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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!

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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!

 

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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 nefloridamatmen@gmail.com. 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…

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INTRODUCTION — CHANGE IS HERE

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.