For those of you with kids, it certainly sucks when they're sick. I'm dealing with that right now. Having to keep the 16-month-old active and away from her big sister while she decides to empty the contents of her stomach. It's seriously the saddest thing. Hopefully some of this news will be a pick-me-up. My recent outlet, home improvement, also took its shots at me as I got hit in the face by a nail as I was prying old nails from out of my soon-to-be destroyed deck.
But this isn't This Old House or Quincy — a reference those of you over 45 might get — this is Short Time Shots, a quick look back at the day's notable scores and more from the world of college wrestling — I'm Jason Bryant and my face hurts.
In Blacksburg, Virginia, the Moss Arts Center was literally center stage as No. 4 Missouri faced No. 10 Virginia Tech in this season's top dual so far. Virginia Tech came out flat, while Missouri was wrestling crisp and clean even without the services of All-American Jaydin Eierman. With nine of the 10 bouts featuring ranked opponents in some way, shape or form, there were numerous toss-ups. One such toss-up came at 133 where John Erneste controlled the action on his feet to top a dangerous Dennis Gustafson by an 11-2 major decision. Grant Leeth scored the biggest win of his college career, an 8-2 win over two-time All-American Solomon Chiskho. The dual's biggest individual match was also its most surprising, not by who won, but by how.
Second-ranked Jared Haught of Virginia Tech was up 7-2 in the third and appeared to be finishing a takedown before Willie Miklus, who's fresh off a pasting by Iowa freshman Jacob Warner, whipped Haught through and rolled him over, pressed him flat, pinned his shoulders, to the mat. Miklus' fall sealed the win for the Tigers.
No. 13 Nebraska headed east to West Virginia and trounced West Virginia 28-13 in Morgantown. With no individual matchups featuring ranked wrestlers, no Zeke Moisey and a forfeit at 133, this matinee was rather ho-hum. Bloodround's favorite heavyweight, David Jensen, earned a fall in 3:17.
Looking for some #MACTION? The State University of New York AT Buffalo, AKA the University AT Buffalo, not OF Buffalo picked up its first MAC dual win of the year topping Ohio U. 27-9 IN Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.
Individually, Kyle Akins and Joe Ariola scored falls to propel the Bulls, but Ohio got the top individual win of the night as No. 18 Cam Kelly topped No. 5 Bryan Lantry 4-3 at 133 pounds.
Internationally ? check out TheMat.com and Trackwrestling.com for coverage of the U23 World Championships from Poland. There isn't much for the U.S. t o celebrate. Andy Hamilton had sausage and pierogis for Thanksgiving, I hear.
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