Robert E. Lee
You can see everything I have on the Generals in 2015-16 here –> ROBERT E LEE
Win/loss record: Unknown in duals, due to missing results from 3 scheduled January dates. Please review the attached file above for a review of the Generals’ tournament performances.
Season in a nutshell: I was hyped for Lee at the start of the year, but football had other ideas, and a lot of kids just didn’t start the season very early for a number of different reasons, and the Generals struggled early. They got closer to hitting their stride by late January, with a solid third at Gateway — enough to again make me think they could contend for title honors next season. There’s enough talent in this room to contend for a top-half finish at district (which, in 3A-1, is a lot harder than it sounds), but the kids need a consistent schedule with lots of tests that will push them to improvement, and if there’s a way to build a consistent lineup that may also help. We did miss out on a few result submissions, and Backyard Bash was a bit tricky to collect up, so unfortunately the attached file doesn’t have full records for the kids.
2015-16 MVP: David Johnson turns heads with his power, as his strength often overpowers opponents. When he has his wrestling conditioning in, his asthma is easier to manage, as he won at least 12 straight matches (and possibly more, it’s difficult to tell), going nearly seven weeks without a loss in January. Johnson was Lee’s only Gateway Conference champion as a junior, and he’ll be key to the Generals’ hopes for a team title in his senior season. Johnson could be overmatched at times, too, usually by wrestlers with more technical flexibility to hit several different kinds of moves. Johnson is devastating in a matchup of power-on-power, and if he can gain a bit more variety to his arsenal, he will be difficult to overcome along the way to a possible state run in 2016-17.
2016-17 captain: When Jaren Jefferson was in the lineup for the Generals, his team was better. It had more skill, more technical capability (Jefferson was by far the best technician among the kids in the room), and just overall was a stronger team for having him there. If Jefferson can translate his own experience to his less-experienced but highly-athletic teammates, Lee will be all the better for it in 2016-17. Jefferson had a solid season, qualifying for regions a second time, where he got to the Saturday rounds before falling. A full season against 3A competition would be extremely helpful for making another state run as a senior.
Heaton’s Hero: I wonder what a full season’s worth of matches would have done for Dorian Bowden. His record from the district brackets — posted there as 13-10 with a 1-2 tournament, so he was entered at 12-8, but I had him somewhere lower than that — suggests that either way he only had about half a season, but he demonstrated enough to enter the starting lineup at 145 (he spent most of the season at 152, not appearing at 145 except at Keystone and then not again until Parker Duals. And yet, he was able to win a match at districts, losing only to two seniors along the way. 152 was a bit of a mix-and-match weight for the Generals this year, and if Bowden had the talent to make the district lineup — which he obviously did, since he was in the bracket — I would have liked to see him get 40 matches. Dorian Bowden is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Lee.
Returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Jacob Anderson (sophomore, wrestled 106 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Jaren Jefferson (senior, wrestled 113 this past year, District 1 4th place); Lamar Geter (junior, wrestled 126 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Darius Wells (junior, wrestled 132 this past year, 1 match from regions); Dorian Bowden (junior, wrestled 145 this past year, 1 match from regions); Caleb GaGe (junior, wrestled 152 this past year, 1 match from regions); David Johnson (senior, wrestled 182 this past year, District 1 3rd place); Christopher Telusma (sophomore, wrestled 195 this past year, District 1 4th place); William Morton (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Jordan Belle (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, 1 match from regions). Also: Tavian Randall (sophomore, wrestled 120 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Christopher Champine (junior, wrestled 138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Aaron Base (senior, wrestled 145 this past year, did not compete in post-season); William Guyton (sophomore, wrestled 145/152 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Maurice Henderson (junior, wrestled 160 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Kinyanna Rashid (senior, wrestled 160/170 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Caesare Jenkins (senior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Logan Davis (sophomore, wrestled 182/195 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Demetris Harris (senior, wrestled 285 this past year, did not compete in post-season).