There's been a lot of talk about shifting weights this week and of course, on Thursday night, the action in Brookings, South Dakota did not disappoint as No. 15 South Dakota State beat No. 22 Wyoming 20-18 in Big 12 action.
Wait, the dual meet? What are you talking about? We'll talk about all that and more on Short Time Shots, a look back at the day's wrestling scores and more, I'm Hall of Fame broadcaster, announcer and writer Jason Bryant. Caution – NAME DROPPING AHEAD.
So by now most of you know Wyoming's Bryce Meredith, the top-ranked 141-pounder by Flowrestling met up with South Dakota State's Seth Gross, the top-ranked 133-pounder by everyone. What started as some Twitter talk quickly escalated into a match that caused wrestling historians, including myself, to pore through old results to find out the last time this happened.
So before we get into the history, Meredith, an NCAA runner-up two seasons ago, topped Gross, an NCAA runner-up last season 4-2, scoring midway through the third period to break a 1-1 tie. He tacked on a riding time point to make it 4-2, but when you look at what this was, it was much more than a 4-2 win.
Giving promotional credit where credit is due — Flowrestling, which has the rights to stream all of South Dakota State's home duals — jumped all over this and rightly so. On Flowrestling Radio Live on Thursday morning, they brought on Jackrabbits coach Chris Bono to explain the situation and why he bought in. Bono, who also had the buy in from Wyoming coach Mark Branch, and Flo, played this one perfectly. It's like catching lightning in a bottle — build up, the right amount of hype and a great match to finish. We need more opportunities to showcase the individual matchups we have in dual meets like this. The only thing lost at the end of the dual was who won, considering Wyoming still had a chance to win the match in the last weight.
So, December 18, 1998 – Eric Guerrero handed Stephen Abas a 5-3 loss. What exactly was the situation there? Let me run to the stacks and tell you, from the pages of Amateur Wrestling News.
Abas was ranked 2nd in the country behind Oklahoma State Cowboy Teague Moore. So what we could have had was No. 1 vs. No. 2 at 125, but instead, we had No. 1 at 133 vs. No. 2 at 125. But would we? NO! You see, Teague wasn't in the lineup that weekend for Oklahoma State and it would be future All-American Jeff Ragan getting the call. So does Stephen Abas go to work on a then-unheralded underclassmen or does he bump up and face another Californian. It went 5-3 in Guerrero's favor.
Shifting our attention to Division II No. 10 Upper Iowa improved to 6-3 with a 30-7 win over MSU Moorhead, that in the Northern Sun Conference. At 174, Jordan Gundrum picked off eighth-ranked Adam Blees to highlight the Peacocks victory.
Wins by Isaac Lopez, Richard Bencomo and Tuli Laulu sealed the victory for coach Jason Ramstetter's Adams State Grizzlies as they beat New Mexico Highlands 25-16.
Closer to home, Augustana — University — the one in South Dakota — picked up a 27-9 Northern Sun victory over Southwest Minnesota State. Record another fall for Aero Amo at 184 pounds from Augustana. This guy has been around forever it seems.
Fresh off a championship at the Virginia Duals, King University returned to its winning ways with a 26-21 win over Coker in ECAC South action. It was a 5-5 split, and even without nationally ranked 133-pounder Dustin Kirk, the Tornado were just fine. Geography note, as offered by Julia Salata. If you're catching a trucker out of Philly, he probably had a nice long toke, because you don't head west through the Cumberland Gap to get to Johnson City, Tennessee. Don't believe me? Google Map it.
Speaking of Moorhead, we'll go to Division III, where top-ranked Augsburg headed West on I-94 and stopped just short of the North Dakota line, but they didn't stop short of a win. The Auggies didn't Fear the Ear, instead, they'd win the four of the first five matches via bonus and beat Concordia — the one in Moorhead — 36-6. On the mic out in Moorhead, PA announcer Brian Doucette.
No. 8 UW-Whitewater beat No. 12 UW-La Crosse 19-15. The big Warhawk win came at 125 pounds where Mike Tortorice knocked off super freshman Zach Villareal 8-0. At 197, returning national champion Jordan Newman iced the victory with a 7-4 win over Wesley Schultz.
Wabash jumped out to a big lead and cruised past Millikin 25-15. The Little Giants — yes, we haven't had too many Little Giants references this year — had five of their six wins via bonus, including a fall at 157 from Kyle Hatch. Millikin also shut out MacMurray 48-0.
UW-Oshkosh topped MSOE — that's the Milwaukee School of Engineering 36-10. In addition to name-dropping the Concordia announcer, I'll do the same for the Titans former announcer Casey Nelson, who like me, was an applicant for the Timberwolves gig a few months ago.
Up in the mitten (that's Michigan in case you're wondering), Olivet picked up five bonus victories including technical falls from Tyler Grimsley at 165 and Ryan Clark at 184 to beat Adrian 27-19. Big news also came out of Michigan this week as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced it would be sponsoring men's wrestling as a conference sport starting next year. That will put Olivet, Adrian, Alma and Trine — which isn't in Michigan, but it's in the conference — as the four schools with teams. The positive there? Well, since a conference sponsors the sport, the opportunity to add new programs within is greater, so let's keep an eye out to see if Albion, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo and St. Mary's are looking to start teams in the future.
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