Irresistible, meet immovable, some stuff that happened, bumps n bruises (almost) balancing out, and yet another Marvel mention
IRRESISTIBLE, MEET IMMOVABLE
As folks rejoice and prepare for the Merry Christmas/Happy New Years holidays, two vast and vastly different forces are planning a Chattanooga convergence. 24 or so top flight teams will welcome in 2019 in the Scenic City at the Southern Scuffle, with the added drama of the (recent) past and current kings of college wrestling ready to rumble. Defending Scuffle and National Champs Penn State and 34 time National Champions Oklahoma State headline an all star showcase of conference champion teams and individuals. Sure, theres been excellent action, albeit a bit limited by finals and holiday plannings, on the mat this past week. And there is the longest running tournament, the Midlands, on tap at year’s end. And this weeks Reno Tournament of Champions. And those upstart South Beach Duals are back, the second year brainchild of the two wild n wooly beach boys of wrestling, Coaches Rob Koll of Cornell and Brian Smith of Missouri. BUT….for the Scribes money, you just can’t go wrong with a trip to downtown Chatt-town. An intimate facility, great seats and sightlines, just the right amounts of both respect and rowdiness, and lots of folks just happy to have you there. Throughout the next few weeks this column will highlight a team or three or more competing, and a mention or two of things to do, see, and eat while visiting the Deep Souths wrestlings mecca. It’s the 2019 Southern Scuffle, enjoy!
SOME STUFF THAT HAPPENED
Hard luck Oklahoma and South Dakota State both picked up their first dual wins of the season, with SDSU topping Oregon State in the Beavers home gym. Good going, #getjacked, but it would have been a Beavers win if 197 lb OSU star Corey Griego and 2xAA hvwt and Scribe favorite Amar Dhesi had taken the mat. Griego would have been a pick’em at worst vs. Martin Mueller, himself in and out of action for SDSU with injury this season. And Dhesi? Its ALL good, Beaver Nation, the Bi-border big man straight outta British Columbia will start earning his #1 ranking with his first match. And maybe defend his Reno TOC title this week. And, as always, staying humbly proud of his 3, count em 3, Canadian national championships and his BFF status with Shania Twain. Some guys…..Meanwhile, the Sooners went way out East to snag W #1, 20-12 over equally overscheduled Appalachian State. The closer than expected score probably had more to do with Boone, NC being the venue than anything else. Oklahoma needs 6 more months of seasoning to reach expectations. Unfortunately, the season ends in March. App State just needs to take a deep breath after a brutal first 6 weeks and focus on….wait for it…a Scuffleicious start to the seasons second half. Its late, the munchies have set in.
BALANCING THE INJURY BUG
The out with/back from injury scale is struggling to hit zero sum status, as UNIs 197 lb All American Jacob Holschlag was declared done for the season by Coach Doug Schwab. With Kent St. AA Kyle Conel succumbing to a bum shoulder and Cornells AA Ben Darmstadt down with back issues thats 3 of the 6 returning 2018 197 lb All Americans out. Ouch, indeed. BTW, include UNI Hvwt. Carter Isley among the currently sidelined. To the positive, Cornell 141 national champion Yianni Diakomihalis is back full time, and this past weekend saw the return of uber gritty R-U star 184 Nick Gravina. The 6th year Rutgers vet had a 3-2 win in the Scarlet Knights series revival victory over in state foe Rider. Score the match 28-6 for the #redteamupstream. The wrestling world now awaits the Rutgers-Princeton showdown for Jersey wrestling supremacy and the first of at least 2 matchups between the nations top 149 lb stars, Princetons Matt “MKUltra” Kolodzik and Rutgers Anthony #SaltySchnaulty Ashnault. What, you gotta problem with that?
SECOND MARVEL SUPERHEROES HEAVYWEIGHT TIE IN
“Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Madison, Far from Flambeau Flowage shores,”… Wisconsin took their first loss, battling #2 ranked Ohio State in Columbus before falling 23-13. Staying the course for Chris Bonos Badgers, however, were the opening, middle, and final acts of new look Wisconsin. 125 lb Connor Brown, 165 lb AA Evan Wick, and rs freshman hvt Trent “Thor” Hilger. Why Thor? Well, though TrackWrestlings dynamic duo of Alex Steen and David Mirikitani broke it down exceptionally well (as is the norm) on a recent episode of “Weighing In”, Hilger IS Thor because…
1. Hes really big
2. Hes really built.. ok, a little bulky, but still…
3. He has flowing light locks
4 He wins a lot, like, every match so far, and
5. HE FREAKING SNATCHES MJOLNIR OUT OF MID AIR AND SLAMS IT INTO THE MAT!!!
Thats right, Mjolnir, the legendary hammer wielded by the God of Thunder, etc.,etc. Just check the highlights. You WILL be amused.
Later this week, a longer look see at some Scuffle teams, Chattanooga chow houses, and maybe a Shania Twain sighting. que sopresa, verdad?