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#TheSeason2019-20: Atlantic Coast

Hey guys!

The regular season is over. But the work continues. For you and for us.

We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

We started the work on this one actually between regions and states last week.

ATLANTIC COAST

You can see everything I have on the Stingrays in 2019-20 here –>  ATLANTIC COAST

Win/loss record: 3-14 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Stingrays’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Atlantic Coast began the year with wins in its first two rounds of competition at the North Florida Duals, where the Stingrays were 2-3, on December 7. A week later, at Fernandina Beach’s Dual in the Dunes, Atlantic Coast was eighth out of 10 teams, with their third dual win there. The Stingrays were 0-2 at the 3A-District 1 dual team tournament on January 8, placing 13th at the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border later that weekend. In closing out the month, Atlantic Coast was 10th at Gateway; the Stingrays had just one midweek dual between Gateway and districts, where they did not advance any wrestlers to regions. Atlantic Coast has five returning starters that could be back next year and graduates just one senior that had 15 matches or post-season experience.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Eric Harper (senior, 17-10 at 120, 1 match from regions); Nick Shay (senior, 9-13 at 126, 1 match from regions); Joel Dudley (junior, 14-12 at 138, 0-2 at districts); Parsa Mokhlesabadi (junior, 6-11 at 145, 0-2 at districts); John Johnson (11-12 at 195, 1 match from regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Erik Llolli (1-12 at 132, 1 match from regions).

2019-20: Junior Eric Harper led the team in victories in 2019-20 (17), which included a seven-match run of wins between North Florida Duals and Dual in the Dunes, a run that was halted by a Georgia state qualifier. Harper was third at Gateway, with two bonus-point decisions there, and was the only Atlantic Coast wrestler to win a contested match at the district tournament. He’s got potential to represent the Stingrays in the region tournament as a senior.

2020-21 captain: Sophomore Joel Dudley was the only other wrestler besides Harper that had a better-than-.500 record at season’s end. Dudley had 4-1 tournaments at North Florida Duals and Dual in the Dunes, and took a pair of falls at Gateway. As a two-year starter for the Stingrays, Dudley will be counted on to help build this still very young, very fledgling program.

Zander Laurin Warrior: As a first-year senior that struggled to find success in contested matches, but yet did not leave the team during the course of the season, the Stingrays’ Erik Llolli is just the kind of kid I look for in this nomination. Llolli had just one win in matches that were reported to me or to Track (which was all of them), and only had his hand raised once in those matches — a forfeit win in mid-December. But he stayed with the team, and for that stick-to-it-iveness, even though he went up to 132 from mid-January onward, Erik Llolli is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Atlantic Coast.

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