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’re wrapping up Round 6 with Paxon. As of now, we have two teams left in each of the 11 districts in our coverage area. We will pick back up with #TheSeason as soon as Wednesday of next week, depending on how long it takes to get posts out from this weekend’s wrestling.
You can see everything I have on the Golden Eagles in 2020-21 here –> PAXON
Win/loss record: 5-8 in dual meets reported to Matmen.
Season in a nutshell:
- 8th at USMC Challenge, 1/9 (11 teams)
- 10th at Wolfpack Challenge, 1/23 (13 teams)
- 11th at Gateway Conference, 1/29-30 (15 teams)
- T-73rd at Girls’ State, 2/19-20 (118 teams)
- 8th at 1A-District 3, 2/20 (8 teams)
- T-26th at 1A-Region 1, 2/26-27 (30 teams)
Projected key returners (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) for 2021-22 (with year in school as of next season): Michael Gold (sophomore, 5-9 at 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Elizabeth Sturgeon (senior, 7-8 at 138/140, 2-2 at girls’ state); Laura Weber (junior, 3-8 at 145/147, 0-2 at girls’ state); Naden Nile (sophomore, 1-14 at 152, district 6th); Jordan Wheeler (sophomore, 4-8 at 160, district 6th); Austin Watson (senior, 3-8 at 160, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Matthew Brunelli (junior, 16-15 at 195, district 4th, 1-2 at regions).
Projected losses (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) via graduation unless otherwise noted: Ashton Burgess (5-9 at 126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Michael Dramis (16-10 at 170, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Daniel Harman (9-13 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions).
2020-21 MVP: Michael Dramis
- 2-1 (2nd) at USMC Challenge
- 1-2 at Wolfpack Challenge
- 2-1 (2nd) at Gateway Conference
- 3-4 in post-season series (see above)
2021-22 captain: Matthew Brunelli
- Shared team lead in victories in 2020-21
- 2-2 (4th) at USMC Challenge
- 2-2 (4th) at Wolfpack Challenge
- 2-2 (4th) at Gateway Conference
- 2-4 in post-season series (see above)
2020-21 Zander Laurin Warrior: Elizabeth Sturgeon
- One of first two girls in school history to compete in the sport
- Wrestled only boys prior to final week of season, was 5-6 in regular-season competition
- Won twice by fall at girls’ state to score all Paxon team points; could be in the mix for a medal finish in 2021-22