The Season 2016-17: Nease

NEASE

You can see everything I have on the Panthers in 2016-17 here –>  NEASE

Win/loss record: 19-11 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Panthers’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Talk about schedule mattering. There was a time when Nease would schedule light and take a beating in the post-season. Now, the Panthers are all in for a heavy dose of regular-season hard knocks in order to fare well in February. Nease did start off by winning nine of its first 11 duals, but then had three very average finishes at Ridgeview Rumble, Flagler Rotary and Clay’s Rotary, plus a pair of middle-pack duals finishes at Flagler Duals and the St Johns River Conference meet. But that all had a payoff to it, as Nease finished third at District 4, nabbed another top-five effort at Region 1 (fourth overall) and had three state qualifiers, all of them returning in 2017-18. The Panthers have a massive group coming back, just two senior starters leaving. If they can find more bigs, this will be a very competitive team next year.

2016-17 MVP: Sophomore 132 Jacob Satterfield had just one loss between the months of December and February in his first year with the Panthers, winning his first 19 matches, with 17 of those netting maximum points (13 via fall). After taking a loss midway through the St Johns River Conference tournament, Satterfield wouldn’t lose again until states (according to all results I have), pinning his way through the District 4 field with three first-period falls. Satterfield was pushed harder at the Region 1 tournament, with three decisive wins and then a close one in the finals, knocking off a senior and fellow district champ in the final. After losing to an experienced multiple-time qualifier in the first round of states, Satterfield had a solid win on the backside, falling to a 44-win wrestler Friday night in a loaded states bracket.

2017-18 captain: Sophomore 113 Sean Arnold finished the season by establishing himself as the area’s top 2A wrestler at 113, but it did take the entirety of the season to fully establish that. Arnold had two losses at Ridgeview Rumble, but then won 15 matches in a row, with 11 falls during that streak. He did take a few losses to 3A competition (and one 1A loss) that he would not get back, but among 2A kids he pushed himself to the top, overcoming two earlier losses with decision victories in both the District 4 and Region 1 title matches — although both were by one point. Arnold did have an earlier exit than expected at states, losing two matches by a combined total of three points, but put himself in position to be considered a state podium favorite in 2017-18.

Heaton’s Hero: Junior 170 Grayson Suggs was not only the Heaton’s Hero for the Panthers, he was the team hero for his teammates in their dual against Atlantic Coast, as his overtime victory in that dual turned momentum in Nease’s favor. That was, comparatively, pretty early in the season, and things were only going to get tougher, but Suggs hung in there against some really solid kids (I count half a dozen state qualifiers in his list of opponents). Suggs had a tough string matches, with 11 consecutive losses, but didn’t quit, qualifying out for the region tournament. For his continuing efforts at persistence in the face of a great deal of adversity, Grayson Suggs is the Heaton’s Hero for Nease.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Ryan Ward (sophomore, 106, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Arnold (junior, 113, district champ, region champ, 0-2 at states); Gannon Janssen (sophomore, 120, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Tyler Saam (senior, 126, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Satterfield (junior, 132, district champ, region champ, 1-2 at states); Braden Hill (sophomore, 145, 1 match from regions); Tanner Hill (sophomore, 152, district 3rd, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Carson White (senior, 160, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Grayson Suggs (senior, 170, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Jarrod Case (senior, 182, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Nick Thoresen (sophomore, 195, district 3rd, 1 match from states). Also: Brenden Teaman (senior, 120, did not compete in post-season); Jacob Corrales (junior, 132, did not compete in post-season); Thomas Taylor (junior, 132, 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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