Another Sunday of wrestling is in the books and a completed garage project is now off my to-do list. It's Short Time Shots, a look at the day's top wrestling scores and more, I'm your host Jason Bryant, and today, we're going to teach poodles how to fly.
Just a limited schedule in Division I, but we had a dandy at sold-out PPL Center in Allentown as No. 1 Penn State rallied to beat No. 5 Lehigh 23-19. The Mountain Hawks took advantage of PSU's lightweight situation as Darian Cruz and Scotty Parker got Lehigh out to a 12-0 lead with back-to-back falls. No, we didn't see Corey Keener for Penn State. Luke Karam extended the lead to 15-0 after a slight 2-0 upset over Jered Cortez. After that, the Penn State buzzsaw would get fired up, but the big five was only four on Sunday as Vincenzo Joseph was also out of action at 165. Zain Retherford and Jason Nolf did Retherford-Nolf kinds of things, while Mark Hall edged Jordan Kutler and Bo Nickal got past Ryan Preisch by matching 3-2 scores.
Anthony Cassar and Nick Nevills closed the door on the upset bid with two decisions. Nevills scored an escape and rode out Jordan Wood to earn a 2-0 win and lock up Penn State's 35th straight dual win. The dual drew 9,896 fans, almost doubling Lehigh's all-time record of just over 5,000 set against Penn State last year.
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In Spearfish, South Dakota, 17th-ranked South Dakota State swept the Dakota Showcase, as expected. The Jackrabbits picked up big wins over Division II Augustana — the one in South Dakota obviously — and Northern State as well as one over NAIA Dakota Wesleyan. This event had previously been held in Sioux Falls at the Pentagon — yes, there's an arena with such name, not a giant military office building. Chris Bono's squad now 3-2 on the year.
Frank Beasley may have found the marble in the oatmeal and he gets to drink from the fire hose as his George Mason Patriots picked up a 32-10 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday. The win is Beasley's first as a head coach. As an ODU alum, you know the best thing I can say about George Mason University? At least they're not VCU.
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On Long Island, Penn went 3-0 at the Hofstra Duals, beating host Hofstra 34-8, The Citadel 35-10 and edging Campbell 16-15. The math tells you it's a 5-5 split so the bonus point that made the difference came at 197 pounds from Frank Mattiace. Hofstra beat The Citadel 43-6 and Campbell beat Hofstra 30-9.
The only other major dual meet event was down in South Cackalacky was Newberry hosted the Newberry Duals. St. Cloud State, the No. 1 team in Division II, went 4-0 and picked up 17 victories by fall. NAIA Life was solid, beating Emmanuel 42-3 and first-year Queens 41-10 before falling to Division II Limestone 23-9. Host Newberry did pick up one seriously big win as Jordan Simpson beat past national champion Brett Velasquez of St. Cloud State at 125 pounds.
Tournament-wise, it was T. Boone Slim Pickens except for Oklahoma State, which won eight titles at the Bob Smith Fort Hays State Open. By the way, I've met Bob Smith. Helluva guy. Seriously. Quality dude all around. Oh, the tournament. Boo Lewallaen beat Geo Martinez — again — at 149 pounds. They're both Cowboys. Nebraska freshman Mikey Labriola topped Jacobe Smith of Oklahoma State 7-6 at 174.
At the MSU Moorhead Dragon Open, the only real notable was at heavyweight and it's only notable to most because these guys were hammers in high school. North Dakota State's Brandon Metz pinned South Dakota State's Kevin Vough in the finals of the Red Division.
At the Colorado Mesa Open, mostly Division II guys out there, but Utah Valley's Tate Orndorff did earn a fall in 16 seconds, the fastest of the tournament.
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