Here’s a roundup of Sunday’s #NextLevel college-tournament appearances:
Slade Watkins (U of Mt Olive: Wakulla ’20): Was 2-1 and placed third in the Star City Classic in Roanoke, VA, competing at 197 pounds. After a bye into the quarters, Watkins decisioned the hosts’ Jackson Shumate, 3-1, to get to the semis, where he lost by a 7-6 decision to Apprentice’s Caleb Hartung, the eventual runnerup. After trailing for most of the third-place match against University of the Ozarks’ Cruz Partain, Watkins got a third-period takedown and forced a late stalling point to secure a 3-2 decision for third.
Kris Smith (Apprentice; St Augustine ’16): Was 2-2 and placed fourth in the Star City Classic in Roanoke, VA, competing at 125. After a bye into the qauarters, Smith majored the hosts’ Walker Chambers, 21-10, but then lost by fall (4:54) to eventual champion Nathan Rankin of University of the Ozarks. In the third-place match, Smith took an 8-1 loss at the hands of former Freedom-ORL wrestler Lens Mathurin, now at Mt Olive.
Dalton Huckelberry (Roanoke; Clay ’21): Was 1-3 and placed eighth at the Star City Classic, competing at 141. Huckelberry began his tournament with a third-period fall over Ferrum’s Jonathan Ward (6:59), but then lost by fall (4:26) to eventual fourth and unattached wrestler Ridge Kidder in the quarters. After a bye, Huckelberry then took losses by fall to Apprentice’s Zach Ortega (1:11) in the consi semis and against teammate Dustin Smith (:49) in the seventh-place match.
Peyton Hughes (Clackamas CC; Clay & Fleming Island): Was 2-2 in competition at the Spokane (WA) Open, wrestling at 141. After falling on the front side to Southern Oregon’s Nick Peterson (the eventual 5th), 8-6, Hughes had two consi-side bonus-point wins, pinning Corban’s Ryan Davis in 1:35 and then majoring Washington State’s Josiah Johnson, 12-4, before losing by a 13-7 decision to Clackamas teammate Micah Worthington.
Logan Perkins (King; Hagerty ’20): Was 2-2 while competing at the King Open at home in Bristol, TN, at 165. After a loss by a 7-5 count to eventual runnerup Owen Bost of Appalachian State in the round of 16, Perkins won twice in the consis, pinning Fairmont State’s Lance Scott (2:44) and teching King teammate Dalton Pearl, 19-1, before losing by a point, 6-5, to eventual 3rd and King teammate David Varner.
Armando Acosta (Newberry; Buchholz ’20): Was 2-2 while competing at the King Open at 184. After falling to eventual 3rd Luke Young of Bluefield, 6-1, in the round of 16, Acosta had two bonus-point wins, majoring unattached wrestler Jahmare Anthony, 8-0, and then pinning Ohio Valley’s Levi Snyder (5:25) to get to the consi quarters, where he fell, 4-3, to The Crew’s Holden Cypher.
Brandon Dickman (Newberry; Creekside ’18): Was 2-2 and one match from placing at the King Open, competing at 197. After a bye into the quarters, Dickman pinned the hosts’ Jeremiah Good (1:50) to reach the semi, where he lost by 18-2 tech fall to unattached wrestler and eventual champ Brock Del Signore. Dickman then took a second loss in the consi semis, losing by fall (3:06) to eventual 4th Garrett Eddy of Davis & Elkins.
Jeremy Mahoney (U of Mt Olive; Fernandina Beach ’21): Was 1-2 at the Star City Classic, competing at 133. After a front-side tech fall loss (17-0) to the hosts’ Josh Noble, Mahoney bounced back in the consis with a 7-2 decision over University of the Ozarks’ Durrell Thompson before taking a 3-2 loss to eventual seventh Mason Rogers of Ferrum.
Joe Jackson (Roanoke; Episcopal ’21): Was 0-2 at the Star City Classic, competing at 141. Jackson had losses by tech fall on the front (20-5 in 6:13) to University of the Ozarks’ Cody Price, and on the back against Apprentice’s Ortega (18-1 in 6:09).