Got a two-star review on this here show the other day. The review, which was on the master Mat Talk feed and not this or the master Short Time feed, said they missed the longer shows and these short ones weren’t cutting it. First off, thank you for the feedback. Everyone has different tastes and this format has mostly been agreeable to listeners. This show, Short Time, actually started in this format in November of 2013. It went to interviews when the scores stopped, and the show grew from there. The interview shows aren’t done, but I’ve been busy handling the clients I have with the network. I’m also not going to chase the same interviews as everyone else. Doing things differently is what I’ve always done, but that being said, yes, I miss “my show” with “my interviews.” I’ll be picking them back up here soon, but I’ve always got a lot of irons in the fire. When my time becomes strained, I put my own shows on the back burner. I don’t put Short Time ahead of any other show on the network. These shots keep me fresh, help promote every level of wrestling and keep episodes in the feed. I don’t just want to stop doing shows and then lose the listeners. There’s over 70 wrestling podcasts out there. This was the second one. I know people have come and gone from the various Mat Talk shows. I like this format. I like the interview format, but this is also my business, I have to make sure my time is cost-effective. This is why I pitch the Patreon links at the end of each show. Maybe I can take the time away to develop the show ideas in the off-season, but as my wife says, wrestling has no off-season. I put out 448 episodes in 2019, always putting my clients and affiliate shows ahead of my own. Thanks for the feedback, constructive and positive. It’s all taken into consideration. That long winded intro is by your host, me, Jason Bryant, and this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look back at the scores and more in the world of wrestling.
Also, the Attack Style Wrestling Podcast will be coming back with NCAA champion Daryl Weber. We’ll record the first episode in over a year next week.
- We lead with the first victory in over 60 years for Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose hosted NAIA Truett McConnell on Wednesday and shut out the Bears 44-0. It was a forfeit-laden meet. This is the first year of Division I wrestling for Presbyterian, which did have a team back in the early 1950s. It’s the smallest school in Division I and started both men’s and women’s wrestling this year.
- Closest match of the night came in Division II where Indianapolis edged Findlay 19-18 on criteria E – Total number of takedowns scored only from decisions, major decisions and technical falls. Also in Division II, Belmont Abbey topped Queens 36-12. Fairmont State beat Kent State-Tuscarawas, a varsity NCWA team, 35-0. It’s the first win since the program was added back at Fairmont State, but we’re not exactly sure if the Kent State branch campus is actually a countable opponent under NCAA rules. Fairmont State’s last win came at some point in the 1982-83 season. Fort Hays State beat Central Missouri 28-12.
- Second closest match of the night was in Division III where Pitt-Bradford topped Penn State Behrend 28-27. This one came down to the second criteria, most six-point victories, which favored Pitt-Bradford. Too many forfeits here though. In Division III, Castleton beat Rhode Island College 31-6, Springfield topped Norwich 37-9. North Central topped Chicago 22-15, Otterbein beat Case Western 38-15. Case Western Reserve did get one win on senior night as Connor Forrest got a fall in the first period to push the Spartans past Ohio Wesleyan 27-26.
- NAIA Cumberland University doubled up Division II Kentucky Wesleyan 30-15.
- In another forfeit-filled dual, NAIA Warner Pacific beat Division III Pacific 29-9. Just four matches were actually contested.
- Rochester (Minn.) blanked Northland, Itasca, Minnesota West and Ridgewater by a combined 227-0 to win their eighth straight Minnesota College Athletic Conference championship in a row. Also in the NJCAA, Cloud County beat Barton 30-21.
- On the women’s side, Life picked up a pair of wins, beating Brewton-Parker 49-1 and Limestone 37-9. Limestone also beat Brewton-Parker 38-6.
Notables on the Docket:
- In Division I, three of the four teams in action are from PSAC, or the MAC East. Lock Haven heads to Appalachian State, while Edinboro faces Bloomsburg.
- In Division II, Emmanuel takes on Limestone, Nebraska-Kearney heads to Warrensburg to take on Central Missouri. Out in the Rockies, Western Colorado faces Adams State while New Mexico Highlands, which is in Las Vegas (New Mexico), faces Chadron State.
- Decent night of action coming up in Division III as some, but not all, of the matches of note see UW-La Crosse head to UW-Whitewater, Wartburg heads to Luther, Olivet is at Trine, Washington & Jefferson is at Thiel, Alma is at Adrian, Loras takes on Central and of course, I can’t resist the epic battle between the Student Princes of Heidelberg and the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern. In mixed division action, Fontbonne is at Lincoln and Central Methodist is at Westminster.
- The Pioneer Press talks with Minnesota heavyweight Gable Steveson about his time away from the mat during his suspension during an investigation into allegations of sexual assault. No charges were filed and Steveson is the top-ranked heavyweight in the country.
- Pretty cool story out of West Virginia, well, kinda. Davis & Elkins head coach Jerry Boland spent a ton of time teaching and coaching in New Jersey. He’s got four wrestlers from Burlington County on the first-year team.
- Five Point Move profiles Alex Sancho prior to Thor Masters.
- A day late, but still relevant. The Daily Collegian, the student paper at Penn State, talks about Cael Sanderson and the Penn State take on the transfer portal.
- Due to an issue with Mailchimp on Wednesday morning, the Daily Wrestling News didn’t go out. So you may have already heard about the story from NBC Sports that notes Kyle Snyder is living in Cael Sanderson’s basement. For real.
- Cody Goodwin from The Des Moines Register is back with his weekly mailbag. No worries Cody, the NWMA awards have been paid for. You won’t have to lie to your parents anymore.
- Also from the Daily Collegian was the announcement that super senior Anthony Cassar’s college career is over.
- IAWrestle reported the former Penn State wrestler Brody Teske was transferring to Northern Iowa, while Austin Gomez of Iowa State is seeking a medical redshirt.
- There was also a pretty cool feature yesterday from Seth Duckworth at the Pistols Firing Blog about Adnan Alkaissy, also known as General Adnan from his pro wrestling days. Alkaissy is from Iraq, was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State, and knew Saddam Hussein. Crazy stuff.
On The Network
- I made an appearance on Purdue’s Always Aggressive podcast, and while that isn’t on the network, whenever I do a guest spot on another show, it’ll show up in the feed.
- Cliff Fretwell from Compound released an episode of ThaHustle with North Carolina head coach Coleman Scott. That’s worth checking out.
- I’ve also got a new episode of the ODU Wrestling Monarch Matcast with Associate Head Coach Daryl Thomas.
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Short Time Episode 591 – January 15, 2020