Time to get back in the ring, to take another swing. The walls were shaking, the earth was quaking, my mind was aching – you know what, I saw AC/DC live back in 2016, you don’t need to relive that show, although it was super awesome. I’d previous had tickets to see them in high school, in September of 1996. That tour got canceled before it got to Hampton. So there I was, 20 years later, with my pregnant wife on Valentine’s Day rocking out to AC/DC. What’s that have to do with wrestling? Nothing really, other than AC/DC is a favorite on wrestling playlists worldwide. I’m Jason Bryant, and this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more in and around the sport of wrestling.
By the way, if you notice the episode numbers changing, that’s because I did an audit of the amount of Short Time episodes in the feed. The most recent show where I interviewed some folks in Little Rock was actually the 580th episode. At some point, I didn’t count things and had some other non-Short Time shows in the feed. That’s been fixed and sure enough, this is the 581st edition of Short Time, whether it be in the Shots form or my more formal feature story/interview format. I also went to the Richard Nixon School of Accounting. Most of you won’t get that joke.
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- It was a close one down south in Division II where a fall from Jonathan Miller at 141 pounds was the difference as No. 21 UNC Pembroke edged No. 17 Limestone 20-19 in Pembroke on Tuesday. All-American Nick Daggett also scored a key bonus victory for the Braves at 125 pounds.
- Lindsey Wilson, ranked third in the NAIA, won nine out of 10 bouts and scored six falls as the Blue Raiders trounced Division II Bellarmine 47-3 in Columbia. Returning national champion Brandon Reed picked up his fall at 1:10 at heavyweight.
- Grand View, the top-ranked team in the NAIA, ran its dual meet win streak to 80 in a row after blanking Benedictine (Kansas) 50-0. During that stretch, Grand View has outscored opponents by an average score of 42.3 to 4.95. There’s also been 27 shutouts. The Vikings have won 108 of their last 109 duals with the last loss coming in November of 2013 to Division I Iowa State.
- Keeping it in the NAIA, fifth-ranked Campbellsville won a pair of duals at home on Tuesday. First the Tigers topped the Phoenix of Cumberland University (Tenn.) 34-6 before dispatching with West Virginia Tech 59-0, yes, one away from a perfect score. Cumberland beat West Virginia Tech 48-6.
- Marian beat Missouri Baptist 43-6.
- In Division III, fifth-ranked Augsburg was aided by five forfeits in shutting out St. Olaf 57-0 at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis. Guess what, the office of St. Olaf College President David “The Duck” Anderson has ignored two more requests for interviews after feeding the Board of Regents and alumni a load of scat, no matter which animal it originates.
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Notables on the Docket:
- There’s nothing on the schedule until after Thanksgiving, with action firing up on Saturday with Northern Colorado at Fresno State. On Sunday, we see several notables, including Cornell heading to Ohio State, Wisconsin going to Carver-Hawkeye, Appalachian State facing North Carolina, Augustana (S.D.) facing North Dakota State, and Ohio facing Chattanooga.
- There’s a new No. 1 in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll as Iowa moves into the top spot for the first time since February of 2015. Penn State, the previous No. 1 for the last 36 polls, fell to No. 3 after the Nittany Lions saw their 60 match win streak stopped by Arizona State. The Sun Devils slid up six spots to No. 4, one spot behind the team they just beat. Hey, sports. Other notables saw Nebraska move to No. 2, tying its best rank in school history, Princeton moved to No. 12, its highest ever and Army West Point moved to No. 21, its highest ranking since 1994. Kurt Cobain was still alive the last time the Black Knights were this high.
- With two top-five victories in a matter of hours, NC State redshirt freshman Trent Hidlay was named ACC Wrestler of the Week. Meanwhile, David Carr’s win over Kaleb Young earned him Big 12 WOW honors. I’m not sure if “WOW” is said as such, other than in SID headlines, but ok. Trent Hillger, aka THOR, hammered down (dad jokes) the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after pinning Utah Valley’s Tate Orndorff in overtime.
- Speaking of the Big 12, tickets for the Big 12 Championships in Tulsa at the BOK Center – that’s the Bank of Oklahoma and not the vegetable popular in some Asian foods – are on sale.
- TheMat.com tells us the 24 wrestlers who will head to Sweden to compete at the Haparanda Cup this coming weekend. The list is highlighted by world teamers Max Nowry, Ryan Mango, Raymond Bunker, and John Stefanowicz. How’s the Turkey in Sweden, boys?
- Up in New York,WKBW reports the doctor related to the school system that initially denied the request of a 12-year-old seventh grader to compete on the JV wrestling team saw his association with said system end late last week. Through a statement, Michael Terranova has replied to the situation, however, while citing standards, that reportedly weren’t applied uniformly, the statement made no mention of his hand-written note that said “girls don’t play boys sports in Lancaster schools.” Yo man, double standards. It should be noted that New York does allow seventh and eighth graders to compete in varsity wrestling. Trista Blasz’s story has gained national attention.
- More on the girls wrestling front sees MontanaSports.com reporting that the Montana High School Association will submit a proposal to add girls wrestling as a sanctioned sport. That vote will come in January. Right now, 18 states sanction or will sanction girls wrestling in the 2020-21 school year. Notably absent – Pennsylvania.
- Internationally, The Times of India notes world medalist Vinesh Phoghat and Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik are notables set to compete at the Indian national championships.
- The news of a possible Russian ban at the upcoming Olympic competitions has officials in the Russian Federation annoyed, to say the least. Russian wrestling federation head Mikhail Mamiashvili spoke out against the potential ban in international news services, citing instances in the past where athletes were punished unjustly for “the sins of the father.” Ok then.
- In keeping it international, the President of Iran’s National Olympic Committee responded to United World Wrestling’s postponement of the Greco-Roman World Cup. UWW issued a statement on Sunday saying the postponement was in response to current instability in Iran. Tuesday, the Mehr News Agency noted Reza Salehi said UWW’s decision was “hasty, sensational and under the influence of incorrect propaganda by western states against Iran.”
- Cody Goodwin of the Des Moines Register opens up the wrestling mailbag in the wake of the Iowa-Iowa State dual which drew over 11,000 fans to Hilton Coliseum.
- Sad news came in late Monday as it was learned the Brian Keck, a former NJCAA national champion and longtime wrestler on the senior level, had died. The details around the situation are still slim, but Keck was one of a kind. If you didn’t know him, he looked mean and intimidating. If you wrestled him, you’d probably understand that to be somewhat true. Brian was a jovial, big-hearted guy with a very unique past and one where wrestling played a big role in changing the course of what he’d do with his life. He dabbled in professional wrestling, coached MMA fighters, ran youth tournaments and was just generally someone who liked to do right by people. Personally, Keck had been a friend since probably 2005. We’d roomed together in Fargo, I announced tournaments for him, most recently at the Preseason Nationals last month. A funny guy who was labeled “No Neck Keck,” he was one of those people that had a story – and everyone who knew him – had a story that involved him in some way, shape or form. Last month in Des Moines, he bought a bunch of tickets to the Carrie Underwood concert next door from the venue where the Preseason Nationals were held – at the Wells Fargo Arena. He wasn’t comped those tickets – he bought them – for his workers, volunteers and others. He spent a lot of money out of his own pocket to make sure his people found a good time. And we did. I loved the show, despite not really being familiar with Carrie Underwood’s music. A ball buster with a big heart. Brian Keck was a one-of-a-kind person and our sport of wrestling was blessed to have him. I don’t know if more information will become available, but I’m still stunned and shocked to hear of his passing. He was supposed to be running the Turkey Nationals in Des Moines this weekend. That should be the least of our thoughts this weekend. His impact was broad – I’d received texts from people like Nick Simmons, Ben Askren, Gerry Brisco and Brandon Slay – all looking for info and all of them speaking highly about how good of a guy he was. Even though Brian is gone, I can tell you this, I’m super thankful I got the chance to know him and call him a friend. We’ll miss you buddy, we all will.
On The Network
- This week’s On The Mat with Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton talks with Arizona State assistant coach Chris Pendleton, a two-time NCAA champion at Oklahoma State.
- On Monday’s Short Time Wrestling Podcast, my traditional version, I talked with Little Rock AD George Lee, head coach Neil Erisman and wrestling backer Greg Hatcher.
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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 581 – November 26, 2019