The number 12 carries religious, mythological and magical symbolism, generally representing perfection, entirety or cosmic order in traditions since antiquity. It’s also the number of qualifiers teams in the NAIA are allowed to send to the national championships, and the most frequent number won by Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. None of that is scientifically researched because why should I be the last guy on the earth to fact-check things before I post them. The first citation is from my former roommate Willie Evans and the rest of the 12 House Crew as we celebrate the 12 House New Year on 12:12 at 12:12. This is Short Time Shots, your mostly daily recap of the scores and more from around the world of wrestling. I’m Jason Bryant and I’ll probably be recording this around 12:12 … on the 13th.
By the way, it’s never the best look to apologize in the intro of a podcast, so I won’t. However, why no Shots the past few days? Well after realizing it’s extremely difficult to schedule and cultivate this while working an event – I was in Canada announcing their Olympic Trials – it’s also tough to do when you don’t have another parent around. My wife was also traveling for business. But I did decide to push one out today – why? Well, the longer you put off doing something, the longer it takes for you to actually do it – or something. You know what I mean.
Minnesota Beer of the Night: French River by Wooden Hill Brewing. To be honest, I didn’t like it too much. It’s a 6.5 percent saison, but it tasted better when I had it at the brewery in Edina. Could just be a bad can. I contemplated not doing it, but for consistency sake, because this show is ALL about consistency.
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- In Division II, No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney dropped in-state rival Chadron State 26-16 in Western Nebraska. Top-ranked Wesley Dawkins bumped up to 141 pounds and picked up a major decision for the Lopers. Returning national champion Matt Malcom also picked up a win at 165. No. 6 Upper Iowa cruised past Southwest Minnesota State 28-6 in Northern Sun action. The Peacocks’ top-ranked 197-pounder, Nick Baumler earned a major decision there.
- In Division III, No. 10 North Central saw ranked wrestlers Robbie Precin and Cody Baldridge pick up wins in the Cardinals’ 32-9 win over UW-Oshkosh.
- No. 19 Central College smashed Nebraska Wesleyan 45-4. In the loss, Nebraska Wesleyan All-American Eron Haynes scored 23 points – for the second time this year – in a 23-13 major decision win. Haynes has scored over 20 three times this season.
- St. Olaf put 10 wrestlers on the mat and scored a 45-12 win over NAIA Waldorf on Thursday night. So far, if you’re keeping score, the office of St. Olaf President David Anderson hasn’t even acknowledged receipt of my interview requests as the school announced it would end the sport at the end of the year.
- Vanguard, an NAIA school in California, won the school’s first dual meet in 39 years as the Lions beat another California NAIA school, Life Pacific 31-19. Vanguard reinstated the wrestling program this season. No report with Central Christian and Neosho.
- Southwestern Oregon Community College beat Division III Pacific (Ore.) 16-12. This one isn’t one I’d like to focus on, but this dual featured four double forfeits and two of the regular variety.
- On Wednesday, Division II Lander earned its first win in school history, a 41-13 win over NAIA Truett McConnell. Congrats to coach R.C. LaHaye for the win there. Also of note, Johnson & Wales beat the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 17-16 on criteria in a battle of two of the top programs in New England.
Notables on the Docket:
- NC State is at Appalachian State, while Lock Haven hosts Navy at Red Lion High School in Pennsylvania. That’s all there is in D1. In D2, St. Cloud State is at Northern State, and Alderson Broaddus is at West Virginia Tech, which is in the NAIA.
- Small schedule in D3 as well as Augsburg hosts Division II Southwest Minnesota State, Wartburg is at Cornell College and UW-Stevens Point is at UW-Eau Claire. A load of duals in the NAIA in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Schools involved are Bluefield, Central Baptist, Reinhardt, Life, Lyon, Jamestown (N.D.), Campbellsville, Cumberland University, Keiser and Southwest Virginia of the NJCAA.
- Menlo remains No. 1in the recent NAIA women’s rankings, released on Thursday. The Oaks lead Jamestown, Campbellsville and Life in the top five.
- The Daily Princetonian, the student newspaper at Princeton University, features the lone woman on the Princeton Tiger wrestling team, Demetra Yancopolous.
- Molly Duffy of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids identifies what exactly the issue is in Iowa with sanctioning girls wrestling. It’s a pretty solid read. And yes, there’s a lot of wrestling in the news because of this.
- Tom Housenick of the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call features the Lehigh Valley wrestling scene and the importance of upcoming super tournaments like the Ironman and Beast of the East and how they relate to postseason success in the rugged state of Pennsylvania.
- Northwestern added two-time All-American Emery Parker to its coaching staff on Thursday. Parker was a three-time NCAA qualifier and was one of the nations leaders in having his first name spelled incorrectly.
- Communications offices at Lehigh and Ohio State did some solid work as Lehigh featured All-American Jordan Kutler, while Ohio State featured All-American Luke Pletcher in features on their respective dot-coms.
- FivePointMove talks about the underrated bracket at 57kg and also has an interview with Xavier Johnson. Go Greco.
- Hofstra’s Jim Sheehan retires.
On The Network
- My 35th podcast, State of Wrestling, launched. It’s the 33rd show released on the Mat Talk Podcast Network. This show is an organizational one for the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The first guest is naturally Mike Moyer, the Executive Director of the NWCA.
- Speaking of Luke Pletcher, he joins Rob Waltko and Tristan Warner on PA Power Wrestling’s College Podcast. Check that out, also on the network, although somewhere along the line, we forgot how to count which episode we’re on.
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Short Time Episode 584 – December 12, 2019