So apparently Tom Arnold can rest easy now that I'm issuing a CORRECTION on my statement from the January 19 edition of Short Time Shots. As Dan Ransick pointed out, Tom Arnold was NOT in Little Giants, rather it was Ed O'Neill who went opposite of Rick Moranis in the football flick. Where did I get my streams crossed? Tom Arnold, who allegedly roomed with Takedown Radio's Scott Casber at some point in their college careers, was in BIG BULLY with Moranis.
That one's on me. What did I say about not quoting a movie if you haven't seen it? Well, if you've only seem most of two different movies and you think they're the same, best stay away from those references too, unless you find a flick where I can yell STUDENT PRINCES out loud. That's Heidelberg, by the way.
And if you're wondering what this is, this is Short Time Shots, a look back at the day's college wrestling scores and more from January 20, 2018, I'm Hall of Fame wrestling writer, announcer and broadcaster Jason Bryant. I'm also not a Vikings fan, but it sure would be cool if they got to play at home during “THE BIG GAME.”
Today also makes me feel old as my baby sister Kitty turned 32 today. Yikes. I also threw a vice grip wrench through a wall today. I'll explain.
Ninth-ranked Arizona State won its ninth dual in a row with a 27-15 win over Pac-12 rival Oregon State. The Sun Devils honored the 1988 NCAA Division I championship team led by Bobby Douglas — which still to this day is the only Western team to have won an NCAA Division I wrestling championship. Arizona State's Ryan Millhof scored two and two late to rally past Ronnie Bresser at 125 pounds, but Oregon State did get one notable “upset” if you can call it that. Amar Dhesi topped Arizona State's rental-car eligible Tanner Hall 9-5 at heavyweight in a battle of returning All-Americans. Dhesi's been slow coming off his return to the lineup, but this is a solid win over Hall. Zahid Valencia went beast mode again registering a fall in 1:37 at 174 pounds. Z Money now has six falls, six techs and six majors on the year. Only four of his matches this season haven't ended in bonus, not counting the unofficial All-Star Classic win over Mark Hall.
No. 22 Wyoming finished its trip through the Dakotas with a 32-6 win in Fargo over North Dakota State. Highlight there was at 133 pounds where Wyoming's Montorie Bridges ate up Cam Sykora 14-4, scoring six takedowns in the match.
No. 23 Lock Haven beat George Mason 40-6 in the EWL.
Harvard beat Franklin & Marshall 30-6. Little tidbit that most of you didn't know – Harvard head coach Jay Weiss is an F&M alum. He prefers Hildy's over Brendees, but I like the Irish hole more so than the other one. Plus, Hildy's only serves hot dogs.
Austin DeSanto returned to the Drexel lineup to power the Dragons past Army West Point 20-12 in EIWA action. DeSanto put up 24 points in a major decision victory over Lane Peters at 133 pounds. Good win by Drexel's Stephen Loiseau over Rocco Caywood at 197.
Utah Valley improved to 7-3 after a 20-15 non-conference win over CSU Bakersfield. What's interesting about that is it's a non-conference win in wrestling, but Utah Valley and CSU Bakersfield are in the same all-sports conference. Yup, they're both in the WAC. As you know, the Wolverines are in the Big 12 for wrestling and the Roadrunners are in the Pac-12. Taylor LaMont won his 11th in a row at 125.
In Division II, top-ranked St. Cloud State improved to 14-0 and won its 23rd dual in a row with a 32-6 win over the Marauders of Mary. UW-Parkside beat Indianapolis and Bellarmine in conference action.
You want to know something crazy? The Iowa Conference in Division III has been called the Big Ten of Division III. Powerhouse teams, powerhouse individuals. Well second-ranked Wartburg just won its 201st conference dual meet in a row. YES, IN A ROW. The Knights beat Dubuque 50-0, Central 39-6 and Buena Vista 54-0. They head into a rough stretch with Coe, Augsburg and Loras back-to-back-to-back to close out the regular season.
Speaking of Loras, I had T.J. Miller on the most recent episode of The Ice Hour and the forecast of an Iowa Conference championship coming down to Miller's Duhawks and his alma mater Wartburg almost got toasted. Fifth-ranked Loras beat seventh-ranked Coe 17-16 on the third criteria to remain undefeated. If all plays out, Loras could be unbeaten heading into Waverly on February 6 with the conference dual meet championship on the line. Yes, Miller's dad is former Wartburg coach Jim Miller.
In the NAIA, Embry-Riddle beat Warner Pacific and Eastern Oregon, but a notable win registered in Eastern Oregon's 34-10 win over Warner Pacific. Eastern Oregon's Drake Randall knocked off two-time All-American and 2016 NAIA national champion Blake Cooper 8-5 at 165 pounds. Randall trailed 5-4 heading into the third period, but scored an escape, a takedown and tacked on a riding time point for the big win.
In the JUCOs, Clackamas topped North Idaho 34-14 in a battle of two traditional powerhouses.
We also have some tournament scores to throw your way ?
Out in Marshall, Missouri, which I hear is a nice community, host Missouri Valley won the Missouri Valley Invitational, outdistancing Grand View 157-146. Before you freak out, Grand View's core of national champions didn't wrestle. Regardless, this event is a solid one on the mostly-NAIA calendar.
Eight different schools crowned champions, but none were crowned by the tournament champion Vikings. Missouri Valley that is, since Grand View is also the Vikings. Lindsey Wilson and Hastings each had two, with one notable coming at 149 pounds where Cam Tessari – yes, THAT Cam Tessari – beat Tyler Fraley – yes, THAT Tyler Fraley, 6-1 in the finals.
Ithaca won the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference championship on Saturday with 193.5 points. Brockport was second with 179. The Bombers picked up championships at 141 with Ben Brisman, 157 with Austin Whitney, Nick Velez at 165 and Jake Ashcraft at 184.
Oneonta State All-American James Bethel picked up three falls and a major en route to the title. He pinned former Binghamton wrestler Conner Calkins in the finals in 32 seconds. Calkins is now at RIT.
Messiah captured the Middle Atlantic Conference championship, outdistancing second place Delaware Valley 152.5-130. The Falcons crowned five champions — Stephen Maloney at 149, Jeff Hojnacki at 165, 2016 Division III champion Ben Swarr at 174, Victor DeFrance at 184 and Kyle Koser at 197.
On the women's side, McKendree hosted the Bearcat Open with the host Bearcats winning three individual titles, as did second-ranked Campbellsville. McKendree picked up golds from Genae Sampract at 101, Megan Black at 130 and Brandy Lowe at 191, while Campbellsville's Koral Sugiyama won gold at 123 as did Grace Bullen at 136 and Kayla Miracle at 143. Miracle beat Alexis Porter 2-1 in a matchup of two outright hammers in women's wrestling. Oklahoma City's Rachel Watters topped Mariah Harris of Campbellsville for gold at 170.
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