It’s time for Short Time Shots, a quick look at the day in college wrestling.
Montevallo recorded its first dual win in school history, beating Allen 32-15. The Falcons won seven out of ten bouts, which including two major decisions and three pins. They did lose to Newberry 31-14. Freshman Carson Freeman and Gabe Hixenbaugh (yes, that one) both went 2-0 for the night, with Freeman earning a pin and a decision, and Hixenbaugh securing a pin and a technical fall. Congrats to coach Daniel Ownbey and his fledgling flock of Falcons.
Keeping it in Division II, King University edged Belmont Abbey 23-22 on criteria on Wednesday, with the key to the Tornado victory coming at 141 pounds where King’s Ashtan Hendricks was in a back-and-forth match with two-time All-American John Carayiannis before pulling out the fall in the second period to upset the nation’s second-ranked wrestler. The fall was key as both teams recorded a pair of falls and King came away with the win via the third criteria, most match points, which they had a 35-34 advantage.
Frostburg State and coach Josh Hutchens is 3-0 in that program’s revived status. The Bobcats upended Fairmont State 21-20 on Wednesday. It was heavyweight heroics as Gavin Bage pinned Fairmont’s Ethan Babay midway through the first period to seal the come-from-behind victory. Moments earlier, it appeared as if Fairmont State would come away with a win as Dwayne “Not The Rock” Johnson earned a fall at 197 pounds. Bage decided that was a false finish and got the actually dual-winning fall 96 seconds later. So far this year, Frostburg State has beaten Wheeling and Garrett College and now Fairmont to improve to 3-0.
Other scores of note in Division II saw East Stroudsburg beat D3 Scranton 42-8, Coker beat Lincoln Memorial 24-17, UNC Pembroke shut out Emory & Henry 58-0 and Mount Olive edged Emmanuel 20-19.
In Division III, second-ranked Wartburg shut out Simpson (the one in Iowa) 53-0, while Central beat Nebraska Wesleyan 34-6 in an American Rivers Conference dual. Elizabethtown notched an impressive 39-7 win over Division II Shippensburg.
In the NAIA, Providence (the one in Montana) bested rival Montana State-Northern 27-10 in Havre (pronounced Hav-er). Leading 13-10 after seven matches, the Argonauts pulled away, sweeping the last three bouts with wins at 184 pounds by Alan Badley, and All-Americans Sawyer Hobbs and K.C. Buday. Hobbs pinned 11th-ranked Carl Hansen at 3:44. Elsewhere, Rochester, the one in Michigan, beat Henry Ford, the school, not the actual man, 42-9.
In Junior College action, Western Wyoming turned informer, shutting out Snow 46-0. Iowa Western swept men’s and women’s duals with Ellsworth. The Reiver men won 31-20, while the women prevailed 28-20. Carl Albert State took out Division II Ouachita Baptist 26-20.
On the women’s side, Emmanuel got the better of Mount Olive 39-11, while Delaware Valley beat Frostburg State 35-15.
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