Nov 27, 2019
Time to get back in the ring, to take another swing. The walls
were shaking, the earth was quaking, my mind was aching - you know
what, I saw AC/DC live back in 2016, you don’t need to relive that
show, although it was super awesome. I’d previous had tickets to
see them in high school, in September of 1996. That tour got
canceled before it got to Hampton. So there I was, 20 years later,
with my pregnant wife on Valentine’s Day rocking out to AC/DC.
What’s that have to do with wrestling? Nothing really, other than
AC/DC is a favorite on wrestling playlists worldwide. I’m Jason
Bryant, and this is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily look at the
scores and more in and around the sport of wrestling.
By the way, if you notice the episode numbers changing, that’s
because I did an audit of the amount of Short Time episodes in the
feed. The most recent show where I interviewed some folks in Little
Rock was actually the 580th episode. At some point, I didn’t count
things and had some other non-Short Time shows in the feed. That’s
been fixed and sure enough, this is the 581st edition of Short
Time, whether it be in the Shots form or my more formal feature
story/interview format. I also went to the Richard Nixon School of
Accounting. Most of you won’t get that joke.
Minnesota Beer of the Night: Bite Size by Modist
Brewing. It’s classified as a Pastry Stout, with some evil
chattering teeth on the can. It checks in at 6.7% and it’s pretty
good for the first major snowfall expected to hit the land of New
Brighton by the time you listen to it. Remember, I’m on Untappd at
jasonbryant12. By the way, the Modist taproom is about a mile and a
half from U.S. Bank Stadium.
- It was a close one down south in Division II where a fall from
Jonathan Miller at 141 pounds was the difference as No. 21
UNC Pembroke edged No. 17
Limestone 20-19 in Pembroke on Tuesday.
All-American Nick Daggett also scored a key bonus victory for the
Braves at 125 pounds.
- Lindsey Wilson, ranked third in the NAIA, won
nine out of 10 bouts and scored six falls as the Blue Raiders
trounced Division II Bellarmine 47-3 in Columbia.
Returning national champion Brandon Reed picked up his fall at 1:10
- Grand View, the top-ranked team in the NAIA,
ran its dual meet win streak to 80 in a row after blanking
Benedictine (Kansas) 50-0. During that stretch,
Grand View has outscored opponents by an average score of 42.3 to
4.95. There’s also been 27 shutouts. The Vikings have won 108 of
their last 109 duals with the last loss coming in November of 2013
to Division I Iowa State.
- Keeping it in the NAIA, fifth-ranked
Campbellsville won a pair of duals at home on
Tuesday. First the Tigers topped the Phoenix of Cumberland
University (Tenn.) 34-6 before dispatching with
West Virginia Tech 59-0, yes, one away from a
perfect score. Cumberland beat West Virginia Tech 48-6.
- Marian beat Missouri Baptist
- In Division III, fifth-ranked Augsburg was
aided by five forfeits in shutting out St. Olaf
57-0 at Si Melby Hall in Minneapolis. Guess what, the office of St.
Olaf College President David “The Duck” Anderson has ignored two
more requests for interviews after feeding the Board of Regents and
alumni a load of scat, no matter which animal it originates.
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Notables on the Docket:
- There’s nothing on the schedule until after Thanksgiving, with
action firing up on Saturday with Northern Colorado at Fresno
State. On Sunday, we see several notables, including Cornell
heading to Ohio State, Wisconsin going to Carver-Hawkeye,
Appalachian State facing North Carolina, Augustana (S.D.) facing
North Dakota State, and Ohio facing Chattanooga.
- There’s a new No. 1 in the
NWCA Division I Coaches Poll as Iowa moves into the top spot
for the first time since February of 2015. Penn State, the previous
No. 1 for the last 36 polls, fell to No. 3 after the Nittany Lions
saw their 60 match win streak stopped by Arizona State. The Sun
Devils slid up six spots to No. 4, one spot behind the team they
just beat. Hey, sports. Other notables saw Nebraska move to No. 2,
tying its best rank in school history, Princeton moved to No. 12,
its highest ever and Army West Point moved to No. 21, its highest
ranking since 1994. Kurt Cobain was still alive the last time the
Black Knights were this high.
- With two top-five victories in a matter of hours, NC State
redshirt freshman Trent Hidlay was named
ACC Wrestler of the Week. Meanwhile, David Carr’s win over
Kaleb Young earned him
Big 12 WOW honors. I’m not sure if “WOW” is said as such, other
than in SID headlines, but ok. Trent Hillger, aka THOR, hammered
down (dad jokes) the
Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after pinning Utah Valley’s Tate
Orndorff in overtime.
- Speaking of the Big 12,
tickets for the Big 12 Championships in Tulsa at the BOK Center
- that’s the Bank of Oklahoma and not the vegetable popular in some
Asian foods - are on sale.
- TheMat.com tells us the 24 wrestlers who will head to Sweden to
compete at the Haparanda Cup this coming weekend. The list is
highlighted by world teamers Max Nowry, Ryan Mango, Raymond Bunker,
and John Stefanowicz. How’s the Turkey in Sweden, boys?
- Up in New York,WKBW reports the doctor related to the school
system that initially denied the request of a 12-year-old seventh
grader to compete on the JV wrestling team saw his association with
said system end late last week. Through a statement,
Michael Terranova has replied to the situation, however, while
citing standards, that reportedly weren’t applied uniformly, the
statement made no mention of his hand-written note that said “girls
don’t play boys sports in Lancaster schools.” Yo man, double
standards. It should be noted that New York does allow seventh and
eighth graders to compete in varsity wrestling. Trista Blasz’s
story has gained national attention.
- More on the girls wrestling front sees
MontanaSports.com reporting that the Montana High School
Association will submit a proposal to add girls wrestling as a
sanctioned sport. That vote will come in January. Right now, 18
states sanction or will sanction girls wrestling in the 2020-21
school year. Notably absent - Pennsylvania.
- Internationally, The Times of India notes world medalist
Vinesh Phoghat and Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik are notables
set to compete at the Indian national championships.
- The news of a possible Russian ban at the upcoming Olympic
competitions has officials in the
Russian Federation annoyed, to say the least. Russian wrestling
federation head Mikhail Mamiashvili spoke out against the potential
ban in international news services, citing instances in the past
where athletes were punished unjustly for “the sins of the father.”
- In keeping it international, the President of Iran’s National
Olympic Committee responded to United World Wrestling’s
postponement of the Greco-Roman World Cup. UWW issued a
statement on Sunday saying the postponement was in response to
current instability in Iran. Tuesday, the
Mehr News Agency noted Reza Salehi said UWW’s decision was
“hasty, sensational and under the influence of incorrect propaganda
by western states against Iran.”
- Cody Goodwin of the
Des Moines Register opens up the wrestling mailbag in the wake
of the Iowa-Iowa State dual which drew over 11,000 fans to Hilton
- Sad news came in late Monday as it was learned the Brian Keck,
a former NJCAA national champion and longtime wrestler on the
senior level, had died. The details around the situation are
still slim, but Keck was one of a kind. If you didn’t know him, he
looked mean and intimidating. If you wrestled him, you’d probably
understand that to be somewhat true. Brian was a jovial,
big-hearted guy with a very unique past and one where wrestling
played a big role in changing the course of what he’d do with his
life. He dabbled in professional wrestling, coached MMA fighters,
ran youth tournaments and was just generally someone who liked to
do right by people. Personally, Keck had been a friend since
probably 2005. We’d roomed together in Fargo, I announced
tournaments for him, most recently at the Preseason Nationals last
month. A funny guy who was labeled “No Neck Keck,” he was one of
those people that had a story - and everyone who knew him - had a
story that involved him in some way, shape or form. Last month in
Des Moines, he bought a bunch of tickets to the Carrie Underwood
concert next door from the venue where the Preseason Nationals were
held - at the Wells Fargo Arena. He wasn’t comped those tickets -
he bought them - for his workers, volunteers and others. He spent a
lot of money out of his own pocket to make sure his people found a
good time. And we did. I loved the show, despite not really being
familiar with Carrie Underwood’s music. A ball buster with a big
heart. Brian Keck was a one-of-a-kind person and our sport of
wrestling was blessed to have him. I don’t know if more information
will become available, but I’m still stunned and shocked to hear of
his passing. He was supposed to be running the Turkey Nationals in
Des Moines this weekend. That should be the least of our thoughts
this weekend. His impact was broad - I’d received texts from people
like Nick Simmons, Ben Askren, Gerry Brisco and Brandon Slay - all
looking for info and all of them speaking highly about how good of
a guy he was. Even though Brian is gone, I can tell you this, I’m
super thankful I got the chance to know him and call him a friend.
We’ll miss you buddy, we all will.
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Short Time Episode 581 - November 26, 2019