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#TheSeason2019-20: Mainland

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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 14th team overall was randomly selected and Mainland was the team chosen out of 2A-District 4.

MAINLAND

You can see everything I have on the Buccaneers in 2019-20 here –>  MAINLAND

Win/loss record: 6-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. There was one date on the Trackwrestling schedule that I don’t think Mainland contested (2/13 against Lyman). Please review the attached document for a summary of the Buccaneers’ performance in IBT events.

mainland Season in a nutshell: Mainland’s second season as a program showed progress in numbers and — at least for a couple of individual Buccaneers — some significant region-wide competitiveness. Mainland was 17th at the Clash of Lady Titans (a 20-team one-day IBT) on December 6 and 15th out of 17 teams in the boys’ IBT the following day. After a midweek loss, the Lady Buccaneers were scheduled to go to St Cloud for Bulldog Brawl (but we didn’t get results from the host). Mainland was 13th at Lyman’s Bill Scott Memorial on December 20-21 (14-team IBT) and competed in the non-scored Lady Pirate Invitational at district rival Matanzas. After the holidays, the Buccaneers went to Fleming Island for the Keystone Memorial, winning three of five duals on the first day (January 3) and finishing 19th in the 20-team IBT on the 4th. Mainland was 0-2 at the 2A-District 4 dual team tournament at Matanzas on the 11th and took 32nd out of 35 teams at Cypress Creek’s Lady Bear Classic on the 18th. After a midweek dual win on the 22nd, the Buccaneers were off until January 31, when they competed in conference rival Flagler Palm Coast’s Flagler Rotary, finishing 28th out of 30 teams in the two-day IBT. Mainland won two of three midweek duals, then finished ninth at the 5 Star Conference at New Smyrna Beach on February 8th. After closing out their dual season on the 12th, Mainland was T-86th at girls’ state (117 teams) and finished sixth out of seven teams at Space Coast’s Vipers Roundrobin to wrap up the regular season. The Buccaeers were eighth at the 2A-District 4 traditional tournament and 23rd at Region 1, with one state qualifier. While Mainland will lose two seniors to graduation, the Buccaneers will have as many as 11 returners with post-season experience, including all of their region qualifiers and their lone state qualifier. They may not be ready to contend as a full team for top spots in tournaments in 2020-21, but more of their individuals should be next season, particularly if they can get some off-season work.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Abby Couillard (junior, 2-12 at 100/106, 0-2 at girls’ state, 0-2 at districts); Hayden Heilman (sophomore, 11-12 at 113, 1 match from regions); Brian Harris (sophomore, 10-13 at 120, 1 match from regions); Sean Baughman (senior, 9-10 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Isaias Davila (senior, 11-11 at 132, 1 match from regions); Heath Hilado (junior, 2-9 at 138, 1 match from regions); Avery Duffy (sophomore, 5-8 at 140, 1-2 at girls’ state); Xavier Logan (junior, 11-9 at 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Brady Howe (junior, 14-5 at 170, district runnerup, did not compete at regions); Doug Dittmer (senior, 30-13 at 195, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Jordan Colubiale (senior, 10-10 at 220, 1 match from regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Fred Bowen (6-18 at 160, 1 match from regions); Tommy Short (11-13 at 182, 1 match from regions).

2019-20 MVP: Junior Doug Dittmer showed a year ago, in Mainland’s first season, that he was a wrestler capable of making #TheShow, but I thought it might happen in 2021, not this year, so that’s a testament to both his individual progress and his team’s as well. Competing almost exclusively at 195 (he had two dual appearances at 220), Dittmer reached the final at Clash of the Titans and pinned his way to a Bill Scott title at Lyman. He was 7-1 and placed third at Keystone Memorial, and placed fourth at 5 Star, with a double-overtime loss in the medal match. Dittmer won his second title of the year at Space Coast, max-pointing his way to that title, and was one of two Mainland finalists at the district traditional tournament. At regions, Dittmer’s only losses were to multiple-time state qualifiers, including in the quarters to the eventual state champion, but he battled back with three wins in the consis to make it out to Kissimmee. With some off-season work, he has a podium chance in 2021.

2020-21 captain: Normally I’m leery of selecting captains kids that qualify for regions but don’t wrestle, but I’m guessing, given who sophomore Brady Howe matched up against in the district final, that injury may have been the reason he didn’t contest at Chiles. Howe had some good stretches for the Buccaneers and finished second on the team in victories for the season. Howe was 5-0 in the first day at Keystone and placed third at 5 Star, with three pins in the tournament, wrestling up a weight class. Howe then won twice against two experienced starters in the district tournament, falling to an eventual state placer in the final. With two more years of eligibility, Howe should be in the mix for Kissimmee before he leaves.

Zander Laurin Warrior: We know that sophomore Abby Couillard was a bit under-sized while competing against boys at 106, because she wrestled at 100 in girls tournaments, but she battled nevertheless for the Buccaneers, competing at 5 Star, girls’ state and the post-season traditional series, taking her best shots at all three high-profile tournaments for Mainland. We don’t know if she competed at St Cloud, but we did have her at Lady Bear and as the 106 starter in late January and February duals. She didn’t get her hand raised after February 4, but she didn’t give up even after taking nine straight losses for a Buccaneer team that needed her presence. For her determination in the face of adversity on the mat, Abby Couillard is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Mainland.

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