North Florida Matmen staff report
ALLEN, TX — There was collegiate wrestling last weekend.
Both the NCWA and NAIA national tournaments were staged last weekend, with four Matmen-area #NextLevel alumni competing.
Leading the way in the NCWA finals was Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16), who took third at 133 for Central Florida.
After a bye into the round of 32, Trinh pinned James Madison’s Nikolas Vargas in 6:12 after building a 5-0 lead. Trinh then reached the quarters with an 8-1 decision over Grand Valley State’s Joey Murphy, and took a mid-third period escape to push past Liberty’s Charles Hudson, 3-2, to get to the semis.
In that round, East Carolina’s Wesley Hollingsworth survived two stall hits and used riding time built up in the first two periods to secure a 4-3 win over Trinh.
The consi semis saw Trinh pick up a takedown 20 seconds into sudden victory, after being able to force overtime behind riding time, for a 5-3 win over Big Bend CC’s Cade Cox. Trinh got Hudson in the rematch, parlaying three takedowns — two of them coming in the third period — for a 9-4 decision for third place.
The University of Florida’s Nicholas Vugman (Bartram Trail ’19) was one match short of placing at 141, with a round of 32 tech fall over UNLV’s Andres Garcia (16-0 in 5:36), with a 9-8 loss in the round of 16, with riding time in the third the difference. On the back, Vugman pinned Connecticut’s Derek Vincelette (1:48) and Akron’s Ryan Matthews (6:36) before falling to Penn State-Mont Alto’s Jack Coulston, 14-3.
At 184, Florida A&M’s Isaiah McNealy (Ridgeview ’12) was 1-2 in the tournament, with a front-side loss by fall to Cal Poly WC’s Jared Larsen (4:29) in the round of 32. McNealy then won by forfeit in his first consi match, but then lost by injury-default in the third round of consis to Schreiner’s Connor Wood.
NAIA: At Park City KS, the only local wrestler to compete in the tournament was Keiser’s Xaiver Sampsel (Fleming Island ’16), who took two tough losses as his team’s lone representative in the tournament. Sampsel lost on the front side to West Virginia Tech’s Logan Robertson, 5-4, and then took an 8-6 loss in sudden victory to York (NE)’s Pierce Medeiros in consi round 2.
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