The Season 2016-17: Bishop Snyder

BISHOP SNYDER

You can see everything I have on the Cardinals in 2016-17 here –>  BISHOP SNYDER

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets (we didn’t get results from three Bishop Snyder duals at Ed White in mid-January). Please review the attached document for a summary of the Cardinals’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: A year ago, Bishop Snyder was just struggling to find numbers, having no more than four or five kids in the lineup at any particular moment. Finding bigs this year was still difficult for the Cardinals to do, but through 152, at least, there was a regular lineup in place with wrestlers consistently appearing, so that was significant progress, and that progress was reflected in December’s dual results, in which Snyder defeated Baker County and First Coast. But depth was still an issue, and that was reflected in the Cardinals’ January dual results when kids started getting dinged up. Definitely progress was made this season, and that’s a good thing, and more progress can be made with some off-season work.

2016-17 MVP: Track still lists him as a junior (it did last year as well), but I’m pretty sure that Brenden Bizier wrapped up his high school career with the Cardinals at the Region 1 tournament. Bizier was the last link to the district-champion team that was fielded by Bishop Snyder in 2013-14. Through mid-January, Bizier was off to a slow start, but down the stretch he started picking up the pace, with two front-side wins at Clay Rotary, a finals appearance at District 1, and the deepest appearance Bishop Snyder had at Clay for Region 1, getting to Saturday, where he lost to a 2016 state qualifier. Bizier was a steady presence in the Cardinals’ lineup and I’m sure was instrumental in helping bring new kids into the wrestling room.

2017-18 captain: With Bizier moving on to graduation, the lineup will now entirely consist of kids who made their first varsity starts in the previous two seasons. One first-year wrestler that will be looking to take on a leadership role could be junior Hunter Chaney, who was in the lineup for most of the Cardinals’ dates this year (although not for Commander Duals or Clay). The season did kind of wear a bit for Chaney, who lost by fall to two opponents he’d beaten by fall earlier in the season. Part of that is an experience gap that all first-year varsity starters have to overcome.

Heaton’s Hero: I don’t have all of Thomas Graden‘s results from Commander Duals, so if he had a contested win there and I just don’t have it, I apologize. But in the results I have, Graden had just one contested win — that coming via disqualification in late January. But Graden started the year as a starter at North Florida Duals — wrestling a weight up from where he would eventually land, and occasionally two weights up — and finished the year in the post-season, with appearances at every event in between, despite not much success. For that determination, Thomas Graden is the Heaton’s Hero for Bishop Snyder.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Elijah Bishop (junior, 106, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Jeffrey Prosser (sophomore, 113, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); JP Villanueva (junior, 120, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); James Baker (sophomore, 132, 1 match from regions); John Bokros (junior, 145, 1 match from regions); Thomas Graden (junior, 152, 1 match from regions); Hunter Chaney (senior, 170, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Mark Morante (junior, 220, 1 match from regions). Also: Pedro Velez (sophomore, 138, did not compete in post-season); Trey Jeager (sophomore, 152, 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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