The Season 2016-17: Mosley

MOSLEY

You can see everything I have on the Dolphins in 2016-17 here –>  MOSLEY

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Had everyone been able to stay in the Dolphins’ lineup from the beginning of the season to the end, this would have been a nice solid team in the post-season, but multiple starters in December did not make it all the way through to February, and that limited Mosley’s options. There were half a dozen solid kids in the lineup (not all of whom were in the lineup at the same time through January and February), but otherwise the Dolphins were giving up quite a few forfeits, which made winning duals tough. Mosley got caught up in the combined-team mix of the Gulf Coast Slam, but we couldn’t backwards-count performances as we were able to with other teams, because the records as reported to the district host didn’t exactly mesh with what we had on paper, with or without the Slam. If several of the wrestlers that didn’t wrestle post-season come back, it’ll be a decent mix returning, but if not, there may be lots of holes to fill next year.

2016-17 MVP: When he was in the lineup, which was the case for most of the year until the very end, senior Dalton Childs was unquestionably Mosley’s best wrestler. A 2016 state qualifier, Childs flirted with 30+ wins (I had him with 30, not including the Slam) this year, and while he was 7-6 at one point, Childs did go 14-1 immediately after that point, not losing until the finals at Yulee’s Battle on the Border. At some point between Bay County and season’s end, however, Childs was injured enough that he couldn’t complete a full set of duals at Wakulla, and didn’t compete in the post-season, which is always tough for seniors.

2017-18 captain: While it’s tough to be sure how many more wins Jarred Pitts had than his senior teammate, Pitts clearly emerged as the heir apparent for Childs’ role this year. Like Childs, Pitts got off to a slow start, even under .500 at one point in December (6-8), but he then won 14 of his next 16 matches to assure a 20-win season, going over the 30 mark for sure during the post-season (perhaps sooner, Slam results notwithstanding). I feel as though Pitts — who was two wins from the state tournament after finishing second at district — should have a state run in him in 2018.

Heaton’s Hero: As one of the few wrestlers that finished the year and still struggled to find wins, sophomore Lonnie Bell had more than a couple of occasions where he found success in 2016-17, with contested falls against a state qualifier early, as well as pins over the holiday season. Bell dropped to 126 in January from his starting weight of 132, then bounced upward to 138 for February’s action, and wrestling at 138 was a tough hill to climb, as every match ended in a loss by fall. But Bell stayed in the lineup from beginning to end of the season, and kept charging. For that, Lonnie Bell is the Heaton’s Hero for Mosley.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Bell (junior, 138, 0-2 at districts); Pitts (senior, 160, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Brandon Jackson (junior, 220, district runnerup, 1 match from state meet). Also: Austin Yon (junior, 113, did not compete in post-season); Gavin Krisko (senior, 120, did not compete in post-season); Garrison Kovacs (junior, 152, did not compete in post-season); Nick O’Brien (junior, 195, 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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