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 fourth installment from 2A-District 4, and 32nd overall, is Paxon.
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 Golden Eagles in 2018-19 here –> PAXON
Win/loss record: 0-11 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Yellow Jackets’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: This is going to be difficult for me to run through without putting my opinion on this, but the Duval County Golden Eagles did not leave Jacksonville during its run of competition this year. Paxon was 14th at Terry Parker’s Arlington Optimist Invitational the first weekend of December, then was off the mats until mid-January for a pair of midweek duals against its scholastic rivals in the city. Next up was Gateway, where the Golden Eagles were 15th, and the season wrapup was at Parker Duals in the final weekend of January, where only three kids suited up for the first day and just one for the second day. Paxon did not compete in the FHSAA post-season series, duals or traditional.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Logan Holman (sophomore, 4-11 at 145, did not compete in post-season traditionals).
The awards and the concerns: I just don’t have enough of a sample size on the Paxon kids to know which is their MVP, which is their captain, etc. Yes, I didn’t think Paxon should have been assigned to this district when it was, but they were and their kids should have gotten a chance to compete (I don’t know what the circumstances were for them not competing; quite frankly, I don’t care). Those kids should have gotten a chance to be on the mat and put it on the line. I remember being really quite upset, when 2A-District 4 started competing and I got wind on the grapevine that Paxon didn’t show, that they didn’t send anyone. Look, I know as well as anyone not inside the building can how hard it is to simply compete in a sport at a school like Paxon (my own kid faced similar struggles for four years). But if the school isn’t even going to make sure that it affords its wrestling kids a chance at a post-season — something it offers in every other sport — it should consider (and I hate to say this) dropping the program, or it should allow its kids to wrestle for another team. Kids like Logan Holman, the only kid that wrestled the full set of competition he was allowed to face this past year. Logan Holman deserved better than this.
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