#NextLevel Update

Two local wrestlers begin the 2014-15 NCAA DIvision II season with regional rankings in the division’s Super Region 2 poll, released by the region’s coaches late last week.

Coker College senior Travis Laxton (Suwannee ’10) and sophomore Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) both snagged top-5 mentions at their respective weight classes, as the Cobras begin the season ranked 7th as a team in Super Region 2.

Laxton enters his first year as a Coker wrestler, begins the year ranked fifth at 125 pounds. Laxton was 27-10 at Newberry a year ago, including a 15-2 record against other wrestlers in the region.

Parland is ranked third in the region at 197 after a 12-16 freshman season for the Cobras. He was 7-11 against region wrestlers a year ago.

Coker has five wrestlers that have preseason rankings. The Cobras begin competition at the Citadel Open on Saturday.

— Fox to compete in Michigan State Open: Ohio State University redshirt sophomore Josh Fox (University Christian ’12) will be competing in Sunday’s Michigan State Open in East Lansing. Fox is No. 2 on the Buckeye depth chart at 184 pounds.

— Wrestlers that are competing in #NextLevel competitions, either at the collegiate level or higher, should let us know! Comment the site if you are on a collegiate roster, whether club or varsity. (Side note: I’ve learned about two former Bradford wrestlers who are now running the NCWA program in Idaho) We’re hoping to reach out to UNF’s club team as well!

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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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