The Season 2016-17: Wolfson

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You can see everything I have on the Wolfpack in 2016-17 here –>  WOLFSON

Win/loss record: 17-7 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Wolfpack’s performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: We talk about wrestlers making improvements. No team improved its place in the wrestling community over the last, essentially, two years than Wolfson has. Even last year, the Wolfpack had very few kids that would start on most teams. This year, that might only be true of the elite group of clubs, as Wolfson pulled together a 17-7 dual season that saw the Wolfpack win its last nine duals and 16 of their last 18 after a 1-5 start. How competitive their schedule was, with just one IBT and only one trip further away than St. Augustine, certainly is an open question, but clearly from a “gotta walk before you run” standpoint, the Wolfpack are walking quite fast. And, with just two senior starters (one of them part-time, who did not compete in the post-season) leaving the team this year, Wolfson might be ready to upgrade to jog quite soon, maybe faster if it upgrades its schedule.

2016-17 MVP: Junior heavyweight Ronald Brunson will be looking to take his turn atop the Gateway Conference heavy scene in 2017-18, after running through the first seven weeks of the season with an undefeated record. His first match that went six minutes came at Army Duals in mid-January, with a major decision there. The first one that didn’t result in at least one bonus point came in a midweek dual between Army Duals and Gateway. There, in the Gateway finals, Brunson wound up just a takedown short against another eventual team MVP, falling 2-1 in his first loss of the season. That would be his last appearance (Wolfson only had one date in between Gateway and District 4) before the post-season, where another 2-1 loss against another team MVP kept him from a district title. Like many of his teammates, Brunson had his toughest tournament at regions. He did make it to Saturday, but took his first losses by fall during the course of the tournament. Have to think he’ll be Wolfson’s next state qualifier since he understudied for Dee Harris as a freshman back in 2015.

2017-18 captain: Junior 220 Keethan Seay made a name for himself by qualifying out to regions last year as a sophomore. This year, his resume more nearly matched that of a solid region qualifier. Seay won six matches in a row, after a 2-2 start, and it was taking a wrestler in or around the area’s 10 best to beat him after that streak during the regular season. Seay had one advantage that Brunson did not, and that was fewer forfeits, as Seay collected 17 pins during the course of the season. While he seemed to flourish in a duals environment, IBTs were a bit more complicated, as he took fourth at both Gateway and District 4, losing his opening match at Gateway. Seay did have some success at Region 1, knocking off the District 1 champion in the first round and making it out to Saturday.

Heaton’s Hero: In a season where most of the Wolfpack starters finished with better than a .500 record, sophomore Gavin Carter didn’t get so many of the forfeits as did a couple of his light teammates (just four). Carter struggled early, with a 1-7 start and all seven of those losses by fall. After that start, though, Carter was 11-9, winning five of six matches at one point, and won his first match at districts in order to ensure that he would get out of the District 4 meet. Carter also won a match at Clay’s Region 1 tournament in his final weekend of the season. Although Carter didn’t have as much success in terms of wins and losses as his teammates, his persistence makes him the Heaton’s Hero for Wolfson.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Aries Fahnbulleh (junior, 113, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Keayon Gray (junior, 120, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Gavin Carter (junior, 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Cameron Frison (sophomore, 145, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Clyde Holland (sophomore, 170, 1 match from regions); Seay (senior, 220, district 4th, 2-2 at regions); Brunson (senior, 285, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions). Also: Hector Rosado (junior, 120, did not compete in post-season); Bryan Ward (senior, 160, did not compete in post-season); Steven Ho (junior, 170, 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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