#TheSeason2018-19: Robert E Lee

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 59th installment for this season, closing out 3A-District 1, is Robert E. Lee.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past five seasons.

ROBERT E LEE

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You can see everything I have on the Generals in 2018-19 here –>  ROBERT E LEE

Win/loss record: 10-7 in dual meets reported to Matmen. We were missing a season-ending dual against Baldwin. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Generals’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The Generals began their season on the first weekend of December with a visit to conference rival Terry Parker for the Arlington Optimist two-day IBT, where Lee placed fifth out of 15 teams. Lee stayed in IBT format the following weekend, taking 15th at the 25-team, two-day Capital City Classic, hosted by Chiles. That was it for December for the Generals, but they kicked off January with a T-8th finish at district rival Fleming Island’s Keystone Invitational. Lee had their first duals of the season in the second week of the new year, going 0-2 at the 3A-District 1 dual team tournament and then finishing 4-3 at Parker’s USMC Duals later in the weekend. The Generals took fifth place as a team at Gateway, hosted by Sandalwood, mid-month, then went off the tournament trail for a couple of weekends, returning for the Flagler Rotary, where Lee was 19th at that two-day, 25-team IBT. Lee then finished 26th out of 37 teams the following weekend at Clay’s two-day Rotary IBT. The Generals were eighth at the 3A-District 1 traditional tournament, T-19th at Region 1, with one state qualifier, and wrapped up the season T-56th at the state tournament in Kissimmee. Lee lost just two starting seniors from the lineup and can return as many as 14 wrestlers with either post-season or significant regular-season experience, with a couple more kids right on the doorstep. What off-season work Lee did this summer could determine whether what is still a young group, mostly, moves up to challenge for top-half honors in district competition.

* — No individual records listed in the next paragraph due to missing result. The attached document will run down nearly every result for every Lee wrestler that saw a varsity match in 2018-19.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Shawn Butler (junior, 106, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Donovan White (sophomore, 113, 1 match from regions); Gregory Mitchell (junior, 126, 0-2 at districts); Javaughn Johnson (sophomore, 132, 0-2 at districts); Jonathon Wilson (senior, 132, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Ty’Juan Jones (junior, 138, 1 match from regions); Ahmahd Denmark (junior, 152, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Savion Johnson (junior, 160, 1 match from regions); Vincente Waugh (senior, 152/160/170, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Easton Bruce (junior, 170, 1 match from regions); Zachary Morton (sophomore, 182, 0-2 at districts); Craig Harper (junior, 220, 0-2 at districts); Jaden Barger (junior, 220, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Edward Peterson (senior, 285, 0-2 at districts).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Nicholas Gilson (145, 1 match from regions); Christopher Telusma (195, district 3rd, region 4th, 1 match from state medal).

2018-19 MVP: It seemed like there was around a 10-win gap between what I had and what Lee reported for May graduate Christopher Telusma, but, either way, he was clearly the Generals’ best wrestler in 2018-19, and showed it every week in what was a very strong weight class locally, as three wrestlers from the district at 195 wound up making it out to states and finished in the top eight. Telusma won the Optimist title and reached the finals at Capital City; he also finished in the top six at Keystone. He then won 20 matches in a row, starting at Keystone in a streak that included a Gateway title and extended until his first match at Flagler, where he fell in overtime, but came back to place fifth. Telusma added a sixth at Clay, and then got out to states with a third at districts and fourth at regions. After falling to the eventual state champion in the first round at Kissimmee, Telusma got back to Saturday with a pair of decisions, but then fell in the blood round. He’s been a model of consistency in his years with the Generals, wrestling 195 every year.

2019-20 captain: Rising junior Ahmahd Denmark took some lumps at 160 and 170 in December and early January for the Generals, losing six in a row at Keystone and heading into early January at 4-10. But, from there, he won 15 of his next 17, going 5-2 at USMC Duals and, after dropping down to 152, a Gateway title. Denmark was 2-2 at Flagler and 3-2 at Clay after that, but matched Telusma’s third-place finish at districts, Lee’s top individual effort. He couldn’t join Telusma at states, with a 2-2 Region 1 tournament, however. Denmark’s fire and energy are going to be invaluable for a Lee squad that has a lot of sophomores and juniors returning.

Zander Laurin Warrior: Rising sophomore Zachary Morton bounced around in weight class quite a bit in his freshman season, and, like a lot of upper weights, found rough footing at either 170 or 182 (he also won a match by forfeit at 195). His first appearance was at Keystone, where he was 4-3 in the tournament. That would be where nearly half of his registered victories that we had would be picked up. Morton struggled more at USMC Duals, and, after team duals, didn’t pick up another contested victory until a midweek fall in between Gateway and Flagler, and that would be the last one in the season. Down the stretch, Morton continued to struggle, winning just three of his last 15 matches, but he stayed in the lineup and continued to work for points, and that persistence made Zachary Morton the Zander Laurin Warrior for Robert E. Lee.

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