#NextLevel — December 3-4

Northeast Florida Matmen

ORLANDO — Just one point separated the Central Florida NCWA team from winning the top spot at their own tournament, the Central Florida Open, on Saturday.

The Knights were narrowly outpointed, 151-150, by UNC-Pembroke. Florida was a distant third, with 58 points, with South Florida fourth at 41, a contingent of Southeastern wrestlers fifth at 35.5, Florida State sixth at 34, with Florida Gulf Coast seventh at 31, FIU eighth at 11.5. Emanuel sent one wrestler that did not score.

Southeastern’s Zac Branning (Flagler Palm Coast ’15) finished second at 125 pounds for the Fire, with a tech fall over FGCU’s Austin Wentwort (16-0), a 7-4 decision over unattached wrestler Michael Perez and then fell in the finals to Central Florida’s Tim Sakow, 13-4.

At 133, UCF’s Justin Trinh (Ridgeview ’16) took sixth, reaching the semis with an 18-4 major over FSU’s Daniel Bell, but then fell by major to UNC-Pembroke’s Jonathan Miller, 20-8. Trinh then lost in the consi semis, 9-7, to Joe Ballantyne of UNC-Pembroke and 9-3 to Raymond Trancoso of Florida. South Florida’s Rory Roderick (Oakleaf ’13) was 0-2 in the bracket, losing by fall to Trancoso in 5:59 in the quarters and then to Ballantyne in 5:54 in the consis.

At 141, Florida’s Cole Schreiber (Columbia ’13) finished third, with a 15-1 loss to eventual champion and unattached wrestler Justin Ramirez in the semis, but rallied in the consis behind a fall over teammate Jonathan Yap in 3:25 and 4-2 decision over unattached wrestler Isaiah Colgan in the third-place match.

At 149, Florida’s Coll Robertson (Ridgeview ’13) also was third, losing by fall to UNC-Pembroke’s Tyler Makosy (4:57) in the semis. Robertson pinned UNC-Pembroke’s Eddie Allen in 1:30 in the consi semis and decisioned Southeastern’s Marcus Macias, 4-2, for third.

Teams with local coaches update:

Chris Bono (Bolles alum, Division I South Dakota State): His Jackrabbits went 3-0 on Sunday at the South Dakota Showcase in Sioux Falls, taking down Northern State (28-8), Dakota Wesleyan (56-0) and Augustana SD (37-6). Ben Gillette (125), Alex Kocer (149) and David Kocer (174) were all 3-0 for SDSU (4-2 in duals for the season, ranked 20th nationally).

Cy Wainwright (Clay alum, Division II Newberry College): His Wolves were 2-1 at the Patriot Duals on Saturday at University of the Cumberlands in Wiliamsburg, KY, defeating Life University (30-9) and Southeastern University (31-9, see related note below) before falling to the hosts, 19-16. Three Newberry wrestlers — Trung Duong (125), Alex Rice (157) and Nick Young (165) — all were 3-0 on the day for the Wolves. Newberry is ranked #8 in the NCAA Division II power rankings.

Here’s a rundown on Northeast-area Matmen alumni who wrestled for their collegiate teams this past weekend:

Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16, Iowa Lakes CC): Was runnerup in the College A bracket at 149 pounds while competing at the Buena Vista Open in Storm Lake, IA, on Saturday. Maia won three matches by decision to reach the final, defeating NIACC’s Austin Anderly, 11-9 in sudden victory, in the first round, then Grand View’s Bill Adusei, 5-3, in the quarters. In the semis, Maia downed Upper Iowa’s Hunter Slifka, 8-6, to reach Grand View senior Derek Miller. Maia medical-forfeited at that point. Maia is #6 nationally at 149 in the NJCAA polls.

Derek Miller (Clay ’16, Iowa Western CC): Placed sixth in the College A bracket at 133 while competing at the Buena Vista Open. Miller decisioned Iowa Lakes’ Lamont Wilson, 13-7, in the first round, and then fell to Briar Cliff’s Michael Andreano, 7-3, in the quarters. In the 5th-6th bracket, Miller knocked off Concordia NE’s Chad Skokowski, 11-5, but then lost by tech fall, 19-2, to Iowa Lakes’ George Farmah. Miller is ranked #8 nationally at 133 in the NJCAA polls.

Scott Dollison (Episcopal ’16, Briar Cliff): Was the consolation champion in the College A bracket at 285 while competing at the Buena Vista Open. After losing by fall in 3:18 to eventual third-place finisher Gary Whitaker of Ellsworth CC, Dollison won three consecutive matches on the back side, decisioning Iowa Lakes’ Elvis Banks 11-4, Upper Iowa’s Avery Jacobs 6-2 and Northwestern’s Ray Schroder, 4-3, in th consolation final.

Marcus Zeighler (Columbia ’16, Bacone College): Went 2-2 at the Wayland Invitational in Texas on Saturday while competing at 285, losing by fall to eventual finalist James Jones of Midland NE in 1:45 in the first round. Zeighler then won twice in the consi rounds, decisioning Central Baptist AR’s Francisco Joseph, 4-3 in double-OT, and then 12-6 over Wayland Baptist’s Tim McCutcheon before falling to Wayland Baptist’s Nik Gates in 6:38 in the consi semis.

Hayden Good (Bartram Trail ’15, Johns Hopkins): Went 1-2 at the New Standard Corporation, hosted by York College PA on Saturday, competing at 285. Good lost his first match, 3-2, to Coast Guard’s Colton Rausch (Auburndale grad), but rallied with a fall in 3:35 over US Merchant Marine’s Kevin Dinh in the first round of consis. Good then lost to Cortland’s Nick Lupi, 10-4, in the second round.

Josh Walker (Columbia ’15, Neosho CC): Went 1-2 at the Bob Smith Open in Hays, KS, while competing at 197 on Saturday. Walker’s first match was a fall in 2:30 over Labette CC’s Kevin Easterwood, but Walker then lost to Fort Hays State’s Jon Inman in the round of 16 by a 19-1 technical fall. Walker then lost in the wrestlebacks to Western State’s David Traynor, 14-4.

Nathan Cleland (Bishop Snyder ’15, Southeastern University): Started for the Fire at 197 pounds as they competed in the Patriot Duals, hosted by University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY on Saturday. Against the hosts in a 26-18 dual loss, Cleland lost by fall in 4 minutes to Ramsey Bloy. Cleland went a full seven minutes against Newberry’s Austin Crocker, losing by a 9-5 decision in Southeastern’s 31-9 loss to the Wolves.

Conner Cronk (Bolles ’16, Hampden-Sydney): Saw action in the Tigers’ 33-15 dual win Saturday over Southern Virginia, receiving a forfeit victory at 157. Cronk did not wrestle in Hampden-Sydney’s 36-9 loss to Ohio Valley 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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