#TheSeason2019-20: Bishop Kenny

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The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.

We are well into our third round of random selections from the 11 districts, plus our independent teams. Our 31st team overall and third team out of 1A-District 3 is Bishop Kenny.

BISHOP KENNY

You can see everything I have on the Crusaders in 2019-20 here –>  BISHOP KENNY

Win/loss record: 15-9 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Crusaders’ performance in IBT events.

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Season in a nutshell: After beginning the season with a midweek dual win on December 4, Bishop Kenny went to new region rival Ridgeview for its two-day duals tournament on the 6th and 7th, as the Crusaders placed second with a 6-1 weekend record. Next, they made their annual trip to Tallahassee for the Capital City Classic on the 13th and 14th, placing 19th out of 28 teams at that two-day IBT. Kenny’s third weekend of the season was at district rival Yulee’s two-day duals tournament, as the Crusaders were 4-4 on the the 20th and 21st. After the holidays, Bishop Kenny next hosted the 1A-District 3 dual team tournament on January 6, taking second and qualifying for the Region 1 quarterfinals. The Crusaders then went back to Yulee for the two-day Joe Bees Memorial Battle of the Border, where they were sixth out of 16 teams on the 10th and 11th. After a midweek dual and Region 1 quarterfinal appearance, Bishop Kenny then swept a midweek tri meet on the 22nd and took dual losses on the 24th and 29th. From there, it was all traditionals for the Crusaders, as they wrapped the regular season with a 31st-place finish at the Flagler Rotary on February 1 and a 25th at Clay Rotary on the 7th and 8th. Bishop Kenny repeated its runnerup performance in the District 3 traditional tournament, finishing ninth at Region 1 at Wakulla, where it sent three wrestlers to states. At the Silver Spurs Arena, the Crusaders were T-53rd as a team. While Bishop Kenny will graduate four post-season starters from this past year’s team, the Crusaders can call upon as many as nine post-season or key regular-season starters (maybe even as many as 11, as you’ll see below), with just one known senior coming back. With off-season work, Bishop Kenny will be a tough out next year.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Allan Bustos (junior, 17-17 at 106, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Ryan Mayer (senior, 35-15 at 113, district runnerup, region 4th, 1-2 at states); Jack Raynor (sophomore, 10-18, 1 match from regions); Sebastian Deara (junior, 32-17 at 126, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Roberto Cuartero (sophomore, 33-16 at 138, district runnerup, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); Barrie Snyder (sophomore, 3-12 at 152, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Paul Barakat (junior, 8-26 at 170, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Michael Bagan (junior, 10-16 at 182, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Adrian Rodriguez (sophomore, 10-21 at 182, did not compete in post-season traditionals); .

Potential key returners: Collin Hearn (year in school not published on Track or in tournaments, 8-9 at 138/145, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Kevin Thallemer (year in school not published on Track or in tournaments, 15-17 at 220, district 4th, 2-2 at regions).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Brock Hinson (23-15 at 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Daniel Maher (17-12 at 145, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Carter Wood (23-19 at 160, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Curtis Leggett (23-17 at 285, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions).

2019-20 MVP: For anybody who isn’t particularly thrilled about being a Heaton’s Hero, consider the case of Crusader junior Ryan Mayer. As the BKHS Heaton’s Hero in 2018, Mayer had just one contested victory that season. In just two years afterward, now a junior, Mayer was the team leader in victories (35), with the 35th win good for the Crusaders’ lone point at states. Mayer was 6-1 at Panther Prowl and was one match short of placing at Capital City Classic. Mayer was 7-1 at Yulee Duals, with his only loss to a Georgia state finalist, and had a 16-2 run between that event and Flagler Rotary. In the district traditional tournament, Mayer lost only to a state placer in the final, and lost twice — to just one wrestler at Region 1. Mayer could well be a podium threat in 2020-21.

2020-21 captain: Sophomore Sebastian Deara has acquired a fair amount of success after seeing just four varsity matches in his freshman year, going from that lack of opportunity to a state appearanace of his own in 2019-20. Deara was 5-2 at Panther Prowl and 7-1 at Yulee Duals, with a fourth at Joe Bees Memorial. Deara then was one match short of placing with a 4-2 tournament at Clay Rotary, losing to just one wrestler and eventual state qualifier. In qualifying for states, Deara reached the district final, and won four times — three on the back — at Region 1, losing only to one wrestler. Deara will have two more shots at states, with a good chance to make podium as well before it’s all over.

Zander Laurin Warrior: Sophomore Paul Barakat had to wait nearly two months into the competitive season before he got his first contested victory, with five forfeit wins in his first 24 matches. During that stretch, just one of those losses ended after a full six minutes. But Barakat — who’s had older relatives be a part of the Kenny program — kept battling for his team, and although seven of his last eight matches wound up ending in losses by fall, the eighth was a decision victory against a multiple-year starter in the consi side of the District 3 traditional bracket, extending Barakat’s season by another week. By refusing to give up in the face of on-the-mat adversity, Paul Barakat is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Bishop Kenny.

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