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 57th installment for this season, closing out 2A-District 3, is Ed White.
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 Commanders in 2018-19 here –> ED WHITE
Win/loss record: 3-5 in dual meets. We were missing one dual meet for Ed White this year. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Raiders’ performance in IBT events. We were missing, potentially, one roundrobin event for the Commanders.
Season in a nutshell: The Commanders began their season crosstown at conference/district rival Terry Parker’s Arlington Optimist Invitational, finishing 15th in that 16-team event. Ed White next competed in Ridgeview’s two-day Panther Prowl, taking a 3-4 record in that duals tournament. The Commanders were scheduled, even bracketed in, to Valdosta’s Allstate Wildcat Invitational, but none of the Ed Wrestlers competed in that event, scheduled for the weekend before Christmas. Ed White would not take to the mats until after the new year, starting January with an eighth-place finish at Episcopal’s one-day IBT, the Rob Bierbaum. The Commanders next competed at Yulee’s Battle of the Border, where they were 10th out of 11 teams, and finished 10th out of 15 at Gateway, hosted by Sandalwood, mid-month. That would be it for regular-season competition, at least that we received, until Clay’s two-day Rotary IBT, where Ed White was 35th. The Commanders were seventh at the 2A-District 3 traditional tournament and placed 20th at Region 1, with one state qualifier. Ed White could have as many as five wrestlers returning in 2019-20 with post-season or significant regular-season experience, but will have to replace its top leaders and a good amount of its winning talent next season.
* — Individual records not posted due to missing results; get the substantial majority of results in the PDF attachment.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Jorge Ramirez (junior, 132, district 3rd, 0-1 at regions); John Merritt (junior, 170, 1 match from regions); Jaison Patterson (junior, 182, did not participate in post-season traditionals); Jarred Ball (senior, 195, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Larry McCrudy (senior, 220, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Bruce Harting (106, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Carl Otero (160, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); .
2018-19 MVP: May graduate Bruce Harting didn’t start competition for the Commanders until January, but once he did, Harting did enough to represent Ed White at the state tournament. Harting didn’t win any tournaments this year as he had in the past, but he was competitive in all of the ones that mattered leading up to states. He was a finalist at Bierbaum, placed third at Battle of the Border and was a runnerup at Gateway, with a 2-2 weekend at Clay. Harting reached his third tournament final of the season at districts, falling to an eventual state placer, and was 3-2 at regions, with both of his losses coming to the same wrestler. While Harting struggled in Kissimmee, the real success in his career was simply having the chance to get there.
2019-20 captain: A year ago, in this space, we had rising senior Larry McCurdy in the paragraph below this one, and many times that space is highlighting kids who struggled on the mat, but we noticed those struggles and admired their determination. Both, apparently, played in a role in what was a nice turnround for McCurdy this season. After being beaten out of sight in many tournaments as a sophomore, McCurdy stayed at the same weight class, where he won seven of eight and 11 of 13 matches at one point, going 6-1 at Panther Prowl and placing third at Bierbaum. While McCurdy did struggle mid-January, he rallied down the stretch, with a solid 2-2 performance at Clay and placing third at districts after losing to the eventual district and region champ in the semis.
Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising senior Jarred Ball found a lot of struggles while competing in his first full-time starter role in a weight class down from a year ago. Ball did have two wins by forfeit heading into Gateway (one at Kiwanis, the other at Battle of the Border), where he got his first pin. The second one wouldn’t come until later, at the third-place match at districts, where Ball avenged a loss by fall that knocked him out at Gateway. Ball would add another pin at regions the following weekend. It takes a lot of patience, in the face of losses, to keep striving for success at season’s end, but that’s what Jarred Ball did and that’s why he’s the Zander Laurin Warrior for Ed White.
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