contested.
WB quarters projected: Farris; Dodge. The Dodge-McDonough match should be very good. Transitive property doesn’t always work in wrestling, but DeFord beat Dodge 13-8 and then pinned McDonough. We will see; we’ve been wrong a lot before.
Semis/blood round: Janssen and DeFord move through against the Oviedo (or Oviedo-based) kids on the front side. Patrick has too much in the top half of the blood round, while Dodge finds a way to push through in the bottom half (I would also give McDonough the nod here if he were to win over Dodge in the previous round).

152: 1. Dylan Kohn (Hagerty, 2nd). 2. Tanner Hill (Fleming Island, 4th). 3. David Parkes (Oakleaf, 13th). 4. Solomon Smith (West Orange, 18th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Luca Vizzarri (Oviedo); Phillip Carstens (Lake Howell); Timothy King (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Theo Massilon (West Port).
First-round match worth price of admission: Smith v Noah Hesse (Lake Mary).
My too-short take: There’s no doubt in my mind that Kohn and Hill won’t reprise their region final at dual states. I also think Parkes is the clear third; I can think of three or four kids that have a shot for fourth, but the top of the heap looks pretty clear to me.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Hill qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Vizzarri in the quarters.
Second quarter: King advances to the semis, with a win over Carstens in the quarters.
Third quarter: Parkes gets to the semis, with a win over Smith in the quarters (we could see this again in the medal round).
Bottom quarter: Kohn reaches the semis, with a win over Massilon in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Liam Buchanan (Buchholz); Eric Gilreath (Ocoee); Hesse; Ayden Nguyen (Bartram Trial). Hesse v University (Orange City)’s James Houck should be a good match.
WB round 2 projected: Massilon; Smith; Carstens; Vizzarri. Massilon went 10-5 with Buchanan at districts, so this could be a close one.
WB quarters projected: Smith; Carstens. Carstens v Vizzarri should be pretty close.
Semis/blood round: Hill should advance comfortably in the top half, while Kohn should win, not as comfortably but still should, in the bottom. Smith has enough wherewithal to get out of the top half of the blood round, while Parkes should move through in the bottom half.

FLEMING ISLAND LOGO

160: 1. Luke Chop (Fleming Island), 3rd). 2. Jared Purcell (Lake Mary, 4th). 3. Ryan Cody (Hagerty, 5th). 4. Marcelo Gonzalez (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Iverson Monde (Evans).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Kellan Flanary (University-Orange City); Hunter Brown (Creekside); Joshua Brown (Sandalwood).
First-round match worth price of admission: Monde v John McNames (Bartram Trail).
My too-short take: Taking a look at the placers, the other three would all be kids that Chop takes wins over. Along with teammate Gannon Janssen, Chop is the most cerebral high school wrestler I have personally covered since the 1990s. Unless he can be completely overwhelmed by athleticism and speed, and not just anybody can do that, you wrestle the way he wants you to.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Chop advances to the semis, with a close win over Cody in the quarters.
Second quarter: Gonzalez gets to the semis, with a win over Monde in the quarters.
Third quarter: Flanary reaches the semis, with a win over Hunter Brown in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Purcell qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Joshua Brown in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Max Szabo (Buchholz); McNames; Carson Rick (Timber Creek); Joseph Paci (West Port). Szabo v Windermere’s Fabrizio Lopez should be well-contested.
WB round 2 projected: J. Brown; H. Brown; Monde; Cody. Monde v Rick should be a really good match.
WB quarters: J. Brown; Cody. The Browns went 8-4 at districts last weekend, with Sandalwood winning in the semis.
Semis/blood round: Chop should not have issues in the top half of the semis, and perhaps Purcell will not, either, in the bottom half. Gonzalez may be too tough for either of the Browns to overcome in the blood round, while Cody will not be pushed in the bottom half.

170: 1. Logan Perkins (Hagerty, 3rd). 2. Luther Casimir (Apopka, 11th). 3. Gavin Smith (Fleming Island, 6th). 4. Matthew Vann (Buchholz, 18th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Bryce Minsky (DeLand); Garrick Schwartz (Flagler Palm Coast).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Ghazi Alkadry (Winter Park); Zach Hanks (Timber Creek).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Alkadry v Onjel Caraballo (Oakleaf).
My too-short take: This is a bracket where the two best kids in it are on the same half, and Perkins has a win in hand there, so he’s the favorite. Casimir has the ranking and the solid record, but I don’t think Apopka’s wrestled the schedule of other teams in this tournament.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Smith gets to the semis, with a win over Minsky in the quarters.
Second quarter: Perkins reaches the semis, with a win over Schwartz in the quarters.
Third quarter: Vann qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Alkadry in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Casimir advances to the semis, with a win over Hanks in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Jalen Mathis (Colonial); Hendrix Paterson (Windermere); Caraballo; Colin White (Nease). Paterson v Creekside’s Josh Benavides should be well-contested.
WB round 2 projected: Hanks; Alkadry; Schwartz; Minsky. Hanks against Mathis could be a good one in this round, as might Schwartz v Caraballo.
WB quarters projected: Hanks; Minsky. Hanks and Alkadry went 1-0 at the District 4 semis, while transitive predictions have Minsky (fall over Forest) over Flagler (decision over Forest). Not best strategy, admittedly.
Semis/blood round: Perkins has a win in hand in the top half of the front, while Casimir pushes through in the bottom half. Smith has too much offense in the top half of the blood round, as does Vann in the bottom half.

BUCHHOLZ LOGO

182: 1. Armando Acosta (Buchholz, 5th). 2. Ethan Lopez (Hagerty, 6th). 3. Jalen Hines (Creekside, 9th). 4. Austin Parker (Winter Park, 15th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): None.
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Nick Janssen (Fleming Island, 13th); Shamai Powell (Timber Creek); Tony Carter (Mandarin); Alvont Graham (Forest).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Parker v Carter. Winner probably gets out, but the loser might get a second shot in the blood round.
My too-short take: The bottom half of the bracket is so much deeper than the top half, where it’s largely Lopez and Hines. Lots of unknowns in the top half of the bracket. But everyone will be chasing Acosta in the bottom half.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Hines reaches the semis, with a win over West Orange’s Elias Funk in the quarters.
Second quarter: Lopez qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Seminole’s William James in the quarters.
Third quarter: Acosta advances to the semis, with a win over Janssen in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Parker gets to the semis, with a win over Graham in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Marek Simmons (Lyman); Jackson Fisher (Lake Brantley); Powell; Carter. Carter v Colonial’s Seth Suvak could be an interesting first-rounder.
WB round 2 projected: Graham; Janssen; Powell; Carter. Powell v Seminole’s William James could be hotly contested.
WB round 3 projected: Janssen; Carter. Carter against Powell should be close.
Semis/blood round: Lopez can probably push through to the final, while Acosta should move through a little more comfortably. Hines, in the top half, has a district fall in hand, while Parker’s experience carries him through in the bottom-half in the rematch of the round 1 matchup.

FLEMING ISLAND LOGO

195: 1. Jeffrey Lascano (Fleming Island, 4th). 2. Jason Martin (Buchholz, 9th). 3. Ethan Lasher (University-Orange City, 11th). 4. Aaron Morris (DeLand, 12th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Bertilus Bornelus (Hagerty, 15th); Kelton Law (Ocoee, 14th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Sean Henderson (Colonial); Dakota Phillips (Lake Mary, 13th).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Bornelus v. Morris. Winner probably gets out, but both will have a chance with state on the line.
My too-short take: Lascano is the class of the field in this weight class, taking Fleming’s (at least) fifth of what should be (at least) six region titles, but he’ll have ranked kids at every round after the first in getting there. I could make a case for either Martin or Phillips making it out; Phillips’ best chance is to keep winning, whereas Martin might be able to afford a loss before the final.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Lascano qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Morris in the quarters.
Second quarter: Lasher advances to the semis, with a win over Law in the quarters.
Third quarter: Martin gets to the semis, with a win over Henderson in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Phillips reaches the semis, with a win over Oakleaf’s Isiah Schevchook in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Bornelus; Dyllan Bueter (Timber Creek); Bryan Fortay (Creekside); Orane Clark (Wekiva). Clark v Forest’s Jacob Pratt could be a decent consi first-rounder.
WB round 2 projected: Bornelus; Henderson; Law; Morris. Bornelus v Schevchook looks to be the best matchup.
WB quarters projected: Bornelus; Morris. Morris v Law should be a barn-burner between seniors.
Semis/blood round: Lascano has too much offense in the top half, while Martin finds ways to get past the bottom half. Lasher takes the top half of the blood round, while Morris finds a way in the bottom half. Both of the blood round matches are going to knock out two seniors, which is always tough.

FLEMING ISLAND LOGO

220: 1. Chad Nix (Fleming Island, 1st). 2. Jordan Smith (Seminole, 2nd). 3. Christian Kennick (University-Orange City, 3rd). 4. Nevan Burney (Buchholz, 8th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Korey Karbowsky (Ocoee, 9th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Ralph Sanchez (Apopka, 10th); Jason Mitchell (Oakleaf); Shamir Nelson (Timber Creek, 13th).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Burney v Joshua Ayala (Winter Park).
My too-short take: If the state is going to find a way to derail Nix this year, this weekend is probably the last best chance to do it, as Nix will be getting a look at three ranked wrestlers during the weekend, including the second- and third-ranked wrestlers in the state, both of whom also are local. We could see all four of these guys on the state podium next weekend.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Nix advances to the semis, with a win over Burney in the quarters.
Second quarter: Kennick gets to the semis, with a win over Karbowsky in the quarters.
Third quarter: Smith reaches the semis, with a win over Sanchez in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Nelson qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Mitchell in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Nathaniel Gayle (Colonial); De’Shawn Wise-Minor (Mandarin); Landon Revis (Hagerty); Seth Davis (Flagler Palm Coast). Davis v Wekiva’s Luther Johnson could be a good match.
WB round 2 projected: Mitchell; Sanchez; Karbowsky; Burney. Burney vs. Davis might be the closest of the group.
WB quarters projected: Sanchez; Burney. Both should be really good ways to kick off the second day.
Semis/blood round: Nix advances out with a top-half semifinal win, while Smith should have an easier time in the bottom half. Kennick should rally with a win in the top half; the bottom half should be quite close, with Burney finding a way to move on through.

seminole

285: 1. Curtis Ruff (Seminole, 1st). 2. Jacob Donaldson (Lake Mary, 7th). 3. Jacob Robinson (Buchholz, 14th). 4. AJ Cinelli (Flagler Palm Coast, 4th).
Dark horses (top half of bracket): Josh Murrell (Oakleaf, 9th); Jordan Phillips (Ocoee, 17th).
Dark horses (bottom half of bracket): Lawrence Stubbs (Wekiva, 8th); Raul Gonzalez (Fleming Island, 10th).
First-round match worth the price of admission: Robinson v Gonzalez. Winner could get out to states; both wrestlers should get to Saturday.
My too-short take: This bracket is loaded. Just flat-out loaded. I could see up to around six wrestlers out of the bottom half of the bracket, and there’s at least three state-quality wrestlers in the top half of the bracket. But none of them are named Curtis Ruff.
Local outlook —
Top quarter: Murrell gets to the semis, with a win over Phillips in the quarters.
Second quarter: Ruff reaches the semis, with a win over Timber Creek’s Daniel Garcia in the quarters.
Third quarter: Stubbs qualifies out for the semis, with a win over Gonzalez in the quarters.
Bottom quarter: Donaldson advances to the semis, with a win over Cinelli in the quarters.
WB round 1 projected winners: Joshua Maldonado (Lake Howell); Ryan Piersza (Bartram Trail); Robinson (bye); Nick Wilbur (Mandarin). Maldonaldo should get a battle from Forest’s Kaleb Thompson.
WB round 2 projected: Cinelli; Gonzalez; Robinson; Phillips. Phillips v Wilbur should be a good matchup.
WB quarters projected: Cinelli; Robinson. Cinelli v Gonzalez should be a great Saturday starter.
Semis/blood round: Ruff advances past Murrell in the top half, while Donaldson pushes past Stubbs in the bottom. Cinelli has an earlier win in hand to get through the top half of the blood round, while Robinson finds a way to advance in the bottom half.

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