The Season 2015-16: FSDB

FSDB

You can see everything I have on the Dragons in 2015-16 here –> FSDB

Win/loss record: 5-21 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a review of the Dragons’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: This was a very tough season for the Dragons, with a couple of graduation and migration-to-other-sports losses for FSDB’s top kids from a year ago. Of the kids that came out, only a couple had last year’s experience to fall back on — for the others, it was a very uphill battle, as the Dragons often fielded lineups with as many as five middle-schoolers. There was some progression over the course of the season, but not much in the way of success — five dual wins and two regular-season IBTs near or at the bottom of the tournaments’ fields. Then, at districts, just two FSDB wrestlers suited up, with the result being that the Dragons did not have a presence at regions the following weekend. There are 11 kids with starter experience potentially returning for 2016-17, with no graduation losses; the key will be to keep them all out.

2015-16 MVP: Although Christian Miranda-Reyes did not compete in the district tournament, he did have one of the stronger regular seasons that the Dragons were going to see this year, finishing fourth at Raines 5 Star, going 2-2 at Optimist and putting together some nice wins at 106 and facing a lot of teams’ toughest kids at 113 along the way. Miranda-Reyes’ experience will be invaluable for FSDB, which had a lot of young, inexperienced kids at or around his weight. As those kids grow and — hopefully — stay in the sport, his value for them on the mats will only increase.

2016-17 captain: Just one wrestler for the Dragons made it all the way through the season — from Optimist to districts — as a part of the starting lineup this year, plus that wrestler is a senior. So for me, I would look at Tyre Singleton as a possible captain for next year. Singleton did struggle a lot early in the season, with no contested wins until the final round of competition at Army Duals in early January, but after a 3-13 start, I had Singleton at 5-6 to close out the year, but what impressed me more than the wins & losses was the fact that he was one of the two kids that suited up for districts. As a senior, that already confers a bit of leadership status right there. What FSDB will need more of is the stick-to-itiveness of a kid who was in the lineup every time the Dragons hit the mat. This year, that was Singleton.

Heaton’s Hero: Sean Candelaria was one of the new Dragon starters this season, making an appearance in the lineup for FSDB from Day 1 through the final week of the regular season. It was a tough year for Candelaria, as all of his contested matches wound up in losses by fall until the final week of the season, when he was able to go a full six minutes, while all five of his victories came via the forfeit route. Even making the six minutes — given the season he’d had — was a significant step forward, and he showed a great deal of grit to continue to keep moving forward despite the lack of successes. For that, Sean Candelaria is the Heaton’s Hero representative — on a team that is full of them, as I’ve written many times before — for FSDB.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Singleton (senior, wrestled 132/138 this past year, 1 match from regions); Anthony Hoyt (junior, wrestled 195/220 this past year, 1 match from regions). Also: Christian Miranda-Reyes (junior, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Ty Snow (8th, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Reynaldo Suero-Perez (freshman, wrestled 106/113 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Johan Valentin-Sarmiento (junior, wrestled 113/120 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Tayshaun Smith (freshman, wrestled 126 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Taylor Lufkin (junior, wrestled 145/152 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Candelaria (senior, wrestled 145/152 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Manuel Vargas-Jimenez (freshman, wrestled 220/285 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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