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Next Level Note 11/4

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Hannibal-LaGrange freshman Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13) did not start in Thursday night’s HLG dual victory over Benedictine. McClinton said on Twitter that his previous competition last weekend at 149 pounds left him weighing too much for the dual, but he would be at 141 pounds for the Trojans when they travel to Galesburg, Illinois, for the Knox College Invitational on Saturday.

I have not yet been able to determine if Frank Giordano (Ponte Vedra ’13) is on the wrestling roster still for Bacone College. Giordano did not start for Bacone in its 31-6 loss to Baker on Wednesday night.

As for the rest of the wrestlers in the @NEFloridaMatmen coverage area, the 2013-14 college wrestling season kicked off last weekend, with four wrestlers seeing action right away. Two others went through wrestle-offs prior to their seasons beginning later this week and weekend.

In Charleston, SC, Coker College freshmen Shane Carpenter (Creekside ’13) and Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) were part of the Cobras’ inaugural squad competing at The Citadel Open on Saturday.

Carpenter went 4-2 on the day at 184 pounds, with a quarterfinal loss to the eventual bracket champion Jared Holiday of Newberry, 5-1. Carpenter had one pin and three decisions, including a wrestleback quarterfinal 4-1 win over Division I opponent Alex Kruklinski of Appalachian State. Carpenter’s bid for a place-finish fell just short, with an 8-5 loss to Jesse Masters of King in the wrestleback semis.

Parland was 2-2 at 197, losing by fall in the first round to eventual bracket champion Jacob Dempsey of Life University. Parland then had one pin and one decision in the wrestlebacks before Division I wrestler Kacee Hutchinson, also of Appalachian State, eliminated him with a 4-1 decision.

Coker’s next wrestling will be next Saturday at the UNC-Pembroke Open.

Also competing at The Citadel on Saturday for Central Florida’s club team was Chris Fox, a senior (Fleming Island ’10), who was 1-2 at 125 pounds. UCF is an NCWA-sanctioned club team.

Indiana Tech freshman Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13) saw his first action of 2013-14 at the Baldwin-Wallace Open in Berea, Ohio, on Saturday. Galloway, competing at 174 pounds, lost by major decision to the eventual bracket champion and went 0-2 on the day.

Galloway might get a chance to catch up with fellow freshman and FI Class of 13 grad Victor Espana, now at Edinboro University, as Edinboro and Indiana Tech will be at the Michigan State Open next Saturday. It’ll be the Fighting Scots’ season-opener.

Speaking of locals who could debut at Sparty, count Ohio State redshirt freshman Josh Fox (University Christian ’12) in that mix. Fox was held out of last Sunday’s competition at Clarion (Pa.) University’s open event after he sustained what brother Zach Fox termed either a broken rib or torn cartilage after Josh sparred with Buckeye alum and U.S. Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman in practice last week.

McClinton did make his collegiate debut for Hannibal-LaGrange last Saturday as HLG defeated Illinois State University’s club team by a 33-18 count. McClinton came up short at 149 pounds against Redbird junior Kyle Carstens, falling by an 8-3 decision.

We’ll see two more locals make their season debuts this weekend. Washington & Lee co-captain Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10) will kick off his senior season along with the Generals at the Washington & Jefferson (PA) Invitational on Saturday. Additionally, Iowa Western freshman Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) will open at the Loras Open on Saturday. Jackson is ranked 10th by InterMat at 133 pounds in the NJCAA preseason national rankings list.

North Central (IL) College freshman Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) competed in the Cardinals’ wrestleoff event last weekend. North Central will not begin its season until November 16th at the Trine University Open.

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Next Level Note 10/29

The @NEFloridaMatmen area will have at least two wrestlers starting at the collegiate level later on this fall.

We learned a few days back about Washington & Lee senior Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10), who’ll be a co-captain for the Generals in his senior season at W&L. That was our first area college starter news.

However, on Monday, I received a message via Twitter that 2013 Creekside state champion Shane Carpenter will be Coker University’s starting 184-pounder when the Cobras travel to Charleston for The Citadel’s open tournament on Saturday. Carpenter defeated Joseph Holland, a freshman from South Carolina, for the spot.

A few other notes from around the area:

  • Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) is 1-1 in his wrestleoff at 197 pounds for Coker, going up against junior transfer Alex Green, who dropped down from 285 to contend for the spot at 197. I expect a tiebreaker match soon, given Coker’s first competition on Saturday. I have reached out to Coker’s SID (sports information director) for more information from last weekend’s Blue & Gold meet.
  • Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13) will be the backup at 141 pounds for Hannibal-LaGrange University, an NAIA program in Missouri. McClinton will be the #2 behind HLGU sophomore Caleb Shuck. The Trojans will face Illinois State University’s club program for their season opener on Saturday.
  • Freshmen Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) and Frank Giordano (Ponte Vedra ’13) will go through wrestleoffs this week. Robertson let me know on Twitter that his wrestleoff at North Central College (IL), a Division III program, is scheduled for Saturday, while the website for Giordano’s school, Bacone (Okla.), also an NAIA program, indicated that intrasquad competition is set for Wednesday evening. Bacone’s competitive season begins on Sunday at the Baker/OCU Open.
  • Indiana Tech freshman Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13) went through an intrasquad meet Thursday night according to that wrestling team’s Twitter account; I do know that NAIA-level program will begin competition Saturday at the Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) Open, so Galloway should see some mat time.
  • Also, no new word on either Edinboro freshman Victor Espana (Fleming Island ’13) or Ohio State sophomore Josh Fox (University Christian ’12) at the Division I level. I would expect Fox to get some mat time on Sunday at the Clarion (PA) Open.
  • Lastly, I have no updates on either Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) or Cody Hankerson (University Christian ’13) competing in Iowa. Jackson is at Iowa Western, which opens competition on November 9, and Hankerson had signed with Morningside, which begins on November 15, but as of now does not appear on its roster.

Start the Journey

Practice starts today in Florida, including the 39 wrestling programs found in the Northeast Florida Matmen coverage area. I still am missing about half the schedules and most of the preview forms, though it is very early for those. November 13th (which is what right now I am showing as the area’s first dual) is barely three weeks out! Make a push. Check with your coaches to see if they’ve gotten the info and emails I’ve sent. I’m still needing contact information for three Duval County teams — Paxon, Stanton & Raines.

I got a tweet from a Gainesville-area fan looking to see if I’m going to cover them as well. Not this year. Although I may be spending one weekend a month in the very near future in Gainesville (MBA studies), I have no plans to do so in 2014-15 UNLESS this season exceeds all my expectations. So far, things have gone well enough, but I had hoped to have every schedule in hand by the first day of practice.

That being said, building credibility and a brand worth your time is a daily exercise. Wrestlers know that better than any other athlete, I think.


District sites

Updated Tuesday, October 29th, 2 p.m.

I have been advised by Bishop Snyder coach and dean Rusty Kellum that Yulee will host District 3 competition in Class 1A. Weigh-ins 8 a.m., seed meeting 8:45, wrestling starting at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 1 — the day for 48 district competitions state wide.

I have been advised by Bishop Kenny assistant coach Zach Fox that Bradford will host District 4 competition in 1A. Weigh-ins 8 a.m., wrestling to start at 10, with seed meeting somewhere in between.

I’ve learned through Lee’s schedule that Englewood will host District 3 competition in Class 2A. (Note: This has also been published on the FHSAA website). Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

I have been advised by Creekside coach Richard Marabell that the Knights will host District 4 competition in Class 2A. Weigh-ins at 9 a.m., seeding at 10, wrestling at 11.

I have been advised by Fleming Island coach Travis Cunningham that Palm Coast will host District 1 competition in Class 3A. Weigh-ins at 9 a.m., wrestling to start at 11, with seed meeting somewhere in between, I’d guess.

It’s a bit early in the game, but NEFLM will visit every local district site on District Day, no matter how much driving we have to do. NEFLM will have brackets from every local district event in all three classes and links to every other district result up on the site as they are posted by FHSAA. Same goes for regionals. As for state, well, we will BE ON HAND for live reporting on Twitter and tons of coverage otherwise.

Because February is…No…Sleep…Til…LAKELAND!

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Next Level note 10/14

Updated Friday, October 18, 9 a.m. —

For now, fomer University Christian standout and 2012 state champion Josh Fox will have to wait his turn at 184 pounds for Ohio State.

Fox lost by technical fall in the third period to 2012-13 Ohio State University starter Kenny Courts in Thursday night’s wrestleoffs at French Fieldhouse in Columbus, Ohio. Wrestleoffs have traditionally determined at least the initial starting lineup for a Division I wrestling team. As of now, by virtue of Fox’s Tuesday night preliminary victory, he is the No. 2 at the weight.

We’re continuing to monitor our other wrestlers who’ve gone on to compete at the collegiate level. Coker College is holding its intrasquad Blue & Gold competition on October 26, and Division III teams began practice this week.

Interesting note — in researching Iowa Western’s schedule to see when Ridgeview 2xer Jamarius Jackson’s season would begin — I saw a familiar name. Jackson’s head coach is Josh Watts, whom I covered back when he was in high school in Iowa. Interviewed him a couple of times, a long, long time ago.

Watch this space for more Next Level news and notes!


Cooking with gas

Thanks to my newest friend, Nassau Preps, I have successfully navigated the “create page” issue. I have several new updates to the site, with the composite 13-14 schedule getting its own page, plus all prior FHSAA district and regional tournament results from 2012 and 2013 attached, as well as state tournaments from those years and 2011 attached on another page.

Here’s the latest update of my plans: On Monday, emails will go out to all of the coaches with my preview form attached. Hopefully, I will get those back by the time the season begins and can add them to my comprehensive team-by-team preview. I also will continue the quest for more schedules. This past Monday was a good day, but I still have less than half. Here’s a list of what I still need:

  • Duval public schools — Mandarin, Sandalwood, Ed White, Fletcher, Atlantic Coast, Paxon, Englewood, Stanton, Lee, Wolfson, Jackson, Raines.
  • Duval private schools — University Christian, Providence, Episcopal.
  • Clay County — Oakleaf, Middleburg.
  • St. Johns County — St. Augustine, Bartram Trail, Menendez, FSDB. Plus Baker County.

It’s critical that I get these schedules back ASAP. We are just a month away from the season beginning!


Other Results

NE Fla Folkstyle Challenge Results

At Terry Parker, Saturday, 9/28

Open Division (141.8-150 pounds) — 1. Scott Davis (Lake City). 2. Wolfgang Bradt (Gainesville). 3. Damien Berda (Gainesville). Results: Berda dec. Davis, 3-2; Bradt dec. Berda, 8-4; Davis pinned Bradt, 1:04.

Junior Division (112.2-115 pounds) — 1. Austin Wynn (Red & Black WC). 2. Devontae Middlebrooks (River City WC). 3. Thomas Bryant (Crusader WC). Results: Middlebrooks pinned Bryant, :18; Wynn dec. Middlebrooks, 6-2; Wynn pinned Bryant, 2:21.

(125-127) —  1. Rhett Rutledge (Gainesville). 2. Nick Toney (Crusader WC). 3. Joe Levine (Gainesville). Results: Rutledge pinned Levine, 1:36; Rutledge pinned Toney, 3:00; Toney pinned Levine, 1:37.

(140-150) — 1. Nikeem Butts (Brotherhood). 2. Shosa Lampkins (River City WC). 3. Adrian Rosa (Unattached). 4. Stefan Maillart (Buchholz). Results: Butts by default over Rosa; Lampkins pinned Maillart, :53; Butts pinned Maillart, 1:17; Lampkins dec. Rosa, 6-5; Butts dec. Lampkins, 7-1; Rosa pinned Maillart, 1:37.

(151-158) — 1. Bradshaw Steele (Team Jax). 2. Jared Langdo (Red & Black WC). 3. Ryan Baker (Red & Black WC). 4. Casey Nydoske (River City WC). Results: Langdo pinned Baker, 2:15; Steele pinned Nydoske, 1:15; Langdo pinned Nydoske (no time listed); Steele pinned Baker, 3:48; Steele dec. Langdo, 6-2; Baker pinned Nydoske, 1:33.

(167-175) — 1. Shawn Brown (Suwannee Matmen). 2. Myckel Hutchinson (Buchholz). 3. Brandon Dattoli (Team Jax). 4. Devon McNair (Suwannee Matmen). 5. Jesse Pafford (River City WC). Results: Hutchinson tf. Pafford, score not available; Dattoli pinned McNair, :53; Hutchinson def. Dattoli, score not available; Brown pinned Pafford, 2:31; Hutchinson dec. McNair, 3-0; Brown major dec. Dattoli, 10-0; Brown pinned Hutchinson, 2:34; McNair vs. Pafford, no score available; Dattori dec. Pafford, no score available; Brown major dec. McNair, 15-2.

Cadet Division (103-119 pounds) — 1. Joshua Harris (Team Jax). 2. William Steward (Brotherhood). 3. Landon Towers (Buchholz). 4. Peter Richa (Crusader WC). Results: Harris pinned Richa, :18; Steward dec. Towers, 4-1; Harris pinned Steward, :30; Towers dec. Richa, 8-7; Harris pinned Towers, :57; Steward pinned Richa, no time available.

(137-145) — 1. Kendall Durham (Suwannee Mat Rats). 2. Olugbek Delavar (Brotherhood). 3. Tanner Hazouri (Red & Black WC). 4. Paxton Driscoll (Crusader WC). 5. Tommy Boyle (Crusader WC). Results: 1. Durham pinned Delavar, :57; Driscoll dec. Boyle, no score available; Delavar pinned Boyle, 1:13; Durham pinned Hazouri, 2:45; Delavar dec. Driscoll, 5-0; Hazouri pinned Boyle, 3:12; Delavar pinned Hazouri, 1:45; Durham pinned Driscoll, :30; Durham pinned Boyle, :32; Hazouri pinned Driscoll, :22.

(151-154) — 1. Mitchell Pemberton (Brotherhood). 2. Anthony Moore (Buchholz). 3. Jonathan Pedrack (Buchholz). 4. Luke Karl (Knights Attack). Results: Moore major dec. Karl, no score available; Pemberton dec. Pedrack, no score available; Pemberton pinned Karl, :29; Moore dec. Pedrack, no score available; Pedrack pinned Karl, 2:22; Pemberton dec. Moore, 3-2.

(155-166.8) — 1. Jeremiah Bowlen (Brotherhood). 2. Brandon Hucko (Suwannee Matmen). 3. Josh Bove (Brotherhood). 4. Steven Stanton (Red & Black WC). Results: Hucko pinned Bove, 1:48; Bowlen pinned Stanton, 2:29; Bove by default over Stanton; Bowlen pinned Hucko, 2:45; Hucko by default over Stanton; Bove pinned Bowlen, 2:22.

Schoolboy Division (91.8-112.8 pounds) — 1. Gant Moore (Buchholz). 2. Garrett Tyre (Back In Black). 3. Jameson Harris (Team Jax). 4. John Timmons (Crusader WC). Results: Harris pinned Timmons, 2:35; Moore major dec. Tyre, 14-1; Moore pinned Harris, :14; Tyre pinned Timmons, 1:16; Tyre pinned Harris, 3:55; Moore by default over Timmons.

(120-124) — 1. Shawn Lanier (Team Jax). 2. Landon Dains (Team Florida). 3. Daniel Harper (Crusader Wrestling). Results: Lanier pinned Harper, :28; Dains pinned Harper, 2;24; Lanier pinned Dains, :45.

Follow me at @QChawkeyeinFL and @NEFloridaMatmen. We need schedules! If your school’s schedule is finalized, and you don’t see it here, email me at It’s time to Expand The Circle!

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NE Florida Matmen — The Next Level

Right now, as far as I know, there are 10 wrestlers within the NEFM area that are competing at the collegiate level. Here’s the list as it stands right now. Practices have already begun, and we should start to see who might make an impact right away.

Two wrestlers are in Division I programs. University Christian’s Josh Fox (’12) is at Ohio State and Fleming Island’s Victor Espana (’13) is at Edinboro.

There are two wrestlers in Division II, both at first-year program Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. Creekside’s Shane Carpenter (’13) is one of four freshmen at 184 and UC’s Robert Parland (’13) is battling with three other Cobras for a shot at the starting berth at 197.

Right now, I know of just one wrestler in Division III, where Ridgeview’s Coll Robertson (’13) made the long jaunt to Naperville, Illinois (just two hours from where I came from before moving here) to compete for North Central College.

There are four wrestlers in NAIA programs, all 2013 grads, and all in Midwestern programs. Cody Hankerson of UC is at Morningside College, while Middleburg’s Kyle McClinton is at Hannibal-LaGrange. Ben Galloway of Fleming Island is at Indiana Tech and Ponte Vedra’s Frank Giordano is at Bacone College.

Lastly, but not least, 2A two-time champion Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) is a first-year competitor at Iowa Western Community College, which was ranked fifth nationally in the last NJCAA nationwide rankings.

If you have knowledge of other NEFM-area wrestlers competing at the next level, let me know here! I’ll be updating their progress once the season begins in just a few weeks. That’s a very good thought…the season beginning in just a few weeks…



We’re just getting started…with what hopefully will be a website devoted to Northeast Florida wrestling. It’s been a little slower going than I would have liked, but I still have two months before the season begins.

In the meantime, I’ll be tinkering with the look. I’ll be adding links to FHSAA state, regional and district wrestling results for the past two seasons (three seasons for state results). I’ll be adding schedules. So far, I just have two (Bishop Kenny and Creekside). That might be the first link that comes up here.

This is only the beginning, however. Eventually, there will be a composite schedule by date. There will be a preview of the upcoming season, and (in the works) a feature story catching up with one of the area’s best wrestlers heading into his senior season. When the season begins, we will have results and at least one or two new stories each week. We will also have a college notebook outlining how local kids are faring at the next level.

Change isn’t just coming. Change is here. As we add more features, we’ll let you know what we’ve added on Twitter at @NEFloridaMatmen and @QChawkeyeinFL. We want your feedback. We want your ideas. And we want to deliver a quality product for you.

25 years ago, I started covering wrestling having no idea that I would wind up living in Florida and starting a website of my own. I’m not a techie. I’m more comfortable in a pad-and-paper world, covering this sport at ground level. But I’m getting there. Change isn’t easy.

But I feel like the sport is worth it. I think you’re worth it. Hopefully, in time and as this site develops, you’ll feel this website is worth your time, too. Keep working hard, and I’ll do the same. The season is just two months away now. It’ll come faster than you think. The go-live date for this site certainly has for me.