2021 NCAA Runner-Up Jaydin Eierman (Photo Courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
No Podcast this week, so I know there will feel like a little piece of your weekly routine is missing. Lucky for you, those empty feelings are about to be filled/clogged with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.
While Thanksgiving is a wonderful time, filled with food, friends, family, fun, and football, one of the best times of the Thanksgiving holiday might be the day after. I'm talking about those leftovers.
Now, this is a wrestling site, so like trying to make the steak dinner at the gentleman's club part of a "business expense," let's tie in NCAA wrestling…. Weight. The most gluttonous of all holidays falls right at the beginning of one of the only collegiate sports where it is necessary to maintain and cut weight.
I may be one of the few people out there that does not want to move to a single semester sport (especially if it looks like it did last season), but I would be all in favor of somehow accommodating wrestlers around Thanksgiving. Maybe a 2.5 lb allowance? Maybe duals and tournaments for a week after are madison-weight. I'm spitballing, I'm making this up on the fly, I'm just wasting time.
There, business talk completed.
So, after the turkey's been hacked apart, the gravy spilled on the good linens, the cranberry sauce stain on Uncle Joe's only good shirt gets smudged beyond repair, the pie has ultimately been cut unevenly, everyone over the age of 53 is asleep on the couch, and almost all the belt buckles have been undone, the family will start to divvy up the leftovers between each other. This is where I swoop in and get as much of everything as I can. You don't get as heavy as I have gotten without knowing a thing or two about good food. So, in something a little different, I'm going to share a couple leftover recipes that are my "go-to" for the busiest sewer day in America.
The first one is actually a creation by a local sub shop called Capriottis, founded in Wilmington, DE, back in 1976. Since then, they've expanded to 112 locations across the country. This sandwich is one of their most (if not THE most) famous: The Bobbie.
Take some leftover turkey, heat, and (preferably) shred it. Slices will do too, but we're trying to go for authenticity here. Put the shredded turkey in a hoagie roll, and top with heated stuffing. Finally, top with cranberry sauce and mayonnaise (pros will make a cran-mayo mix, but you do you). Voila! There you have it. A quick delicious sandwich to keep the party going into the weekend.
There's also a variation of this made by Wawa called "the Gobbler" that is sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy on a hoagie roll. As much as I love Wawa, I prefer the Bobbie.
How about something a little more "involved." And by involved, I mean using a stove.
Dice up some cold turkey and stuffing, and place into a mixing bowl with one egg to bind (optional). While a large non-stick pan heats on medium with a drizzle of olive oil, mix the turkey, stuffing, and egg together in the bowl. Start to form individual "cakes" similar to crab cakes (about 1" thick, though that's up to you). When the pan is ready, place the turkey cakes starting at the 12 o'clock position and moving around clockwise (easier to keep track of the cooking). After a couple minutes, when a nice light crust has formed, flip 'em over and repeat. When all are heated through, serve with some cold cranberry sauce or warm gravy.
So this Black Friday, instead of just nuking the Tupperware, get creative and try something new. Let me know what leftover creations you make too! There's always room in the recipe book.
Oh (one last Tony Food Tip for your morning), when making coffee, throw in a pinch of salt into the coffee grinds. It will help get rid of the acidity and bitterness.
On to Week 4.
This is the start of a stretch where we will see lower than usual teams competing as we hit the holiday season. There's still a ton of important and exciting tournaments to come, like CKLV, Midlands, Scuffle, and Journeymen Collegiate Duals, but you might have to dig a little deeper into the Transfer Portal and adjust your roster to a more risky portfolio for the time being.
Less than 1/3 of D1 programs have officially scheduled competitions this week, which leads into next week, where 64 teams have scheduled matches. Along with a handful of duals, three tournaments comprise Week 4, where there looks to already be a decent amount of D1 participants (which means potential points for your Fantasy Team).
As usual, tournament entries continue to come in and we will be sure to update you as we get more information.
Got a question? Got a Recommendation? Let me know. Hit us up: @FantasyD1wrestl.
Wrestlers I Like This Week (the early locks)
Wrestler (School)- competition for the week [Proj Score]
Brandon Courtney (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Eric Barnett (Wisconsin)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina (@ RUT) [+7]
Pat McKee (Minnesota)- Vs South Dakota State [+4]
Trevor Mastrogiovanni (Oklahoma State)- Vs Drexel [+3]
Michael McGee (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Job Greenwood (Wyoming)- Cowboy Open
Sammy Alvarez (Rutgers)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina [+7]
Daton Fix (Oklahoma State)- Vs Drexel [+5]
Austin DeSanto (Iowa)- Vs Oregon State [+4]
Derek Spann (Buffalo)- @ Binghamton [+3]
Jesse Vasquez (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Joshua Saunders (Cornell)- Mat Town Open 1
Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina [+8]
Jaydin Eierman (Iowa)- Vs Oregon State [+4]
Kyle Parco (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Jarod Verkleeren (Virginia)- Mat Town Open 1
PJ Ogunsanya (Army)- @ Iowa State [-3], Cyclone Open
Jacori Teemer (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Jacob Wright (Wyoming)- Cowboy Open
Adam Santoro (Cornell)- Mat Town Open 1
David Carr (Iowa State)- Vs Army, Vs Cal Baptist [+9]
Austin O'Connor (North Carolina)- Vs Rutgers, Vs Wisconsin (@ RUT) [+8]
Brayton Lee (Minnesota)- Vs South Dakota State [+4]
Michael Petite (Buffalo)- @ Binghamton [+4]
Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Justin McCoy (Virginia)- Mat Town Open 1
Dalton Harkins (Army)- @ Iowa State [+3], Cyclone Open
Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina (@ RUT) [+7]
Alex Marinelli (Iowa)- Vs Oregon State [+4]
Travis Wittlake (Oklahoma State)- Vs Drexel [+3]
Cael Valencia (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Andrew McNally (Wisconsin)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina (@ RUT) [+7]
Michael Kemerer (Iowa)- Vs Oregon State [+4]
Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)- @ Minnesota [+3]
Tate Samuelson (Wyoming)- Cowboy Open
Andrew Berreyesa (Cornell)- Mat Town Open 1
Chris Weiler (Wisconsin)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina (@ RUT) [+8]
John Poznanski (Rutgers)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina [+7]
Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State)- Vs Drexel [+4]
Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming)- Cowboy Open
Greg Bulask (Rutgers)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina [+7]
Braxton Amos (Wisconsin)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina (@ RUT) [+6]
Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)- @ Minnesota [+5] *Will he wrestle?*
AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State)- Vs Drexel [+4]
Lou DePrez (Binghamton)- Vs Buffalo [+4]
Jacob Warner (Iowa)- Vs Oregon State [+3]
Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State)- Cowboy Open
Brian Andrews (Wyoming)- Cowboy Open
Quinn Miller (Virginia)- Mat Town Open 1
Trent Hillger (Wisconsin)- Vs Hofstra, Vs North Carolina (@ RUT) [+7]
Gable Steveson (Minnesota)- Vs South Dakota State [+5]
Luke Surber (Oklahoma State)- Vs Drexel [+4]
Tony Cassioppi (Iowa)- Vs Oregon State [+4]
Think I missed someone? Disagree with someone on the list or their projection? Want to know our thoughts on a matchup? Let me know!
Win the week!