Oh, it's about that time, it's about that time, it's ABOUT THAT TIME! The whistles of college wrestling season didn't actually blow for the first time on Thursday night, they actually started in September with the California Community Colleges. But the four-year programs and the rest of the junior colleges got underway this week and this is your daily dose of the wrestling scores and more, that's right, it's Short Time Shots, the coffee you need for your morning wrestling commute, I'm your host Jason Bryant. Yes, I'm stunned I still have a voice after Budapest.
The first Division I dual of the season saw the Chris Bono regime in Madison start with a victory. The 18th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers won four of the last five bouts to pull away from a scrappy Buffalo team 25-12. Connor Brown opened up the dual with a fall, Ben Askren-style, who was actually calling the action live on Flowrestling. Buffalo's Bryan Lantry scored a solid win at 141-pounds over transfer Tristan Moran, while All-American Evan Wick started the Badger roll with a 14-1 major decision at 165 pounds. Ryan Christensen, Mason Reinhardt and Trent Hillger finished things off down the stretch for Chris Bono's new squad.
In another geographical indicator that college athletic conferences are still bonkers, West Virginia topped Northern Colorado 22-14 in the Big 12 Conference and season opener for both teams. Tim Flynn's new team fell behind early, but four straight wins saw the Mountaineers rally for the win, thanks to victories by Matthew Schmitt at 133, Joe Wheeling – which is fitting he wrestles for West Virginia – at 141, Christian Monserrat at 149 and Zach Moore at 157. Moore's locked up the dual win.
And out in California, Manny Rivera and his CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners did some wacky stuff, doing a tri-meet on two mats with three rounds each as San Francisco State and Life Pacific went round-robin in a way that is well, interesting.
Life Pacific is a brand-new NAIA program in Southern California while San Francisco State is led by second-year head coach and California native Jason Welch. The Gators have a pretty solid coaching staff too there with Ryan Loder, Dom Kastl and Orry Elor.
Runners won big, by the way, topping San Francisco State 38-3 and Life Pacific 38-6. San Francisco State beat Life Pacific 39-6.
Let's go back to the whole “new era thing,” shall we? And we're not talking Boston Red Sox World Series hats here either, Doug Schwab.
The Brett Hamm era opened up in a big way as Cornell College trounced Simpson College 51-0 in a battle of two Iowa Division III programs. As you may know, Mike Duroe, the former Cornell College head coach, lost his battle with brain cancer earlier this year.
Sixth-ranked Upper Iowa picked up five forfeits and beat undermanned Truman State 56-0. We're going to give Truman State a bit of a pass here since coach David Schutter and the program raised enough money to keep the program afloat this year after the school announced it was going to drop the sport. Bulldog faithful raised over $81,000 to keep the program rolling.
Division III Millikin opened up its season outside with a 45-6 win over NAIA Hannibal-LaGrange. The Big Blue, yes, the BIG BLUE earned seven bonus victories and a forfeit to cruise in their season opener.
Keeping it D3, Delaware Valley got up 26-0 after five matches, but actually had to hang on 29-20 over Penn College. Kyle Hillermeier's win at 184 pounds finally iced it for the Aggies.
Division III Alma beat Davenport in a battle of two of Bloodround's favorite schools in Michigan. Alma's Jacob Ransom topped Davenport's Weston DeHaven 7-0 at 285 pounds to give the Scots the 21-16 victory over the Panthers, who are completing their transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II.
In a dual that featured just three actual individual matches, Arkansas Baptist of the NJCAA topped NAIA Central Baptist 18-15. This isn't one you really want to promote. Let's just hope both programs can do a better job of drawing more student-athletes to their respective schools so we don't have duals with seven forfeits.
With some better news in Arkansas, at least for one team, the University of the Ozarks topped Lyon 24-16 in a matchup of two schools from down there. By the way, if you like some dark, twisted stuff – Ozark on Netflix has you covered. I'm almost done with Season 2. Wacky stuff. As far as the dual, well, Ny'Trell Dean had a big fall at 149 to power the Eagles past the Scots. HEY, that's TWO Scots references tonight – three if you count Tim Flynn, but you can't count that, since he's not a Scot anymore.
Elsewhere in the NAIA, the Running Eagles of Life beat Truett McConnell 34-10. Omi Acosta has like 90-something wrestlers on his team at Life. Montana State-Northern beat North Idaho 35-3 and in keeping things out west, Clackamas beat Western Wyoming in junior college action 20-18 to extend the Cougars dual meet win streak to 35 in a row.
On the women's side of things, King avenged an early-season loss to Life with a 31-11 win in Marietta. Wins by Ana Luciano at 143 and Rachel Hale at 155 solidified the dual for the Tornado.
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