The Season 2016-17: Godby

GODBY

You can see everything I have on the Cougars in 2016-17 here –>  GODBY

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets (we didn’t get results from Godby’s home triangular on February 2). Please review the attached document for a summary of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: In recent history, Godby’s been a team with its biggest strengths in the upper weights, and this year, was no different, with no 113 or 120 all season, a 106 in only limited duty, and no consistent presence at two of three weights between 152 and 170. From 182 on up, though, the Cougars had some good — if not necessarily technique-laden — athletes that really put some things together toward the end of the season. The result was four dual wins in the final event of the season and a decent middle-pack effort at Region 1. If Godby can find some lowers and their middles continue to grow and improve in 2017-18, the Cougars could make a solid push for a top-three district spot. The only downside of having a number of good uppers to plug and play (six) was that there’s only four spots in which to plug them in to the lineup. With two 285s graduating, that might sort itself out a bit.

2016-17 MVP: Senior 285 Devon Neely had a part-time role along with fellow senior James Williams throughout the season, but had shown in his matches that he was a tough out, with three of his six in-season losses (that I have) coming via injury default and the others against some exceptionally solid competition. Neely was the Cougars’ only finalist at District 2, and then had a deep run at Clay for Region 1, with one loss coming against the eventual state finalist and another against a competitor who was one match short of a state medal. Only one other Godby wrestler got as far as Neely in the region tournament, and that was…

2017-18 captain: Sophomore JaTyren Walker had a steep learning curve this past year, having to get used to varsity competition in a big hurry. It was a slow start for Walker, who was 5-12 at one point while wrestling at 220. After his drop to 195, he still had to face several tough 195s and occasionally wrestle up against tough 220s as well. Probably no wrestler that was one match away from the state tournament had as many losses — a lot of them very tough losses — as Walker, but Walker went 3-1 with an eventual state medalist in the third-place match at District 2 and then took both of his losses at Region 1 match against another state medalist. Battle-tested? Yep, Walker qualifies.

Heaton’s Hero: Girls that have to compete up against middleweight boys often are having to overcome significant strength and experience disadvantages. That’s why, in a rare instance, I’m going to go with two Heroes, in Naomy Vega (132) and Micaela King (138). Vega had just one contested win (that I have) and that was agains a teammate, while King didn’t have any (again, in the matches that I have). I have 30 losses for Vega, most of those via fall, with 20 for King. Vega started the season in the varsity lineup, and both were in the lineup for districts, despite not a lot of success. For their determination, Naomy Vega and Micaela King are the Heaton’s Heroes for Godby.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Vega (senior, 132, 1 match from regions); King (senior, 138, 1 match from regions); Zach Godwin (senior, 145, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Quentavius Smith (senior, 152, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Walker (junior, 195, district 4th, 1 match from states); Ryan Kirby (junior, 220, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions). Also: Marquise Cooper (sophomore, 126, did not compete in post-season); Jacob Jackson (sophomore, 182, did not compete in post-season); Marcus Jeffery (sophomore, 182, did not compete in post-season); Keoni Brown (senior, 195, did not compete in post-season); Joshua Yarborough (sophomore, 285, 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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