#TheSeason2020-21: Palatka

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 continuing our final round by moving into 1A-District 5 with its champion, Palatka.


You can see everything I have on the Panthers in 2020-21 here     –> PALATKA

Win/loss record: 7-8 in dual meets reported to Matmen. We were missing the Panthers’ results from a callout tournament they did in mid-January in Georgia and from a duals tournament at regular season-end.

Season in a nutshell:

  • 1-3 (4th) at Scrap for the Strap, 12/19 (5 teams)
  • 3-0 (1st) at 1A-District 5 Duals, 1/5 (5 teams; 4 competed)
  • 1-3 in Keystone Memorial Duals, 1/8
  • 8th at Keystone Memorial IBT, 1/9 (20 teams)
  • 0-1 (quarterfinalist) in 1A-Region 2 Duals, 1/14 (8 teams)
  • T-14th at Clay Rotary, 2/5-6 (20 teams)
  • 1st at 1A-District 5, 2/17 (5 teams)
  • 8th at 1A-Region 2, 2/26-27 (29 teams)
  • T-38th at 1A 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): Mikade Harvey (junior, 26-8 at 106, district champ, region champ, state 6th); Ishmael Foster (sophomore, 18-17 at 113, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Alexander McCrystal (sophomore, 8-13 at 126, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Brandon Lewis (senior, 34-6 at 132, district champ, region 3rd, 0-1 at states-injured); Adaris Medina (senior, 11-11 at 152, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Gaitlin Carreras (sophomore, 11-9 at 160, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Sam Lafferty (junior, 15-5* at 160/170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Christian Brannen (senior, 3-8* at 195, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jack Tilton (senior, 10-8 at 220, district champ, 1 match from states); Carson Tibbs (junior, 7-18 at 285, district 5th#, 0-2 at regions).

Projected losses (10+ matches or post-season experience this past season) via graduation unless otherwise noted: Delton Nealy (27-13 at 145, district champ, 1 match from states); Vincent Washington (14-18 at 170, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions).

* — Some records are noted with asterisks for wrestlers that had 10 reported matches but did not compete in post-season to reflect incompleteness.
# — automatic qualifier per FHSAA schematic to region tournament.

2020-21 MVP: Mikade Harvey

  • 3-0 at 1A-District 5 Duals
  • 4-4 (4th) at Keystone Memorial
  • 1-0 at 1A-Region 2 Duals
  • 7-3 in post-season series (see above)
  • All post-season losses at states

2021-22 captain: Brandon Lewis

  • 2-1 at Scrap for the Strap
  • 3-0 at 1A-District 5 Duals
  • 5-2 (3rd) at Keystone Memorial
  • 1-0 at 1A-Region 2 Duals
  • 4-0 (1st) at Clay Rotary
  • 6-2 in post-season series (see above)

2020-21 Zander Laurin Warrior: Delton Nealy

  • Achieved winning records at all three reported regular-season tournaments (4-1 at Scrap, 5-3 at Keystone and 3-3 at Clay), taking 3rd at Keystone and 6th at Clay
  • Was unbeaten in district in five matches, all by bonus, four contested wins
  • Won a district title and reached Region 2 semis, before dropping decisions to two multiple-time state qualifiers
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