AMERICAN MADE SUCCESS ON THE BIG CONTINENT(AL) STAGE
Khasavjurt, Russia, is a city in the Southwest of that country, located in the Republic of Dagestan. It’s an area that produces World and Olympic champions like an election cycle produces false promises. So, it was pretty special when what was essentially the “B” team for USA Mens Freestyle wrestling came back from the Continental Cup with medals from 5 weight classes. Evan Henderson, 65KG, Frank Molinaro, 70KG, Isaiah Martinez, 79KG, and Hayden Zilmer, 97KG, all took Silver. Thomas Gilman, 57KG, and Ty Walz, 97KG, took Bronze. Mekhi Lewis 74KG, and Zach Sanders, 57KG, finished 5th, and Sammy Brooks, 86KG, and Mike Machiavello, 92KG, also picked up a victory each. Gilman was a double winner on the long trip, winning 5 matches and taking Gold at an earlier event in another town in Dagestan. Don’t worry about the tournament name. Or the town. IS DAGESTAN: like Russia, but tougher.
SHAKING STAFFS UP LIKE CHARLTON HESTON AND YUL BRYNNER*
Buffalo becomes the 3rd (that the Scribe is aware of) D1 team to revamp their whole coaching staff AFTER a highly successful season. Massive moves made by Missouri and North Dakota State were highlighted in an earlier column (CITY AND COUNTRYWIDE CH-CH-CH-CHANGES, ) and now its the Bulls turn. The departures of both Austin Marsden and Sean Boyle left holes of greatly varying sizes in John Stutzmans coaching staff. Enter Ethan Ramos, fresh from a year on staff at Bucknell, as assistant coach. Welcome back, former Bulls mat star Muhamed Mcbryde, as volunteer assistant. And finally, a hello out to former NC State, and before that, Central Michigan AA, Justin Oliver, also accepting an assistants position with the Bulls. New staff, same old tough as nails attitude. You mess with the Bulls, you get the horns.
Purdue must have gotten in on that Sears Fire Sale because the Boilermakers added some hammers to their toolbox the past few months. First, Coach Tony Ersland did a double in house promotion, moving A.J. Schopp up to Assistant Head Coach and Jake Sueflohn into Schopps old Assistant position. Then Purdue lured Leroy Vega back to the college coaching ranks. Vega starred as a 3X AA for Minnesota during the Gophers early 2000s championship runs. And, if that wasn’t enough, the new graduate assistant: 4X AA Daniel Lewis. The mauler from Blue Springs, Missouri, was a devastating force for Brian Smith’s Missouri Tigers the past 4 years straight. He’s coming in hot and fresh off the mat and more than ready to help Purdues middle and upper weights make big steps. Like up on to that podium in March. While working on an MBA. #Boilerup, everybody!
#GangGreen gets an emerald back in Orem as 4X National qualifier and Utah Valley All American Jade Rauser rejoins the Wolverines as Director of Operations for wrestling. Another former wrestler, Abel Gomez, has come back to the pack the as the new Strength and Conditioning coach. As to the guys on the mat this year, Hvwt. Tate Orndorff and 133lb Taylor Lamont are both headed overseas for the Greco Roman U-23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary at months end. It’s the astonishing 7th straight World level age group appearance for Lamont, who’ll compete at 60 KG for the US. Teammate Tate tests the 13O KG field.
Maryland picks up the last piece of their coaching puzzle as Brent Fleetwood, former Central Michigan and North Dakota State star, comes to College Park as the Terrapins Volunteer Assistant. Fleetwood was a 3X National Qualifier while first at Central Michigan and then at North Dakota State. Being a former 4X High School champ from Delaware should be a nice bonus to the Terrapins local ties.
ICONS HERE AND GONE
When Bobby Douglas puts his John Hancock on the wall honoring him at the National Wrestling Museum Dan Gable Hall of Fame around 5 pm on Sat., Nov, 2nd, it will mark more than a picture. Douglas has been first, best, AND different throughout his entire wrestling career, and the event set for 4-7 pm that day is both long overdue and greatly welcomed. He literally fought his way through early childhood and young adulthood, battling the darkness that was ever present with being poor, black and small in stature in a deeply divided late 50’s, early 1960s era United States. Strength of will forged a 2X HS state championship career, a collegiate National Title, and a trophy case of international medals as the first African American to represent the USA at the Olympics. He did so twice, once as captain. He remains the ONLY man to EVER coach a team from the West Coast to win a Division 1 National Collegiate Title when he took the Arizona State Sun Devils to the top of the podium in 1988. He helped forge the current icon of American collegiate coaching, Cael Sanderson, through the ONLY Division 1 unbeaten career, 159-0 at Iowa State. So make plans to be in Waterloo, Iowa the first weekend of November to honor an American legend.
Larry Schiacchetano tore through the tough New Jersey wrestling world as a youngster, reportedly never losing a match in his school boy career there. He was a multiple national award winner at Montclair State, and an Olympic Trials finalist in both the Freestyle and Greco Roman competitions-in the same year! Moving on to coach his Alma Mater, he continued his award winning ways there and later as head coach at LSU. The Tigers were a power in the short lived but brilliant history of SEC collegiate wrestling, winning 7 conference titles in 9 years of Schiacchetanos guidance and twice finishing in the top 8 nationally. He twice won NCAA Coach of the year. He assisted the U.S. team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Internationally he assisted the Syrian team in 1984 and 1988. He was the President of USA Wrestling. He won International Wrestlings highest honor, the FILA Gold Star, twice. An author, sucessful businessman, husband, and father, Larrys excellence spread across a variety of fields. Just a fortnite ago, he was on hand to induct 3X LSU and 4X wrestling All American Kevin Jackson into the Tigers Hall of Fame. But, after 77 years and countless gestures of goodness, the biggest man called the big man home. Schiacchetano left his shoes on the mat Tuesday October 15th, and there’s nobody to fill those bad boys, folks. Lets just gilt them and put them under glass, and raise one to Larry.
SO COOL, SO HOT, SOCON
Tickets are now available to the Southern Scuffle, set for Jan 1st and 2nd in beautiful downtown Chattanooga. An updated team list now includes a pair of West Coast powers, Oregon State and Stanford. The Beavers and the Cardinal will both feature a good blend of youth and experience. Both are headed by veteran coaches with impeccable credentials. For Oregon State, Jim Zalesky enters year 14 in Corvallis with 7 PAC 12 titles to go along with his 3 team National Championships earned while at Iowa. Assistants Taylor Meeks (a Beaver AA) and 3X AA Ian Miller (Kent St.) round out the staff. The Beavs sent 6 to the National Championships last year. Meanwhile, straight outta Palo Alto, CA, the Cardinal (the color, not the bird, remember) may very well equal that number of national qualifiers this season. Coach Jason Borelli, 12 years in, is the winningest wrestling coach in Cardinal history. They’re the defending conference champs. They have star power coaches in Ray Blake, Alex Tirapelle, and Nate Engel. They finished 4th last year at the Scuffle and 9 Cardinal wrestlers placed. Whoa. And BTW, one of the very best duals of the year will occur as Stanford starts their season at the brand new, multi million dollar home of Big 10 beast Ohio State. Mark it down, it will be a war. More TICKET news: 423-266-6627 for a large selection of options, from $10 youth 1 day tickets to a Tournament Padded Reserve Lower Level Pass for just $75. A very limited number of Hospitality Room passes may still be available if multiple meals, light snacks and a cash bar are your thing.
THATS A LOT TO LISTEN TO
Good Lord have mercy but you almost need 29 hours a day and a second set of ears to catch even some of the wrestling podcasts out there. And that’s a WONDERFUL thing in the Scribes ears. Forthwith, an incomplete list of fun watch/listens that we’ve come across. They’re enjoyable on a bi-weekly/weekly/occasionally/wheneverly basis. Host(s), and credentials as known, A for audio, V for video content….
Flowrestling Radio Live. 2xW. A/V. Christian Pyles, Willie Saylor, Dan Lobdell, Kyle Bratke, and others, Flowrestling.
RUDIS Wrestling Podcast. 1-3x W. A/V. Ben Askren, MMA Star, 4X NCAA Finalist and 2X Champ for Missouri, 2008 Olympian; Matt Dernlan, former Head Coach, Clarion and Binghamton.
The Way. 3-4x M. A/V. Matt Dernlan and Cary Kolat, 3x NCAA finalist and 2X champ, Penn. St. and Lock Haven, now Head Coach at Campbell University.
Takedown TV. 1X wk. A/V. Tony Hager; Cody Goodwin of the Des Moines Register, and guests.
Takedown Radio. 1X W. A. Hager, Goodwin, and Michael Harvey.
Short Time. 1-4x M. A. Jason Bryant, 3X National Broadcaster of the Year, International Wrestling voice plus guests.
On the Mat 2-3x M. A. Kyle Klingman and Andy Hamilton of TrackWrestling plus guests.
Potentially Dangerous. 1-4x M. A. Tony Hager and Ross Bartacheck of IA Wrestle.
Inside Trip. ? A. Ben Watson and Brandon Olinger.
Mat Chat. ? A. David Mirikitani, National finalist and 2X Folkstyle All American, 5X combined FS and GR AA, of TrackWrestling plus guests.
Weighing In. ? A. Marcus Hoehn, wrestler, Coach, Camp operator and David Mirikitani.
Michigan Grappler. ? A. JJ Johnson.
The Rundown. 1st yr. A. JJ Johnson.
North Dakota Headlock. 1-3x M. A. Rick Mather and Cale Dangerud.
Working the Edge. 1-2 M. A. Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel.
Border to Border-Colorado College Wrestling. ? ? A/V. Tom Blair plus guests.
Girls Wrestle 2. 1st yr. A. Arien Carpio and Alexis Porter.
Inside VT Wrestling. 1-3x M. A. Jason Bryant and Virginia Tech Head Coach Tony Robie plus guests.
ODU Monarch Matcast. 1-3x M. A. Jason Bryant and various ODU Coaches and guests.
Pack Mentality Popins. 1-3x M. A. Brian Reinhardt, NC ST. Head Coach Pat Popolizio and various guests.
The Coleman Scott Show. 1-3x M. A. Joe Wedra, UNC Head Coach Coleman Scott plus guests.
Higher Standard. 1-2X M. A. Princeton Head Coach Chris Ayres plus guests.
Beyond the Block O. 1st yr. A/V. Ohio State Head Coach Tom Ryan plus guests.
Always Aggresive. 1st yr. A/V. Purdue Head Coach Tony Ersland; Tanner Lipsett, Herm Massengale, Purdue, and Corey Palm, plus guests.
PA Power Wrestling. 1-3x wk. A. Jeff Upson; Eric Knopsnyder, former Pittsburgh wrestler and Digital Media Editor, Tribune Democrat.
Wrestling Recess. 1st. Year. A. Dysen Gold.
Rocked Up. 2-3x M. A. Jason Bryant and Little Rock Trojans Coaches and Athletic Personnel.
7 Minutes. 2-4x M. A. Kyle Klingmann and various guests.
Home Mat Advantage. 2-3X M. A. Jr. High student/wrestler Sam Herring, a co-host and guests.
Rumors persist of a new and highly volatile podcast, centered on wrestling but continuously probing the far reaches of human interest. No topic too taboo, no subject not subjected to the withering stare/semi-multi lingual mouthings of the host. No sponsors left behind. In fact, NO sponsors at all, so there’s that. Possibly coming soon to a media platform near you. Possibly. Maybe.
See you next week!
*Heston, as Moses, asked/pleaded/begged/finally had to put the wood to Brynner, as Pharaoh of Egypt, to free the Jews from bondage in the 1956 biblical epic The 10 Commandments. With a big ole stick that channeled some SERIOUS mojo.