Tuesday, March 16, 2021

"Wrestling At Its Best"


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1.  "Wrestling At Its Best"

The four center mats are illuminated as the national anthem is played before the semifinals of the NWCA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Championships, Saturday, March 13, 2021, at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.
by Cody Goodwin, Des Moines Register / photo by Joseph Kress, Iowa City Press-Citizen

"Xtream Arena played host to the best version of the greater wrestling community this weekend.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association's Division III national championships took place here on Friday and Saturday. Thirty-four teams and 298 total wrestlers gathered and competed until 80 All-Americans and 10 champs were crowned Saturday night.

This event, this national wrestling competition, has occurred every year since 1974, save for last year, when all NCAA winter sports had their championships canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But this event, specifically, was not supposed to happen again this year — or at least the NCAA had no plans to host it."

>> Situational Awareness: The NCAA announced last month that all Division III winter sports championships would be canceled. They cited low participation numbers as a reason, meaning, for the second consecutive year, there would be no winter sports championships. But here is where the greater wrestling community often separates itself from virtually every other sport.

>> Why It Matters: "This was an event that wasn't even supposed to happen, but the wrestling community, as it often does, rallied to pull it off — for the athletes, for the coaches, for the fans, for the sport. It was another shining example of what wrestling looks like at its best."

>> The Bottom Line: "The NWCA gave awards to the 80 All-Americans, complete with a podium presentation and everything, and the folks at Xtream Arena gave the wrestlers a full experience similar to every other national tournament, complete with the single-mat in the center of the arena's floor for the big-stage feel that only comes with Saturday night's finals."

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2.  Cabrini Cuts Staff, Programs

by Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer

"With colleges already competing for fewer high school graduates before the coronavirus pandemic took a toll, Cabrini University is to announce Monday it is cutting programs and staff to stem a deficit and give the college a “sustainable path forward.”

The small Catholic college in Radnor, which employs about 250 full time, is eliminating 46 positions, the bulk through voluntary separation agreements, but also including about 10 layoffs and some jobs that will go unfilled. Perhaps the most significant change is that Cabrini, a liberal arts college that became a university in 2016, will eliminate majors in religious studies, Black studies and philosophy, though they will continue as minors and subject matter will be incorporated into the core curriculum. Overall, 15 of Cabrini’s 69 programs have been tagged for elimination or change, said President Donald B. Taylor.

The decisions, Taylor said, follow a comprehensive review of programs, with cuts targeted to those that had low enrollment and are without much potential for future growth. Some of the programs were averaging fewer than five new majors a year, he said."

>> Situational Awareness: "The changes at Cabrini come as more colleges are trying to cope with demographic challenges that mean fewer available high school graduates and more competition for them, all complicated further by the pandemic, which has led to lower enrollments and increased costs. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is planning to merge six of its 14 universities into two entities. Some colleges have eliminated adjunct positions and other staff; in the last year, the higher education sector has lost more than 650,000 jobs out of 3.5 million."

>> The Bottom Line: "The cuts and changes should save Cabrini about $5.7 million, equivalent to about 11% of its overall budget, Taylor said. Overall, the cuts will mean about a 13% reduction in the workforce, he said, noting that there will be some new positions created."

>> Quotable: “You can no longer be all things to all people,” Taylor said, given the pressures of the market.

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3.  Cornell Announces $19M Campaign

"Cornell College is proud to announce the next phase of the Greater > Than Campaign. Fundraising is underway for a $19 million expansion and renovation project of the Small Sport Center.

The Small Sport Center, named after the Small family (Richard '50 and his wife, Norma) following their investment in the earlier 1986 addition – which included the six-lane indoor track, four courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball, and practice space for other activities – will now receive another 21,689-square-foot addition. Renovations will be made to the existing Sport Center and Field House.

Construction is slated to begin this spring and the 18-month project is projected to finish in the fall of 2022. Cornell has upgraded all of the outdoor athletic facilities in the past 10 years, but the headquarters are considerably dated."

>> What They're Saying: Life Trustee and former Rams wrestling conference champion Richard Small put it simply: “Our athletic facilities do not match up to the other schools in the Midwest Conference.”

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4. Lacrosse



  1. RIT (9)
  2. Lynchburg (3)
  3. Tufts (4)
  4. Salisbury (1)
  5. Cabrini
  6. Williams
  7. York
  8. Denison
  9. Ursinus
  10. Gettysburg
11-15: Christopher Newport, St. John Fisher, Union, Wesleyan, Stevenson
16-20: St. Lawrence, Franklin & Marshall, Washington and Lee, Amherst, Stevens

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (4), Centennial (3), Liberty (3), MAC (3), Coast-to-Coast (2), ODAC (2), Atlantic East (1), Empire 8 (1), NCAC (1)

>> Games to Watch: #1 RIT vs. #12 St. John Fisher (Wed); #4 Salisbury vs. #5 Cabrini (Fri); #2 Lynchburg vs. #11 CNU (Sat); #12 St. John Fisher vs. #16 St. Lawrence (Sat)

No. 7 F&M Edges No. 8 W&L in Opener

  1. Franklin & Marshall (20)
  2. Tufts (3)
  3. Washington and Lee (2), 2-0
  4. Gettysburg
  5. Salisbury, 4-0
  6. Wesleyan, Conn.
  7. York, Pa., 2-0
  8. Catholic
  9. Amherst
  10. TCNJ, 1-0
11-15: St. John Fisher, Ithaca, Brockport, Colby, Denison
16-20: Mary Washington, William Smith, Geneseo, Colorado College, Trinity
21-25: St. Mary's, Pomona-Pitzer, Cortland, Messiah, Lynchburg

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (5), Coast-to-Coast (3), SUNYAC (3), Centennial (2), Liberty (2), MAC (2), ODAC (2), Empire 8 (1), Landmark (1), NCAC (1), NJAC (1), SCAC (1), SCIAC (1)

>> Games to Watch: #5 Salisbury vs. #16 Mary Washington (Wed); #12 Ithaca vs. #23 Cortland (Wed); #5 Salisbury vs. #10 TCNJ; #11 St. John Fisher vs. #17 William Smith (Sat)

>> Complete Poll

5.  Men's Golf 2021

DI Championships Cabinet approves new golf format | NCAA.com

We continue our look at spring sports with men's golf.

Top 10 as of March 5

  1. Illinois Wesleyan
  2. Huntingdon (tie)
  3. Emory (tie)
  4. Carnegie Mellon
  5. Methodist
  6. Hampden-Sydney
  7. Piedmont
  8. Guilford
  9. St. Thomas, Minn.
  10. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
>> Complete Poll

Others to Watch

  • Aurora, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Nebraska Wesleyan, Oglethorpe, Rensselaer, UW-Eau Claire, Wittenberg
Players to Watch
  • Caleb Kimbrough, Averett
  • Max Schwarz, Emory
  • James Mishoe, Guilford
  • Allen Smith, Hampden-Sydney
  • Owen Burt, Huntingdon
  • Rob Wuethrich, Illinois Wesleyan
  • Cameron Starr, LaGrange
  • Henry Angier, Methodist
  • Matthew Leemann, Piedmont
  • Kyle Sharp, Redlands
Under The Radar
  • Alex Price, Christopher Newport; Brock Tennyson, Franklin; Lane Roye, McMurry; Kevin Burris, Pfeiffer; Austin Davis, Willamette; Will Hocker, Webster
NCAA Championships
  • Methodist, 12
  • Greensboro, 2
  • Guilford, 2
  • Oglethorpe, 2
  • Saint John's, 2
Individual Championships
  • Chad Collins, Methodist, 3 (1998-99-2001)
  • Ryan Jenkins, Methodist, 2 (1993-95)
source: NCAA Statistics


6. About Last Night

WBB: Mary Hardin-Baylor 75, #2 East Texas Baptist 72MBB: Ozarks 74, Louisiana College 72

7.  Comings and Goings

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY (University Heights, Ohio)
Associate Athletic Director, Operations

The Assistant Athletic Director, Internal Operations reports to the Senior Director of Athletics and works in support of the goals and operations of the Department of Athletics. This position involves a supervisory role in sport oversight, facilities, equipment, and part- time/student staff as assigned, other duties pertaining to the operational needs of the department i.e., post season arrangements may be assigned as needed. For more information, go to the John Carroll University website

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