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 are a third of the way through Round 4, with Leon.
You can see everything I have on the Lions in 2020-21 here –> LEON
Season in a nutshell:
- 9th at Cam Brown Classic, 12/4-5 (12 teams).
- 1-4 (5th) at 2A-District 2 Duals, 12/19 (6 teams)
- 2-3 (T-7th) at Trojan Invitational, 1/16 (10 teams)
- 0-5 (T-9th) at Timberwolf Duals, 2/6 (10 teams)
- 7th at 2A-District 2, 2/20 (8 teams)
- 24th at 2A-Region 1, 2/26-27 (30 teams)
- T-44th at 2A State, 3/5-6 (68 teams)
Projected key returners (10+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2021-22 (with year in school as of next season): Caleb Blum (sophomore, 6-10 at 106, 0-2 at districts); Nolan Zirgibel (senior, 25-6 at 138, district 3rd, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Jacob Taylor (senior, 7-14 at 145, district 6th); Jake Clinger (sophomore, 4-8 at 152, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Riley Rajotte (junior, 7-16 at 220, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Stryder Campbell (sophomore, 4-6 at 220, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Gabriel Rios (sophomore, 6-6 at 285, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
Projected losses (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) via graduation unless otherwise noted: Alex Crago (3-8 at 120, district 5th); Hudson Large (3-12 at 152, district 5th); Joshua Seabrooks (4-4 at 195, district 4th, did not compete at regions).
2020-21 MVP: Nolan Zirgibel
- 5-0 (1st) at Cam Brown Classic
- 4-1 at 2A-District 2 Duals
- 5-0 at Trojan Invitational
- 4-1 at Timberwolf Duals
- 7-4 in post-season series (see above)
2021-22 captain: Riley Rajotte
- 3-4 (8th) at Cam Brown Classic
- 2-2 at Trojan Invitational
- 1-3 in post-season series (see above)
- Only other returning wrestler with regions experience
2020-21 Zander Laurin Warrior: Jacob Taylor
- Besides Zirgibel & Rajotte, only wrestler to compete in every event for the Lions in 2020-21
- Wrestled at either 152 or 160 for Leon in December, dropped to 145 in January
- First-year starter (was on team prior to this year), picked up four contested wins, including two at Timberwolf Duals