There isn’t a whole lot I’m going to go in-depth with tonight, but it’s now 2020 and oddly, this will be statistically the third decade I podcast. Yes, I realize that starting in 2009 and then going through all of the 10s into the 20s is basically 12 years, but whatever. This is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the wrestling scores and more from around the world of wrestling, I’m Jason Bryant.
In case you’re wondering, this will continue to be MOSTLY a weeknight show, since I also need to have some semblance of a life on weekends (but I still do the newsletter) and I figure most wrestling fans have an opportunity to consume what’s on the web on the weekend. Or, I’ll just do it on weekdays when relevant, because it’s my show. And probably nothing on Friday night, since I’m heading down to The Clash.
Minnesota Beer of the Night: I’ve been kind of holding out on this one – it’s Castle Danger’s Castle Cream Ale. This was a small brewery in Castle Danger, Minnesota, which is a real place, but now it’s grown to the point it has its own spot in Two Harbors, just north of Duluth. This is a beer that if it’s on draft where you’re at, you buy it. It’s really everything I want in a beer. Not heavy, not hoppy, just smooth, crushable and awesome. I’ll be honest, it’s almost always in my fridge.
New Patron: Mike Conley, a guy I’ve known a long time from his days wrestling at York High School in Virginia. York has a cool history and Yorktown itself is one of those places where history buffs can spend days on end and still not discover all the world-changing events that happened there. Thanks Mike for your support, but that’s the only love I’ll give to those Falcons – well, there’s that one time where I picked Jason Dye to win the state title. Jason Fulmore also jumped on, he’s the guy behind SoutheastWrestling.com. He’s trying to start something rolling there in the south when it comes to wrestling, I’d encourage you to give it a look.
- Oklahoma State edged NC State 116-109 to win the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which kicked off the new year just right. Stanford was third. Oklahoma State just had one champ – Nick Piccininni at 125 pounds, while NC State crowned Hayden Hidlay the champ at 157 pounds. Stanford had three champs, most of any team, with titles coming from Real Woods at 141, unattached Jaden Abas at 149 and Shane Griffith at 165 pounds. Other titlists were Sammy Alvarez of Rutgers at 133, Penn State’s unattached true freshman Carter Starocci at 174, Lou DePrez of Binghamton at 184, West Virginia’s Noah Adams at 197 and Iowa State’s Gannon Gremmel at 285. DePrez avenged an early-season loss to NC State’s Trent Hidlay 3-2. OW went to Adams, who pinned Stanford’s Nathan Traxler in the finals. Yes, thank you Cliff Fretwell. Full results on FloArena.
- Light night in duals, but Fresno State hosted Cal Poly and Utah Valley to kick off the new year at the SaveMart Center. In the opening dual, Fresno State won six of ten bouts with a fall coming from Brandon Martino at 174 to beat the visiting Mustangs 24-16. While Cal Poly had a chance going into the final match, Jacob Wright’s 7-6 decision at 157 pounds closed out the win for the Bulldogs.
- Fresno State rallied from a 19-12 deficit to win the last two matches to beat Utah Valley 24-19. Big match there came at 285 as Tate Orndorff knocked off Josh Hokit 3-1. Greg Gaxiola was leading 6-1 in the second period when he earned an injury default win over Brigg Hoopes. That set the stage for the final bout where Wright got up big on Jerry Rubio and finished the dual off with a fall with 40 seconds to go.
- In Division II, Augustana (S.D.) upended No. 23 Western Colorado 24-12 in Sioux Falls. The Vikings won five of the last six matches to close things out.
Notables on the Docket:
- Long Island University heads through Pennsylvania to take on Bloomsburg, while No. 5 Virginia Tech heads to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to take on No. 24 Central Michigan.
- In the NAIA, Menlo will host the Menlo duals with Arizona Christian, Northwestern (Iowa), and Simpson (Calif.). The heavy stuff won’t be coming down for an hour or so, or Saturday, if you’re wondering.
- TheMat.com released its Top 10 stories of 2019 and they mean by analytics, not the actual best stories of the year. Analytics. Yay. Math.
- TheMat.com has also gone to the Rooskies! Ok, partially kidding, but Petr Pavlov, a Russian journalist, rates the strongest freestyle wrestlers of 2019.
- The other Roger Moore recaps the Southern Scuffle with a good ol’ gamer for TheMat.com as well. No word on whether or not J.D. Rader actually got to go to the bathroom on Wednesday.
- Trackwrestling’s Clay Sauerteig, one of the most personally prolific Twitter follows in the history of the universe, gives us a high school update from the break, focusing on Wyoming Seminary and its victory at the POWERade in Western Pennsylvania.
- The Al and Josh Show, a podcast in Minnesota focusing on a number of areas of the state’s wrestling scene, previews The Clash, which kicks off on Friday down in Rochester, Minnesota. I solely listen because they constantly give me shout outs. Sadly, they also give them to Mack Reiter as well.
- Samantha Scovel of NCAA.com wrote a piece a couple of days ago on the top freshman in NCAA Division I right now, I didn’t do a Shots that day, so I’ll link it back up in this episode’s show nots.
- Matt Dernlan and Ben Askren are back with The Rudis Podcast, talking about The Midlands. Got some news forthcoming about that show, too.
- Check out the video feature from IAWrestle.com on Keegan Shaw. They define him as a “very unique fellow.”
- FivePointMove.com named G’Angelo Hancock and Max Nowry its Athletes of the Year. No, I don’t need a descriptor that says Greco-Roman, you know 5PM is a Greco site.
On The Network
- Just this one. It should be noted that I pushed out 448 podcast episodes in 2019. How many hours of content was provided by my shows and our friends on the network? Math problems. So I did the math – the network pushed out just north of 273 hours of audio content. It would take you 34 days listening eight hours a day to finish. Or just one bowl of Colon Blow.
- Not on the network, but social media donk Darren Rovell blocked me on Twitter today. Surprised it took him this long. Who’s Darren Rovell? No one, really.
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Short Time Episode 588 – January 2, 2020