Cutting to the chase…
We’ve got just two more regions to go in our analysis of which district won each of the 12 region tournaments in Florida. Next up is Region 3 in 2A. Who’s the strongest? Punta Gorda? Ft Myers? Naples? We wanted to find out. The data told us that it was the Naples area, and District 12, that was the strongest, though District 10 did have one argument from a certain point of view.
We’ll start with a count of the most points scored by district.
The 1-2 punch of champion Palmetto Ridge and third-place Barron Collier was a compelling start for the 12s, but it was Golden Gate’s points that really put this race out of reach. Still, though, the margin was barely more than 1 point per region slot.
- District 12: 515 points
- District 10: 453.5
- District 11: 386.5
- District 9: 213
How about state qualifiers?
Here, the 12s pressed their advantage with a lot more gap compared to the rest of the region, as no district had more champs (six) or finalists (12). District 10 did have an equal amount of depth, with 10 3rds/4ths to match the 12s, but the gap in runners-up provided most of the space.
- District 12: 22 qualifiers (6 1st, 6 2nd, 5 3rd, 5 4th).
- District 10: 15 qualifiers (4 1st, 1 2nd, 6 3rd, 4 4th).
- District 11: 13 qualifiers (3 1st, 5 2nd, 1 3rd, 4 4th).
- District 9: 6 qualifiers (1 1st, 2 2nd, 2 3rd, 1 4th).
I also like to look at the depth each region has. One measuring indicator I use is to calculate the depth of each district by compiling the win-loss records of each district’s competitors. Here’s where District 10 can claim an argument, as the 10s had the most wins, and that with just one weight where it had an additional qualifier per FHSAA schematics. But the 12s had a better win percentage, and that’s what we primarily look at here.
- District 12: 114-91 (55.61% win percentage)
- District 10: 118-99 (54.38% win percentage)
- District 11: 100-96
- District 9: 60-106
District 12 carried the day in 2A-Region 3, but it got plenty of fight along the way.
Now, for the What Ifs. In MOST cases, there will be a true 4th; there would not be a true 2nd if the runnerup and 3rd-place wrestler met in the semis or quarters, that match would be determinative.
106: True 4th — Matches Cape Coral’s Richard Albert (qualified 4th) against Palmetto’s Zach Stolze.
113: True 4th — Matches Palmetto Ridge’s Bernardo Barnhart (qualified 4th) against Countryside’s Kaden Cartagena.
120: No true 2nd or 4th.
126: True 2nd — Runnerup Demetri Zertopoulis (Palmetto Ridge) would face 3rd-place Ethan Byrd (Barron Collier). That would be a rematch of the District 12 final, which Zertopoulis won by first-period fall. True 4th — Matches Ft Myers’ Nolan Nguyen (qualified 4th) against Dunbar’s Joshua Martinez. That’s a district finals rematch too, as Nguyen shut out Martinez, 8-0, to win District 11.
132: True 2nd — Runnerup John Vadyak (Ft Myers) would face 3rd-place Isaac Church (Charlotte). True 4th — Matches Barron Collier’s Grant Gappelberg (qualified 4th) against Naples’ Cole Henry. That was a rematch of the District 12 semis, in which Gappelberg took a 3-2 decision.
138: True 2nd — Runnerup Jaden Harrah (Island Coast) would face 3rd-place Leonard Feliciano (Palmetto Ridge). No true 4th.
145: True 4th — Matches Mariner’s Lance Crawford (qualified 4th) against Pinellas Park’s Cobin Crawford.
152: True 2nd — Runnerup Justin Cole (Cape Coral) would face 3rd-place Koen Hoffman (Port Charlotte). No true 4th.
160: True 2nd — Runnerup Jacob Holland (Braden River) would face 3rd-place Mack Koselke (Mariner). No true 4th.
170: True 2nd — Runnerup Cory Cannan (Barron Collier) would face 3rd-place Brian Burburija (Countryside). True 4th — Matches Palmetto Ridge’s Jacob Damas (qualified 4th) against Port Charlotte’s Grant Laballister.
182: True 2nd — Runnerup Gregorio Herrera (Palmetto Ridge) would face 3rd-place Cael Newton (Charlotte). While we don’t have comprehensive results on either of these powerhouse teams, they did meet at the first day of state duals, where Newton took a 7-4 victory. True 4th — Matches Countryside’s Nick Granata (qualified 4th) against Palmetto’s Ethan Bell.
195: True 2nd — Runnerup Antonio Petraglia (Palmetto Ridge) would face 3rd-place Okten Logue (Port Charlotte). True 4th — Matches Boca Ciega’s Jaden Fox-Harrington (qualified 4th) against Pinellas Park’s Benjamin Cash.
220: True 4th — Matches Charlotte’s Biaggio Frattarelli (qualified 4th) against Palmetto’s Yeidisson Santana. The district rivals did not meet in the District 10 tournament the previous week.
285: True 4th — Matches Cypress Lake’s Adam Larochelle (qualified 4th) against Osceola (Seminole)’s Miguel Tosado.
Next up — hopefully tomorrow — we will complete the #BraggingRights project with the final region, Region 4 in 1A.