3rd Season Column 22; 3 Countries, 2 Conti-nents,1 BIG week for Team USA; SoCon News; And a crowded Club

Matteo Pellicone is not an Amalfi Coast seafood specialty. And, as far as is known, you simply cannot find a vintage bottle of Henri Deglane at any price point. Nor may you drink Labatts out of the Guelph Cup. These facts did not deter Americas Senior men and women wrestlers from putting on a show recently in Italy, France, and Canada. In Italy the USA Men earned 9 medals, 3 each of Gold, Silver, and Bronze. It was a huge haul for the squad at the Matteo Pellicone, the 1st international rankings event leading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Thomas Gilman defeated fellow American Joe Colon for the 57KG title. Kyle Dake outscored his opponents 29-2 over 4 matches to win the 74KG class. Zahid Valencia took a few days off from his senior season at Arizona State and defeated fellow Team USA star Alex Dieringer for the Gold at 86KG. At 65KG Jordan Oliver made the finals, and Zain Retherford, Pat Downey, and Kyle Snyder took 3rd at 65, 86, and 97KG respectively. The USA Women took two medals at 50 KG as Team America stars Sarah Hildebrandt and Victoria Anthony met in the quarter finals. Hildebrandt went on to win the Gold and Anthony stormed back to take the Bronze. At 53KG Katherine Shai was a Bronze Medalist also. Shai is amazing, with a near decade long international career spanning, among other challenges, marriage and motherhood. Also of note: she is a resident athlete at the Northern Colorado Wrestling Club. Allie Ragan won a 3rd Bronze for Team USA, this one at 57KG. The final podium placer for our fabulous females was Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who won the 68KG Silver after her finals opponent tied their Championship match up late. A disturbing quirk of international wrestling is when a match is tied, there will be a winner decided by criteria. NO overtime, folks. No sudden victory, which would be such a blessing for Team USA. So of course that will not be instituted. In France Americans Shelton Mack and Myles Martin took titles at 61 and 86KG. Both Mack and Martin went 4-0 to earn their Golds in decisive action at the Henri Deglane Tournament. Dean Heil and Evan Henderson were Silver and Bronze medalists at 65KG, and Derek White won Silver at 97KG. Meanwhile, our fair and friendly neighbor to the North saw 2 Mens Team USA grapplers and a training-in-the-USA Canadian College star repping the Red, White, and Blue get up on the Guelph Open podium. 125KG star in the making Youssif Hemida, the former 2XAA for Maryland now out of the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, won Gold, as did Muhammad McBryde at 79KG. McBryde currently assists at the University of Buffalo in New York. 76KG Womens Gold Medalist Skylar Grote starred at Canada’s Brock University but now trains state side. Her path to Tokyo faces a titanic challenge on either side of the border. To the North, its Canadas own 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Erica Weibe, who just crushed the 76KG field in Italy. Here in the USA, theres not much competition….just 5X World Champion Adeline Gray. ¿Posiblemente Mexico, Skylar?

SO COOL, SO HOT, SOCON….

DAVIDSON: EXPECTATIONS, WINS, ROSTER SIZE ALL ON THE RISE

Its Year 3 of “certifiably intense” Davidson Head Coach Andy Lausiers master plan for his Davidson Wildcats wrestling team. And it seems to be on track. Davidson picked up a pair of conference victories recently, upending 1st year school Presbyterian and beating the Citadel for the 2nd time in 3 seasons. The Wildcats 3 team victories so far this year equal their best total since 2017. Individually, 165LB Noah Satterfield and 133LB Kyle Gorant lead the team with 8 wins each. Gorant and 125LB Cian Fischer are the only Wildcats with winning records so far this season but Satterfield and several others could easily join them. The Wildcats roster numbers have improved in each of Coach Lausiers seasons as well. The ratio is trending towards underclassmen with 5 seniors out of 14 on Lausiers 2018 team. Last year, 3 out of 16, this season, 3 out of 18. To be noted is the current roster presence but 2020 stats list absence of freshman Aedan Sommers of Virginia Beach. There was also an absence of success for the Wildcats at the Southern Scuffle. 10 Davidson wrestlers went a combined 1-19 in their first appearance at the tournament in 12 years. OUCH. To be fair, an inordinate number of Davidson wrestlers faced highly seeded foes right out of the box. That makes tournament traction tough to come by. 5 duals, all tough and ALL on the road, are on tap for Davidson in the next several weeks. Their last dual meet this year, at home against 2019 SoCon Tournament Champ Campbell, is not winnable. In actuality the question there will be can Davidson avoid the shutout? The score last year was 42-(-)1. That’s not a typo. Davidson lost all 9 contested matches, forfeited at 125, and was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct. More on Gaylords grapplers next week, Campbell is nasty tough. Davidson needs to concentrate on their road match with a hungry Hofstra squad next. Coach Dennis Papadatos’ Pride have won 3 of their last 4 matches. The showdown at 165 between the Wildcats Satterfield and the Prides Ricky Stamm, 12-8, will be a good one if Stamm wrestles. Stamm, a member of this columns All Overlooked and Underrated team, sat out Hofstras last match. Back to Davidson…the Wildcats have a fine coaching staff, with Lausier being ably assisted by a pair of All Americans. Joey Dance and Chad Walsh were both 4X National qualifiers and each made the Championships podium twice, Dance for Virginia Tech and Walsh for Rider. The staff recruits well, as their current roster has athletes from coast to coast, Washington to Connecticut. SHOUT OUT; David Loniewski, 141, South Plainfield, NJ. Lausier and company are pulling in quality young men to a very small, private, liberal arts institution whos pre-aid yearly costs run a cool 65K. Gee whiz, folks, that’s serious cheddar. And it’s a school that’s going to be choice 5-7 if you’re looking to rep the great state of North Carolina on the mat. So theres that. Lots of challenges for the Wildcats to look up to. Like their mascot at the base of a pine tree full of squirrels, Davidsons got a tough climb, but it’ll be that much tastier when they make it.

A WHOLE LOTTA FOLKS WITH A WHOLE LOTTA WINS….(a)

Earning 100 wins at the D1 level is an amazing accomplishment. Some of the greatest names in the sport could not do it, including more than a few big name coaches. It basically means you subjected yourself to the meat grinder of D1 wrestling for 4 if not 5 years, stayed relatively healthy, and proved better than at least 80% of everybody trying to do what you did. And a bunch of guys have ascended this lofty plateau this season. So heres to you, gentlemen, for a very, very hard job done very well for a VERY long time…and no redshirt numbers here, BTW…

Taylor Lujan, UNI, 184…

D. J. Fehlman, Lock Haven, 133…

David McFadden, Virginia Tech, 165…

Luke Pletcher, Ohio State, 141….

Kollin Moore, Ohio State, 197…

Devin Skatzka, Minnesota, 174….

Nick Piccininni, Oklahoma State, 125…

Josh Shields, Arizona State, 165…

Brock Zacherl, Clarion, 149….

Mark Hall, Penn State, 174…

Dylan Lydy, Purdue, 174….

Neal Richards, VMI, 174….(b)

See you next week!

Ted Carreras

(a) Iowas Patricio Lugo, UNIs Max Thomsen, and Arizona States Tanner Hall will all hit the century mark with 1 or 2 more w’s.

(b) Richards, now 30-6, is on pace for an absurd 40+ win campaign. AND a top 8 finish.

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