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 have one more team, after this one, in our third round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 33rd team overall and third team out of 1A-District 4 is Bolles.
You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2019-20 here –> BOLLES
Win/loss record: 21-21 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Bolles had its usual slow start, with just two wrestlers in hand for the two-day Panther Prowl duals tournament at Ridgeview on December 6-7; those two wrestlers were 13-1 over the weekend, but the team did not find a win in seven duals. Bolles then made its traditional trip to Chiles for the Capital City Classic, placing 24th out of 28 teams at the two-day IBT on the 13th and 14th. Next up for the Bulldogs was a trip to region rival Yulee for its two-day duals tournament, where the Bulldogs were 18th with a 1-7 record. After the holidays, things started to turn around — as they usually do — for Bolles, starting with a 2-3 first-day duals performance and a T-7th second-day IBT performance at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial on January 3-4. The Bulldogs then took third, with a 2-1 record, at the 1A-District 4 team dual tournament on the 9th, then finished sixth at Terry Parker’s USMC Duals, with a 4-3 weekend record on the 10th and 11th. After a midweek dual win on the 14th, the Bulldogs next went back to Terry Parker for the Parker Duals on the 24th and 25th, finishing with an 8-1 record on the weekend. After a midweek dual win on the 29th, Bolles was 24th at the Flagler Rotary on the 31st and February 1st. Another midweek dual win on the 5th followed, with the Bulldogs placing 12th out of 33 teams at the Clay Rotary on the 7th and 8th. Bolles took second at the 1A-District 4 traditional tournament, and sent four wrestlers to the state tournament at Silver Spurs Arena, where the Bulldogs finished exactly in the middle of the field (33rd out of 66 teams).
Note: Records are as compiled by Matmen.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Jacob Witt (junior, 46-10, district champ, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Bryson Hubbard (freshman, 11-4 at 113, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Thomas Holt (freshman, 10-7 at 120, 1 match from regions); Denny Vohs (junior, 28-19 at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Tyson Riley (junior, 48-13 at 138, district runnerup, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Skylar Malone (sophomore, 22-19 at 152, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Jackson Brill (sophomore, 10-17 at 160, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Ethan Asbury (senior, 33-16 at 182, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1 match from state medal); Jack Pyburn (junior, 40-9 at 220, district runnerup, region runnerup, did not compete at states); Cam Neal (senior, 24-14 at 285, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Dalton Posick (36-13 at 132, district champ, 1 match from states); Julian Morris (29-11 at 145, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: This is one of the harder choices to pick, because, to be honest, there are at least four kids (and if you look at the list of potential returners, the four should be somewhat obvious) who could be tabbed for this spot based upon their performance during the course of the year. So, with essentially four resumes to consider that are roughly equal, and recognizing that I may be seen as unfair to the football players in the lineup, I’m going with the one resume built over the entirety of the season and sophomore Jacob Witt. Witt won his first nine matches by fall (including a 7-0 mark as one of the two Bulldogs at Panther Prowl), and placed third at Capital City Classic. Witt took two losses at Yulee Duals and also at Keystone, placing third in that event. He then won 10 matches in a row before a loss on January 29 in which he bumped up a weight. Witt lost just once at Clay, placing third, and won the District 4 title, reaching the final at Region 1.
2020-21 captain: With three remaining options (and all three would be solid choices), I’m going to go with the rising senior, making Ethan Asbury my choice for this spot. Asbury returned to the wrestling lineup at Capital City Classic after being out of action all summer with an injury, and was 3-2 at that Tallahassee tournament. After wrestling up at Yulee Duals (where he was 3-3), Asbury was 3-2 at the first day at Keystone. After that, he won 14 of his next 16 matches, going 8-1 at Parker Duals, and was 3-2 at Flagler, finishing one match short of placing. After an injury-default loss derailed him at Clay, Asbury then took runnerup finishes at both District 4 and Region 1; after a first-round loss, he battled back to Saturday’s wrestling behind two bonus-point wins in the consis, advancing farther than any other Bolles wrestler that qualified to states.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Freshman Jackson Brill was the only Bulldog that finished with less than a .500 season record, but on a team with lots of solid performances, Brill had moments where he shone. One of those was in a midweek dual, where Bolles knocked off a rival team on the road and Brill was able to to hold his opponent to a simple decision and didn’t give up bonus points that might have made the dual even tighter than it was. And, after taking a loss in his first match at districts, Brill rallied for two wins on the back to place third and extend his season for another week, where he helped his team’s third-place team finish with a consi-side pin. For persevering in the face of adversity, Jackson Brill is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bolles.
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