THIRD SEASON, COLUMN 7: LADIES LEAD THE WAY AS THE SEASON STARTS, STILL MORE STAFF MOVES, A TEX. TOWN DAY TRIP, AND…WINE

SO COOL, SO HOT, SOCON: G.R.I.T.S. EDITION

That’s Girls Rasslin In The South if you didn’t know. Action began this month as new D1 program Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) headed to VA and split a pair of dual matches. The Blue Hose, the first D1 Womens Wrestling team ever, lost to visiting Gannon College 40-8 and defeated Ferrum, the host school, 29-14. The Blue Hose will field a womens AND a men’s team this year. Another remarkable note: it’s a wife-husband coaching duo, with Dany DeAnda guiding her 15 strong squad through a looong season not ending till March. Husband Tony will have the Blue Hose Mens team in action as a member of the SoCon. Folks, D1 schools with BOTH a Womens and Mens wrestling team may or may not be the wave of the future, but the soil has been tilled and watered. Lets keep at it and see what grows. As always, SHOUT OUT to women and men repping the Scribes home states, NJ and FL, and his adopted land love, TX: Adelyhda Perez, Uvalde, TX.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…MOVES, THAT IS

Former Michigan/UTC wrestler and former UTC/Cal St. Bakersfield/University of Buffalo coach Sean Boyle is now on staff with the Edinboro Fightin Scots. Wow, this man is on the LeBron James “takin his talents” tour. Seriously, the smooth and savvy Boyle is a BIG addition to that little big school in PA still trying to firm up its footing in the Head Coach Matt Hill era. Good move all around.

Also making a late pre-season move, former Eastern Michigan mat star Kyle Springer. Springer joins Head Coach Ryan Ludwigs staff at Northern Illinois University. The Huskies just had their always challenging MAC (Mid America Conference) schedule ratcheted up in difficulty as the MAC has merged/absorbed/ joined forces with the EWL starting this season. The Eastern Wrestling League brings decades of small school/BIG results panache to the merger and adding a young hungry, hustling assistant like Springer is a big win for NIU this late in the staff-setting season.

In the May 24th edition of this column (SUPRISING GOODBYES AND UNEXPECTED HELLOS…) questions were posed about the post-international career plans of American star lightweight and superstar human being B.J. Futrell. Questions answered. Futrell has again answered the call, stepping up and into an Assistant Coaches position at the United States Naval Academy. Christmas just came early for Navys light and middle weights. Even Head Coach Joel “Human Motivational Quote” Sharratt will be verbally pressed to put enough praise into this hire. Congratulations, Coach Futrell, and GO NAVY!

Add Ames, Iowa, to the list of towns whose schools beefed up their staffs. The Iowa State Cyclones picked up a West Coast winner as Joey Palmer joins Kevin Dresser and crew as Volunteer Assistant Coach. Palmer starred at Oregon State and was a 3X NCAA qualifier for the Beavers. Just this season he took the Bronze at the U.S. Open at 61KG and will continue to compete at the Senior level.

‘CUE THE LOCAL ANGLE: SHEDENHELMS @ HOME IN SAN ANTONIO AND CEDAR FALLS

Please pardon the Purple and Gold tint to the Scribes electronic ink of late, but those Northern Iowa Panthers just keep prowling around that BBQ stop on Blanco Road in SA. Just this week Coach Chase Shedenhelm, A 5 year, 2nd generation UNI grappler and older brother to recent UNI upper weight Izaak Shedenhelm, swung by for some fine S TX treats and was treated to the sight of the Scribe proudly wearing his UTC Mocs long sleeve. Lovely bride Victoria was with the coach, who plies his teaching and coaching skills in the Northside district. That district, sadly, does not offer wrestling. Can we get this man a transfer? Looking at you, SA Johnson Jaguars Coach Lee Miller! Sort of, you’re hard to spot…and even tougher to interview. Just sayin.

DAY TRIPPIN TX STYLE

This latest edition of Day Trippin will head you North out of the Alamo City, and no, it’s not going to Austin. 20 miles closer, 30 minutes to an hour quicker, and just right sized for an 8-10 hour Daycation is the Central TX town of Wimberley. Sights? The drive itself, and the roads along the Blanco River when you arrive. The small, relaxed traffic circle through “downtown”, with multiple layers of small shops of all types. Sounds? That rivers voice is mighty enticing even at low levels, and what’s even lower is the volume of man made noise. Tastes? Got you covered, especially for lunch. The art at Wimberley Glass Works is museum quality. Migrating birds of all types pass over the area, a central flyway, and theres a popular swimming hole and a “mountain” trail leading to panoramic views. In short, it’s a short trip long on enjoyment and easy on the eyes, ears, and wallet.

WINE-DING DOWN WITH THE SCRIBE….

2016 BUCK SHACK SUSTAINABLY FARMED RED WINE BLEND

After several forays into the semi-rarefied air of second shelf selections the Scribe returned to normal middle section haunts and came up with this modestly priced winner. Neither dynamic nor awe inspiring, just a cool, comfortable customer to open and enjoy for the simple reason of enjoyments sake. It stayed true to form and fun to drink from Sunday nights first sip through Tuesday evenings “sorry to see you go” last glass. It paired well with a high protein brunch of eggs and sausage and held a modestly complex chicken/potato/asparagus dish in a very friendly embrace. Oh, yes, the cheese was pleased as well. Rating: 2.5 glasses

See you next week!

Ted Carreras