Pretty full plate of college wrestling action going down on Saturday, but first, my oldest Lucy still isn't feeling good, but my wife survived her 20+ hour trip back to the U.S. from Singapore just in time to make dinner.
I'm actually kidding. We picked up dinner on the way home from the airport and I do most of the cooking because I have the job that has the home office. She's also like, super awesome at her job.
With the homestead back to normal, save the kiddo being sick, I'd like to welcome you to Short Time Shots, a semi-daily podcast aimed at giving you, the wrestling fan, all you need to know about the night's (or previous day's) wrestling news in a short, somewhat funny, or not, format. I'm Jason Bryant and I've skipped over the Octoberfests and I've gone right to the porters and stouts!
There were 24 duals in Division I on Saturday with most of them taking place in the Capital Region of New York where Mr. Awesome Frank Popolizio hosted the Journeymen MyHouse Northeast Duals. We saw a lot of good individual action and a few upsets, but the biggest one team-wise came as Utah Valley knocked off No. 15 Rutgers 24-14.
Rutgers jumped out to a big lead early, with a pair of major decisions at 125 and 133. After Utah Valley's Matt Findlay picked up a fall at 141, Rutgers' Anthony Ashnault matched it with a fall of his own at 149, giving Rutgers a 14-4 lead after four matches. Now, say it in your Red Dawn voice, the WOLVERINES, reeled off six straight wins to close things out, the biggest likely being Grant LaMont's 9-6 win over John Van Brill at 157 pounds. Tanner Orndorff's 9-2 win over Matthew Correnti sealed the deal after 197.
Utah Valley did fight pretty hard earlier in the day, and that's just not one of those cliché headlines when a team gets blown out. Yes, we saw a few of those already with teams “fighting hard” in a 48-3 loss or something like that. Yeah, you actually didn't. You know who did, though? Utah Valley. No. 12 Nebraska, which was favored by like 19.5 points according to that one online sportsbook that's now throwing out wrestling lines, needed a crucial win at 197 pounds by Eric Schultz to avoid the upset. Even without Zeke Moisey for that dual, the Huskers held on 19-15. No. 12 Nebraska went 3-0 on the day, also picking up a 28-9 win over Drexel and a 21-15 win over Virginia. No, we didn't see Louie Hayes vs. Zeke Moisey. Moisey wrestled one match on the day, one where he had to do everything he could to beat Drexel freshman Antonio Mininno 8-7.
Elsewhere in Troy, Utah Valley's Matt Findlay and Virginia's Sam Krivus both beat Nebraska All-American Chad Red on the day. Another Husker, Isaiah White, had a rough day as well. The former Division II national champion fell to Ebed Jarrell of Drexel and Demetrius Romero of Utah Valley.
No. 17 Purdue went 2-0, blasting Bloomsburg 35-5 and Drexel 25-14. No. 21 Wyoming beat Edinboro 33-6 and Virginia 21-9.
I'm going to give Johnny Clark some time here. Sacred Heart is no stranger to this show. I had their old coach Andy Lausier on the show on two different occasions, but he's now at Davidson and Clark is running the show.
On Saturday in Troy, Sacred Heart won two duals, which was the exact amount they won last year. They won two duals against Division I opposition, which has only happened sparingly since former coach Andy Seras left, like 10+ years ago. And not only did they win two duals against D1 competition, they did it in the same DAY. Now the internet archive kinda sucks when trying to pull up database-drive sites like the old InterMat from 10 years ago, but the most likely scenario that saw Sacred Heart ever win two Division I duals in one day was when Seras was coaching them and the Pioneers were in the CAA.
It was also Sacred Heart's first Division I win in the last eight years over a team not named Bloomsburg, Davidson or VMI. While Sacred Heart did also beat Bloomsburg on Saturday, the win I'm talking about here is the 24-22 win over The Citadel.
Three things you LIKELY didn't know about Sacred Heart – it's program started in 1999, it's in Fairfield, Connecticut and it's the only Catholic university with a Division I wrestling program.
While we're talking about religious schools doing cool things …
Cal Baptist is in its first year transitioning from Division II to Division I, which means the Lancers are in a bit of a no-man's land when it comes to postseason competition. Coach Lennie Zalesky's squad earned its first win as a Division I program over a Division I program on Saturday with a 28-10 win over Cal Poly.
So I found myself watching the closing bouts of Western Colorado's 18-17 win over Nebraska-Kearney. I love small college wrestling because of the cool, wacky things that go on. So Western Colorado was formerly known as Western State College, then it became Western State Colorado University, if for nothing more than to keep all the merchandise that said WSC relevant. I guess that old gear ran out and the board of visitors said, ok, we're Western Colorado University now.
A fall by Konnor Schmidt at 197 pounds gave Western Colorado a four-point lead heading into heavyweight and Kearney's Jarrod Hinrichs did everything he could to score bonus points to try to send the dual to criteria or win outright, but came up just short 10-3, which clinched the dual for the Mountaineers. This was under a mat lamp, there were dudes with their chests painted hoopin' and hollerin' around the mat. It was a wild atmosphere. By the way, Western Colorado holds the distinction of being the highest school in college sports – NO, I don't mean that kind of high with the laws in Colorado, I mean the altitude. Gunnison, Colorado sits 7,700 feet above sea-level. The University of Wyoming holds that distinction in Division I, at just over 7,200 feet.
Yes, I was a geography nerd as a kid.
The last time Clackamas Community College tasted defeat came back in 2015 when Division I Oregon State topped the Cougars. And this narrative of winning streaks will continue as Clackamas won its 40th straight dual, topping NAIA Eastern Oregon 34-10 on Saturday.
The Clackamas win streak is the nation's third longest in any division, behind NAIA Grand View, which has won 64 dual meets in a row dating back to November 7, 2014 when the Vikings were narrowly defeated by Iowa State, yes, THAT Iowa State 22-18.
In case you're wondering, Penn State's streak is second behind Grand View at 45 and counting.
In Division III, Springfield won the City Championship, beating the other three college wrestling teams in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Pride beat Western New England 24-17, American International 45-8 and Springfield Tech 45-6.
Now to some notable tournament nuggets. The first one we'll go with will be out in Fargo, where Mike Quamme is still likely buying beers at the Bison Turf. Don't know Quamme? Ask Chris Willaert about their trip to Rio … oh wait, that's right, Willaert wasn't there. Quamme was one of the dudes who was with me and Julia Salata when we were all over Olympic Late Night with Ryan Seacrest. He's also an NDSU alum.
Oh yeah, NDSU. Gable Steveson, wrestling unattached, won the Bison Open beating 2017 All-American Tanner Hall of Arizona State 3-1 in sudden victory in the finals. Minnesota beat Air Force 33-3 in Colorado Springs on Friday night, so as of this moment, Steveson's on redshirt. How long he stays there remains to be seen.
Anything else notable? Well, other than Lee Pritts reminding me where he taught me how to play blackjack on Friday night, nah, not really. Returning national champion Zahid Valencia won at 174 pounds, picking up three falls and spending 4:48 on the mat all tournament.
In Des Moines at the Grand View Open, it was mostly a redshirting freshman showcase as titles were won by Nebraska's Alex Thomson, Iowa State's David Carr, and Iowa's duo of Nelson Brands and Anthony Cassioppi.
At the Kaufman-Brand in St. Louis, Missouri's Brock Mauller won again. Everytime this kid wins a tournament, he's going to get into Short Time Shots. It could be the Afton Quadrangular, I don't care. I want more Brock Mauller.
At the Northern Colorado Open, Aaron Brooks won again. What's also interesting about that tournament is Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya, an NCAA qualifier last season at 133, won at 125 pounds.
Johnson & Wales had five champions and scored 153.5 points to win the Roger Williams Invitational up in Bristol, Rhode Island. One thing some of you folks don't know about is how active and competitive Division III is. Johnson & Wales' returning national champion Jay Albis, who saw both positive and negative comments from fans after first-period tech fall against a Division I opponent last week, well, he was upended 6-4 by Southern Maine's Peter Del Gallo in overtime in the finals at 125.
Not to bring up Albis' loss in a negative light, but seriously folks, if you would just GO to a Division III tournament and start following it as a whole, you'll see the competitiveness there is among some of the best … in the WORLD. I announce the biggest and best tournaments the world has to offer and TRUST ME, the Division III championships is one of the most fun tournaments on the planet.
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JWU champs were Jordan Robinson at 133, Gabe McDaniel at 141, Da'Mani Burns at 149, Khamri Thomas at 184 and Michael DiNardo at 197.
North Central won the Trine Invitational, outdistancing second-place Olivet 149.5 to 127.
In California, West Hills College edged Bakersfield College 158.5-158 to win the Southeast Wrestling Alliance Conference. That's in the California Community College league. They wrestle a fall semester only. West Hills had three champs. Bakersfield, the RENEGADES, had four.
Not much on the women's side to report, other than Emmanuel beat King and the University of the Cumberlands in dual meet competition.
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