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That’s it for the sales pitch, because THIS is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily recap of the scores and more in and around the world of wrestling, I’m Jason Bryant and in the morning, I’m off to Canuckistan! I mean, Canada. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m announcing the Canadian Olympic Trials. Yes, they hold them in December. They’re in Niagara Falls, which is actually SOUTH of where I live. Why do they set the team so early? Well, I’ll have an investigative, expose, The World In Crisis. Double gold star if you catch THAT reference.
- I’d say Mount Union was pretty pumped up about their win on Tuesday. The Purple Raiders social media accounts quickly tagged me on Twitter (@jasonmbryant) to let me know No. 6 Mount Union beat No. 7 Baldwin Wallace 31-9 in the Yellowjackets own gym. Mount Union head coach Josh Malave with quite the conundrum, having to X out the M in Mount Union’s name all week. The only matchup of ranked foes saw Jordin James, ranked No. 1 at 141 for Mount Union, beat No. 9 Charlie Nash 11-4. Lenny Reich shout out as well!
- Elsewhere in the Ohio Athletic Conference, No. 21 John Carroll picked up its first shutout in three years, topping the Fighting Muskies of Muskingum 43-0. Fastest fall of the night came at 165, where Canton, Ohio native Luke Reicosky picked up six in 64 seconds.
- Otterbein improved to 5-2 on the season after beating Ohio Northern 30-15. Top-ranked Drew Kasper picked up another W at 285 for the Cardinals, improving to 14-0 on the season and registering his sixth fall of the year.
- And while I’d like to give Mount Union the graphic on Twitter and Instagram, that honor goes to Division II Kentucky Wesleyan. The Panthers won its first dual in school history, topping NAIA Midway 26-19 in Midway, Kentucky. Last year, Kentucky Wesleyan went 0-10 in its maiden season. Kairus Washington’s fall at 285 sealed the deal.
- Sticking with some Division II action, Indianapolis shutout Urbana 48-0.
- In the NAIA, Williams Baptist beat Hannibal-LaGrange 39-15. Anyone get ZZ Top stuck in their head anytime they hear the name Hannibal-LaGrange? No? The Eagles picked up five falls in the American Midwest Conference win.
- In an odd scheduling note, there were two women’s duals initially scheduled on Tuesday, but the North Central–UW-Stevens Point dual was moved to February 18, and the Emmanuel-McKendree dual was canceled. Which can be spelled with one L or two. Cancelled. See. I didn’t get a red underline when I typed it, but you … can’t actually see that.
Notables on the Docket:
- Division II Lander will host its first dual in school history as the Bearcats welcome another first-year program, fellow Division II member and conference mate Mount Olive. Mount Olive won its first dual as a program last week – this is the first time Lander is stepping on the mat for a dual, ever. Kentucky Wesleyan will try to win two in a row as they visit NAIA Thomas More. There will be no more Elisabeth Shue references. Well, there might be.
- In Division III, we have a five duals involving teams from D3 and all five of them are in-state battles. Pitt-Bradford faces Thiel, Southern Virginia faces the new NJCAA program at Southwest Virginia Community College, Fontbonne takes on Westminster, NAIA Lincoln faces Millikin and UW-Stevens Point faces UW-Platteville.
- The NAIA mostly follows suit, as Truett McConnell faces Life, Central Christian takes on Ottawa and Arizona Christian faces Embry-Riddle. Grand View and Baker gotta screw it all up by being from different states.
- Fontbonne and Westminster are scheduled to go there on the women’s side as well, while Saint Mary (Kan.) heads to wrestle Missouri Valley.
- The University of Iowa announced on Tuesday that four-time All-American Brandon Sorensen has begun undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. There are numerous outlets with information on this, including the Daily Iowan, Trackwrestling, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Quad City Times … after this kind of news, there really isn’t much I want to promote here today. Thoughts are with Sorensen, his family and the entire Iowa wrestling family.
- The only good news really coming from Iowa today was the Hawkeyes did come in as a unanimous No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. Slight movement, nothing major.
- No major changes in the NJCAA Team Rankings as Western Wyoming is still No. 1 there.
- From the Asbury Park Press, Rutgers head wrestling coach Scott Goodale gives a mighty endorsement for the football program bringing back Greg Schiano as head football coach. Apparently, Goodale was a pretty good tosser of the pigskin back in high school. Not quite like Uncle Rico, but good.
- Cuban Olympic medalist Alexis Vila was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in arranging a murder. Yikes.
- Cronkite News, which we’ve discussed on the show before, drops another solid wrestling piece, this time Sarah Farrell profiles Marlee Smith, the lone woman on the Arizona State wrestling team. There’s even a quote from your sometimes-humble host, that’s me.
- The Cuban Greco-Roman wrestling team is leaving Iran, according to the Mehr News Agency. The Cubans were training in the run up to the Greco-Roman World Cup, which was postponed by United World Wrestling last week. The Iranian contingent is adamant they will put on the event, passing off alleged safety concerns in the country.
- This was posted yesterday, but since there was no Shots, I repeat such info here. The Japan News reports that four-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho has not entered the All Japan Championships set for this weekend, effectively ending her chances at winning an unprecedented fifth Olympic wrestling gold medal. She’s the only human being who has ever walked the planet to win four Olympic gold medals in wrestling.
On The Network
- Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton go On The Mat with the Director of Wrestling and the head men’s wrestling coach at Presbyterian College, Mark Cody.
- WarUP on The WPIAL with Jeff Upson and Greg Warnock chat about things related to Waynesburg Central in Western Pennsylvania.
- Keep an eye out for a new show coming this week on the network called State of Wrestling. It’ll be an organizational podcast coming from the NWCA. I’ll host it and the first guest will be NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. Little background on the organization and some insight on what’s happening to grow the sport there.
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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).
Short Time Episode 582 – December 3, 2019