The Season 2015-16: Suwannee


You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2015-16 here –> SUWANNEE

Win/loss record: 4-3 in duals. See attached file for a rundown of the Bulldogs’ tournaments this year.

Season in a nutshell: It’s said that wrestling teams need to peak in the post-season. Almost no team does this better than Suwannee does. The first couple of tournaments don’t give you much of an idea of what’s coming. Suwannee had two middle-of-the-pack tournament efforts in December, but started hitting its stride in January with a runnerup showing at its own Billy Saylor Invitational, and then had five additional top-10 team finishes in IBT or round/robin tournaments, including a fifth at the 1A-Region 1 tournament.

2015-16 MVP: I can go either way with the MVP and captain picks, but to me the MVP of the season was junior Billy Jenkins. Given that he missed a year of competition, he returned this season (after making me wonder if he was going to after not competing in Border Wars, Suwannee’s first event of the season) and looked like he’d not missed a beat. Jenkins was area- and state-ranked for most of the season, qualified out for state and got on the podium after reaching the semifinals there.

2016-17 captain: For the captain picks, I look for kids that are returning, that are coming off quality seasons, and have a little something extra. My first experience with Brandon Trask was at Tiger Duals in Lake City. After winning his match with a resounding major, he came over to where I was standing, found a garbage can, and did what, apparently, comes naturally to him after first matches. I have to admit, I kind of like that intensity level. Trask had 40-plus wins this season, also medaled at state and had a strong Virginia Nationals tournament this past weekend.

Heaton’s Hero: This feature, which I started last year, highlights the kids that don’t always get a lot of love from the sport in terms of wins or space on the website, but certainly showed their love for it in ways I noticed. My Suwannee pick for this feature was 5-6 at one point, and then lost 17 of his last 19 matches. Despite that, and despite dropping two weights from his starting point, Charles Votava stuck it out through the entirety of the season and gave it his best shot at districts. In January and February, he had just one contested win, but stayed in it through the end of the year. For that, Charles Votava is the Heaton’s Hero for Suwannee.

Returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Trask (senior, wrestled 106 this past year, district champ, regional 3rd, state 6th); Chase Clark (junior, wrestled 113 this past year, district runnerup, 1 match short of states); Tyler Ogles (sophomore, wrestled 120/126 this past year, district 4th); Julian Borrell (sophomore, wrestled 132 this past year, district runnerup, region 4th); Kenneth Foster (senior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, district runnerup); Terrell Williams (sophomore, wrestled 138/145 this past year, district 3rd); Joey Borrell (senior, wrestled 152 this past year, district champ, 1 match short of states); Jenkins (senior, wrestled 160 this past year, district runnerup, region champ, state 6th); Logan Montemurro (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, district 4th); Votava (senior, wrestled mostly at 182 this past year, 1 match short of regions); plus Tanner Clark (senior, wrestled 138/145 this past year, state qualifier in 2015).


I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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