#NextLevel: December 14-18

Northeast Florida Matmen

INDIANAPOLIS — Newberry College’s wrestling team, ranked 12th nationally in the Division II Wrestling Coaches’ Association poll under head coach and Clay alum Cy Wainwright, finished 15th out of 38 teams at the two-day Midwest Classic last weekend.

The Wolves finished second among Eastern College Athletic Conference teams, with only 11th-place Emmanuel (55 points) finishing ahead of Newberry, which scored 52.5. Wisconsin-Parkside won the tournament with 112 points, followed by Maryville at 94 and Pittsburgh-Johnstown third at 90.5 in the two-day bracketed tournament.

Newberry had three placers in the tournament, with Huston Evans (174) taking fourth and Jordan Simpson (133) fifth. Evans, ranked #3 nationally in Division II, sustained his first loss of the season in the semis. Additionally, Trung Duong (125) placed eighth after medical forfeits derailed his tournament.

Newberry’s recap of the weekend can be found here: http://www.newberrywolves.com/wr/news/2016-17/9386/newberry-finishes-15th-at-midwest-classic/

Coker College’s Robert Parland (University Christian ’13) also competed in the event at 197, going 2-2 for the tournament. Parland won by major decision over Lindsey Wilson’s Kohl Dodd, 12-4, but then lost in the second round, 2-1 in double overtime, to Truman State’s Samuel Reeves. Parland won his first consi match by a 9-5 decision over Central Missouri’s Grant Sparks, but then fell to Upper Iowa University’s Ryan Parmely, 4-0, in the third round of consis.

Here’s a summary of Matmen-area alumni now competing at the #NextLevel and their performances over the past few days:

Josh Fox (University Christian ’12, Ohio State University): Started for the Buckeyes at 285 pounds in Sunday’s 43-3 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams, held at Wadsworth HS, high-school home of Fox’s roommate, Nick Tavanello. Unfortunately for Fox, an uncalled takedown he looked to have scored early in the match gave opponent Conan Jennings momentum to take a 5-0 victory and prevent an OSU shutout. A full recap on the dual can be found here: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/121816aaa.html

Nadine Fiege (Sandalwood ’15, Life University): Went 2-1 at the NAIA Invitational in Campbellsville, KY, on Saturday (Trackwrestling dated the tournament December 10), competing at 170. Fiege lost by tech fall, 10-0, to Campbellsville’s Hanna Hall and via tech fall to University of the Cumberlands’ Jessika Rottier, 11-0, but rallied for a 19-8 tech fall over Campbellsville’s Kaitlyn Hill to take third place in the event.

Derek Miller (Clay ’16, Iowa Western CC): Started at 141 pounds for the Reivers and won by major decision, 13-5, over Northwest Kansas Technical College last Thursday, in a dual the Reivers won, 31-18, in Goodland, KS. IWCC was also scheduled to wrestle Western Wyoming College that night as well, but no results are available. A match-by-match account can be found at:

Nathan Cleland (Bishop Snyder ’15, Southeastern): Got the start at 197 pounds for the Fire against Truett McConnell last Thursday, taking a forfeit victory as the Fire won 48-6, improving to 3-0 in duals at the Fire Pit. Southeastern swept the first nine matches in the dual. A full recap on the dual can be found here: http://fire.seu.edu/news/2016/12/15/wrestling-santanas-upset-highlights-dominant-dual-win.aspx?path=wrestling

Conner Cronk (Bolles ’16, Hampden-Sydney): Went 1-1 at 165 pounds for the Tigers on Saturday at Greensboro. Against the hosts, Cronk picked up half his team’s points in a 41-12 dual loss, pinning Greensboro’s Samuel Hargrove in 2:13, good for his first collegiate fall. Then, against McDaniel, Cronk wound up on the opposite side, losing by fall in 4:25. Link to the Greensboro dual is here: http://s200.trackwrestling.com/tw/seasons/LoadBalance.jsp?seasonId=129415076&pageName=DualMatches.jsp&dualId=62304076 and the link to the McDaniel dual is here: http://s200.trackwrestling.com/tw/seasons/LoadBalance.jsp?seasonId=129415076&pageName=DualMatches.jsp&dualId=62773076


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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