You can see everything I have on the Stingrays in 2016-17 here –> ATLANTIC COAST
Win/loss record: 7-10 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Stingrays’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: This year was an uphill battle for Atlantic Coast, first in finding a coach, then in finding a schedule for the Stingrays in which to compete. That all got done, and from 182 through 220, Atlantic Coast could count upon a reliably-solid group. But, other than 145, that was about all that the Stingrays could count on this past year, as the rest of the wrestlers experienced the woes of inexperience, and strength. I think the Mack brothers — Montaque and Montavis — learned a lot as coaches this year, and I think of them in much the same way as I do the Days over at Episcopal; given a chance, these two will really do something. They’re very respectful coaches on that mat, and they’re working on teaching their kids the same. And some of the results that were generated were decent (top-five at Gateway and a solid third at Commander Duals). I look forward to more next year. It’s really tough in this district, but I think we’ll see some more from Atlantic Coast.
2016-17 MVP: Whither Kirk or Kurk? Perhaps one day we’ll know the final answer to that as Kurk Jackson (I’m going, as I have consistently gone, with the spelling I was given two seasons prior) finally broke through with a post-season performance that matched the ability level he’d been showing for some time with the Stingrays now. A fixture in AC’s uppers since his freshman year, Jackson had a fourth-place finish at District 1, which, even in this strongest district of the region, isn’t a good recipe to get out to states. No matter, as Jackson knocked off a district champion in the first round, reached the semis and got out by finishing fourth at regions. OK. Good run, thanks for coming by. Nope, Jackson wasn’t done yet, going 2-2 at states and finishing just a win away from the medal stand (losing 3x — in each post-season tournament – to Fleming Island’s Brandyne Mackey), and avenging his region-semi loss at states as well.
2017-18 captain: As Jackson finally had his breakout season this year, I look for Uriah Ford to break out next year. The 182 bracket might have been the most loaded bracket in District 1, as there were nine kids with 20+ wins. Ford’s 0-2 showing there wasn’t typical of he season he had, in which he he started 17-2 and had a 10-match win streak at one point. After taking fourth at Gateway, Ford did rally some, finishing third at 5 Star with a loss only to an eventual state placer, but the district experience was forgettable. However, Jackson lost his first match at districts a year ago, too. So there’s that.
Heaton’s Hero: Sophomore Kevin Thompson had his first year on varsity with the Stingrays, won his very first varsity match, and then had just one contested win until mid-January. However, with the exception of 5 Star, Thompson was in every single event for Atlantic Coast, closing gaps against kids he’d lost to earlier in the year. With the Stingrays not having either a 106 or 113, Thompson was AC’s lightest kid in the lineup and one of its of least-experienced, but he stayed in the sport. For that, we salute Kevin Thompson as the Heaton’s Hero for Atlantic Coast.
Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Thompson (junior, 120, 0-2 at districts); Marco Hunter (senior, 126, 0-2 at districts); Uriah Ford (senior, 182, 0-2 at districts); Jamari Broussard (senior, 195, 1 match from regions). Also: Seth McQuaig (160, senior, did not compete in post-season).