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Nothing flamboyant, I’m just going to freestyle.
This is Short Time Shots, your mostly daily look at the day’s scores and more in and around the world of wrestling. I’m Jason Bryant.
- Fifth-ranked Notre Dame College gave the first-year program at Fairmont State a rough welcome to Division II wrestling with a 45-0 victory in a battle of Falcons, and that’s NOT Mister Falcon. Gold star if you get the reference. Quickest fall came from eighth-ranked Kelan McKenna at 141 pounds as he dispatched Pat Vega at 1:30.
- Life, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, beat Mid-South Conference foe Thomas More 33-15 and Division III Huntingdon 40-0 to improve to 6-0 on the year. Thomas More beat host Huntingdon 25-16 to close out the tri.
- At the Missouri Valley Duals, which featured 10 NAIA programs, fifth-ranked Campbellsville went 4-0 with wins over St. Mary (Kansas) 39-9, Ottawa (Kansas) 54-0, Williams Baptist 45-0 and No. 15 Missouri Valley 31-13. No. 9 Baker also went 4-0, beating Waldorf 50-3, Rochester (Mich.) 50-5, Lincoln 50-0 and Williams Baptist 33-11. Host Missouri Valley went 3-1. Also of note, Missouri Valley head coach Mike Maccholz earned a coaching milestone, earning his 200th career victory as the Vikings opened with a 45-5 win over Rochester (Mich.)
- No report as yet from Southern Oregon and San Francisco State, which started late out west.
Notables on the Docket:
- We’ve got a handful of duals in Division I, including both brand new teams in action. Franklin & Marshall heads to Gardner-Webb where they’ll face the host Bulldogs and Presbyterian. ODU will face SIUE in the alphabet bowl in the MAC, while Appalachian State will face the only other school with wrestling in the Sun Belt, the first-year program at Little Rock. Kent State will face Northern Illinois.
- NAIA Simpson (Calif.) will face Division II San Francisco State at Chico High School. In Division III, Mt. St. Joseph will host Alma and Penn College in a tri-meet. In the NAIA, No. 3 Lindsey Wilson faces No. 4 Marion at Jeffersonville High School. Shout out Danny Struck.
- TheMat.com and USA Wrestling released the pre-seeds for men’s freestyle and a preview for women’s freestyle. Among the top seeds are Spencer Lee at 57kg, Yianni Diakomihalis at 65kg, Nazar Kulchytskyy at 74kg, Alex Dieringer at 86kg, Kyven Gadsen at 97kg and Tony Nelson at 125kg. The women’s preview doesn’t unveil seeds, but does note a number of athletes changing weights. Even without the world medalists, who are already qualified, this is a monster event for the women.
- The Home Mat Advantage does a lightweight preview of the men’s freestyle action as well.
- The NWCA released the final coaches poll for the 2019 calendar year – nothing really changed other than Stanford moved into the poll tied at No. 25. The NWCA released the first NCAA women’s coaches poll, which isn’t really a poll, it’s just a tournament scoring metric from the individual rankings.
- Tom Housenick of the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call features the Parkland High School wrestling program and the fledgling girls wrestling team at the reputable wrestling school. Parkland is coached by Lehigh alum Jon Trenge, who wrestled at Parkland under the late John Toggas.
- Wartburg College features two of its alums in a story about their forays into the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
- On The Guillotine, you’ll find information about Anoka High School’s 75th anniversary, which takes place on January 31, which is coincidentally, my wife’s birthday. That also means I won’t be attending. Why is Anoka relevant? Well if you aren’t from Minnesota, you still might know the names Jim and Dave Hazewinkel, Dan Chandler, Brandon Paulson and Jacob Deitcher – all are Olympians and all are Anoka alums.
- The RUDIS Podcast is up and out with Ben Askren and Matt Dernlan recapping one of the top high school wrestling events in the country, The Walsh Ironman.
- Also, do yourself a favor and read Cody Goodwin’s Des Moines Register mailbag.
On The Network
- PA Power Wrestling talks with Kiski head coach Chris Heater on the latest episode of WarUP on the WPIAL.
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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).
Short Time Episode 587 – December 17, 2019