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.
This post wraps up our fourth round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 12th and last team up this round and fourth out of 1A-District 1, the 46th team overall, is Bozeman.
You can see everything I have on the Bucks in 2019-20 here –> BOZEMAN
Win/loss record: 5-9 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: Bozeman began the season with a trip to district rival South Walton’s Border Wars 7, where the Bucks were 20th. Bozeman’s only other event in December was a midweek quad on the 12th, where the Bucks were 0-3. After the holidays, they traveled to former district rival Mosley, the physical venue for The Bash, in which the Bucks were 2-3 and placed ninth in duals on January 3, then finished 10th in IBT competition on the 4th. After a midweek appearance at the 1A-District 1 dual team tournament on the 9th, Bozeman was next up at district rival Wewahitchka’s two-day roundrobin, the Gator Brawl, in which the Bucks were 20th on the 17th and 18th. Bozeman then had its final regular-season IBT at district rival Bay on the 24th and 25th, placing 18th at the inaugural George Mulligan Invitational. After nearly two full weeks off the competitive mats, the Bucks were 3-2 and placed seventh at Chiles’ one-day Timberwolf Duals on February 8. Bozeman wrapped up the regular season with a midweek dual loss on the 13th. The Bucks then were sixth at the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament, and then were T-20th at Region 1 at Wakulla, with no state qualifiers.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Joshua Vonkeyserling (sophomore, 14-18 at 106, 1 match from regions); Daniel Pierce (7th, 7-13 at 106, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Logan Jamison (7th, 9-27 at 113, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Nicholas Simental (sophomore, 7-16 at 120, 1 match from regions); Mason Shuller (freshman, 9-27 at 126, 1 match from regions); Christopher Eadie (sophomore, 9-17 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Kincade Lassiter (senior, 12-10 at 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Kaleb Daigle (sophomore, 6-21 at 145, 1 match from regions); Darryll Taylor (sophomore, 6-18 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Bradley Garner (sophomore, 11-27 at 152, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Walter Anderson (junior, 7-26 at 170, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Dylan Swearington (junior, 5-24 at 182, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Cole Galbreath, 31-10 at 285, district champ, 1 match from states).
2019-20 MVP: There aren’t a lot of first-year heavyweight seniors, that I can recall seeing in my experience, that had the kind of success that 2020 graduate Cole Galbreath had for the Bucks this past season. Galbreath was one of just two Bozeman wrestlers that had better than a .500 record, and none had more than 14 wins (let alone the 31 we recorded for him) or made it to Saturday at Wakulla as Galbreath did. He was 4-3 at Border Wars — the only Buck to earn more than two wins at that difficult event — and was 5-2 at The Bash, with both losses to an out-of-state wrestler, as he reached the IBT final there. Galbreath was 8-2 at Gator Brawl, placing fourth in that competition, and reached the final at Bay, with his only loss to an out-of-state wrestler. He max-pointed through Timberwolf Duals with a 5-0 day, and pinned his way to Bozeman’s lone District 1 title. At regions, Galbreath had two more pins to get into the semis, but then came up just short of the state tournament. Would have loved tracking him for longer, but this year was quite the introduction.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Kincade Lassiter is the only senior that is a projected key returner from this past year’s team, and, as well, the only other Bozeman wrestler to finish the year with better than a .500 record. Lassiter missed most of January’s competition, which was why he had just 22 matches for the season, but was 4-3 at The Bash, with two of his three losses to an out-of-state wrestler and the third to the Region 1 runnerup. At districts, Lassiter dropped his opening-round match to the eventual champion, but rallied with two consi-side victories to come back for third place. At Region 1, the situation nearly repeated itself, as Lassiter lost his first round match, with a win in the consis before falling by a point to the District 1 champ.
Zander Laurin Warrior: A number of Bozeman kids had their share of struggles in 2019-20, but one point of light stood out to me while compiling stats. Rising junior Walter Anderson had lost his last 10 regular-season matches, all by either pin or tech, leading up to the District 1 tournament, and it would have been easy, even understandable, to maybe pack up and call it a season. But, even after a quick opening-round loss by fall at District 1, Anderson had other ideas. Needing a win to extend his season by at least another week, Anderson did better than that, with a major decision in the blood round of districts to get to regions. For finding a way when recent history had suggested there was none, Walter Anderson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bozeman.
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