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 starting the downhill portion of our sixth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our seventh team up this round and the sixth from 2A-District 2, the 64th team overall, is Gainesville.
You can see everything I have on the Hurricanes in 2019-20 here –> GAINESVILLE
Win/loss record: 3-23 in dual meets reported to Matmen. We were missing half of Gainesville’s duals from one tournament, and all of them from a second tournament. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Hurricanes’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen. Note: In a few instances, adjustments were made to wrestlers’ post-season records based upon what was reported to the district host. Records with asterisks could not be so adjusted.
Season in a nutshell: Gainesville began the season with a trip to region rival Terry Parker’s Arlington Optimist Invitational, a two-day IBT on December 6-7, in which the Hurricanes were 11th out of 12 teams in the tournament. They had a shorter trip to intracity rival Buchholz on the 14th for the Bobcat Holiday Duals, in which Gainesville was 1-4 on the day. In between Christmas and New Year’s, the Hurricanes hosted the one-day Category 5 duals tournament on the 28th, with a 1-3 record on the day. Gainesville stayed in duals mode for the first two weekends of January, first going to district rival Columbia’s two-day Tiger Duals on the 3rd-4th, finishing with an 0-7 record on the weekend. Next, the Hurricanes went back to Terry Parker for the USMC Duals on the 10th-11th, taking a 1-5 record that weekend. Gainesville then competed in two IBTs to finish up the month, taking 17th out of 19 teams at Citrus’ Ed Kilpatrick Invitational on the 18th. The Hurricanes then traveled to Wakulla’s two-day tournament on January 31-February 1, finishing 13th in that 20-team IBT. They went back to duals mode to close out the regular season, with an 0-4 record in reported duals at Belleview’s two-day Diamondback Duals on the 7th and 8th. Gainesville then competed in the Talbott Legion one-day duals tournament at Villages on the 15th. The Hurricanes were eighth at the 2A-District 2 traditional tournament, and placed 31st at Region 1 at Chiles, with no state qualifiers. Gainesville graduated two seniors from this past year’s team; the Hurricanes can call upon as many as five returners with post-season or significant regular-season experience.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Liam Moore (sophomore, 5-17* at 113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Brennan Kade (junior, 23-15* at 126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Zachary Collins (sophomore, 7-26 at 138, 0-2 at districts); William Marshall (senior, 10-14* at 160, 1 match from regions); Carlos Nelson (senior, 6-21 at 182, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Nicholas Hanson (26-17 at 152, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Logan Fernandez-Smith (15-14 at 170, 1 match from regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Nicholas Hanson was the Hurricanes’ lone region qualifier this past season and a point of leadership for the small Gainesville team, jumping up a couple of weight classes from a year ago. Although Hanson didn’t place at Optimist, he had a max-point 5-0 day at Buchholz, and was 3-1 at Category 5, with max points in all wins. Hanson hit some struggles in the January duals tournaments, with a 4-3 tournament at Columbia and 2-2 in a part-time appearance at USMC, but he rallied to go 3-2 at both Ed Kilpatrick and Wakulla, placing fourth at both IBTs (making the semis at Wakulla). At districts, despite a loss in his first match, Hanson rallied in the blood round of the consis with a double-overtime victory to extend his season by another week. Even though he didn’t get past the first day at Chiles, Hanson did avenge an earlier-season loss by fall in the process.
2020-21 captain: Rising junior Brennan Kade was the next-most consistent Gainesville competitor for the first two months of the season, and my best guess is that Kade sustained an injury sometime during Diamondback Duals that was significant enough to keep him out of the post-season. Kade was 2-2 and placed fourth at Optimist, with a 3-2 record at Buchholz and 3-1 record at Category 5. He was 7-6 at the early January duals tournaments (4-3 at Columbia, 3-3 at USMC). Kade was 2-2 at Citrus, with his best tournament of the season at Wakulla, where he was 5-2 and placed fourth.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising senior Carlos Nelson had difficult sledding after winning his first match of the season, dropping five straight in his next two tournaments. Nelson was able to right the ship somewhat, with five max-point wins in his next nine, going 2-2 at Category 5 and earning two pins at USMC Duals, but those would be the last wins he would collect, as he lost his last 12 matches. But Nelson kept attempting to suit up and score points for the Hurricanes, even taking his shot at the district tournament. For attempting to do his best in the face of on-the-mat adversity, Carlos Nelson is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Gainesville.
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