3rd Season Column 13: Deep South satisfied at the Navy Classic, In State hate fests in IA and PA, All over-looked and Under-rated team, 165 and 157, SoCon News, and…wine

DIXIE GETS ER DONE: SOUTHERN GOLD AND SILVER AT NAVY CLASSIC

Yeah, you and your drinking buddy had money down on two Southern teams taking Gold and Silver at the Navy Classic. And the author is tall, dark, devilishly handsome and possessed of a massive trust fund. That VA Tech was an odds on favorite going in to the 42nd version of the big mat showdown in Annapolis was maybe accepted, maybe. Since these events are always “all about the brackets” (i.e., who wrestles who and in what round) the Hokies perch atop the podium was in no way guaranteed. That’s what happened, though, as the dirty birds from Blacksburg took the team title with 2 individual champs. BHH* Head Coach Tony Robies team is chock full of different starters and missing multiple All Americans and a National Champ from last season. And they’re an undefeated, top 5 team in the early going. That Southern strength the Scribes bragging about? Well, more about that later. . .

CLOSE FOR BOTH, PRETTY FOR ONE

That’s the read on what went down in the PA Power tilt between Pat Santoros Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Keith Gavins Pitt Panthers. This showdown was one of THE most anticipated duals for the month and it delivered big time. Score it 19-18 #Pinzburgh as the Steel City Stylers took the win on the 3rd set of criteria. Criteria settles things after a dual meet ends in a tie. Tough as that sounds, it wasn’t close to the biggest loss Lehigh suffered this past week. Veteran Associate Head Coach John Hughes abruptly (at least to the world outside Bethlehem, PA) said Goodbye Tuesday, and nobody else is saying diddley. An extraordinarily well connected Scribe acquaintance made mention of a serious injury Hughes suffered not that long ago as perhaps a complicating factor. Who’s to say? Hughes is, and he isn’t. It’s going to take Princeton like levels of #unvarnishedtruth for the rest of THIS story to be told. Next for the snake bit Mountain Hawks? A match with defending Champion Penn State, coming off their 1st loss in 5 years.(a) Pitt does the wrestling version of the “Backyard Brawl” as they next take on their 70 miles to the South neighbor West Virginia.

NOT CLOSE, NOT PRETTY

You have 11,000+ rabid fans in attendance. You are hosting the archest of arch rivals in a Sunday out of conference, in-state, IN THE BLOOD blowup. Against a team that you came within 1 point of earning, not stealing, a season-making (for you) win; a season-ruining (for them) loss, last year. As you honor one of Wrestlings great teams, YOUR 1970 National Champions. AAAAND….Yeah. 6-29. That close, too. A great truth that has echoed through history was proven again in Ames, Iowa, in Hilton Coliseum. In front of thousands of stunned Cyclones fans and hundreds and hundreds if not several thousand screaming Hawkeyes supporters. DONT WOUND THE KING. The visitors won 8 out of 10 matches in every possible way except by pin. The home team was beaten and beaten to the punch. But, these are Kevin Dressers Cyclones, folks. Make no doubt about it, they will rise from this and realize what they have to do. The difference is, with this staff, this team, and this fan base, there is belief equal to talent. And the will to put forth the effort. Wasn’t that way quite recently. Is now. As to the team from Iowa City, theres a fallen crown somewhere in the desert.(b)

SO COOL, SO HOT, SOCON

#RollHumps ROCK CLASSIC LOOK

That team so hot on the Hokies tail feathers at the Navy Classic? That would be….put it in all capitals please….CARY KOLATS CAMPBELL CAMELS. The defending SoCon champs had a true #RollHumps performance and took 3, count em, 3 titles home to beautiful Buies Creek, North Carolina. 133LB Noah Gonser, 141LB Josh Heil, and 285LB Jere Heino all claimed crowns, 3 more Campbell wrestlers placed top 6, and the Camels finished ahead of Big 10 teams Michigan State & Rutgers. Theres 6 RS Senior starters on this edition of Kolats crew, with a 7th rotating in upon occasion. It’s a stronger tournament team than last years squad, which was a dual meet power all season long. The Camels have 4 more chances to display their impressive tournament dentition before the big show in Minneapolis next March.

UTC GOES 1&2 IN 3 BIG MEETS

The Scribes beloved Mocs may have set some type of scoring differential as they mollywhopped Davidson 47-0 just 5 days after absorbing a 39-0 defeat at the talons of the then #2 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. After resetting at home Chattanooga did a Carolina weekend tour that started with that Davidson shutout win and finished with an oh-so-close 22-15 loss at Top 20 ranked North Carolina. The Mocs continued to flex their opposite ends of the lineup muscle, as 125LB Fabian Gutierrez took Carolinas backup apart in a 16-0 tech fall win. UTC sorely misses RS Senior Co Captain 141LB Chris Debien, who’s been out with injury since the seasons second event. With 3 matches to go Carolina looked to lock things up, but 184LB Matthew Waddell and RS Senior 197LB CoCaptain Rodney Jones put UTC in position to win with victories over quality opponents. The Mocs good little big man, Grayson Walthall, though, came up short against Carolinas bigger, better, big man, and that was that. The Mocs will rest and reset in Chattanooga to prepare for a Sunday Dec. 1st home match with Mid American Conference power Ohio University. The Bobcats just put a Top 6 bow on their Navy Classic Tournament showing, with 6 placewinners and 2 finalists. Wowsers. This is a tasty test for both teams, folks, lets hope Mocs Coach Kyle Ruschell and Bobcats Coach Joel Greenlee keep each other on the schedule. Now, if we can just get Coach G and the #BleedGreen bunch back to town for the Scuffle, well, that would be a win-win no matter WHAT the score on the 1st. C’mon, Coach Greenlee, Chicago in late December or charming, clean, beautiful, southern hospitality filled Chattanooga to start your New Year?(c) Just sayin.

SHORT-PAWED(d) BULLDOGS SUFFER BAD BRACKETS AND OVER-SCHEDULING

A 22 man roster with just a scattering of seniors is a tough row to hoe before you toss in the rigorous academic requirements and standards of conduct set in stone at the Citadel. Add in an extremely challenging tournament slate and you get, well, what happened to Rob Hjerling and Cody Clevelands Bulldogs at the Navy Classic. The Citadel limped back to Charleston after finishing 18th and last at the toughest tournament this year so far. Only 1 grappler, 165LB Dazjon Casto, won more than once, with his 4 victories half the teams total. Having written that, let it be known that big 285LB Mike Macaleavy is way better than his 1-2 showing would indicate. Please also note that 157LB Douglas Gudenburr copped a sweet “W” over fellow military academy star Scout Skidgel of the host Midshipmen. The Bulldogs reward? How about a Vegas trip? Great! Oh wait, you mean the Cliff Keen Las Vegas, nastiest in season event next to that Titans round-robin in the last Godzilla movie? Uh, Coach H, can we talk?

VMI MAKES PROGRESS, RICHARDS MISSES MARK

The Keydets pulled their weight at the Palestra in Philly this past weekend, winning 14 out of 38 matches in a modestly deep and perhaps tougher than expected field. Host Penn took the Keystone Classic title, good for them. 3 place winners for the Keydets, but their Über-Roo, 174LB Neal Richards, did NOT win his weight class. Thats the 2nd time that has happened this season. Suprising and unexpected, especially considering his finals loss here was by a major decision shutout to Duke 1st year starter Mason Eaglin. Somethings off with Richards, as he has as many losses already as he had going into the National Championships last season. This bears watching.

APP STATE SENDS EVERYBODY OUT TO PLAY

BHH* John Mark Bentley coaches feral style, he wants EVERYBODY out tha house and burning off energy somewhere. Those somewheres were Philly and Bristol, Tennessee this past weekend as 19 attached Mountaineers hit the Keystone Classic. The rest of Youssefs crew checked the pressure at King University’s Tornado Open. More than half of the Mountaineers contingent placed in Philly, with 4 making the Finals. That only 285LB Cary Miller came home with a title might seem a bit of a step back after App State had 2 champs at the Black Knight Invitational. Not so fast, headline breath. Fresh off earning the SoCon Wrestler of the Week award, 149LB Jonathan Millner made his 2nd straight Tournament final before taking his 1st loss of the season. True freshman 184LB Julian Gorring had 3 nice Ws on his way to the finals. Hes starting because former App St. Star 184LB Alan Clothier took his talents to Greeley, CO., in the offseason, where hes currently undefeated for the Northern Colorado Bears. The final finalist for HC Bentley and company? None other than ultra team man and now 157LB Matt Zovitovski. The 5th year Senior, a Jerzey tough guy out of St. Joseph’s Regional, has bounced between whatever weight class hes been needed at. Hes been flirty with 30 wins two of his last 3 seasons. If he stays healthy and stays the course, folks, he may end up a wrestling rarity-that guy whose D1 win totals damn near equal his cumulative HS wins. And his HS campaigns weren’t chopped liver. In this latest tournament effort, he took out home team hero and top 10 ranked Anthony Artalona before dropping a 1 point match in OT to #6 Jesse Delavecchia of Rider. From…where else???…JERZEY, BABY! And they’re ALL comin to the Scuffle!(c)

GARDNER-WEBB GOES COASTAL, CLAIMS SOME CALI HARDWARE The Runnin Bulldogs burned out at least a half dozen pair of PAWZ in a 36 hour road trip, taking on Cal Baptist Saturday and entering the Roadrunner Open Sunday. Against CBU, G-W was down by only 1 heading into the last match and up in wins 5-4, but a tech fall defeat at 285 put the final 22-16 in favor of the home standing Lancers. Sundays showing at the Cal St. Bakersfield event went better. 165LB RJ Mosley and 197LB Roderick Davis finished 4th and 6th, respectively. They both hit their 6 match per day limit, with both putting together nice 3 win streaks mid tournament. It was the third one for G-W this month. Next up is a very tough dual match against Frank Beasleys(e) George Mason Patriots December 6th.

PRESBYTERIAN QUADRUPLES PODIUM PLACEMENTS IN 1 DAY

That would be because this is Presbyterians 1st year of competition. And because the competition level was commensurate with the team experience and talent level, for the most part. 197LB Jacob Stith picked up his second tournament medal. Getting their first ones, 125LB Jacob Brasseur and 133LB Brandon Corwin. The Blue Hose have a few more lineup holes than fine hosiery should display, but filling the gaps in numbers and talent takes time. There’s a Tri Meet with Franklin and Marshall and Gardner Webb on the horizon Dec. 18th at the Bulldogs home in Boiling Springs, NC.

ALL OVERLOOKED AND UNDERRATED TEAM, 165 AND 157

Easily the toughest of the selections so far, these two middleweight classes are filled to overflowing with “gonna be better than expected” grapplers. Here’s two….

165LBS Ricky Stamm, Hofstra

A 4th year junior, Stamm nearly tripled his victory total from his redshirt freshman to sophomore season last year. He was his teams MVP in 2018-19, led them in wins, & sits 10-2 on the current campaign after dropping down a wt. class. Stamm is THE decision maker on his team, as he led the Pride in wins by 7 points or less this past season. Hes finished top 3 at both events hes wrestled at so far, with the Cliff Keen Las Vegas tournament podium clearly in his sights. Stick the landing there, and Stamm will hit the new year halfway to a 30 win season. Stay healthy and he will enter the National Championships as a first round match favorite.

157 MATT ZOVITOVSKI APP ST

Not a cop out, just an acknowledgement. And possessor of the 2nd best hair show in D1, just a quarter-mullet back of UNIs Taylor Lujan.

WINE-DING DOWN WITH THE SCRIBE……

2016 3H HORSE HEAVEN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON COLUMBIA CREST WINERY

With a 90 point rating and a price/advertised quality junction not unlike a La Quinta King Room post 10 hour drive, this Red promised a good bit and delivered more. A first round glass with turkey-habanero-apricot sausages was a clean win, so we tossed in a raw vegetable and hatch Chile pepper Mozzarella mash up for a dinner do. It did. Second day action included a showdown with cold Chicken breast that went super duck smooth. The final farewell, with more cheese and sausage, was truly a “till we meet again” moment. You will like this one. RATING: 2.5 glasses

See you next week! Ted Carreras

*Bald Headed Hero. You have one of these coaching your boys up, you’re fine like wine, my friend.

(a). Oh yeah, Penn St lost, BTW. Figured you knew that by now. (b). Percy Bysshe Shelley knew of this truth, and wrote of it in one of the greatest poems of all time, “Ozymandias”. Beautiful beyond all words, except his. (c) Thou doth detect both a trend and a bias? Thou art correct.

(d). Bulldogs GOT no hands. Clams do, though. Really. Find a copy of “Color Me Sunday”, a compilation of weekend comics from the classic strip “B.C”. You’ll LYAO at the travails of the titular character, his buddy Thor (NOT Trent Hillger OR Chris Hemsworth) the Fat Broad, the Cute Chick, Grog, and clams with hands.

(e) Yet another marvelously humorous and sharp witted wrestling wife to follow on Twitter is Coach Beasleys better half. Yes, its @MrsBeasley. Your parents will tell you why that’s funny.

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