No surprise, but there’s been little on the collegiate mat scene over the last couple of weeks. Here’s a quick trip around the country to check in with @NEFloridaMatmen-area wrestlers, most of whom return to intercollegiate wrestling this weekend.
Coker College: Home to freshmen Shane Carpenter (184, Creekside ’13) and Robert Parland (197, University Christian ’13), the Cobras (4-1 in duals this season) travel to face D2’s #4 team, instate rival Newberry, at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Cobras have been idle since December 14’s Midwest Classic in Indianpolis, Ind.
Washington & Lee: Senior Daniel Igel (157, Bolles ’10) got his first action since early in the season with three matches at the East Coast Holiday Classic, hosted by Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, on December 20. Igel was matched up against the bracket’s #1 seed in the first round, losing by fall, but won against teammate Alex Niemann in the consolation round and then narrowly lost 5-4 to a wrestler from Johnson & Wales, one round short of placing. Washington & Lee will host Ohio Northern and Ferrum on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.
North Central College: Freshman Coll Robertson (149, Ridgeview ’13) went 1-2 in extra matches at the Florida Gulf Coast Duals in Fort Myers on December 21, Robertson’s only matches in his home state this year. Robertson defeated a Wheeling Jesuit wrestler by decision and lost to wrestlers from Alma (MI) and Central (IA). North Central next competes in the Knox College Duals in Galesburg, Ill., on Saturday.
Hannibal-LaGrange: First year Kyle McClinton (141, Middleburg ’13) and the rest of the Trojans have been off since December 14. Hannibal-LaGrange will also be at Knox College’s duals event on Saturday.
Indiana Tech: Ranked 11th in the last NAIA national poll, the Warriors — including first-year Ben Galloway (174, Fleming Island ’13) — have been off since going 3-1 at their own duals event on December 14. Indiana Tech takes to the mats on Saturday with the Campbellsville Duals in Kentucky, an all-day event.
Iowa Western Community College: The 10th-ranked (NJCAA) Reivers — including first-year Jamarius Jackson (133, Ridgeview ’13), who has yet to see action — have been off since December 7. Iowa Western will next compete in the Roger Denker Open in Warrensburg, Mo., on January 12.
Central Florida (club): The Knights — including senior Chris Fox (125, Fleming Island ’10) — competed in four duals at the Luther Gator event in Nashville, Tenn., on December 21, going 2-2 with wins over Messiah College (30-10) and Elmhurst College #2 (25-20), losing to Waynesburg University (34-6) and Luther College (40-6).