Yes, it’s late, it’s cold and I watched Elf tonight. That’s about all you’re going to get for a cheeky intro.

This is Short Time Shots, your mostly daily look at the day’s scores and more in and around the world of wrestling. I’m Jason Bryant.

Minnesota Beer of the Night: Last night, the Facebook Live crowd didn’t get to hear my lackluster review of a beer I didn’t really like that much, which was Tin Whiskers Orange Dream State, which was an orange cream ale. Have no fear, here’s a better review, at least, an improvement as it’s Bad Weather Brewing’s Immortal Toast, a coffee infused white stout. Yes, that is such a thing. It’s surprisingly awesome.

New Patron: As a result of this thing going live on Facebook last night, we picked up another Patron, this one from Lauren Ruppert, the sister of one of my high school teammates and drill partners. What’s interesting is one of my other drill partners, Curtis Booth, lived up here for six months on a work contract. As soon as it snowed in November, he was out! He was about 2 miles from me – he came by the house last week before he left. Good stuff, Bull Island. This is one time you get mentioned in the media and it’s not an Allen Iverson documentary. She gets a glass, a shirt, some other free stuff, and of course, this shout out. “We’s gonna need some mohr wrassler’s on this heah football teem.”

Dual Meets:

  • No ranked D1 teams in action, but here’s what we’ve got from around the mid-majors. Gardner-Webb upended Franklin & Marshall 22-18 in a matinee dual in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Even giving up a forfeit, the Runnin’ Bulldogs won six of the 10 bouts. Franklin & Marshall picked up a win over the first-year program at Presbyterian. The Diplomats beat the Blue Hose – yes, both of those are the schools’ actual nicknames – 38-9.
  • In other first-year news, Appalachian State spoiled the Division I home debut of Little Rock 36-6 at the Jack Stephens Center. It’s effectively the Sun Belt championship as that all-sports league doesn’t sponsor wrestling. It wasn’t the first major college competition in the state of Arkansas, as Arkansas State had a team back in the 1950s, but it was the first Division I action as there were no divisions back then. Biggest matches of the dual saw Appalachian State’s Sean Carter beat Jaylen Carson at 125 and Codi Russell top Paul Bianchi at 133. App State’s Matt Zovistoski edged Jose Champagne 4-3 at 157.
  • Upset of the night came in Edwardsville, Illinois as Justin Ruffin of SIUE knocked off returning All-American and fourth-ranked Larry Early of Old Dominion 3-1 in the tiebreakers at 157 pounds. ODU won the dual 33-9, but that win at 157 for Ruffin was the head-turner. Also in the MAC, Northern Illinois broke a 13-13 tie by winning the last three weights to top Kent State 23-13.
  • In the NAIA, third-ranked Lindsey Wilson trounced fourth-ranked Marian 44-4 in a dual at Jeffersonville High School in Southern Indiana. Nothing yet from San Francisco State and Simpson, but San Francisco State did beat Southern Oregon 24-19 on Tuesday night.
  • In junior college action, top-ranked Western Wyoming beat No. 11 Northwest College (Wyo.) 35-13. Keep an eye on this name, though for Northwest College – Majid Muratov. He’s a native of Uzbekistan who was 5th at the 2016 Junior World Championships at 84kg. Muratov is wrestling at 197 and picked up a 2-1 win in sudden victory three over top-ranked Tucker Tomlinson. Oh, how did the U.S. entry do that year in Macon? Zahid Valencia was 7th.

Notables on the Docket for Thursday:

  • Bloomsburg’s at Lock Haven in the MAC East (or the PSAC, whichever you prefer), Rider is right down the street at Princeton – loser buys at Hoagie Haven – while No. 20 Purdue will face SIUE. Drexel heads west to take on Cal Poly and No. 25 Stanford, while Kent State heads to Wisconsin to face the No. 8 Badgers – Mushroom, Mushroom. Yeah, old reference there too.
  • In Division II, Lander heads to Belmont Abbey, while UW-Parkside heads over to Mankato to take on Minnesota State. Davis & Elkins will go into Pennsylvania to face Seton Hill. That’s the Griffins and not the one’s from Quahog.
  • In Division III, I mistakenly read Thursday’s matches on the previous night’s Short Time Shots, so mistakes happen. By the way, it’s Mt. St. Joseph hosting a tri with Alma and Penn College.  In the NAIA, Menlo heads to Southern Oregon.


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(Editor's note: This is always a rough draft of the script of the show, there may be minor errors sprinkled throughout and no, it's not in APA style or anything that resembles a journalistic published work. Some shows will also be devoid of show notes, as they're done on the road from a mobile device).

Short Time Episode 588 – December 18, 2019

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