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 in the fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our seventh team up this round and the fifth from 2A-District 3, the 53rd team overall, is Fletcher.
You can see everything I have on the Senators in 2019-20 here –> FLETCHER
Win/loss record: 14-5 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Senators’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: Fletcher began the year in IBT mode in central Florida, traveling to Oviedo for the two-day Battle for the Blacktop, winning the 16-team tournament on December 7. The Senators stayed in IBT mode in the second weekend of the month, taking ninth out of 28 teams at Chiles’ Capital City Classic on December 13-14. Fletcher had its first duals experience of the year just before Christmas, going 6-1 and placing in the top six teams at Yulee’s two-day duals tournament on December 20-21. After the holidays, the Senators went to former district rival Fleming Island’s two-day Keystone Memorial tournament, going 2-3 in duals on the first day (January 3) and taking 13th out of 20 teams in IBT competition on the second day, the 4th. Most of the rest of the month was spent engaging in FHSAA dual team tournament competition, starting with the Senators winning the 2A-District 3 tournament on the 7th with three dual victories; the win meant Fletcher’s first trip to the region round. Fletcher sent a small contingent to Dr Phillips’ Lady Panther Invitational, placing 13th out of 47 teams with entries in that two-day tournament on the 10th and 11th. Fletcher then hosted two rounds of the Region 1 portion of the dual team tournament series, winning both of them to get to the dual state tournament for the first time. The Senators then fell in the Region 1 final, contested on the first day of dual states at Osceola on January 24. The Senators then hosted and won the Gateway Conference title on the 31st and February 1st in a 15-team IBT-formatted tournament. After a midweek dual win on the 5th, the majority of the Fletcher team closed out the regular season at Lake Gibson’s two-day Braves Invitational IBT, where the Senators were exactly in the middle of the 24-team field, placing 12th. The regular season came to a close with Fletcher finishing T-48th at girls’ state, hosted by Dr Phillips on February 14-15. The Senators pulled off the District 3 double with a tournament win, and qualified two wrestlers for states out of Region 1, where Fletcher was ninth out of 32 teams. At Silver Spurs Arena, Fletcher was T-51st out of 77 2A teams. The Senators graduated five key seniors from this past year’s team, but Fletcher can call upon as many as 10 post-season starters from this past year’s team, plus a couple of other kids who were occasionally put into starting roles that were just short of the 15-match threshold.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Ana Bradshaw (senior, 30-12 at 106, 5th at girls’ state; district champ, 1-2 at regions); Ryden Ashmore (junior, 16-22 at 113, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Josh Daltro (junior, 8-14 at 120, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Gabe Daltro (senior, 32-13 at 126, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Kaden Solomon (junior, 12-13 at 132, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Joel Rodriguez (senior, 42-7 at 152, district champ, region champ, 0-2 at states); Ryan Klein (sophomore, 13-15 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Michael Strong (senior, 20-8 at 195, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Ethan Hollenbach (senior, 30-7 at 220, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state medal); Toby Matson (sophomore, 17-24 at 285, region 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Hayden North (8-14 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Tyriek Caldwell (13-16 at 138, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Tyson Petrie (24-9 at 145, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Tyler Dalldorf (15-21 at 160, 1 match from regions); Stone Rockhill (24-8 at 182, district champ, 1-1 at regions-injured).
2019-20 MVP: When rising senior Ethan Hollenbach was in the lineup, he was a force for the Senators. An injury briefly sidelined him to a part-time appearance at Yulee Duals and forced a miss at Keystone, but otherwise was pretty stellar, winning his second Gateway title and adding a district win as well. Hollenbach won his first eight matches, taking a Blacktop title and reaching the Capital City final, where he fell in double-OT to a Georgia wrestler. After returning from injury, Hollenbach pinned his way through FHSAA district duals, with two more wins at Region 1. He was fourth at Lake Gibson, avenging his first loss in the tournament and falling to a state placer in the third-place match. Hollenbach pinned his way through districts and was a takedown away from a Region 1 title, with three decisions to make the final. At states, Hollenbach was one match short of the podium — just as his brother Stanley was in 2018, in his junior season — with both of his losses coming to placers (third and fifth, respectively). We are expecting he’ll join his brother as a state medalist in March.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Joel Rodriguez was the most consistent presence in the Fletcher lineup, providing an anchor of team points in the middle of the weight classes and winning the Senators’ lone title at Region 1. Rodriguez won the 152 title at Oviedo and was fourth at Capital City, with two losses to Georgia wrestlers. He was 5-0 at Yulee and 5-2 at Keystone, with a third-place finish in the 152 bracket. He pinned his way through six FHSAA duals matches and won his first Gateway Conference title. At Lakeland, he took a loss in the quarters, but then won four matches on the back to get back to third place. That loss touched off an 11-match win streak that not only brought the Braves 3rd-place medal, but also District 3 and Region 1 titles, where he pinned his way through the district field. While states didn’t go his way, with the progress he’s made, he’ll be a threat to podium in March.
Zander Laurin Warrior: There were a lot of interesting stories in the Fletcher lineup — that’s nothing new; I’m kind of a fan of this group, and I see a few kids I could write about in this space. But the clear, obvious choice for most important news story is the impact that rising senior Ana Bradshaw has had not just for the Senators, but for girls’ wrestling in the city as a whole. Bradshaw became the first girl in Duval County to win a Gateway Conference title and the first girl in north Florida to win a district title this past year, and that generated a lot of media attention in the Jacksonville area devoted to girls’ wrestling. But that wasn’t all that Bradshaw did. She was 6-1 at Yulee Duals, pinned her way through Lady Panther and won contested matches at Oviedo, Tallahassee and Lakeland, plus a consi-side win at Region 1. For her history-making junior season, Ana Bradshaw is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Fletcher.
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