One of the giant indoor playgrounds reopened tonight. You want to know stress? Take a couple hundred kids under the age of 6 and cramp them all into an indoor playground and watch your blood pressure rise. This is Short Time Shots, a quick look back at the day's wrestling scores and more, I'm your host, Hall of Fame wrestling writer, broadcaster and announcer Jason Bryant.
While this isn't an every day show, it typically breaks when there's at least 10 dual meets or events that are worth discussing. That's just kind of a loose guide. Some days, there might be 3-4 really good ones I want to give you the scoop on. Others, there are a few matches or the results from some of them weren't reported by the time I sat down and hit record. Before we start, want to thank the latest contributor to the Mat Talk Podcast Network, Ralph Wetzel from Pennsylvania. Thank you kindly sir. You are entered into the drawing for the $150 prize pack from Compound Clothing.
Before we get to the scores, the big news today was Presbyterian College, a small Division I school in Clinton, South Carolina is adding a men's and women's wrestling program. I had a chance to talk to AD Danny Sterling today for about 40 minutes to talk about the additions and that will be on the next full Short Time Wrestling Podcast on Monday. Presbyterian had a team in the 1940s and 50s. The last team in Division I that started from scratch and wasn't a quick reinstatement? Utah Valley in 2003. Kind of hard to call Presbyterian a “reinstatement” since they haven't had a team since Truman.
Only one Division I dual on the docket on Thursday and it wasn't close as No. 19 Wisconsin opened up its Big Ten schedule by smashing Maryland 32-6 in Madison.
Big one for the Badgers came at 141 pounds where Eli Stickley majored NCAA qualifier Ryan Diehl of Maryland 14-1. Maryland heavyweight Youssif Hemida was sharp in helping the Terrapins avoid the shutout with a first-period fall over Ben Stone. That dual was live on BTN, so go ahead and check out the Badgers who earned major decisions from Andrew Crone at 157, Evan Wick at 165, Ryan Christensen at 174 and Hunter Ritter at 197 pounds.
In blustery Minneapolis where the match time temperature at Si Melby Hall was 18 degrees. This one was a romp for Augsburg, which came in ranked second in Division III. The Division II Dragons made it a match early, trailing 16-9 after five bouts but the Auggies rolled in the final five weights with four bonus victories including Lucas Jeske's 13-5 win over Weston Dobler.
No. 8 Loras, which is fresh off its win over Augsburg over the weekend, rolled past No. 18 Augustana — yup, the Illinois one, 32-9 in Rock Island. Second-ranked Jimmy Davis earned a technical fall at 149 pounds, while we had a nationally-ranked battle at 285 as top-ranked All-American Adarios Jones of Augustana knocked off sixth-ranked Quin Gilliam 2-1. These rankings from the NWCA Division III Coaches Association. Our man Andy Vogel at D3wrestle.com has more rankings over there.
Eric Van Kley's Central Dutch — again, fitting a school named the Dutch is coached by a guy with a Dutch name — topped the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan 42-3. The Prairie Wolves are a second-year program in Lincoln, Nebraska coached by Virginia native Brandon Bradley. He went to Henrico. Ty Owens coached right there. Central improved to 2-1 on the year and picked up falls from Cam Timok, Tristan Clark, Lane Rumelhart and Daniel “not Harry Potter” Radcliffe. As my wife's family says, if you ain't Dutch, you ain't much.
In a battle of New York teams, Don Murray's College at Brockport Golden Eagles — hey I wore their hat today as a matter of fact — topped Rochester Institute of Technology, or RIT 35-12. Top-ranked 125 pounder Jonathan Haas picked up a fall in 4:05, while Dillon Stowell, Sean Peacock, and Triston Engle also recorded falls. Don Murray started coaching when Richard Millhous Nixon was President.
In other action, No. 24 Waynesburg beat Muskingum 33-12, while in the NAIA we saw Lindenwood-Belleville top Missouri Baptist 27-22. Missouri Baptist would win the nightcap over first-year St. Mary of Kansas, coached by former Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney. Keeping things in the NAIA, York College of Nebraska, they're the Panthers, not the one in Pennsylvania, topped Kansas Wesleyan 42-5. On the women's side, Missouri Baptist's women defeated Lindenwood-Belleville 29-12 and St. Mary 37-10.
No theme tonight. Just a solemn salute to people like my late Granddaddy Otis “Plug” Abbott who served in World War II and was on the second wave of Normandy years after what today's anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack is remembered as.
December 7, 1941 was a day that according to President Franklin Roosevelt, that will live in infamy. I never had the pleasure of serving this nation, but my family did in numerous branches of the military. My father was in the Army, so were both my grandfathers. I'm not sure where my paternal grandfather was at the time, but Otis was in Europe, where he met my soon-to-be grandmother. My mother was born overseas to an American GI. God Bless America and those who serve and protect her.
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