The Season 2016-17: Bishop Kenny

BISHOP KENNY

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

Win/loss record: 16-4 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Crusaders’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The Crusaders accepted the mantle of district favorite with distinction this past year, with two of their four dual losses coming by a total of just nine points. After a one-sided loss to open the Flagler Duals, Bishop Kenny came back to finish second in the event, going 8-1 on the weekend a few weeks after a 4-0 start at North Florida Duals. In IBT/roundrobin events, the consistency factor that Kenny has tended to work against it. The Crusaders did have a top 10 at Capital City, finished in the top half at Yulee and was right in the middle of Flagler Rotary. Perhaps their best regular-season finish was at Clay’s Rotary, where Kenny was seventh in a 40-team field, and the Crusaders followed that up with a District 4 performance that left no doubt which team was the three-time defending champs going in. Bishop Kenny added a seventh at Region 1 and a very solid T-17th at 1A states. 2017-18 looks to be more of the same for the Crusaders, with 10 post-season starters returning, three of those state qualifiers, so the future continues to have an optimistic hue. Results in the attached PDF were not always trackable and comparable to what was reported to me, so there are some significant gaps in match-by-match record for a lot of kids.

2016-17 MVP: Junior heavyweight Josiah McCallum established himself as one of the Northeast area’s stronger heavyweights and the top Northeast 285 in Class 1A this past year, with several sizable win streaks to start the season (7 in a row to reach the Capital City semis, then 11 in a row that ran from Capital City up to the start of Flagler Duals, then another nine to close out those duals). Only one non-state qualifier had a win over McCallum this year (a 3A wrestler) and only one 1A wrestler won against him before the post-season (and McCallum got that one back at Region 1). He won his second District 4 title and had only a one-point loss to the eventual state champion in the Region 1 semis en route to taking third place there. At states, McCallum had a pair of falls to get to Saturday night, but couldn’t keep his ride intact in double overtime, falling again by a single point. McCallum will be among the state favorites in Class 1A at heavyweight once again in November.

2017-18 captain: For the third straight year, junior 120 Jack Delaney qualified out for the state tournament for the Crusaders, with a 40+-win season that saw him reach the finals at Capital City, place at Flagler Rotary and also — after losing in the second round to the eventual runnerup — win five matches on the backside to take fourth in Clay’s Rotary event (he was walked over, by 5-match rule, in the third-place match). Delaney also won his second District 4 title, with a pair of pins to roll through to Region 1, where he had his highest finish of his career in taking third. Delaney’s exit from states was quick, as he couldn’t gain revenge in the consis for a loss taken earlier in the year at Flagler Rotary, but a lot of kids would love to have three state tournament qualifications on their resume.

Heaton’s Hero: In a season that saw a fair amount of success, the Crusaders had trouble filling a spot at 182. Junior first-year starter Jimmy Citrano put in solid work there and got out to a nice start (I had him at 8-4 through the Ponte Vedra dual in late January, reported results were different). Things got tougher for Citrano from there, as he took seven losses to close out the season. Citrano did qualify out of District 4 despite this, getting to the Region 1 tournament. Citrano wasn’t at Battle of the Border or Flagler Duals, but returned at a time of season where inexperienced starters — even juniors really get tested. After a pair of 0-2 tournaments, Citrano pressed on, and for that determination, Jimmy Citrano is the Heaton’s Hero for Bishop Kenny.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Reilly Gentges (junior, 113, 1 match from regions); Delaney (senior, 120, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Garrett Tirado (senior, 126, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Jack Donghit (junior, 132, district champ, 2-2 at regions); Andrew Slade (junior, 138, district champ, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Joey Cusick (junior, 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Nick Beenen (senior, 170, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Jimmy Citrano (senior, 182, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); John Alexander (senior, 220, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); McCallum (senior, 285, district champ, region 3rd, state runnerup). Also: Luke Galen (junior, 106, did not compete in post-season); Syrus Bakkar (sophomore, 113, did not compete in post-season); Ryan Bell (junior, 138, did not compete in post-season); Jacob Williams (senior, 145, did not compete in post-season); Esa Farah (junior, 160, 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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