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Friday night saw some tremendous action around the country, but most of it centered in Big Ten Country. That's right, to hell with your high school football playoffs – except for Poquoson – Go Islanders – it's wrestling season and we had some fun stuff on Friday night.
This is Short Time Shots, a sometimes relevant look at the day's scores and more in college wrestling, I'm Jason Bryant and Schell's Firebrick might be my second favorite beer. My favorite beer sits across the border in Wisconsin. It's called Spotted Cow.
Speaking of Wisconsin, they Badgers and Chris Bono were wild and crazy on Friday night as they went to Lincoln and knocked off No. 12 Nebraska 22-21 on criteria. It was Coach Bono's first Big Ten win as the Badgers head coach and it was all sorts of crazy.
First off, Ryan Christensen rallied from a 6-4 third-period deficit to pin Nebraska's Mikey Labriola with just a couple of ticks left on the clock at 174 pounds. Every point would count here as an excited Chris Bono was docked a team point for control of mat area. Another key bonus victory came at 125 pounds as Zeke Moisey benefitted from a quick injury default win over Connor Brown. Brown rolled his ankle in Moisey's first attack of the match, and then tried to restart the bout. That didn't happen and Nebraska went up 18-12 with just three weights to go.
Jens Lantz came through for the Badgers at 133, delivering what could be the most relevant victory of his college career, a 10-3 win over Tucker Sjomeling. Then six more points came as 141 pound Tristan Moran pinned Nebraska reserve Christian Miller in the first period to give the Badgers a 21-18 lead heading 149. This one was wild. Cole Martin nearly ended it for the Badgers with a cradle, but then Collin Purinton turned the tables and nearly pinned Martin, which would have given the Huskers the win. Purinton got the W, but it was the second criteria – most falls that gave Bono and company the W.
Oh, we didn't even talk about the most anticipated match of the night – Evan Wick beat Isaiah White 12-5. Wick did it with only two takedowns and no nearfall points. Next time, me thinks White will NOT be taking down when he has choice as Wick drew three stall points while working on top at 165.
No. 2 Ohio State ventured west and pounded Cal Baptist 42-0 in front of over 3,000 fans in Riverside, California. As I've mentioned on this show previously, Cal Baptist began its four-year transitional period to Division I this year and the Lancers aren't hiding with a soft schedule.
No. 3 Iowa hosted Princeton in just the second meeting between the two programs and the first in 17 years. The night started off with a highly anticipated matchup between returning national champion Spencer Lee of Iowa and Princeton's highly regarded true freshman Pat Glory. Lee blew the doors off Glory, getting up 14-0 at one point before finishing off the technical fall in the second period. Back-to-back falls by Austin DeSanto and Max Murin fired up the strong, focused and energized crowd at Carver-Hawkeye.
Top-ranked Matt Kolodzik got Princeton on the board with a gritty 7-4 win over Pat Lugo, avenging a defeat from last year. Iowa also picked up a fall from Alex Marinelli at 165 pounds.
No. 7 Missouri and No. 10 Virginia Tech didn't really have much of a thriller, despite some matches being close. The Tigers won their 22nd straight dual, topping the Hokies 21-8. The biggest win of the night sent many fans in Last Man Standing contests to the showers early as Connor Flynn knocked off Mekhi Lewis 8-6 at 165 pounds. The other two matchup of ranked wrestlers both went Mizzou's way as John Erneste beat Korbin Myers at 133 and Grant Leeth beat Ryan Blees 3-1 at 149.
No. 9 Cornell wasn't tested in a 36-6 win over Binghamton in EIWA action. No. 20 North Dakota State survived an upset attempt in California as the Bison had to get a major decision from 125-pounder Brent Fleetwood to beat Fresno State 21-20.
No. 23 Rutgers pounded Hofstra 40-3, giving coach Scott Goodale his 166th career victory as the Scarlet Knights head coach, tying former coach John Sacchi for first on the all-time coaching list in New Brunswick – or is it Piscataway?
In Division II, Pitt-Johnstown stopped Millersville 30-6, while Ohio Valley beat NAIA West Virginia Tech 27-24 in a matchup of two West Virginia programs.
The Mark Rial era in Storm Lake started out well as Buena Vista went up to Minnesota and beat St. John's 31-13 to give the new Beavers coach his first head coaching win. Washington & Lee, that's Dubya-N-Ell for those in that part of Virginia, beat Southern Virginia 36-9 in a crosstown scrap. The two schools are six miles apart – and get this – Southern Virginia is in Buena Vista … Virginia.
In the NAIA, the Fire of Southeastern topped Campbellsville 27-12 in Mid-South Conference action. Wins by Jason Davis, Jesse Pryor and Silas Root closed things out for coach Javier Maldonado's squad.
In junior college action, the Clackamas win streak continues. The Cougars knocked off North Idaho 34-3 to extend its win streak to 41 in row!
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