Someone, anyone, please tell me why Party in the U.S.A. is stuck in my head. I don’t own that song, but I believe the reason for this is the fact I live in a house with three females and one of them might actually own one of the NOW music CDs. I actually own NOW, when there wasn’t a volume. NOW, Volume 1, which is not its real name, had some rock on it. It also had some sappy late 90s R&B that I fell out of favor with once I discovered how badass Phil Anselmo and Pantera was. Walk on home, boy. This is Short Time Shots, your mostly daily look at the scores and news from the world of wrestling. I’m Jason Bryant. So far, this will be 14 straight episodes. There likely won’t be one on Friday night, since I’ll be covering the Gopher dual and putting out an episode of The Guillotine Grapevine. Maybe I’ll record it on Saturday morning for you guys as you make the last mow of the season, or in some cases, the first snow shovel of the year worth it.
- Unranked Illinois, fresh off getting beat by Army West Point last weekend, rebounded with a 19-14 win over border rival and 13th ranked Missouri at Francis Howell High School in St. Louis on Thursday night. Missouri did have the services of All-American Grant Leeth at 141, but were without Dylan Wisman at 184. Illinois had key wins at 125 as Justin Cardani beat Dack Punke and then three in a row from 165-184 to take the lead heading into the dual’s final two weights. Freshman heavyweight Luke Luffman prevailed 9-7 over Rodrigo Diaz to give Illinois the upset.
- Division II Colorado School of Mines shut down Northeastern Junior College 34-9. Also out in Colorado, Western Colorado beat Chadron State 28-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
- Elmhurst beat the University of Chicago 33-19 as the Bluejays benefited from three Chicago forfeits. Maroons All-Americans Steve Bonsall and Ben Sarasin were both victorious.
- A couple of junior colleges picked up wins over Division III foes – Mercyhurst North East topped Pitt-Bradford 31-18, while Joliet Junior College beat MacMurray 36-18. Lincoln, which is in its first year as an NAIA member after transitioning from a two-year school to a four-year one, also beat MacMurray 34-18.
- In Georgia, Brewton-Parker, with a hyphen, knocked off Truett McConnell, sans hyphen, 38-12.
- Nothing reported from CSU-Pueblo and Otero, Central Baptist and Oklahoma Wesleyan or the two duals out west in the California Community Colleges.
- Late Wednesday: Neosho County and head coach Nick Nothern knocked off rival Labette 26-16 in Chanute. That’s action in the NJCAA in case you were wondering. The Panthers swept six bouts between 149 and 197 to take the dual.
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Notables on the Docket for November 15:
- Super solid Friday night for wrestling: No. 3 Ohio State heads to Pittsburgh to take on the No. 15 Panthers, No. 4 Oklahoma State will have its first dual of the season as it heads to Philly to take on Drexel. No. 6 Minnesota hosts Rider at Williams Arena, I’ll be there for that one, as will BDI. No. 8 Arizona State opens its home slate against Division II Augustana (S.D.), No. 9 NC State hosts Old Dominion, which was ranked last week and fell out of the rankings despite not losing. Same thing happened to Wyoming. Binghamton faces South Dakota State in Sioux Falls, Bucknell heads to Northern Illinois, Division II Simon Fraser faces Oregon State in Tahoma, Washington and Rutgers heads to Fresno State where the Bulldogs are trying to break their own attendance record, looking for 10,000 fans in the SaveMart Center.
- Notable matches from other divisions include Ithaca traveling to Stevens Institute, Manchester at Wabash, more news on them in a second, Campbellsville and the first-year program at Arizona Christian facing Embry-Riddle – not at same time, that would be unfair and there’s a doubleheader with the men’s and women’s programs with Southern Oregon going to Portland to face Warner Pacific. Tournament-wise, the Roger Williams Invitational kicks off in Bristol, Rhode Island.
- Minnesota profiles senior Carson Brolsma with the now overused Q&A segment called Seven Minutes. The Open Mat actually started that, then Trackwrestling adopted it after TOM stopped doing it. And now we have it in Minnesota. It’s like every column in every wrestling magazine being called The Inside Trip – with apologies to Brando and B-Law with The Inside Trip podcast. End snarky note.
- The week will continue with posts from the early signing period. Some schools went all out on day one, while others are trickling out their early classes. While not directly linked in this section, Thursday’s releases are in the newsletter.
- We’ve got a new No. 1 in Division III wrestling, mainly because the rankings in the early season released by the Division III Coaches Association are on tournament points. Loras, the preseason No. 1, didn’t lose, but slid one spot to No. 2. This is why tournament rankings are absolute crap UNTIL the postseason. Next week’s rankings, as the release says, will be dual strength. I’d have just held off the team rankings this week, since there was plenty of movement in the individual rankings. Oh, that new No. 1, by the way, the Little Giants of Wabash.
- Missouri’s sports information office features alum and UFC fighter Tyron Woodley, while Penn State has an in-house feature on Creighton Edsell, an unlikely small town starter who came up with a win in last week’s dual against Navy.
- Flowrestling looks at Fresno State’s drive to break its attendance record and eclipse the 10,000-fan mark in their upcoming dual against Rutgers.
- The Predicament goes into the Where Are They Now with the Inside the Rivalry series. Well, where are they now and what are they all doing?
- Mason Beckman makes a guest appearance with a preview of the Bill Farrell Memorial on the Home Mat Advantage at 74kg.
- TheMat.com gives us the full U.S.-centric Bill Farrell preview as well.
- Flowrestling borrows Tim Hands of Five Point Move for their extensive Greco-Roman preview, not paywalled.
- Patch.com, a collection of like 1,200 hyperlocal news websites, features Penn State wrestling alum Rohan Murphy and his message to inmates at Suffolk County Correctional Facility. Rohan is an amazing dude. Born with no legs, he’s got a great message to share about perseverance.
- The Southern Illinoisan, yes, that is the actual name of the newspaper, featured Carbondale Community High School coach Dennis Ragan and his recent induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame via the Illinois chapter. If that name and location lead you to connect some dots – la la la la – then you’re right. It’s Alli’s dad.
- And the biggest Bud heavy advocate in wrestling, Willie Saylor, drops an interview on his MatScouts Rokfin channel that Blair Academy’s Travis Mastrogiovanni, the No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2021 is heading to Oklahoma State, where his brother Trevor has also committed.
On The Network
- With a big weekend upcoming, the #PackMentality Pop-Ins Podcast with host Brian Reinhardt talks with NC State head wrestling coach Pat Popolizio, as well as Jakob Camacho, Tariq Wilson and Hayden Hidlay. Thye host ODU on Friday, the Wolfpack Duals on Saturday and the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open on Sunday.
- PA Power’s college podcast is up and out with Iowa’s Michael Kemerer and a recap of the PA-centric college scores from last week while Five Point Move talks with Jon Anderson of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program, who makes his return to competition at this weekend’s Bill Farrell. Also, Dennis Hall had numerous F-bombs edited out of the show. Dennis gets fired up.
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