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 30th team overall and third team out of 3A-District 2 is West Port.
You can see everything I have on the Wolfpack in 2019-20 here –> WEST PORT
Win/loss record: 5-12 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Rams’ performance in IBT events. We were missing several (but not all) results from two different duals tournaments (Weeki Wachee & Fivay) plus a pair of midweek duals in January.
Season in a nutshell: After competing at Weeki Wachee for the first weekend of the season (December 6-7), the Wolfpack next went to Hernando for the two-day Kiwanis Invitational, where West Port was 25th out of 33 teams. The team split paths on the third weekend of December, with the Wolfpack boys going to Springstead for the Corey Hill Memorial on the 20th and 21st, placing 13th out of 19 teams. West Port sent a girls contingent to Matanzas’ Lady Pirate Classic on the 21st. After the holidays, West Port started its January schedule with a midweek dual on the 8th and the 3A-District 2 dual team tournament, going 0-2 on the 9th. The Wolfpack girls went to Orlando on the 11th to compete at Dr Phillips’ Lady Panther Invitational, finishing 19th out of 47 teams. After competing at the Fivay Duals on the 17th and 18th, West Port had a midweek dual on the 23rd. The next tournament for the Wolfpack was the MCIAC tournament on February 5, where they were 1-2 in duals. That weekend, West Port made the short hop from Ocala over to Belleview for the two-day Diamondback Duals, finishing the weekend with a 4-4 tournament record. With one state champion, the Wolfpack girls finished 13th out of 117 teams at the girls’ state meet at Dr Phillips, staged on the 14th and 15th. West Port was fifth at the 3A-District 2 traditional tournament and finished T-23rd at Region 1, with no state qualifiers. While the Wolfpack will lose four post-season starters from this year’s roster, West Port can call upon as many as 14 key starters (either post-season or regular season) for the 2020-21 year.
Note: Due to missing results, where we were able to update results, we have. Where we could not, asterisks have been added to note that records were as compiled and reported to Matmen.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Tristen Perez (junior, 0-4 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Taylor Miller (junior, 6-22* at 106/112, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Frangello Baltodano (junior, 24-15 at 113, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Zackary Thompson (junior, 4-11* at 126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Colton McInturf (junior, 7-10 at 132, 1 match from regions); Jordan Ware (senior, 15-4* at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Tyler Pinkowski (junior, 31-12 at 138, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Bridgett Pedalino (junior, 5-5* at 140, girls’ state 6th); Bryce Dodge (junior, 41-6 at 145, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Breyden Marquis (senior, 8-8* at 152/160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Joseph Paci (sophomore, 7-11 at 160, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Rowlin Richardson (junior, 8-20 at 182, 1 math from regions); Nathan Bonczek (sophomore, 4-9 at 220, 1 match from regions); Cane Fernandez (sophomore, 7-12* at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Morgan Webb (6-8* at 100, 1-2 at girls’ state); Theo Massilon (23-7 at 152, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Aspen Dodge (19-6* at 152/154, girls’ state CHAMPION); Ethan Smith (5-10 at 195, 0-2 at districts).
2019-20 MVP: Senior Aspen Dodge‘s run to the girls’ state title at 154 pounds meant that not only would she become the Ocala daily newspaper’s first Wrestler of the Year, but our first female MVP in site history. Dodge prepped for the title run by pinning her way through the Lady Pirate Classic and, three weekends later, taking a runnerup finish at Lady Panther. She also had two wins, competing at 152 in the varsity lineup, at the MCIAC tournament, following that up with a 4-4 weekend at Diamondback Duals, competing all against boys, with two pins in her four victories. Dodge then wrapped up the season by pinning her way through girls’ state, taking five straight wins in the 154-pound bracket for West Port’s first girls’ state title.
2020-21 captain: While older sister was taking a title, sophomore Bryce Dodge was far and away the Wolfpack team leader in wins, eclipsing the 40-mark with his post-season traditional performance in a season in which he flirted with a state top-10 ranking. He was 8-0 at Weeki Wachee Duals, then went 4-2 and was one match short of placing after a first-round loss at Kiwanis. At Corey Hill, Dodge was 4-1 and placed third, with four bonus-point wins, and pinned his way through the MCIAC tournament. Dodge also max-pointed through Diamondback Duals, going 8-0 with six pins. He was third at the District 2 traditional tournament at 145, with his only loss to an eventual state placer, taking three bonus-point wins. We’ll be seeing him on the Silver Spurs mats before he graduates, if not next season.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Sophomore Rowlin Richardson had a rough start to his season, getting out to a 1-10 record through the district dual team tournament (we don’t know whether it was a forfeit or a contested win; it was an unreported result from Weeki Wachee Duals). But Richardson would rally, with a 2-1 record at MCIAC and 4-4 record at Diamondback Duals. Although he was two-and-out in the 182-pound weight class at districts, both of those losses came against seniors, one of them an eventual state placer and Matmen team MVP. For battling through the mid-season adversity, Rowlin Richardson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for West Port.
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