#NextLevel: January 3-7

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen

LAKELAND — In a dual loaded with Florida talent on both sides last Thursday, Division II Limestone (SC) College held off NAIA’s Southeastern University, 22-21, behind 19 straight points for the Saints.

The dual started well enough for Southeastern, as Zac Branning (Flagler Palm Coast ’15) got a forfeit victory at 125 and former Osceola wrestler Jaaziel Santana decisioned Limestone’s Xaiver Sampsel (Fleming Island ’16), 6-0.

But after Southeastern got falls from Camden County (GA) alum Adrian Hughes (149) and Osceola’s Giovanny Bonilla at 157, the Saints roared back behind five straight wins from 165 on up to 285, with bonus points at 197 and 285.

Recaps from both teams’ perspectives can be found using the following links:

Limestone: http://www.golimestonesaints.com/news/2017/1/5/wrestling-six-match-streak-lifts-saints-to-22-21-win-over-southeastern.aspx?path=wrestling
Southeastern: http://fire.seu.edu/news/2017/1/5/wrestling-falls-in-one-point-thriller-to-limestone.aspx?path=wrestling

Josh Fox (University Christian ’12, Ohio State University): Fox’s teammates, ranked 4th in Division I, opened their Big Ten Conference season with a 23-15 victory over #17 Wisconsin at the UW-Fieldhouse in Madison last Friday night, but Fox couldn’t overcome the offense of the nation’s #2 heavyweight, the Badgers’ Connor Medbery, who took a 15-0 technical fall over Fox. A recap of the night can be found at: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/010717aaa.html Fox might have gotten another start on Sunday against Rutgers, but weather forced a postponement of that dual to February 6.

South Dakota State (coached by Bolles alum Chris Bono): The Jackrabbits (20th in Division I) had two easy wins last weekend, going to 4-0 all time against Boise State with a 37-3 dual win on Friday night. Recap of the dual is here: http://gojacks.com/news/2017/1/6/wrestling-no-20-jackrabbits-dominate-boise-state.aspx?path=wrestling On Sunday, the Jacks had two pins and two techs, but also had two weights where they needed to go into sudden victory, downing Northern Colorado 34-6. Recap of that dual is here: http://gojacks.com/news/2017/1/8/wrestling-sdsu-completes-sweep-of-homestand.aspx?path=wrestling

Robert Parland (University Christian ’13, Coker College): Went 2-0 to help his team to a pair of dual wins, 25-18 over Reinhardt University and 24-17 over Shorter University, at home last Friday. Parland won, 8-4, at 197 over Reinhardt’s Aaron Thomas, and then bumped up to 285 to face the region’s #7 285 in Shorter’s Bret Winters, winning that match by an 8-5 count. A recap of the day can be found here: http://www.cokercobras.com/sports/wrest/2016-17/releases/20170106msrq8d

Josh Walker (Columbia ’15, Neosho County CC): Earned one of his team’s two wins in a 37-6 loss at home to Labette CC last Wednesday. Competing at 197 pounds, Walker downed Labette’s Kevin Easterwood by a 3-1 score.

Hayden Good (Bartram Trail ’15, Johns Hopkins): Went 1-2 at 197 pounds while competing for the Bluejays at the Waynesburg (PA) Invitational last Saturday. Good won his first match with an 11-4 decision over Washington & Jefferson’s Martin Shulik, but then lost in the quarters to Muskingum’s Antonio Zapata by fall in 1:02. Good then took an 8-3 loss in the consis to Cody Ellis of Thiel.

Scott Dollison (Episcopal ’16, Briar Cliff): Went 0-2, both losses by decision, at the Under Armour Invitational, hosted by Central College in Pella IA on Saturday, while competing at 285 pounds. Dollison fell 7-3 in the first round to William Penn’s Matt Cuthbert, and then dropped a 3-1 consi loss to Davenport (MI)’s David Tooley.

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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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