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 27th team overall was Bartram Trail, the third team chosen out of 3A-District 1.
You can see everything I have on the Bears in 2019-20 here –> BARTRAM TRAIL
Win/loss record: 30-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bears’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Bartram started the season with a 5-0 night at Orange Park’s Raider 8-Way on December 4; three days later, the Bears were 3-2 at the Matanzas Duals and placed third in the one-day event. Bartram stayed in duals mode for its next event, the Friday Knight Lights at Oakleaf on the 13th, and the Bears were 3-2 and finished second there. Next was a trip up to Nassau County for the two-day Yulee Duals on the 20th and 21st; Bartram was 5-2 and placed fifth in that 20-plus-team event. First up in January was the unscored St Johns County roundrobin tournament on the 4th, where the Bears won seven individual titles. On the 8th, Bartram competed in the 3A-District 1 duals tournament, finishing with a 3-1 record and third-place team finish. After a midweek dual win on the 15th, the next tournament was the Parker Duals on the 24th and 25th, in which Bartram was 9-0 (and with an average margin of victory of 53.4 points per dual). After a midweek dual win on the 29th, the Bears had two mid-pack Rotary IBT finishes, with a 17th (out of 33 teams) at the Flagler Rotary on January 31-February 1 and a 15th (again 33 teams) at the Clay Rotary on February 7-8. Three Bartram girls made the trip to the girls’ state tournament at Dr Phillips, and finished T-59th out of 117 teams. The Bears then finished fourth at the 3A-District 1 traditional tournament and 15th (out of 30) at Region 1, with one state qualifier, taking a T-52nd finish at Silver Spurs Arena. While the Bears will graduate five key seniors (four with post-season experience this past year), Bartram Trail can call upon as many as 14 possible returners with either post-season or significant regular-season starting experience, and the Bears had a number of other kids that saw starting action at one time or another.
Note: For girls’ state attendees, records are as reported to Matmen and will appear with asterisks, as they may have competed in events that are not on the Bartram schedule.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Ethan Vugman (sophomore, 54-9 at 106, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Coleton Memory (sophomore, 6-13 at 113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jacob August (sophomore, 10-6 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Trevor Tagarelli (senior, 38-12 at 126, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Preston Pena (sophomore, 19-12 at 132, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Matthew Tayloe (junior, 22-18 at 138, 1 match from regions); Abby Cooper (senior, 2-4* at 140, 0-2 at girls’ state); Ayden Nguyen (junior, 20-11 at 152, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); John McNames (sophomore, 43-15 at 160, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Dominick Grubb (junior, 14-7 at 170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Damien Ortega (junior, 13-15 at 195, 1 match from regions); Robert Hunter (senior, 11-19 at 220, 1 match from regions); Clarke Hamilton (senior, 23-6 at 220, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Ryan Piersza (senior, 42-12 at 285, district 4th, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Michael Moore (30-8 at 113, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Emmanuelle Sutherland (11-2* at 128, 3-2 at girls’ state); Stephen Farris (31-10 at 145, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Julia Perry (0-3* at 154, 0-2 at girls’ state); Ralph Hamilton (27-11 at 170/182, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
2019-20 MVP: When Nicholas Vugman (a two-time Matmen MVP himself) graduated and took his considerable academic talents to Gainesville (and later coming back to the sport via the Gators’ NCWA team), we thought the Bears might not be quite as technical in 2019-20 as they had been. As it turned out, Bartram might have been even more so, as freshman Ethan Vugman kept the technical dials pushed to maximum throughout his first high school season. Despite giving up a significant size advantage in most if not all of his matches, Vugman rolled up 54 wins this past year, with a district title and earning Bartram’s lone state-qualifier berth. Vugman won his first eight matches of the year and after taking a loss to a fellow Matmen honoree in his first Yulee Duals match, won 26 in a row in a streak that lasted for more than five weeks. That included a title at St Johns and a max-point weekend at Parker Duals. Vugman would go on to take fifth at Flagler and at Clay, pinning his way through districts and winning four times on the back after a quarterfinal loss at Region 1. Vugman should be in the mix for a podium finish in 2021.
2020-21 captain: Junior Trevor Tagarelli might have been one of the area’s most improved wrestlers, showing that progress right from the jump, when he pinned all five of his opponents in less than a minute at Raider 8-Way. He also max-pointed his way through Friday Knight Lights and pinned his way through the inaugural St Johns County tournament, competing at 126. Those events were part of a 12-match win streak that lasted for a month. After a loss midway through Parker Duals, Tagarelli would win his next nine matches, placing sixth at Flagler Rotary as well. Tagarelli’s post-season, because of a flu bug sustained late in the year, wasn’t quite what he’d hoped for, with a third at districts and quick Region 1 exit, but the body of work he had during the regular season, and the progress made from his first two years, just might catapult him into #TheShow in 2021.
Zander Laurin Warrior: The Bears had a substantial amount of depth around the 132/138 portion of the lineup, and when that depth solidified into two positions, sophomore Ayden Nguyen found himself squeezed out, even after a year where he was 3-2 at Raider 8-Way, won a St Johns title at 132, and finished 8-1 at Parker Duals. Rather than walk away from the team, Nguyen took on extra practices and training assignments in order to help the team down the stretch by bumping up to 152, a spot where several kids had been tried out during the course of the season, but was otherwise an open weight for the Bears. After taking a hammering in his first match at districts at the weight — three weights up from where Nguyen had wrestled just two weeks earlier at Clay Rotary — Nguyen came back with a fall over an experienced 152 to clinch a region spot, then avenged his earlier loss with a shut out in the third-place match. While his Region 1 experience was two-and-out, the fact that he helped his team by making the jump made Ayden Nguyen the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bartram Trail.
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