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 at the halfway mark in Round 7 of random selections from the 11 districts (three of those districts will be completed this round). Our sixth team this round and seventh team from 1A-District 4, the 74th team overall, is Wolfson.
You can see everything I have on the Wolfpack in 2019-20 here –> WOLFSON
Win/loss record: 9-22 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Wolfpack’s performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: Wolfson began the 2019-20 season in its traditional destination, traveling to Matanzas for its one-day duals tournament on December 7, where the Wolfpack was 0-4 as a team. After a midweek tri-meet on the 11th, where Wolfson earned a split, the Wolfpack wrapped up December with a midweek dual win on the 18th. After the holidays, Wolfson began competition with the 1A-District 4 dual team tournament at University Christian on the 9th of January, splitting a pair of duals and advancing to Region 1 competition for the first time in program history. The next day, the Wolfpack went to conference rival Terry Parker’s two-day USMC Duals, with a 2-5 weekend record on the 10th-11th. After a midweek dual win on the 15th, Wolfson fell in the Region 1 quarters at Yulee on the 16th. The following week saw the Wolfpack fall in a midweek dual on the 22nd. That weekend, back at Terry Parker for the two-day Parker Duals on the 24th-25th, Wolfson was 1-7 in duals for the weekend. The Wolfpack then won a midweek dual on the 28th prior to traveling to Fletcher for the two-day Gateway Conference IBT on January 31 and February 1, taking 11th out of 15 teams. Wolfson closed the regular season out by taking one of three duals in a midweek quad on the 12th. The Wolfpack were fourth at the District 4 traditional tournament, and placed 25th at Wakulla for Region 1, with no state qualifiers. Wolfson graduated one senior from this past year’s team, but the Wolfpack can return nearly the entire rest of their starting lineup in 2020-21, with 12 eligible returners that could come back.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Liam Strange (sophomore, 14-23 at 113, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Andrew Harbin (junior, 15-16 at 120, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Max Lewallen (junior, 23-16 at 126, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Emarre Campbell (senior, 15-18 at 132, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Nathan Shad (junior, 11-21 at 138, 1 match from regions); Gavin Hill (sophomore, 6-24 at 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Lyric Richardson (senior, 14-10 at 160, 1 match from regions); Elijah Giles (sophomore, 3-15 at 170, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Dallas Kemp (sophomore, 11-13 at 170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Shydeim Deas (senior, 10-14 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Tavion Ford (senior, 7-5 at 285, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Rashawn Spears (senior, 13-13 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: Cameron Frison (27-12 at 152, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Cameron Frison led the Wolfpack in wins and was one of two district finalists, plus he was the only Wolfson wrestler to reach the second day of Region 1 competition at Wakulla. It wasn’t a great start for Frison against some solid competition, but he overcame an 0-3 start with five wins in a row, and was 4-2 at Terry Parker for USMC Duals. Frison max-pointed through the weekend at Parker Duals, going 8-0 with six pins. That was followed up by a third-place performance at Gateway, in which he won twice after falling in the semis. At districts, Frison had a fall to get into the final, where he lost to an eventual state placer. At Wakulla for regions, Frison won on both sides of the bracket, with losses only to eventual state qualifiers (one of them also a placer). What made him most valuable was his leadership the past two years, particularly this season as the Wolfpack got to the region round for team duals.
2020-21 captain: Rising junior Max Lewallen was second on the team in wins (23), with a top-four finish at Gateway and a win at Region 1. Lewallen won five matches in a row, starting at the end of Matanzas Duals and extending into district duals, and finished 5-2, with four bonus-point wins, at USMC Duals. After a part-time 2-2 appearance at Parker Duals, Lewallen put together a 4-2 tournament at Gateway. After falling in the quarters to the eventual runnerup, Lewallen shut out three opponents in taking three decisions to secure a top-four place. After a loss in his first match at districts, he rallied with a bonus-point win to extend his season another week. He’ll be one of the more-experienced kids in the Wolfson lineup in 2020-21, as a two-year starter.
Zander Laurin Warrior: We didn’t see rising senior Tavion Ford in the Wolfpack lineup until mid-January, but in just a few weeks of season, Ford put together a decent run. He split time at Parker Duals in his first tournament of the season and got the only contested dual in Wolfson’s final dual of the season. While he didn’t get the start at 285 for Gateway, he was Wolfson’s post-season starter, and was the third member of the Wolfpack to not only get out to Region 1, but also win a match on the front side. For making the most out of his short-season opportunity, Tavion Ford is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Wolfson.
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