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Sometimes you have to pivot. I had every intention of putting together another episode of The Guillotine Grapevine here on the Mat Talk Podcast Network, but sometimes things don’t go as planned, as you’re about to find out. This is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more from the world of wrestling, I’m Jason Bryant.
- The biggest upset of the night and one of the bigger upsets in the past several years saw unranked Rider come into Williams Arena in Minneapolis and knock off No. 6 Minnesota 21-17. The key wins came from Jonathan Tropea at 125 pounds and Dean Sherry at 174 pounds. Sherry pinned All-American Devin Skatzka in one of the most exciting three minutes of wrestling. Instead of talking you through it, I talked with Rider coach John Hangey about the match and its impact on the Rider program. Rider’s Ryan Cloud won an absolutely not thrilling bout 1-0 at 285 over Bobby Steveson to lock up the win for the Broncs. (Hangey Interview)
- In other Top 25 action, No. 3 Ohio State won six out of 10 at No. 15 Pittsburgh, but it was bonus points that blew the match open for coach Tom Ryan’s Buckeyes. Ohio State prevailed 23-12. Kollin Moore opened the dual with a major at 197, Chase Singletary scored a mild upset over Demetrius Thomas at heavyweight, Luke Pletcher, no, that’s not a typo, got a major at 141 pounds over Cole Matthews, while Sammy Sasso picked up a fall at 149 pounds. The Buckeyes return home to face No. 11 Virginia Tech on Sunday.
- In Philadelphia, No. 4 Oklahoma State won eight out of 10 bouts to open its dual season with a 30-6 win over Drexel. Cowboy 165-pounder Travis Wittlake knocked off Ebed Jarrell 5-1. John Smith also tied Bobby Douglas for fifth on the all-time collegiate dual wins list with his 427th victory.
- No. 8 Arizona State won its home opener 35-6 over Division II Augustana (S.D.). We’ll save the story of that dual for what’s in the Daily Wrestling Newsletter.
- No. 9 NC State always seems to get a fight from ODU and Friday was no different. The Wolfpack would prevail 22-11 after getting a huge fall at 197 pounds from Tyrie Houghton to go along with ranked wins by top-ranked Hayden Hidlay at 157 over Larry Early and Tariq Wilson’s 3-2 win over Sa’Derian Perry at 141.
- Elsewhere in Division I, Northern Illinois beat Bucknell 24-10, Binghamton beat South Dakota State 25-16, Oregon State beat Division II Simon Fraser 40-8 in Tahoma, Washington. I deliberately didn’t post this until Fresno State and Rutgers were finished. Rutgers won 23-13. Did Fresno State set their school’s attendance record? No, but they still drew a solid 3,500-plus.
- Division II Coker beat NAIA St. Andrews 45-8.
- In Division III No. 1 Wabash shut out Manchester 45-0, No. 15 Ithaca topped Stevens Institute 29-12, Williams beat Trinity 28-18, Lycoming beat Thiel 40-6 and smashed NJCAA Jamestown (N.Y.) 51-3. Thiel beat Jamestown 44-6.
- In the NAIA, Concordia (Neb.) beat Northwestern (Iowa) 29-10 and Southern Oregon beat Warner Pacific 36-16. Campbellsville swept a quad at Embry-Riddle. The Tigers beat Arizona Christian 32-6, host Embry-Riddle 33-9 and Vanguard 43-3. So two wins over first-year teams. Play nice Franky James!
- In junior college action, Minnesota West beat Northland Tech 36-21.
- Late Thursday: Fresno City beat Bakersfield 42-6, while Modesto beat Skyline and West Hills. Central Baptist beat Oklahoma Wesleyan 24-22.
- In Bristol, Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales is out to an early Day 1 lead at the Roger Williams Invitational. Following the Wildcats are Castleton, TCNJ, NYU and host Roger Williams.
- Day 1 of the Bill Farrell came and went as the most important aspect was athletes qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in April in State College. In Greco, five Americans won titles – Ryan Mango at 60kg, Alex Sancho at 67kg, Alan Vera at 87kg, G’Angelo Hancock at 97kg and Adam Coon at 130kg. Also qualifying was Sammy Jones at 60kg and Spencer Woods at 77kg.
- In women’s freestyle competition at the Bill Farrell, Victoria Anthony beat Erin Golston to win gold at 50kg. Golston qualified for the Trials by being the highest placing American who wasn’t already qualified. Areana Villaescusa and Alex Glaude also qualified. Of note at 76kg, Erica Wiebe of Canada, the 2016 Olympic champion, beat 2014 world silver medalist Aline da Silva of Brazil 4-0 for gold.
- Women’s World Cup in Narita, Japan kicked off. The U.S. was wrestling Russia at the time this show was being recorded. Check UnitedWorldWrestling.org or TheMat.com for full results and @wrestling or @usawrestling on Twitter for live results.
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Notables on the Docket for November 16:
- There’s like nearly 100 duals or something tomorrow. I can’t possibly list them all. The biggest is No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 10 Lehigh.
- Travis Johnson of Trackwrestling gets a look at Stanford looking to take its next step after its first Pac-12 title, a quick glimpse at Oklahoma State-Lehigh, a look at Northern Iowa’s Bryce Steiert, now up at 174 and a note about Josh Shields from Arizona State.
- InterMat’s Tim “T.R.” Foley starts out remembering Paul Wellstone before answering reader questions in his weekly Foley’s Friday Mailbag feature.
- Greg Moore of the Arizona Republic features Roman Rozell, a 34-year-old Army combat veteran who will be believed to be the oldest starter in Division I wrestling when he takes to the mat against Division II Augustana (S.D.). This story will be dated by the time you hear this, but it’s still worth the read. Rozell wrestled at 197 on Friday night, getting pinned in ASU’s only loss of the evening. But still.
- We’ve got an abundance of international stars competing at the Bill Farrell, so here’s a few to keep an eye on, courtesy of TheMat.com.
- Speaking of TheMat.com, Taylor Miller of USA Wrestling writes a pretty solid feature on Anthony Echemendia. Did you know he turned 19 in a detention center while trying to get to the United States? Good job T-Millz on that piece.
- The RUDIS Podcast, The Way, with Cary Kolat and Matt Dernlan go into college officiating. This … should be interesting.
- The Mid-American Conference released its November coaches rankings at GetSomeMaction.com. Missouri still No. 1, followed by Old Dominion, Lock Haven, Rider and Clarion.
- Cronkite News, a program produced by students at the amazing journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, features Marlee Smith, the only woman on the wrestling team at Arizona State. Zeke Jones has women and combat vets on the roster. That’s dynamic.
On The Network
- The 10th installment of #ROCKedUP, the story about the foundation and formation of the wrestling program at Little Rock has been posted. When you look at the entirety of the situation, it’s probably one of the most unique stories ever told in wrestling. Give it a listen at GetRockedUp.com
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(Editor's note: This is always a rough draft of the script of the show, there may be minor errors sprinkled throughout and no, it's not in APA style or anything that resembles a journalistic published work. Some shows will also be devoid of show notes, as they're done on the road from a mobile device).