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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.
Our third team was randomly selected and St Augustine was the team chosen out of 2A-District 4.
You can see everything I have on the Yellow Jackets in 2019-20 here –> ST AUGUSTINE
Win/loss record: 11-10 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Yellow Jackets’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: St Augustine began the season at district rival Matanzas’ one-day dual tournament on December 7, which had eight teams this year. The Yellow Jackets were fourth in that event; the following weekend, at Deltona, St Augustine went 2-3 at the Wolves’ one-day dual tournament. That led to a three-week hiatus after which St Augustine competed in the inaugural St Johns County roundrobin championship tournament at Creekside on January 4. The following weekend, the Yellow Jackets were 3-1 at the 2A-District 4 dual team tournament, with only an early loss to New Smyrna Beach keeping them from a shot at competing for regions. St Augustine was 3-2 at Orange Park’s midweek duals tournament on the 22nd of January, then took T-13th in their first IBT of the season at DeLand’s Bulldogs IBT on the 25th. The Yellow Jackets stayed in IBT mode each of the next two weekends afterward, placing 21st in Flagler’s two-day Rotary tournament and then T-27th at Clay’s two-day Rotary tournament. St Augustine wrapped the season with a runnerup finish at the 2A-District 4 tournament and was 17th at Region 1 at Chiles, with no state qualifiers, but several second-day competitors. While there was a senior or two that did see some action, there were no regular starters that will be lost to graduation later this year (assuming graduation is held), and there will be as many as 15 key returners from this year’s team that can be back next year, so this is a team to definitely watch next year.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Gavin Barro (senior, 18-20 at 106, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Tristan Smith (senior, 3-12 at 113, 0-2 at districts); Wilson Nguyen (senior, 17-18 at 120, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Jordan Levy (senior, 19-14 at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Christian Jackson (sophomore, 9-11 at 132, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Carlos Quintanal (senior, 22-13 at 138, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Jakob Hartline (junior, 9-9 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Gabe Galloza (senior, 12-7 at 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Hayden Yanni (senior, 23-13 at 152, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Clint Griffin (junior, 21-12 at 160, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Khaled Gardner (junior, 7-13 at 170, 1 match from regions); Ryan Murphy (senior, 33-9 at 182, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Jaquan Whitty (sophomore, 2-14 at 195, 1 match from regions); Nate Bumbalough (junior, 8-20 at 195/220, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Justin Ballard (senior, 13-14 at 285, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: None.
2019-20 MVP: While junior Ryan Murphy‘s season didn’t end the way it started or he’d hoped, Murphy was the Yellow Jackets’ most consistent quality competitor throughout the regular season, and the team’s only district champion. After a loss to a fellow team MVP early in December, Murphy won 14 matches in a row, a streak that began at the Matanzas Duals on the first Saturday of the season and extended past mid-January. Murphy was 5-0 at Deltona Duals and 4-0 at County, with a title at DeLand (where he pinned his way through the bracket and 2-2 performances at both Flagler and Clay. Murphy bonus-pointed through the district tournament and got to Saturday at regions, where he had two pins in his victories.
2020-21 captain: St Augustine was revitalized with the midseason addition of junior Gabe Galloza to the lineup. The Yellow Jackets had some decent depth in the middles and Galloza’s return on January 21st made it even more so. Galloza got off to a slow start, but was one match short of placing at Clay — no easy thing to do — and then was one of three district runners-up the Yellow Jackets had. He then went 3-2 at regions, getting to within just one scoring move from being St Augustine’s lone state qualifier. For three seasons, Galloza has been quietly consistent for the Yellow Jackets; a full year and off-season work should lead to a Kissimmee appearance in March 2021.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Another boost to the middle of the St Augustine lineup came in a little earlier than Galloza, but like Galloza also started in January, when freshman Christian Jackson cemented the Yellow Jackets’ situation at 132. Jackson missed just one tournament from district duals onward, with pins in all of them prior to regions, and he avenged his lone district traditional tournament loss, wrestling back to third. On a team loaded with upperclassmen, Jackson stepped in and shouldered his load well, and the injection of mid-season additional guys really helped the Yellow Jackets in the second half. For that, Christian Jackson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for St Augustine.
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