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Tuesday in an nutshell

Since my Fantasy Baseball draft was delayed due to the “Commish” having to cover the new U.Va. basketball coaching saga, we finished up tonight.

I ran the “draft board,” since I’m the only one in the group (of sports writers, writers and one SID) with any web-authoring knowledge, I again volunteered to update the board so people wouldn’t dupe picks and aggrivate others.

This was after getting a Chicken Cheese Steak (I know, there’s no such thing, but it’s still tasty) for me and a Cheese Steak for my dad for dinner. Then I prepped for the show with Kyle as we were to announce the winner of the Dan Hodge trophy on the show.

If you want to listen to the show, check out this link from Wrestling 411.

Anyway, I had first pick in the league by virtue of finishing dead last a year ago. I hate rotisserie scoring, but oh well, I was voted down. Here’s my team.

And if you couldn’t tell, I’m an Angels fan.

Team Name: Edward Furlough (a pun directed at the furloughs placed on writers in the news industry due to the state of the biz right now)

C-  Mike Napoli, ANA
1B- Derrek Lee, CHC
2B- Placido Polanco, DET
3B- Alex Rodriguez, NYY
SS- Hanley Ramirez, FLA
MI- Stephen Drew, ARI
CI- Hank Blalock, TEX
U- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, TEX
OF- Nick Markakis, BAL
OF- Bobby Abreu, ANA
OF- Denard Span, MIN
OF- Ryan Spilborghs, COL
OF- Felix Pie, BAL
1B- Kendry Morales, ANA

P- Jered Weaver, ANA
P- Dan Wheeler, TB
P- Ervin Santana, ANA
P- Justin Verlander, DET
P- Mike Pelfrey, NYM
P- Mariano Rivera, NYY
P- Jonathan Papelbon, BOS
P- Ryan Dempster, CHC
P- Jose Arredondo, ANA
P- Aaron Harang, CIN
P- Todd Wellemeyer, STL


Written by Jason Bryant

April 1, 2009 at 1:36 am

Day 3: Division III Nationals

It’s the third day of our wrestling championship crusade with Wrestling 411 and I can tell you, this has been great already. Some thing will always go wrong, like last night, I left all my notes and my notebook in the car while prepping for the show. We had Rhode Island College coach Jay Jones on and while I’d traded e-mails with him before, it was a real pleasure to get to talk to Jay about his small program.

I worked from the Dan Gable Museum yesterday before following Kent Sekser down to Cedar Rapids. Kent works at the Museum and took over the position Kyle Klingman, my partner in crime here at 411, used to occupy. Kent’s also a solid wrestling official and is officiating this tournament. I’m crashing in his room at the hotel attached to the U.S. Cellular Center here in Cedar Rapids.

Had a chance to run into some of my old friends from back east as well as had a chance to meet people I’d only conversed through e-mail in the past when I was working at InterMat. One of my old buddies is Mike Clayton, an Iowa native who used to coach at the Newport News Apprentice School. Mike and I go way back, well, way back meaning six or seven years. Mike spent time coaching at Army (which is funny, because he wrestled at Navy) before taking over as the head coach at Stevens Tech in New Jersey. He qualified one guy.

Sitting in this arena is simply powerful. The intimacy of this place really lends itself to the kind of excitement I’ve seen just in the first session of the Division III Championships. This is my first D3 tournament, but Kyle’s been here before.

Wyatt Schultz and Matt Pfiffner are here from The Predicament, a wrestling publication in Iowa in its 39th year. Don Stoner of Augsburg and Mark Atkins of Wartburg are here on press row. They’re two of the best wreslting SID’s on the planet.

This is what I really enjoy about wrestling is watching the kids who do it simply because they love to wrestle. There are no scholarships in Division III — schools are usually private and pretty expensive to attend. Education is paramount with many of these programs. Of course, there are some Division I refugees out here wrestling for smaller programs for one reason or another, but they’re still wrestling, without pressure of scholarships, and wrestling because they love it.

Watching Ben Adams of John Carroll University, a school in Cleveland, knock off the defending national champion in the first round was big. There are nice contingents of fans here from Coe College, Wartburg, Luther, Augsburg just to name a few.

There’s so much more to talk about, but it’s just great to be around wrestling in this environment.

Here’s where Day 2 took me down to Cedar Rapids from Cedar Falls.


Written by Jason Bryant

March 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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Thursday’s Wrestling 411 show posted

I took a break from editing to see “Yes Man” and it was a quality flick. I’d recommend it.

Speaking of recommendations … here’s Thursday, January 15th’s show.

Written by Jason Bryant

January 16, 2009 at 5:11 am

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Tonight on Wrestling411 Radio – NE Duals Discussion and OU Coach Jack Spates

Kyle Klingman and I will be discussing the happenings from the Northeast Duals this past weekend as well as wrestling events from around the country. Our guest this evening is Oklahoma coach Jack Spates and he’ll talk about this weekend’s upcoming dual with Oklahoma State — it’s Bedlam, Part 1.

Click the Listen Live link at at 7 p.m. Central.
Can’t listen live? Well, the audio is archived and posted within 30 minutes of the show’s completion and is available for download as a podcast via the podcast link on the Wrestling411 page.

We have a lot of highlights from the Northeast Duals, so be sure to check them out as we release the video of tonight’s show on Wednesday.

Written by Jason Bryant

December 2, 2008 at 5:51 pm

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Late night update

1. I love Robot Chicken. So many random pop culture references, it’s great. Might even be more random than Family Guy with some of it’s 80’s trivia.

2. Saw “Role Models” and “Zack and Miri” tonight. Role Models is hilarious. The other, predictable and, while I won’t spoil it for you, was worth the five bucks for a middle of the week flick.

3. Wrestling411 has put out its first radio show. We launched a web video of it as well at Check it out!

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November 13, 2008 at 3:38 am

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Four Points: Boy, that’s brisk!

Yes, I’m being a complete wuss about my animosity towards the cold weather and snow. The worst thing about living up here is going to be getting used to the winter chill that’s already in the air. The best part about living here is easily the people. It’s really hard to find a nicer bunch of people (collectively) than those I’ve met in the upper Midwest.

I’m watching the Wild-Blackhawks game as two of my roommates are there watching. I’ve got another roommate shooting darts behind me. I’ve already beaten him in Cricket tonight so my undefeated streak here in Arden Hills remains safe.

I’m going to have to get that health club membership soon. Why? I need a place to run, jog and walk. As I noted before, I’ve decided to give the Go! St. Louis Marathon a shot come April. I started to get in the frame of mind last week. I walked/jogged 13 miles last week and tonight, did more running than I had on a short “Route 66” two-mile trip. There’s a convenience store just across 35W which is a mile from the house. An up and back is what I call “The 66.” It’s now an Exxon or something, but it used to be a Phillips 66 as my roommate Joe (Tired of Renting?) explained.

I’m tracking my progress at, but I’m looking over things for the running rookie, which I am, and realized my start date last week was exactly 26 weeks from the marathon, which works well with‘s 26-week training plan. I’ll basically be spending the next 11 weeks getting myself into a state where I CAN put some foot to pavement with some speed and distance. Right now, it’s just slow jogs and brisk walks.

Two more miles Monday. It’s freakin’ cold.

Weather: Beautiful, clear and COLD. 38 degrees here, but 39 degrees back home!
Gas: $2.15
Mileage: 15 miles.
STL: 174 days.

This is Halloweentown
One thing I do like about the office environment I have here in Minnesota is the relationship Kyle and I have with the other entities in the office building. The other half of the building is occupied by J Robinson Camps and the staff over there is incredibly fun to work with. While we’re not working with them directly, the office dynamic is laid back, fun and you can always find someone cracking a joke or, as I found out, making very useful signs on dry-erase boards and appliances.

This Friday will be our monthly “Pot Luck” lunch where we all bring something in and grub out. It’s also Halloween. The girls love this, as I’ve seen in pictures posted around the office. They’re all quite creative.

Streak @ 32 ends @ 3
I won’t be going to the Super 32 this year, which will end a three-year run in Greensboro. Dave Barker, Sara Koenig and staff have done a great job making that event what it is today — the most talked-about and most competitive preseason tournament in the nation. Not bad for a little club tournament not even 10 years ago. I really enjoyed going down there, but not being on the East Coast makes a one-day trek across the country most difficult. I knew this in advance, so I tried to make up for it by going down to Iowa on Saturday, as I talked about yesterday.

I’m waiting to unveil my Halloween Costume, but it would have been cool to wear it at a tournament. I will look forwarded to checking out the historic “First Avenue” that Sunday, though. I’ll be attending a concert by Minnesota’s own Atmosphere.

Book it!
Anyone remember the Book It! Campaign back in the late 80’s and 90’s? It rewarded kids for reading books with personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Man, talk about inspiring a nation of bookworm, cheese-bread munching WoW players. Just kidding. But I’m back on the book kick again. Why? Give Mark Palmer of the credit for this one. After reading his review of “The Fighting Scots of Edinboro,” I jumped right online and headed over to to make this purchase. I’d read “The Silent Gladiators” earlier this year and was rather disappointed. I’m hoping to read a wrestling book that will not only educate, but will be well-written. I just finished “The Granby Roll,” a short biopic about the late Billy Martin.

Before I left Pennsylvania, I headed out to Pier Village, N.J., to visit my former partner in crime, the forum’s infamous prognosticator Gripsnhips (Herbert dec. Askren 5-4). After housing a GreaseTruck-sized sandwich, he made me read a chapter from this wacky book. He insisted that I take it with me. I neglected to, but upon purchasing “The Fighting Scots” the book I so desperately tried to remember, was sitting there on the “recommended reading” from Amazon. SCORE.

So after the ‘Boro book, I’ll dive into the Chuck Klosterman offering pictured.

The Wrestling411 web site has been undergoing some rather odd hack/attack attempts in the last two days. Keep an eye on some great news coming from the NWCA/InterMat that will really change the way wrestling results are distributed and accessed. This is going to be a great asset for the wrestling community and the national media — not wrestling media — but the mainstream media. We will have some substance, trust me. Kyle Klingman released an interview with Wisconsin coach Barry Davis on Wrestling411 today, as well.

Written by Jason Bryant

October 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Four-Pointless: The Presidential Debate

I have a good source informing me Joe The Plumber wrestled collegiately at Plainfield Teachers College. Allegedly, Joe is the son of some guy who went by the nickname “The Celestial Comet.”

Some of you might not get it.

Gas: $2.69
Weather: 52, but it was chilly this mo-nin’

A ranking oddity
This is strange. For the first time in three years, I’m not getting any flack for the InterMat rankings. Whew, what a relief. Rankings are a tough pill to take, especially when you’re thrown right into the fire. Jeff Breese, my successor at InterMat, is going to find this out pretty quickly. My advice – don’t take it personal and don’t be afraid to tell some of these folks they’re too one-sided to look at anything objectively.

Some people like to rant and complain. Some should spend more time actually coaching than complaining. That’s not saying everyone, or even most everyone, just some folks like to use only one half of an argument. It’s the same when dealing with some overzealous high school parent who wants their son ranked. Great, tell me all about the wins, but how can you, like clockwork, not mention losses.

Of course, no longer being the rankings coordinator, I don’t have the luxury of making a case for my own opinions to the voting panel of the National Wrestling Media Association. Now, I have to sit and wait for the rankings each week, just like the rest of the free world.

Obviously, I’m still holding a lucrative <insert sarcasm> role as the Vice President of the NWMA, so I still get a “vote.” Woo hoo! The team rankings are still on the coaches.

Numbers and Pirates
About two years ago, a Florida resident e-mailed me some interesting facts and figures he thought would be good for the InterMat web site. I looked them over, and agreed, these would be interesting to generate discussion. They absolutely did.

That Florida resident, Britt Malinsky, better known as SetonHallPirate on the wrestling message boards, loves to plug in numbers, calculate tournament points and projections and figuring out things beneficial to the sport. His efforts are appreciated. But when the rankings came out this year, holy crap, everything seemed to favor a school in Iowa – but not the defending national champion Hawkeyes. Iowa State seemed to barely edge out the University of Iowa when D1CW’s rankings were put into a tournament format, same with the AWN and InterMat. Upon further review (and correction), WrestlingReport and WIN showed Iowa ahead.

"I like to bowhunt ... with my BARE HANDS."

When the InterMat/NWCA Coaches Poll comes out, there should be little argument about the Iowa’s projected ranking as the #1 team in the land. Team and Dual wise, they won the National Duals and the NCAA Championship last season and return the core of the team. They, without question, should be #1. While rational minds can think one way, numbers can always tell you something different. Even Tom Brands got wind of something saying Iowa wasn’t #1 on a video on Flowrestling. There hasn’t been a single “official” ranking with that, but it’s already bulletin board material for the spirited Hawkeye head coach. That’s the last thing anyone needs, to fire up the juggernaut in Iowa City even more.

In case you missed it
What is somewhat odd, but not altogether unexplainable, there was a wrestling world championship held this year. Normally, the Olympics serve that capacity every four years, but since the women only have four of their seven recognized weights contested during the Olympiad, FILA’s grand wisdom said let’s do the worlds.

It’s actually something FILA did I don’t mind. Only one U.S. Olympian, Clarissa Chun, chose to compete at the Trials and earn a chance to wrestle at the World Championships in Tokyo last week.

The net result? Chun became only the fifth American woman to win a world championship. The 27-year-old Hawaii native won the World title at 48 kg.

Also of note were two teenagers making their debut on the senior-level world stage – 17-year-olds Tatiana Padilla of California and Helen Maroulis of Maryland. Padilla earned a bronze medal, while Maroulis lost to eventual champion Hitomi Sakamoto of Japan at 51kg.

The U.S. finished fourth in the team race behind Japan, Canada and Russia.

Mark your calendars
Wrestling 411’s
radio show kicks off November 11 at 7 p.m. Central live from the studios of KAUG in Minneapolis. Listen in at

Written by Jason Bryant

October 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm