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This is Short Time Shots, a comically unfunny wrestling podcast aimed at giving you, the wrestling fan, everything you need to know about the day's happenings in college wrestling. I'm your host Jason Bryant, and here's something about me, November 11 marks the 10-year anniversary of my first ever podcast.
That was called Wrestling 411 with my co-host Kyle Klingman. I'll actually break that historic show down later this month as Kyle and I talk about that doomed but life-changing project and its impact on wrestling, whether you remember it or not.
Speaking of things people wouldn't rather remember – and I'm talking about our friends in Kent, Ohio.
No. 1 Penn State won its 46th dual in a row as the Nittany Lions blasted Kent State 52-3 at sold-out Rec Hall. After dropping the first match at 125 pounds, Penn State reeled off nine straight bonus victories, including six falls in a row, to trounce the Golden Flashes, who wrestled without returning All-American Kyle Conel at 197 pounds.
The debut of Roman Bravo-Young was sound as the true freshman from Arizona registered his first collegiate fall over Tim Rooney at 133. Just two days earlier, Rooney lost a tough one to Iowa's Austin DeSanto in a dual at Kent State. What impressed me the most about Bravo-Young was his top work. He good. We use that F-word a lot around Penn State – Fun. Love them or hate them, Penn State is freaking fun to watch – probably not that fun to wrestle, though.
No. 5 Michigan opened up its dual season with a 32-12 win over rival Central Michigan up in Mount Pleasant, a result leaving Bloodround's Kevin Claunch torn to his core. Big Wolverine bonus wins were registered by Stevan Micic at 133, Kanen Storr at 141, Malik Amine at 149, Logan Massa at 165 and Myles Amine at 174. We did NOT see Mason Parris at heavyweight, as an FYI.
No football-like comebacks for ODU on the wrestling mats on Sunday. A day after its football team rallied from a 28-0 deficit to beat North Texas, ODU's wrestling team fell behind 18-0 … and it got worse as No. 7 Missouri continued its dominance over the Monarchs as the Tigers rolled into the Ted Constant Convocation Center and topped ODU 40-3 in an early-season MAC contest.
The match which saw the most eyes came at 141 pounds where a pair of All-Americans tangled. It was Missouri's Jaydin Eierman who came away with the W, pinning Eastern Michigan transfer Sa'Derian Perry in 5:05. Missouri also picked up bonus wins at 125, 133, 165, 174 and 197 pounds to roll.
At the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, a big crowd saw No. 11 Arizona State top No. 19 South Dakota State 30-9 in the dual meet coaching debut for Damion Hahn of SDSU. Nothing really unexpected here. The dual's two returning NCAA champions, Seth Gross of South Dakota State and Zahid Valencia of Arizona State both scored falls for their respective teams. The bout that was probably of the most interest in terms of a potential toss up went Arizona State's way at 149 pounds where Josh Maruca topped Henry Pohlmeyer 5-3. ASU All-Americans Ryan Millhof and Josh Shields won big as well.
No. 24 North Carolina opened up its season with a 23-10 over Chattanooga. The Mocs jumped out to an early 10-0 lead after the first three weights, highlighted by Chris Debien's 10-5 win over A.C. Headlee at 141. After that, it was all Tar Heels as Coleman Scott's squad swept the last seven bouts.
Buffalo went 3-0 in sweeping a quad hosted by Bucknell on Sunday. The Bulls topped VMI 34-5, Cleveland State 34-6 and host Bucknell 25-12. It wasn't smooth sailing the entire time for coach John Stutzman's team as Bucknell did steal a few bouts. At 125 pounds, Geo Barzona knocked off Buffalo's Kyle Akins 5-4, while Bucknell 157-pounder Zach Hartman upended Alex Smythe, who was trending upwards in the eyes of many after his rapid improvement.
VMI's Neal Richards went 3-0 in his three bouts at 174 pounds.
In the Big 12, Fresno State cruised by Northern Colorado 34-4 before they headed south down I-25 and were greeted by an Air Force team that wasn't going to let them do the Colorado D1 double. Air Force beat Fresno State 19-15 with the swing victory coming in overtime at 174 where Air Force's Randy Meneweather beat the Bulldogs' Ricky Padilla 3-1 in sudden victory.
Iowa State opened up its dual slate with a 37-3 win over SIU Edwardsville. Impressive performances turned in by Austin Gomez at 133 as he earned a first-period technical fall. Ian Parker and Marcus Coleman added falls for the Cyclones at 141 and 174 pounds.
In Division II, No. 6 Pitt-Johnstown topped No. 5 Wheeling Jesuit 19-15 in Wheeling. Fifth-ranked Levi Niebauer picked up a major decision at 197 pounds the put the bout out of reach and gave coach Pat Pecora his 583rd dual meet victory. Yes, he's in his 43rd year at the helm.
Central Oklahoma gave up the first and last wins of the dual and thumped NAIA Oklahoma City 34-6. Oklahoma City head coach Sam Hazewinkel, the dual threat World and Olympic teamer spent the last two seasons prior as an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma.
In Division III, Muhlenberg won the Electric City Duals at Scranton going 4-0. The MULES beat host Scranton, Keystone, Lackawanna and the club team from Temple. No idea whether or not there were any Man in the High Castle references at the event. Don't know what I'm talking about? Watch Season 3 on Amazon Prime.
Going back to New York as the round-robin style Journeymen Collegiate Classic took place a day after the Northeast Duals.
Some of the top results saw Lehigh's Nick Farro knock off Oklahoma's Christian Moody 3-2 at 125 pounds. Lehigh's Brandon Paetzell beat Wyoming All-American Montorie Bridges in pool competition, then fell to Purdue's Ben Thornton 5-1 in the final at that particular weight class pairing.
Oklahoma's Dom Demas had a solid outing at 141 pounds, beating Lock Haven's Kyle Shoop, Wyoming's Sam Turner and Purdue's Nate Limmex. Not too shabby, especially as he got the fall over Limmex at 1:38.
NC State's Justin Oliver topped Davion Jeffries of Oklahoma 7-2 in the A-Bracket final at 149 pounds. Army West Point's Luke Weiland emerged at 157's A bracket. Weiland topped Oklahoma's Justin Thomas 9-0 in the final. Thomas defeated Appalachian State's Matt Zovitoski and Utah Valley's Grant LaMont in his side of the pool.
Lock Haven All-American Chance Marsteller beat Wyoming's Branson Ashworth 7-4 in the A-bracket final at 165 pounds. Lehigh's Jordan Kutler beat Purdue's Dylan Lydy 3-1 at 174.
NC State's Nick Reenan's return to folkstyle wrestling was successful one. He topped Lehigh's Ryan Preisch 5-1 in the top bracket final at 184 pounds. Army West Point's Rocco Caywood had a win over Lehigh's Chris Weiler in the pool competition before knocking off NC State's Malik McDonald 4-2 to claim the title at 197 pounds. Lehigh's Jake Jakobsen won the B bracket at the weight and 197 is shaping up to be real interesting at Lehigh already this year.
Lehigh heavyweight Jordan Wood topped Utah Valley's Tate Orndorff 6-0 in the final at 285 pounds. Orndorff had a solid 6-5 win over Lock Haven's Thomas Haines in pool competition.
At the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open up in Binghamton where the Bearcats program is celebrating its 50th wrestling anniversary, Cornell was strong to quite strong.
At 133, Chaz Tucker beat Vitali Arujau 7-5 in an all-Big Red Final. At 157, Josh Humphreys of Lehigh came away with three falls, a tech and a major on his way to the title. Two of those wins were over NCAA qualifiers Hunter Ladnier of Harvard and Mike D'Angelo, wrestling unattached for Princeton.
Brown's Jonathan Viruet majored George Mason's Colston DiBlasi 11-0 in the finals at 165 pounds.
NC State's Trent Hidlay knocked off All-American Brandon Womack of Cornell in the second round, then beat Penn State's Mason Manville in the semifinals en route to the title at 174 pounds. Pretty good starting weekend for the true freshman.
Other notable winners were Brown's Christian LaFragola at 197 and George Mason's Matt Voss at 285.
At the Ohio Intercollegiate Open, the Ohio State Buckeyes pretty much dominated the field. Well, there isn't too much pretty much, it was dominating. There were a lot of OSU wrestle-offs in the finals. Rather than go through all of them, here's the notables.
Micah Jordan topped teammate Sammy Sasso 9-7 in the final at 149 pounds.
Ke-Shawn Hayes won at 157, topping Elijah Cleary 6-5. Cleary upended Michigan's Will Lewan 3-1 in sudden victory in the semifinals. People notice since Lewan topped teammate Alec Pantaelo last week at the Michigan State Open.
Ethan Smith topped teammate TeShan Campbell 8-5 in the finals at 174. More Ohio State stuff happened with titles at 184 with Gavin Hoffman winning, Chase Singletary won at 285. Singletary defeated Mason Parris of Michigan in the semis and beat D2 All-American Kam Teacher of Notre Dame College.
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