#TheSeason2020-21: Paxon

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’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
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