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 on the downward slope of the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our seventh team up this round and second of two independent teams, the 41st team overall, is First Baptist Christian.
FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN
You can see everything I have on the Crusaders in 2019-20 here –> FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Win/loss record: 4-9 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Crusaders’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: First Baptist Christian started the season on the road, with a trip to Master’s Academy for its two-day IBT, the Battle for the Blacktop, on December 6-7, placing 14th out of 16 teams. The only other December date on the Crusader calendar was a midweek dual loss on the 17th. After the holidays, FBCA went up to Fleming Island for the two-day Keystone Memorial tournament on January 3-4, finishing 2-3 in duals action on the Friday and 18th out of 20 teams in the IBT portion on the Saturday. The Crusaders then had two weeks off before making their longest trip of the year, to Wewahitchka for the two-day Gator Brawl on the 17th and 18th, as First Baptist Christian placed 15th out of 22 teams. After splitting a pair of midweek duals on the 21st, the Crusaders then made the shorter hop to Daytona Beach for Seabreeze’s one-day Ray Hollingsworth Duals on the 25th, finishing 1-4 and fifth place as a team in the six-team event. That wrapped up FBCA’s duals schedule; from there, the Crusaders had two IBTs, finishing 27th out of 33 teams at the Flagler Rotary on January 31-February 1 and then taking 32nd out of 33 teams at the Clay Rotary on February 7-8.
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): Gabriel Haren (8th, 8-19 at 106); Chase Jones (freshman, 2-18 at 106); Jordan Mills (freshman, 23-13 at 138); Tyson Mills (junior, 27-11 at 145); Tyler Jimenez (senior, 8-16 at 145/152); Mason Harrison (8th, 6-14 at 160/170); Adyn Cox (sophomore, 1-15 at 195); Jacob Rodriguez (sophomore, 5-13 at 195); Ibon Urraburu (sophomore, 3-18 at 220/285); Trevor Banks (freshman, 7-12 at 220/285).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Jackson Whitley (2-17 at 132); Jackson Mills (15-16 at 152/160); Nathaniel Varol (17-16 at 170/182).
2019-20 MVP: Rising junior Tyson Mills led the Crusaders in victories, with 27 on the year. He was third at Battle for the Blacktop, with a 5-1 tournament record and five pins. Keystone was a tougher go, as Mills was 4-3 on the weekend with two IBT losses, but he rallied at Wewahitchka, with an 8-2 record and fourth-place finish out of 20 wrestlers. Mills was 4-1 with four max-point wins at Seabreeze, and had solid finishes to close out his season, going 2-2 at Flagler and 3-2 at Clay. Hopefully, FBCA will go off of independent status soon; I’d like to see Mills take a shot at competing for states before he graduates.
2020-21 captain: Rising freshman Jordan Mills has the resume for such an award, even though he was still in middle school in the 2019-20 season. Competing at 138 throughout the year, Mills was 3-2 at Blacktop and one match short of placing. At Keystone, he was 6-3 over the course of the weekend, one match short of placing in the IBT portion. Mills duplicated his 6-3 Keystone record at Gator Brawl, taking seventh there, and was 4-1 at Seabreeze. The tougher Rotary IBTs were a tougher go, as Mills finished 1-4 in them, but should FBCA join the FHSAA while Mills is in school he could be a threat to qualify for states, eventually.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore Adyn Cox split time at 195 during the course of the season for the Crusaders, with starting appearances at Blacktop, Gator Brawl and Clay, plus most of the starts at Seabreeze. Cox had a hard time in his first 13 matches, with losses by fall in each (only one going past the first period). It wasn’t until Hollingsworth and a forfeit in one of the duals that Cox would get his hand raised, but he stayed with things until the end of the FBCA season when he could have been doing something else. For adhering to the team even in the face of adversity, Adyn Cox is the Zander Laurin Warrior for First Baptist Christian.
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