Last Look Back, First Weekend
THEYRE CALLED OPENS, NOT SHUTS, FOR A REASON…..
The first big weekend of college wrestling showed up and out with tournaments in NJ, S. Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania and many elsewheres amongst the various divisions of competition. And boy, were there some divisive results, but not all that many decisive. An example or two of both…..
IN STATE/IN THE WRESTLING ROOM SHOWDOWNS, PLUS BBQ, ROUND 1
A lot of people believe Michigans Mason Parris will be the Maize and Blues starting heavyweight this year, especially after an unbeaten first weekend outing. Parris and fellow freshman Will Lewan both took titles. Yes, Coach Bormet, we know you won’t always have Parris, but he won’t always pin tough, ranked competition like CMUs Matt Stencel in finals matches either. 14 seconds, if you weren’t looking, BTW. The Scribe says look to the dual meet rematch with the Chippewas big’un for a better judgement on both. More on the seemingly subdued attitude in Mt. Pleasant later. And, theres a Will but probably no way Lewan starts for MGoBlue this season, despite taking 2 of 3 matches from teammate and 2XAA Alec Pantaleo between wrestle offs and the MSU tournament final. On a final for now Maize and Blue note, Amanda Suitor, the gracious, intelligent and lovely cousin of U-M sophomore star KJ Suitor, stopped by the (pretty) famous BBQ restaurant where the Scribe works his wares. The resemblance was apparent and the pride was both obvious and justified.
The Scribe noted a serious lack of numbers on Edinboros roster as the Scots entered 2018-2019 but they brought 21 to the MSU open. That’s 3 more bodies than were listed on the first version of this years roster. 11 placed, but only 2 in the JR/SR division, and one of them, 165 lb Fritz Hoehn, took an injury default. For Edinboro, the future is, well, the future. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois placed 4 with 3 finalists, Kenny Moore taking the 165lb title over teammate Caden (Bama) McWhirter and Huskie Britt Wilson finishing 2nd at 174. Side Notes on Wilson, the rs freshman from Mexico, Missouri..
1.He holds his HS all time wins record
2. Is a future Mechanical Engineer
3. His 23-4 rs season last year featured NIUs most wins, pins, and major decisions
The heir apparent to NIUs last AA, Jake Residori? Time will tell, but what a start!
GROUND DWELLING SHINY GOLD VIOLENCE, OR, UFTAH, SKEE YOU (mah) LATER
Minnesota made short work of the field at SDSUs Daktronics Open as the Gophers rolled to a “hole” lotta titles. OK, done for now. They placed at all ten weights, including taking the top 4 spots at 125, and 19 top 3 finishes overall. Gopher heavyweight wunderkind and #1 overall recruit Gable Steveson and teammate Rylee Streifel met for the 2nd time in the tournament finals and the win went Gables way again, this time by 2. Not to be outdone by their conference rivals Nebraska took 18 top 6 spots with only Eric Schultz from their 5 returning national qualifiers competing. With RS freshman Mikey Labriola rolling through the 174 lb round robin for the wt class title the Cornhuskers just keep looking nasty and nastier in the middle. The host JackRabbits were without their defending National Champ, 133lb Seth Gross, making a second straight non appearance after skipping a rematch with last years national semifinals opponent Tariq “The Freak” Wilson from NC St. (Gross-Wilson II did NOT happen at the NWCA All Star meet). A good/bad note for SDSUs new head coach Damion Hahn….197lb freshman Tanner Sloan took the title coming straight outta nowhere, (GOOD!) but 2nd seed, SR. Martin Mueller, got teched and medically forfeited out. (BAD!) Shades of always competitive and oft-injured Jackrabbits star “Nasty” Nate Rotert, who locked down this weight for SDSU for years. That is, when he wasn’t being a triage unit demo model. Nates healthy now, and safer, as SDSUs recruiting guru, BTW. The now #StayJacked bunch from Brookings took 2 other titles, with Hank Pohlmeyer beating Nebraskas Tommy Thorn at 149 and Zach Carlson beating top seed Owen Webster of Minnesota for the 184lb title.
COWBOYS ARE ALWAYS ALONE…..
Especially when they’re in their own tournament, or somewhere really close by. The Cowboys from Laramie took 9 into the finals of their own event with 8 Pokes winning, Air Force off in the distance, and none of Northern Colorados big guns on hand. Montorie Bridges, WY, vs. Rico Montoya, UNC, would have been nice, but we will get to see that showdown a time or two this season, so theres that. The Cowboys from Stillwater did their brethren from Laramie one championship better, claiming 9 titles at the OCU open. Good to see wrestlers from non traditional powers like UND in Denton TX and the University of the Ozarks in action, even if it wasn’t for long. A side note on an informational treat….by all means go the Utah Valley Wolverines online wrestling guide. Words fail, but they have plenty, with color and graphics and pictures, oh my. Who knew the Orem crew were this creative? EARLY LEADER for best social media site. Get em, #GangGreen!
SPEAKING OF COLOR
There was a Blue Hose sighting at that (pretty) famous BBQ restaurant in SA mentioned earlier as the Scribe chatted up a Presbyterian grad, brother to one of the Blue Hose acclaimed Pharmacy Programs 3rd years, and a fellow now excited about the D1 props and work ethic Coach Mark Cody is bringing to the South Carolina school. Lets go, Presbyterian, #HOSEUP!
THE PRINCETON OPEN HAPPENED. THERE WAS LOTS OF GOOD WRESTLING FROM LOTS OF WRESTLERS, LOTS OF THEM FROM NJ.
THE HOKIE OPEN HAPPENED. THERE WAS LOTS OF GOOD WRESTLING FROM LOTS OF GOOD WRESTLERS, LOTS OF THEM FROM ALL OVER, INCLUDING NJ. AND CHATTANOOGA. (didn’t think we would go without a Scenic City mention, did you?)
THE CLARION OPEN HAPPENED. THERE WAS SOME GOOD WRESTLING.
Whew, that was some simmering. Hope the veggies aren’t soft. See you sometime soon!