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#NextLevel2021-22: Ricks Makes Twelve

Yulee senior Aston Ricks signs his letter of intent to attend Luther (IA) College and wrestle for the Norsemen in the 2021-22 academic year (Photo submitted by Brandon Crowder).
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#NextLevel2020-21: Clay Duo Makes Eleven

Two Clay seniors — Thomas Viens (seated third from left) and Dalton Huckelberry (seated fourth from left) — prepare to sign their letters of intent recently. Viens committed to Missouri Valley College and will wrestle for the Vikings in the 2021-22 academic year, while Huckelberry committed to Roanoke College and will wrestle for the Maroons in 2021-22. Seated with Viens are his parents, far left, Ted and Lucinda. Seated with Huckelberry, far right, is his father, Brian. Standing behind the families are Clay head coach Jim Reape and assistant coach Brandon Crawford, from left (Photo submitted by Lucinda Viens).
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#NextLevel2021-22: Murphy Makes Nine

St Augustine senior Ryan Murphy (seated) prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland and wrestle for the Fire in the 2021-22 academic year. Standing behind Murphy are his head coach, Will Rinchiusa, and his mother, Mary Helen Murphy (Photo submitted by Will Rinchiusa via Facebook).
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#NextLevel2021-22: Dittmer Makes Eight

New Smyrna Beach senior Doug Dittmer (left) prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend Life (GA) University and wrestle for the Runnin’ Eagles in the 2021-22 academic year. Seated with Dittmer, right, is his father, Doug Dittmer (Sr.). Standing behind Dittmer, from left in the photo, are NSBHS resource officer Newman (a family friend), school vice-principals Brian Eschen and Christine Cromer, along with Barracudas athletic director Gerald Fuller (Photo submitted by Kevin Kehoe).
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#NextLevel2021-22: Jackson Makes Seven

Episcopal senior Joe Jackson (seated) prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend Roanoke (VA) College and wrestle for the Maroons in the 2021-22 academic year. Standing behind Jackson, from left, are his parents Ann and Brian, along with brothers William and Robert Jackson (Photo submitted by Joe Jackson).
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#NextLevel2021-22: Bradshaw Makes Six

Fletcher senior Ana Bradshaw (seated) recently signed a letter of intent to attend Missouri Baptist University and wrestle for the Spartans in the 2021-22 academic year. Pictured from left behind Bradshaw are, from left, Fletcher assistant coach Daniel Holmes and head coach Paul Schloth (Photo submitted by Lee Ann Bradshaw via Facebook).
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#NextLevel2021-22: White Makes Five

Matanzas senior Riley White (center) recently signed a letter of intent to attend Missouri Baptist University and wrestle for the Spartans in the 2021-22 academic year. Pictured with White are her parents, Viki and John (who doubles as Matanzas girls head coach) (Photo submitted by John White).
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#NextLevel2021-22: Stillgess Makes Four

Rutherford senior Xavier Stillgess (seated, center) prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend Huntingdon (AL) College and wrestle for the Hawks in the 2021-22 academic year. Seated with Stillgess are his parents, Victor (left) and Danielle (right). Standing behind Stillgess are. from left, Rams head coach Jarod Melvin and assistant coach Bubba Brogdon (Photo submitted by Danielle Stillgess via Facebook).
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#NextLevel2021-22: Osteen Makes Three

Wakulla senior Jackson Osteen (seated, second from left) prepares to sign his letter of intent Wednesday to attend Williams Baptist (AR) University and wrestle for the Eagles in the 2021-22 academic year. Seated, from left, are mother Heather Osteen, Osteen himself, father Malcom Osteen and brother Vance Osteen. Standing behind the Osteen family are Wakulla athletic director Michael Smith, assistant coach Daron Harvey, head coach William Pafford and assistant coach Jon Flagg (Photo by Larry Reeves; submitted by Heather Osteen).
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#NextLevel: Jan 8-13 Results

STILLWATER, OK — Two wins over fellow Division I opponents in one of the national wrestling hotbeds.

Pretty good way for Arkansas-Little Rock redshirt freshman Gabe Beyer (Leon ’16) to spend a Sunday.

Gabe Beyer

While the Trojans took losses against Oregon State (33-9) and Chattanooga (23-16), Beyer won twice, falling Oregon State’s Brian Barnes in 1:40 and coming back for a 4-1 win over Chattanooga’s Grayson Walthall, 4-1.

Cy Wainwright

Newberry 37, Mt Olive 11: At Mt Olive NC on Sunday, 12th-ranked Newberry opened the 2021 season under coach Cy Wainwright (Clay ’09) with a win over the hosts.

Armando Acosta

The Wolves had two local starters reach different outcomes. At 184, Newberry freshman Armando Acosta (Buchholz ’20) would take a 33-second pin over UMO’s Bryan Aragao, while at 197, the Wolves’ Brandon Dickman (Creekside ’17) fell via third-period technical fall.

Brandon Dickman

Two wrestlers with local ties also got in exhibition matches on Sunday. Mt Olive freshman Slade Watkins (Wakulla ’20; no headshot available from team website) took a 3-2 loss to former Countryside wrestler and Newberry frosh Des Marshall, while former Yulee/Clay competitor and Wolves freshman Stevie Chopek took a 10-8 win at 149 over UMO’s Dylan Wilman.

Graceland sweep: At Oskaloosa IA on Tuesday, Yellowjacket junior Xaiver Sampsel (Fleming Island ’16; no headshot available from team website) began his Graceland career with two wins at 133, as his team took wins over Waldorf (55-0) and William Penn (32-21).

Sampsel opened with an 8-7 win, after trailing earlier in the match, taking a decision over Waldorf’s Alfredo Moreno. Sampsel had an easier time in the dual against William Penn’s Sean Inswasty, with a fall in 1:54.

UCumberlands double dual: At Indianapolis IN on Friday, Patriots freshman Gabe Jacobs (Pace ’20) started at 184 in a 26-18 win over Marian and 22-18 loss to Indiana Tech.

Gabe Jacobs

Jacobs fell, 10-2, to seventh-ranked Sam Osho in the Marian dual, but won by fall over 15th-ranked Josue Hall of Indiana Tech, in 5:31.

Micah Lanier.

Hastings Open: At Hastings NE on Saturday, Briar Cliff’s Micah Lanier (Wakulla ’18) was 0-2 at 157, with losses on the front to Northwestern’s Edward Punzalan (9-5 decision) and Central Methodist’s Charles Veliz (fall in :57).

Mathew Daner

King 22, Belmont Abbey 21: At Belmont NC, the hosts had former Florida High assistant coach Mathew Daner (Tampa Jesuit ’17) in the lineup at 149 on Saturday. Daner lost by fall to King’s Trent Mahoney in 1:29.

Luke Davis

Doane 46, Bethany 9: At Crete NE on Wednesday, 13th-ranked Doane romped to two double-digit wins. Doane freshman Luke Davis (Clay ’20) took a loss by fall in the Bethany dual at 133, falling to Bethany’s Kaden Goff (1:33).

Davis & Elkins 34, Fairmont State 17: At Elkins WV, the Falcons took a split on Saturday, with Thomas Graden (Bishop Snyder ’19; no headshot available from team page) getting an appearance in an exhibition match. Wrestling at 285, Graden fell to D&E’s Joshua Sanders, the hosts’ starter at 197, by a 7-3 count.

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