#NextLevel Now At 12: Miller, Samec Sign Letters

(EDITOR’S NOTE on 7/28/16: We actually have 13, and we’re waiting on details (photos) on two Oakleaf signees that would make it 15 collegiate wrestlers who’ve signed this year. This is a good problem to have, to have so many kids wrestling in college that it’s tough to keep them all straight!)

We’ve got 12 Northeast Florida Matmen-area wrestlers competing at the #NextLevel in 2016-17 that are starting new collegiate careers this fall. Plus the group of returners that are eligible to come back, we might have close to 20 kids.


Flanked by parents and/or guardians, with coach Jim Reape behind them, Clay seniors Derek Miller (left center) and Roland Samec (right center) prepare to sign their letters of intent to attend college and wrestle. Miller, the 132-pound 1A state champion in March, will attend Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, an NJCAA school, while Samec (3rd at 285) will compete for University of the Ozarks, located in Clarksville, AR.

Here’s the FULL list:

  • Derek Miller, Clay (Iowa Western CC, NJCAA)
  • Roland Samec, Clay (University of the Ozarks, NAIA)
  • Kristopher Smith, St. Augustine (Northland Community Tech, NJCAA)
  • Jonathan Shoen, Middleburg (University of Dubuque, NCAA Division III)
  • Xaiver Sampsel, Fleming Island (Limestone College, NCAA Division II)
  • Nick Hobday, Fletcher (2015 grad, Bacone College, NAIA)
  • Kaz Maia, Flagler Palm Coast (Iowa Lakes CC, NJCAA)
  • Marcus Zeighler, Columbia (Bacone College)
  • Trevor Belden, Ridgeview (Huntingdon College, Division III)
  • Evyn Insalaco, Flagler Palm Coast (Southeastern University, NAIA)
  • Scott Dollison, Episcopal (Briar Cliff University, NAIA)
  • Dylan Rossetti, Middleburg (St Andrews University, NAIA)
  • Tracy Davis, Fleming Island (Southeastern)

I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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One comment on “#NextLevel Now At 12: Miller, Samec Sign Letters
  1. Fred says:

    Congrats to Roland Shoen and Derrick

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