#NextLevel: November 17

MIAMI GARDENS — Big points at the start of Wednesday night’s dual propelled visiting Southeastern to a 29-18 Mid-South Conference win over St Thomas University.

The Fire (3-0) in duals got out to a 12-0 start behind pins at 174 and 184; after St Thomas closed to 12-9, Southeastern pushed that lead back out to 23-9, behind a fall at 125 and tech at 133, and never trailed again.

Ethan Gustilo

Two Matmen-area alumni made appearances in the teams’ starting lineups. For the Fire, sophomore Ethan Gustilo (Oakleaf ’18) started at 141, where he lost to former South Dade standout Tyler Khawly-Orta in an 11-5 decision.

St Thomas freshman DJ Perez (West Orange ’21; no headshot available from school) started for the Bobcats at 125, losing by fall to SEU’s Trevor Borom (pin in 4:59).

Southeastern and St Thomas will reconvene on Saturday, this time at the Life University Open in Marietta, GA.

Simpson 24, Iowa Wesleyan 19: At Mt Pleasant IA, the visitors (1-2 in duals) came in to take the road victory behind four wins in five weight classes from 157 through 197.

Josh Bower

One of the Storm’s starters was junior Josh Bower (Matanzas ’19), who checked in at 149 for one of the more explosive matches of the night before falling to IWU’s Brent Ward, 17-10.

Simpson will be traveling to Cedar Rapids, IA, for Coe’s Turkey Open on Saturday.

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