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I’m Jason Bryant, and this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more from around the world of wrestling. My wife’s asleep, so I’m doing something different and recording this using the Backpack app on my phone. I’m standing in my 44-degree garage. And of course, this is now the second time I’m recording it, since stupid me tested it, changed a setting, but didn’t re-test it. So now I’m back in the garage. This isn’t my initial script, so screw it.
- As noted in the Monday episode, there was a dose of Division III wrestling in Ohio where No. 4 Mount Union beat Muskingum 54-0, highlighted by seven falls from the Purple Raiders, including a 10-second fall from returning All-American and top-ranked Antwon Pugh. No. 1 Jordin James, last year’s national champion at 133, picked up one of the other six falls. John Carroll beat Heidelberg 25-15, No. 9 Baldwin Wallace beat Ohio Northern 28-6 and No. 15 Otterbein beat Wilmington 53-0. Of note with Wilmington, this is the second year the team has been active since reinstatement, but with no home duals last year with an abbreviated schedule, Tuesday was the first home dual in seven years for the Fighting Quakers – yes, I say again, Fighting Quakers. All-American heavyweight and top-ranked Drew Kasper had a fall in 94 seconds there for Otterbein.
- In the NAIA, Baker beat Graceland 32-12. Returning national champion Lucas Lovvorn picked up a major decision at 174 pounds over Brennan Swafford of Graceland. Lovvorn was No. 1 in the preseason at 174, while Swafford was No. 2 at 165 in the NAIA preseason rankings.
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Notables on the Docket for November 20:
- No Division I duals on Wednesday, but here’s some of the things I’ll be watching. In Division III, Wartburg hosts Simpson, while UW-La Crosse will face UW-Eau Claire and UW-Platteville will face UW-Whitewater. In Division II, it’s a PSAC tilt with Millersville heading northeast on Route 222 to face Kutztown, passing a few places in Ephrata where I used to throw darts. St. Cloud State opens up the Northern Sun slate by hosting Southwest Minnesota State. In the NAIA, Briar Cliff heads to Northwestern (Iowa), while on the women’s side, Texas Wesleyan heads north to face Oklahoma City.
- As teased on Monday’s episode, there were some major shake-ups in the NWCA Division I Coaches Poll. Virginia Tech moved up to No. 4, tied with Wisconsin, while ironically, Lehigh is now tied at No. 7 with Oklahoma State, the same squad they beat by criteria on Saturday. I mean, it was a tie-breaker that decided it, right? Rider also entered at No. 20, while three teams who beat ranked teams – Stanford, Illinois and Michigan State, were just outside the rankings this week. As far as the individual rankings go, each site puts them out Monday or Tuesday. As I said last week, those individual rankings won’t be linked in the newsletter because some sites put them behind paywalls, while others update the same page weekly, which makes for sharing links difficult because it thinks its a repeat. Whatever. That’s one shortcoming I can’t quite overcome here. I’m going to share them all, or I’m going to share none. Gotta keep it fair, right?
- Bo Nickal’s going to do some grappling thing. I’m not much of a grappling guy, so take of it what you will.
- Five Point Move tells you what you need to know about Nolan Baker. And this is something you need to know.
- Nick Forrester talks with Kyle Snyder about his move to the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in a feature on TeamUSA.org. Nick’s been covering the Olympic beat for a while at a few different places.
- Division III Adrian College brought wrestling back a couple of seasons ago. Now the Bulldogs will honor the school’s winningest wrestling coach on November 21 against Manchester. Check out the information on Paul MacDonald Night.
- PA Power Wrestling released its annual Top Incoming Freshman report. Why is this relevant? Well, PA is the best high school wrestling state in the country, so when there’s hammer freshmen in the Keystone State, you’re going to hear about them. Yes, I said PA is the best high school wrestling state – don’t @ me.
- You want some serious don’t @ me stuff? Read Kyle Klingman’s piece focusing on Terry Steiner and why he believes the U.S. should embrace freestyle over folkstyle.
- Inside CO Wrestling features Fort Collins in Episode 21 of the site’s Border to Border series.
- I typically don’t even acknowledge the existence of Barstool Sports, but former Kent State wrestler Kyle Bauer has been on their staff for over a year and he has put out his something-another All-cauliflower ear team. One guy who made the squad was Dalton Robertson, the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week. You’ll want to go to the show notes and click on the link of Mr. Robertson. The name … is Dalton.
- USA Wrestling announced that Loves Park, Illinois will be the host of the 16U National Duals, aka the Cadet Duals. Where is Loves Park? I had to Google it. It’s just outside of Rockford. Ok then.
- InterMat’s Craig Sesker wrote a feature on Luke Pletcher.
On The Network
- On The Mat talks with Wisconsin coach Chris Bono, but there’s a pretty cool discussion with Doug Waggoner, the man behind QuantWrestling, a new wrestling analytics site trying to provide stats and analysis based on actual performance data. Bono is entertaining as always.
- The ODU Monarch Matcast revisits ODU’s loss at No. 9 NC State last weekend. Coach Daryl Thomas believes the match was closer than the score indicated. ODU is one of the charter schools on the network, as is Virginia Tech, which I record on Wednesday.
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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).
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