This is the first edition of the Short Time Shots where I’m actually recording from the Speakeasy Studio in wonderfully chilly New Brighton, Minnesota. Let’s first be clear, there’s nothing wonderful about being chilly. That was sarcasm. Now, I’ve got a sit-stand desk that I’m working on improving my mobility around the house, because I cannot sit in this stupid chair for 12 hours a day and expect anything good to come of it. Secondly, my desk is no longer in the corner of my bedroom, meaning I can actually walk around to my side of the bed. For five months, that was not possible. Now I’ve still got some things to do to complete it – mainly build the bar and put the rest of the stuff on the walls to complete the sound treatment, but all in all, I’m VERY happy with it so far. I’m also recording this for Facebook Live, just to see how things work on OBS, which is pretty cool.

Minnesota Beer of the Night: Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth. Six percent. Dark and delicious. By the way, I’m on untappd at jasonbryant12.

New Patron: Kevin McGuigan jumps on board. He’s been following and listening for a while as well as he also sent me a shirt for the long lost #WrestlingShirtADay that I did in 2018. No, I’m never doing it again, by the way.

Dual Meets: 

  • Down in Carolina – North Carolina – Belmont Abbey used four falls to power past first-year Mount Olive 34-19 in Division II action. Greg Hilliard registered the fastest fall of the night, picking up six in 34 seconds at 165 pounds. Kenn Caudell’s squad – they’re the Crusaders.
  • In Division III, Cortland State went 3-0 as the Red Dragons beat Pitt-Bradford 35-18, King’s College 33-13 and host Lycoming 19-18. Lycoming beat Pitt-Bradford 42-18 and King’s 44-10. Pitt-Bradford beat King’s 22-16.

Notables on the Docket:

  • Notre Dame College heads to take on the new program at Fairmont State, while NAIA Southern Oregon heads down the coast to take on San Francisco State, coached by three-time Northwestern All-American Jason Welch.
  • In Division III, Huntingdon, that’s in Alabama in case you were wondering, hosts a pair of NAIA schools, Life and Thomas More.
  • In the NAIA, Missouri Valley host the MVC Duals in Marshall. Teams expected to compete there are Baker, Williams Baptist, Bethany, Campbellsville, Ottawa, Waldorf, St. Mary, William Penn, Lincoln, Rochester (Mich.) and of course, the host Vikings of Mo. Val.


  • In a joint release, USA Wrestling, the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Coalition and Adrian College announced the first Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships will be held in Adrian, Michigan on March 6-7, 2020. This event will give the NCAA-branded schools an opportunity to compete in the postseason. There’s already an NAIA invitational, but what this means for the longstanding WCWA remains to be seen. I know I’ve got some major plans for women’s wrestling in the future.
  • Brown and Harvard announced they were partnering to create the New England Regional Training Center and they’ve hired Mike Eierman to be the head coach. Eierman, at least as of last week, was the head wrestling coach at Division III Westminster College in Missouri.
  • Over the weekend, Fresno City College won its fourth straight California Community College state championship, outdistancing second-place Cerritos 186-137. The Rams, coached by 1991 NCAA champion Paul Keysaw, had four champions. One notable came from Skyline College, which is in San Bruno, just south of San Francisco. Sophomore Stephen Martin became Skyline’s first state champion in 19 years. The San Mateo Daily Journal breaks that down.
  • Over the weekend, it was announced that Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, Ohio will be adding a varsity wrestling program. The school had baseball already and will also add women’s volleyball. Dom Mancini, a longtime high school coach at Boardman High School has been named the Gators first head coach. That’s 241 new college programs – men and women – since 2000.
  • NC State hired a new director of operations, appointing Ian Assael to the role after the departure of Melissa Simmons. Normally, I don’t draw attention to Director of Ops positions in the newsletter or Shots, but I wanted to give Melissa a solid salute and a verbal high five here. There are few people I’ve met in the sport of wrestling who are as complete and as dedicated as Melissa Simmons. She’s also got an innate ability to do good things for people. When my daughter Lucy was in the hospital a couple of years ago – I’m not sure which time since Lucy’s had a lot of these types of things – Melissa sent a gift package for Lucy that included a stuffed mascot, one that Lucy still pals around with today. It fits well with her Lion King collection. Tuffy plays the role as one of the hyenas, since according to my daughter, they’re both dogs. Melissa is moving out of wrestling, which sucks for us. I worked with her when she interned at USA Wrestling and with a client-vendor relationship with the NC State #PackMentality Pop-Ins Podcast. No one paid faster and no one has been more complete and consistent than Melissa with NC State. Good luck and we hope to see you around soon. Your work has always been above and beyond, even when going to pick up subs in Colorado Springs.
  • WSAW in Wausau, Wisconsin features the women’s program at UW-Stevens Point.
  • Joe Tuscano of the Observer-Reporter, a finalist for NWMA Journalist of the Year last year, pens a column about the new rule in Pennsylvania allowing more than one wrestler from a team to appear in bracketed tournaments around the state. Not sure why PA was late to the party on this. When I was wrestling, sometimes we’d be in 32-team tournaments and we’d get two or even three guys in a weight – only one would score, though.

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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 586 – December 16, 2019

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