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 downward slide of Round 7 of random selections from the 11 districts (three of those districts will be completed this round). Our eighth team this round completes our work in 1A-District 2, as the 76th team overall is Suwannee.
You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2019-20 here –> SUWANNEE
Win/loss record: 29-14 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: Suwannee started the season at region rival South Walton’s Border Wars VII, a two-day, pools/IBT formatted tournament on December 6-7, taking 13th out of 20 teams there. Next up was a visit to another region rival, as the Bulldogs were second with a 4-1 duals record at Fernandina Beach’s Dual in the Dunes on the 14th. Suwannee then went back to Nassau County on December 20-21, taking third at Yulee’s two-day duals tournament with a weekend record of 6-1. After the holidays, the Bulldogs went back to work right away, competing at Fleming Island’s Keystone Memorial on January 3-4. Suwannee was 3-2 in duals on the first day and placed ninth out of 20 teams in the IBT competition on the second. Next up was the 1A-District 2 dual team tournament on the 9th; Suwannee was 1-1 in duals and qualified for Region 1 rounds for the first time. At the region level, contested at Arnold on the 16th, the Bulldogs reached the semis. That weekend, Suwannee took no rest time, traveling to Fivay for its two-day duals tournament, compiling a 4-5 weekend record. Next was a shorter hop over to Citrus for the two-day Hermann Cup on the 24th and 25th, where Suwannee had a 6-2 weekend record. The Bulldogs then wrapped up their duals season with a 4-1 day at Pasco’s one-day duals tournament on February 1. Suwannee then took eighth out of 33 teams at Clay’s two-day Rotary on the 7th-8th, and finished the regular season with a tournament win at Space Coast’s Viper Roundrobin on the 15th. The Bulldogs duplicated their District 2 runnerup effort in traditional format, and placed fourth out of 30 teams at Wakulla for Region 1, sending six wrestlers to states. At Silver Spurs Arena, Suwannee finished T-48th in the 1A state field. The Bulldogs graduated two key seniors from this past year’s team, but Suwannee can call upon as many as 15 post-season or significant regular-season starters in 2020-21, plus a few other kids that saw limited starting roles.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Brody Boehm (sophomore, 41-28 at 106, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Foster Swain (junior, 36-27 at 113, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Xander Kirkland (senior, 52-13 at 120, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Waylon Poole (sophomore, 4-11 at 120/126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Timothy Jolicoeur (senior, 66-11 at 126, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Ayden Kirby (sophomore, 9-19 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Tyson Musgrove (junior, 48-21 at 138, district champ, region champ, 0-2 at states); Caleb Parsons (senior, 49-22 at 145, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Austin Howard (sophomore, 34-31 at 152, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Jim King (senior, 21-31 at 160, 1 match from regions); Austin Baxter (sophomore, 6-18 at 160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Dustin Wood (sophomore, 24-30 at 170, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Blaine Howard (senior, 27-8 at 182, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Mahri Roberts (junior, 1-9 at 195, 1 match from regions); Cayden Williams (junior, 6-14 at 285, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Jaxon Sansouci (46-17 at 132, district 3rd, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Robert Robinson (6-13 at 220, 1 match from regions).
2019-20 MVP: If the value of a wrestler is rising to meet the moment and succeed with the most on the line, the way that rising junior Tyson Musgrove completed his sophomore year proved his value. Musgrove transformed himself from a part-time, end-of-year starter at 138 in his freshman year to a 48-match winner and the Bulldogs’ only Region 1 champion, in the same weight class, surpassing area experts’ expectations. Musgrove was 5-3 at Border Wars, building a 14-match win streak after that, in which he max-pointed through Dual in the Dunes and bonus-pointed through the Yulee weekend. In January, Musgrove was 5-3 at Keystone, 6-3 at Fivay and 4-3 at Citrus, but started to make strides at Pasco, bouncing back from an early loss with four max-point wins for a 4-1 day. Musgrove was 3-2 at Clay and had a 2-2 day at Space Coast, placing third. So, it was a nice if unspectacular regular season, but Musgrove had other, better plans. He had two wins to take the district title, avenging two earlier losses in the final. At regions, after a bye into the quarters, Musgrove beat three opponents with a combined total of 104 wins, with two Saturday bonus-point efforts to win the title at Wakulla. While his state tournament was a short one, with two losses by decision, Musgrove will have two more shots at making podium, and we expect it to happen before his time at Suwannee is done.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Timothy Jolicoeur might be underrated in state circles, but not around here, as his junior year was a consistent dose of wins. Jolicoeur led the Bulldogs in victories, with 66 on the year by our count. That started with a 7-2 tournament at Border Wars, where Jolicoeur was sixth in a loaded 126 bracket. From there, he won 19 matches in a row to take him into the semis of the Keystone IBT, as he was 5-0 at Fernandina Beach and 7-0 at Yulee, placing third at Keystone with an 8-1 weekend record. Jolicoeur was 7-2 at Fivay, winning his first seven matches with max points (he had a 10-match win streak built up), then won 15 in a row after Fivay. That included an 8-0 weekend at Citrus, with six bonus-point wins, and he max-pointed through the day at Pasco in going 5-0. He was 4-2, later avenging one of those losses to a Matmen MVP, in taking fifth at Clay, and bonus-pointed his way to a title at Space Coast. He also bonus-pointed through the District 2 field and was 4-1 in taking third at Region 1, with his only loss to a Matmen MVP and eventual state runnerup. At states, he took an early loss, but bounced back initially in the consis, falling by a takedown to an eventual placer in the second round of consis. Although there were a number of returners in the state 126 bracket, Jolicoeur should be in the mix for a podium finish in March.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Two years ago, we saw then-freshman Xander Kirkland battle through a broken collarbone at states to get on the state podium and place sixth, and last year we didn’t get to see very much of him at all. This past year was now-rising senior Kirkland’s first full season back and while he didn’t make state podium, he did get back to The Show. He won his first seven matches of the year, with six pins, and then won nine more in a row between Fernandina Beach and Yulee, with a 5-0 mark at the former and 6-1 at the latter. He was 6-2 and reached the 120 final at Keystone and had a 9-0 record, with eight max-point wins, at Fivay. In the January stretch of west central Florida tournaments, Kirkland had a 17-match win streak, as he was 5-0 with five pins at Citrus and 3-0 at Pasco. Kirkland got to the District 2 final and was 4-2 to place fourth at Region 1. At states, he drew the eventual state runnerup in the first round, but then won with a shutout decision in the first round of consis and fell by a point to a district rival and Matmen captain late Friday afternoon. We won’t be surprised at all to see Kirkland’s talent and scrappiness back on the state podium in March. In getting back to full form, Xander Kirkland is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Suwannee.
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