#TheSeason2020-21: Wakulla

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 start to close out 1A-District 2 with its champion, Wakulla.


You can see everything I have on the War Eagles in 2020-21 here –>  WAKULLA

Win/loss record: 29-3 in dual meets reported to Matmen.

Season in a nutshell:

  • 1st at Border Wars VIII, 12/4-5 (11 teams)
  • 5-2 at Bulldog Brawl, 12/11-12
  • 1-0 (1st) at 1A-District 2, 12/17
  • 4-0 (1st) at Scrap for the Strap, 12/19 (5 teams)
  • 10-0 (1st) at The Bash, 1/8-9 (11 teams)
  • 3-0 (1st) at 1A-Region 1 Duals, 1/14 & 1/22 (7 teams competing)
  • 0-1 (semifinalist) at 1A State Duals, 1/23 (4 teams)
  • 5-0 (1st) at MyHOUSE Invitational, 1/30 (10 teams)
  • 1st at 1A-District 2, 2/20 (6 teams)
  • 2nd at 1A-Region 1, 2/26-27 (30 teams)
  • 14th 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): Julian Harvey (senior, 33-4 at 106, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match from state medal); Conner Brown (junior, 12-2 at 106, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Caleb Orr (junior, 11-9 at 113, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Isaiah Wilson (senior, district 3rd, region 4th, state 6th); Jae T Thaxton (junior, 30-12 at 138, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Juan Jimenez (senior, 12-8 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Wyatt Welch (junior, 8-4 at 138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Hayden Reeves (senior, 35-10 at 145, district champ, region champ, 1-2 at states); Zabdiel Garcia-Esquilin (junior, 5-7 at 152, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Daniel Brittain (senior, 12-18 at 170, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Tyler Edenfield (senior, 29-10 at 195, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions).

Projected losses (10+ matches* or post-season experience this past season) via graduation unless otherwise noted: George Hernandez (22-3 at 113, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Raymond Hatchman (35-6 at 120, district champ, region champ, state 5th); Jackson Merrick (34-11 at 132, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Cole Baggett (39-6 at 160, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Jackson Osteen (39-4 at 182, district champ, region runnerup, 0-1 at states-injured); Jack Mispel (senior, 18-11 at 220, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Jayven Hearns (35-9 at 285, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states).

* — records per full results reported

2020-21 MVP: Raymond Hatchman

  • 5-2 at Bulldog Brawl
  • 4-0 at Scrap for the Strap
  • 7-1 at The Bash
  • 3-1 at 1A-Region 1 & State Duals
  • 5-0 at MyHOUSE Invitational
  • 10-2 in post-season series (see above)

2021-22 captain: Hayden Reeves

  • 3-2 (5th) at Border Wars VIII
  • 5-2 at Bulldog Brawl
  • 3-1 at Scrap for the Strap
  • 9-1 at The Bash
  • 3-1 at 1A-Region 1 & State Duals
  • 4-1 at MyHOUSE Invitational
  • 7-2 in post-season series (see above)

2020-21 Zander Laurin Warrior: Jackson Osteen

  • One of team’s emotional leaders for at least the past two seasons, won first eight matches and 29 of his first 30
  • Max-pointed in his final regular-season tournament and went into overtime to win district title, taking down a team Matmen MVP in so doing; both tournaments at home
  • Reached Region 1 final and was unable to continue due to injury after defaulting in the first round at states
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