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 just about wrapped up with the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 10th team up this round and fourth out of 1A-District 5, the 44th team overall, is Atlantic. (In fact: Atlantic marks the official halfway-to-completion point of this work for north Florida).
You can see everything I have on the Sharks in 2019-20 here –> ATLANTIC
Win/loss record: 10-2 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Eagles’ performance in IBT events. We were missing one set of tournament duals from Barbara Pill and three midweek duals down the homestretch of the season.
Season in a nutshell: Atlantic opened the season with a trip to Bayside for its two-day Barbara Pill Memorial, with duals on December 6 and a fifth-place showing (out of 12 teams) in IBT competition on the 7th. After a midweek dual win on the 10th, the Sharks next went back to the Space Coast area, this time for Space Coast’s Vipers Invitational, in which they were fourth out of nine teams. A midweek dual win on the 17th closed out December. Atlantic kicked off January with the 1A-District 5 dual team tournament on the 7th, in which the Sharks ran the table to win the title with a 4-0 record. After a midweek dual win over a conference rival on the 8th, Atlantic next competed in Region 2 duals, reaching the semifinals. The Sharks then had nine days off the competitive mats before going to conference rival DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT on the 25th, where they finished second out of 17 teams. That tournament kicked off a string of one-day IBTs on the Atlantic schedule, as the Sharks were fifth at Timber Creek’s Wolfpack Invitational on February 1 and took second at the 5 Star Conference meet on the 8th, with midweek duals on the 29th (or 30th; sources are a bit unclear), February 5 and 11. Atlantic wrapped up the regular season with a midweek dual win on the 12th. The Sharks won the District 5 double with their traditional title, and sent two wrestlers to states with their T-5th finish at Region 2. At the Silver Spurs Arena, Atlantic was T-48th as a team. Although the Sharks do lose four key seniors from this past year’s team, Atlantic can call upon as many as eight key returners (six of them 2020 district champions) in 2020-21, plus the Sharks had a couple of kids who fell just short of 15 reported matches.
Note: Records follow a few different paths. In some cases, to account for missing results, we were able to make adjustments to records based on what was reported to the traditional tournament district host. In a few others, asterisks had to be included for both post-season starters and key regular-season starters with 15+ matches.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Bernaldo Alvarez (sophomore, 22-13 at 113, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Jamey Bruner (junior, 20-9 at 120, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Avante Chamble (senior, 31-11* at 145, district champ, 1 match from states); David Arcieri (senior, 38-12 at 160, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Noah Anderson (junior, 29-14 at 170, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); John Wyman (junior, 7-19* at 195, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Michael Sklare (senior, 13-9* at 220, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Jared Jackson (senior, 34-3* at 285, district champ, 1 match from states).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Tyler Livingstone (12-23* at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Azizbek Rustamiy (14-7 at 132, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Jeremiah Epps (31-12* at 138, district champ, 1 match from states); Christian Henry (35-11 at 182, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: Rising junior Jamey Bruner missed the first month of the season, but still had the overall most successful post-season run of any of the Sharks. He was 3-1 with three pins at the District 5 duals tournament and reached the finals at DeLand, where he lost in the final to an eventual state champion. At Timber Creek, Bruner reached the semis, taking fourth there, and got to the final at 5 Star, where he lost in overtime in the finals to a fellow state qualifier. Bruner was one of Atlantic’s seven District 5 traditional champions, and roared through Friday’s first two rounds, taking down a four-year starter in the semis before losing by fall in the final to the eventual state runnerup.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Jared Jackson was on line to take a podium spot at 1A state at heavyweight, perhaps reach the final, but an auto accident sustained midweek between districts and regions left him at less than 100 percent. The resume Jackson had built prior to that, though, suggests he could be in line to take the top step in 2021. This past year, he’d won his first 21 matches (as reported) with titles won at Bayside and Space Coast. He max-pointed through reported results until Region 2 duals, and responded to his first loss of the season with four wins on the back before having to accept a walkover and place fourth at DeLand. Jackson then roared through Timber Creek, 5 Star and District 5, taking titles in each. With the 1A state champ graduated, it’s an open weight class (there’s another very solid Region 2 competitor in the mix), but everybody’s going to have to go through Jackson to take it.
Zander Laurin Warrior: 2020 graduate Azizbek Rustamiy made his first appearance (of which we are aware) of the season at Timber Creek, rallying for three wins on the back side of the bracket after falling in the quarters to place third. He then reached the finals of the Sharks’ next two tournaments, with an overtime loss at District 5. After a quarterfinal loss at Region 2 to an eventual state placer, Rustamiy’s path for states was a hard path, requiring him to avenge his district-finals loss. But he ran the table in the consis, with two decisions and a fall to place fourth. For achieving every wrestler’s goal in just a month of season to do it, Azizbek Rustamiy is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Atlantic.
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