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 heading toward the end of our sixth round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our ninth team up this round and the sixth from 1A-District 1, the 66th team overall, is Rocky Bayou Christian.
ROCKY BAYOU CHRISTIAN
You can see everything I have on the Knights in 2019-20 here –> ROCKY BAYOU CHRISTIAN
Win/loss record: 5-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Knights’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: RBCS started the season with a trip to region rival Florida High’s two-day Cam Brown Seminole Classic on December 6-7, placing 12th in that tournament, which had both pools and brackets in its format. Next up for the Knights was a closer trip, this time over to Gulf Breeze for its one-day duals tournament on the 14th, as Rocky Bayou Christian won two of five duals on the day. That wrapped up December competition for the Knights; RBCS returned to the mats in January first for the 1A-District 1 dual team tournament on the 9th. In that tournament, Rocky Bayou Christian was 1-1 and reached the semis. After that, the Knights were in roundrobin or IBT mode for the rest of January. First up was district rival Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl on the 17th and 18th, as the Knights were 17th out of 22 teams there. RBCS then went to district rival Bay’s inaugural George Mulligan Memorial on the 24th and 25th, and placed 16th out of 18 teams in that event. The Knights then went to region rival Wakulla’s two-day IBT on January 31-February 1, finishing 15th out of 20 teams. Rocky Bayou Christian wrapped up the regular season with a second trip to Tallahassee, this time for the Timberwolf Duals, a one-day tournament on February 8, winning two of five duals there. The Knights were third in the District 1 traditional tournament and placed T-23rd at Region 1, with no state qualifiers. Rocky Bayou Christian graduated two key seniors from this past year’s team, but the Knights can call upon as many as eight post-season starters in 2020-21, having built their largest roster since the website began this past season.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Thomas Pluhar (7th, 7-26 at 106, 1 match from regions); Owen Parry (freshman, 4-29 at 113, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Luke Latham (junior, 17-17 at 126, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Aden Hudson (sophomore, 5-26 at 138, 1 match from regions); Calvin Wells (senior, 17-20 at 152, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Sam Brewer (junior, 11-16 at 160, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Jaden Scruggs (junior, 18-24 at 170, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Kyle Burden (senior, 18-17 at 285, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Wyatt Kirkpatrick (23-6 at 145, district champ, 1 match from states); Jacob Parry (13-16 at 220, 1 match from regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Wyatt Kirkpatrick was the leader of the Knights for the past two seasons and, even in his sophomore year, was probably the best wrestler on the club, and this year’s third-place team finish at traditionals would not have been possible without his consistency in the middle of the Rocky Bayou lineup. Kirkpatrick didn’t compete in the month of December, but got going quickly in January, max-pointing in both district duals and rolling up an 8-2, fifth-place individual finish at Gator Brawl. After losing his first match at Wakulla, Kirkpatrick won four matches on the back of the bracket to reach the medal round, placing fourth there. His second loss in the tournament touched off a nine-match win streak, during which he was 5-0 at Chiles, pinned his way to a District 1 title and reached the semifinals at Region 1. He’ll be missed next year, for sure.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Kyle Burden will be called upon for leadership as one of the Knights’ two returning seniors in 2020-21 and the most-experienced of the two. Burden had a tough start at Florida High, but rallied for a 4-1 tournament at Gulf Breeze, where he had three pins. Burden was fifth and had a 4-3 tournament at Gator Brawl, with four pins, and was sixth at George Mulligan. He closed out the regular season with a 4-1 tournament at Timberwolf Duals, and was the Knights’ other finalist at District 1. Burden could be in the mix for states next year, and certainly should be competing in the second day of regions in 2021.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore Aden Hudson found just one contested win in December and one more in January, but after district duals, there would not be any others in 2019-20. Hudson had 12 straight matches where he took losses by fall in January, at district duals, Gator Brawl and George Mulligan, then had a stretch of six more where each of the contested matches he had ended in loss by fall, but that didn’t keep Hudson from continuing to try to score points and help his team finish higher in the standings. Despite the on-the-mat adversity he faced, the continuing to try is what made Aden Hudson the Zander Laurin Warrior for Rocky Bayou Christian.
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