It’s time for Short Time Shots, a quick look at the day in college wrestling.
The only Division I dual of the night saw the Roger Kish era begin in his home state as the Oklahoma Sooners topped Central Michigan 29-11 in Mount Pleasant. Kish, a four-time state champion from Lapeer West saw a wave of transfers impact the victory, including All-American Stephen Buchanan at 197 pounds. Other new faces to earn wins were Jace Koelzer at 133 pounds, Cael Carlson at 165 pounds and Giuseppe Hoose at 184. The Chippewas did get solid victories from Corbyn Munson at 149, Johnny Lovett at 157 and one of the last of the Monarch Gang, Alex Cramer at 174.
In Division II, top-ranked Lander shutout Limestone 48-0 in Greenwood, South Carolina on Thursday. In case you hadn’t been paying attention, R.C. LaHaye has assembled a pretty formidable squad with the Lander Bearcats. All-Americans James Joplin, David Hunsberger and Juan Edmond-Holmes.
Second-ranked West Liberty was also in action. The Hilltoppers got a scare from Mercyhurst as falls by top-ranked Ty McGeary at 184 and fourth-ranked Francesco Borsellino at 285 pushed West Liberty past the Lakers 24-20 in Erie. The top individual matchup went Mercyhurst’s way as sixth-ranked Dillon Walker majored third-ranked and returning All-American Alec Cook 15-3 at 165.
Out on the western slope, No. 22 Western Colorado used the third criteria, most match points, to edge No. 18 Nebraska-Kearney 21-20. The Mountaineers were led by returning All-Americans Patrick Allis at 133 pounds and Cole Hernandez at 174. Allis teched Hector Serratos, while Hernandez topped Jacobi Deal 12-6. The Lopers wrestled without all five of their preseason ranked wrestlers and reported the dual on their own website as their B team competing. Welp, it was still on the schedule …
Northern State, which is in SOUTH Dakota topped Fort Hays State 35-6. Colorado School of Mines meat-wadded Otero Junior College 56-0. No, that’s not a dig on Otero, just a nod to Mines’ coach Austin DeVoe.
In Division III, Fifth-ranked UW-La Crosse blanked UW-Oshkosh 59-0. The math says six falls, three forfeits and a technical fall. That’s former Fargo champ Ben Kawczynski with the tech at 197, by the way. Cornell College dominated NAIA St. Ambrose 45-5. Elmhurst and Coach Steve Marianetti beat Augustana, the one in Illinois, 26-22. The Blue Jays got a win at heavyweight to pull that one out.
Tenth-ranked Wabash topped Albion 25-10. All-American Charles Baczek earned a 3-0 victory over Owen McDaniel at 184 pounds. It’s the Little Giants first dual win under new head coach Jake Fredericksen, who assumed the role after longtime coach Brian Anderson left for a gig at Indiana University.
No. 12 Stevens Institute made the trip to Wisconsin and took down 8th-ranked UW-Eau Claire 19-16 down in La Crosse. This one hand a handful of ranked matchups, highlighted by a pair of All-Americans meeting at 174 pounds. Second-ranked Jared Stricker topped fourth-ranked Stefan Major 10-7 at 174 pounds. At 133, Eau Claire’s top-ranked Tyler Fleetwood shutout 12th-ranked Luke Hoerle 5-0 and at 165, 15th-ranked Harrison Hinojosa of Stevens knocked off seventh-ranked Travis Massie 4-1 in sudden victory.
In the CCIW, Carthage topped Concordia, the one in Wisconsin, 25-20. In case you’re wondering, Carthage is also in Wisconsin. Kenosha to be exact. Seventh-ranked North Central beat Wheaton 47-6 for the program’s 40th conference win in a row.
In the NAIA, Southeastern, in Florida, picked up a 32-10 victory over the Bobcats of St. Thomas, which is also in Florida. You might remember the logo from that dude’s shirt who won Big Brother. You know, the guy who paraded around the house banging pans. Yeah, that guy sucked. As far as people who don’t suck, All-Americans Andreus Bond Gabe Jacobs were among the notable winners for the FIRE! FIRE! Speaking of things that are red, the Red Raiders of Northwestern College, the one in Iowa, beat the Beavers of Buena Vista 32-12. Rik Dahl, we say it almost every mention, they’re the RED Raiders from Orange City, Iowa. This dual featured FIVE technical falls. I think the kids are liking the new takedown and nearfall rules.
Lourdes beat Siena Heights 45-6. Graceland beat St. Mary 25-23. Southeast Community College, which is in Nebraska, beat Northeastern Junior College, which is in Colorado, 39-9 in junior college action.
Not too much happening on the women’s mats, but Alma College in Michigan hosted its first event as a new women’s wrestling program. It didn’t go the Scots way as they dropped matches to Northern Michigan 38-5 and Trine 29-20. Northern Michigan beat Trine 34-10.
McKendree, ranked third among NCAA women’s teams, topped Missouri Baptist, the 10th-ranked NAIA squad, 34-14. McKendree’s Shelby Moore topped NAIA All-American Juliana Diaz 8-3 at 123 pounds. Emory & Henry beat Southern Virginia 31-19 and Bluefield State 38-11.