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 well into our third round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 26th team overall was Lake Weir, the third team chosen out of 1A-District 5.
You can see everything I have on the Hurricanes in 2019-20 here –> LAKE WEIR
Win/loss record: 0-3 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Hurricanes’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: A fledgling program in 2019-20, Lake Weir began its season on December 7, taking the road at University (Orange City)’s Clash of the Titans one-day IBT, where it had its largest team of the season. The Hurricanes finished T-15th at that event, and then didn’t compete again in a varsity event until January 18th, when they were 19th at Citrus’ Ed Kilpatrick one-day IBT. The following weekend, Lake Weir was 17th at DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT, on January 25. The Hurricanes took their shot at dual competition, with just two kids left in the lineup, for the Marion County duals tournament, a midweek event in which Lake Weir was 0-3. The Hurricanes then placed sixth in the 1A-District 5 traditional tournament and were T-28th, ahead of two other teams, at the Region 2 event at Palm Bay.
Note: Records as reported to the District 5 tournament host did not match what the Hurricanes had listed on their schedule. My best guess is that competition at JV events may have been added as part of the overall win/loss record. Records noted below are as compiled from varsity competitions only.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Grant Kincannon (sophomore, 4-11 at 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Dean Marquis (junior, 4-11 at 152, district champ, 2-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: None.
2019-20 MVP: Have to go, in the inaugural season of a wrestling program, with the first district champion in school history, making sophomore Dean Marquis the team MVP. Marquis had a tough time of it in the regular season, going 1-9 through his first four tournaments, and sometimes it’s pretty tough when you only get one match to shoot your shot for a district title, but Marquis was up to the task. Then, the following weekend, he proved himself capable, getting to Saturday’s wrestling in a very tough Region 2 event. Could states happen in 2020-21? Marquis and his teammates need more schedule for that to occur, but he’ll be in the mix for it, for sure.
2020-21 captain: We’re going to take the other Hurricane wrestler that made it through all the varsity tournaments for this spot, meaning the captaincy goes to freshman Grant Kincannon. Kincannon took contested wins at both Clash and in the MCIAC duals tournament, and his first-match victory at Menendez at 145 ensured his season would continue for an extended week.
Zander Laurin Warrior: I’m cautious on this one, as I normally prefer to extend to someone who completed the entirety of the season, but given the rawness of the program as a whole, I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to freshman Hunter Peake, who competed in the first three tournaments of the season at either 138 or 145 for Lake Weir, getting a win by decision at DeLand in his final action of the season. For giving the sport a chance at least three times this past season, Hunter Peake is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Lake Weir.
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