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#TurkeyNWrestling2020-21: 2A-District 4

Seabreeze’s run to the 2A-District 4 duals title in 2019-20 was nothing short of magical.
The Sandcrabs got to the Region 1 semifinals, and while they couldn’t stay on top of the heap — injuries and a long season take their tolls on any team, particularly one that accomplishes such a goal in what is still technically mid-season — they made themselves poised for bigger goals in the future.
Now, Seabreeze will need to live with the favorite’s role in the district, though there’s at least two tough challengers already poised to take them on, plus a defending district titlist that isn’t going anywhere.
The Sandcrabs graduated four seniors from the dual championship squad, including a pair of state qualifiers in Kobe Baert (120 in March) and Victor Lipsey (160), both of whom were a match from podiuming.
Back for Seabreeze this year are as many as 12 key returners, 11 of whom were post-season starters. And, the one that did not compete in the traditional post-season might be among the strongest returners back for the Sandcrabs, so the depth returning is still very good.
A year ago, St Augustine shocked the heck out of the experts by taking second at the District 4 traditional tournament. This year, it might not surprise anyone if the Yellow Jackets win the whole thing.
St Augustine lost no key seniors from last year’s team, which is already a feather in its cap. This year, the Yellow Jackets added Pedro Menendez transfer Connor Spossey, their crosstown rivals’ top performer over the last three seasons. Spossey was a 1A-District 5 champion last year, going on to place fifth at states at 170.
Spossey will be joined by as many as 15 key Yellow Jacket returners, including 13 post-season starters. Virtually every weight will be covered by returning experience in the season ahead.
Don’t be surprised if New Smyrna Beach is this year’s St Augustine. The Barracudas lost just two regular-season starters, and only one who competed in the February post-season, from last year’s team.
Back this year for NSB are up to 11 key returners from a year ago, led by junior state qualifiers Michael Shannon (3rd at 126 in February) and Jace Engberg (120 last season). Joining them are two more Kissimmee qualifiers, as senior Doug Dittmer (195 last season) comes over from Mainland and junior Jamey Bruner (1A-120 state qualifier in 2019-20) transfers in from Atlantic.
Matanzas took on the biggest loss, in terms of graduation, of any team in the district, and that means that the defending-champion (traditional format) Pirates are going to struggle to remain on top in 2020-21. Five current or former state qualifiers graduated in June, that group led by two-time placer Quenteen Robinson (3rd at 170-2A in Kissimmee), with 2020 qualifiers Shaun Culbreth (126 last year), Griffin Wilder (145) and Noel Alicea (152) all also moving on.
But Matanzas still has a decent nucleus returning, with as many as nine possible 2019-20 starters coming back. Senior Robert Elder (285) is the Pirates’ lone returning state qualifier.
While the Pirates might struggle a bit more in the post-season, the Matanzas girls’ team should continue to be one of the elite teams in the state and the pacesetter among girls teams in the north, even after losing 2020 placers Angelina Bermudez (154) and Klarissa Appiah (184) to graduation. Seniors Riley White (117 in February) and Morgan Morrison (162) headline a group of Lady Pirates that rolls up to 10-deep in terms of girls’ state competitors a year ago.
Of the teams in the bottom half, Belleview is most likely the one — on numbers alone, if nothing else — that could crash into the top half with a strong push this year.
The Rattlers lost just one starter from last year’s team, and have as many as 15 key wrestlers that saw solid lineup time a year ago. While there’s a solid amount of depth, what Belleview will need to get are more lockdown points. The Rattlers return 13 post-season starters, but only two got to Saturday at the Region 1 tournament last year.
Deltona had numbers issues a year ago, and that might continue in 2020-21, as the Wolves graduated three regular-season starters. But among their six possible significant returners from last year’s team are two returning state qualifiers in senior Ethan Chiu (220 at 2A states in March) and sophomore Kevin Kerns (113 last season). It could be a solid nucleus on which to build.
Mainland only lost two seniors from last year’s team, but had two losses via transfer, one as noted above, and both were post-season starters. While the Buccaneers will have as many as nine key contributors back this year, and that’s a plus, none of them reached the second week of the traditional post-season last year, and they’ll need more experience.
Projected finish: 1. Seabreeze. 2. St Augustine. 3. New Smyrna Beach. 4. Matanzas. 5. Belleview. 6. Deltona. 7. Mainland. (NOTE: We were informed that Pine Ridge would not have a team this season; we’ll keep checking in case this changes for 2021-22).
BELLEVIEW
Coach: Bryan Irwin, 3rd year.
2019-20: 24-17 in duals reported to Matmen. 31st at Kiwanis Invitational, 13th at Ed Kilpatrick IBT.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District 5th; Traditional: District 6th, 24th at region. 2019 — Duals: 2A-Region 2 qualifier, 2A-Region 2 quarterfinalist; Traditional: 2A-District 5 4th, 20th at 2A-Region 2. 2018 — Duals: Did not qualify for 2A-Region 2; Traditional: 2A-District 5 4th at 2A-District 5, 9th at 2A-Region 2, T-64th at states.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Zackery Young (sophomore, 29-13 at 106, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Mark Willis (junior, 38-14 at 113, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Michael Ventre (senior, 30-21 at 120, 1 match from regions); Andrew Davis (sophomore, 30-16 at 126, 1 match from regions); Zachary McLaughlin (sophomore, 24-22 at 132, 1 match from regions); Tyler Gerard (sophomore, 9-16 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Morgan Cole (senior, 15-8 at 138/145, did not compete at post-season traditionals); Valentino Morales (sophomore, 2-18 at 145, 0-2 at districts); Eric McLaughlin (sophomore, 30-21 at 152, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Cornelius Bentley-Greene (sophomore, 20-27 at 160, 1 match from regions); Julian Flores (sophomore, 9-22 at 182, 0-2 at districts); Nathan Halstead (senior, 30-18 at 195, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Andrew Dunn (sophomore, 25-15 at 220, 1 match from regions); Titus Bailey (junior, 10-14 at 285, 1 match from regions); Ke’aundre Solomon (sophomore, 7-10 at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Key losses (graduation): Shaun Young (23-25 at 170, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
Matmen’s take: Graduation losses were less this past year than in the previous, so we could see the Diamondbacks make a push this year. Belleview should have returning experience at every weight; amping up the schedule should challenge that experience.
DELTONA
Coach: Keith Wallace, 15th year.
2019-20: 5-13 in duals. 18th at Clash of Lady Titans, 13th at Clash of the Titans, 12th at Keystone Memorial, T-15th at Milton-Winter, 16th at DeLand Bulldogs IBT, 17th at Live Greco, 7th at 5 Star Conference, T-92nd at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District T-7th; Traditional: District 4th, 19th at region, T-62nd at states. 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.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Dianna Pineda (junior, 13-15 at 106, 1-2 at girls’ state, 1 match from regions); Kevin Kerns (sophomore, 29-19 at 113, district runnerup, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Zane Hair (junior, 5-21 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Mason Ortiz (sophomore, 5-26 at 145, 1 match from regions); Ethan Chiu (senior, 30-17 at 220, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Nathan Hatch (sophomore, 15-9 at 285, region 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
Key losses (graduation): Luis Vazquez (24-10 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Carlos Pineda (24-17 at 126, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Jacob Swanson (24-16 at 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).
Matmen’s take: Wolves had no wrestlers reach second day of regions a year ago; this year, Deltona returns two state qualifiers. That’s a good base, but Wolves will need injections of new talent into the middle of the lineup to contend better in duals.
MAINLAND (Daytona Beach)
Coach: Matthew Lawrence, 3rd year.
2019-20: 6-7 in duals. 17th at Clash of Lady Titans, T-15th at Clash of the Titans, 13th at Bill Scott Memorial, 19th at Keystone Memorial, 32nd at Lady Bear Classic, 28th at Flagler Rotary, 9th at 5 Star Conference, T-86th at Girls’ State, 6th at Viper Roundrobin.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District T-7th; Traditional: District 8th, 23rd at region, T-62nd at states. 2019 — Duals: 0-4 at 2A-District 6; Traditional: 9th at 2A-District 6. 2018 — No program.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Abby Couillard (junior, 2-12 at 100/106, 0-2 at girls’ state, 0-2 at districts); Hayden Heilman (sophomore, 11-12 at 113, 1 match from regions); Brian Harris (sophomore, 10-13 at 120, 1 match from regions); Sean Baughman (senior, 9-10 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Isaias Davila (senior, 11-11 at 132, 1 match from regions); Heath Hilado (junior, 2-9 at 138, 1 match from regions); Avery Duffy (sophomore, 5-8 at 140, 1-2 at girls’ state); Brady Howe (junior, 14-5 at 170, district runnerup, did not compete at regions); Jordan Colubiale (senior, 10-10 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Key losses (graduation except as noted): Xavier Logan (11-9 at 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions; transferred to Fleming Island); Fred Bowen (6-18 at 160, 1 match from regions); Tommy Short (11-13 at 182, 1 match from regions); Doug Dittmer (30-13 at 195, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states; transferred to New Smyrna Beach).
Matmen’s take: Numbers continued to improve for Bucs in program’s second year of existence, but transfer losses will be an issue nevertheless. Seeing reported dual victories was a good step for the program, but Bucs will have to keep reloading to move forward.
MATANZAS (Palm Coast) (BOYS)
Coach: TJ Gillin, 2nd year as HC.
2019-20: 15-10 in duals. 6th at Capital City, T-14th at Cradle Cancer, T-12th at Flagler Rotary, 13th at Clay Rotary.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District runnerup, region quarterfinalist; Traditional: District champ, region runnerup. T-16th at states. 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.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Carter Wilder (sophomore, 6-13 at 106, 1 match from regions); Braden Hawley (junior, 9-17 at 106, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Henson White (sophomore, 7-29 at 113, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Sam Russo (senior, 26-11 at 138, district champ, 1 match from states); Tristian Williams (junior, 22-16 at 160, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Drew Castanheira (senior, 15-6 at 160/170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Sean LeBeau (senior, 6-7 at 182, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Vincent Iuliano (sophomore, 3-11 at 195, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Robert Elder (senior, 29-21 at 285, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states).
Key losses (graduation): Ethan Goodman (34-11 at 120, district champ, 1 match from states); Shaun Culbreth (48-7 at 126, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); George Joanos (28-14 at 132, district champ, 1 match from states); Griffin Wilder (25-8 at 145, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Noel Alicea (27-14 at 152, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Quenteen Robinson (41-4 at 170, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Pete Grimm (11-17 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
Matmen’s take: Pirates had another large graduation class leave them in June, and this year’s group is going to have some weights where they’ll have to replace multiple-year starters with new recruits. But program should still be solid.
MATANZAS (Palm Coast) (GIRLS)
Coach: John White, 16th year.
2019-20: Unknown in duals.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — 4th at state. 2019 — 4th at state. 2018 — 6th at state.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Brittany Lipka (sophomore, 1-4 at 100, 0-2 at state); Sierra Kemp (junior, 0-7 at 112, 0-2 at state); Riley White (senior, 15-5 at 117, state runnerup); Marissa Roberts (sophomore, 6-10 at 117, 0-2 at state); Maddie Torres (sophomore, 0-10 at 128, 0-2 at state); Angelina Gonzalez (junior, 12-9 at 134, 2-2 at state); Isabella Tietje (sophomore, 6-6 at 140, 2-2 at state); Abrielle Molina (sophomore, 2-10 at 140, 0-1 at state-injured); Morgan Morrison (senior, 15-3 at 162, state runnerup); Julianna Bogdanov (sophomore, 0-2 at 184, 0-2 at state).
Key losses (graduation): Angelina Bermudez (14-7 at 154, state 6th); Klarissa Appiah (13-7 at 184, state 6th).
Matmen’s take: Coverage area’s gold-standard girls team continues to take the lead in the north, with 10 returners back this year. Lady Pirates brought in plenty of freshmen a year ago, and that was very helpful to last year’s team.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH
Coach: Kevin Kehoe, 7th year.
2019-20: 11-5 in duals. 20th at Clash of Lady Titans, 12th at Clash of the Titans, 8th at House of Payne, 7th at Bill Scott Memorial, 40th at Knockout Christmas Classic, 12th at DeLand Bulldog IBT, 18th at Flagler Rotary, 5th at 5 Star Conference, T-75th at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District 3rd; Traditional: District 5th, 18th at region, T-23rd at states. 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.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Susan Pacini (sophomore, 14-18 at 106, 2-2 at girls’ state, 1 match from regions); Jace Engberg (junior, 37-16 at 120, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Tristen Winfrey (junior, 17-4 at 120/132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Michael Shannon (junior, 42-8 at 126, district runnerup, region champ, state 3rd); Justis Chandler (junior, 23-18 at 132, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Hunter Childress (junior, 12-15 at 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Jackson Farmer (junior, 1-5 at 145, 1 match from regions); Thomas Evans (junior, 19-18 at 152, 1 match from regions); Braden Sullivan (sophomore, 9-9 at 160, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Thomas Connell (sophomore, 4-11 at 170, 1 match from regions); Austin Mitchum (junior, 11-9 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Key additions: Jamey Bruner (junior, 20-9 at 120, 1A-District 5 champ, 1A-Region 2 runnerup, 1-2 at 1A states; transferred from Atlantic); Doug Dittmer (senior, 30-13 at 195, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states; transferred from Mainland).
Key losses (graduation): Hunter Lupien (20-13 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Dale Edwards (12-26 at 182, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
Matmen’s take: This is a team to watch this year, between the maturation of last year’s lineup, the smallish graduation hit, and the addition of two state qualifiers. With some bigs up top, Barracudas will definitely be in the mix in the district.
SEABREEZE (Daytona Beach)
Coach: Michael Fries.
2019-20: 22-3 in duals reported to Matmen. 15th at Capital City, 2nd at Bill Scott Memorial, 5th at Keystone Memorial, 1st at Ed Kilpatrick Classic, 14th at Flagler Rotary, 4th at 5 Star Conference, T-64th at Girls’ State.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District champ, region semifinalist; Traditional: District 3rd, 15th at region, T-34th at states. 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.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Kayla Nguyen (senior, 26-24 at 106, 2-2 at girls’ state, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Joe Kent (junior, 41-12 at 113, district champ, did not compete at regions); Ben Orlowski (sophomore, 7-24 at 126, 1 match from regions); Edward Davison (sophomore, 5-14 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Charles Slaughter (sophomore, 2-11 at 138, 1 match from regions); Devin Stickney (24-6 at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Brock Roberts (senior, 45-13 at 152, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Pedro Bonilla (sophomore, 5-8 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Chris Thomas (senior, 30-16 at 182, 1 match from regions); Caiden Patton (senior, 33-15 at 195, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Nathan Boyd (senior, 37-19 at 220, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Connor Flagg (senior, 16-19 at 285, district 4th, did not compete at regions).
Key losses (graduation except as noted): Kobe Baert (47-13 at 120, district 3rd, region 3rd, 1 match from state medal); Ryan Phelan (4-13 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Grant Schwartz (19-16 at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals; transferred to Flagler Palm Coast); Nik Crossman (19-12 at 145, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Victor Lipsey (49-11 at 160, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state medal).
Matmen’s take: Run to district duals title was an amazing experience for the Sandcrabs, and trying to get to dual states perhaps took an emotional toll in the final month. This year’s team will be less wide-eyed and more hard-edged about that pursuit.
ST AUGUSTINE
Coach: Will Rinchiusa, 4th year.
2019-20: 11-10 in duals. T-13th at DeLand Bulldog IBT, 21st at Flagler Rotary, T-27th at Clay Rotary.
Post-season stats (last 3 years): 2020 — Duals: District 4th; Traditional: District runnerup, 17th at region. 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.
Projected key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience last year, with 2019-20 weights): Gavin Barro (senior, 18-20 at 106, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Tristan Smith (senior, 3-12 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Wilson Nguyen (senior, 17-18 at 120, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Jordan Levy (senior, 19-14 at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Christian Jackson (sophomore, 9-11 at 132, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Carlos Quintanal (senior, 22-13 at 138, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Jakob Hartline (junior, 9-9 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Gabe Galloza (senior, 12-7 at 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Hayden Yanni (senior, 23-13 at 152, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Clint Griffin (junior, 21-12 at 160, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Khaled Gardner (junior, 7-13 at 170, 1 match from regions); Ryan Murphy (senior, 33-9 at 182, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Jaquan Whitty (sophomore, 2-14 at 195, 1 match from regions); Nate Bumbalough (junior, 8-20 at 195/220, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Justin Ballard (senior, 13-14 at 285, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions).
Key addition: Connor Spossey (senior, 44-7 at 170, 1A-District 5 champ, 1A-Region 2 runnerup, 1A state 5th; transferred from Pedro Menendez).
Key losses (graduation): None.
Matmen’s take: As Seabreeze was in the duals, St Augustine was the surprise team in the traditional tournament. With nobody lost to graduation and the coverage area’s best 170 added to the lineup, Yellow Jackets can’t be overlooked this season.

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