Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2018-19),” because we’re creative like that. Your donation dollars at work, folks.
Teams are being selected on a random basis. Our ninth installment for this season, and first from 1A-District 4, is Bradford.
Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past five seasons.
You can see everything I have on the Tornadoes in 2018-19 here –> BRADFORD
Win/loss record: 1-13 in dual meets (as reported to Matmen). Please review the attached document for a summary of the Tornadoes’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: To borrow from the Chinese phrase, Bradford endured some interesting times this season. The Tornadoes had a coaching change occur mid-season, and we never heard from the new staff that ran the team through the post-season. Bradford was scheduled for a few regular season events that the Tornadoes did not attend; the first one that Bradford did attend was Citrus’ Hurricane Cup Duals, which were the results that we did not get during the months to come (and made oblique mention of that fact on more than one occasion). We did get their Billy Saylor dual results the second week of January (Bradford did not compete in dual team district duals) and the Tornadoes were 14th at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational, their one regular-season IBT at which they competed. Bradford hosted what appeared to have been a seven-team dual event (we got one of the dual results), and was eighth at Gainesville’s Category V Duals to start February. The Tornadoes were sixth at the 1A-District 4 traditional tournament, with one district champion, and tied for 25th at Region 1. Bradford sent four wrestlers to the district tournament, and all of them are eligible to return in 2019-20.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): James Smith (junior, 9-7 at 132, district champ, 1-2 at regions); Dakota Rosier (sophomore, 2-8 at 152, 1 match from regions); Michael McDuffie (senior, 5-12 at 220, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Michael Porchiazzo (junior, 6-8 at 285, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions).
* records based solely upon reported results)
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: None.
2018-19 MVP: Sophomore James Smith had the brightest light in Bradford’s season when he won the District 4 title at 132 pounds for the Tornadoes. Smith took fifth at the Trojan Invitational and won twice by fall at Bishop Kenny to take the district title, with the team’s only contested win at regions.
2019-20 captain: Junior Michael McDuffie (220) was the only Tornado wrestler to appear in all seven events that were reported to Matmen during the course of the regular season; while he had only two contested victories (one at Citrus and one at districts) that were reported in, that consistent presence is something I’d look for in a captain presence.
Heaton’s Hero: It was a limited window that I had to look in on the Tornadoes this season, but it seemed to me, looking back, that sophomore Michael Porchiazzo seemed to be a bit more comfortable this year in the 285-pound weight class. That seemed to be borne out with his performance at districts, in which he won by fall twice after losing by fall in the opening round. That rally back for third at districts is the kind of thing I want to see in this space, and that makes Michael Porchiazzo the Heaton’s Hero for Bradford.
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