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.
After this post, we have one more left in the fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 11th team up this round and fourth out of 2A-District 2, the 45th team overall, is Mosley.
You can see everything I have on the Dolphins in 2019-20 here –> MOSLEY
Win/loss record: 6-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: Mosley began the year with a trip to Tallahassee for the two-day Cam Brown Seminole Classic at Florida High on December 6-7, finishing 5th out of 12 teams overall. The Dolphins went back to Tallahassee, this time Chiles, for the two-day Capital City Classic IBT, where they were 14th out of 28 teams, their lowest IBT finish until states, on December 13-14. Mosley then had its first duals of the season on December 20-21, going to Hagerty for the two-day Johnny Rouse Duals, where they placed 19th with a 2-6 weekend record. The Dolphins wrapped up December at region/area rival Pace’s one-day IBT, the Pace Invitational, on the 28th. No team scores were transmitted from that tournament. Mosley didn’t take much holiday time, serving as physical venue for The Bash two-day tournament on January 3-4. The Dolphins were 3-1 and placed fifth in duals on the Friday, then were fifth out of 12 teams in Saturday’s IBT round. The Dolphins then had tournaments in each of the remaining full January weekends, starting with the trek to Yulee for its Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, where they were third out of 16 teams on January 10-11. Next was a shorter hop to former district rival Wewahitchka’s two-day Gator Brawl, where Mosley was fifth out of 22 teams on the 17th-18th, and then it was over to former district rival Bay’s two-day inaugural George Mulligan Memorial, where the Dolphins were second (tops among Florida teams) out of 18 teams on the 24th-25th. After a week away, Mosley then traveled to former region rival Clay’s two-day Rotary IBT, finishing ninth out of 33 teams. The Dolphins were third at the 2A-District 2 tournament and moved three wrestlers out of Region 1 to states. At the Silver Spurs Arena, Mosley was T-41st out of 77 teams. The Dolphins will graduate four key seniors from this year’s team, three of them post-season starters and two of those three state qualifiers, but Mosley will be able to call upon as many as 12 key post-season or regular-season starters in 2020-21.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Cole Bell (junior, 28-15 at 106, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Bradley Pennington (sophomore, 11-24 at 113, 1 match from regions); Darius Mailhot (sophomore, 5-31 at 120, 1 match from regions); Dan Sanders (sophomore, 4-11 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Nick Hejke (junior, 54-9 at 132, district champ, region champ, 1 match from state medal); Dalton Kovacs (sophomore, 5-16 at 152/160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Kaydon Lester (senior, 37-20 at 160, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Kenneth Green (senior, 6-10 at 160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Noe Pena (senior, 39-23 at 170, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Peyton La Fountain (junior, 10-29 at 170/182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Isaac Hall (senior, 19-31 at 182, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Robert Wills (junior, 6-10 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: Jaylan Griffin (40-13 at 138, district runnerup, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Carter Wascom (14-13 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Logan Gall (50-11 at 145, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Logan Strickland (21-21 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: The determination of who is most valuable is sometimes a complicated one. And, at times, a close one. It was so incredibly close for this team, at our limited vantage-point of not being able to be in each room, but in the end, we are going with our first instinct and 2020 graduate Logan Gall as the team’s MVP. After falling one match short of states in 2019, Gall sealed the deal in 2020 at 145, with a 50-win season fueled by tournament win after tournament win. That started right from the jump, as Gall won his first seven matches, including bonus-pointing through all of Cam Brown for a title there. He was fourth at Capital City and had a 7-1 record at Hagerty, then won his next three tournaments, with titles at Pace (three wins on the day), Bash (7-0 weekend, with a bracket title) and Yulee (3 wins, 2 pins). After an 9-1 third-place weekend at Gator Brawl, Gall won the George Mulligan title for his fourth regular-season title win, and placed fifth at Clay. He reached the final at District 2, falling to a placer there. At Region 1, Gall reached the semis and then survived the blood round to get out to Silver Spurs. At states, Gall was one of the Dolphins’ two match winners, with two placers out of Region 3 knocking him off.
2020-21 captain: Rising junior Nick Hejke was the Dolphins’ team leader in wins (54 as reported) and made it to states for the third time in his career, first time in 2A (like the other Dolphins). Hejke also won his first seven matches, with a title at Cam Brown and a fifth-place showing at Capital City. The second CapCity loss triggered a 14-match win streak, as Hejke bonus-pointed through the Hagerty weekend with 8-0, and was third at The Bash, with his only loss by a single point. Hejke won the 132-pound title at Yulee and finished second at Gator Brawl and third at George Mulligan. After a fifth at Clay, Hejke won seven straight matches in the post-season series, pinning his way through District 2 and into the semis at Region 1, where he would win Mosley’s only bracket of the weekend. At states, Hejke won matches on both sides of the bracket, and lost in the blood round to a two-time state placer.
Zander Laurin Warrior: 2020 graduate Carter Wascom had a hard time cracking the strongest third of the Dolphin lineup. He was the lone 138 for Mosley at Cam Brown, where he was 2-3, and then was a second Dolphin at the weight for Gator Brawl, where he was 4-6 on the weekend. Wascom had his best tournament of the season, where he had a 5-2 weekend and placed ninth. He also competed at Clay, with a solid 2-2 weekend. Although he would wind up not competing in the post-season series, he had lineup appearances in Mosley’s first regular-season event and its last, and helped keep that middle of the Mosley lineup sharp. For being the ultimate team player for the Dolphins, Carter Wascom is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Mosley.
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