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 ninth team was randomly selected and Bishop Snyder was the team chosen out of 1A-District 4.
You can see everything I have on the Cardinals in 2019-20 here –> BISHOP SNYDER
Win/loss record: 0-11 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Cardinals’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: A smaller Cardinal group (usually eight weights covered at each event) began the year as per tradition, hosting the North Florida Duals on December 7, where Bishop Snyder was 0-4. After a midweek away dual the following Wednesday, the Cardinals were off until after the holidays, where they were 0-5 and placed 20th at the two-day (duals day 1, IBT day 2) Keystone Memorial, hosted by Fleming Island on January 3-4. Bishop Snyder did not compete at district duals; its next competition was at Yulee’s Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, where it finished 11th in the 16-team, two-day IBT held on January 10-11. The Cardinals then traveled east on 103rd Street to neighbor rival Westside’s one-day roundrobin on the 18th, taking ninth of 11 teams there, and went to Wakulla’s two-day IBT on January 31/February 1, where Bishop Snyder finished 17th out of 20 teams. After a midweek dual on the 5th, Bishop Snyder wrapped the regular season at Clay’s two-day Rotary, taking 30th in that two-day IBT. The Cardinals were fifth at the 1A-District 4 traditional tournament, and placed T-23rd at Region 1 at Wakulla, with two wrestlers getting to the blood round.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Ian Hall (sophomore, 4-13 at 106, 1 match from regions); Christian Villanueva (senior, 19-13 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Alex Crews (sophomore, 3-14 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Joseph Miranda (sophomore, 5-21 at 145, 1 match from regions); Jamil Johnson (sophomore, 6-20 at 152, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Clayton Beasley (senior, 12-18 at 160, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Carson Bowers (senior, 5-16 at 182, 1 match from regions); Angel Lecointe (junior, 17-9 at 220, 1 match from states).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Austin Davoli (6-12 at 126, 1 match from regions).
2019-20 MVP: Sophomore Angel Lecointe showed flashes of real promise as a freshman and took another significant step with a solid post-season run. Lecointe reached the Joe Bees Memorial final at 285, with two very solid victories against accomplished heavies, and then finished one match short of placing at Wakulla. Lecointe then dropped to 220, with a deep tournament run at Clay, where he was 4-2 and one match short of placing. Lecointe took an unexpected loss at districts, but battled back in the consis to place third, avenging that loss in the medal match. Lecointe then was 3-2 at Region 1, with three consi-side wins. With offseason work (once offseason work can begin) and a full season in 2020-21, Lecointe should be a threat to qualify out to Kissimmee, at either 220 or 285, next year.
2020-21 captain: We didn’t see junior Christian Villanueva in the lineup until January, and it was a rough re-introduction, as he was 0-4 at Keystone. But Villanueva would win 10 of his next 13 matches, with a championship at Westside and a fifth at Wakulla, finishing one match short of placing at Joe Bees Memorial. Villanueva also won three matches with max points at Clay, and used that momentum to reach the District 4 final. After a quarterfinal loss to an eventual state placer at Wakulla, Villanueva would rally in the consis, getting as far as the blood round before coming up short.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Freshman Jamil Johnson, like most of the new Cardinals this year, struggled. A lot. After a win by forfeit in mid-December, Johnson took 11 straight losses, all by pin, before picking up contested wins at Westside and Wakulla, but the losses continued. However, Johnson did win twice at Clay — once by fall — and then was able to collect himself at districts in the consis after an early loss by fall against an eventual state placer, earning a pin that he needed to extend his season for another week. For showing tenacity in the face of adversity this year, Jamil Johnson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bishop Snyder.
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