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 62nd installment for this season, and eighth from 1A-District 1, is Mosley.
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 Dolphins in 2018-19 here –> MOSLEY
Win/loss record: 11-11 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Dolphins’ performance in IBT events.
Season in a nutshell: Mosley entered the gauntlet early, opening with an appearance at district rival South Walton’s Border Wars VI, where the Dolphins were 19th out of 20 teams in that rugged regular-season intro. The Dolphins then took 20th as a team in Chiles’ 25-team, two-day Capital City Classic the following weekend. From there, Mosley entered duals mode for the remainder of December, tying for third place at the 1A-District 1 dual team tournament. The Dolphins then entered Beast of the Beach the next day, hosted by new district rival Ft Walton Beach, where Mosley placed 14th with a 4-5 record. Between Christmas and New Year’s, the Dolphins entered Pace’s one-day duals tournament, going 1-3. There was little time to rest, though, as Mosley kicked off January with a trip across the state to the Clay County Fairgrounds, where the Dolphins were 15th at Fleming Island’s Keystone Invitational. Mosley then retreated to the Panhandle for the rest of the season, first hosting the Panhandle Championships round-robin on the second weekend of January, finishing fifth out of 13 teams. The Dolphins then took 13th at district rival Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl, wrapping up their regular-season IBT/RR schedule. There was one last tournament, though, as Mosley took second with a 4-1 record at the Bay County Conference duals event on Valentine’s Day. The Dolphins surged past all rivals to win the 1A-District 1 traditional tournament title, following that up with a ninth-place finish at Region 1, with one individual state qualifier, whose two wins were enough to give Mosley a T-45th at the 1A state meet in Kissimmee. The Dolphins could return as many as 11 wrestlers with post-season or significant regular-season experience. If Mosley can grow some of its middles into uppers in 2019-20, the Dolphins could be well-positioned to contend nicely for top-half status, even with the jump up in class to 2A.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2019-20 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Cole Bell (sophomore, 31-29 at 106, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Jaylan Griffin (senior, 21-18 at 132/138, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Jonathan Griffin (senior, 33-22 at 138, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Kaydon Lester (junior, 25-19 at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Logan Gall (senior, 34-25 at 145, district champ, 1 match from states); William Carmichael (senior, 9-7 at 152, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Ashton Freeman (sophomore, 4-11 at 152, did not compete in post-season traditionals); James Hall (junior, 4-11 at 182, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Alexus Heintzelman (senior, 4-5 at 195, district 3rd, 0-2 at regions); Logan Strickland (senior, 5-9 at 220, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Daniel Bockstege (senior, 16-19 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Lonnie Bell (36-24 at 132, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Caleb Ward (31-15 at 160, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Garrison Kovacs (45-12 at 170, district champ, region champ, 1 match from state medal).
2018-19 MVP: May graduate Garrison Kovacs, like many of his teammates, found rough footing at Border Wars and Capital City, but Kovacs did place sixth in the latter tournament, and that sent him on an eight-match win streak that went deep into Beast of the Beach, where he was 8-1 with the only loss to an Alabama wrestler. Kovacs was second at Keystone, going 6-1 that weekend with his lone loss to a 3A state placewinner, and he won both the Panhandle title and first-team honors at Bay County, using both those events as part of a 19-match win streak that also would include District 1 and Region 1 titles. Kovacs max-pointed his way through districts and bonus-pointed his way through regions to lead the Dolphins. At states in Kissimmee, Kovacs didn’t buckle in the face of strong competition, getting to Saturday with two solid decisions, including a first-round win over Somerset Academy, with both of his losses to placers.
2019-20 captain: Rising senior Logan Gall started the year 0-5 — as mentioned above, Border Wars will do that to you easily enough — but then won five of his next six and bonus-pointed his way through the Pace Invitational. While he struggled against the competition found at Keystone and Panhandle at a solid 145 weight class, he found his footing at last in February, winning 11 of 12 matches at one point. Gall earned second-team honors (falling only to a Matmen MVP) at Bay County, but ran the table at districts for Mosley’s other individual title. Gall then got to the semifinals at Region 1, and lost by fall in the blood round to a senior. He’ll be a strong challenger for a 2A state appearance in 2019-20.
Zander Laurin Warrior: When a team wins a district title, it’s not just the stars that make it happen. It’s the kids who made big sacrifices to make the team win possible that you look to. There were three kids that had not made lots of appearances during the season that can be pointed to on this front, but in terms of sacrifice, rising junior James Hall made the biggest one. Hall competed almost exclusively at 160 during the year, but jumped up two weight classes to fill in for the Dolphins at 182, and secured his space in the region tournament — with all the team and advancement points accruing as a result — with a pigtail win by fall in his first match at the new weight. For sacrifices made to advance team goals, James Hall is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Mosley.
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