Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2018-19),” because we’re creative like that. Your donation dollars at work, folks.
Teams are being selected on a random basis. Our seventh installment for this season, and first from 2A-District 2, is Chiles.
Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past five seasons.
You can see everything I have on the Timberwolves in 2018-19 here –> CHILES
Win/loss record: 8-5 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Timberwolves’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: The Timberwolves opened tournament competition with a road trip to Jacksonville, where they were third at Terry Parker’s Arlington Optimist Invitational. Chiles had two more tournaments in December, hosting the Capital City Classic (16th out of 25 teams) and finishing fourth out of nine at Villages’ St John Memorial Holiday Classic just before Christmas. The Timberwolves began January with a third-place finish at 2A-District 2 team duals, finishing seventh out of 16 at Lincoln’s one-day Trojan Invitational in mid-month. Chiles had perhaps its best regular-season tournament finishes in early February, placing fifth at Wakulla’s one-day IBT and taking second at its own 10-team Timberwolf Duals. Chiles duplicated its dual team tournament finish in the traditional post-season series, with a 12th at Region 1 and tie for 50th at states. The Timberwolves will have 12 returners with post-season or other significant mat time returning in 2019-20, losing just two to graduation, so expect even more improvements next year.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Hunter Brown (sophomore, 23-16 at 106, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Brady Dawkins (sophomore, 2-9 at 113, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Olufemi Egberongbe (junior, 24-12 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Alex Adkins (junior, 16-18 at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Mitchell Monk (sophomore, 8-8 at 132, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Preston Scoggins (sophomore, 13-16 at 132/138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Andrew Mullins (sophomore, 11-13 at 138, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Will Wiggins (junior, 18-17 at 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Kevonte Times (senior, 22-11 at 160, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Kyle McGill (junior, 34-9 at 170, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Austin Wheeler (senior, 18-16 at 182, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Elijah Borden (senior, 7-19 at 195, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or prior/current post-season experience) from this year’s team: Gage Bunton (4-13 at 152, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Sam Neely (3-4 at 285, district 3rd, did not compete at regions).
2018-19 MVP: Sophomore Kyle McGill established himself as one of the north’s 170s to watch this year, with a runnerup at Optimist, fifth at Capital City and runnerup at St John, with losses only to fellow state qualifiers. That finals loss at Villages would birth a string of matches where McGill would go 23-2, with win streaks of six, nine and eight matches, respectively, which included a Wakulla and a 2A-District 2 title. In fact, only current or prior state qualifiers would beat McGill during the course of the year, and in every other case those qualifiers were juniors or seniors. McGill was just a takedown away from reaching the second day of states, and he’s going to be a force for the next two years.
2019-20 captain: While McGill will be called upon for captaincy work next year, I would look at junior Kevonte Times as another likely captain for the Timberwolves in 2019-20. A three-year starter, Times finished second at both Optimist and St John, after which he won eight of 10 matches, with a fourth-place finish at Trojan Invitational and third at Wakulla. After an early loss in the district semis, Times came back to take third and looked like he’d have a shot at states, falling one match short. His consistency over the past two years will be key as more young kids enter the Timberwolf lineup in 2019-20.
Heaton’s Hero: Freshman Andrew Mullins‘ introduction to varsity was a tough ride, with an 0-6 start (five losses by fall, the sixth by tech fall). He got in the win column in mid-January, which is a lot of practice time without a hand raised in competition. But, even through Wakulla, which is the first Saturday in February, he was 3-9 with one contested pin. However, he dropped a weight down to 138 for Timberwolf Duals, and that seemed to help, as Mullins was unbeaten (with four pins) at Timberwolf and won eight of two matches prior to regions. For the way he was able to close the season, without a lot of success prior to that close, Andrew Mullins is the Heaton’s Hero for Chiles.
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