It’s Friday the 13th. It was perhaps the only cool thing about growing up with the name Jason. The whole mythological thing with the Argonauts hadn’t quite resonated just yet – and since I didn’t go to school at the University of Providence or play in Toronto in the CFL, those references were lost on me – just like those two COULD be lost on you.
This is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the scores and more from in and around the world of wrestling, I’m Jason Bryant.
Before we get to the college action, the Walsh Ironman, one of the best high school wrestling tournaments in the universe is rolling on in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. To keep with the theme, Wyoming Seminary coach Scott Green says Sem has 13 entered, 13 survived on the 13th. Somewhat witty.
No truth to the rumor Coach Green was at Wing Warehouse with the seedy underbelly of the wrestling internet. Sometimes you get interrupted from recording a show by three people in said town of Cuyahoga Falls.
Minnesota Beer of the Night: You probably won’t find it by the time you get here for the NCAA Division I Championships, but it’s Surly’s Black Horsemen, which is brewed in collaboration with those fun-loving metal heads at King Diamond. Yes, THAT King Diamond. It’s a Danish style black lager – a style I fell in love with when I was at the Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia in 2018. This isn’t quite as awesome as what I had over there, but it’s delicious and perfect at five percent – remember, I’m on untappd at jasonbryant12.
New Patron: Pat Fitzgerald. Yup. That one. Thanks Pat for your support over the years.
- No. 6 NC State doubled up Appalachian State 24-12 with Nick Reenan making his return to the Wolfpack lineup at 197 pounds. Reenan beat Paul Carson 4-3, scoring a takedown in the third to pick up the W. Hayden Hidlay cruised to a 16-3 major decision over App State’s Matt Zovistoski at 157 pounds.
- D.J. Fehlman’s 9-3 win at 133 pounds in the dual’s final bout was enough to push Lock Haven past Navy 19-13 in the Rumble in the Jungle at Red Lion High School in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Shout out to Red Lion head coach, Mike “The Nite Fox” Catullo.
- In Division II, the Battlers of Alderson Broaddus beat NAIA West Virginia Tech 33-16 in Beckley – that’s in West Virginia. Top-ranked St. Cloud State moved within one win of tying the Division II dual meet win streak record – one that they hold – after beating Northern State 29-9. The Huskies have won 53 in a row. Northern State’s James Burks did beat St. Cloud State’s James Pleski 7-5 at 157, so that’s a notable one there.
- Augsburg, ranked fourth in Division III, topped Division II Southwest Minnesota State on Friday in Minneapolis. The Auggies won six of 10 and top-ranked Ryan Epps earned a fall at 4:51 at 165 pounds.
- You know those kids books, if you give a mouse a cookie or if you give a moose a muffin? Well, if you mention Augsburg, you’re going to have to mention Wartburg. Top-ranked Wartburg – that’s in the dual rankings – beat Cornell College 43-2. Also, UW-Eau Claire beat UW-Stevens Point 25-17.
- There was a slew of duals at the Pigeon Forge Duals in Tennessee, most of which were NAIA teams. No. 5 Campbellsville and No. 2 Reinhardt both went 4-0, while No. 10 Life went 3-0. Keiser, a first-year program in Florida, picked up two wins, but according to NAIA rules, only one of them was official – the 39-18 win over Bluefield. There was the win over NJCAA Southwest Virginia, but matches against two-year schools don’t count for NAIA schools. Buried the lede there – Keiser got its first win in school history!
- Concordia (Neb.) beat Midland 54-(-1) – yes, that’s negative. No report from the dual in Reno between Montana State-Northern and Eastern Oregon.
- Out west, Highline beat Big Bend 31-18.
Notables on the Docket:
- There’s the UNI Open, LIU is at Drexel, Lock Haven is hosting some D3 schools while Chattanooga heads to No. 11 Iowa State. In Division II, there’s the monster tournament at Indianapolis, the Midwest Classic, while West Liberty faces Pitt-Johnstown. There’s like 40 duals in Division III, while Indiana Tech and Nebraska Wesleyan are hosting multi-team events.
- Will Anthony Cassar break away from the U.S. and represent another nation in future Olympic Games? Well, if that isn’t a clickbait headline, I don’t know what is. Best part about that statement is its not a headline, but a throwaway line in a story from LovingMalta.com about the Penn State heavyweight. Apparently he’s of Maltese lineage – the country, not the breed of dog.
- The Mid-American Conference released its conference rankings, some of which seem to be devoid of results that happened within the past week.
- Trackwrestling’s Seven Minutes series with host Kyle Klingman talks with THE Ohio State University head coach Tom Ryan.
- Kyle also drops the third episode of How Wrestling Built Me with entrepreneur Joe Johnson of VADE Nutrition.
- TheMat.com previews the athletes you’ll be seeing in Fort Worth next weekend at the U.S. Senior Nationals. That’s the name of it this year, since it’s not the Open, but it is the Open, but – anyway – of note, Tyler Graff going Greco.
- Lots of stuff out there on the Ironman, so here’s a quick link to InterMat’s semifinal matchups and team scores, because, well, it’s free.
- The NWCA has announced the Jim Koch Division II Hall of Fame for 2020. Super talented field with representation from North Dakota State, Chadron State, Augustana (S.D.) and Northern Colorado.
- Little Rock drops a feature about its wrestling twins, Jaylen and Jayden Carson.
- Big UFC card this weekend as a couple of wrestlers meet up – Kamarudeen “Marty” Usman and Colby Covington. Marty isn’t a dig, that’s just how I knew him. Resident fighter derelict Jon “Bones” Jones doesn’t care much for Covington. Well, they both suck at life, so there’s that. Here’s what Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports said about it. Sure, they could beat the crap out of me, but yeah, take world capitals for $1,200 and see how they do there, Alex.
On The Network
- The Trackwrestling offerings – Seven Minutes and How Wrestling Built Me – will be on the Mat Talk Podcast Network at some point over the weekend. They might already be there. You never know!
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Short Time Episode 585 – December 13, 2019