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 more than a third of the way through our fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our fourth team up this round and the fifth from 2A-District 1, the 50th team overall, is Milton.
You can see everything I have on the Panthers in 2019-20 here –> MILTON
Win/loss record: 1-20 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Panthers’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen, with all results reported to Track.
Season in a nutshell: A short-handed Milton group started the year with a pair of midweek dual defeats on both December 3 and December 5, adding another on the 9th. The Panthers’ first tournament was at district rival Gulf Breeze’s one-day duals tournament, where they were 0-4 as a group. Next up for Milton was the first day of district rival Ft Walton Beach’s Beast of the Beach, where it was 0-5 in pool competition. After the holidays, first up on the Panthers’ docket in January was competition in the 2A-District 1 dual team tournament, where they fell in the quarterfinals. Milton then took two dual losses in a tri-meet on January 10 and another on the 15th before going and competing in its first IBT-formatted event of the year, the Smiths Station Invitational in Alabama, where it finished T-18th out of 23 teams. After another tri-meet on the 22nd, in which the Panthers won their only dual of the season, Milton had a mid-pack finish at the inaugural George Mulligan Invitational at nearby Bay on the 24th and 25th, taking 10th out of 18 teams. The Panthers wrapped up the regular season with a midweek dual loss on February 11 and competed for — what we believe to be — the first time in the girls’ state tournament at Dr Phillips in Orlando, placing T-36th out of 117 teams with entries in the event. Milton was eighth at the District 1 traditional tournament and finished 21st at Region 1, with no qualifiers for the FHSAA state tournament at Kissimmee. The Panthers will graduate six seniors from this past year’s team, including their four most-decorated wrestlers. Next year’s team, which can call upon as many as five post-season/regular-season starters, will need to do some stepping up, as none of the returners won a post-season match in February.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Coleman Barnhill (sophomore, 3-18 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Brock Wells (sophomore, 4-23 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Michael McCain (senior, 7-17 at 145, 1 match from regions); Zane Allen (sophomore, 1-6 at 182, 0-2 at districts); Kyle Flores (sophomore, 3-14 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: Micah Kendrick (12-16 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Brandon Nicholson (22-8 at 138, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Sarinah Anderson (6-9 at 138, 2-2 at girls’ state); Joslyn Anderson (13-19 at 152, girls’ state 5th, 1 match from regions); Daniel McDonal (30-7 at 160, district champ, 1 match from states); Alec Cavazos (14-7 at 285, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Daniel McDonal had the most consistent successful presence in the Panther lineup in 2019-20, winning a district title for Milton at 160 after a regular season in which he won his first 14 matches and 18 of his first 19. McDonal max-pointed through the entirety of December, with 12 pins and perfect days at Gulf Breeze (4-0) and Ft Walton Beach (5-0). His first loss of the year came to an Alabama wrestler in January and he was 2-2 at Smiths Station, taking fourth. At George Mulligan, McDonal was fifth with a 4-2 record. He then bonus-pointed his way to a District 1 title, with a tech and two pins, avenging a loss taken at Smiths Station in the process. McDonal went on to reach the Region 1 semis, but then lost to the eventual region champ and state runnerup in that round, taking a loss by fall in the blood round.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Michael McCain, as the only returning multi-year starter for the Panthers, is going to have to provide some leadership for what should be an exceptionally young Milton team next year. It was a tough junior season for McCain, as four of the seven wins that we calculated for him were by forfeit this past winter, although the three pins we had for him did come in January, rather than earlier in the year. He’ll want to close his senior season on a better run than this past year went, as McCain was 2-8 in his final 10 matches, including losses by fall in his final five.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Short-term pain paid off for 2020 graduate Joslyn Anderson, who took quite a number of losses against boys throughout the regular season while competing at 152. However, she gave back just about as much, with five contested wins in the year, including two in a 2-2 weekend at George Mulligan, where she placed ninth after reaching the quarters. The payoff for Anderson came at the girls’ state tournament. After taking a loss by fall in her first match to the eventual third-place finisher from a very big-name program, Anderson bouned back with four straight pins to ensure a podium space, and added a fifth fall in the medal match. In taking her lumps in the regular season in exchange for a girls’ state medal in her senior season, Joslyn Anderson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Milton.
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