The Season 2016-17: Bozeman

BOZEMAN

You can see everything I have on the Bucks in 2016-17 here –>  BOZEMAN

Win/loss record: Unknown in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Bucks’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: We only received partial results for Bozeman from Gulf Coast Slam, but I’m seeing at least eight dual wins on the season for the Bucks. Bozeman had a tough start in its dual season, going 1-7 at Beast of the Beach, a record that held up until Bay County, where the Bucks finished third with a 3-2 mark. Bozeman also was 4-4 at North Bay Haven’s two-day Bash duals event. In the regular season, round-robin tournaments were also a bit tough for the Bucks to compete in, as they finished at or near the bottom of two of them, with a middle-pack finish at Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl. However, with just eight wrestlers in the lineup, and no district champions, Bozeman pulled together a runnerup showing at District 1, its strongest event showing of the 2016-17 season. Things got tougher for the Bucks at Clay for the Region 1 tournament, as only three wrestlers were able to move into the second day of competition (one of them returning). If Bozeman can consistently fill some more weights, they should improve on this year’s results, but being able to consistently fill weights was the most difficult challenge Bozeman faced this season.

2016-17 MVP: Junior 120 Douglas Hanson was one of Bozeman’s most consistent presences in the lineup in 2016-17. Hanson was second at the Seminole Wrestling Classic, winning 10 matches in a row at one point to carry a 12-1 record. Gator Brawl was a tougher weekend for him, an event in which he took three losses over the course of the two-day round-robin, but after that Hanson won nine matches in succession. Hanson would pull together another seven in a row in early February, but things got tougher from there, as he took a loss by injury default in the District 1 final, and that might have derailed his chances of getting out to states the following weekend. Hanson did get to the second day of Region 1, and at least this coming year he’ll be the only Bozeman wrestler who did so. As a sophomore, he was one match away from states, so if he can remain healthy in 2017-18, he’s got a shot at going to Kissimmee.

2017-18 captain: Another solid presence in the Bucks’ middle of the lineup — where he was often the only wrestler in the lineup between 132 and 152 — was junior 138 Triston Tiller. Tiller had a six-match win streak during Beast of the Beach, and after a subpar Beast of the Beach event — at least from his standpoint — Tiller had three bonus wins in a row, and five of six, to reach the top four at Gator Brawl, but then took an injury-default loss in the semis, and had only partial appearances at Bay County and Gulf Coast Slam. He took a second injury-default loss at North Bay Haven Bash, but later got that loss back. A loss in the District 1 semis sent Tiller to the consis at Wewahitchka, but he had two quick falls (both in under a minute) to finish third there, with losses to either Matmen team captains or MVPs in the first day of regions on Friday at Clay.

Heaton’s Hero: At almost every point of the 2016-17 season, Bozeman starting 113 Wylie DeBarr was giving up at least two years in age to every other competitor he faced last year, and from a confidence standpoint, that’s a very difficult thing to overcome. But, other than one day of the North Bay Haven Bash, DeBarr, a 7th-grader this past year, was a consistent presence in the Bozeman lineup after getting a few matches in as a sixth-grader in 2015-16. DeBarr had a solid start and finish to his season. It was just the middle of January that was largely forgettable, as DeBarr was on the good side of .500 just before the Bucks traveled to the Atlantic coast for Yulee’s Battle on the Border. That stretch began in the first full weekend of January and continued through Bay County, closer to the end, but DeBarr didn’t give up, even getting out to regions. For that persistence, Wylie DeBarr is the Heaton’s Hero for Bozeman.

Projected returning starters for 2017-18 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): DeBarr (8th grade, 113, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Hanson (senior, 120, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Brian Zerr (junior, 126, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Tiller (senior, 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Geovanny Toscano (sophomore, 195, district 4th, did not compete at regions); Joey Delarosa (senior, 285, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions). Also: Justin Johnson (7th grade, 106, did not compete in post-season); Matthew Green (senior, 132, did not compete in post-season); Trey Elmore (junior, 145, did not compete in post-season); Caleb Ward (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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