The Season 2015-16: Creekside


You can see everything I have on the Knights in 2015-16 here –> CREEKSIDE

2015-16 record: 15-9 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a review of the Knights’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The Knights were solidly competitive all season long, whether in dual or IBT formats, staying in or near the Northeast area’s top 10 teams. Creekside had to rebuild its lower weights, to a certain degree, in 2015-16, finding a few solid freshmen or first-year starters to fill the spots, but shone most brightly from 145 on up, where there were some tough outs at several different weights. Creekside had a top-six finish at Osceola, and although the Knights didn’t finish as high as they would have wanted at either Flagler or Clay, they were just 10 points out of a Region 1 title. Graduation losses in those upper weights could be somewhat difficult to overcome, but there are five returning region qualifiers — two of those district champs — that should be anchors in 2016-17.

2015-16 MVP: Gus Fischer showed how hard work in the previous two seasons led to success, particularly this year with a fifth-place medal at 2A states in March. After losing by just a point early in the season to a returning 1A state medalist, Fischer ripped off 22 straight wins, taking a title at Chiles and winding up third at Osceola. Fischer added a runnerup effort at Flagler and third at Clay, and was one of the Northeast’s highest-ranking kids, whether at 220 or (eventually) 195. Fischer dominated regions after a narrow district-final victory, without even having to go past the second period. At states, Fischer took four victories, with both of his losses coming by decision, to close out a 49-win season.

2016-17 captain: Like Fischer, rising 11th-grader Brandon Dickman put together a huge win streak to open 2015-16, staying undefeated (26-0, with 17 pins) until the semifinals of the Kowboy Invitational at Osceola. Dickman also placed at Flagler (6th) and Clay (third, along the way avenging a loss taken at Flagler) and finishing as the consensus #2 wrestler in the Northeast area at 152. Dickman dominated District 4 and lost only at regions to a fellow eventual state placer. At states, Dickman dropped his opening-round match, but battled back behind three victories to secure a place on the state podium, eventually — like Fischer — finishing fifth. Much of the on-the-mat leadership requirements will be placed upon him next season.

Heaton’s Hero: Colin Brown was one of the Knights’ new wave of 2015-16 freshmen that worked to shore up Creekside’s lower weights. As is sometimes the case, it took a few weeks for Brown to find sustained success, as he didn’t pick up multiple contested wins until the Knights’ duals event in early January, but the wins did start to come for Brown in that month, and by Flagler he had dropped (competitively) to 106, where he would stay for the rest of the season. As he got closer to season’s end, the wins got harder to find, as he went 2-2 at Flagler, 0-2 at Clay and again at districts, but Brown was in the lineup from start to finish. In so doing, Colin Brown earned the nod as Creekside’s representative for the Heaton’s Hero nomination.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Brown (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, 1 match from regions); Jake Summers (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past year, District 4 runnerup); Michael Eckman (senior, wrestled 120 this past year, 1 match from regions); Thomas Taylor (sophomore, wrestled 126 this past year, 1 match from regions); Dickman (junior, wrestled 152 this past year, District 4 champ, Region 1 runnerup, 5th place at 2A states); Trey Chesser (sophomore, wrestled 160 this past year, District 4 4th place); Cory Grower (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, District 4 champ, 1 match from 2A states); Saul Storey (sophomore, wrestled 285 this past year, District 4 runnerup). Also: Max Patterson (junior, wrestled 126 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Jacob Cooney (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Brendan Jones (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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