The Season 2016-17: Bolles


You can see everything I have on the Bulldogs in 2016-17 here –>  BOLLES

Win/loss record: 4-6 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bulldogs’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Bolles has traditionally struggled to get going in December, what with their usual deep football runs, but it seemed that the campus schedule as a whole didn’t work in the Bulldog program’s favor, as Bolles also didn’t get as much work in as usual in January, with four duals, one smaller IBT and one larger one. In addition, a couple of expected returning starters didn’t come out this year. As a result, by February, there were more than a few starters that had less than 20 matches (by my count, and I have results from all of Bolles’ varsity dates on the schedule; counts submitted to the District 4 host did vary sizably) and a couple that had less than 10. So that’s something to remedy for next year. The Bulldogs did have their usual solid post-season effort, with a second (though not a very close second) at District 4 and a top-10 at Region 1. Where the lack of matches showed was in the lack of a state representative. However, there are 11 post-season starters returning, with eight having at least two years of eligibility left, so that is a positive.

2016-17 MVP: Based on the results I have, senior 160 Caleb Calhoun was the team’s leader in wins this year. The most interesting part of that was “160.” Calhoun started each of the previous three seasons with Bolles at 195, only dropping down to 182 late in the season last year. This year, Calhoun started the year at 182, dropping down to 170 for Westside Kiwanis and then again, to 160, in January beginning with the Rob Bierbaum Invitational at Episcopal, and he stayed there for the rest of the season. Calhoun reached the finals at Bierbaum, losing only to a South Carolina wrestler, and seemed to show no ill effects from the drops, battling against some solid opponents. The runnerup at Bierbaum would be Calhoun’s only podium finish until District 4, though, when he finished second in that event as well. After a three-point loss to the eventual region champ at Clay, Calhoun won twice on the back side to get to Saturday, but came up just short of being able to wrestle for a state berth.

2017-18 captain: Sophomore 145 KJ Fagan didn’t become part of the Bolles lineup until January, due to football needs, but despite just seven weeks to his competitive season, Fagan managed to become the Bulldogs’ only District 4 champion. He had two one-sided wins and then lost by just a point in the finals at Bierbaum, but stumbled to an early exit at Flagler Rotary (two decision losses by a total of three points). He had a better go of it at Clay’s Rotary, reaching the quarters and just missing the podium, but came back with a vengeance two weeks later, with two pins to roll through the 145 bracket. Fagan, also, was a Saturday qualifier at Region 1, with a pair of close losses ending his season (two losses in five points this time). Fagan has two district titles to his credit, and that winning experience will be very valuable for the young group of Bulldogs returning in November.

Heaton’s Hero: Freshman Hunter Dixon got his first experience this season at Westside Kiwanis, going 0-2 there, and then went nearly a month without a match. He did get his first victory at Bierbaum in early January, adding a second win by fall in a Bulldog dual mid-month. That — according to results I have — were Dixon’s only wins in the regular season. It’s not often that wrestlers with that number of contested wins will put together their strongest day in a post-season environment, but that’s what Dixon did, with a very quick fall in the quarterfinals at University Christian (which was enough to ensure his ticket would be punched for regions). For being able to pull everything together in the clutch when it counted after a season of general adversity, Hunter Dixon is the Heaton’s Hero for Bolles.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Josh Bono (sophomore, 106, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Dalton Posick (sophomore, 113, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Chase Commander (sophomore, 120, 1 match from regions); Julian Morris (sophomore, 126, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Hunter Dixon (sophomore, 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Fagan (junior, 145, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Derrick Champine (sophomore, 152, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); CJ Grimes (junior, 170, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); James Omlor (senior, 182, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Yost (senior, 220, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Orlando Heggs (senior, 285, district 4th, did not compete at regions). Also: Jacob Saperstein (junior, 220/285, did not compete in post-season).


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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