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Light night in Division I with just two duals including Indiana escaping 19-18 against host Bloomsburg. Hoosier heavyweight Fletcher Miller was the hero, earning a victory in overtime to give Indiana its first win of the year. Bloomsburg put up a fight, with Willy Girard knocking off NCAA qualifier Elijah Oliver 12-5 at 125 pounds. The score tells two different stories here. Indiana, from the Big Ten, struggled to get past a team that coming into this season had only won FIVE of its last 52 dual meets. The Huskies can see some positives here. They're 1-2 on the season and coach Marcus Gordon can use this for some badly-needed program momentum. If you're the Hoosiers, you shouldn't be this close to a team that went 4-17 last year with its only wins coming over Davidson, Sacred Heart and a couple of non-Division I teams.
In Fairfax, Virginia, the Frank Beasley era began with a thud as Oregon State ventured across the country and topped George Mason 32-9. Oregon State won eight of ten matches, but forfeited 125 pounds. So that meant no Ronnie Bresser. Also out of action was All-American Canadian Amar Dhesi. In his place, Oregon State's Cody Crawford rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to beat Matt Voss 9-5.
#15 Coe-#13 Central
The best dual of the night came, not surprisingly, from the Iowa Conference where 15th-ranked Coe College knocked off 13th-ranked Central College 23-15 in Cedar Rapids. Central jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead thanks to wins by All-Americans C.J. Pestano and Cam Timok, but Coe All-Americans Cole Erickson and Jake Voss — hrm, a second Voss reference today — earned major decisions to highlight the Kohawks performance. It came down to heavyweight and Coe's Brennan Koerperich pinned Holden Miller to give the host squad the modest upset.
D3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week Jordan Newman was the fastest man on the mat on Thursday, picking up a fall at 197 pounds in 95 seconds as No. 12 UW-Whitewater went into Stevens Point, Wisconsin and pounded UW-Stevens Point 33-3. Ned Shuck's Warhawks improve to 2-0.
Elsewhere in Division III, Manchester topped Adrian 25-21, while NAIA Lourdes knocked off Muskingum 38-12. Natural segue to the NAIA where Oklahoma City shut out Lyon 50-0 and No. 12 Montana State-Northern topped Warner Pacific 34-12
Some news you can read about by subscribing to Mat Talk Online's Daily Wrestling Newsletter at mattalkonline.com/news
— Tiffin University hired Brittney Gadd as its new women's coach. The school will start a women's program next season.
— Flowrestling did a list of the top wrestler celebrations. Fuddy-duddies need not read.
— The World Wrestling Resource Podcast I hosted on Thursday featured coach Dan Gable and our topic was Dave Schultz. Lots of great stuff can be mined out of that one — I'm looking in your direction Wrestling Quoter.
— Cool story on past NCAA finalist Kyle Ott, who's now Dr. Kyle Ott.
— The saga of Indian's Sushil Kumar continues. Can this guy just retire already?
And Cole Schrupp doing awesome stuff as always with Through the Lens with Zach Sanders.
All that and more at mattalkonline.com/news. You'll get it probably before you listen to this.
Stay shiny and happy, people.