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 have one more team to go to complete Round 6 of random selections from the 11 districts. Our 10th team up this round and the sixth from 1A-District 4, the 67th team overall, is Bradford.
You can see everything I have on the Tornadoes in 2019-20 here –> BRADFORD
Win/loss record: 3-9 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Tornadoes’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen. We were missing one dual per the schedule I received from the Tornadoes in the preseason and that also appeared on Trackwrestling.
Season in a nutshell: Bradford competed in duals only during the 2019-20 regular season. First up was a midweek dual loss on December 11. The Tornadoes competed in their only regular-season tournament at Gainesville’s Category 5 Duals on the 28th, winning two of five duals on the day. After the new year, Bradford drove in to Jacksonville to compete in the 1A-District 4 dual team tournament, losing both of the duals in which they competed. The Tornadoes were next in competition on the 22nd, splitting a midweek tri-meet that night, then wrapped up the regular season with midweek dual losses on the 24th and 29th. Bradford placed eighth at the 1A-District 4 traditional tournament and placed T-29th at Region 1. Of the three wrestlers that competed in the post-season for the Tornadoes (none had 15 matches), one of them graduated, but Bradford can call upon two returners with post-season experience, plus everyone else that had occasional starts in the Tornado lineup (including a 2019 district champ) is also eligible to return in 2020-21.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Andrew Crews (junior, 3-8 at 132, 1 match from regions); Austin Varnes (senior, 6-3 at 285, district 4th, did not compete at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Michael McDuffie (6-8 at 220, 1 match from regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Michael McDuffie was the Tornadoes’ most experienced wrestler, at least among those wrestlers that saw time at most of the Bradford events on the itinerary this past year. McDuffie was the only Tornado wrestler that competed in every event last season, and rallied after a 1-4 start, winning five of his next seven matches, including a pair of pins. As it turned out, his two losses at districts were to a state qualifier and to a region qualifier that was one match from states. With a better draw, he might have qualified for regions.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Austin Varnes was Bradford’s lone Region 1 qualifier in 2019-20. Although he didn’t make the long drive to Wakulla for competition at 285 in that tournament, Varnes had solid performances, with five pins in his six victories that we had recorded in 2019-20. If the Tornadoes can get just more competition in 2020-21, wrestlers like Varnes might flourish under the added opportunity.
Zander Laurin Warrior: We’re going with rising junior Andrew Crews in this space. Crews missed only one event during the course of the season, competing at either 132 or 138, but had just one win after December, and none contested. Though a few of his teammates didn’t suit up for the post-season, Crews took his shot at competing at District 4, and for that courage, Andrew Crews is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bradford.
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