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 10th team was randomly selected and Godby was the team chosen out of 1A-District 2.
You can see everything I have on the Cougars in 2019-20 here –> GODBY
Win/loss record: 3-12 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Cougars’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Under new coaching leadership, the Cougars still had issues with a short-handed lineup, with just eight wrestlers manning the weights as the traditional post-season began. Godby started at crosstown and district rival Florida High’s Cam Brown Seminole Classic, placing ninth out of 12 teams in that two-day roundrobin event, on December 6-7. Godby stayed in Tallahassee the following weekend, placing 26th at Chiles/Lincoln’s Capital City Classic, a 28-team, two-day IBT held on the 13th and 14th. That was it for December for the Cougars, who began January with a semifinal dual in the 1A-District 2 dual team tournament. Godby had a full set of duals at crosstown rival Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational, a one-day duals tournament this year, on the 18th, going 1-4 as a team. The Cougars were 18th at the Wakulla IBT, a two-day, 20-team tournament, on January 31 and February 1, and then were 1-4 in placing 11th at Chiles’ one-day dual tournament on February 8. After winning one of four midweek duals in town on the final week of the season, Godby finished seventh at Space Coast’s Viper Roundrobin tournament, with just three kids competing. The Cougars were sixth at the 1A-District 2 traditional tournament, and placed 15th at the Region 1 tournament at Wakulla, with one state qualifier. At states, Godby finished T-40th as a team. The Cougars will graduate two key seniors from this year’s team and can call upon as many as seven wrestlers that had either 15 matches or post-season experience, plus a couple of others that were just a match or two short of that level.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): John Breaux (junior, 8-21 at 120, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Tony Howie (sophomore, 2-13 at 126, 1 match from regions); Kimmareus McCoy (sophomore, 3-13 at 145, 1 match from regions); Seth Williamson (junior, 10-16 at 182, 1 match from regions); Keith Clark (sophomore, 6-18 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Julian Green (senior, 10-7 at 195, district 3rd, 1-1 at regions, did not compete on Saturday); Robert Harrell (senior, 19-10 at 220, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Thomas Branson (16-17 at 170, district 4th, 2-1 at regions, did not compete on Saturday); Joshua Yarbrough (21-5 at 285, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state medal).
2019-20 MVP: Godby’s had a tradition of upperweight strength; the Cougar coach had himself been a part of that strength as a wrestler for the Cougars in the mid-2010s. The latest in that line has been senior Joshua Yarbrough, who was able to break through to the state tournament in his final season. Yarbrough was 6-1 to finish second at the Cam Brown Seminole Classic, and then didn’t lose again until the Trojan Invitational. After that, Yarbrough didn’t make an appearance until the final week of the season, and no contested appearances until the Viper Roundrobin, where he pinned his way through five opponents for the title at 285 there. Yarbrough then max-pointed his way to the Cougars’ lone district title, reaching the Region 1 final at Wakulla behind two pins and a decision before losing by decision in the final. After dropping his opening round match, Yarbrough could have packed it in, but took two wins on the back, knocking off a Somerset Academy wrestler Friday evening to get to Saturday, where he could not find a takedown in the blood round, but Yarbrough was still able to reach the final eight.
2020-21 captain: Cougar junior 220 Robert Harrell was the next-most consistent performer in the Godby lineup, and he’ll be one of the team leaders in 2020-21 that will bring experience to the lineup. Harrell was third at Cam Brown, losing only in pool competition to the eventual champion, and went 3-2 at Capital City Classic and Trojan Invitational. Harrell’s strongest tournament was at Viper Roundrobin, where, like Yarbrough, he pinned his way through the 220 bracket. He reached the 220 final at 1A-District 2 and won his first-round match over a blood-rounder at Wakulla and Region 1. With some offseason work — once everyone can start that up — Harrell’s got a chance to return Godby to states in 2021.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Sophomore Seth Williamson got off to a tough start at 182 for the Cougars, going 2-8 through the Trojan Invitational. Things got better for Williamson when he dropped to 170, as he was 7-6 at that weight, but when a teammate that had also made a drop in weight went back up, Williamson also made a move back up to 182. While he won a match at districts, it wasn’t enough to extend his season by another week. But, in doing what was best for the team in the post-season, Seth Williamson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Godby.
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