The Season 2015-16: Bay

Bay

You can see everything I have on the Tornadoes in 2015-16 here –> BAY

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets. Through February 9, the Tornadoes were 3-13, and had three losses to opponents that reported results to Trackwrestling during the regular season-ending Panhandle Duals. Please review the attached document for a review of the Tornadoes’ performance in IBT events, at least that I have — I did not get results from Tate or Godby.

Season in a nutshell: We didn’t really see the full effect of the Tornado team until well into January, when a few extra wrestlers made their first appearances in the Bay lineup. December was mostly a forgettable month, particularly Beast of the Beach, which saw the Tornadoes go winless and score more than 12 points just once in seven duals there. By late January, though, the Tornadoes were much more competitive, even pulling a resounding win over a team it had lost to three earlier times in the season. Bay finished right in the middle at Gator Brawl, and although the post-season was a struggle, the Tornadoes have a lot of returners back (just one starter lost to graduation), and it could be a much different season for Bay in 2016-17.

2015-16 MVP: Damien Stayer was the Tornadoes’ most successful wrestler during the previous campaign, jumping out to — according to results I have — a 6-0 start, a runnerup showing at Gator Brawl and the best post-season that the Tornadoes would see, as Stayer was the only Bay finalist at District 1 and the only Tornado wrestler to get to Saturday at regions. Through late January (up to Tate’s invite), Stayer had only lost to one wrestler. He’ll have to make a large step upward to put himself in state contention, but the road to do it is well-marked out.

2016-17 captain: Without necessarily wondering too much why we didn’t see anyting of Gabriel Meyer before late January, but hhe missed time didn’t seem to hurt a huge amount; it might have been the difference between third and fourth at districts and Friday/Saturday at regions, but Meyer did qualify out of District 1 and did get three matches at regions. Meyer did pick up some key wins down the stretch, but what will really help him next season is a full year in the lineup, helping the huge amount of young Tornado returners get better.

Heaton’s Hero: Davis Whitfield was one of those young Tornado kids that was thrown into the fire early, starting the year at 160 pounds, a weight from which he would drop down twice before the season came to an end. There was not a whole lot of contested success for Whitfield; in fact, I have him — in the results that I have — winning just one contested match, at Gator Brawl. Otherwise, it was a lot of pins, most of them pretty quick ones. But Whitfield stayed in the lineup, making an appearance at districts up a weight. Tough challenge for an inexperienced freshman, but Whitfield did his best to meet it. For that, Davis Whitfield is the Heaton’s Hero representative for Bay.

Projected returning starters for 2016-17 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Caitlyn Koller (junior, wrestled 106 this past year, 1 match from regions); Meyer (senior, wrestled 120 this past year, District 1 4th place); Stayer (senior, wrestled 126 this past year, District 1 runnerup); Aaron Retherford (junior, wrestled 138/145 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Whitfield (sophomore, wrestled 145/152 this past year, 1 match from regions); Alex Palacious (senior, wrestled 160/170 this past year, 0-2 at districts); Matthew Sanders (sophomore, wrestled 170/182 this past year, 1 match from regions); Andrew Luzny (junior, wrestled 170/182 this past year, 1 match from regions); DSanterius Ghant (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, District 1 3rd place). Also: Trophie Long (sophomore, wrestled 113 this past season, did not compete in post-season); Zacchaeus Houston (junior, wrestled 120/126/132 this past season, did not compete in post-season); Kaeden Safore-Pinkston (sophomore, wrestled 126 this past season, did not compete in post-season); Preston Davis (sophomore, wrestled 138 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Cameron Ellis (sophomore, wrestled 152 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Kurt Stephens (junior, wrestled 160/170 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Zach Hartsfield (senior, wrestled 220 this past year, did not compete in post-season); Justin Pippin (junior, 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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