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#TheSeason2019-20: West Nassau

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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.

Our fourth team was randomly selected and West Nassau was the team chosen out of 1A-District 3.

WEST NASSAU

You can see everything I have on the Warriors in 2019-20 here –>  WEST NASSAU

Win/loss record: 11-18 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Warriors’ performance in IBT events.

WEST NASSAU LOGOSeason in a nutshell: From a team standpoint, it was difficult for the Warriors, who — even with their fullest lineup possible — gave up forfeits at three weights and often gave up a few more than that. West Nassau was 3-2 at former district rival Bishop Snyder’s North Florida Duals on December 7; the following weekend, the Warriors wrestled 10 duals in two locations, going 2-3 at Oakleaf’s Friday Knight Lights on the 13th and then 3-2 at Fernandina’s Dual in the Dunes the following day. They were second at County, with a 1-1 record, and then a short-handed Warrior side was 0-5 at the Yulee Duals, competing on the varsity side in the first day of the tournament. In January, the Warriors began with a fifth-place team showing at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, duplicating that with a fifth at the Westside Roundrobin at former district rival Westside on the 18th. After a pair of midweek dual wins, the Warriors had nearly 10 days off before going to Wakulla’s two-day IBT, where they were sixth out of 20 teams. West Nassau wrapped up the regular season with a very short-handed group (only three wrestlers finished the night, due to flu) at Englewood, going 0-5. The Warriors came back to finish fourth at districts and 10th at Region 1, taking three to the state tournament. West Nassau loses 92 wins from this year’s team due to graduation, but could return as many as seven wrestlers with key experience in 2020-21.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Blayden Tharpe (sophomore, 26-13 at 106, district champ, 0-2 at regions); Jackson Holcomb (sophomore, 14-29 at 113, district 4th, 1 match from states); Hunter Rosepiler (sophomore, 7-10 at 126/132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Gibreen Ahmad (sophomore, 20-25 at 145, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Deonte Robinson (senior, 11-14 at 170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Conner Nobles (junior, 14-8 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jackson Rowell (senior, 30-15 at 220, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Brendan Ferenchik (27-5 at 120, district runnerup, did not compete at regions); Bradley Hulett (40-6 at 138, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Requan Works (25-5 at 160, district champ, region 3rd, state 6th).

2019-20 MVP: From start to finish this season, senior Bradley Hulett found a new level to his wrestling. He’d had solid seasons before, but nothing that really stood out and grabbed you. This year, however, was very different, as Hulett won 40 matches at 138, 33 of them by fall. Included in that list of pins was a season-opening 12 falls in a row to start off December, which ended with Hulett 22-0 and a County champion. He would take a loss early at Joe Bees, but rallied to finish third there, duplicating that performance at Westside a week later. The one loss he would have at Westside would be his last until regions, as Hulett would win the next 11 in a row, with titles at Wakulla (where he pinned his way through the draw) and districts (where he had two bonus-point wins). Hulett was 4-2 at regions, losing only to one wrestler (twice) and otherwise winning by fall. Getting to states was the best reward for the work that Hulett did to have a season like this in 2019-20.

2020-21 captain: Even had he not qualified out for states and even if he hadn’t won a district title, the regular season that junior Jackson Rowell compiled at 220 would probably have been enough to propel him into the captaincy nomination. Rowell had 25 wins in the regular season (finishing with 30); after a quieter start in December (4-1 at North Florida and at Dual in the Dunes), it was the way he closed out the regular season — going 10-1 between the end of the Westside roundrobin and the end of the season, with a third at Wakulla and seven straight pins at one point — that really propelled him to states. He won a district title in what the experts would have portrayed an upset (but maybe not really, the way he was wrestling) and got to the semis at Wakulla, finding one more win to get out to states, where he wrestled two kids with a combined 113 wins and a massive amount of experience. He’ll be a solid leader up top for the Warriors in 2020-21.

Zander Laurin Warrior: “Where’s Requan?” That was a question we were asked a lot in December. I knew after the second weekend. I don’t know why Requan Works wasn’t in competitive situations early on, but I knew he was there, saw him at Fernandina, clad in school gear (if not in wrestling gear), helping his young teammates, coaching, teaching, and supporting. A few weeks later, he would get on the mat, taking third at Joe Bees Memorial at 160. He’d win at Westside, go 5-0 at Englewood, and take a district title, taking third at regions (with only a one-point loss, which he would avenge at states) and claw his way back on the state podium with three consi-side wins. But, for me, he showed me everything about him at Fernandina, cheering on his freshman teammates. If he doesn’t wrestle in college, I hope to find him coaching. That’s where Requan was and who he is. That’s why Requan Works is the Zander Laurin Warrior for West Nassau.

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