#NextLevel Update — December 30

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).

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I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in both 1992 and again in 2011. But I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. We combined those sites into North Florida Matmen in the summer of 2018. And, we've started South Georgia Matmen in November of 2018. Our work is never paywalled, our content is searchable for all time. We're here because the kids keep lacing 'em up, so we'll keep writing 'em up.

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