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 little more than halfway through the final round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our fifth team this round, the eighth/final team in 1A-District 3 and 84th team overall, is Ed White.
You can see everything I have on the Commanders in 2019-20 here –> ED WHITE
Win/loss record: 21-21 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Commanders’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: Ed White’s first event wasn’t until the third weekend of December, when it traveled to district rival Yulee’s two-day duals tournament on December 20-21, compiling a 1-7 weekend record. After the holidays, the Commanders’ first event was back at Yulee for the Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border two-day IBT on January 10-11, where they placed 15th out of 16 teams. Ed White next attended Gateway Conference and neighborhood rival Westside’s one-day roundrobin on the 18th, placing 10th out of 11 teams there. After a midweek dual tri-meet, in which Ed White lost both duals, on the 22nd, the Commanders wrapped up the regular season at Fletcher for the two-day Gateway Conference IBT on January 31-February 1, where they finished 14th out of 15 teams. Ed White was seventh at the 1A-District 3 traditional tournament, out of eight teams, and placed 22nd out of 30 teams at Wakulla for Region 1, with no state qualifiers. Ed White graduated three key seniors from this past year’s team; the Commanders can call upon possibly two post-season competitors in 2020-21, though Ed White did have a few other kids that wrestled in two or three events but just fell short on matches on the Commanders’ schedule last year.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Sebastian Gonzalez (senior, 13-13 at 132, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Keyshun Spivey (senior, 3-18 at 182, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Shamar Goodman (2-14 at 126/132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Larry McCurdy (8-7 at 220, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Salvador Rodriguez (18-9 at 285, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 Commanders graduate Salvador Rodriguez did a lot with his one year in the lineup as the Ed White heavyweight, leading the team in victories (18, in a fairly small schedule), placing at Gateway and getting all the way to the blood round at Region 1. Rodriguez was 4-1 in a part-time role at Yulee Duals, with three bonus-point wins, and got to the final at Westside, losing to a three-year starter and two-time state qualifier in that match. At Gateway, Rodriguez was fourth, with both of his losses coming to the same wrestler, taking three bonus-point wins (including two pins). A wrestler that Rodriguez had beaten earlier ln the year knocked him off in the District 3 semis, but he rallied with a pin to take third, tying for the top Commander individual finish in that event. And no other Commander would get to the blood round. After a one-point loss in the quarters against a fellow Matmen MVP and eventual state qualifier, Rodriguez pinned his way through two opponents (one a Matmen captain) before losing by fall in the blood round.
2020-21 captain: Rising senior Sebastian Gonzalez had the most success on the team out of the the wrestlers able to return in 2020-21. Gonzalez was 6-2 at Yulee, with four pins, while competing up a weight from his final 132. He was 2-1 at Westside to place fifth there, and his early round fall at the District 3 tournament was enough to ensure he would extend his season another week. Although he was fourth at districts, he was a Saturday qualifier at Wakulla, rallying from a first-round loss by fall to a six-year starter behind two wins in the consis to reach the final eight at 132. Given that history, Gonzalez could be in the mix for second-day action once again, particularly if he gets more matches in 2020-21.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising senior Keyshun Spivey was one of the three kids in the Commander lineup (we wrote about the other two above) that suited up for all five regular-season events as well as the traditional tournament series. Spivey didn’t quite have the same kind of success as those two teammates, finding just one win in December and one in mid-January, with the third coming by forfeit at Gateway. Spivey only went a full six minutes in two of his losses and didn’t have a single contested win after the Westside event. But he kept battling, donning the singlet for both Gateway and districts. For continuing to stay in the sport in the face of on-the-mat adversity, Keyshun Spivey is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Ed White.
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