Busy day in the small colleges on the dual meet side of things, I'm in New York, so after checking out the Kentucky-Monmouth game, I saw some boxing, the Rangers and the Devils and a bunch of drunken Santas stumbling through Manhattan. Seriously. I saw college hoops, the NHL and pro boxing all in the same day in the same venue. The Ukrainian boxer made the Cuban quit. Craziness.
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Before I start, Brian Williams, and probably not the former newsman, corrected me on my Gannon reference the other day. I mistakenly said Gannon was from Metroid, well, that's all jacked up. My childhood memories are crap. Gannon was from Zelda. And since I never played Zelda and was confusing it from the Nintendo commercial so many years ago, I call shenanigans. Anyway, the evil boss in Metroid was Mother Brain.
Coach Paul Keysaw and Fresno City College won the school's 15th state championship as the Rams claimed four titles to outdistance second-place Mt. San Antonio 184-152. Brandon Betencourt, Isaiah Perez, Aaron Mora and Dylan Martinez won titles at 125 through 149 while five other Rams placed in the top eight to claim Fresno City's second straight championship.
Lock Haven won the PSAC Championships for the 20th time, but it was the first time in 17 years since they'd done it. The Bald Eagles were led by champions Ronnie Perry at 149, Chance Marsteller at 165, Corey Hazel at 184 and Thomas Haines at heavyweight. Lock Haven scored 156 points, followed by Clarion in second with 122 and Edinboro in third with 120.5. Pitt-Johnstown was fourth, the top non-Division I finish of the 12-team field.
Only thing really notable out of the UNI Open was Iowa's Spencer Lee entered and dominated. Results on Trackwrestling.com, video on Flo.
Campbellsville won its third straight NAIA Women's Invitational and crowned six champions. While not entirely comprised of every NAIA school with a women's team, it's a fledgling event that could be the precursor to an officially sponsored NAIA national championship event.
No. 19 Wisconsin cruised past Division III UW-Whitewater 38-3. Nothing really to go into, it's what big brother does to little brother.
Wyoming reeled off four wins in the last five weights to get past Iowa State 24-14 to open up Big 12 action. Wins by Branson Ashworth, Kyle Pope, Chaz Polson and Cody Vigoren gave Wyoming the leg up, if that is such a rodeo reference. If not, my apologies to fellow announcer and rodeo legend Boyd Polhamus. Of note, Iowa State's Jakob Allison, a guy the Cyclones pulled off the club team in Ames, earned a fall at 125 pounds. Pretty cool story there.
In Division II, No. 23 Mary and coach Adam Aho picked up one of the program's biggest wins since it moved to NCAA Division II with a 21-19 win over ninth-ranked Upper Iowa. Wins down the stretch by Phillip Springsteen and Austin Eichmann were clutch for the Marauders. Springsteen's fall at 165 was crucial. Eichmann's major at 174 put the dual out of reach.
In Division III, fourth-ranked Johnson & Wales carved up the competition and cooked up three wins — beating Niagara 46-4, Oneonta State 48-3 and Cortland State 45-12. Lonnie Morris is probably hanging red stockings for Christmas. Some of you might get that.
WPI went 3-0 defeating Niagara Community College and a pair of Red Dragons. The Engineers beat Niagara 40-8 before beating No. 16 Cortland State 36-6 and Oneonta State 27-19. Both Cortland and Oneonta are named the Red Dragons. Seriously. Shout out to you Jason Ellis — if you know who that is, more power to you.
No. 9 Baldwin Wallace went 3-0 on the road at Waynesburg. Jamie Gibbs' Yellowjackets topped Penn State Behrend 45-3, the Newport News Apprentice School 39-7 and No. 24 Waynesburg 23-10.
Buena Vista beat St. Olaf 41-9.
Marian, a second-year program, picked up its most successful day of its young history by going 4-0 at the Indiana Tech Warrior Duals, including a 26-19 win over third-ranked Indiana Tech. Fire it up coach Steven Bradley
Snow caused problems across the southeast as the Williams Baptist Duals were canceled in Arkansas, as was the Brewton-Parker tri meet in Georgia.
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