Jan 14, 2020
It’s late on the East Coast, semi late here in Minnesota and the
College Football Playoff game is still going on as I sit down and
blast out this episode. This is Short Time Shots, a mostly daily
look at the scores and more from in and around the sport of
wrestling, I’m Jason Bryant, and since there were no scores
tonight, the show is about the “more,” today. Back home from
Virginia and the 40th annual Virginia Duals. I’ve been to 24 and
that tournament holds a special place in my heart. One of the more
heart-wrenching moments came in the ODU-Virginia dual where Killian
Cardinale, the starter for ODU, which as you know, is my alma
mater, wrestled Patrick McCormick, a four-time state champion from
my hometown of Poquoson and the son of one of my good friends, NCAA
wrestling official Mike McCormick. I once had a similar instance
where Bryan LaShomb of ODU wrestled Anthony Burke of UVA in a dual
meet. That time, I was announcing. Burke was in my sister’s
graduating class back in 2004, and I’d known him since he was in
middle school. With Patch, who I gave a little local shout out to
at the Midlands, I’d known him since birth. It’s one of those cool
things that when you go to the Virginia Duals and see that type of
matchup with both ODU and UVA coming from where they were about 15
years ago, it’s cool. Almost all those Virginia college teams are
better than they were 15 years ago. Obviously Virginia Tech has
carried the flag and George Mason will be improving under Frank
Beasley. Now the Commonwealth added two Division III schools last
week with Roanoke College and Emory & Henry. Let’s hope we
aren’t adding too many teams, too fast, though. Strategery,
- In case you missed it, we had a number of dual events that went
on this past weekend. In Williamsport, Pennsylvania, The College of
New Jersey won the 20th annual Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by
Lycoming College. In Hampton, Virginia, Rider won the National
College Division, beating No. 22 Virginia, while Division II
Kutztown downed Division III Ferrum in the finals for the second
- In Louisville, at the 2020 U.S. Marine Corps NWCA
Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships presented by ARMS
Software and Defense Soap hosted by NUWAY … St. Cloud State,
Wartburg, Grand View, Nassau, McKendree and Menlo were all winners
in their respective divisions. St. Cloud State extended its D2 win
streak to 58 and won its fourth in a row. Wartburg won its 12th
overall title and beat three national champions in their win over
Augsburg in the final in Division III. Grand View’s win streak is
now 85 after they lost three individual bouts in four duals to
capture a ninth-straight title. The NJCAA featured eight
non-scholarship teams, which was won by Nassau. It was Nassau’s
third title but first since 2005. The women’s division split this
year into NCAA and NAIA divisions. McKendree beat Simon Fraser on
criteria in the NCAA Division, while Menlo beat Campbellsville to
win the NAIA crown. By the way, while Sara Koenig, one of the
tournament directors for the Super 32 awesomely pointed out the
last time UNC women’s field hockey lost in response to TV pimping
Clemson’s 742 days without a loss. Well, the Heels last lost 787
days ago. St. Cloud State last lost 1,094 days ago and Grand View’s
last loss was 2,258 days ago.
- You noticed I said non-scholarship with the NJCAA portion of
the National Duals. You’d be quite punctilious in assuming that,
well in Miami, Oklahoma, Clackamas won the NJCAA Coaches Duals by
beating Iowa Western 38-15 in the finals. This was basically a
national duals for the scholarship division. Clackamas beat Iowa
Lakes, top-ranked but fourth-seeded Western Wyoming, Colby and Iowa
Western on the weekend. Iowa Central beat host Northeastern
Oklahoma A&M for third.
Notables on the Docket:
- Division II Ohio Valley is at Division III Muskingum, while
we’ve got another split dual as Division III Muhlenberg will face
Division II East Stroudsburg.
- An allotment of matches involving NAIA schools on Tuesday.
Central Baptist will head to Calumet College of St. Joseph – that’s
in Indiana if you’re wondering – Ancilla of the NJCAA will also
join the fun. Thomas More is at Midway, Lincoln continues its
maiden voyage into the NAIA with a dual at Missouri Baptist. Fact:
Missouri Baptist head coach Brian Jackson was a three-time
All-American in three different divisions. Bluefield wrestles
Southwest Virginia in Richlands, Virginia, while Benedictine (Kan.)
will take on William Penn. NAIA Central Christian will face Cloud
County in Concordia, Kansas.
- And that’s all I’ve got at the time being. Coker and Newberry
were postponed until next month.
- I brought my newspaper background into wrestling more than 20
years ago. One of those things I used to feature back on InterMat
was the weekly “How the Top 25 fared.” It was something that ran on
the agate wire on Sunday nights for the Monday paper and the Top 25
AP poll release. I just brought it back, mainly as an aide for the
coaches poll. Figured if I’m doing it,
I might has well post it.
- Despite Duke’s tough season thus far, there is at least some
news coming out of Durham.
Former wrestling SID Meredeith Rieder features Mason Eaglin, a
freshman from Port Orchard, Washington – the same hometown as
three-time All-American Conner Hartmann. With five of the six ACC
teams ranked, maybe Duke can finally reward its wrestlers with some
Minnesota recaps the return of The Beast Brock Lesnar. The past
NCAA champion returned to Minneapolis on Friday as part of the 20th
anniversary of his individual title. The Gophers beat Wisconsin,
who would later beat Nebraska.
USA Wrestling announced it would be holding wrestle-offs for
the Pan American Olympic qualifiers in women’s freestyle during the
WCWA championships next month in Georgia – the state, not the
country. Now this is what’s going to make things interesting – when
will they announce the wrestle-offs for the other styles. And yes,
you know I mean men’s freestyle. Credit on that to
- Campbell’s Jason Williams,
a vet in the world of Sports Information, writes up a pretty
solid feature on the Camels’ 2-1 weekend in Arizona in a quad at
Chase Field in Phoenix. The Camel that is Campbell’s mascot is
named Gaylord – after famous alum Gaylord Perry.
- Among the stories from the local news, I’ll key in on The
Winchester Star’s feature of Sherando High School senior Colton
Foltz. Same high school as Virginia Tech heavyweight John Borst,
which is cool. Coached by Brian Kibler, who wrestled at Strasburg,
which according to Earl Smith of The Open Mat, isn’t cool. Let’s
remember, Earl went to Manassas Park. Yes, let the hate flow!
Anyway, little local Q&A.
On The Network
- The newest show to the network, Forward, has been released.
This is with Wisconsin Wrestling Federation state coach Scott
Kluever and River Falls High School head coach and longtime
women’s wrestling coach Kevin Black. This will start showing up on
Apple Podcasts and other podcast directories in the next day or
- PA Power releases the latest College Podcast with American head wrestling
coach Teague Moore.
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