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I found bags for the leaves. YES! It took about two and a half hours to clear the yard, but at least I got it all done before the rains came. I would litter this episode with lyrics inspired by Annie Lennox, but that'd be painful for you, just like walking on broken glass.
This is Short Time Shots, a mostly unfunny podcast that recaps the day's happenings in college wrestling. I'm your host Jason Bryant, and I have many leatherbound books and I do this kind of stuff for a living. Seriously.
At the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open, here are the notables out there, but there are no more I love yous.
Wisconsin's Tristan Moran topped Northern Iowa's Josh Alber in the finals by picking up a second-period fall at 141 pounds. At 149 pounds, Missouri's Brock Mauller, who probably has THE wrestling name of the year, picked up a 12-6 win in the finals over Iowa State's Jarrett Degan. Mauller beat Wisconsin's Cole Martin to reach the finals.
At 165 pounds, Evan Wick of Wisconsin beat Northern Iowa's Bryce Steiert 3-2 in the finals in a matchup of All-Americans. UNI did see All-American Drew Foster major Iowa State's Sam Colbray 14-0 in the finals at 184. New Cyclone Willie Miklus was solid with two falls on his way to a 5-2 finals victory over NAIA national champion Evan Hansen of Grand View in the finals at 197.
Not a whole lot going on up at Clarion in terms of star-power, but notable performances were, well, notable. Eastern Michigan transfer Armando Torres captured the crown for Cleveland State at 133 pounds, beating Bloomsburg's Lewis Williams 3-2 in the final.
At 184, Michael Beard, who's not on a roster this season but is bound for Penn State, topped NCAA qualifier Greg Bulsak of Clarion 13-9 in the finals. What's also interesting is after building a 13-2 lead midway through the second period, Beard got hit four times for stalling and gave up nearfall late. What's also interesting is since Beard isn't on a college roster, his wins and losses don't count. Nuance of an NCAA rules regarding official records say you have to be enrolled for results to count, even in opens. So all those guys losing to Aaron Brooks don't have to worry about their record either. Speaking of Aaron Brooks …
Heavyweight was an interesting weight as Pittsburgh's Demetrius Thomas topped Division III national champion Jake Evans 14-4 in the semifinals on his way to the championship.
Thomas was an NAIA national champion at Williams Baptist as a freshman and was second last year before transferring to Pittsburgh. He had to beat Seth Nevills, an unrostered soon-to-be Nittany Lion 9-7 in the second round.
Wyoming had a bunch of guys win, no biggie there. Junior world silver medalist and Penn State bound Aaron Brooks won at 184 pounds. He's spending this year at the OTC. While it's impressive for a kid like Brooks to come in and win a college open, let's not get too carried away about his competition. He's a blue-chip, can't miss recruit, so beating a pair of Division II guys and an Air Force guy who hasn't been their full-time starter yet shouldn't be cause for alarm. He's going to be good on the next level and his scores were impressive, but I wouldn't consider this a huge test for him just yet.
Michigan State Open
Michigan State's RayVon Foley was very solid in earning the title at 125, beating Central Michigan's Drew Hildebrandt in the semifinals and majoring Michigan's Drew Mattin 12-3 in the finals.
Kanen Storr beat teammates in back-to-back rounds to pick up a title for Michigan at 141 pounds, while Penn freshman Anthony Artalona won the title at 149. Michigan's got a real nice situation at 157 where true freshman Will Lewan topped All-American and teammate Alec Pantaleo 10-8 in the finals there. Lewan already stole a match in the wrestle-offs from Pantaleo, but let's just be clear, there's no way Lewan is starting this year unless something bad happens to Pantaleo. But man, that's just impressive.
Speaking of impressive, Darden Schurg, a Division III All-American from Wabash, came away as the champion at 174 pounds and he did it pretty impressively. After beating returning Division III champion Jairod James of Mount Union in the quarters, Schurg teched Oklahoma's Anthony Mantanona before beating Northern Illinois' Brit Wilson in the finals. Wilson had beaten Michigan State's Drew Hughes in the semis, so – cliché warning – Schurg is ready to wrestle this year. And Wabash? They're the LITTLE GIANTS!
At heavyweight, Mason Parris pinned Central Michigan's Matt Stencel in 14 seconds to win the title at heavyweight. Bruh. Here comes the rain again? More like here comes the PAIN again.
Ithaca Invitational in Division III
Returning NCAA Division III champion Ben Brisman of Ithaca won five bouts en route to the title at 141 pounds. Brisman topped Castleton's Max Tempel 10-3 in the finals.
At 184, a pair of All-Americans tangled as Ithaca's Jake Ashcraft and Western New England's John Boyle got reacquainted. Last year at the D3 championships, Ashcraft majored Boyle 12-2 in the third-place match. This time it was a 4-0 win for Ashcraft. Ithaca won the team championship with 167 points and four champions.
You know what else is cool? Seeing a school win its first tournament title in nearly 40 years. That's exactly what happened as Gettysburg crowned four individual champions to win the Messiah Invitational over host Messiah 110.5-97. Also of note, Andy Vogel, the head coach of Gettysburg and the man behind D3wrestle.com, is a Messiah alum. Champions for the Bullets, YES THE BULLETS, and not the crappy kind like the old Washington Bullets, were Robert Garnett at 141, Colin Devlin at 149, Colin Kowalski at 174 and Paul Triandafilou at heavyweight. That last name is easy for me – why? If I can say the Mongolians without an issue, Triandafilou is a walk in the park!
York College, the one in Pennsylvania, won the Ned McGinley Monarch Invitational held at King's College in Pennsylvania. They've got that Spartan Spirit as Sparty Gang Green won four individual titles for coach Duane Bastress.
On to the dual meets!
No. 2 Ohio State returned to the state of Maryland to take on Navy. The end result was a 28-9 win for the Buckeyes in a dual where Navy battled hard for most of the matches, but faded at the end of several bouts. Myles Martin's a New Jersey native, but went to high school at McDonogh School, where the dual was held. Martin looked solid, picking up one of two technical falls on the night – the other came at 149 pounds by Micah Jordan. Joey McKenna needed a pair of escapes and a riding time point to get past Navy's Nic Gil 3-2 at 141 pounds. McKenna was fresh off the plane after competing in Friday's All-Star Classic in Denver.
No. 7 Missouri blasted No. 15 Illinois 30-8 in the Grapple at the Grove, an outdoor event prior to the Illinois football game in Champaign. All-American Jaydin Eierman got past Mikey Carr 12-10 at 141 pounds, while true freshman Zach Elam, fresh off his silver medal performance at the Junior Worlds, beat Deuce Rachal 10-4 at 285 pounds.
Illinois did have one bright spot as transfer Joey Gunther knocked off Mizzou's Connor Flynn 4-1 at 165 pounds.
No. 16 Rutgers cruised in three wins at the RAC in front of over 4,200 fans. The Scarlet Knight faithful saw the return of Anthony Ashnault to the lineup. The three-time All-American pinned all three of his opponents on the day, including returning NCAA qualifier Khristian Olivas of Fresno State. As far as the duals went, Rutgers beat Fresno State 30-6 and pounded Division III schools Johnson & Wales 38-5 and Centenary 48-3. Yes, Nick Suriano wrestled at 133 and yes, that's where he WILL stay this year. If anyone tells you he might be going down at some point this year, that isn't happening, folks. Trust me.
In Division III, Washington & Lee got an overtime victory at 285 pounds by freshman Clay Chadwick to upend No. 11 Ferrum 20-15. Having grown up in Virginia and been aware of the Generals program for over 20 years, this is the biggest win I can remember in the program's history. Congrats to Nate Shearer and crew in Lexington.
Thomas More, yes, the Saints and we're not talking about Val Kilmer here, picked up a 35-9 win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday. Can we talk about Elisabeth Shue, though? Seriously though, the match was the first dual in Kentucky Wesleyan history. Who got the school's first wins? LaMont Wilson, Caleb Craig and Daniel Lopez did the honors for KWU.
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