#TheSeason2020-21: Westside

Hey guys!

The work continues. We are bringing back, for its seventh 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. To get them completed more quickly, we are summarizing these a bit more than in seasons past.

Today, we continue Round 2 with Westside.


You can see everything I have on the Wolverines in 2020-21 here  –>  WESTSIDE

Win/loss record: 4-6 in dual meets reported to Matmen.

Season in a nutshell:

  • 1-1 (T-3rd) at 2A-District 3 Duals, 1/2
  • 5th at USMC Challenge, 1/9 (11 teams)
  • 9th at Westside Roundrobin, 1/16 (11 teams)
  • 0-4 (T-9th) at Tiger Duals, 1/23
  • 8th at Gateway Conference, 1/29-30 (15 teams)
  • 19th at Clay Rotary, 2/5-6 (20 teams)
  • 6th at 2A-District 3, 2/20 (8 teams)
  • 17th at 2A-Region 1, 2/26-27 (30 teams)
  • T-26th at 2A State, 3/4-5 (68 teams)

Projected key returners (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) for 2021-22 (with year in school as of next season): James Matthews (sophomore, 10-12 at 113, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Emma Smith (senior, 8-13 at 120, district 5th); Tesla Kirkland (junior, 9-15 at 126, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Olleon Hickmon (junior, 18-12 at 138, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Messiah Valsaint (sophomore, 5-17 at 145, district 6th); Cory Ward (senior, 9-17 at 152, district 5th); Caleb Baltazar (senior, 14-15 at 182, 1-2 at regions); Wayne Rogers (junior, 4-11 at 195, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Elijah Williams (junior, 9-2 at 220, did not compete in post-season traditionals).

Projected losses (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) via graduation unless otherwise noted: Ray Bolden (27-2 at 285, district champ, region champ, state 3rd).

2020-21 boys MVP: Ray Bolden

  • 2-0 at 2A-District 3 duals
  • 2-1 (2nd) at USMC Challenge
  • 3-0 (1st) at Westside Roundrobin
  • 4-0 at Tiger Duals
  • 3-0 (1st) at Gateway Conference
  • 10-1 in post-season series (see above)

2021-22 captain: Emma Smith

  • 2-2 (4th) at USMC Challenge
  • Dropped down 2 weights during regular season
  • 2-0 against girls competition

Zander Laurin Warrior: Tesla Kirkland

  • Dropped down 3 weights during regular season
  • Lost eight of her last nine matches
  • Nevertheless won by fall in district blood round to extend her season by another week and qualify out for regions
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