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.”
- 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.
- After releasing the men’s freestyle seeds on Tuesday, USA Wrestling and TheMat.com has released the preseeds for this weekend’s U.S. Senior Nationals in Fort Worth in women’s freestyle. Top seeds are Victoria Anthony at 50kg, Dom Parrish at 53kg, two-time Olympic Trials champion Kelsey Campbell at 57kg, Maya Nelson at 62kg, two-time World teamer Forrest Molinari at 68kg, and Final X runner-up Precious Bell at 76kg.
- TransitionWrestling.com gives us the full entry list for Women’s freestyle at this weekend’s U.S. Senior Nationals.
- Timmy Hands at FivePointMove.com does another solid feature, this time on the return of RaVaughn Perkins to the Greco-Roman scene. It’s also time for Hands’ Q&A with WCAP’s Spenser Mango on Fort Greco.
- Purdue wrestling returns with the Always Aggressive podcast. No, that’s not on the network, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to it.
- Nebraska’s HuskerMat, which produces the Big Mat Show, mostly on Rokfin now, does a free podcast episode with Mike Schadwinkel about his new book Purple Reign. And no, not like Prince.
- Brad Wilson of LehighValleyLive previews the Phillipsburg wrestling squad, one of the top programs in New Jersey. It’s also good to see Brad attending events again. He’d spent some time in the hospital and is back out in the gyms covering wrestling.
- Matt Levins of the Burlington Hawk Eye, that’s in Iowa, profiles the situation at Iowa Wesleyan University and how the school was on the brink of extinction, and now finds itself starting men’s and women’s wrestling programs and getting some help from Dan Gable. By the way, Wilson and Levins are both recipients of the NWMA Journalist of the Year Award in the past.
- India.com profiles 2019 men’s freestyle world silver medalist Deepak Punia. Did you know he was the son of a milkman? No, you didn’t. That’s not in the story, but just in case you were wondering. And yes, the Daily Wrestling Newsletter is GLOBAL.
- And down US 52 in Rochester, KIMT3 News talks with the Yellow Jackets of Rochester Community and Technical College – the one in Minnesota. Rochester’s news outlets do a pretty fair job of covering RCTC and its sports programs.
On The Network
- Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton debate the nuances of ordering a cheesesteak in Philadelphia and visit with Northern Colorado head coach Troy Nickerson on the latest edition of On The Mat.
- Virginia Tech assistant Jared Frayer recaps the CKLV and previews the upcoming U.S. Senior Nationals with a pair of Southeast Regional Training Center members Mekhi Lewis and Ty Walz set to compete. That’s on Inside Virginia Tech Wrestling.
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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