Ever go to a trampoline park? Yeah. You’ll feel it the next day. With a pretty good slate of college wrestling going on Saturday, I’m sure you’re going to feel it too. I’m Jason Bryant and this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more from the world of wrestling.
- Most of the key action took place at the Northeast Duals, but before we get there, No. 15 Pittsburgh hosted Campbell in a dual where the Fighting Camels felt they had chance to pull the upset and potentially get ranked for the first time in school history. They’ll have to wait. The Panthers won eight of 10 bouts in a 28-6 win. There were notable individual matches, though as Pitt’s Micky Phillipi downed Noah Gonser 6-2 at 133, while freshman Cole Matthews pinned Josh Heil at 141 pounds. At 165, Pitt’s Jake Wentzel majored Quentin Perez, who was coming off a solid effort at the Southeast Open. Campbell did pick up one notable upset, as red hot Andrew Morgan beat Nino Bonaccorsi 11-8 at 184. Morgan fell behind early, but rallied with a second period reversal and set of four nearfall points to tie the match going into the third. He added an escape and another takedown to pull out the win. Demetrius Thomas of Pittsburgh topped Jere Heino 10-3 at 285. Wow, there was actually a lot more to that dual than the score indicates.
- Now, we get to the Northeast Duals and I’m going to start off with the highest ranked dual between any teams in the mix, and that was in Division II where No. 2 St. Cloud State spanked No. 1 Pitt-Johnstown 31-6. St. Cloud State’s Garrett Vos knocked off No. 1 Tyler Warner 11-6 at 133 pounds and fourth-ranked Devin Fitzpatrick beat No. 2 Devin Austin 3-1 in two of the Huskies’ biggest wins. UPJ did get one win of note, two-time Division II national champ Chris Eddins edged three-time All-American James Pleski 3-2 at 149 pounds. That’s likely a preview of your national finals at the weight.
- The only matchup with ranked teams in Division I saw No. 8 Arizona State beat No. 23 Virginia 27-12. The Sun Devils also rallied to beat Purdue 22-19 as car-rental eligible Tanner Hall earned a tech fall at heavyweight to give ASU the dual win. Virginia opened the day with a 49-0 win over LIU. No Jack Mueller today for the Cavaliers. Purdue beat Buffalo 32-8 and Utah Valley 30-12. Utah Valley beat Sacred Heart 40-3, while Sacred Heart beat LIU 26-12. Buffalo also beat LIU 37-3. This is going to be a long year for the newly minted Division I team at LIU.
- Elsewhere around the Journeyman mats, No. 12 TCNJ beat No. 14 Ithaca 23-9, St. Cloud State shut out Division III Johnson & Wales 43-0, UPJ beat American International 51-4, Johnson & Wales beat TCNJ 25-10, Ithaca beat fellow D3 Castleton 35-6, while TCNJ beat Castleton 30-12. St. Cloud State had a second shutout, beating American International 54-0. UPJ opened with a win over Ithaca 25-12, Johnson & Wales also beat American International 45-3 and Castleton did get one win, beating Alfred State 49-0.
- At North Penn High School in Pennsylvania, Drexel opened up its season 2-0 beating Division II West Liberty 32-9 and SIUE 18-15. Ebed Jarrell’s sudden victory win over Chase Deihl at 165 was a crucial win for the Dragons as was Bryan McLaughin’ major decision at 197 over Aric Bohn. SIUE edged West Liberty 17-15.
- Out west, Cal Baptist, in its second year transitioning to Division I, shut out NAIA Life Pacific 51-0.
- In the land of cheese and Spotted Cow, UW-Parkside topped UW-Whitewater 32-19 to maintain possession of the Sake Bottle, a weird traveling trophy between the D2 and D3 schools. When I think Whitewater, or Kenosha, which is where Parkside is located, I think Japanese rice wine.
- In Division III, it’s weird to say No. 3 Wartburg, but No. 3 Wartburg won its 214th conference dual in a row, beating Nebraska Wesleyan 39-6. With seven bonus victories, the Knights dominated, but at 133, Nebraska Wesleyan All-American Eron Haynes got down early, then got up, then held on for a wild 23-17 win. In New England, it was New England College beating Plymouth State 35-13. The Pilgrims also beat New Hampshire’s club team 51-0. Southern Maine beat Bridgewater State 30-10, while Johnson & Wales, with a split squad, beat Bridgewater State 34-8 and Southern Maine 21-11.
- In the NAIA, Southeastern’s 52-0 win over Keiser wasn’t the most impressive thing about the dual. It was the first dual for Southeastern under new coach Brandon Jorge, it was the first dual in school history for the new program at Keiser, and it was the first varsity college dual in the state of Florida since 1986. Returning All-Americans Dylan Chatterton, Olson Delisca and Ethan Owen all had bonus victories on the day.
- On the women’s side, No. 4 Wayland Baptist picked off Colorado Mesa 29-18. All-Americans Nina Pham at 101 pounds, and Desiree Zavala at 136 pounds, picked up big victories in the dual.
- At the Bison Open in Fargo, Minnesota had five champs, while North Dakota State had four. Joe Russell once told me, the season starts when you have a hot dog at the Bison. I’d counter with a beer at The Turf – which is Turf reference No. 3 this week! At 141 pounds, Minnesota’s Mitch McKee picked up a 16-second fall in the finals. At 149, Brayton Lee of Minnesota beat teammate Jakob Bergeland 7-5, it’s notable since Bergeland beat South Dakota State’s Henry Pohlmeyer in the semifinals.
- Roger Williams won the Ned McGinley Invitational with 150 points and had two champs and three runners-up, while second place York (Pa.) finished with 115.5 points and two champs. Springfield was third with two champs and 104 points.
- Notable matches from the Mountaineer Invitational and Open, which had two brackets with those particular names – interesting. Oregon State’s Devan Turner topped App State’s Codi Russel at 133 pounds, Logan Parks of Central Michigan beat App State’s Matt Zovistoski 3-2 at 157, while Matt Stencel of CMU beat Cary Miller of App State 3-1 in sudden victory at heavyweight.
- Gannon won the Mount Union Invitational with 154 pounds, followed by Seton Hill at 113.5. Lake Erie was third with 100.
- At Oklahoma City University’s open, the story there is the first competition for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. They’ll host their first dual on November 24, but Saturday was their first official competition as a squad. At 133, Paul Bianchi, a transfer and past NCAA qualifier from North Dakota State, finished second, falling to Oklahoma State’s Reece Witcraft. The Trojans had three more placers – Jayden Carson at 125, Joe Bianchi at 141 and Jose Champagne at 157. As far as the tournament went, Oklahoma State won nine of the 10 weights. The other was a double by Oklahoma at heavyweight.
- On the women’s side, the Waldorf Open finished up in Forest City, Iowa. What’s also notable here is for the first time, two Iowa schools had women’s wrestling programs competing in the same event – Grand View and host Waldorf – while Augsburg, a Division III powerhouse on the men’s side, competed in its first event as a varsity women’s program. As far as the tournament goes, Jamestown crushed it, with five champions. Grand View had two, Augsburg had co-champs at 123. Waldorf also had a champ.
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Notables on the Docket for November 10:
- Northwestern is at Virginia Tech for the Mound on the Mat outdoor dual, Navy’s at Penn State, Illinois and Army West Point are at Chattanooga, Campbell’s at Ohio, Stanford opens up Ohio State’s new facility and there’s a crap ton of tournaments around the country, too many to list here, but there is the Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Troy, N.Y.
- A school district in Pennsylvania is reversing its course after being challenged on a policy that prevented girls from competing in combat sports, like wrestling, against boys. Seventh-grader Katalyna Borreli loves wrestling and wanted to compete for her junior high team until she was told it was against the district’s policy. Read about how that policy got reversed via WFMZ. This has also been a prolific topic among Facebook groups.
- Dan Lobdell, aka The Wrestling Nomad, looks at Jaydin Eierman’s impact on the Iowa lineup and the team race for the NCAA Division I Championships – in 2021.
- Trackwrestling’s Andy Hamilton gets a tour of the UW-La Crosse wrestling facility as coach Dave Malecek enters his 14th season at one of the top wrestling programs in the country. Also on Trackwrestling, Kyle Klingman lists the 79 Division I wrestling coaches and their alma maters. There’s some in there I bet you didn’t know.
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