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 into our fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our third team up out of 2A-District 4, the fifth from the district and 49th team overall, is Deltona.
You can see everything I have on the Wolves in 2019-20 here –> DELTONA
Win/loss record: 5-13 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Wolves’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen, with all results reported to Track.
Season in a nutshell: Deltona began the year with the Clash of the Titans tournaments at University (Orange City), taking 18th of 20 teams in the Lady Titans event on December 6 and 13th of 17 teams in the Titans event on the 7th. After a midweek dual win on the 11th, Deltona hosted the one-day Deltona Duals on the 14th, going 3-2 and placing third in the tournament. After a midweek dual loss on the 17th, the Lady Wolves contingent went to Matanzas for its one-day Lady Pirate Classic on the 21st. After the holidays, Deltona traveled to Fleming Island for its two-day Keystone Memorial tournament, with a 1-4 record in duals on January 3 and a 12th-place finish (out of 20 teams) in the IBT component on the 4th. Next up was the 2A-District 4 dual team tournament on the 11th, where the Wolves were 0-2 with a short-handed group. The rest of the month featured midweek duals followed by a single-day IBT on Saturday. After a midweek dual loss on the 15th, the Wolves finished T-15th (out of 25 teams) at St Cloud’s Milton-Winter IBT on the 18th. Another midweek dual loss followed on the 22nd, with Deltona then taking 16th out of 17 teams at conference rival DeLand’s one-day Bulldogs IBT on the 25th. The month wrapped with a midweek dual loss on the 29th, and then February kicked off with the Wolves taking 17th out of 19 teams at Steinbrenner’s Live Greco IBT on the 1st. The Wolves then finished seventh out of nine teams at 5 Star Conference on the 8th. After a midweek dual loss on the 12th, the Wolves were T-92nd at the girls’ state tournament on the 14th and 15th. Deltona took fourth at the District 4 traditional tournament and finished 19th out of 32 teams at Region 1, sending two wrestlers to states. The Wolves lost three key lower-weight seniors to graduation this year, but can call upon as many as six returning starters in 2020-21, plus they’ll have a few kids that had brief starting appearances back as well.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Dianna Pineda (junior, 13-15 at 106, 1-2 at girls’ state, 1 match from regions); Kevin Kerns (sophomore, 29-19 at 113, district runnerup, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Zane Hair (junior, 5-21 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Mason Ortiz (sophomore, 5-26 at 145, 1 match from regions); Ethan Chiu (senior, 30-17 at 220, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Nathan Hatch (sophomore, 15-9 at 285, region 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Luis Vazquez (24-10 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Carlos Pineda (24-17 at 126, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Jacob Swanson (24-16 at 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions);
2019-20 MVP: Rising senior Ethan Chiu is poised to make himself a 220 to watch in 2020-21, earning the Wolves’ lone district title and getting to the state tournament in 2019-20. Chiu was the runnerup at Titan Clash (losing to a state placer in the final) and was 4-1 at Deltona Duals. He had a solid 6-2 weekend at Keystone, taking sixth in the IBT portion, and was 3-2 and one match short of placing at St Cloud. Chiu added a fourth at Live Greco, but had a quick exit due to injury at 5 Star. No matter; Chiu would rebound to win his district bracket behind two pins and a decision. At Region 1, Chiu took an overtime loss in the quarterfinals to a fellow Matmen MVP, but rallied for three tight victories (winning by four points, two of those wins against district rivals) to secure his space at states. Chiu could be in the mix to get to Saturday in March 2021, and a podium spot isn’t out of the realm of possibility, either.
2020-21 captain: A young team in 2020-21 will be well-served by a young captain, and rising sophomore Kevin Kerns just might fit the bill for the Wolves. Kerns was 4-1 at Deltona and put together solid if unspectacular tournaments at Keystone, St Cloud and DeLand. He seemed to break out, however, after two months of high school varsity experience, taking the consolation title at Live Greco (after losing to the eventual champ in the first round) and taking third at 5 Star with a 3-1 record. Kerns reached the District 4 final with two wins and an extended fight before a decision loss. At Chiles for Region 1, Kerns pinned both of his Friday opponents to reach the semis, where he lost to the eventual champion. Undeterred, Kerns added two more bonus-point wins in the consis to take third. While his first states experience was shorter than hoped for, Kerns has three more chances to go, and we should see a podium spot in his career down the road.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore Mason Ortiz had a rough introduction to varsity wrestling, as just one of his losses went the full six minutes (his first match) and he went a very long time in between contested wins. Between a midweek fall in mid-December and districts, there were none, but Ortiz kept suiting up and going out and trying for the Wolves, with a full appearance at Deltona, Keystone, district duals, St Cloud, DeLand, Steinbrenner and conference, plus every midweek dual in between. Even at districts, Ortiz’s first match ended by fall, but he was able — after two months of waiting and trying — to get a fall of his own in the consis. Getting to regions didn’t work out in the blood round, but it didn’t end by pin, as 24 other matches had this past year. For continuing to battle in the face of on-the-mat adversity, Mason Ortiz is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Deltona.
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