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 about to enter the homestretch in the fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our eighth team up this round and the fifth from 1A-District 2, the 54th team overall, is Marianna.
You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2019-20 here –> MARIANNA
Win/loss record: 7-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen (note: we added an individual win to each Beast of the Beach starter due to a team forfeit victory).
Season in a nutshell: Marianna began the season with roundrobin tournament action on December 6-7 at district rival Florida High’s Cam Brown Seminole Classic, taking fourth out of 12 teams there. The Bulldogs returned to Tallahassee the following weekend for Chiles’ Capital City Classic on the 13th-14th, finishing 10th out of 28 teams there. To close out the month, Marianna had its first duals of 2019-20, competing on the 20th-21st at Ft Walton Beach’s Beast of the Beach, where the Bulldogs were 15th with a 3-6 weekend record. After the holidays, Marianna headed to Hoover, AL, on January 3-4 for the annual Scott Rohrer Invitational, where the Bulldogs were 24th out of 29 teams. After two weeks off, Marianna’s next tournament was at region rival Wewahitchka’s two-day Gator Brawl on the 17th-18th; there, the Bulldogs had a mid-pack finish (12th out of 22 teams). Marianna then competed at the inaugural George Mulligan Invitational on the 24th-25th, hosted by former district rival Bay, and finished seventh out of 18 teams there. The Bulldogs closed out the month by traveling to district rival Wakulla’s two-day IBT on the 31st and February 1, finishing eighth of 20 teams, and wrapped up the regular season by placing second at Chiles’ Timberwolf Duals on the 8th, taking a 4-1 record in duals for the day. Marianna was fourth at the 1A-District 2 traditional tournament and then finished eighth at Region 1, qualifying three wrestlers out for states. At the Silver Spurs Arena, the Bulldogs were T-34th out of 66 teams. Marianna graduated four key starters from this past year’s team, three of them post-season starters, but next year’s Bulldog team can call upon as many as 10 post-season/key 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): Audra Phillips (junior, 4-17 at 106/113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); William Carrel (junior, 26-25 at 113, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Hunter Cornelius (sophomore, 2-17 at 120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Trett Phillips (junior, 20-25 at 138, 1 match from regions); Ethan Heinemann (junior, 21-14 at 145, district 4th, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Cody Lewis (junior, 10-25 at 152, 1 match from regions); Chase Maddox (senior, 44-12 at 160, district champ, region champ, 1-2 at states); Christian Cosson (senior, 40-17 at 182, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Lawson Jackson (junior, 7-21 at 195, 1 match from regions); Zeth Harris (sophomore, 7-11 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: Dustin Arnold (20-18 at 132, district 4th, did not compete at regions); John Maddox (51-9 at 170, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Corey Davis (18-3 at 195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Roosevelt Williams (27-27 at 220, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate John Maddox led the Bulldogs in victories (51 in all), with two regular-season tournament wins plus two runnerup appearances. Maddox won his first 10 matches of the season, taking a Cam Brown title by bonus-pointing through the 170 weight class and then reaching the semis at Capital City, where he lost to a fellow Matmen MVP and rallied back for third. At Ft Walton Beach, Maddox was 8-1, with his only loss to a Georgia competitor, and took a 6-1 record (avenging his only loss) in placing fifth at Scott Rohrer, Marianna’s top finish at that tournament. He reached the finals at Gator Brawl, with a 9-1 weekend, and bonus-pointed through the George Mulligan field to win Marianna’s only title in that inaugural tournament. The regular season wrapped with a runnerup finish at Wakulla and a 5-0 day at Chiles. He did take losses in finals at both districts and regions (both to eventual state placers), and won a match on the front side at states. I have not seen yet if Maddox will wrestle at the college level, but his work ethic would serve him well either way.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Chase Maddox has had plenty of opportunity to shine in supporting roles, and this year really stepped out to suggest that he could be a force to be reckoned with in February/March 2021, with district and region titles at 160 this past year. Maddox started off with a runnerup finish at Cam Brown and took fifth at Capital City, following that up with a 7-2 weekend at Ft Walton Beach. He added another place finish (seventh) at Scott Rohrer and reached the finals at both Gator Brawl, George Mulligan and Wakulla, with a max-point day at Timberwolf Duals. After falling to district rivals at three different regular-season tournaments, Maddox started turning things around in the FHSAA traditional series, with seven straight wins in the series (throwing in the first round at Silver Spurs as well). He’s going to be in the running for a podium finish next year.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising junior Lawson Jackson got a later start than most of his teammates, as we did not see him in the lineup until January, when he made his first appearance at Scott Rohrer. All of his contested matches wound up ending in defeat, and in his next competition at Gator Brawl, while he did open with a pin in his first match of the weekend, the rest of his contested matches also wound up in defeat. Jackson did pick up his second pin of the season at Bay, where he would spend his last tournament up at 220. Starting with the Wakulla tournament, Jackson made the drop to 195, which depending on where he started while weighing in at 220 is not a small drop. While he did have two forfeits at Chiles, there were no contested wins to be had, but he kept battling to try to score points for his team at 195, where a very strong now-graduated teammate had been earlier in the season. For helping the team down the stretch, Lawson Jackson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Marianna.
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