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 — already! — a quarter of the way through Round 5, with Gulf Breeze.
You can see everything I have on the Dolphins in 2020-21 here –> GULF BREEZE
Win/loss record: 10-1 in dual meets reported to Matmen.
Season in a nutshell:
- 6th at Border Wars VIII, 12/4-5 (11 teams)
- 1st at Ryan Blackwell Invitational, 12/12 (12 teams)
- 1-1 (T-3rd) at 2A-District 1 Duals, 1/2 (8 teams)
- 2nd at 2nd Annual George Mulligan Duals, 1/22-23 (18 teams)
- 5-0 (1st) at Pace Duals, 1/30 (6 teams)
- 6th at Arnold IBT, 2/6 (12 teams)
- 2nd at 2A-District 1, 2/15 (8 teams)
- 7th at 2A-Region 1, 2/26-27 (30 teams)
- T-49th at 2A State, 3/5-6 (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): Alec Poole (sophomore, 13-17 at 106, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Nate Weber (junior, 18-4 at 113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Coby Shields (sophomore, 22-8 at 120, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Logan Merritt (senior, 25-10 at 126, district 3rd, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Tanner Perry (junior, 6-4 at 126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Colson Elliott (junior, 35-2 at 132, district champ, region champ, 1 match from state medal); Jack Donahoe (sophomore, 2-9 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Brennden Nita (junior, 20-10 at 138, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Garret Rudick (junior, 17-8 at 145, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Trevor Dupont (junior, 11-9 at 170, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Micah Barker (senior, 21-7 at 220, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Bryson Wick (senior, 14-12 at 285, district 5th).
Projected losses (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) via graduation unless otherwise noted: Emily Vogel (4-8 at 113, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Ian Daily (29-4 at 152, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Sean Jones (24-6 at 160, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Hunter Dupont (32-4 at 182, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Julian McCulley (13-7 at 195, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions).
2020-21 MVP: Colson Elliott
- 5-0 (1st) at Border Wars VIII
- 4-0 (1st) at Ryan Blackwell Invitational
- 2-0 at 2A-District 1 Duals
- 5-0 (1st) at 2nd Annual George Mulligan Invitational
- 5-0 at Pace Duals
- 3-0 (1st) at Arnold IBT
- 8-2 in post-season series (see above)
- Won first 34 matches of season
2021-22 captain: Logan Merritt
- 1-3 at Border Wars VIII
- 5-0 (1st) at Ryan Blackwell Invitational
- 2-0 at 2A-District 1 Duals
- 3-2 at Pace Duals (built 13-match win streak)
- 4-1 (2nd) at Arnold IBT
- 8-4 in post-season series (see above)
2020-21 Zander Laurin Warrior: Hunter Dupont
- After junior season in which he missed three major tournaments, returned to lineup in senior season
- After an ultimate-tiebreaker rideout loss early at Border Wars VIII, won 29 straight matches before falling to state placer in region semis
- Avenged December rideout loss with win by pin in the blood round to qualify for states