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It’s Short Time Shots for November 2, 2019.
- Fueled by victories from B.C. LaPrade at 157 pounds and Hunter Bolen at 184 pounds, No. 16 Virginia Tech picked up its first win in school history over Missouri, beating the No. 9 Tigers 29-10 in Blacksburg. The Hokies won the last four matches of the dual, which included a forfeit at 133 and a 26-second fall by Mitch Moore at 141 pounds to close out the win.
- 24 Virginia went 2-0, beating Maryland 34-6 and Division III Southern Virginia 50-3. Maryland picked up the first win of the Alex Clemsen era with a win over Southern Virginia 42-6. Of note for people back home, Patrick McCormick from Poquoson, Virginia – that’s my hometown – registered a forfeit W at 125 against Southern Virginia. It’s my show, I’ll mention irrelevant forfeit wins by kids from my hometown if I want.
- Rutgers opened up the season with three wins, picking up a win over newly branded Division I LIU 43-3, the top-ranked team in Division II, Pitt-Johnstown, 22-9 and Division III Centenary 38-6.
- Edinboro opened up year two of the Matt Hill era with three wins, two over non-Division I foes Mercyhurst North East and Ashland and its first MAC win over new conference mate Kent State. In the 29-6 win over Kent State, the top win there was Jacob Oliver’s pin over Andrew McNally at 174 pounds. As SID Bob Shreve wrote, Edinboro eclipsed last year’s win total in one day.
- While listed as an exhibition, it’s a notable that the revived wrestling program at Division II Fairmont State in West Virginia picked up a win over Garrett Community College of Maryland 30-22 on Saturday. It’s the second win in as many days for a new or reinstated program in the state. On Friday, Davis & Elkins opened with a win.
- In Division III, Messiah won its Messiah Invitational with four champions – Josiah Gehr at 133, Garrett Cornell at 141, Nick Barnhardt at 149 and Stephen Maloney at 157 pounds. Messiah outdistanced second-place Ursinus5 to 81. Up in Ithaca, Johnson & Wales took home top honors as three Wildcats won titles – Hayden Brown at 133, Gabriel McDaniel at 141 and Da’mani Burns at 149. Baldwin Wallace was second and picked up a pair of champions – Stanley Bleich at 157 and Zeckary Lehman at 197. Host Ithaca was third and also had three champs. Keeping it Division III, Millikin’s Big Blue beat Elmhurst 29-18
- Mixing things up, we have LeRoy Gardner’s University of the Ozarks of Division III picking up a 41-10 win over NAIA Lyon College in a battle of Arkansas schools. Out West, North Idaho of the NJCAA beat NAIA’s Eastern Oregon 26-19. Keeping with the NAIA, Oklahoma City, coached by Olympian Sam Hazewinkel, blanked Oklahoma Wesleyan 55-0.
- Michigan State Open: Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso make his official college debut one to remember as he trounced the field in East Lansing. Sasso had three falls and two technical falls – including a tech over Michigan’s Kanen Storr in the finals. Sasso also decked Purdue’s Nate Limmex in the quarters. Purdue’s Kendall Coleman probably had the biggest breakout performance of the tournament, winning the title at 157 pounds. Among Coleman’s wins were Eric Barone of Illinois, Will Lewan of Michigan, Zac Carson of Ohio and Anthony Artalona of Penn – All known commodities in college wrestling. At 197, Ohio State’s Kollin Moore edged Oklahoma’s Jake Woodley 6-4 in sudden victory, while Michigan’s Mason Parris topped Central Michigan’s Matt Stencel 9-2 in the finals at 285.
- Cowboy Open: Probably the most notable result came at 133 pounds where true freshman Theorius Robison of Northern Colorado beat Wyoming All-American Montorie Bridges 3-2. Now, the craziest thing to me is what I’m about to tell you. Ben VomBaur wrestled collegiately at Boise State, where he was a two-time All-American. He won the Cowboy Open, according to his Facebook page in 2001 and 2002. He finished tied for third – due to the match limit rule – at 133 pounds doing the old man entering the tournament thing. Only, he wasn’t. Ben entered the tournament with Will VomBaur, who attends the Air Force’s Prep School and Vance VomBaur, a high school junior out of Windsor, Colorado. Will didn’t place in the Amateur Division at 125, but Vance won it at 133 in the same age bracket, which is typically for college freshmen and sophomores. Yeah, those are Ben’s kids! He wrestled in a college open with his kids. Holy crap, that’s cool. I met Ben a long time ago at the U.S. World Team Trials in 2005 in Ames.
- The Battle on the Midway did conclude after the first Short Time Shots of the season was released. Army West Point beat Fresno State 29-9 to conclude the kickoff of the season out in San Diego. In Arkansas, Williams Baptist blanked Central Baptist 48-6.
What's on the docket:
- We’ve got open tournaments at Princeton, Clarion, near Virginia Tech in Roanoke at the Southeast Open and the first Battle at The Citadel, appropriately, at The Citadel. Menlo hosts the Menlo Open, Lycoming’s hosting an invitational, CSU Bakersfield closes out its upper midwest run as Manny Rivera stops at North Dakota State, a spot he used to coach. Down south, Emmanuel faces Reinhardt, which started the year ranked No. 2 in the NAIA. What up Jeff Bedard!
Placing Top Six (From The Newsletter):
- Tim Hands over at FivePointMove.com has all the Greco-Roman coverage you can handle, but if you’re a fan of Greco, you might not be able to stomach some of the stuff coming from Budapest, as it was yet another disappointing day for Greco as the U.S. got shut out of medal contention. Timmy has all the breakdowns, as well as a story on the U15 trip out to Europe as well.
- Clay Cunningham of the Bakersfield Californian pens a pretty solid story on CSU Bakersfield 133-pounder Chance Rich heading into the Runners’ dual on Sunday against North Dakota State.
- From my buddy Mike Catullo out in Pennsylvania, who tipped me off to one of his wrestlers needing a heart transplant. The York Daily Record did a story on the launch of the GoFundMe. You can read about it in the newsletter. Mike was a former assistant at Franklin & Marshall, Millersville and Maryland before moving back to PA to coach and teach at Red Lion High School. This is the same school that hosted Lock Haven vs. Arizona State last year.
- When you think wrestling news, you think the Morrison County Record in Minnesota. Well, if you’re a Pierz wrestling fan, yes, that’s spelled P-I-E-R-Z, then you know that’s the most trusted name in news. In all seriousness, I love stories from local media promoting longtime coaches, so that’s why we have included the story of Mark Jensen’s upcoming induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Minnesota chapter.
- From Eric Knopsnyder of the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pennsylvania – yup, one of the guys from PA Power Wrestling: Bo Bassett, who I recently saw win the Preseason Nationals in Iowa, is a finalist for Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year. He’s a seventh grader at Forest Hills Middle School in Sidman, which is just outside Johnstown.
- I’m pretty sure that VomBaur story is going to get some traction nationally once people hear about it.
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