A great first 30 days, a wild Vegas weekend, Countdown for Chatt-town, The boys from Bethlehem suffering so far, duals that did and didnt say much and The All Name team, 1st iteration…
WHOO-HOO barely cuts the mustard for a descriptive of the college wrestling seasons first 30 days, which culminated in an amazing CKLV Las Vegas tournament and some some scattered duals results, some significant, some not so. Lets look…
GULLO GULLO HAS IT GOIN’ ON
Utah Valley roared out of Orem apparently still p-o’d about last seasons late injury-laden collapse, and the Wolverines have been taking it out on everybody in biting distance. They took a chunk out of and put a big scare in perennial top 10 power Nebraska, dropped a double digit beat down on Rutgers, swept the NIU Duals and put 5 wrestlers on the podium at the CKLV. Only tourney champ Ohio St and 3rd place Nebraska had more medal winners from the 40+ team field. Go to last months archives from TheMat.coms Takedown TV for a brief, insightful interview with Wolverines head coach Gregg Williams, where he lays out UVUs growth and plans for success. Good stuff, #GangGreen!
BEATING A BADLY INJURED HORSE*
Peruse the college wrestling injury list so far this season. It’s not a combined M*A*S*H*/St. Elsewhere script idea roll call, but it’s close. Now add Clarions best hope for a high AA slot, Brock Zacherl, injury defaulting out of his last match at the CKLV. And who had Hayden Hidlay, NC States national finalist, being shut out by Larry Early of ODU? Yeah, right, not even Early. Hidlay (and again, folks, its HIDE-lay) got tweaked at the U23 world championships, so he came in slightly off form. Doubt he’s better now. Oh, and 2x Iowa AA Mike Kemerer is done for the year. The Scribes semi-voluminous notes from an earlier column on the walking/limping wounded heading into and occuring in the seasons 1st month drives home a 3 headed point. Our sport is the TOUGHEST on soul, mind, and body. Here’s a stolen idea or three: go to the RUDIS wrestling website for Ben Askrens Mental Mondays and the ASK KOLAT podcasts for excellent viewpoints and advice on preparing the minds and souls of young athletes for what wrestling should and can be and, mostly, is. As to the body component: Kyle Dake, National Director of Wrestling Health/Functional Patterns has a nice ring, don’t you think?
THE BIG 10 IS REALLY GOOD AT WRESTLING, A.K.A., VATICAN TRENDING CATHOLIC 2ND NOTICE
The Cliff Keen Las Vegas saw:
A Champ, Ohio St, from the Big 10
5 Big 10 teams finish in the top 10
14 of 20 finalists from the Big 10
All 10 wt class champs from…wait for it…the Big 10
The Big 10 is the hold my beer conference of wrestling, and, while the EIWA, the Big 12, and the ACC, among others, are getting some sips, nobodys knocking it back like the big boys. Credit to whats brewing (c’mon, you saw that coming) in places like Raleigh, Cedar Falls, Cheyenne, Ithaca, et al, through various time frames, the point of view is still a large hairy posterior attached to a furry, fast, furious four legged force. With a number 10 tatooed on both cheeks.
A DUAL THAT ENDED UP NOT MEANING MUCH
Speaking of big and hairy, PSU Nittany Lions 42, Bucknell 3. At newly modernized Sojka Pavilion, home of the Bison. In front of over 4200 fans, biggest home crowd ever for Bison wrestling. The second and third sentences are wonderful things. The first, not so much.
A DUAL THAT MEANS SOMETHING NOW, MAYBE MORE LATER
Ohio University 26, Appalachian St 15. The 2nd disturbing defeat dropped on Coach JohnMark Bentleys Mountaineers, with a now awake and angry Pack from NC St. coming to Boone. Soon. Sad. Come on, SoCon, you’re better than this. We know/think/hope. Circle the most appropriate answer.
42 IS FOR PSU, OR, YOU ONLY HURT…WHEN THE ONE YOU LOVE GETS BLANKED
The Scribe has freely and openly admitted admiration/bias/concern/devotion/enthusiasm/feelings (continue through z, any positive word applies) for The Lehigh Mountain Hawks and the UT-Chattanooga Mocs. It is what it is, and so far this season it’s been tough. in Lehighs case, its a schedule the Marquis De Sade turned down due to its depravity. The most recent set of numbers for Pat Santoros Bethlehem, PA based matmen: O-3, 6 of 10 starters out, short or long term, and 0-42. As in the shutout beatdown defending National champ Penn State laid on Lehigh this past week. Whats next? You had to ask. Iowa, North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, Cornell, Arizona State, VA Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State….yeah, they scheduled that. Goodness, even Bucknells a challenge now. After all, the Bison won a match against PSU. One. One more than, well, you get it. OUCH. The Scribes love for Lehigh will never fade, but so far this season its a painful one. As to the Southern passion of this website, new UT-C mentor Kyle Ruschells plan is 90 degrees different, with no difficult duals. In fact, no duals at all till this months 3rd week. Its been a slow, steady climb in placements and progress for the Mocs from the Hokie Open to the Wolfpack Open to this past weekends Cougar Clash hosted by SIUE. 9 Mocs placed in the top 6, highlighted by the lower weights 3 straight silvers from Fabian Gutierrez, 125, Jake Huffine, 133, and Chris Debien at 141. Last season UTCs upperweights carried the load through the post season. This year its looking like the script has flipped.
-SHAMELESS FANPLUG ALERT-
You’ll flip for the fun, the food, and the festivities at the 2019 Southern Scuffle Jan 1st-2nd in beautiful downtown Chattanooga! Dozens of teams, All Americans, restaurants, coffee shops, historic sights and so much more in the Scenic City. Its a sweet Southern start to anyones New Year.
ANNOUNCING THE 1ST, SEMI COMPLETE, FULLY OPTIMIZED, ALL NAME TEAM, DIVISION 1 WRESTLING
125 Rayvon Foley, Michigan St/ Arick Shankles, Edinboro/Audey Ashkar, Binghamton/Perez Perez, Iowa/Iowa
133. Trevon Majette, Old Dominion/Tucker Sjomeling, Nebraska/Yoshihito Funakoshi, Cal Poly
141. Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell
149. Requir Van Der Merwe, Stanford, defeats Sa’Derrian Perry, Old Dominion, Syllables 6-6/SV Vowels/Consonants 7/10 to 5/9 (Honorable mention: Morgan Fuenffinger, Navy, Brock Zacherl, Clarion, Kalani Tonge, CSU-B, Jeren Glosser, Iowa
157 Padraig Lupole, Binghamton/Angel Najar, App. St.
165 Brawley Lamer, Cal Poly, Colston DiBlasi, George Mason
174 Zahid Valencia, Arizona State
184 Prince Hyeamang, American/Shwan Shadaia, Michigan St
197 Sawyer Root, the Citadel/Casey Jumps, Air Force/Essshape Boatwright, Navy (only 1 of these is fake)
285 Odgerel Batkhishig, Campbell
*NO HORSES (OR CAMELS) WERE HARMED IN THE WRITING OF THIS COLUMN
See you next week!