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 in the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our fifth team up this round and fourth out of 3A-District 1, the 39th team overall, is Sandalwood.
You can see everything I have on the Saints in 2019-20 here –> SANDALWOOD
Win/loss record: 8-15 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Saints’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Sandalwood began the year at conference rival Terry Parker’s two-day traditional season-opening IBT, the Arlington Optimist Invitational on December 6-7, placing fourth out of 12 teams. After a midweek tri-meet in which the Saints had a split of duals against conference rivals, Sandalwood then made a short road trip to St Cloud for its two-day Bulldog Brawl duals tournament on December 13-14, with the Saints putting together a 2-6 weekend record. Sandalwood stayed in duals mode in the third weekend, with a 3-5 weekend at the Yulee Duals on December 20-21. After the holidays, the Saints made another trip to the Orlando suburbs, this time to Lake Mary for its two-day Tournament of Champions IBT on January 3-4, where Sandalwood was T-27th out of 32 teams. The Saints were 0-2 at the 3A-District 1 dual team tournament on the 8th, but fared better over the weekend at Palm Bay’s Ships N Duels, with a 2-1 duals record on the 10th and a 10th-place finish in IBT wrestling on the 11th. That wrapped Sandalwood’s duals season; it was all IBTs (with the occasional roundrobin) from there. The Saints were seventh of 11 teams at conference rival Westside’s one-day roundrobin (which had IBTs for some weights and a mixture for others) on the 18th, then finished 11th of 17 teams at region rival DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT on the 25th. Sandalwood closed out the month with a seventh-place finish at the Gateway Conference two-day tournament, completing its regular season. The Saints were sixth at the District 1 traditional tournament, and finished 17th at Region 1, with one state qualifier. At Silver Spurs Arena, Sandalwood was T-41st as a team. While the Saints will graduate three key seniors from this past year’s team, Sandalwood can call upon as many as nine potential key returners in 2020-21, plus the Saints had a couple more kids that just fell short on the matches requirement.
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): Hunter Milner (junior, 5-4 at 120, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Juvens Augustin (senior, 18-14 at 126, 1 match from regions); Ben Peterson (junior, 10-10 at 132, 1 match from regions); Jermell McCall (junior, 15-15 at 145, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Jacob Kirkpatrick (sophomore, 7-19 at 145/152, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Michael Torres (senior, 19-22 at 152, 1 match from regions); Joshua Brown (senior, 29-13 at 160, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Khyle Ponds (junior, 7-8 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); William Rosenberger (senior, 12-17 at 182/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Lavaughn Brown (37-7 at 138, district runnerup, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Dennis Parrish (12-10 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Gustavo Martinez (15-3 at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Lavaughn Brown had been one of the stronger area wrestlers that had not yet made an appearance in the state tournament, going into his senior season. That goal was achieved in March, as Brown had an ultimately-successful qualifying run and got the Saints on the team scoreboard with a consi-side fall at Silver Spurs. Brown reached the finals at Optimist and then won 15 matches in a row after his loss in the final, going 8-0 at St Cloud and winning his first five matches at Palm Bay, where he took third in the IBT portion. Brown won the title at Westside and placed third, after a loss in the quarters, at DeLand. He rallied from that by nearly max-pointing (2 pins and a third-period tech) through Gateway for his second conference title. He was one of Sandalwood’s two District 1 finalists and, after a quarterfinal loss at Region 1, won four times on the back to rally back for third, avenging his loss in the DeLand tournament in the medal match. At states, after a 13-3 loss in his first match, Brown came back with a first-period pin. With at least 110 victories — our 2016-17 numbers were a little short of complete — Brown had a very solid career for the Saints.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Joshua Brown appears to be ready to take on the mantle of leadership for Sandalwood next year, as his offseason work nearly got him into states this past season, where he competed exclusively at 160. Brown was a finalist at Optimist and was 7-1 at Yulee Duals. In January, Brown pinned his way through both duals at the district tournament, and had a 6-1 weekend at Palm Bay, taking third in the IBT portion. Brown added a third at Westside and reached the finals at DeLand. Although his Gateway experience wasn’t a strong one, Brown rallied for the traditional post-season, getting to the District 1 final. The same roadblock that Brown ran into at Palm Bay and DeLand got him again at Region 1 in the quarters, but he rallied for two consi-side victories to get to the blood round. With more offseason work, Brown should be in the Kissimmee field in March.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising senior Michael Torres started the season at 170, competing there for Optimist, where he was fourth, and again at Yulee, Lake Mary, district duals and Palm Bay, but also put in time at 160, where he wrestled at St Cloud and Westside. Torres then made a second drop, to 152, late in the year, where he finished the season, competing in Sandalwood’s final four tournaments. The season definitely took its toll on Torres, who lost 15 of his last 18 matches after a 16-7 December (he was 6-2 at St Cloud and again at Yulee). Losing 10+% of your body weight will do that, but in an effort to help the team, it was necessary. For being a team player for the Saints this year, Michael Torres is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Sandalwood.
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