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As you’ve most certainly heard by now, my wife, who is a complete Rockstar at her job, is coming back from China today. In fact, she’ll probably be walking in on the recording of the end of this episode. So another week, I’ve survived the challenges and championships of being a parent. Today, I chaperoned my daughter Lucy’s second-grade field trip to one of the history places in St. Paul. My wife does most of this stuff, since a lot of the times, I’m at a tournament or something. Today was great to see my daughter interact with her friends. She’s been through a lot already, but just one of those days where my own survival instincts and being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of fruit snacks and chattering seven-year-olds were in a cohesive balance. I’m Jason Bryant, this is Short Time Shots, a look at the scores and more from around the world of wrestling.
- Limited night again with ranked Division I teams in action, we kick things off as No. 5 Nebraska got into the groove early, hosting a trio of non-Division I opponents in Lincoln. The Huskers only wrestled twice, beating a pair of Division II squads – Nebraska-Kearney 47-0 and Chadron State 37-3. Other outcomes saw Nebraska-Kearney blank NAIA Hastings 54-0 and Chadron State beat Hastings 45-3.
- Out in New York, No. 7 Wisconsin beat host Buffalo 33-3 at Mayhem on the Mainstage, another presentation of collegiate wrestling in a theater setting. Depending on what rankings you look at, there weren’t many ranked matchups here. Seth Gross beat Derek Spann 7-2 at 133 for the Badgers, while two-time All-American Evan Wick beat Troy Keller at 165.
- Loras, the top-ranked team in Division III, opened up its dual meet season with a 51-6 win over American Rivers Conference rival Buena Vista on Thursday. All nine wins from the Duhawks were bonus victories, including six falls. Keeping it D3, Wisconsin-Whitewater topped Wisconsin-Oshkosh 26-18. Mike and Devin Totorice were impressive for the Warhawks as Mike picked up a tech fall at 125 and Devin a major decision at 149.
- In the NAIA, the coaching debut of Steve Komac was a successful one as No. 16 Providence (Mont.) knocked off rival and No. 17 Montana State-Northern 25-22. Warner Pacific picked up a fall from heavyweight Cortez Rodelo in nine seconds to lift the Knights, spoiling the first dual in school history for host Corban University. Benedictine (Kan.) and Waldorf wrestled to a 5-5 split, but two forfeits were the difference as Benedictine, they’re the Ravens, nevermore, beat Waldorf 21-18.
- Now a run of mixed-divisional results, first in Ohio where former InterMat results maven Dan Ransick continues to be boiling mad, Division II Ashland topped NAIA Lourdes 29-12, with 2018 Division II champion Bret Romanzak picking up a 6-0 win at 174 pounds. In the Upper Midwest, Division II Northern State spanked Division III John’s – the one in Minnesota – 42-3. St. John’s Jacob Scherber won the bout’s first match at 174 pounds, but the next nine went the way of the Wolves. In keeping with the D2 over D3 theme, Mary defeated Concordia-Moorhead 28-6. The Marauders, yes, a name they share in wrestling with Millersville, put nearly 1,000 people in the stands on a Wednesday night where the November temperature is a paltry 19 degrees. Division III Central College shut out NAIA William Penn 52-0 in a matchup between a pair of Iowa schools. Daniel Radcliffe, no, not THAT Daniel Radcliffe, started a parade of pins from 141 to 165 and the DUTCH cruised. NJCAA Jamestown (N.Y.) beat Division III Pitt-Bradford, but we have to let them know their scored the dual wrong – you do NOT receive points for a double forfeit. It’s 0-0, not 6-6. Learned that in high school. Remember it well. I think the referee that dual was a guy named Jim Hedrick. Another junior college picking up a win was Labette topping Oklahoma Wesleyan of the NAIA 37-5.
- Out in California, two scores to report: Top-ranked Fresno City beat Chabot 45-6, while second-ranked Cerritos cruised past Rio Hondo 33-8.
- It’s almost midnight as I record this in Minnesota, so that’s my cut off for now. It’s like opening up the baseball page in the old newspaper, when you actually read a newspaper, and seeing “Late Thursday.” Well, yeah.
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Notables on the Docket for November 8:
- Friday will be a really light day as Wisconsin continues its eastward trip, wrestling Edinboro in an already sold out Saegertown High School gym. The biggest dual of the night is No. 17 North Carolina heading to Ann Arbor to face No. 19 Michigan. Neither team will be at full strength on paper, but it’s November.
- Jaydin Eierman will be a Hawkeye. It’s all over the internet, so here’s a story about it from Flowrestling, one from com and why not, a link to Eierman’s Instagram.
- com’s Potentially Dangerous returns with a lot of takes on the happenings around Iowa wrestling, from the major college teams to the opens this weekend and some high school happenings, as well. IAwrestle also reported another Hawkeye commitment, as Caleb Rathjen also committed to Iowa on Thursday.
- In a bizarre story, the AP reported on the strange case of Alexis Vila, a 1993 freestyle world champion and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, and his role in the plot to kill a South Florida interior designer. Vila later fought in various MMA promotions. You also might remember Vila ran his car into the terminal at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2004.
- West Virginia’s Matthew Schmitt announced he will be taking the year off with an Olympic redshirt to train in Greco-Roman.
- Lehigh announced its December 6 dual with Penn State at Stabler Arena is now sold out. Speaking of tickets, Rutgers announced its season ticket number has exceeded 3,000. That’s pretty freaking good.
- The Predicament continues with its Senior Spotlight series. On Thursday, Central Lyon’s Jarrett Meyer, gets the look.
- Transition Wrestling gives us a look at the weekend action in women’s college wrestling coming up.
- The Open Mat’s Earl Smith gives us a tour of The Citadel on the most recent TOM Campus Visit feature. Earl was down there last week covering The Battle at The Citadel.
- The Tulsa World features former Oklahoma State Cowboy Kyle Crutchmer as he makes his MMA debut with Bellator on Friday in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
- While I said I wouldn’t link up things behind paywalls, I’ll make an exception if you have a subscription to high profile sports website, The Athletic. Today, Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto’s wrestling background is prominently featured. Realmuto is the nephew of the famous Smith brothers from Oklahoma. Yes, THOSE Smith brothers.
- Olaf alum Alex Morf pens a heartfelt and direct letter to the administration at the school in the Manitou Messenger, the school’s student newspaper. He starts off quoting John Irving. Even poor leaders like David Anderson might know who he is.
On the Network
- Rob Waltko and Tristan Warner entertain you with a PA-centered recap of the weekend’s action on the PA Power Wrestling College Podcast. They’re joined by Clarion’s Brock Zacherl. If you’re not familiar with that show, all three of the show’s hosts, which include Mason Beckman as well, wrestled Division I and grew up in PA. It’s one of my favorite shows on the network.
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(Editor's note: This is always a rough draft of the script of the show, there may be minor errors sprinkled throughout and no, it's not in APA style or anything that resembles a journalistic published work. Some shows will also be devoid of show notes, as they're done on the road from a mobile device).