#NextLevelNine: Shoen signs with Dubuque

Everywhere in Iowa in the winter months, the conversations are about wrestling. It’s one of, if not the hottest, the hotbeds of wrestling in America. And Middleburg’s Jonathan Shoen will be entering that hotbed, signing with the University of Dubuque, an NCAA Division III school.


Two-time Middleburg state placewinner Jonathan Shoen prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend and wrestle for the University of Dubuque for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Shoen was a district and region champion for the Broncos this past year, finishing second in Class 2A at 170 pounds at states. UD is an NCAA DIvision III and is part of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, perhaps the premier wrestling conference in Division III. (Photo submitted by Erica Shoen).

As it stands now, among committed wrestlers, here are this spring and summer’s #NextLevel confirmed signees (I’ve heard about one more, but it hasn’t been confirmed to me yet):

EDITOR’S NOTE FRIDAY NIGHT: We were wrong in the headline, there were actually 10 at this point.

  • 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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