Live-tweet Tuesday

Follow my Twitter account at @NEFloridaMatmen to get match-by-match results as they happen from the Bolles/Episcopal dual tonight at Bolles. JV matches start at 6, and I would guess the varsity won’t be too far behind. After a quick stop on the way home to the gym (it’s nice that it’s an easy straight shot to my house from Bolles), I’ll post the dual results and write the story tonight. All of that should be here by 10:30, I should think. It’s nice to take a week away and even nicer to jump back into the game!


#NextLevel notes — December 2

Like their high school counterparts in the Northeast Florida Matmen area, college wrestlers largely took a break last week.

That is, of course, except for the one collegian competing not for a varsity letter or for a partial funding of his education, but for the sheer love of the sport.

Central Florida senior Chris Fox (Fleming Island ’10) used the holiday weekend to pick up a win for the Knights on Saturday in Fort Myers against Florida Gulf Coast.

Fox, competing at 125 pounds for UCF, defeated FGC’s David Nguyen 4-0 as part of the Knights’ 30-18 dual victory.

Fox wasnt alone on the winning side of things, though. Coker College freshman Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) contributed a significant 6-5 decision at 197 pounds last Monday as the Cobras won the first home dual in college history, knocking off St. Andrews College 25-13.

Speaking of Coker wrestlers, fellow Cobra freshman Shane Carpenter (Creekside ’13) tweeted earlier Monday that he is brace-free and stitches-free following surgery to repair a torn meniscus. With any luck, Carpenter should be back in the Coker starting lineup in just a few weeks.

Otherwise, most wrestlers were idle and remain that way until this weekend, with the following #NextLevel dates on the map:

  • Edinboro — home to Scots freshman Victor Espana (Fleming Island ’13) — hosts the University of Iowa on Thursday night and will host the PSAC Championships on Saturday.
  • Ohio State — home to Buckeye redshirt freshman Josh Fox (University Christian ’12) — will travel to the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday.
  • Coker — fresh off the home win mentioned earlier — will compete in a trio of duals hosted by in-state rival Newberry, all on Saturday.
  • North Central — home to Cardinal freshman Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) — will travel to the Wisconsin Open in Madison on Saturday.
  • Hannibal-LaGrange — home to Trojan freshman Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13) — also goes to Wisconsin, with a dual Friday at Maranatha Baptist and a tournament hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday.
  • Indiana Tech — home to Warrior first-year Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13) — will head far out west as well, competing in this weekend’s Battle of the Rockies Open in Great Falls, Montana.
  • Bacone College — home to Warrior first-year Frank Giordano (Ponte Vedra ’13) — will compete in duals at Wayland Baptist Friday night and at the Red Raider Duals in Amarillo, TX, on Saturday.
  • Iowa Western — home to Reiver first-year Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) — will compete in Saturday’s Buena Vista Open in Storm Lake, Iowa. Jackson has yet to start for the Reivers.
  • Washington & Lee — home to Generals senior Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10) is off until December 20. Likewise, UCF and Chris Fox have a long break, with no competitions scheduled until December 21.

Edge of the Mat #3

The quick review of what’s coming this week, to get more general sports fans hooked into our little corner of the universe that we love. Here’s the link:


November 30 Roundup Story

Sandalwood got its first taste of bracketed wrestling competition for 2013-14 Saturday, and if the result is any indication, the Saints found it as tough to swallow as a fourth Thanksgiving plate.

The Saints finished 14 out of 16 teams cometing in Saturday’s Ocala Forest Invitational, scoring 37 team points. Springstead, last year’s 2A state champion, won the meet with 164.5 points.

Donald Barie (113 pounds) was Sandalwood’s lone wrestler to visit the Forest podium on Saturday. Barie took second in the weight class, with two wins en route to the final.

Barie pinned Citrus’ James Wright in 1 minute and 4 seconds in the quarters, then decisioned Springstead’s Richie Rivera 9-3 in the semis. In the final, West Port’s Teancum Haynes — the top seed in the weight class — pinned Barie in 1:27.

Complete brackets for the 16-team IBT tournament can be found on our 13-14 Tournaments page.

Editor’s Note: Busy day on the site. Scout updated their ladders, so we’ll update their update. New team rankings will come out today with one tweak directly resulting from results last week. New 1010XL post to write. And — if there’s time — we’ll continue to work on records maintenance. IF your school has missing results, they will still be listed on our schedule page. Please help me by getting with your coach to submit these to us at!



So far, no results from the Jackson at Baker County dual from Tuesday night and I have seen two duals on Trackwrestling for Pedro Menendez. I do not think that is a complete set of even their duals, let alone Middleburg’s as well. So that means no roundups at least until Sunday and that only if I get brackets from Ocala Forest (even then, the story portion will focus on Sandalwood alone).

Record updating continues apace. Week 1 duals are all input into my files and I have gotten up to NF Duals II and Fleming Island within Week 2. Complete information is critical. Individual rankings will only be done on programs where I have complete results (and those will roll out midway through 2nd week in December). More information is better than less — any follower of this website that opens our daily paper can tell you that.

We have coverage plans for Tuesday night, a possible TRIPLEheader planned for Wednesday night, and for Thursday night next week, plus appearances at three tournaments on Saturday. More on that, of course, to follow RIGHT HERE.


November 25 Roundup Story

Mike Rickey and his Episcopal wrestlers wanted a taste of success before the Thanksgiving holiday.

They got it thanks largely to five pins Monday night in their home gym, taking down Stanton 48-24 for their first win of the 2013-14 in the only @NEFloridaMatmen area match of the evening.

The Eagles (1-7) rolled out to a 24-0 lead behind 3 forfeits and a fall at 220 from Conor Chepenik in the first four contested matches of the night. That lead extended to 42-0 behind a forfeit and pins from Connor Evans at 120, 7th-grader Curry Pajcic — wrestling his first match of the season — at 126, and Christian Rickey at 138.

Stanton, facing an even more severe short-handed situation than the Eagles, did rally behind their talented middles, as Nicholas Stiles (145) and Sothea Nou (152) both recorded pins, plus a forfeit win at 160, but the Eagles’ Mac Weldon slammed the door on the rally with a fall at 170.


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November 23 Roundup Story

Experience counts in large amounts, even for teams with high expectations and tons of talent.

For #1 Fleming Island on Saturday, not having the services of state-ranked and state-tournament tested seniors Evan McCall (staph infection) and Peter Martorano (waiting to certify after a school field trip forced a missed certification date), plus newly-transferred state qualifier Trevor Betros (shoulder) didn’t mean a day-long struggle.

It just meant a day without a team title at the Robert “Keystone” Northway Duals, a day punctuated at the start by a presentation of a plaque signed by the entire Fleming team and given to the Northway family.

The Golden Eagles ran through what was by comparison the tougher of two pools with relative ease, defeating #6 Ridgeview (63-18) and #9 St. Augustine handily (54-27), as well as Bishop Kenny (66-0) and Duval Charter (72-0).

In the day’s finale, though, Fleming Island ran into Georgia 2012 Class AAAAA duals champion in Camden County, and with so much of its battle-tested experience sitting the day out, Camden proved too tough for the Golden Eagles, taking a 42-18 decision and the title of the 11-team event.

Ridgeview rallied from the pool-round loss to its Clay County rival, however, and went on to take third place, taking a 54-24 victory over a surprising Forrest team, also in its season-opener. Both Ridgeview and Forrest were 3-1 in their respective pools.

St. Augustine edged First Coast 38-29 for fifth, and #9 Pedro Menendez took seventh with a 43-18 victory over Oakleaf.

Tough going for Raiders: #3 Orange Park ran into some rough seas Saturday at the Tallahassee Lincoln duals, going 2-3 on the day.

Orange Park (9-3 for the season) defeated Arnold 45-32 and Tallahassee Chiles 48-30, but fell to event champion Tallahassee Lincoln 46-24, Wakulla 45-36 and Marianna 36-34 on the day.

Two Orange Park wrestlers — Skyler Taylor (170) and Christian Tejada (285) — did go 5-0 on the day for the Raiders. Tejada is a perfect 12-0 for the season.

Hornets stung in Deltona: Yulee opened the 2013-14 season with some tough sledding at the Deltona Duals, taking just one win on the day, a 42-32 decision over Hagerty.

The Hornets fell 47-23 to Ocala Forest, 61-18 to duals champion Timber Creek, 51-21 to Deland and 45-30 to the event hosts.


Edge of the Mat #2

Edge of the Mat #2

Our review of last week, our preview of this week, and a word not to get too close to someone who’s controlling their weight on Thursday. Being blast-doubled into unconsciousness is a good way to miss out on pumpkin pie.


#NextLevel notebook — November 25

It’s been a long road for Ohio State University redshirt freshman Josh Fox.

A history of injuries — most recently a shoulder recently damaged while drilling with U.S. Olympic Team hopeful J.D. Bergman, a Buckeye graduate — have dotted Fox’s wrestling career over the past several years.

Last weekend, Fox got his chance to compete as a Buckeye in something other than open competitions, making the most of it in duals Saturday night and Sunday.

With family from Jacksonville making the 520-plus roadie to southern North Carolina, Fox (University Christian ’12) went 1-1 against Duke and Davidson, falling 9-1 Saturday night and taking a 9-0 win over Davidson’s Michael Moore.

Those four team points Sunday helped Ohio State build a 40-6 victory over Davidson on a day in which Buckeye coach Tom Ryan secured his 200th victory.

Fox’s loss on Saturday night was to Conner Hartman of Duke, ranked 19th nationally at 197, a weight up from where he normally competes.

“The weight difference was notable,” Bishop Kenny assistant coach Zach Fox said of his brother’s performance against Hartman. “He got ridden for 3:34 (in a 7-minute match) but he looked good on his feet, though.”

— North Central’s Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) went 1-2 on Saturday at the Concordia (WI) University Open in the 149-pound weight class. Robertson decisioned Wabash’s Patrick Parham 7-2 for his lone victory.

— Hannibal-LaGrange’s Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13) went 1-2 at the Joe Parisi Open, hosted by Lindenwood (MO) University on Saturday. McClinton had a 35-second fall over Rock Kassebaum of Lincoln College for his win.

— In Coker College’s first dual meet in school history last Thursday, Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) fell by a 3-1 decision at 197. Parland and the Cobras host St. Andrews College tonight, Coker’s first home dual.

— NCWA senior wrestler Chris Fox (Fleming Island ’10, competing for Central Florida’s club team) was 1-2 on Saturday at the Shorter College Open in Rome, Georgia. He’ll be in Fort Myers this weekend for competition against Florida Gulf Coast University.

— There were no appearances for: Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13) for Indiana Tech at the Comet Duals hosted by Olivet (MI) College Saturday; Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10) for Washington & Lee in the Generals’ 47-0 dual loss to Division I George Mason Saturday; Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) in Iowa Western’s win over Iowa Lakes last Wednesday. Additionally, no report was available at publication time on Iowa Western’s dual Sunday against Baker, or on Bacone College’s dual with Oklahoma City University Saturday.