SECOND SEASON COLUMN 28

A “MIRIKILTANIOUS” MIDWESTERN WRESTLING EVENT, PLEASING WITH THE FIFTH (NEWS N NOTES INSTALLMENT, THAT IS) AND…NOT WINE..

AN X-TREMELY EXCITING DAY, IT’LL BE A BRAWL,Y’A.W.L.

David Mirikitani does these things very, very well:

Broadcasts about wrestling

Writes about wrestling

Ranks wrestlers and teams

Networks for wrestling at all levels

Wrestles (used to, but you probably still don’t want ANY of that)

Coaches wrestling (you DO want that, much as you can get)

Puts on an amazing event that supports, promotes, and advances all levels of wrestling, AND raises funds for the American Veteran Community.

That man, David Mirikitani, and that event, the Missouri Border Brawl, will be front and center at Kansas City Union Station Sunday March 17th. Buy your ducats at http://www.nitrotickets.com. There’s a livestream available at http://www.trackwrestling.com as well. So why? Because the following:

20 high octane matches between some of the Show Me States best young grapplers, male and female….

The presence of A.W.L., American Wrestling League, superstars…

A 3 way Battle Royale between American sensations Kamal Bey and Aaron Brooks, who’ll bang heads, chests, arms, legs and will in a match with ALL 3 major wrestling styles, Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman. (One period each only, Vasily).*

Benefits going to Randy Coutures XCGIF, Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a 501(c) doing fantastic things for those who did the dangerous and deadly work so few of us could even contemplate, let alone survive.

There’s much more, check for yourself. And, please, if you feel you can’t get behind this event because you’re not behind our troops, feel free to….you know by now.

NORTH DAKOTA STATE-The Bison bounced back from several sub par (for them) seasons with a strong 2018-19 campaign. A winning conference record in the ever-toughening Big 12 (5-4 with a victory over Fresno St) and overall (10-6) had the Bison in the top 25 virtually all season. The strong 1-2 combo of 125lb Brent Fleetwood (A Central Michigan transfer in his 6th yr) and 133lb Cam Sykora along with 174lb CSU-Bakersfield transfer Lorenzo De La Riva and 165lb Andrew Fogarty have led the Bison charge. Fleetwood and Sykora placed at the uber-tough Cliff Keen Invitational, 2 of a staggering 29 podium spots the Bison claimed in the seasons first full 30 days alone. The roughest patch Coach Roger Kishs crew encountered early on, besides a sloppy beat down by Wyoming, was the turbulence that reduced their plans for a multi day South Beach, FL funfest to a 1 day, 3 match marathon. Needless to say, THAT did not go according to Kish. However, a strong second half of the season had the Bison seeing 8 of 10 wrestlers seeded heading into last weekends Big 12 tournament in Tulsa. There, 4 Bison placed, led by Fleetwood and Fogartys 2nd place finishes and De La Rivas 3rd. Lorenzos finish was especially sweet as he avenged two losses against Wyomings Hayden Hastings to take the bronze medal spot. 157lb Luke Weber, another transfer (from Nebraska) finished 6th. While that finished Webers season, Sykora will have a rematch at the Nationals with Wyomings top 10 ranked All American Montorie Bridges in round 1. Fleetwood, meanwhile, faces Cole Verner from (you guessed it) Wyoming. Cowboys and Bison DO have a history, just sayin.

NORTHERN COLORADO-Head Coach Troy Nickerson reconfigured his coaching staff in this, his 5th season as the Bears mentor, promoting former Iowa State 2XAA Mike Moreno to the top assistant position and adding Garrett Kiley. Sometimes this process takes a bit to bear full fruit, but the growing season in Greeley is shorter than in some climes. A 28 strong roster, 16 of them homegrown Centennial State (had to look that one up) talent, made progress throughout the season. While all the Bears were done after Day 1 at the Cliff Keen, they took 2 of 3 dual meets on an East Coast road swing in December and also took a double victory lap, California style, in January. The Bears beat both Cal Poly and CA college wrestling champs CSU-Bakersfield. In between the two fer two trips, UNC saw super sr. 125lb Rico Montoya earn the highest ever finish for a Bear at the Southern Scuffle, dropping a tough 7-2 Gold medal match to undefeated Nick Piccinnini of OK ST. Uber-talented, oft injured 197lb Jacob Seely showed out, Scuffle style, as well, taking 5th with a Major decision smashing of Edinboros Dylan Reynolds 9-0. Nickerson won the Colorado wrestling Coach of the year award for last years efforts, and he and his staff won multiple recruiting battles to bring in a class for next season that has more than half ranked in the nations top 100. So, what up right here right now**? The climate indicator for UNC athletics is the Greeley Tribune, and the 4 decade plus wordsmith of things athletic there is Samuel Mustari. He and editor Tyler Silvy produced and approved a story that seemed a storm warning for the University. The link to it that they graciously gave may be found in column 19. Sam is a 100% been there, done that, for d%mn near as long as you’ve been alive kind of guy. This the Scribe has learned. To learn more about the current state and future fate of the Bears, we defer to his excellence. UNC will send 3 to the Nationals, Montoya, Seely, and 141lb Chris Sandoval, and they will all give their all. Thats all the Scribe knows for now.

*A paraphrase of one of the truly seminal Sean Connery movie lines of all time, just behind “They send 2 of yours to the hospital, you send 3 of theirs to the morgue. Its the Chicago way”, The Untouchables, and a line from Goldfinger.

**a phrase heard happily and often at that “big old TX friendly” bbq restaurant on Blanco Avenue in San Antonio, when family and friends gather to feast 7 days a week. Your “BIG BLANCO” is on the way, so sit a spell and you’ll soon be smiling!

See you sooner rather than later!

Ted Carreras