Holy crap it’s cold. Like I know I live in Minnesota, but it’s November 12 and the daytime high wasn’t the issue, it was the five degrees this morning while getting the kids ready for school. I chatted with ODU wrestling coach Steve Martin this morning. The first thing he asked me was how the weather was. After an expletive-laced retort, I finally answered with the current state of the atmospheric conditions. You can get that update every day on my personal Twitter account at 9:30 a.m. Central Time. I moved to Minnesota for a job. I left Minnesota for a job. I came back to Minnesota due to the proximity of my wife’s family and the abundance of good wrestling in the midwest. It’s easier to do what I do from here than say, my hometown. This is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more from the world of wrestling. I’m Jason Bryant.
- Falls were the difference as Graceland earned the big six from Trey Heckadon, Brennan Swafford and Drew Sams to lift the Yellowjackets to a 24-18 win over Division III Simpson College on Tuesday.
- Missouri Baptist opened up the season with a 30-18 win over American Midwest rival Hannibal-LaGrange. Jordan Sanders and Quentin Lawrence with falls there for the Spartans. They’ve got spirit.
- Montana State-Northern got its first dual win of the season as longtime rival and current Cascade Conference foe Southern Oregon came to town and went home unhappy. Returning national finalist Isaac Bartel registered a fall in 90 seconds at 197 pounds to highlight the Lights victory – yes, they’re the LIGHTS. Get it, Northern … Lights.
- I can’t seem to find any release or note, but apparently William Penn beat Waldorf by forfeit. Ok then.
- The top-ranked team in the NAIA women’s division, Life University, knocked off Limestone 36-10 in that school’s first ever home dual. Alex Enriquez, Aysia Cortez and Gabby Hamilton secured falls for the Running Eagles. Yes, the RUNNING Eagles.
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Notables on the Docket for November 13:
- Cumberland University heads to Bristol to take on King, the University of the Ozarks will head to Little Rock to face Arkansas Baptist, Southern Oregon continues its Montana expedition by heading to Providence. In Pennsylvania, Shippensburg will head to Elizabethtown while Wilkes will head down the road to face the first-year program at Alvernia. A pair of duals in Ohio as Wilmington and Heidelberg will mix it up – YES, the STUDENT PRINCES of Heidelberg – and Thomas More, which went back to the NAIA this year, will face Ohio Wesleyan. In Sconny, that’s Wisconsin for the rest of yous, UW-Oskhosh will face off with UW-Eau Claire.
- Also in Wisconsin, a double header of men’s and women’s wrestling where Lakeland will face off with the first-year program at UW-Stevens Point before the men take to the mat and get reacquainted.
- The first 23 teams in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll remained the same this week. Penn State, which won its 60th dual in a row, was No. 1 for the 34th straight week, while Army West Point entered the poll at No. 24, and Campbell and Purdue entered the poll, tied at No. 25. It’s the first time in school history Campbell has been ranked in the dual meet-based coaches poll, which dates back over 50 years.
- Davenport University in NCAA Division II announced it would become an associate member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference in wrestling along with the men’s lacrosse program. While Division II qualifies through regionals, there are a number of conferences that sanction wrestling – wrestling members in the conference include Bellarmine, Drury, Indianapolis, Lindenwood, Maryville, McKendree and Ouachita Baptist. Bellarmine will depart soon as the school will transition to Division I.
- Five Point Move returns with another blog feature from its Greco-Roman outposts, Todd Allen gives us The Williams Word, a breakdown and update of the Greco-Roman happenings at Williams Baptist in Arkansas. Site founder Tim Hands doesn’t disappoint as he also brings us Matt Lindland’s weekly report.
- Ben Askren and Matt Dernlan discuss the Jaydin Eierman transfer and the future of Regional Training Centers on the most recent RUDIS Wrestling Podcast.
- Indian Hills Community College picked up the first commitment in school history for the fledgling women’s program as IAWrestle.com reports Chloe Clemmons has committed to coach Cole Spree’s team.
- The 130kg Greco-Roman European Games champion, Kiryl Hryshchanka, was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. I’m not going to try to pronounce. Sure, Hyrshchanka, I can say that, but Dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone, not so easily. Georgia’s Iakobi Kajaia is now the European Games gold medalist.
- The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports a former Xavier High School wrestler and current University of Iowa student died on Monday according to an email distributed by the UI campus community. Jeff Vipond was a two-year captain of the Cedar Rapids Xavier High wrestling team.
- College journalism might be struggling some places, but at the University of Pennsylvania, it looks pretty fair to me, at least, from a wrestling standpoint. The Daily Pennsylvanian features freshman Michael Colaiocco, who’s already making an impact in Philly.
- The Knight Report, a Rivals-based Rutgers news site has posted that Peter Lipari, a 141-pound NCAA qualifier for the Scarlet Knights last season, has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. He recently lost his wrestle-off to highly touted freshman JoJo Aragona. The report doesn’t go into much detail other than he’s in the portal.
On The Network
- Chad Dennis brings Alex Meyer back on The MatBoss Podcast to talk about the upcoming Chattanooga vs. Iowa dual at Carver-Hawkeye and a number of things about the Hawkeye program from Meyer’s perspective as an alum.
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