The first weekend of major college wrestling came and went, so now that you’ve given up on your college football team for the season, because you know the College Football Playoff is going to put at least one team in there that didn’t earn it, this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more that went on today in the world of wrestling, I’m award winning yadda yadda yadda Jason Bryant.
- Limited schedule, so we’ll lead off with the only Division I dual on the docket, which saw North Dakota State beat visiting CSU Bakersfield 24-9 in Fargo. No confirmation if the winner got to pick where to eat dinner, but I’m sure Roger Kish would make his former coworker Manny Rivera eat somewhere nice, not like super fried Turf fare. There wasn’t a super individual match of note, but NDSU’s Cam Sykora picked up a technical fall at 133 pounds over Chance Rich. NDSU improved to 1-0, while the Roadrunners (meep! meep!) fell to 0-2.
- Reinhardt, ranked second in the NAIA, shutout Division II Emmanuel 45-0. The Eagles scored five falls, with two-time All-American Antonio Stewart earning a fall at 2:15, while fellow All-American Michael Carew registered one at 2:04.
- Central Oklahoma, ranked No. 13 in Division II, won nine out of 10 bouts on Sunday to beat Drury 41-3. The Bronchos, yes, with an H, kinda like Sctanley, with a C, picked up seven bonus victories on the day. In more mixed duals, Division II Coker opened up its season with a 30-11 win over Division III Averett, which starts its first season under new head coach Blake Roulo.
- In the NJCAA, Iowa Western, the Reivers, which means something like River Pirate or pissed off chicken, shut out Otero 49-0 and Colby 46-6 to start off the season. Just kidding about that chicken thing, but a the Reiver has a long and colorful history. Well, that’s what the first few words of the Iowa Western website say about it.
- Southeast Open: Nothing crazy earth-shattering at the Southeast Open at the Bergland Center in Roanoke, the best sports venue in the Salem-Roanoke area. I remember when Campbell was so bad. Like, losing to Delaware State bad. Well, those days are long gone – and sadly – so is Del State’s program. But the Camels had four individual champions to lead all teams in the Open Division. Noah Gonser topped Mizzou’s Allan Hart at 133, Josh Heil beat North Carolina’s Zach Sherman 5-4 at 141, Quentin Perez pinned North Carolina’s Kennedy Monday at 165 and a beefed up Andrew Morgan majored Chattanooga’s Matthew Waddell at 184. Missouri, fresh off its loss on Saturday to Virginia Tech had three champs with Brock Mauller winning at 149, Jarrett Jacques at 157 and Connor Flynn at 174. Virginia Tech, North Carolina and West Virginia each had a champ. In the freshman/sophomore division, Ferrum’s Levi Englman picked up the title at 133, not bad for a Division III kid. And guess what, another Poquoson shout out as Mason Fiscella of Appalachian State won the title at 184. His dad Ed wrestled veterans for a long time, and actually gave me my start in sports as I was a press box assistant for the semipro football team, the Peninsula Poseidons back in 1991. Seriously.
- Princeton Open: Patrick Glory went fall, tech, tech, tech en route to a title at 125 pounds, but there weren’t any results that were super OMG. Notably, high school standout Beau Bartlett entered at 141 and took fourth. Columbia’s Matt Kazmir won the weight, going major, tech, decision, fall. He beat Logan Brown of Army in the finals. Brown beat Bartlett 3-1 in the semifinals. Mike D’Angelo returned to the Princeton lineup after a year off and picked up the forfeit finals win over Matthew Kolodzik, who is taking this year off. At 157, Rider’s Jesse Dellavecchia claimed the title beating Princeton’s Quincy Monday 4-2. Monday beat Lehigh’s Josh Humphreys 11-5 in the semis. Hofstra’s Ricky Stamm with a title at 165. His prize is he gets to borrow some of Dennis Papadatos’ hair product. Finger Lakes had two hammers pick up W’s before they enroll at Cornell next year. Chris Foca won at 174, while Lewis Fernandes won at 285. Fernandes only pinned one guy, far below his high school average. He good.
- Battle at The Citadel: Stanford, American and ODU went 1-2-3 at the first Battle at The Citadel. There wasn’t a ton of stuff that shakes things up in terms of the rankings, other than ODU’s Killian Cardinale knocking off American’s Gage Curry at 125 pounds and Stanford’s redshirt freshman Real Woods beating ODU’s Sa’Derian Perry 2-1 at 141 pounds. Woods earned an escape and a late stall point to pick up his first official ranked W of his career. He also beat American’s Sal Profaci in the semis, you might remember him from Michigan. American’s Kizhan Clarke had a breakout performance, stopping Stanford’s Requir van der Merwe 11-5 at 149. Presbyterian’s first wrestling since the 1950s took to the mats as Mark Cody’s first year squad had Austin Stith finish third at 197 pounds and Jacob Brausser take fifth at 125.
- Clarion Open: Brock Zacherl returned to wrestling and claimed top honors at 149 pounds. He didn’t navigate the most brutal field, but he’s one of the Golden Eagles top hopes for the program’s first All-American since James Fleming in 2013. Clarion’s Greg Bulsak will now have people following his progress after beating highly touted freshman Michael Beard, wrestling unattached from Penn State, 11-8 in the finals. Last year, Beard beat Bulsak 13-9 in the finals as he was deferring enrollment.
Late Saturday: Southern Maine won a pair of duals, beating Plymouth State 36-9 and Rhode Island College 29-9. Also in Division III, Olivet beat Manchester 40-10.
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- Nick Corey offers up another one of his Corey’s Stories on com discussing the intrigue the Olympic redshirting situation around the country brings to college wrestling this season.
- Also, while not in the newsletter, it should be noted that Willie Saylor has posted via Twitter he’s left Flowrestling. His handle changed to WillieAtWillie, which one fan pointed out looks like Will, Eat Willie. Worthlessly stupid Facebook groups were set ablaze by the news. Some people have too much time on their hands. Say what you want about Willie, he got you talking.
- Both USA Wrestling and Five Point Move have information regarding the three medals won in Sweden.
- From United World Wrestling, a feature on Egypt’s Mohamed El Sayed, who won the U23 World Championship in Greco-Roman, which was his second world title in as many weeks. He won the World Military Games title a bit ago.
- I like to draw attention to new programs around the country and one of the newest, Central Methodist, an NAIA school in Fayette, Missouri, got off to the races with its wrestling program by hosting an open. Right off the bat, you go and host a tournament. Are you trying to kill your SID? They’re led by three-time Division II All-American Terrell Wilbourn.
- Jim Nelson of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier writes a pretty solid preview of the Upper Iowa wrestling team. It should be solid, Nelley’s one of the best in the biz.
- Keeping things in Iowa, where the local press has always done the sport better than most places, Steve Batterson of the Quad-City Times features Iowa’s Spencer Lee and how his preseason schedule working football games goes unnoticed, but his international schedule this college season will not. Unrelated: One of the bars I routinely did karaoke at in college was named Batterson’s. The owner charged people for tap water on 50-cent taco night. I trust Steve wouldn’t do such a thing.
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