At Long Last! The Start of the #NextLevel Season Wrapups

OK, so the #NextLevel notebook is coming out. In chunks. It just seemed too daunting to send it all out at once. So it’s going to be broken up.

We’ll start with the Division II Coker College freshmen, Shane Carpenter (Creekside, 184 pounds) and Robert Parland (University Christian, 197).

When last we left Carpenter and Parland in South Carolina around mid-January, Carpenter had just (mostly) returned from surgery to rejoin his @NEFloridaMatmen teammate Parland in the starting lineup.

On January 25, the Cobras competed in the Super Region Two duals at nearby (and rival) Newberry. There, Coker beat #11 (regionally-ranked) Tiffin 34-15 and #7 Shippensburg 18-17, falling to national #11 IUPUI-Indianapolis by a 34-12 score and to regional #8 Findlay, 24-21.

Carpenter was 2-2 on the day, with a forfeit win against Tiffin and a 9-6 decision over Findlay, while Parland was 1-1, with a decision over Tiffin and loss to Findlay.

Next up for the Cobras was a January 30 road dual against Anderson, a 28-17 Coker victory. In that meet, Parland won by fall over Robert Johnson in 4:45, all but securing the victory for the Cobras.

On February 9, Coker had a pair of duals against Ohio Valley and King, defeating Ohio Valley 22-13 and falling to King 24-21. Parland won in sudden victory in the King dual, tying it at 21, but lost to Ohio Valley. From all accounts, Carpenter didn’t wrestle in any of those three duals.

Both were back for the Division II Midwest Super Regionals at Tiffin (OH) College on February 28 and March 1.

Carpenter went 1-2 in the tournament, losing by fall against Belmont Abbey’s Marcus Dwaileebe. He won his first wrestleback by a 5-2 decision over Alec Bissel, but his season came to an end with an overtime loss by fall to George Lopez of Indianapolis. Carpenter’s first-year record was 8-9.

Parland got into the second day of the tournament after losing by a 4-2 decision to Taylor Scott of Indianapolis in the first round. Parland then won twice on the backside, with wins over Findlay’s Gerald Beck (7-2) and Taylor’s Kaleb Matchett (3-2) to reach the consolation semifinals. There, he wound up with a loss, completing his first collegiate season with a 14-16 record.


#NextLevel notebook — December 16

It was a pretty quiet weekend on the #NextLevel front.

The only wrestler to achieve victories last weekend was Ohio State redshirt freshman Josh Fox (University Christian ’12), who competed in open competition at the Cleveland Open, hosted by Cleveland State University over the weekend.

Fox reached the 184-pound semifinals, where he lost in the semis to Anthony Abro of Eastern Michigan. From there, he took medical-forfeit losses to finish sixth in the tournament.

Only two other local wrestlers were in competition last weekend, due either to injuries or events not being on the schedule.

Coker College freshman Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) was 0-2 in the 197-pound bracket of the Midwest Classic, held in Indianapolis, Ind. Parland faced top-ranked Carl Broghammer of Upper Iowa University in the championship bracket for his first match.

North Central College freshman Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) was 0-2 at the Cardinals’ own open tournament in the 149-pound weight class. Robertson was matched against the weight class’s #4 seed in the championship bracket’s first round.


#NextLevel Notes — December 9

Slowly but surely, Coker College freshman Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) is becoming an anchor in the Cobras’ starting lineup.

On Saturday, Parland’s 7-3 win over Alderson-Broaddus’s Nicholas Nester at 197 pounds secured Coker’s 20-19 victory at the Newberry Duals, where Coker went 2-1 on the day.

Parland later took care of business against Darton College’s Harrison Stadnick, earning an 11-5 decision that contributed to Coker’s 27-13 team win. Parland then went overtime against Jared Merritt of Lake Erie College before falling, 3-1, in sudden victory.

Saturday also marked the return of freshman Shane Carpenter (Creekside ’13) to Coker’s lineup. Mere days after getting stitches removed and a bulky bandage off his knee as a result of surgery to torn meniscus, Carpenter wrestled against Alderson-Broaddus, falling 4-1 at 184.

North Central (IL) freshman Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) went 0-2 at the Wisconsin Open in Madison Saturday, falling to Division I wrestler Christian Pagdilao in the second round of the front side of the bracket, and dropping a 3-2 decision on the back end.

There were no appearances from: Ohio State redshirt freshman Josh Fox (University Christian ’12) at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas; Edinboro freshman Victor Espana (Fleming Island ’13) at the PSAC tournament last weekend; Indiana Tech first-year Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13) at the Battle of the Rockies duals; Hannibal-LaGrange freshman Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Open, and Iowa Western first-year Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) at the Buena Vista (IA) Open. Washington & Lee, home to senior Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10) is off until December 20 and Central Florida club wrestler Chris Fox (Fleming Island ’10) is off until December 21.


#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.

#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.


#NextLevel notebook — November 18

North Central (IL) freshman Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) is still getting used to calling the western suburbs of Chicago a “sweet home.”

It got a little sweeter for Robertson, however, at Saturday’s Trine University Open, where Robertson picked up his first intercollegiate victories at 149 pounds while wrestling unattached for the Cardinals.

Robertson defeated wrestlers from Alma and Olivet, both Michigan colleges, to reach the quarterfinals at 149, where his path to advancement came to an end. Robertson went 2-2 on the day, two matches short of a place finish.

Robertson and the Cardinals will swing into action next this coming Saturday at the Concordia Open in Mequon, Wis.

Coker College freshman Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) picked up his third win of 2013-14 on Sunday at the North Carolina State Open, knocking off a Division I wrestler from Davidson in sudden victory, 3-1, at 197 pounds. Parland went 1-2 on the day, facing three D1 wrestlers.

Other than Robertson and Parland, it was a quiet week for @NEFloridaMatmen #NextLevel wrestlers. Coker freshman Shane Carpenter (Creekside ’13) sustained a torn meniscus and is hoping to compete in the Cobras’ home dual, along with Parland, on Thursday against Limestone. Washington & Lee senior Daniel Igel (Bolles ’10) missed Saturday’s dual against Manchester. The Generals’ next match is this coming Saturday with a home date against George Mason. Indiana Tech freshman Ben Galloway (Fleming Island ’13) did not compete in Saturday’s Eastern Michigan Open in either the duals or open competitions. Tech next competes in the Comet Duals at Olivet College this coming Saturday. Iowa Western CC first-year Jamarius Jackson (Ridgeview ’13) did not compete at the Harold Nichols Open, hosted by Iowa State, on Saturday, but Jackson could see action in the Reivers’ duals Wednesday against Iowa Lakes CC and Sunday against Pratt. Hannibal-LaGrange was idle this weekend, but freshman Kyle McClinton (Middleburg ’13) and the Trojans will be at the Joe Parisi Open this coming Saturday.

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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.