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 fifth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our 11th team up this round and the fifth from 2A-District 2, the 57th team overall, is Orange Park.
You can see everything I have on the Raiders in 2019-20 here –> ORANGE PARK
Win/loss record: 27-17 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Raiders’ performance in IBT events. All records were as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: With a couple of exceptions, Orange Park ran an exclusively-duals season in 2019-20 up until the FHSAA post-season traditional tournament series. Orange Park opened the season by hosting the Raider 8-Way one-day duals tournament on December 4, finishing second with a 4-1 record that evening. That weekend, the Raiders made the short hop over to city, county and former district rival Ridgeview’s two-day duals tournament, the Panther Prowl, in which they were 5-2 and placed third on December 6-7. After a midweek dual win on the 11th, Orange Park went to city and county rival Oakleaf’s one-day Friday Knight Lights tournament on the 13th, in which they finished fourth with a 2-3 record. After a midweek dual loss on the 17th, the Raiders traveled to Matanzas for the St Johns River Conference tournament on the 18th, where they were 2-3 and placed fourth as a team. The Raiders also sent a contingent to the one-day Lady Pirates Invitational at Matanzas on the 21st, in an event where team scores were not kept. After the holidays, Orange Park opened January with a trip to Episcopal’s Rob Bierbaum Invitational on the 4th, which was a roundrobin dual tournament in format this year. The Raiders were 2-1 and placed second in that tournament. Next after that was the 2A-District 2 duals tournament on the 10th, in which Orange Park was 1-2 and placed fourth. The Raiders were then off until the 22nd, when they hosted the Orange Park Duals, going 3-2 for that midweek tournament. After three midweek duals (win on the 24th and 29th, loss on February 5), Orange Park went to former district rival Englewood’s one-day Rams Classic on the 7th, taking a 3-2 record in that event. The Raider boys wrapped up the regular season with a midweek dual win on the 12th, while Orange Park girls took a T-41st place finish at the Florida girls’ state meet at Dr Phillips on the 14th and 15th. Orange Park finished fourth at the District 2 traditional tournament, and was seventh at Region 1 at Chiles, sending three wrestlers to states. At Silver Spurs Arena, the Raiders were T-18th out of 77 teams in 2A, with two medalists. While Orange Park will have to replace six key seniors, including both of its state medalists, that graduated, the Raiders can call upon as many as 11 post-season/significant regular-season starters, plus a few others that saw some time.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Wesley Carlisle (senior, 30-24 at 113, district 4th, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Davon Bailey (senior, 38-7 at 120, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Durrionte Myrick (sophomore, 25-19 at 126, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Cevan Broughton (junior, 13-28 at 132, 1 match from regions); Trevion Sermons (sophomore, 28-17 at 152, 1 match from regions); Julian Moore (junior, 14-4 at 170/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jose Indio (senior, 12-6 at 182/195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Geoffrey Delice (junior, 3-11 at 195, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Andrea Smith (junior, 11-4 at 195, girls’ state runnerup); Reese Sheehan (senior, 16-12 at 285, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Jonothan Garcia (senior, 7-8 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: Yamilie Lopez (18-26 at 106, 0-2 at girls’ state); Vincent Walker (18-16 at 138, region 4th, 1-2 at regions); Cameron Broughton (52-3 at 145, district champ, region champ, state 5th); William Evans (12-28 at 160, 0-2 at districts); Jacob Moore (43-6 at 182, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 6th); James McArthur (39-10 at 220, district champ, 1-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Cameron Broughton had just one area loss in 2019-20 and won both district and region titles (Orange Park’s only region champ) in completing his high school career with a fifth-place finish in 2A at 145 pounds. Broughton won his first 19 matches in December, going 4-0 at Raider, 7-0 at Panther Prowl and 5-0 at Oakleaf. He was 4-1 at St Johns River, with the lone loss to a fellow state placer. That loss touched off a 30-match win streak that extended all the way from St Johns River in mid-December to the 2A state quarterfinals. Broughton bonus-pointed thorugh Rob Bierbaum and district duals, with a 5-0 night at Orange Park Duals (I believe that was his final competition at home). He max-pointed through the night at Englewood, and had five pins in six matches at both District 2 and Region 1 (pinned his way through Region 1). At states, Broughton was 4-2 on the weekend, with three bonus-point wins, and closed out his high school career as everyone wants: with a victory. We couldn’t quite get this recap out in time, but happy belated birthday (by one day) to Cameron; we hope to be seeing you at the #NextLevel, if that’s your wish (NOTE: We learned post-publication that he’s walking on at Oklahoma; if he makes the roster, we’ll be following).
2020-21 captain: It took Broughton a couple of years to break through the Region 1 cycle and qualify out for states, with the result being a state medal in March. That might be the story also for rising senior Davon Bailey, who is a three-time Region 1 qualifier and two-time Saturday competitor, but hasn’t gotten to states. Next season might be the year Bailey gets over the hump, after a junior year in which he led the 2020-21 potential returners in victories (38). Bailey won his first 12 matches, max-pointing through both Raider and Panther Prowl. He was 4-1 at Friday Knight Lights, with his only loss to a fellow Matmen captain, with a 3-2 record at St Johns River, a bonus-point day at Episcopal and 3 pins at district duals. Bailey was 4-1 at Englewood and was one of the Raiders’ three district champs (and the only returner to win one). At Region 1, Bailey was 2-2, with both of his losses to state qualifiers (4th and 3rd, respectively).
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising senior Jose Indio transferred over to Orange Park from another area team for his junior season and was a key utility performer for the Raiders at either 182 or 195 when those weight classes were somewhat unsettled due to kids departing the program and coaches looking for the right kid in the right weight class for a given dual situation. Indio had a solid appearance at Panther Prowl, going 4-1 in that event, and had a max-point day at Episcopal, with two pins. He won his last four matches in January, but did not have an appearance in the lineup for the Raiders in February. That could very well change in 2020-21, with graduations and other lineup situations, and we would certainly expect Indio to be a Region 1 qualifier and potentially in the mix for second-day competition. For being a team player throughout the season, Jose Indio is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Orange Park.
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