Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – somewhere else. You know what, I made my bed, so I’ll lie in it. I moved here. Like the point, counterpoint in the movie Airplane! said, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let’em crash. Well, let me shiver. This isn’t the weather report for New Brighton, Minnesota – but it’s close – welcome to Short Time Shots, your mostly daily look at the wrestling scores and more from around the world.
Minnesota Beer of the Night: In preparation for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, when I’m having a beer while putting this show together in the evening, I will enlighten you with that particular information. Tonight, it’s from probably my favorite or second-favorite Minnesota brewery, Fair State Brewing Cooperative. This one’s called Spirit Foul, a super rare collaboration with Modern Times Brewing out of San Diego, which is Spanish for a whale … you know. It’s a hazy IPA, which I’m starting to come around to. I’m not going to tell you about the flavor profile or something snooty like that. I like to try various beers, and I like to drink various beers. This is one I’ve gotten my hands on each of the last three years. It’s hard to find and sells out quickly. I will NOT be featuring Bud heavy, ever, on this show. Sorry Willie. Oh, if you’re on Untappd, find me there at jasonbryant12.
- In the Chancellor’s Cup Dual, UW-Eau Claire won the first seven matches and cruised past UW-Oshkosh 25-9 in Eau Claire. The Blugolds were solid, picking up four major decisions en route to the win. We’re not sure where UW-Eau Claire’s Chancellor is going to put said cup, but my recommendation is to fill it up with Spotted Cow and drink from it as a chalice.
- In the Keystone State, Division II Shippensburg topped Division III Elizabethtown 25-13 in E-Town on Wednesday. Wins by Austin Klucker and Dan Berberick at 197 and 285 enabled the Raiders to pull away for the win. Also in PA, Wilkes defeated Alvernia in that school’s first dual meet in school history 28-12.
- In Ohio, Heidelberg – wait for it – defeated Wilmington 54-3. Still waiting. Yes, it’s my goal to teach everyone in this country the great wrestling mascots and nicknames we have. The Student Princes of Heidelberg. They used to be coached by current Army West Point assistant Ned Shuck.
- Thomas More, which recently reclassified to the NAIA, defeated the second-year program at Ohio Wesleyan 27-19. Shay Horton, Avery Jones and Tyler Kassinger picked up falls for the Saints. No Elisabeth Shue references from The Saint today. Ok, just that one. Another NAIA over NCAA win came in Bristol, on the Tennessee side as Cumberland University beat King University 27-19. Cumberland fell behind 10-0 early before taking the lead for good after Dylan Quinn’s 17-10 win over Elijah Davis at 165. Heavyweight Patrick DePiazza sealed the win for the Phoenix. Yes, their named after a mythical firebird … or a city in Arizona.
- Benedictine of Kansas beat Northwest Tech, also of Kansas 25-19 in a dual that won’t count for Benedictine. Why? NAIA rules stipulate that only competition against four-year varsity programs count for duals and individual records. Hey, I don’t make the rules. Oddly, if you’re an NCAA school, those matches do count. It counts for Northwest Tech, by the way. In a match that did count in the NAIA, Providence – the one in Montana – was impressive in winning all nine contested matches against Southern Oregon 35-6.
- In Arkansas, Division III University of the Ozarks beat Arkansas Baptist of the NJCAA 51-4.
- We close with the men’s and women’s doubleheader at UW-Stevens Point as the Pointers swept both matches over visiting Lakeland. UW-Stevens Point won the women’s dual 24-19, while the men’s dual wasn’t as close, with the Pointers sweeping all 10 matches over the Muskies in a 49-0 drubbing.
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Notables on the Docket for November 14:
- Illinois will head to St. Louis to take on No. 13 Missouri at Francis Howell High School. In Division II, CSU-Pueblo hosts what’s being dubbed a scrimmage against Otero Junior College, Colorado School of Mines will host Northeastern Junior College and Chadron State heads to the Western Slope to face Western Colorado, which you might remember as Western State.
- In Division III, MacMurray hosts a quad, while Pitt-Bradford hosts Mercyhurst North East of the NJCAA. In a Chicagoland matchup, the Maroons of the University of Chicago travel to Elmhurst to face Steve Marianetti’s Bluejays. Chicago was actually a charter member of the Big Ten in 1896.
- All Georgia matchup in the NAIA where Truett McConnell faces Brewton-Parker, Central Baptist is at Oklahoma Wesleyan, Providence heads to Eastern Oregon, while out in California, Fresno City faces Bakersfield and Skyline is at Modesto in the California Community Colleges.
- USA Wrestling and the United States Olympic and Paralymic Committee announced on Wednesday amendments to the 2020 Olympic Trials qualification process. The procedures initially made the highest American placewinner at the Dave Schultz Memorial a qualifier for the Trials. Well, due to scheduling issues, there is no Schultz this year, so the Last Chance Qualifier now has the top two wrestlers in each weight and style qualifying with a true second place match instituted, if needed.
- TheMat.com also previews the Women’s World Cup, as Team USA features World Champions Adeline Gray, Tamyra Mensah-Stock and Jacarra Winchester.
- United World Wrestling also provides an advance of the event, featuring World and Olympic champion Risako Kawai, written by an American journalist in Tokyo, Ken Marantz for UWW.
- The saga of Anthony Echemendia, the Cuban-born Arizona high school star and his commitment has come to a close. Wrestling’s resident online antagonist Willie Saylor of MatScouts has a position on it via Rokfin, which this story is free. There you go Smalls. Oh, he’s going to be a Buckeye.
- Sam Herring, the 13-year-old who’s one half of the Home Mat Advantage Podcast, previews the Bill Farrell at 57kg. Yes, I’m including content from a 13-year-old, because he deserves it. The kid’s taking Latin. It might be a dead language, but how many of us actually know any more than a few words of Spanish? Come on. And yelling “rouge passive” doesn’t count, Rob Prebish.
- CoSIDA Recognition Week was November 6-12. CoSIDA is the membership organization for media relations professionals in college sports, and as the acronym says, the College Sports Information Directors of America. One of those awesome SIDs who makes our jobs easier is Michigan’s Leah Howard. She pens a piece on Michigan Hall of Famer John Fisher, which you can read at MGoBlue.com.
- Delaware Valley University announced world bronze medalist Leigh Jaynes as the program’s new full-time women’s wrestling coach. The school was set to launch a program this season, but a number of hurdles prevented that from happening – none of which seem to be public knowledge. Previous coach Caitlyn Baker left her position before the program got rolling.
- The Pennsylvania RTC previews its athletes who are set to compete at the Bill Farrell International this weekend at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Flowrestling’s David Bray gets in on the Farrell chatter, previewing the six women’s weights.
- It’s National Signing Day across the country. Flowrestling has a Division I signing day to follow all week as the early signing period has commenced.
- InterMat features Beat the Streets Chicago wrestler Kaila Del Toro, the first All-American from BTS Chicago.
- Bo Nickal’s plans after 2020 are clear – he’s going the MMA route. Bo went on the Luke Thomas Show he plans on bringing an American Top Team gym to State College and train out of there instead of relocating.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlights the powerhouse program at Pitt-Johnstown and head coach Pat Pecora. The Mountain Cats are loaded with talent from Western Pennsylvania and coach Pecora is 15 victories shy of tying the all-time coaching dual meet record, set by the late Dale Thomas.
- More stuff from The Daily Pennsylvanian! This time a feature on Penn head coach Roger Reina. Good stuff from Philly this week.
On The Network
- Virginia Tech head coach Tony Robie talks about the big signees that came the Hokies way on the Episode 90 of Inside Virginia Tech Wrestling. Robie will also recap the Mat on the Mound dual against Northwestern and look forward to this Sunday’s tilt against Ohio State. I would have posted the #PackMentality show today, but I got busy and my daughter Ruby still won’t go to sleep.
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