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.
We are into our second round of random selections from the 11 districts (in round 3, we’ll include independents in the mix). Our 13th team overall was randomly selected and Wewahitchka was the team chosen out of 1A-District 1.
You can see everything I have on the Gators in 2019-20 here –> WEWAHITCHKA
Win/loss record: 0-17 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Gators’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: If you just look at the team stats, it’s a tough year. A look at the individual numbers (see the PDF) tells a different picture. You try winning duals or tournaments with four kids and see how that goes. Wewa didn’t win a single dual this year, competing in three duals tournaments (Panther Prowl on December 6-7, The Bash on January 3, Timberwolf Duals on February 8), plus the district round of the FHSAA dual team tournament series. But the Gators had two of three kids with better than .500 records at Panther Prowl, three kids that were 3-1 at The Bash (duals) and the group of four was 15-5 in individual matches at Timberwolf Duals. The Gators traveled all over the Southeast to get their quartet matches, with appearances at nine IBT/roundrobin events. Wewa was 23rd at Swede Umbach in Alabama and 16th of 22 teams at Lone Survivor in Shreveport LA. In Florida, the Gators were 12th at The Bash and Joe Bees Memorial (hosted by Yulee) in back-to-back weekends, finished 19th of 22 while hosting Gator Brawl, and finished 17th at the inaugural George Mulligan Memorial (hosted by Bay) and 20th at Wakulla. The Wewa team finished mid-pack at girls’ state (T-56th out of 117 teams), and placed eighth at 1A-District 1 and 26th (out of 30 teams) at Wakulla for Region 1. The Gators will lose one senior from this year’s team, and could return as many as three starters that combined to get 173 matches this past year; each of those three has at least two years of eligibility, so they’re only going to get better and better. Quantity, not quality, has always been the biggest need for Wewa, and if that gets solved, this team can start moving up the table in the district and region.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Justin Johnson (sophomore, 20-34 at 106, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Conner Roberts (sophomore, 45-23 at 120, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Kaylee Easter (junior, 17-34 at 126/128, 3-2 at girls’ state, 1 match from boys regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Jaden Moseley (39-25 at 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: Senior Jaden Moseley was a four-time region qualifier, and a model of consistency for the Gators over his four years in the varsity lineup. That was no less true in his final year, as he was the only Wewa wrestler to reach the district final round on the right side of the bracket, competing at 132. Moseley was 4-3 at Panther Prowl and at Swede Umbach, with one of his better tournaments of the season coming at Lone Survivor, where Moseley was 6-2 over the two days. Another solid regular-season tournament was his final Gator Brawl at home, where Moseley was 7-3 and placed fifth, with his final two wins coming against a former district champ and a former state qualifier, respectively. At George Mulligan, Moseley was 4-3, and wrapped up his regular season with a 4-1 effort (only loss a weight class up) at Timberwolf Duals. He had two pins to reach the District 1 final, where he lost to an eventual state qualifier, and then fell to an eventual state qualifier in the first round at Wakulla. With 124 career victories, Moseley was an important contributor in continuing the longevity of the Wewa program.
2020-21 captain: Freshman Conner Roberts is poised to be the Wewa team leader for the next three seasons, and before he’s done he might get the Gators back to the boys’ state tournament, as he led Wewa in wins this year with 45, competing mainly at 120. Roberts was the top performer at Panther Prowl, going 5-2 for the Gators there (only losses to state qualifiers); after struggling in a solid Umbach field, he was 7-2 at Lone Survivor and 7-3 at The Bash. Roberts got to the finals of the Joe Bees Memorial, pinning his way through the draw up to that point, and took just two losses against eventual state placers in placing fifth at Gator Brawl with a 7-2 record. After .500 tournaments at George Mulligan and Wakulla, Roberts closed out with a 5-0 day at Timberwolf Duals, and finished the traditional tournament series with a 4-3 overall record, placing third at districts.
Zander Laurin Warrior: I think we’re going to see sophomore Kaylee Easter on the girls’ state podium sometime in the next two years, and not just because she was 3-2 at this year’s girls tournament at 128 (and 6-3 in the two tournaments I have records for her). Although Easter did take more than her share of defeats this year — as she had a year ago — she had at least one pin in every boys tournament in which she competed except her first one and her last one, and pinned three different boys at Gator Brawl. She made the trip all the way from Wewa over to Matanzas for the Lady Pirate, and if she can add a couple more girls’ tournaments in the mix next year, I think she’ll have the body of work to threaten to place in girls state — sanctioned or not — in 2021.
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