And that is just on the Northeast side of the coverage area. I know of two Northwest-side signees — so far.

We’ve had several wrestlers, since the site began, sign to compete in wrestling in college. This year’s class stands at 15 Northeast-area college recruits that have signed letters of intent. I can’t tell you how personally proud I will be to follow you all at the #NextLevel. I just hope that I have sufficient time.

FIFTEEN. Just wow.


Flanked by coaches Chris Newton (left) and Wes Champ (right), with their respective parents standing behind them, Oakleaf High School alumni Geneva Winston (2016) and Chris Griffin (2015) sign their wrestling letters of intent Thursday afternoon in the Knights’ gym. Winston will attend Brewton-Parker (Ala.) University, while Griffin is set to attend Limestone (SC) College (photo submitted by Eric Franklin).

Here’s the FULL list:

  • Geneva Winston, Oakleaf (Brewton-Parker University, NAIA)
  • Chris Griffin, Oakleaf (2015 grad, Limestone College, NCAA Division II)
  • 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) — side note: Sampsel and Griffin will be dorm roommates at Limestone.
  • 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 University)

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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