Again welcome one, welcome all, welcome you sitting there sipping your coffee or just getting out of the shower. I’m Jason Bryant, this is Short Time Shots, your mostly daily look at the wrestling scores and more from in and around the world of wrestling. I do have one question though, why are you listening in the shower?
Before I get to the notables and daily news updates, we have three major dual meet events coming up this weekend – the 92 team NWCA National Duals, which its official name would take up an entire show – and the 40th annual Virginia Duals, the tournament that led me to the sport of wrestling and the Budd Whitehill Duals in Pennsylvania. But before we talk about that, here’s what happened Tuesday.
- A pair of Division I duals came in the expanded MAC, where Kent State topped SIUE 25-15. Kent State picked up falls from Colin McCracken and Spencer Berthold at 197 and heavyweight to scream back from a 15-13 deficit with those two bouts to go. In the nightcap, SIUE drove east to Clarion and fell to the Golden Eagles 30-13. Brock Zacherl defeated Tyshawn Williams 3-1 in sudden victory at 149.
- In Division III, Alma beat Trine 42-9. Olivet beat Adrian 21-12. North Central prepared for the National Duals by blanking Elmhurst 46-0. Ohio Northern beat Mount St. Joseph 27-17 a day after Ohio Northern head coach Ron Beaschler had amazing seats at the Ohio State dual. UW-Platteville topped UW-Eau Claire 24-20 in a match that featured 12 exhibition bouts. This is one awesome thing about Division III. It might be a pain in the ass for the event staff, but this is one of the key ways D3 kids get more mat time, especially the non-starters.
- NAIA Thomas More knocked off Division III Muskingum 38-14. Best name of the night goes to Thomas More’s Wilder Wichman, he registered a fall at 3:38 at 157 pounds, one of four falls for the Saints on Tuesday. The fastest, though, went to Zach Dunn, who picked up the six in 12 seconds.
- Keeping it NAIA, Graceland beat William Penn, the school, not the actual person, 43-12. Montana State-Northern was at Dickinson State and the Lights came away with a 32-21 win over the Blue Hawks.
Notables on the Docket:
- In Division II, Seton Hill is at Shippensburg, Emmanuel is at Belmont Abbey, for some reason UNC Pembroke is going out to Kansas to take on Fort Hays State while American International will face Division III New England College and Trinity up in Connecticut.
- In Division III, Coast Guard is at WPI, McDaniel is at Waynesburg, Hunter is at Scranton and Thiel is at Case Western Reserve. In the NAIA, Briar Cliff hosts Midland, Bethany (Kan.) takes on York (Neb.), while Morningside heads to Jamestown (N.D.). One dual that’s scheduled on the women’s side where St. Mary (Kan.) will face Central Methodist.
Now to the Duals Previews.
- The full NWCA preview here can be found at NWCAonline.com
- Virginia Duals information at VirginiaDuals.com
- Lycoming’s Bud Whitehill Duals is also something to keep an eye on with 16 teams from Division III scrapping.
- Normally, there isn’t much in the way of hard news that comes out of the wrestling coaches weekly press conferences, especially at Penn State, where much of the information is guarded. Well, every outlet that covers Penn State wrestling on the regular is abuzz – and not in a good way – about the revelation Kyle Conel and Anthony Cassar are done for the year, according to head coach Cael Sanderson. Both have battled injuries their entire career. Shakur Rasheed is expected to go 197 while Sanderson announced Seth Nevills’ will get the go at 285. Link via InterMat, since all the stuff from the Centre Daily Times was paywalled. There is one from the Daily Collegian, though.
- A few changes in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, most of them coming as a result of Ohio State’s 17-16 win over Arizona State on Monday where stalling might have been called as inconsistently in a dual as I can remember. Yes, I’m rarely critical of officiating publicly, but as I sit back and watch, I can’t help but wonder where some consistency is. I don’t care who wins duals like this – I want to be entertained by the sport I love. I was more pained than anything. By the way, Iowa still your unanimous No. 1.
- Little Rock features its wrestling twins from St. Louis, Jayden and Jaylen Carson. Jayden’s already got some solid wins this year at 125.
- Who is Indiana’s Donnell Washington? Find out with a Q&A from Indiana’s athletic website.
- Mount Union’s Jordin James was named a finalist for the Greater Cleveland Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award. That’ll be presented in two weeks. James was just the school’s third wrestler in school history to win an individual national title when he claimed the 133-pound title last year in Roanoke, Virginia.
- Matt Lindland’s January Camp report is up and out on FivePointMove.com, where there really aren’t participation trophies.
- Tony Rotundo makes a written appearance on the Home Mat Advantage with his thoughts about the rugged Doc Buchanan tournament in California.
- And finally, we’ve got another new wrestling program coming to the Southeast as Montreat College, an NAIA school in North Carolina, announced it would be adding wrestling. That came by their desks on Monday, but since I didn’t know where the school was, or how yet to say it, it didn’t make the news. There were 35 new teams announced in 2019, Montreat is the first of 2020.
On The Network
- On The Mat does a Year in Review with is absolutely worth your time. The top notes, nuggets and clips from the show from Trackwrestling with Andy Hamilton and Kyle Klingman.
- NC State’s #PackMentality Pop-Ins Podcast returns with host Brian Reinhardt and head wrestling coach Pat Popozilio.
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Short Time Episode 589 – January 7, 2020