It was Monday. It didn’t snow. That’s all you need to know.
This is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look back at the scores and more from the world of wrestling, I’m Jason Bryant. Oh, I bought a standing desk today. I’ll put it in the office when that finally gets done. Ever seen The Money Pit? Yeah, two weeks.
- Six teams pulled notable upsets over the weekend, with Rider pulling the biggest, going into Minneapolis and beating No. 6 Minnesota 21-17. Even with some controversy over skin checks, No. 10 Lehigh knocked off No. 4 Oklahoma State 21-20 on criteria. No. 11 Virginia Tech went into Columbus and beat No. 3 Ohio State 21-15 and one that was overlooked by many was Michigan State beating No. 20 Oklahoma 21-16. Stanford topped No. 17 North Carolina 21-11 and No. 21 Northwestern scored a modest upset over No. 14 Northern Iowa 24-20. While behind the paywall at Flo, David Bray tracked down all the upsets he could find and counted up 38 individual upsets, including 11 wrestlers in the top 10 going down. Again, while I don’t link to the paywalled content from any outlet, if you have a FloPro subscription, that feature is worth reading, even if you like another outlet’s rankings.
- Also finally expect some shake-ups in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll this week as we’ve finally got some duals to shake out who’s legit and who’s just tough on paper.
- One tournament of note saw Penn State win four titles, but Army West Point won the team title. The Nittany Lions wrestled half their starters, the Black Knights wrestled a ton of their roster. I get annoyed when I see tournaments “score” opens, but this was an invitational. Should the fact Penn State entered a team-scored tournament and not win it be relevant or should, as Clay Sauertieg puts it, have an asterisk?
- The U.S. finished second to Japan, losing 7-3 at the Women’s World Cup in Narita, Japan over the weekend. Japan showed its depth by using a number of athletes who have seen success at the age-group levels, but were more or less, senior-level unknowns. Adeline Gray, Jacarra Winchester and Tamyra Mensah-Stock were absolute beasts. As Americans, we are fortunate to be in a generation that’s seeing amazing growth in women’s wrestling and we currently have three dynamic athletes leading the charge on the senior level.
- Bill Farrell happened. Want to know what happened? It’s covered everywhere, so I don’t need to rehash it here. By the way, literally everything in the Short Time Shots is actually covered by a story that’s included in the Daily Wrestling News. I hit the key topics here, but the best way to be the most educated fan in the block or at the bar, is to go to mattalkonline.com/news and wake up every morning with the news of the day.
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Notables on the Docket for November 19:
- Tuesday is a typical dual meet day for the Ohio Athletic Conference and this Tuesday is no different as four duals take place there, all in Division III. Heidelberg, which you should know their nickname by now, takes on the Blue Streaks of John Carroll, Muskingum, they’re the Muskies, face Mount Union, which are the Purple Raiders, the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace, now sans hyphen, heads to Ohio Northern to face the Polar Bears, because that’s what you think of when you think of Ohio. Lastly, Otterbein, which is the more traditional Cardinals, will face the Fighting Quakers of Wilmington.
- In the NAIA, Graceland will face Baker, while Simpson (Calif.) will take on Lassen of the California Community Colleges. That’ll be the last dual officially scheduled for the teams out in the California Community College system as the state dual meet championship gets underway this weekend.
- Andy Hamilton of Trackwrestling follows up the competition from the Bill Farrell Memorial with a Writing Time feature on who the man Bill Farrell was and his unique background and history in wrestling and sporting goods.
- Tom Housenick of The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania writes about the loss of a Nazareth wrestling family’s home in a fire. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family of DeShawn Farber, with putting their life back together after losing pretty much everything.
- Just about every wrestling and MMA site has been covering this story, but two-time NCAA champion, four-time All-American and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren announced he was retiring from MMA today on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show.
- We just had a Greco-Roman event, which means Tim Hands from FivePointMove.com is on the case. Actually, it’s Monday, so that means Tim Hands from FivePointMove is on the case with his Monday Roundup, which he posts every Monday, as the name implies.
- I had this in Monday morning’s Daily Wrestling News, but it bears repeating here on the show, since TheMat.com also posted the announcement from the Sparta Independent that Sussex County Community College will be adding wrestling. They’ve hired former Centenary wrestler Chris Burdge as the first head coach. Burdge was a four-time Division III All-American from 2011-2014.
- Keeping things Jersey, NCAA champions Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers will be part of NCAA Collegiate National Champions day in Washington D.C. In other words, they get to go to the White House. You may now start your banter about the nation’s politics, but do that on your own time – I don’t care.
- Wartburg will honor the late Kenny Anderson, a three-time Division III national champion who passed away earlier this fall on November 20 in the Knights dual against Simpson College. Wartburg’s won 30 straight against the Storm.
- The weekly load of Wrestlers of the Week are starting to drop. You can get a ton of them in Tuesday’s newsletter.
- Finally, Dan Gable is the big cheese. Or in this case, he’s made of big cheese. File this under things you really don’t need to know, but you need to see, Go Iowa Awesome, a snarky, but often hilarious sports blog covering Iowa, shows us what Dan Gable looks like when he’s carved out of cheese. In Minnesota, it would have been butter.
On The Network
- Nothing coming out other than this show on Monday, but the rest of this week, we’ll have shows from On The Mat, Rocked Up, ODU Monarch Matcast, Inside Virginia Tech Wrestling and possibly something from Hall of Fame Legends, but that might have to wait until the lull over Thanksgiving. If you don’t already know, the entire library of shows on the Mat Talk Podcast Network are at mattalkonline.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).
Credits: Short Time Episode 546 – November 19, 2019. Askren Photo by AWAwisconsin.com