The Season 2015-16: Fletcher


You can see everything I have on the Senators in 2015-16 here –> FLETCHER

Win/loss record: 12-4 in dual meets. Please review the attached file above for a review of the Senators’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The rebuilding effort continued in David Harrison’s second season of running the program as head coach, and the group of kids is starting to look like an all-new creation in purple & white. Fletcher will, however, have to look to upgrade its competitive schedule if the Senators are going to be able to hang in this very deep and competitive 3A district. Staying (mostly) in the greater Jacksonville area isn’t going to get Fletcher that much better. Senators did go to Flagler Rotary, but that was as far as they traveled in 2015-16.

2015-16 MVP: I had Owen Beining ranked fairly highly mid-year, and he then took a bad loss (or so I thought) at Lee when I happened to be there, and that loss had come after a stretch where Beining had won 10 of 11 matches. After that loss, though, Beining didn’t lose again to a wrestler that did not at least get to regions — as he did — and all of his losses that he did take, with one exception, were all by decision. That exception was a major, and by just eight points as it was. Beining avenged some earlier losses along the way at district, and won three matches at regions after losing in the first round, getting farther than any other Fletcher wrestler at regions. Beining will be a strong threat to get to states next year, and may have a shot at the podium with good off-season work this spring and summer.

2016-17 captain: I don’t know if Julian Fix would have been able to fully compete with the strongest 170s in 3A, but we did see an immense amount of improvement from him in the first half of the year — until he got hurt in the week before Gateway Conference, which would have been an event that he had a good shot at winning. How long the unbeaten string is a good question, but there’s no question that he made massive gains. There are quite a few kids coming back with starting experience for the Senators in 2016-17, and a fully healthy Fix can help show the way toward more success. He’d gone unbeaten up through the time of his injury, and almost nobody took more strides from the 2014-15 season to last season than he did.

Heaton’s Hero: Sometimes the Hero is not somebody who struggles on the mat, but has to suffer some indignity off the mat as well. Joshua Taylor was a first-year varsity starter who competed at 152 all season for the Senators, and it was a bit of a struggle, as there was a stretch in December where he lost 10 matches in 11, finishing the year 6-24. But, then he also had to deal with a completely incapable reporter who seemed to have a fixation with referring to him as “Thomas Taylor” throughout the season in dual meet results. Dude. Totally my bad. The first duals of the season, another team had a Taylor had wrestling, and it was Thomas that stuck with the reporter and not Joshua. I hope you’ll have better results next year. I hope I do, too. Joshua Taylor is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Fletcher.

Returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Trent Dalldorf (senior, wrestled 113 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Rayquan Piper (senior, wrestled 120 this past year, 1 match from regions); Ivante White (sophomore, wrestled 126 this past year, 1 match from regions); Vince Hauser (sophomore, wrestled 132 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Conner Smith (junior, wrestled 138 this past year, 1 match from regions); Joshua Taylor (senior, wrestled 152 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Owen Beining (senior, wrestled 160 this past year, District 1 3rd place, 1 match from 3A state); Donovan Tompkins (junior, wrestled 170 this past year, 1 match from regions); Matthew Strong (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, 1 match from regions); Bryce Bednarski (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, 1 match from regions); Stanley Hollenbach (sophomore, wrestled 285 this past year, 0-2 at districts). Also (10+ matches): Matt Moffitt (senior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Julian Fix (senior, wrestled 170 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Reid Odom (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, did not compete in post-season).


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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