Wrestling state winner and season recap 2018-19

The Admiral Farragut Academy Wrestling Team put forth its strongest team effort in program history this season, including our third-ever State Champion in program history, Caleb Lemmons!

Individually, the team had 5 wrestlers rank top 20 in the state all season long (or for substantial lengths of time) by The Orlando Sentinel: Caleb Lemmons, Guillaume Chevrier, Erik Sokolowski, Nick Carbone, and Dylan Andino. Angela LoRusso won several women’s tournaments while competing for both the men’s and women’s squads. Madison Moore also placed top 5 individually in several women’s tournaments.

Other Individual Season Highlights:

  • Bryan Le had a winning record and won several critical matches in dual meets.
  • Angela LoRusso placed at the district tournament, qualifying for regionals.
  • Cameron Acklin placed at the district tournament, qualifying for regionals.
  • Guillaume Chevrier placed high in many tournaments and made the district finals, qualifying for regionals.
  • Erik Sokolowski placed at several tournaments but unfortunately had his season end due to injury.
  • Aidan Harvel placed at several tournaments this season and won several matches at the district championships.
  • Nicholas Carbone was ranked 2nd in the state all year and won several tournaments, but unfortunately had his season end due to injury.
  • Miguel Banuelos-Franco won a district championship, qualifying for regionals. He also placed top 3 at several individual tournaments.
  • Dylan Andino placed high in many tournaments and made the district finals, qualifying for regionals.
  • Antonio Johnson placed at both the district and regional championship, qualifying for the state championships as just a sophomore!
  • Josiah Davis-Brown placed in several tournaments this season and helped secure several dual meet victories.
  • Scanlin Payok was a finalist in two individual tournaments as well as the district championship, qualifying for regionals.

The best individual performance of the season was undoubtedly Caleb Lemmons. The Admiral Farragut Academy junior won the 132-pound Class 1A state title with a 6-4 decision in his final match against Mater Lakes’ senior Omar Armengol. Caleb was also a district and regional champion, completing a perfect postseason performance with a state title!

The AFA Wrestling Team collectively placed 3rd in both the Palmetto Pride Invitational and The Ben Richards Memorial Tournament, as well as finishing as the FHSAA 1A District 12 runner-ups in both the Dual Meet and Individual formats. This is the second consecutive season the AFA Wrestling Team has earned trophies at the district level. They also established their first ever youth wrestling team, combining an equal mix of Lower School wrestlers with other local youth wrestlers. This inaugural program was a great success!

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, two of our senior wrestlers will continue their careers as student-athletes at the NCAA level. Nicholas Carbone received scholarship money and signed his NLI to compete for Ashland University in Ohio. Angela LoRusso also received scholarship money and will wrestle for Adrian College in Michigan as a member of their women’s program.

An amazing milestone season, indeed!