1 DOWN, 1 TO GO FOR TEAM USA, 2 DOWN, 1 UP FOR WOMEN IN WRESTLING, SOLIDARNOSC* W/ THE SOCON, AND, OF COURSE, WINE…..
So there was this best of three wrestling match competition at Austin, TX’s Round Rock HS. It pitted 2018 79KG World Champion Kyle Dake, 4X NCAA Champ, formerly of Cornell, against 3X NCAA Champ Alex Dieringer, formerly of Oklahoma State. Dake won 2 straight matches and secured his spot as Team USAs rep at 79kg for this years World Championships to be held in September of this year. In the former Soviet republic now known as Khazakhstan. In the city formerly known as Astana. GOOD for Dake, who’s being hated on for delaying this showdown. Good for Cornell, who may have 2 reps on team USA. (More on that later). Helps the Big Reds recruiting push. Good for Team USA, as we will be favorites to win Gold at this weight. Even good in some ways for Dieringer, showing #2 in the U.S. of A. can pretty clearly be called #2 en El Mundo. Now, we just await the date/result of the Zain Retherford/Yianni Diakomihalis rewrestle for the Team USA spot at 65KG. To reset: Retherford, the former 3X NCAA Champ from Penn St, was declared the winner in the battle for Team USAs 65KG spot in a controversial 2 match sweep against Diakomihalis, the junior-to-be 2X NCAA Champ for Cornell. Until reason prevailed, and an egregious error by multiple decision making people was properly overturned by an agreed upon arbitrator. Cut to the chase: The result of match 2 between Zain and Yianni, thrown out due to decision-maker mess ups. Why were there mess-ups? Well, now there’s a 65k(g) dollar question. BECAUSE. Why the correction, mandating (at least) a second match between the two? BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT D@MN THING TO DO. And every once in a while, the right thing happens. Date and time of this massive matchup? TBD as of this writing. Just glad it’s gonna happen. And, if you love wrestling, you should be too. UPDATE: Yianni-Zain, the sequel, is set for Sept. 2nd, wrestling to begin at 3 p.m. EDT at Wilkes-Barre University in PA. Thank you, Flowrestling, again, for getting info to the public before the schools Twitter feeds. Odd, but true.
MORE MEDALS, LESS MESS UPS
That would be pretty much every team, both sexes, that donned a red, white, and blue singlet for the US of A these past few weeks. Oh, Say, Can You See was heard from Lima, Peru, to Tallin, Estonia, to Minsk, Belarus, as Team USA, Men and Womens FS, Mens Greco-Roman, Juniors and Cadets racked up enough precious metal in a multi week span to cause a stock market shake up. Well, almost. USA Wrestlings website will recap the glory for you. This site awaits an interview request with newly appointed USAW Communications Director Taylor Miller. Ms. Miller may very well be the right person in the right place at the right time but the Scribe will await her words on that. And other important subjects. Ms. Miller is the one up from the headlines, taking the most important post of letting everyone know the who, what, when, where, and why of Team USA. The 2 down? Well, therein lies a blend of happy sadness. GONE: UNIs amazing fount of wrestling information, enthusiasm, and expertise, Michelle Van Dorn, promoted to Social Media and digital content coordinator for all of Northern Iowa, not just the wrestling team. HATE IT when people are so good they get noted/promoted. Just kidding, of course, and be sure to follow Ms. Van Dorn on Twitter, @MichelleVanDorn, for all the good Panthers stuff. But please, stop following (former) Purdue Sports Information superstar and wrestling savant Amanda Dahl, now happily Amanda Dahl Immel. Because she has retired and is now very happily married to fellow wrestling expert writer/photographer Richard Immel. Who’s REALLY good at shooting things. Just sayin.
SO COOL, SO HOT, SOCON….
Still trying to get the conference to take that slogan. Anyway, news..the Scribes beloved UTC Mocs welcomed back former assistant Mike Hatcher as Head Assistant coach. Hatcher comes over from Jon Sioredas’ (UTC AA, and class of ’05) staff at Cal Poly. Hatcher also did turns in FL HS coaching, including stops at powerhouses Martin County and Dr. Krop. Mocs Head Coach Kyle Ruschells “KR Initiative” has produced a leaner, meaner lineup going into the 2019-2020 season. Currently rostered, 19 athletes from 13 states, freshmen not included. The Southern Scuffle is still set as THE massive midseason piece of the D1 wrestling puzzle. A fan favorite, VA Tech, has stepped aside, but in comes “Da Jerzey Boyz,” as Coach Scott Goodales top 10 Rutgers team heads on down to Chatt Town. They’ll bring defending 133 National Champ Nick Suriano and a double load of BIG10 toughness and Jerzey attitude. You gotta problem with that? Didn’t think so. Meanwhile, at Campbell, the Camels welcome in a 16 strong freshman class, swelling the herd to 52. That’s a lotta Camels, good thing they’re on a creek. Also new at Buies Creek, media maven Josiah Hritsko, a 2017 Penn St. Grad and PA HS Sectional champ. The latter makes him double tough, the former probably well-versed in mediaspeak, or non-speak, so to speak. As needed. Just kidding. Catch Hritskos debut on Takedown TVs episode posted on August 14th. Appalachian State signed Coach John Mark Bentley to a 4 year extension earlier this Summer and welcomed 12 new Mountaineers this week. Meanwhile, in Charleston, Rob Hjerling hits season 21 on the Citadel staff. The Bulldogs upped their bark a bit last season, and improvement seems imminent with Hjerlings steady hand and mucho help from outstanding 2nd year assistant Cody Cleveland. (UTC AA, and class of ’09). 2X NCAA qualifier 197lb Sawyer Root is gone, but the Bulldogs are on an uptick. More on them, Gardner-Webb, VMI, Davidson, and SOCON newbie Presbyterian next time out.
WINE-DING DOWN W/ THE SCRIBE
Freemark Abbey 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon /Napa Valley red blend
About the time Cardi B’s Great-Great Grandma could have dated Jeff Bezos’ Great-Great Grandpa, Freemark Abbey Winery was established in 1886. Fast forward nearly 120 years and the Freemark folks graced us with an excellent red blend. This 2015 star stood up and stood out to red meat, shrimp, chicken, and 6, count ’em, seis, cheeses with a smile and a “what else you got?” attitude. Smooth from beginning to end, true room temp to properly chilled, this wines a winner, not a whiner. Bonus: it’s a spot-on finisher for your jalapeno cheese bomber snacks, too.
RATING: 3.5 glasses
See you early next month!
*The rallying cry of Polish firebrand Lech Walesa as he helped form a movement for the betterment of his people while under oppressive Soviet rule. Walesa became the first non-communist President of Poland since before WWII.