Canada takes this one in a landslide folks. I’m Jason Bryant and this is Short Time Shots, your mostly daily recap of the scores and more from around the world of wrestling. What does Canada take? Well, as I checked into the Fallsview Marriott, I looked out the window to see the most glorious sight I’ve ever seen out of a hotel window at a wrestling event. Seriously, Wrestling Canada Lutte (you have to say Lutte) has at least made one person happy so far. By the way, it’s also not everyday you get picked up at the airport by an Olympic medalist. As far as picking up Olympic medalists, I’ve done that way more. Not quite like smoking fake pot with Peter Frampton, but you get the idea. Yes, a Mitch Hedberg reference. Also, Niagara Brewing Company has some first-class stuff.
To the scores!
- Kentucky Wesleyan won its first dual in school history on Tuesday night. Well guess what, they have their first winning streak as the Panthers beat NAIA Thomas More 28-21to win the school’s second dual ever and second in a row. Kentucky Wesleyan stormed out to a 28-0 lead and put it in cruise control from there.
- Mount Olive topped Lander 24-23 in a matchup of first year teams. With the dual on the line, Mount Olive’s Drew Weichers’ major decision at 157 pounds in the dual’s final bout was enough to give the Trojans the win, spoiling the dual debut of the Lander Bearcats.
- In Division III, Westminster beat Fontbonne 31-18, Thiel beat Pitt-Bradford 50-6, while UW-Platteville beat UW-Stevens Point 25-15. Stevens Point’s Matt Berlin remained unbeaten at 13-0 with a fall at 133 pounds. Division III Millikin, ranked No. 18, beat Lincoln, which is in its first year active as an NAIA school, 41-12. Southern Virginia defeated NJCAA Southwest Virginia 33-15.
- In the NAIA, Grand View won its 81st straight dual, but it wasn’t a blowout. The Vikings won six of 10 to defeat Baker 27-15. Five bouts were decided by two points or less. No. 10 Life trounced Truett McConnell 46-5. In Kansas at Olathe South High School, Ottawa beat Central Christian 45-9. In the desert, Embry-Riddle beat Arizona Christian 35-15.
- On the women’s side, No. 14 Missouri Valley beat No. 20 Saint Mary (Kansas) 28-15 to pick up their first win of the season. No report from the women’s dual between Fontbonne and Westminster.
Notables on the Docket:
- Just a pair of duals in Division I as Bucknell hosts Bloomsburg, which is right down the road, unless you’re in a snowstorm like I was back in 2011 or ‘12. Wrestling’s version of the Backyard Brawl goes down in Morgantown as West Virginia hosts Pittsburgh. Anyone ever hear the story about the Pitt PA announcer asking the fans if anyone owned a tractor with West Virginia plates E-I-E-I-O, because its lights were on? WVU came back to win that game, by the way. True story.
- In Division II, Colorado Mesa (formerly known as Mesa State) hosts Western Colorado (formerly known as Western State and Western State Colorado), Emmanuel faces McKendree, MSU-Moorhead faces Northern State in the Northern Sun Conference. Central Oklahoma will face off with NAIA Oklahoma City.
- Lourdes, which just added a women’s team, will face Adrian, North Central’s at Wheaton, while Simpson (Iowa) hosts a tri-meet with Central College and Augustana (Ill.)
- In the NAIA, apparently Lindenwood-Belleville is at Lyon. I’d love to know what’s going on at Belleville, since my emails to the sports information office and coaching staff have gone unreturned. As have my phone calls. Does anyone return calls anymore? Missouri Valley is at Graceland and Concordia (Neb.) is at Morningside.
- On the women’s side, East Stroudsburg and King head to Ferrum for a tri-meet in the only reported action scheduled on Thursday. I’m going to suggest heading to TransitionWrestling.com for the minutiae of women’s wrestling. Yes, Gabby gets more plugs.
- In the wake of the gigantic outpouring of support for Iowa alum Brandon Sorensen and his fight against leukemia, another Iowa wrestler could also use help from the wrestling community. Justin Portillo has set up a GoFundMe for Grand View women’s wrestler Jas Alexander. She was in a horrific car accident on her way to volunteer at a wrestling event in Waterloo several weeks ago. Sorensen’s GoFundMe raised over $66,000 in 18 hours (and it’s still growing). Jas transferred to Grand View to join the wrestling team there in her senior season. She is showing resiliency and could use a hand there, too.
- The Oklahoma State student newspaper, the O’Colly, does a solid feature on Anthony Montalvo, explaining his hardships growing up that involved poverty and abuse.
- NJ.com’s Bill Evans looks into the careers of three former New Jersey standouts who are waiting to enroll at Cornell, but are taking greyshirt years.
- MLive.com features Pennsylvania high school standout Gaige Garcia, a two-sport athlete who plans on playing football and wrestling at Michigan.
- St. Cloud State’s 52-match win streak is re-capturing the attention of its local news media as WJON reports. The Huskies set the Division II record a few years ago at 54 in a row. They’re in line to beat their own record.
- Craig Sesker writes about Sorensen for The Predicament.
- Trackwrestling released its first set of high school wrestling rankings. I did high school rankings from 1997 to 2005. I also did some high school research when I was with The Open Mat. Yup, not something I ever want to do again. Track, Willie, whoever else, go for it. That’s on you man!
- Sam Herring of the Home Mat Advantage fires up another podcast, this time with Wyoming Seminary’s Scott Green and Beau Bartlett.
- WIN Magazine’s Mike Finn profiles Iowa and why they’re going to wrestle free and loose to try to score more bonus points this season.
- Since I’m up in Canada, I might as well throw some Canadian news out there as CBC features 2016 Olympic champion Erica Wiebe and the battle she must go through just to make the team in order to try to win another Olympic medal. BP Sports Niagara also features another Canadian women’s wrestler, world medalist Diana Weicker.
- The Times of India profiles world medalist Bajrang Punia, the Indian wrestler who’s a pretty big fan favorite here in the U.S. That’s not what the story’s about, but hey.
On The Network
- Chad Dennis returns with The MatBoss Podcast where he interviews Air Force associate head coach Joe Johnston. .
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Short Time Episode 583 – December 4, 2019