SECOND SEASON COLUMN 17 BONUS POINTS EDITION

Duals done, duals to come, bumps n bruises brush up, the wacky world of wrestling forums, and some more good folks you need to know about….

#PANTHERTRAIN DERAILED IN MID AMERICA, CASUALTIES REPORTED…

29-12 was the final verdict as the SchwabMob from Cedar Falls fell to mighty Missouri. UNI won only two contested matches as nobody from Missouri was ready, able, or willing to step onto the mat against dynamic UNI Panther 184lb Drew Foster. The Panthers took 6 points, earned 6, but couldn’t seem to buy another win as the Tigers won all but one close match. About that match…Panther Sr. Josh Alber 4, 2XAA and #3 ranked Jaydin Eierman of Mizzou, 3. With a late takedown by Alber to snatch victory from some BIG, nasty, well equipped jaws of defeat. Those jaws, in the form of 3XAA 174lb Daniel Lewis and super freshmen 149lb Brock Mauller and 285 lb Zach Elam, chomped tough Panthers Taylor Lujan, Max Thomsen, and Izaak Shedenhelm by pin, decision, and major decision respectively. Lujan and Thomsen are legit AA threats, (as is 165lb hammer Bryce Steiert), and Thomsens been there, done that. Steiert recorded a 7-1 win, but the other 3 were just beaten to the punch and beat up a bit by the Missouri trio. The Panthers will put the train back on the tracks for the return trip to Cedar Falls and 6 straight BIG 12 duals to finish the season, beginning with Military Appreciation night against Air Force this Sunday. You should also appreciate the afore mentioned Panther star Foster, an athlete of the month award winner at UNI, Midlands tournament champ, Elementary and Middle-Level Education major, AD Honor Roll member, etc., etc. Pretty sure that was him rescuing the foxes from the hunters and rapelling down that cliff face to feed the starving baby eaglets. #themostinterestingwrestlerintheworld…..

PATRIOTS #BE UNCOMMON, #BE HAVING GROWING PAINS

The Scribe is high on George Mason (next years VA Duals invitee/place winner, you read it here first…maybe) but Frank Beasleys bunch has had a bump or two on the respectability road of late. To be TOTALLY expected. They’re winning just about every match they should, but an upset (maybe?) home loss to Columbia and an expected loss (maybe?) to EWL rival Clarion shows the progress for the Patriots is a process, not a place. GMU should boast about 3 20+ match winners, 149lb Tejon Anthony, 165lb Colston Diblasi, (national leader in pins with 14!) and 285lb cat quick Matt Voss, team wins leader at 23. GMU might be concerned that Anthonys dropped his last two matches 12-10 and 8-7, and that freshman star 157lb Kolby Ho recently had to inj. default and has been out of the lineup of late. AND that 197lb star in the making Alex Donahue is having a slight case of F.A.S. (freshman adjustment syndrome), to the rigors of D1 wrestling. Or maybe not. GMU finishes with 6 matches against foes from 3 conferences, a tough way to get ready for the EWL championships. That they will host. Just the way the Patriots want it.

SOME FUN STUFF SCHEDULED UP THROUGH SUNDAY

Penn at Binghamton

Quaker Freshman star 149lb Anthony Artalona and fellow first year FL stud Grant Aronoff (hopefully back in the lineup, SHOUT OUT to the Sunshine State!) meet the Borshoff BearKats and the brothers Deprez. They’re not in the same weight classes, it was just too alliterative to pass up.

Indiana at Purdue

First year head coach, IU Alum, 4XAA and national champ Angel Escobedo leads HIS (yeah, caps deserved) Hoosiers into West Lafayette against Tony Erslands Boilermakers. Purdue took a shot in the offeason, losing young stud heavyweight Shawn Streck. Rather, he lost himself and he lost his way with a (reported) series of tremendously bad decisions. Happens. Just happened to hurt Purdue a bit, but Coach E. and crew have rebounded well for the most part. Which one of these two teams ascends to the 15-20 ranks and stays there will be a most interesting situation to monitor in the years ahead. The Scribe thinks there will be room for one or the other, perhaps not both. Purdues been there, done that, to be fair.

Fresno St. at Utah Valley

Year two has been good for Troy Steiners Bulldogs, just a match or two under .500 and competitive in all but two contests so far. 197lb wrestler/FB Josh Hokit is at it again, swapping the gridiron, post-season, for the mat, becoming the first Bulldog to win Big 12 Wrestler of the Week award. Fresno St finished a most respectable 7th at the Midlands Tournament, with 184lb Jackson Hemauer, 149lb Khristian Olivas, Hokit, and 285lb AJ Nevills all finishing top 8. Utah Valley is 7-6 in a dual heavy season and a little off from their hot start, but the #GangGreen group from Orem are another squad to watch. Their anchors this year: underclass brothers Tanner and Tate Orndorff at 197 and 285 along with double tough Demetrius Romero at 165 and 141lb once beaten Matt Findlay. All will be back next season, hopefully joined by 125 star and world team member Taylor Lamont. Get nationally ranked 174lb Kimball Bastian back from injury, and just how green will the Wolverines valley be then? Bonus points for functional age if you remember the year or a star from that movie.

And all that stuffs just today. What a weekend! Also look for Oklahoma St at Pitt in a battle of the unbeatens Saturday along with Central Michigan at Missouri. Some fun on Sunday should come from Buffalo at Old Dominion, and a big SoCon showdown in Boone, North Carolina, as 3X conference champ Appalachian State hosts Cary Kolats Campbell Camels. Action and alliteration, what more do you want?

THE HURT BIRD HAS LANDED AND LAID SOME BIG EGGS

On 133lb defending national champ Seth Gross, 133lb 2xAA Scotty Parker of Lehigh, and 133lb AA Tariq Wilson of NC St. Respectively, they are: operation bound and out for the season, finished forever, and out of the lineup status unknown. Sheesh, you thought it was tough at 197. It is. Latest possible victim, Former Pac12 champ Corey Griego of Oregon State, listed as 3-5 for the year and not listed currently on the roster. More sad stuff for the Scribes first love, Lehigh, 141lb Luke Karams ACL wasn’t meant to move the way he tried to move it, and he’s done for 2018-2019. Good stuff for the beloved Mountain Hawks. 165lb Gordon Wolf. He just….keeps….scoring….and….winning..

MAN, THERES SOME STRANGE NAMES OUT THERE

If you do venture into the world of wrestling forums, be aware of several things…facts are generally in shorter supply than opinions, and opinions are often colorful, enthusiastic, difficult at times to decipher, and occasionally, well, different. To say nothing of the nomenclature. The Scribe can say nothing, on these boards he goes by Gilgamesh. Why? History buff. Thats the story and its being stuck to. A VERY good source of info there, WrestlingByPirate. Thank you, as always, SHP, your coverage is definitely missed.

SPEAKING OF GOOD FOLKS

Earl Smith, the Open Mat. Anything with his byline will educate you. And entertain you in subtle ways. Like a really fine Cab you find on the middle shelf of the grocery store, well priced and over quality in respect to the cost. By all means check out his super feature on heavyweights.

JUST A PERSONAL THANK YOU

To a fine young group of young NJ Wrestlers, Lawrence Jr. Wrestling, putting in the work and reaping the benefits in the Grapevine Youth Wrestling League. They’re working hard to better themselves and raise the profile of Mercer County wrestling. Over 30 young folk from 4-12 are becoming young people you can be proud of thanks to some dilligent parents/coaches/dedicated adults. These boys and girls are our sports future. Support them, support those in your area, and support those who are growing this sport the right way, grass roots level up.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!
Ted Carreras