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.
Today, we’re in the homestretch of a project we started even before the season ended. We’re a quarter of the way through the final round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our second team this round, the eighth/final team in 2A-District 4 and 81st team overall, is Pine Ridge.
You can see everything I have on the Panthers in 2019-20 here –> PINE RIDGE
Win/loss record: 3-13 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Panthers’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen. We were missing two February duals, one as part of a tri-meet and the other as a dual.
Season in a nutshell: Pine Ridge began the season at conference rival University (Orange City)’s one-day Clash of the Titans IBT on December 7, placing 14th out of 17 teams. From there it was all duals or duals-based tournaments until February. After midweek dual losses on December 11 and December 18, the Panthers went to Hagerty for its two-day Johnny Rouse Duals on the 20th and 21st, finishing in 24th place with a 1-7 weekend record. After the holidays, Pine Ridge opened with 2A-District 4 dual team tournament competition at Matanzas on January 11, winning one of three duals on the day. The Panthers didn’t engage in further competition unti midweek duals on the 22nd, which they lost, and the 29th, which they won. Pine Ridge opened February with a tri-meet on the 5th, with one reported loss. The Panthers then finished eighth out of nine teams at the 5 Star Conference IBT at New Smyrna Beach on the 8th. They were seventh out of eight teams in the District 4 traditional tournament, and placed 20th out of 32 teams at Chiles for Region 1, with no state qualifiers. While the Panthers graduated four key seniors, and will have just two post-season competitors to call upon in 2020-21, Pine Ridge might have a number of other kids who simply were short of our matches threshold after wrestling the schedule it did a year ago.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Devon Heil (sophomore, 18-8 at 106, district runnerup, 1 match from states); David Cortez (junior, 6-11 at 138, 0-2 at districts-injured); .
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Nathaniel Ortiz (4-10 at 152, 1 match from regions); Dylan Oglesby (16-8 at 170, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Jonathan Waugh (21-9 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); D’angelo Baker (9-8 at 220, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Jonathan Waugh led the Panthers in victories and was just one match short of the state tournament at season’s end. Waugh was sixth at Orange City and then went on compile a 6-2 record at Rouse Duals (with five pins), with his losses against state qualifiers (1 GA, 1 FL). Waugh max-pointed for the Panthers at district duals and was a conference finalist, with two pins en route to the title match at 182. Waugh was one of Pine Ridge’s two finalists at the district traditional tournament, with two pins prior to, and then won twice with max points on Friday at Region 1, but then fell to a state placer in the semis, falling in the blood round. Waugh was just one of three Panthers to get to Saturday’s rounds and the only one on the front side of the bracket.
2020-21 captain: Rising sophomore Devon Heil might have only had his freshman year under his belt, but Heil was the other District 4 finalist for the Panthers last year, and also had five matches at Region 1 to get to the blood round. Heil was 5-3 at Rouse for his first tournament of the season, winning all of his Saturday matches with maximum points, and was 3-0 at district duals. Heil reached the 5 Star final in his first year and also got to the District 4 final. At Chiles for regions, Heil lost by fall in the quarters, but fought his way into the blood round with a pair of victories over district rivals, falling there to a more-experienced opponent. With three more opportunities, Heil should make it to Kissimmee before his career is through at Pine Ridge.
Zander Laurin Warrior: 2020 graduate D’angelo Baker didn’t get much of a chance to get going on his senior season until mid-January, but displayed a particular talent for fighting his way through the consi side of tournaments. After taking an an initial loss to a state placer in a pigtail match at conference, Baker max-pointed through the consi rounds to place third. Baker then lost his first match at districts, and rallied bac, behind two pins to come back for third there and extend his eason another week. After a tight loss by decision in the first round at Chiles, Baker did the same thing on Friday, with two victories to get to Saturday’s competition. For his ability to fight back after early losses, D’angelo Baker is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Pine Ridge.
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