I think I spend more time watching DIY videos on YouTube these days than I do watching anything else on the platform. Why? My home renovation, which has entered its fourth month, is nearly complete. The basement was half finished, but now, we’ll have a legit, legal guest bedroom and I’ll have a dedicated studio and office space – tucked away from everyone. In 10 years, when I’ll have two teenage girls in the house, I’m going to probably need that hideaway – or speakeasy – if you will. So it’s time to learn how to build desks, build bars and accent walls. I’m Jason Bryant, and I’m also building quite the repository of podcasts, this is just one of them, it’s Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the day’s scores and more from around the world of wrestling.
- In the second head-to-head dual between teams ranked in the Top 25 this season, No. 17 North Carolina edged No. 19 Michigan by a coincidentally similar 19-17 score. Each team won five matches, but the big difference were three additional bonus points earned at 174 pounds where Clay Lautt cradled up Reece Hughes and got the fall in the first period. North Carolina’s Austin Headlee made his move up two weight classes to 157 pounds a successful one, defeating highly touted redshirt freshman Will Lewan 5-2. Michigan’s Mason Parris had a chance to give the Wolverines the win, needing a fall at heavyweight, but managed a 4-0 win over Andrew Gunning.
- At a sold out Saegertown High School in Northwest Pennsylvania, No. 7 Wisconsin improved to 5-0 win a 28-15 win over the host Fighting Scots of Edinboro. The Badgers picked up falls from Seth Gross at 133 pounds, Tristan Moran at 141 and Evan Wick at 165 pounds. It was a homecoming, albeit a short trip, for Edinboro’s Cody Mulligan, a Saegertown native, who fell to Tyler Dow 5-2 at 184 pounds.
- In Division III, Western New England jumped out to a 23-4 lead over Norwich and ended up holding off a late rally to pick up a 26-19 win. While Norwich lost, give their Instagram a follow @cadetwrestling. It’s totally worth it if they post stuff like they did tonight from their duals. Quality stuff.
- Bluefield, the only NAIA school in Virginia, picked up a home win over Truett McConnell 28-19. Joseph Dudley and Creed Lumpp picked up falls for the Rams at 157 and 165 to help lift Jason Waelti’s squad to the win.
- The Muskegon Duals are going on in Michigan and the club team from Grand Valley State picked up wins against Trine and Olivet, while Niagara Community College picked off the first-year NAIA program at Rochester (Mich.) and host Muskegon.
- Late Thursday: Division II San Francisco State, led by head coach and past three-time Northwestern All-American Jason Welch, spoiled Vanguard’s first home dual in 39 years as the Gators topped the Lions 39-11. Vanguard is coached by California native and former UNI Panther Caleb Flores. In Ashland, Oregon, No. 2 Menlo topped Southern Oregon 32-12 as the pair of women’s teams in the NAIA’s Cascade Conference did battle. Had one correction to make, Cerritos beat Palomar last night, not Rio Hondo. Santa Ana had the 29-18 win over Rio Hondo out in California. I also said “Fresno State” instead of Fresno City. Meh, it was after midnight.
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Notables on the Docket for November 9:
- Journeymen Northeast Duals are taking place at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. Division I teams in action there are Arizona State, LIU, Purdue, Sacred Heart, Buffalo, Virginia and Utah Valley. There’s also a solid mix of non-Division I schools including Division II powerhouses St. Cloud State and Pitt-Johnstown. Guess what, they aren’t avoiding each other either. In the past, power teams come to this tournament and don’t wrestle one another. Come on. Why you going to go all the way across the country and be a part of an event that showcases wrestling and NOT wrestle? Division II American International is also there along with Division III Alfred State, Castleton, Ithaca, Johnson & Wales and TCNJ. There’s also a youth club division with some of the top clubs in the Northeast.
- North Dakota State hosts the Bison Open, Appalachian State hosts the Mountaineer Open, the Ohio Intercollegiate Open is also floating around on Saturday, as are opens at Maryville, Oklahoma City, Millikin, UW-Oshkosh, UNC Pembroke, and Dakota Wesleyan. Invitationals are being hosted by King’s College (Pa.), Gettysburg, UW-Platteville, Mount Union, Ursinus, and Washington & Jefferson. On the women’s side, Waldorf hosts its open as well.
- There’s also a ton of duals – check Trackwrestling, WrestleStat, D3Wrestle and Transition Wrestling for all the relevant scores from your particular division of choice.
- Travis Johnson gives a notebook-style look at the week in Division I with Penn State media day, Iowa injury updates and some things from last week. That’s on Trackwrestling.com.
- In India, wrestling journalist Vinay Siwach explains how a decades long land dispute between opposing groups could impact a large state wrestling championship, which could impact athletes from the region and their opportunity to compete at the Indian senior nationals. Check it out on Scroll.in.
- Five Point Move again with the Greco-Roman news as Spenser Mango returns with his latest blog from the Army’s World Class Athlete Program called Fort Greco. There’s a reason Five Point Move was the National Wrestling Media Association’s website of the year in 2017-18.
- The RUDIS Podcast with Matt Dernlan and Ben Askren recap the Princeton Open and they also discuss the impact of true freshmen on college wrestling.
- Minnesota Public Radio previews the inaugural season of Augsburg University’s women’s wrestling team. There’s some hammers in that wrestling room. There’s no other women’s wrestling programs in Minnesota. That also doesn’t stop Augsburg from launching a program. That’s in stark contrast to what the administration is doing 45 minutes south in Northfield at St. Olaf College. They still haven’t responded to interview requests.
- A longtime wrestling coach in New Jersey, Russ Riegel, passed away at age 89. Riegel coached Hunderton Central to 533 wins in his 35 years as the school’s head coach. Read about it at NJ.com.
- From The Washington Post, Liz Clarke profiles Mya Kretzler, a Kansas wrestler who spent four years working to get girls wrestling sanctioned in Kansas.
- Continuing with the women’s and girls wrestling news, Ferrum’s Talum Smith was honored by Wrestle Like A Girl last week with the Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston Courage Award. She’s got a great story, as the Franklin News-Post outlines. Ferrum SID Gary Holden gets called into duty with this feature.
- Bloody Elbow’s Ed Gallo goes into a wrestling breakdown with the 2019 World Championships. He starts with Gadzhimurad Rashidov of the Russian Federation.
- Bryce Villa of The Open Mat gives us a look into five things to watch in Division II wrestling this weekend. Bryce has been putting in the time to cover D2 wrestling for TOM. Big props.
- By the way, there’s a ton of news out there on Jim Jordan, the Republican congressman from Ohio and past NCAA wrestling champion involving the Richard Strauss case. A handful of links will be included in the newsletter, but it’s not a topic I care to discuss on the show. You want wall to wall political coverage of this topic, I’d implore you to look elsewhere.
On the Network
- Chad Dennis of The MatBoss Podcast returns with Episode 40 featuring NCAA champion, World Teamer and Pittsburgh head wrestling coach Keith Gavin. The PA Power Podcast with hosts Jeff Upson and Eric Knopsnyder return with Episode 55 as the pair recaps the PA Power preseason tournament, The Surge!
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