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#TheSeason2019-20: First Coast

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The work continues. 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 seventh team was randomly selected and First Coast was the team chosen out of 2A-Division 3.

FIRST COAST

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

Win/loss record: 24-18 in dual meets reported to Matmen. We were missing all results from one dual in which the Buccaneers competed. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Buccaneers’ performance in IBT events.

FIRST COAST LOGO Season in a nutshell: First Coast began its season in traditional fashion, competing at Bishop Snyder’s North Florida Duals on December 7, in which the Buccaneers were 3-2. After nearly two weeks off the competitive mats, First Coast then finished ninth at the two-day Yulee Duals tournament on the 20th and 21st, with a 5-4 team record. A shorter-handed Buccaneer group then went to Columbia after New Year’s for the two-day Tiger Duals, going 1-6 there. The Buccaneers then lost in the 2A-District 3 quarterfinals to eventual region qualifier Lee, but then rallied at Terry Parker’s USMC Duals on the 10th and 11th of January, finishing 6-2 as a team there and placing seventh. After another two-week break, First Coast was 6-3 at the Parker Duals on the 24th and 25th. The Buccaneers wrapped up the regular season with a fifth-place finish at Gateway Conference, two midweek dual win and a T-77th team finish at the girls’ state tournament. First Coast had a midpack finish at districts (4th out of 8 teams) and finished in the top half at Region 1 (T-13th out of 32 teams) with one state qualifier. The Buccaneers went on to place T-44th at the 2A state tournament. First Coast will graduate at least four seniors with region tournament experience (or more) from this year’s team, but the Buccaneers do have as many as 11 returners from this year’s team that could back. However, only three of them had post-season experience this past season.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Trevor Studstill (16-14 at 120/126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jace Austin (junior, 16-21 at 132, 1 match from regions); Myles Nicco (sophomore, 12-18 at 138, 1 match from regions); Payton Landon (senior, 18-10 at 138/152, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Josiah Mossor (senior, 39-3 at 145, district champ, 1 match from states); Nicholas Smith (senior, 5-13 at 152, 1 match from regions); Tyler Heflin (senior, 17-18 at 152/160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Cleon Johnson (senior, 15-15 at 182, 1 match from regions); Timothy King (junior, 9-9 at 182/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Asia Jack (junior, 2-2 at 184, 2-2 at girls’ state); Grayson Peterson (senior, 27-7 at 220, district 3rd, 1 match from states).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Ian Loschinskey (30-12 at 113, district champ, 2-2 at regions); DeVante Wyatt (43-7 at 170, district runnerup, region 3rd, 1 match from state medal); Hakeem Culberson (39-6 at 195, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Dylan Lampkin (36-11 at 285, district runnerup, 1 match from states).

2019-20 MVP: Senior DeVante Wyatt has been the, if not a, stalwart for First Coast over the past four seasons, and was finally able to qualify out for the state tournament after three earlier attempts. Wyatt won his first eight matches before taking a loss to a fellow team MVP at Tiger Duals, then won another eight row before a second loss at USMC to that same wrestler, then took a third loss to a team captain in the Gateway semifinals. Wyatt didn’t have his first loss outside of a conference opponent until the quarters at regions, his only loss at that tournament, and then went 2-2 at the state tournament, First Coast’s best finish since I started covering the area for the site. Wyatt finished with 33 pins and I’m hopeful that he’ll be wrestling at the #NextLevel in 2020-21.

2020-21 captain: Junior Josiah Mossor had already made significant strides from his freshman season a year ago, but this past year made himself into a statewide wrestler to watch at 145, running the table for his first 31 matches of the season. Included in that run were 18 pins, 24 max-point victories and unbeaten days at North Florida Duals (5-0), Yulee Duals (9-0) and USMC Duals (8-0), before taking his first loss at Parker Duals in late January. Mossor rebounded to win both Gateway and district titles, falling in successive matches matches to seniors looking for their first state appearance at regions. He’ll be one of those that should get to Kissimmee in 2021, with a good chance at podiuming there.

Zander Laurin Warrior: We had a little bit of a struggle on this one because so many kids didn’t compete in the post-season this year that had had key roles during the regular season. It’s not always the easiest for an upperclassman to come in new to this sport, particularly competing at an upper weight where often strength advantages are smaller, but junior Cleon Johnson made the transition reasonably well, competing for the first half of the season at 195, where he was 9-7 with six pins and went 5-4 as the regular starter at Yulee Duals. Johnson then dropped to 182, which had been a weight that had been shared among a couple of different kids, and he was made the starter at both Gateway and districts. By shoring up the Buccaneer lineup at a key point in the season, Cleon Johnson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for First Coast.

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