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#NextLevel: December 2

CHARLOTTE, NC — Wrestlers with area connections found themselves on the right side of a Newberry team win, with differing individual outcomes, in Thursday night’s 32-10 win at Queens University.

Armando Acosta

At 174, the Wolves’ Armando Acosta (Buchholz ’20) took an 8-0 loss by major to Queens’ Noah Curreri.

But on the winning side, No. 22 Newberry did win six straight matches between 133 and 174. One of those wins was at 149, where the Wolves’ Stevie Chopek (Countryside ’21, formerly of Yulee & Clay) won by fall over Queens’ Toure Moore.

Newberry is now off until December 18-19, when the Wolves go to Indianapolis, IN, for the two-day Midwest Classic.

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#NextLevel: December 1

EMORY, VA — Winning the first dual meet as a head coach will give St Andrews University head coach Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) a great feeling about his team’s trip to Emory & Henry College Wednesday night.

Robert Parland

That’s because the Knights (1-4) were able to secure a 39-9 win over the hosts for Parland’s first victory in his new role as head coach.

St Andrews won the first eight matches, with pins from Jacob Arnold (141), Akazee Kum-Akab a sei (165) and Ty’quez Stuckey (174), a 20-7 major from Joshua Soliz at 157, and decisions from James Roberts (8-3 at 133) and Andrew Adams (7-2 at 141).

St Andrews is now off until December 12, when the Knights will compete in the University of Mount Olive Duals.

King 37, Allen 9: At Columbia SC, the Division II visitors came in and won eight matches against the hosts (1-5). One of those was at 141, where Allen’s Drevon Wallace (Palatka ’20, no headshot available from ) was matched up against the third-ranked 141 in Division II (per InterMat), the Tornado’s Christian Small, losing by technical fall, 18-0. Allen will next compete in Saturday’s Carolina Clash Duals.

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#NextLevel: November 27-28

Here’s a summary of #NextLevel activity that took place either on Saturday or today:

Ethan Pickren

Ethan Pickren (South Walton ’19; Arizona State): Was 2-2 at the Cowboy Open in Laramie, WY, on Saturday, competing at 141. Pickren fell in the round of 16 to Chadron State’s Joseph Ritzen, 9-8, but bounced back for two consi-side victories. On that side, Pickren falled Western Wyoming’s Carson Jensen (2:02) and then held off a late rush in the next round behind riding time and two scoring moves early against Wyoming’s Aidan Noonan in a 6-4 decision. Pickren then lost by fall (4:07) in the consi quarters to Chadron State’s Hunter Gilmore.

Drevon Wallace (Palatka ’20; Allen, no photo available from college): Got the start at 141 pounds Sunday for the Yellow Jackets at Limestone, as his team fell, 37-9, to the host Saints. Wallace fell, 10-1, to Limestone’s Brandon Seawright in one of five bonus-point wins that the Saints racked up.

Chris Bono

Chris Bono (Bolles ’92; Wisconsin): Led his 15th-ranked Badgers (4-0 in duals) to a pair of wins Saturday in Newark NJ, overcoming a determined North Carolina effort (there were seven lead changes in the dual) for a 20-16 win, going on to turn back Hofstra, 38-12.

“We love coming to New Jersey to wrestle. There were some great things today, but in the same breath, we have a lot to work on.”

Two lower-ranked UNC wrestlers defeated Badger opponents to turn an 11-10 deficit into a 16-11 lead, but Wisconsin got a decision and pin at 197 and 285 to take the win. The Badgers took seven weight-class wins in the Hofstra dual. Wisconsin is now done in duals until the Big Ten season begins January 7 with Northwestern, but there are four tournaments on the UW itinerary in December.

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#NextLevel: November 23

COLUMBUS, OH — Notre Dame College has been a force in NCAA Division 2 wrestling for many a year now.

But there’s NCAA DII, and then there’s Ohio State.

Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, the Buckeyes were anything but gracious hosts, handing the Falcons a 51-0 dual loss in the dual-season opener for Notre Dame.

For Falcon freshman Cale Hoskinson (Clay ’21; no headshot available from college), competing in prior open tournaments was not the same as a head-to-head dual against the giant of the state and one of the national powers in Division I, as the Buckeyes’ ninth-ranked Carson Kharchla handed Hoskinson a 24-9 tech fall loss in a match that did go a full seven minutes.

Notre Dame College was off through the holiday weekend and will return to competition on December 4 in-state at the Lake Erie Open in Painesville.

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#NextLevel: November 21

Here’s a roundup of Sunday’s #NextLevel college-tournament appearances:

Slade Watkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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#NextLevel: November 20

SPRINGFIELD, MA — Coast Guard dominated the scene at Saturday’s Doug Parker Memorial at Springfield College, as the Bears held a 63.5-point edge over runnerup Centenary (NJ) for the team title.

The Bears picked up 13 podium finishes on the day, including three champions, with former area prep Paul Detwiler (Fleming Island ’18) defending his top seed to take the 184-pound title.

Paul Detwiler

After a bye into the round of 16, Detwiler had big bonus points to reach the semis, with a first-period fall over Western New England’s Cory Grifka (1:55) in a match that saw Detwiler build an 8-0 lead before the pin, followed by a third-period tech fall (17-2 in 5:34) over Williams’ William Smith in the quarters. There Detwiler racked up five takedowns, with a 4-point nearfall to close out the first period.

Detwiler’s closest match would come in the semis against Southern Maine’s Aidan Whitis, an 8-1 decision in which he recorded a takedown in each period and added a riding time advantage at match’s end.

That brought Rhode Island College’s Jett Tancsik in the final, and Detwiler dominated from jump, with four takedowns in the first 2:08 before recording his second pin of the day, this time in 2:39 for the title.

In duals action on Saturday:

King 26, Newberry 21: At King, the hosts won four straight weight classes between 141 and 165, taking bonus points in three of those wins.

Logan Perkins

One of those four winners was Logan Perkins (Hagerty ’20), who scored a takedown in sudden victory to turn back the Wolves’ Nolan Wheeler, 4-2. King improved to 2-0 in duals with the win.

Brandon Dickman

For Newberry (0-2), though, the area got a positive result, as Brandon Dickman (Creekside ’17) won by first-period fall, pinning the Tornado’s Jeremiah Good in 1:52 at 197. In the previous match, a third area wrestler, Armando Accosta (Buchholz ’20), lost by third-period fall (6:43), competing at 184 for the Wolves, to King’s Freddie Garcia.

Armando Acosta

Both teams will reconvene in King’s Tornado Open on Sunday.

Allen Duals: Visiting Coker and Belmont Abbey each took a pair of dual wins in the four-team event, but did not compete against one another. The hosts were 1-2 on the day, falling to Coker (46-3) and Belmont Abbey (45-0), but did take a win over St Andrews (27-22).

Allen’s Drevon Wallace (Palatka ’20; no headshot available from school) started in all three duals for the hosts, going 1-2 on the day. Wallace pinned St Andrews’ Terry Adams in 3:54, with a loss by fall (3:32) to former Somerset Academy prep Skyler Caban, now at Belmont Abbey, and a 13-4 loss by major to former Mater Lakes Academy prep Omar Armengol, now at Coker. Allen will wrestle on November 27, traveling to Limestone to face the Saints and Lincoln Memorial.

Robert Parland

St Andrews, coached by Robert Parland (University Christian ’13), took dual losses against Coker (47-3) and Belmont Abbey (33-12). The Knights are off until December 1, when they travel to Emory & Henry for a dual.

Mathew Daner

Belmont Abbey’s Mathew Daner (Tampa Jesuit ’17, former assistant at Florida High) made an appearance in the St Andrews dual, competing at 149, losing by fall to the Knights’ Jacob Arnold (1:11). The Crusaders are off until the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis on December 18-19.

Randy Tuggle Pride Duals: At Greensboro College, Huntingdon was 3-2 on the day, with wins over the hosts (35-14), Bluefield State (41-9) and Patrick Henry CC (54-6), with two losses to different Averett teams, 45-0 and 25-16.

Xavier Stillgess

Xavier Stillgess (Rutherford ’21) made two starts for the Hawks, going 1-1 on the day, with a forfeit over Patrick Henry CC and a loss by fall to Averett’s David Shelton (4:56).

Nick Kendrick

Nick Kendrick (Mosley ’21) made one start and had an extra appearance, winning both matches. Starting at 174 against Patrick Henry’s Trey Robertson, Kendrick won by fall (1:31), with a pin over Averett’s Jasiri Dingle (1 minute) in his extra appearance. Huntingdon is now off until December 11, when it hosts Allen and Central Baptist.

Daniel Porter

Not all Greensboro duals have been reported at this writing. The one dual that was reported on Track, against Huntingdon, showed Daniel Porter (Clay ’18) winning by 15-0 tech fall over the Hawks’ Nicholas McClendon. We will review and add to Sunday’s report if this is updated.

Here’s more tournament action involving Matmen alumni Saturday:

Tanner Hill

Tanner Hill (Reinhardt; Fleming Island ’20): Was 6-1 and placed third in the frosh-soph division of the Life University Open, competing at 165. After a pigtail front-side loss to Rio Grande (OH)’s Tommy Mabry, the eventual runnerup in the bracket, Hill would not lose again, with a consi-side 45-second pin over UCumberlands’ Dylan Roe, forfeit over Brewton-Parker’s Cody Thompson and injury-default victory over Thomas More’s Logan Sowder. Hill then took decisions over Southeastern’s Raul Soto (4-3) in the quarters, UNC-Pembroke’s Vincent Page (6-3) in the semis, and won by a 3-2 decision in the third-place match over UCumberlands’ Dylan Preston.

Kyle McGill (Reinhardt; Chiles ’21; no headshot available from school): Was 3-2 and placed fifth in the frosh-soph division of the Life University Open, competing at 197. McGill reached the semis behind a fall in the round of 16 over UCumberlands’ CJ Figueroa-Ordino (1:56) and a 6-0 quarterfinal win over UNC-Pembroke’s Massimo Sullivan. He then lost to the eventual champ, North Carolina’s Cade Lautt, 6-1, in the semis, and took a consi-semi loss by 8-6 decision against Reinhardt teammate Sam Irwin, the eventual 3rd. McGill then won by forfeit in the fifth-place match over UNC-Pembroke’s Gage Steele.

Kaz Maia

Kaz Maia (Cumberland-TN; Flagler Palm Coast ’16): Was 4-1 and won the consolation championship at the Lindenwood Open, contested in St Charles, MO, while competing in the gold division at 157. After a bye into the round of 16, Maia lost by fall (2:30) to Oklahoma State’s Chance McLane, the eventual 3rd-place finisher. From there, though, Maia took victories in the consi bracket over unattached wrestler Isaiah Banks (12-1 major), Oklahoma City’s Connor Holman (13-5 major), Illinois’ Jake Reicen (8-7) and unattached wrestler Larry Rodriguez (11-8) in the consi bracket final.

Josh Bower

Josh Bower (Simpson; Matanzas ’19): Was 2-2 and placed seventh at the Coe College Invitational, staged in Cedar Rapids IA. After a 6-1 loss to Dubuque’s Luke Radeke in the round of 16, Bower had a bye into the consi quarters, where he won by medical forfeit over Graceland’s Marquis McCaster. After falling, 13-4, in the semis to eventual 4th Brody Hawtrey of NIACC, Bower pinned Dubuque’s Gabe Sweat in 1:49 to place seventh.

Ana Bradshaw

Ana Bradshaw (Missouri Baptist, Fletcher ’21): Was 2-2 and was one match short of placing at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall, MO, competing at 101 in the two-day tournament, which began on Friday. After a loss by fall (1:39) to McKendree’s Kiona Conner in the round of 32, Bradshaw won twice in the consis, with pins over York’s Ella Whitaker (:57) and Indiana Tech’s Alexie Westfall (2:01) before falling in the blood round, 9-2, to Tiffin’s Shanna Morris, the eventual 7th.

Jessica Corredor

Jessica Corredor (Missouri Baptist, Dr Phillips ’20): Was 2-2 at the Missouri Valley Open, competing at 109. Corredor won matches on both sides of the bracket, with a 10-0 tech over Central Methodist’s Alexis Miller in a pigtail before losing by fall (1:51) to Wayland Baptist’s Nina Pham, the eventual 4th, in the round of 32. In the consis, Corredor pinned UCumberlands’ Ashley Courtney in 1:58 in round 2, but then took an 8-7 loss to North Central’s Angelina Graff in round 3.

Carlos Bogan (Keiser; Ft Walton Beach ’19; no headshot available from school): Was 2-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the open division at 149. After a pigtail loss on the front by fall to Grand View’s Tanner Abbas (2:02), and a bye in the first round of consis, Bogan teched Clemson’s Jake Jakub (17-2) and West Virginia Tech’s Judson McCray (15-0) before losing by fall (2:27) to Truett McConnell’s Leonel Silvestre in consi round 4.

Jaquan English (Florida A&M; Fleming Island ’18; no headshot available from school): Was 2-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the open division at 149. English’s wins came via tech on the front, as he teched Clemson’s Jake Jakub (16-0) in the round of 32 and UNC-Pembroke’s Thomas Schock (16-1) in the round of 16. He then fell to eventual 5th Jack Latimer of Grand View, 8-4, in the quarters, and then lost in the consis by fall (3:32) to Williams Baptist’s Nick Souder.

Nick Vugman (Florida-NCWA; Bartram Trail ’18; no headshot available from school): Like his NCWA counterpart English, Vugman was 2-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the open division at 149. After a front-side pigtail loss (21-5 TF) to Truett McConnell’s Leonel Silvestre, a former Hollywood Hills prep, Vugman came back to win twice in the consis, with a 46-second pin over Reinhardt’s CJ Shadinger and a 7-5 decision over UNC-Pembroke’s Thomas Schock, falling in round 5 of the consis to Reinhardt’s Avery Mutschler, 9-1.

Riley White

Riley White (Missouri Baptist, Matanzas ’21): Was 1-2 at the Missouri Valley Open, competing at 123. White took a 5-4 front-side pigtail win over Life’s Paige Denke, but then fell in the round of 32 (10-0 TF) to Lakeland’s Katelynn Gunderson. In the consis, White lost by fall (2:52) to King’s Melanie Mendoza.

Karoline Ortiz

Karoline Ortiz (Missouri Baptist, Dr Phillips ’19): Was 1-2 at the Missouri Valley Open, competing at 130. Ortiz teched Iowa Western’s Brianna Membreno (10-0) in a pigtail match before falling in the round of 32, 4-1, to King’s Phoenix Dubose, the weight class’s eventual runnerup. In the wrestlebacks, Ortiz lost by fall (1:06) to Tiffin’s Ariana Carrasquillo.

Jayden Tapia (Notre Dame College, Timber Creek ’21; no headshot available from school): Was 1-2 at the Findlay (OH) Open, competing at 141. Tapia fell in sudden victory, 10-8, in the round of 32 to WI-Parkside’s Jordan Craft, but bounced back in the consis with an 11-4 win over Gannon’s Parker Loera in consi round 2. He then took another close loss, 9-7, in round 3 to Gannon’s Caleb Chaves.

Alex DeAlmeida

Alex DeAlmeida (Central Florida-NCWA, Ponte Vedra ’19): Was 1-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the open division at 157. In the round of 64, DeAlmeida lost by 21-5 tech fall to Truett McConnell’s Leonel Silvestre, but came back in the consis with a 7-3 decision over Keiser’s Zach Fix before losing by 22-9 major to former Camden standout Kohlby Hopper, now at Brewton-Parker, in consi round 3.

Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams (Campbell; Ft Walton Beach ’20): Was 1-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the frosh-soph division at 165. Adams fell in sudden victory to Thomas More’s Sowder, 3-1, in the round of 32, but then won by forfeit over North Carolina’s Isaiah Estrada in the second round of consis before losing by tech fall (16-0) to Thomas More’s Kallan Keith.

Jacob Sandoval (Florida-NCWA, Fleming Island ’18; no headshot available from school): Was 0-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the open division at 133. Sandoval had losses on the front to Southeastern’s Xavier Williamson (16-1 tech in a pigtail match) and in the consis to UNC-Pembroke’s Anthony Carter (17-0 TF in round 2).

Luke Davis

Luke Davis (Doane, Clay ’20): Was 0-2 at the Younes Hospitality Open, contested in Kearney, NE, competing in the amateur division at 133. After a bye into the round of 32, Davis lost by fall (1:43) to Pratt’s Drew Liles in that round, with a consi-side loss by fall (4:09) to Ottawa’s Braden Ledford.

Caleb Bower

Caleb Bower (Simpson, Matanzas ’19): Was 0-2 at the Coe Invitational, competing at 141. Bower had losses on the front to the hosts’ Dylan Grigsby (fall in 2:12), the eventual 4th, and on the back to Graceland’s Brayden Phillips (pin in 3:25).

Aston Ricks

Aston Ricks (Luther, Yulee ’21): Was 0-2 at the Auggie Invitational, competing in the freshman division at 157. Ricks took a 15-5 loss to the hosts’ Blake Jagodzinske, the eventual runnerup, in the round of 16, and fell via 13-5 major in the first round of consis to Concordia Moorhead’s Alexander McPhee, the eventual 4th.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson (Air Force, Niceville ’18): Was 0-2 at the Younes Hospitality Open, competing in the elite division at 165. Johnson lost by fall (1:11) on the front to Colorado-Mesa’s Alexander Holguin, and then took a 15-4 loss in the first round of consis to Colorado School of Mines’ Jackson Damenti.

Charlie Owens

Charlie Owens (Wheaton, Wakulla ’19): Was 0-2 at the Concordia University Open in Mequon, WI, competing at 165. On the front, Owens fell by a 9-5 count to Joliet JC’s Tony Pacetti, and lost in the first round of consis to Stevens Institute’s Harrison Hinojosa in a 6-5 decision.

Zion James

Zion James (Central Florida-NCWA, Columbia ’18): Was 0-2 at the Life University Open, competing in the open division at 184. James took a 10-4 loss against UNC-Pembroke’s Jovaun Johnson in the round of 32, and fell in the consis to former Palmetto Ridge prep Trillyon Fils-Aime, now wrestling at Southeastern, by 14-4 major.

Jon Whiting

Jonathan Whiting (Brewton-Parker; Clay ’15): Was 0-2 at the Life University Open in open division competition at 197. After a bye into the round of 16, Whiting lost by fall (:37) to Grand View’s Jaden Davis; in the consis, Whiting lost by a 6-0 count to Clemson’s Edwin Brown.

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#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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#NextLevel: November 16

GREENWOOD, SC — Matmen alumni were on both sides of the ledger Tuesday night in the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas opening dual between Lander and University of Mount Olive.

The host Bearcats took care of business, kicking off their dual season with a 35-9 victory over the visiting Trojans.

And Lander got a substantial assist from freshman Ethan Lopez (Hagerty ’21; no headshot available from school). Lopez was one of two Bearcats to pick up a fall in the dual, with a pin at 184 over Mt Olive’s Isaiah Manning in 2:11.

Connor Spossey

Another freshman, the Trojans’ Connor Spossey (St Augustine ’21), got the start at 174 for Mount Olive, sustaining a 4-0 loss at the hands of Lander’s Jack Bond.

Slade Watkins

A third area wrestler, sophomore Slade Watkins (Wakulla ’20), made an appearance for Mount Olive in an extra match at 197, falling by a 9-0 count to the Bearcats’ Carter Shipp.

Lander will be at the Life University Open in Marietta GA on Saturday, while Mt Olive will be at the Star City Classic in Roanoke VA on Sunday.

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#NextLevel: November 14

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA — When last we got to see St Thomas University sophomore Gannon Janssen, it was at the FHSAA state tournament for Fleming Island, with his last contested match ending in injury.

After what had to seem to like forever, though, Janssen got his chance to compete in a larger stage on Sunday in the Georgia Open, hosted by Emmanuel College, and he didn’t waste his opportunity.

Janssen (no headshot available from college) took home the 174-pound weight class title, with a 4-0 day that included three bonus-point wins.

After a bye into the round of 16, Janssen teched Montreat’s Malik Jenkins, 16-1, to get to the quarters, where he falled former Riverdale prep Terrence Clayton, now wrestling for Cumberland-TN, in the third period (6:24). His closest match of the day was in the semis, where he decisioned Lander’s Daniel Kitts by a 5-2 count to reach the final.

There, Janssen scored in each period against Cumberland-TN’s Justin Oldknow, with big nearfall points in both the first and second periods, three takedowns in the match and riding time en route to a 16-4 major and the Georgia Open title.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Matmen alumni that got a chance to compete in college events on Sunday:

Daniel Porter

Daniel Porter (Greensboro, Clay ’18): Compiled a 4-1 record and placed third at 125 in the Averett (VA) Cougar Open. Porter reached the semis behind wins over the hosts’ Austin Long (12-5 decision, pigtail), Coker’s Corey Gallivan (formerly of Miami Palmetto; 16-5, round of 16) and teching the hosts’ Daniel Parkulo (18-2, quarters) before falling to eventual champ Melvin Rubio of Queens University, 13-4, in the semis. Porter then placed third with a win by medical forfeit over the hosts’ Samuel Braswell.

Peyton Hughes

Peyton Hughes (Clackamas CC; former Clay & Fleming Island): Was 5-1 and placed third at 141 in the Mike Clock Open in Forest Grove, OR. On the front of the bracket, Hughes had pins over Eastern Oregon’s Monte Zufelt (1:27, round of 32) and Simon Fraser’s Randy McDonald (1:56, quarters), along with an injury-default win in the round of 16 over Southern Oregon’s Justin Coon. Hughes fell to San Francisco State’s Joshua Fuentes-Norikiy, the eventual runnerup by 8-3 decision in the semis, but bounced back in the consis with an 11-6 decision over North Idaho’s Mario De La Torre and a walkover in the third-place match over Beaver Dam RTC’s Hunter Eveland.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson (Air Force; Niceville ’18): Was 1-2 and placed fourth in the Invitational division of the App State Invitational/Open, contested in Boone, NC. Johnson scored in each period in his 7-2 quarterfinal win over Indiana’s Matt Ortiz, but then lost by fall (2:26) to seventh-ranked (InterMat) Anthony Valencia of Arizona State, the eventual champ. Johnson then faced Falcon teammate Jack Ganos in the third-place match, scoring first 26 seconds in; however, after a Ganos takedown later in the first period, he trailed the rest of the way in a 5-4 loss.

Drevon Wallace (Allen; Palatka ’20, no headshot available from school): Was 4-1 and placed fifth at 141 in the Averett Cougar Open. After a bye into the round of 16, Wallace downed Greensboro’s Cody Williams, 6-5, but then lost by fall in the quarters to eventual runnerup Kyle Sanders of the hosts. In the consis, Wallace falled Ferrum’s Jonathan Ward (4:32) to assure a place finish, then took two decisions over Williams (5-4) in the consi semis and over Shenandoah’s Colton White, 8-1, to place fifth.

Cale Hoskinson (Notre Dame College; Clay ’21, no headshot available from school): Was 2-1 and placed fifth in the 165 bracket of the White division at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open in Tiffin. After falling by a single point, 5-4, to eventual runnerup James Ost of RIT in the quarters, Hoskinson had a bye into the consi semis, where he pinned Heidelberg’s Brady Salmons (1:08). Hoskinson then led wire-to-wire with takedowns in both the first and second periods, plus riding time, in a 9-2 decision for fifth over Heidelberg’s Logan Germaine.

Nicholas Vugman (Florida; Bartram Trail ’19, no headshot available from school): Was 2-2 for the NCWA club team Gators at the Georgia Open, competing at 149. Vugman took an 8-7 pigtail loss to Cumberland-TN’s Eli Clemmons on the front side, but came back with two consi-side victories. Vugman falled Montreat’s Jonthan Zafra (1:18) in his first consi match, decisioning Florida teammate Alfonso Vargas, 5-2, in consi round 3 before a third-period loss by fall (5:26) to St Thomas University’s Chris Espinoza in round 4.

Armando Acosta

Armando Acosta (Newberry; Buchholz ’20): Was 2-2 at the Wolfpack Open, hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh, competing at 184. Acosta decisioned unattached wrestler Vikram Ostrander, 8-6, in sudden victory during the round of 32, but then lost by second-period fall (4:04) to Seton Hill’s Brandon Mathews, the eventual 5th, in the round of 16. In the consis, Acosta won his first match by fall (1:17) over teammate Jacob Lesley, but then lost by fall (4:34) to Campbell’s Cole Rees, the eventual 6th.

Jacob Sandoval (Florida; Fleming Island ’18, no headshot available from school): Was 1-2 for the Gators at the Georgia Open, competing at 133. After a front-side 7-2 loss in the round of 16 to the hosts’ Anthony Cruz, Sandoval responded with a fall over former Doral Academy prep Omar Corrales (3:16), wrestling for St Thomas University, in consi round 3, but then lost by fall to Life’s Tyler Earick in 4:11 in round 4.

Ethan Pickren

Ethan Pickren (Arizona State; South Walton ’19): Was 1-2 at 141 in the Invitational division of the App State Invitational/Open. Pickren took an 11-4 loss in the round of 16 to Gardner-Webb’s Trevon Majette on the front side, but bounced back in his first consi-side match, with two takedowns and three turns in the first period en route to a 15-3 major over Appalachian State’s Tyler Kellison. Pickren then fell, 12-0, in consi round 2 to Air Force’s Cody Phippen, the eventual 5th in the weight class.

DJ Perez (St Thomas University; West Orange ’21; no headshot available from school): Was 0-2 at 125 at the Georgia Open, with losses on the front to Life’s Grayson Patterson in a 7-3 decision, and in the consis to Cumberland-TN’s Alex Fields by a 12-3 major.

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson (Roanoke College; Episcopal ’21): Was 0-2 at 141 in the Averett Cougar Open, with losses on the front to the hosts’ Sanders (fall in 2:02), and then in the consis to Greensboro’s Williams by a 12-5 decision in round 3.

Dalton Huckelberry

Dalton Huckelberry (Roanoke College; Clay ’21): Was 0-2 at 141 in the Averett Cougar Open with losses on the front to Bluefield State’s Caleb Fritz (16-0 TF), the eventual 4th, and in the consis against Ferrum’s Ward (fall in :11).

Cameron Broughton

Cameron Broughton (Gardner-Webb; Orange Park ’20): Was 0-2 at 157 in the Open division of the App State Invitational/Open, with losses on the front to Life’s Clint Morrissette (15-3 major, quarters), the eventual 4th, and in the consis to teammate Tyler Brignola (7-1), the eventual 6th.

Reid Hampton

Reid Hampton (VMI; Episcopal ’20): Was 0-2 at 157 in the Open division of the App State Invitational/Open, with losses on the front to Life’s Alexander Clark (fall in 2:26, quarters) and in the consis to teammate Mason Stewart, 7-6, in a match decided by riding time at the end.

Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams (Campbell; Ft Walton Beach ’20): Was 0-2 at 165 at the Wolfpack Open, with a third-period loss by tech fall (19-0 in 5:22) to teammate Kevin Muschel on the front side of the bracket, and a loss in consi round 2 by fall (1:09) to Seton Hill’s Colby Romjue.

Robert Parland

Robert Parland (St Andrews; University Christian ’13): Coached the Knights at the Georgia Open, with one wrestler — Joshua Soliz at 157 — placing in the event. Soliz was 3-1 on the day and placed second.

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#NextLevel: November 12

LA CROSSE, WI — Way back when, a certain sportswriter cut his teeth covering several events at UW-La Crosse’s Mitchell Hall, a certain Division I wrestling coach was wrapping up his high school career at Bolles at the same time.

Friday night, again at Mitchell, in the first Battle of the Bluffs matchup — an event that involved competition across three NCAA divisions — #18 Wisconsin, under the leadership of Chris Bono (Bolles ’92), spotted visiting Arkansas-Little Rock an early 9-0 lead before winning seven of the final eight weight classes in taking a 32-13 win and improving to 2-0 in duals for the season.

Chris Bono

The Badgers got on the board with Joseph Zargo’s 10-4 win at 141, but it would be two weights later, at 157, before Garrett Model’s 16-4 major gave Wisconsin a lead it would not relinquish.

The teams traded points, essentially, at 165 and 174, but back-to-back-to-back big bonus points from 184 through 285 sealed the deal in favor of the Badgers.

Wisconsin won’t take much time to rest, though, as the Badgers swing back into action on Saturday, traveling to Des Moines, IA, for the Grand View Invitational one-day tournament.

Ferrum 32, Greensboro 15: At Ferrum VA, the hosts ran out to a 24-0 lead in taking the dual.

Daniel Porter

Greensboro (0-1) got back into the dual behind two pins and a decision, cutting the lead to 24-15 with two matches left. One of those three wins came at 125 from Daniel Porter (Clay ’18), who won by third-period fall (5:34) over Ferrum’s JD McMillin.

The Pride will travel to Sunday’s Cougar Open in Danville VA, hosted by Averett University.

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