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There was one thing my wife asked me NOT to do on this episode of Short Time Shots — and that's talk about the Minnesota Vikings. It's pretty hard when the three most important women in our life, my wife and my two young daughters Lucy and Ruby are decked out in purple and you see what happens when your five-year-old realizes what losing is, as she's wrapped up in a Vikings blanket my mom made her.
Sadly, the Vikings faithful are used to heartbreak. This is one reason I'm trying to at least salvage Ruby, the youngest to be a Bucs fan. You see, I grew up a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. I still am a diehard, although most years since 2002, I can check out around week 10, knowing the playoffs are a pipe dream. When you're a Bucs fan, there are no expectations. The Super Bowl in 2002 is an outlier, a one-off. I can die a happy man knowing what was once the worst franchise in pro sports actually has a championship.
Eat that, Browns fans.
This isn't a show about football, It's Short Time Shots, a look back at the day's notable college wrestling scores and more. I'm your host Hall of Fame wrestling writer, broadcaster and announcer Jason Bryant and we've got some things to talk about today.
Did you know there were 63 dual meets on Sunday? 63? Yeah. All of their results available at mattalkonline.com's college wrestling scoreboard. It's the link at the top right of the page that says “SCOREBOARD!” Or just go to almanac.mattalkonline.com to check it out. The most comprehensive scoreboard in the nation is hosted here.
First off, the biggest dual of the day took place in Columbus, Ohio where second-ranked Ohio State topped fourth-ranked Iowa 22-12 in front of 15,117 fans at Value City Arena. The crowd rates 14th all-time in Division I dual meet attendance and it was the final “home” dual for Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder. Two of the three didn't disappoint, that is if you're a Buckeye fan.
Iowa true freshman Spencer Lee's proficient top work was enough to get him past Tomasello 3-2 at 125 pounds. Lee's two escapes and a riding time point were enough to overcome Tomasello's third-period takedown. Brandon Sorensen beat Ke-Shawn Hayes at 149, Iowa's Michael Kemerer beat Micah Jordan at 157, Alex Marinelli returned home to Ohio to beat TeShan Campbell at 165, but then it was all Buckeyes. Bo Jordan, Myles Martin, Kollin Moore and Kyle Snyder swept the last four weights to keep Ohio State unbeaten. Questions circling about why Iowa, which needed a fall to win the dual, didn't sent out Sam Stoll at 285 and sent Steven Holloway out instead to take on the World and Olympic Champion. You guys can discuss that all you want. If you're a Hawkeye fan, you think one way. Most everyone else thinks another. It is what it is. I wanted to see where Sam Stoll was at. I guess we'll have to wait until the grind of the Big Ten tournament to find out.
In ranking order, top-ranked Penn State had little trouble staying unbeaten with a 47-3 plundering of Maryland. The Nittany Lions scored six falls, including five in a row — take a guess where — to improve to 9-0 on the year. Best match of the dual was at heavy where Nick Nevills beat Youssif Hemida 4-1 in an upset on paper, depending on which rankings you prefer.
Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State smashed Kent State 42-3, while seventh-ranked Lehigh got back on track with a 30-6 win over Army West Point. By the way, Army and Navy both wrestled on Sunday, while the government shutdown impacted the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the Air Force Academy. So I asked Navy assistant Nate Engel why the Midshipmen and Black Knights wrestled today and he was explaining that the athletic departments are non-profits and aren't technically owned by the government. Air Force set their department up this way recently, but apparently don't have enough in their coffers to YET operate the way the other two major service academies do. Now, I don't have 100 percent confirmation on this — but apparently neither does the House or the Senate. Too soon?
I was at the Maturi Pavilion on Sunday afternoon watching No. 8 Michigan beat the everloving crap out of Minnesota. Let's make this clear, the Gophers are NOT a bad team. Michigan just beat them everywhere. The Gophers' lone bright spot was Nick Wanzek, who beat Logan Massa 14-8 at 165 pounds. Other than that, the Wolverines just out-hustled and out-wrestled the Gophers to the tune of a 30-7 win. Stevan Micic packed Mitch McKee with a cradle at 133 pounds.
Virginia Tech went up to Pitt and beat the Panthers 31-10. Good win by B.C. “The Headache Powder” LaPrade at 157 pounds, he beat Taleb Rahmani. Yes, B.C. gets a bit of a push here on the show because the kid is from my home district.
South Dakota State's Connor Brown picked up a gigantic fall to start off the dual against Northern Iowa and the 15th-ranked Jackrabbits are sure to move up in the rankings after a 22-16 win over No. 11 Northern Iowa in front of over 1,200 fans in Frost Arena on Sunday. In case you're wondering, South Dakota State's highest Division I ranking all-time is 15, which is where they stand as of now.
Nebraska rallied past Rutgers 19-13 in Lincoln, while Rider stopped Edinboro's 24-match EWL winning streak with a 21-15 win over the Fighting Scots.
Elsewhere, Appalachian State improved to 3-0 in the SoCon with a 30-9 win over SIU Edwardsville, Oklahoma beat Northern Colorado 28-10 in front of nearly 5,000 fans at a Beauty and the Beast tandem match with gymnastics, Iowa State beat West Virginia 25-17. Sam Colbray FINALLY won a big match, beating Jake Smith at 197 pounds. Colbray has struggled mightily this season. Tip of the cap to Bloomsburg, which beat VMI and Sacred Heart at home on Sunday. Duke's Jacob Kasper picked up a fall at 285 pounds to give Duke a 23-22 win over Navy in Durham. Kasper's fall tied the score, but Duke won the dual on the second criteria, most number of six point victories — and Kasper's fall was the difference maker at the end.
Campbell beat Gardner-Webb 31-7, Chattanooga topped The Citadel 38-7, Clarion blanked George Mason 48-0 and Old Dominion beat American 27-10.
Outside of Division I, Central Oklahoma beat Lindenwood 32-13, while Johnson & Wales went 4-0 to win the New England Duals. The Wildcats beat intra-state rival Roger Williams 20-15.
Top-ranked Augsburg beat UW-Eau Claire 34-3 in Minneapolis, so at least one team in the Twin Cities got a win on Sunday.
Ouch. Too soon?
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