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.

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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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