By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
FORT WAYNE, IN — A number of Northeast Matmen wrestlers found themselves congregating just after the holiday in an unlikely spot last week: Indiana.
That well-known Florida tourist destination was the site for the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals tournament, hosted by the Fort Wayne Convention Center.
In Division II, the area was represented by Corey Van Dorn (Orange Park ’14), wrestling at Nebraska-Kearney, and by Newberry, coached by Clay alum Cy Wainwright.
UN-K’s first dual was a 25-15 win over Tiffin University, in which Van Dorn — competing at 197 pounds — lost by a 5-0 count. With Van Dorn not in the lineup against Wisconsin-Parkside, the next dual in the event, Kearney fell 26-9.
Putting Van Dorn back in brought success for UN-K in its next match against Findlay, a 23-15 dual win in which Van Dorn also won, a 2-1 decision over Chancellor Sonnenberg. Kearney swapped Van Dorn out in its next dual, a 31-15 win over Mercyhurst, and in its final dual, a 24-14 loss against McKendree. As a team, UN-K finished sixth.
Newberry opened with a first-round loss to Maryville University, 24-17, with wins at 125, 133, 157 and 174. Findlay, also, found ways to limit Newberry in its next dual, as the Wolves fell 28-12, with wins at 125, 133 and 184.
In its final dual, Newberry fell 27-18 to the University of Indianapolis, with wins at 125, 133, 174 and 184. Trung Duong (125) and Jordan Simpson (133) were 3-0 in the tournament for the Wolves.
Van Dorn and Wainwright weren’t the only alumni at the tournament, as Kaz Maia (Flagler Palm Coast ’16) also was there with his Iowa Lakes Community College team in the NJCAA classification.
Maia did his job at 149 pounds in the Lakers’ first dual against Harper College, taking a 16-6 major over Howie Olson, but his team fell by a 25-22 score.
In the next round, Iowa Lakes had a rematch with state rival Iowa Western CC. That dual also went against the Lakers, 31-16, but Maia had a 19-5 major over IWCC’s Tell Ward. Lakes picked up a third dual against NW Kansas Technical College, but fell by a 36-21 score. Maia received a forfeit victory in that dual.