It’s Tuesday, so that means all the rankings in the world are now available in Division I wrestling. Flowrestling, Trackwrestling, AWN, WIN, The Open Mat, InterMat, the society for the reintroduction of feral cats and Nipsey Russell’s House of Hustle have all released their college rankings. They come out Monday or Tuesday, you know where to go for them, so I won’t bog down the show with notes about them here. I will say, I do despise tournament rankings being used for dual meet promotion. You wrestle duals, use dual meet rankings. Several of them are also out there – pick one. Starting off the show with a rant rather than a rub, this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more from around the world of wrestling. I’m Jason Bryant.
Limited night in duals, so we’ll just throw out what we’ve got before it gets too late and my kids wake back up. My wife’s still in China, which means I’m still in survival mode. I love my kids, but you really do lose all sense of personal time when you’re watching them solo. Tonight, it was the Little Mermaid Live. Under the Sea, take it from me … there’s some messed up lyrics in Disney films.
Minnesota Beer of the Night: And you know the NCAA Division I Championships are coming to Minneapolis this year. So with that in mind, when relevant, I’ll give you my Minnesota beer of the night. Tonight, it’s Pixel Bot, a New England IPA that’s 7.6% ABV, but a smooth 11 IBUs. If you don’t know what that means, it means its not bitter and has a bit of a kick. It’s by Tin Whiskers Brewing Company in St. Paul.
- It was a men’s-women’s Division III doubleheader in Naperville, Illinois on Tuesday night as North Central College picked up a pair of wins over MacMurray College. On the women’s side, the Cardinals won the first dual meet in school history with a 27-21 win. Of the seven matches contested, North Central won six. On the men’s side, North Central used four forfeits to win comfortably 47-6.
- In Little Rock, Division II Ouachita Baptist won a pair of duals, first topping host Arkansas Baptist, an NJCAA school, 40-6, then beating NAIA Central Baptist 36-17. Arkansas Baptist upended Central Baptist 24-14. That’s the extent of Tuesday’s scores.
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From the DWN:
- The first NWCA Division I Coaches Poll of the regular season was released on Tuesday, with the only real movement happening as a result of Virginia Tech’s 29-10 win over Missouri. The Hokies jumped up five spots to No. 11, while Missouri slid four spots from No. 9 to No. 13.
- The NJCAA rankings came out and Western Wyoming comes in as the No. 1 team to start the year. The Mustangs are followed by NIACC, Clackamas, Harper and Ellsworth. Expect traditional powers Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Iowa Central to creep up there as the season moves on.
- Johnson & Wales swept the New England Wrestling Association awards this week as Gabriel McDaniel was named Wrestler of the Week, while Hayden Brown was Rookie of the Week. Both won titles at the Ithaca Invitational – McDaniel at 141, Brown at 133. McDaniel was also named com Wrestler of the Week as well.
- The Air Force Academy’s Randy Meneweather was named Co-Big 12 Wrestler of the Week after winning the Cowboy Open going 5-0 with four falls at 165 pounds in the Elite Division. He shares the award with Fresno State’s Jacob Wright, who went 3-0 in duals in San Diego, which is Spanish … nevermind.
- Virginia Tech’s B.C. “I’m seriously named after a headache powder” LaPrade was named ACC Wrestler of the Week. He wrestled at New Kent in Virginia, which is in my home district, the Bay Rivers. One time, I was walking into a dual at Tabb High School a few days before the Virginia Duals. B.C.’s dad comes up to me and goes “Didn’t I meet you in Fargo?” I said you have to be more specific. He said “It was at the Turf.” I say again, sir, you have to be more specific. Turf reference #2 this year.
- Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher and Purdue’s Kendall Coleman were Big Ten Co-Wrestlers of the Week. Both won the Michigan State Open. Pletcher’s title included a win over No. 1 Dom Demas of Oklahoma, while Coleman slayed three ranked foes en route to the title.
- The Predicament released Inside The Rivalry, Chapter 7, Part 3, which is never confused with Leonard Part 6 – although I don’t think we can reference films like that anymore. Anyway, this feature focuses on Mario Galanakis. It’s been a pretty good series to read.
- com has broken down the individual schedule for two-time NCAA champion Spencer Lee. I mean, this might be the first time I’ve seen something like this posted, ever.
- Keeping with that Iowa theme, Cody Goodwin of the Des Moines Register checks in with his Week 1 Redshirt Report. Cody won last year’s NWMA Journalist of the Year Award. I still have to send him his mug.
- North Carolina made a coaching move, adding Jordan Oliver to the staff as a volunteer assistant and also elevating Tony Ramos to Associate Head Coach. Oliver’s move to Carolina was confirmed a bit ago, but him joining the staff officially is news to some.
- Transition Wrestling, an outfit aimed at promoting women’s college wrestling, released its weekend recap. I’ll be leaning more on what Gabby Lord-Klein is doing with Transition Wrestling to keep up with the women’s scores since I won’t be tracking down things for my now-retired college wrestling scoreboard. Of note there, Texas Wesleyan earned its first ever women’s college dual win, defeating Schreiner 24-14. I’ll do a better job at getting the women’s scores, in the Shots score section as the season moves on.
- The Times of India, which if you don’t know, produces some pretty wild stories about what’s going on in Indian wrestling, features the 2020 medal hopes, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia. The story goes into the backstory of the Phogats, which was highlighted in the movie Dangal.
- Five Point Move outlines the rise of Spencer Woods of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program as he won his first senior-level gold medal in Greco-Roman in Sweden over the weekend.
- Yahoo reports Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will portray Mark Kerr in an upcoming film. Kerr, known widely as a pioneer in MMA, was a four-time NCAA qualifier at Syracuse and a 1992 NCAA champion. HBO did a documentary on Kerr in 2002 called The Smashing Machine. Kerr was 10th at the 1994 World Championships at 100kg in Istanbul in men’s freestyle.
- Flo also touched on Willie Saylor leaving the company. It’s on the FRL podcast feed, which is free, however the link to the show is part of the Flo Pro, and as I said in a previous show, the show and newsletter doesn’t link to content behind paywalls. I’m an equal opportunity denier as well.
On The Network
- Episode 55 of the #PackMentality Pop-Ins Podcast, the only school-hosted team show on the Mat Talk Podcast Network gets an NC State recap as well as some insight from Kellen Devlin, who won The Battle at The Citadel over the weekend.
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On the Docket for November 6:
- West Virginia Tech from the NAIA will take on Division II West Liberty as the Danny Irwin era begins at West Liberty. Tangent Warning: Hopefully the kids who got left stranded by whatever the hell Wheeling University, formerly Wheeling Jesuit, all found homes to compete this year. Irwin led Wheeling Jesuit to a second place finish at last year’s Division II championship before the wheels on the bus came falling off and the school slashed tons of academic and athletic programs – but never officially announced it. Their wrestling room was left in literal shambles. Sean Doyle and Danny Irwin and staff had a good thing going there. There’s something to be said about poor leadership at a school, with a CC: to our friends down at St. Olaf.
- Fontbonne, a new Division III program in Missouri, will wrestle its first dual in school history as it heads north to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Nebraska Wesleyan. Division II Davenport heads across Michigan to take on Division III Alma.
- Graceland takes on Central Methodist in the NAIA school’s first dual in school history, while down in North Carolina, the Nick Soto era begins at St. Andrews as the NAIA Knights head to Belmont Abbey to take on the Division II Crusaders.
- California: Three duals out west as Chabot hosts Fresno City, Cerritos hosts Palomar and Santa Ana will host Rio Hondo, which is one of two Roadrunners that I know of in college wrestling. The other is at CSU Bakersfield. Meep Meep!
I’d love to do more with the NJCAA but the schedule compilation is just too brutal.
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