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 on the downhill slide of our sixth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our eighth team up this round and the sixth from 1A-District 3, the 65th team overall, is Yulee.
You can see everything I have on the Hornets in 2019-20 here –> YULEE
Win/loss record: 26-5 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Hurricanes’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen. Note: Despite having all results, records do not neatly match what was reported to the district host.
Season in a nutshell: Yulee opened the season with its traditional trip to Tallahassee for region rival Florida High’s Cam Brown Seminole Classic on December 6-7, winning the 12-team event, which had pooled competition and brackets as well. After a midweek home quad in which Yulee was 3-0, next up were two single-day dual tournaments that the Hornets swept, going 5-0 on December 13 at Oakleaf’s Friday Knight Lights and on December 14 at county rival Fernandina Beach’s Dual at the Dunes. Yulee then successfully defended the Nassau County title with two dual victories on the 17th. The Hornets then hosted the two-day Yulee Duals on the 20th and 21st, finishing second on the weekend with a 7-2 weekend record. After the holidays, Yulee began the month of January with its longest road-trip of the regular season, going to South Carolina for Travelers Rest’s two-day Devil Dog Invitational on the 3rd-4th, placing 11th out of 17 teams. That would be the Hornets’ lowest team finish at a tournament until states. Yulee rolled to two victories to win the 1A-District 3 dual team tournament on the 6th, then engaged hosting duties once again for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, finishing second out of 16 teams on the 10th-11th. The Hornets also hosted two rounds of Region 1 dual team tournament action on the 16th, reaching the semifinals. The Hornets then split a midweek tri-meet in Georgia on the 21st and lost a midweek dual on the 29th, which completed Yulee’s regular season. The Hornets repeated the dual team success by winning the District 3 traditional tournament and then took seventh out of 30 teams at Wakulla for Region 1, qualifying three wrestlers for states. Yulee had a mid-pack team finish at Silver Spurs Arena, placing T-34th out of 66 teams. The Hornets did graduate five key seniors from this past year’s team, but Yulee can call upon as many as 11 post-season/significant 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): Lewis Duhan (sophomore, 30-13 at 106, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Jacob Proffit (sophomore, 24-21 at 113, 1 match from regions); Tristan Martinez (senior, 31-18 at 126, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Dylan Johns (sophomore, 32-12 at 138, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Dietrich Woods (27-9 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jesse Johnson (junior, 31-12 at 145, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Aston Ricks (senior, 45-10 at 152, district runnerup, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Isaiah Shook (senior, 28-17 at 160, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Collin Sewell (senior, 18-10 at 170, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Keleb Reddish (junior, 17-17 at 182, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Joseph Michel (junior, 18-21 at 195, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Trevor Gladson (21-7 at 120/126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Bryce Bees (28-6 at 132, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Daniel Lopez (9-13 at 170/182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Bradley Durrance (45-9 at 220, district runnerup, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Darquill Brown (31-16 at 285, district 4th, 2-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Bradley Durrance was one of the team’s leaders in victories (45) and was one of the Hornets’ three state qualifiers, competing exclusively at 220 this season. Durrance won his first 24 matches of the season, with bonus-point results in all of them (max points in all but one), with a weight-class win at Cam Brown and 5-0 days at Oakleaf and Fernandina Beach. After two losses late at Yulee Duals, Durrance won 11 of his next 12 matches, with a title at Joe Bees; again during that stretch, Durrance max-pointed in all of his victories. For the season, Durrance had 44 max-point victories, 37 of them by fall (the one match he did not win by fall or forfeit was a tech fall at Cam Brown). Although Durrance took a loss in the District 3 final, he did get to states behind four pins, losing only to the eventual Region 1 champ and avenging his district loss in the region medal round. He also won a match on the front side of the 220 bracket at states to pick up half the Hornets’ team points.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Aston Ricks matched Durrance’s win total of 45 for the season and was one of two Yulee members of the Class of 2021 to get to states. Ricks opened the season with a second-place finish at 152 at Cam Brown; the one loss turned into an eight-match win streak that included seven max-point wins. After his second loss, Ricks won 19 matches in a row, all but one being max-point wins. He was 9-1 in the back-to-back duals tournaments in mid-December, and was 9-0 with eight pins at Yulee Duals. After a 2-2 tournament at Devil Dog, Ricks won a Joe Bees title and reached his 40th win at districts, where he got to the final. At Wakulla, Ricks also placed third at 152 to qualify out, with a 4-1 record of his own fueled by three pins. The state tournament saw Ricks not get to Saturday’s rounds, but he did lose to two placewinners (fourth and third, respectively) with a win on the back.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore Jacob Proffit usually went out at 113 for the Hornets, but often found himself at a size disadvantage when going up against opponents at that weight class. Proffit handled himself fairly well through the early part of December, with a 4-3 record at Cam Brown and 4-1 mark at Fernandina Beach, plus two County wins, but after a decent start at Yulee Duals, the toll of the weekend started to wear on him, and he took a critical loss in the championship match. Sometimes wrestlers aren’t afforded a chance to avenge losses like that, but Proffit was about a month later in a midweek tri-meet, and this time got the fall and helped the Hornets win the rematch dual. For stepping up when the opportunity afforded itself, Jacob Proffit is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Yulee.
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