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 11th team was randomly selected and Chiles was the team chosen out of 2A-District 2. Our first round of picking one team from each district is complete.
You can see everything I have on the Timberwolves in 2019-20 here –> CHILES
Win/loss record: 23-3 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Timberwolves’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Chiles made a massive leap forward in its two-year turnaround, winning its first 11 duals and closing the regular season with eight dual wins in a row; in IBTs, the Timberwolves only finished outside the top 10 at the 2A state tournament. First up was their dominant 7-0 performance at Ridgeview’s Panther Prowl on December 6-7. Chiles then took eighth at their own Capital City Classic, a two-day IBT, on the 13th and 14th, closing out their December events. Chiles was 3-0 at Episcopal’s Rob Bierbaum Invitational on January 4 as a warmup for the 2A-District 2 dual team tournament; while the Timberwolves did take their first dual loss there, Chiles was second in the tournament, moving on to the Region 1 round for the first time. It then took fifth at the 22-team Gator Brawl, hosted by Wewahitchka on January 17-18, and in the following Saturday the Timberwolves were 4-1 and placed second at Seabreeze’s Ray Hollingsworth Duals. Chiles then took third at Wakulla’s two-day, 20-team IBT on January 31-February 1 and swept to victory at its own Timberwolf Duals on the 8th, closing out the regular season with a midweek quad sweep on the 13th. After placing fifth in the 2A-District 2 traditional tournament, the Timberwolves rallied to finish sixth at Region 1 (in their home gym) and sent four wrestlers to states, where they finished T-23rd as a team.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Garrett Marschka (sophomore, 44-9 at 106, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Hunter Brown (junior, 42-10 at 113, district champ, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Chance Newhouse (junior, 13-16 at 113/120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Juan Plenge (junior, 8-16 at 120, 1 match from regions); Mattias Garrett (junior, 5-10 at 126, 1 match from regions); Alex Adkins (senior, 39-14 at 132, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Olufemi Egberongbe (senior, 39-14 at 138, district 3rd, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Preston Scoggins (junior, 20-17 at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Andrew Mullins (junior, 28-19 at 145, 1 match from regions); Will Wiggins (senior, 22-10 at 160, 1 match from regions); Kyle McGill (senior, 48-4 at 182, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Kadis Nafal (junior, 16-11 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Sterling Moon (sophomore, 2-4 at 285, district 4th, did not compete at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Kevonte Times (41-7 at 170, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Austin Wheeler (37-12 at 195, district runnerup, 1 match from states).
2019-20 MVP: Junior Kyle McGill put up a season to remember in north-central Florida, earning Tallahassee area WOY honors while becoming the first Timberwolf to win 100 matches prior to his senior season, setting season takedowns and wins records, with a 48-win season. McGill won his first 11 matches, with an all-tournament, 7-0 effort at Panther Prowl and a runnerup finish at Capital City (falling to a 2019 Georgia 7A finalist). McGill added a second runnerup effort at Gator Brawl, going 8-1 with his only loss to an eventual state champ. After that loss, McGill won his next 23 matches, with a max-point day at Seabreeze, a title at Wakulla, and a bonus-point day at Timberwolf Duals. McGill won the District 2 title in a beefed-up field, then ran the table to add a Region 1 title. At Kissimmee, McGill pinned his way into the semis, but then couldn’t find offense against the eventual runnerup; on the backside, he would win twice to rally back to third. He’ll be in the mix for Saturday night in 2021.
2020-21 captain: While McGill certainly will be a captain once again this year for the Timberwolves, we select a second wrestler for this space, and the evolution of the Chiles program has tracked along with three-year starter Olufemi Egberongbe‘s progress. Egberongbe was a consistent presence for Chiles, going 5-2 at Panther Prowl, 5-3 (with a sixth-place finish) at Capital City, a max-point performance at Rob Bierbaum, and a very solid 8-1 weekend at Gator Brawl, in which he placed third. Egberongbe then added a runnerup performance at 138 at Wakulla, and was 4-1 with four max-point wins at Timberwolf Duals, with his only loss a weight class up. After placing third at districts, he was a rare third-place finisher that reached the Region 1 semis, going on to make it out with a sudden-victory win. That steady presence will be big in 2020-21 for the Timberwolves.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Sophomore Preston Scoggins was the utility player in the middle of the Timberwolf lineup, usually appearing at 138, sometimes at 145, and a couple of times at 152 early in the season. He had a solid 6-1 record at Panther Prowl, but then struggled some, with losses in six of his next eight matches. From there, he spent most of the year at 138, serving as a second varsity performer at tournaments like Gator Brawl and Wakulla, but did get four starts at Seabreeze and five more for Timberwolf Duals, where he again split time at 138 and 145, only to give way to two other starters in the post-season. For being a team player in a particularly deep portion of the lineup, Preston Scoggins is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Chiles.
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