The Season 2015-16: Chiles

Chiles

You can see everything I have on the Timberwolves in 2015-16 here –> CHILES

Win/loss record: 5-1 in duals. Please review the attached document for a review of the Timberwolves’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The Timberwolves had a solid mix of duals ability and IBT scoring power, but, outside of Capital City, most of the IBT efforts were in the top half. Missing four weight classes (106, 120, 195 or 220 and 285) was the biggest reason for that, but the 10 kids that suited up generally were pretty solid. Tbe best part of that is that of the major contributors for Chiles in 2015-16, only two of them graduate, so there should be quite a bit of solid talent returning for 2016-17. Just need some consistent bookend presence and this team will be tough.

2015-16 MVP: No question, Gavin Hoard was on another level in comparison to his teammates and in comparison to most of north Florida at his weight class, 170, this past season. Hoard had just two losses (according to the results I have; my records are slightly off in comparison with what was reported to FHSAA, but I believe I have all Timberwolf results). First loss was in the title match at Border Wars to a solid Alabama wrestler and the second was to multi-time 1A state champ Elijah Cleary of Lake Highland Prep. Hoard went 1-1 with 2A state finalist Jonathan Shoen of Middleburg, winning the regular-season matchup, and took the District 2 title, finished third at regions and fourth at 2A states. The top three kids in 2A at 170 were all seniors, top six at 182 were all seniors and the finalists at 160 were all seniors. Do the math. Hoard could not only be the strongest wrestler in north Florida at whatever weight he goes next year, but also he should be a strong favorite for both Saturday night and the top of the podium.

2016-17 captain: I could have gone one of two ways with this one — and I suspect that either choice would be a fine one — but I will opt for Bobby Williams here. The 195/220 weight classes in Tally are filled with exceptional talents, a couple of whom we’ve written about already, and Williams fits into that group rather well. He spent most of the early part of the season at 195, where most of his wins came, and took IBT wins at the Lincoln Invitational (at 195) and at Tricounty the following weekend (at 220). Williams reached the district final at 220, losing only to eventual state placer JT Grant over at Leon, and got to the semis at regions, falling one match short of the state tournament. With the competition Williams faces just right in the area, not only should he be a threat to get out to states, he might have a strong podium chance as well.

Heaton’s Hero: Chiles used the middle weight classes as a mix-and-match feature, with Andrew Tychsen starting the year appearing at 152 for the Timberwolves at Border Wars. That was a tough start for him, and the following weekend at Capital City, Tychsen was down two weight classes, where he spent most of the rest of the season. The regular season, in large part, was tough on Tychsen, particularly at Wakulla’s roundrobin and at the Lincoln Invitational in late January. But Tychsen had the strongest part of his season at the end, going 5-6 in February and reaching the district final at 138, plus a solid first-round win at regions. Tychsen was in the lineup every weekend for the Timberwolves, despite (according to my count) 27 losses. Andrew Tychsen is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Chiles.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Austin Hall (junior, wrestled 113 this past year, District 2 3rd place); Michael Hawkins (sophomore, wrestled 126 this past year, 1 match from regions); Logan Mellor (senior, wrestled 132 this past year, District 2 champ, 1 match from 2A states); Tychsen (senior, wrestled 138/145 this past year, District 2 runnerup); Austin Nolan (junior, wrestled 138/145 this past year, District 2 3rd place, 1 match from 2A states); Miles Mercer (senior, wrestled 152/160 this past year, District 2 3rd place); Hoard (senior, wrestled 170 this past year, District 2 champ, Region 1 3rd place, 4th at 2A states); Michael Molen (junior, wrestled 170/195 this past year, District 2 4th place); Williams (senior, wrestled 195/220 this past year, District 2 runnerup, 1 match from 2A states). Also: CJ Emmert (senior, wrestled 132 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Ben Strickland (senior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, did not compete in post-season).

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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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