Next Level Note 11/11

Happy Armistice Day — Veterans’ Day, to the kids out there. If you can read this, thank a veteran. And a teacher.

Not a lot of Next Level activity, as I surfed around the college Intranet last night — only two local wrestlers saw action at six different events, though the possibility of a third is out there.

Leading the charge on Saturday was Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) freshman Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13), who was 2-2 for the Trojans — his first wins as a college wrestler — at Saturday’s Knox College Invitational in Galesburg, Illinois, located just 45 minutes south from my old stomping grounds.

McClinton won his first two matches of the day by pin and technical fall while competing in the 141-pound weight class. However, he lost by fall in the quarterfinals to the eventual weight-class runnerup, and then lost by decision to fall short of a medal. Both of McClinton’s losses were to Division III wrestlers.

McClinton (2-3 for the season) and the Trojans will swing back into action on Thursday night with a road dual at Truman State University.

The only other @NEFloridaMatmen wrestler to see action on Saturday — that I have been able to find — was Coker College freshman Robert Parland (University Christian ’13), who was 0-2 for the Cobras in Saturday’s UNC-Pembroke Classic. Parland was paired with the top seed in the 197-pound weight class and went the full seven minutes, falling 8-2, and then lost a second time in the wrestlebacks, this time by a 3-2 decision. For the season, Parland is 2-4.

There were no local appearances from Josh Fox (University Christian ’12/Ohio State), Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13/Indiana Tech) or Victor Espana (Fleming Island ’13/Edinboro) at Saturday’s Michigan State Open that I was able to see in reviewing the results. Additionally, I was not able to find an appearance at UNC-Pembroke for Shane Carpenter (Creekside ’13/Coker), or at Washington & Jefferson for Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10/Washington & Lee), or at Loras for Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13/Iowa Western CC).

Perhaps it’s a time zone-difference thing, but Bacone College — where, hopefully, Frank Giordano (Ponte Vedra ’13) is wrestling — is a little slow with their website updating. Bacone competed at the Mustang Duals against three different opponents on Saturday, but no results are as yet available. We’ll update this when that changes.

It’s a busy week ahead, though, for #NextLevel wrestlers. We may see a season-opening appearance for Igel on Wednesday night, as Washington & Lee travels to Ferrum for an away dual. On Friday, Ohio State hosts NAIA’s top-ranked team, Notre Dame (OH). Saturday marks the season-opening competition for Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13/North Central IL) at the Trine University Open, while Edinboro travels to Virginia Tech, Washington & Lee hosts Manchester, Indiana Tech competes at the Eastern Michigan Duals, and Iowa Western will be at the Iowa State Open. Finally, on Sunday, Coker will be at the North Carolina State Open and Bacone travels to the Southwest Open.

If you know of a wrestler competing at the club or university level that isn’t mentioned here, let us know!

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