#NextLevel: For Bacone Foes, Outlook is `Bear’-ish


Columbia alum Marcus Zeighler (left, pictured here with current Tiger Chace Curtis in December 2015) went 3-0 Saturday to win the UT-Arlington Southwest Open in Arlington, TX, on Saturday.

Northeast Florida Matmen
ARLINGTON, TX — In Lake City, Marcus Zeighler is simply known as Bear.

Around Bacone College circles in Oklahoma, Zeighler might be called by another short nickname after this weekend.

Champ. Zeighler won three matches at the Southwest Open, hosted by the University of Texas-Arlington on Saturday. He opened with an sudden-victory (no surprise to those of us who’ve seen him wrestle often) win, 4-2, over Chris Woods of the University of Houston, Downtown Campus, in the quarters.

From there, Zeighler — who was competing, as far as results have shown so far this year — in his first intercollegiate meet Saturday, falled Wayland Baptist’s Tim McCutcheon in five minutes to get to the finals.

And there, he was able to score once and hold off Texas State’s Trae Rodriguez, 3-1, for his first collegiate title.

Here’s a roundup of local wrestlers and their competition on Saturday (Sunday competition, and those wrestlers who competed earlier in the week, will be summarized sometime tomorrow night):

Corey Van Dorn (Orange Park ’14, University of Nebraska-Kearney): Represented the host Lopers at the UNK Holiday Inn Open, winning all but just one match on the day at 197 in the amateur division. Van Dorn had two wins on the front, with a 9-5 decision over Morningside’s Jacob Wiley and then a fall over Northwest Kansas’s Turah Reed, in 2:06, before falling in the quarters, 7-1, to unattached wrestler Matthew Kindler. On the back side, Van Dorn decisioned Colorado Mines’ Anthony Spallino, 5-4, and then won again by a 5-4 count over Nebraska Wesleyan’s Brett Lodema to get to the consi semis. There, he decisioned New Mexico Highlands’ Christopher Collins, 3-0, and then won 6-3 over Adams State’s Khalil Gipson in the third-place match.

Evyn Insalaco (Flagler Palm Coast ’16, Southeastern University): Rallied from a first-round loss at the Shorter Open in Rome, GA, to take fourth place in the 157 bracket for the Fire. Insalaco fell to the NAIA’s top-ranked 157, Lindsey Wilson’s Cam Tessari, by fall in 3:47. From there, though, Insalaco would win three straight matches, with a fall in 1:19 over North Georgia’s Jacob Beckham, then a 4-3 win over unattached wrestler Brady Emerson in the consi quarters and an 8-7 decision in the consi semis over Fire teammate Ryan Strickland. In the third-place match, Insalaco fell 11-4 to another Fire teammate Gio Bonilla, a 2016 Class 3A state champion (Osceola).

Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16, Iowa Lakes Community College): Picked up a win with the #2 Lakers in their 24-17 dual victory over #9 Ellsworth Community College on Wednesday night. Competing at 149 pounds, Maia had a familiar foe in Ellsworth purple across from him — 2016 Winter Springs graduate Xavier Maxwell — and came away with a 9-4 victory by decision in the dual.

Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13, Rhode Island College): Went 3-2 at the Doug Parker Invitational in Springfield, MA, competing at 157. Ford won twice by fall to get to the quarters, with a fall in 1:31 over New England College’s Pat Kelly, and pin in 2:17 over Springfield Tech Community College’s Austin Kirby. In the quarters, Ford fell by a 16-5 major to Coast Guard’s Christopher Sullivan, but then picked off a third win on the back side, with a 12-5 decision over Nick Simeti of Plymouth State. Ford was one match short of the podium, however, falling 9-3 in the consi quarters to another Coast Guard wrestler, Christian Gosch.

Tristain Sichmeller (Clay ’15, Concordia University-NE): Went 2-2 at 174 (amateur division) while competing in the UNK Holiday Inn Open. Sichmeller teched Chadron State’s Ethan Haddock, 16-0, and then majored Nebraska Wesleyan’s Matthew Fricke, 12-3 to get to the third round, where he lost by fall to Barton’s David Kelly in 4:14. In the consis, Sichmeller fell 9-5 to unattached wrestler Tyler Seif.

Scott Dollison (Episcopal ’16, Briar Cliff University): Went 2-2 at 285 (amateur division), with a pair of falls on the front side at the UNK Holiday Inn Open. Dollison pinned Northwestern (IA)’s Victor Garcia in 1:45 and then pinned Colorado State’s Drew Strong in 4:28, before losing in the quarters by fall to Air Force’s Bryce Town in 6:05. Dollison then lost in the first consi match he had, taking a loss by fall in 6:32 to unattached wrestler Rulon Taylor.

Zach Branning (Flagler Palm Coast ’15, Southeastern University): Branning went 1-2 at the Shorter Open, competing at 125. Branning majored North Georgia’s Caleb Hamilton, 10-1, to get to the quarters, where he lost to eventual bracket finalist Timothy Britt of Life University, 7-3. Branning then lost in the fourth round of consolations to Reinhardt University’s Jonathan Ragsdale, 16-10.

Johan Olarte (Sandalwood ’08, Reinhardt University): Went 1-2 at the Shorter Open, also competing at 125. Olarte earned a 13-7 win over Life University’s Immanuel Benton, but then lost in the second round, 4-0, to Central Florida’s Timothy Sakow. Olarte took a second decision by loss in the third round of consis, falling 10-6 to Middle Tennessee’s Byron Smith.

Cole Schreiber (Columbia ’13, University of Florida): Went 1-2 at the Shorter Open, competing at 141 for the NCWA club team in Gainesville. Schreiber pinned Southeastern’s Claudest Sherman in 2:06 in his first match, but then lost in the quarters to eventual finalist Garrett Webb of Life by fall in 1:52. In the consis, Schreiber fell in the fourth round to unattached wrestler Dylan Buis, 3-1.

Conner Cronk (Bolles ’16, Hampden-Sydney College): Went 1-2 at the Star City Open, competing at 157. Cronk dropped a first-round loss to Huntingdon’s Pierce Erhardt, 10-3, but picked up a win on the back side of the bracket against Alexander Veals of Bridgewater College, taking a 9-1 major in consi round 2. Cronk then lost by fall to Louis Bernard of West Virginia Tech in consi round 3.

Nathan Cleland (Bishop Snyder ’15, Southeastern University): Went 1-2 at the Shorter Open, competing at 184. Cleland fell in the quarters to Middle Tennessee’s Brett Brown, 6-2, but then won by medical forfeit in the consi second round over South Florida’s Elliott Morales. In the consi third round, Cleland fell by major decision, 13-2, to Lindsey Wilson’s Corey Hinkle.

Derek Miller (Clay ’16, Iowa Western Community College): Lost via quick fall in the #1 Reivers’ 37-9 dual victory over #13 North Iowa Area CC Thursday night in Mason City, Iowa. Miller was pinned by NIACC’s Robert Rodriguez in 31 seconds.

Trevor Belden (Ridgeview ’16, Huntingdon College): Went 0-2 at the Star City Open in Roanoke, VA, competing at 133. Belden lost in the quarters to eventual finalist Bobby Ziehfreund of Ferrum College, 8-3. Then, in the second round of consolations, another Ferrum wrestler, Nico Rivera, won by fall over Belden, in 28 seconds.

Rory Roderick (Oakleaf ’13, South Florida): Went 0-2 at the Shorter Open, competing at 133. Roderick fell to fellow NCWA wrestler Edison Garcia of Central Florida, 12-5, in the first round, and then came back on the consi side, falling to Brewton-Parker wrestler Immanuel Henderson by fall in 4:47.

Kyle Borgus (Interlachen ’14, Huntingdon College): Like teammate Belden, Borgus met up with the eventual finalist at the Star City Open, Ferrum’s Blake Rosenbaum at 174 pounds, and lost by fall in the quarters. In the second round of consolations, Borgus squared off with Huntingdon teammate Wyatt Miller, losing by fall to Miller in 2:37.


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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