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 eighth team was randomly selected and Bay was the team chosen out of 1A-District 1.
You can see everything I have on the Tornadoes in 2019-20 here –> BAY
Win/loss record: 1-5 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Tornadoes’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: A short-handed Tornado group (never more than six wrestlers in the lineup except once, and then only with seven) began the year at district rival South Walton’s Border Wars VII, where Bay placed 19th out of 20 teams. After a midweek dual on the 12th, the Tornadoes were off until December 20-21, when Bay traveled to Valdosta’s Allstate Wildcat Invitational, finishing 24th out of 25 teams. After the holidays, the Tornadoes won one of four duals and placed 11th out of 12 teams at The Bash on January 3-4. After a quarterfinal loss in the 1A-District 1 duals tournament, Bay’s next event was district rival Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl event on the 17th and 18th, where it finished 16th out of 22 teams. The Tornadoes then hosted the inaugural George Mulligan Memorial on the 24th-25th, finishing 14th out of 18 teams. Bay wrapped up the regular season at Wakulla’s two-day IBT, placing 19th out of 20 teams. The Tornadoes were fifth at the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament, with six Region 1 qualifiers. Bay then took a T-20th team finish at Wakulla for Region 1, with two wrestlers getting to Saturday’s rounds. The Tornadoes could return four wrestlers next year with 15+ matches and post-season experience, after graduating two seniors with that amount of mat time later this 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): Jamie Balmeceda (senior, 23-16 at 120, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Corban Cherry (junior, 16-26 at 126, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Trenton Wood (junior, 13-26 at 145, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Caleb Pippin (senior, 9-17 at 160, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Kyle Roper (13-12 at 138, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Dexter Anderson (15-21 at 220, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
2019-20 MVP: Junior Jamie Balmeceda led the Tornadoes in victories (23), and, although he had a difficult time at the district traditional tournament, was the one Bay wrestler with the most consistent successes during the course of the year. After a 1-5 start at Border Wars, Balmeceda was 7-1 at The Bash, going 4-0 in duals and placing fifth with a 3-1 record at The Bash. He then was 5-4 at Gator Brawl and will enter the record books as Bay’s first (and so far only) champion at the George Mulligan Memorial tournament, where he was 4-0 at 120, with three pins. He did struggle at Wakulla (1-2) and districts (1-2 for fourth), but was one of just two Tornado wrestlers to get to Saturday’s rounds at Wakulla for Region 1, winning twice in the consis to get there.
2020-21 captain: Sophomore Corban Cherry led the team in victories (after Balmeceda at least). After a slow start — 1-8 through Allstate Wildcat — Cherry was competitive at The Bash (4-5). He had a tougher time at Gator Brawl, going 3-6 at 126, but then had his first tournament above the .500 mark at George Mulligan, with falls in his final two matches to place ninth in a 15-man bracket, and went 2-2 at Wakulla. Cherry then won twice at districts to reach the final, one of four Bay wrestlers to get to the finals at District 1 and reach the Region 1 tournament for the second time.
Zander Laurin Warrior: We made mention of Dexter Anderson in our Thoughts on Saturday post. He is a first-year senior (or at least a first-year at Bay), at 220 and, as many first-year upper weights do, he struggled some early, getting out to a 3-11 start through The Bash (with two of those wins at Border Wars). But he finished 5-3 at Gator Brawl, placing seventh out of 18 wrestlers there. Where Anderson was really able to show his mettle was during the post-season; after an initial loss, Anderson pinned his way back to third place, avenging that loss, and then advanced farther than any other Tornado wrestler at Wakulla, losing to just one wrestler in the draw and getting to the blood round. For being a team leader in the Tornadoes’ final tournament of the season, Dexter Anderson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bay.
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