When does dissecting pigs become a topic of Thanksgiving dinner? When you live in Minnesota! I'm Hall of Fame announcer, writer and broadcaster Jason Bryant and this is Short Time Shots by the Mat Talk Podcast Network, a daily look at scores and more from the world of college wrestling. More about the pigs just a bit later.
Wednesday tried to be pick on Division III day as a couple of Division II schools beat area rivals from the non-scholarship level of Division III. Out near me, at least in the soon-to-be frozen tundra, Mary beat Concordia of Moorhead 33-12, while UW-Parkside, a D2 school, beat UW-Stevens Point 35-6.
Mary, ranked 23rd in Division II, set the tone early earning bonus points in the first four bouts of the night over the Cobbers, FEAR THE EAR. Concordia is ranked 21st in Division III.
Sidenote: Division II Limestone beat Division I Davidson on Tuesday night.
Another Sidenote: I mentioned on one of the recent shows that my niece Ashley is a freshman at Concordia. Well, let me give you this little story. She was talking to our family during Thanksgiving about one of her bio labs and specifically her lab partner. No names here, but anyway, she said she was dissecting a pig — it is Minnesota folks — and she cut too much into the stomach and the contents of the pig decided to squirt out — on to her lab partner. Since Ashely was doing most of the work anyway due perceived queasiness, it should come as no surprise that said lab partner decided to puke right there.
No worries dude, it's the innards of a pig shooting across the room at you. I might have yacked too.
It wasn't all sunshine and Tony Ramos for Division II on Wednesday though as Scranton, a Division III school in, you guessed it, Scranton, Pennsylvania, beat Division II East Stroudsburg 21-16. The Royals won the last three bouts of the dual to rally from a 16-12 deficit. The match-clincher came at heavyweight where freshman William Oxley topped Hunter Marhan 7-4.
In a Commonwealth matchup, meaning the Commonwealth of Virginia, Southern Virginia beat Hampden-Sydney 54-0 in a dual between two new-ish programs. Southern Virginia has fielded a program for over 15 years, but they finally became a school-sponsored varsity team a few years ago. This is the first year they are postseason eligible as the school reclassified to Division III. Hampden-Sydney is still struggling with numbers, but first-year head coach Chris Conkwright will eventually get things working in Farmville. Yes, Hampden-Sydney College is just outside Farmville, Virginia NOT the game on your phone.
Kansas Wesleyan beat Ottawa 26-24 as coach Matt Oney and his squad won the school's first dual meet in history on Wednesday. Tanner O'Donnell's first-period fall at 197 pounds iced it for the Coyotes.
Reinhardt picked up four forfeits and two falls, including an 18-second fall from Garrett Klinger at 165 pounds to beat Truett McConnell in an Appalachian Athletic Conference matchup. The NAIA moved from regions or groups to conferences for qualifying this season. The AAC is sponsoring wrestling for the first time, much like many of the other NAIA conferences.
In the JUCO ranks, Iowa Lakes beat NIACC 34-15. The Laker s, yes, a very original nickname, picked up falls from Anthony Fisher, Sangobunmi Smith and Brady Brott along the way.
In other news makers from Wednesday, Lakeland University in Plymouth, Wisconsin announced it would be starting women's wrestling as a varsity sport in 2018-19. That will bring the number of new women's college programs starting up next season to six. Nassau Community College was set to start next year, but they've got two women wrestling this season as featured by Newsday, a Long Island paper, last week. Lakeland joins Tiffin and Schreiner as three NCAA schools that have recently announced they're starting programs next year.
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Late breaking as I record this — Kyle Snyder is the USOC's male Olympic Athlete of the Year and Bill Zadick is the USOC's Olympic Coach of the Year. U-S-A, U-S-A! Details on themat.com.
Now don't go disectin' them pigs without safety goggles and a strong stomach.
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