Big 12 Wrestling Championships - Semifinals - March 3, 2012
2012-13:Toal, wrestling at 165 pounds, qualified for his third NCAA Championship after compiling a record of 25-18 as a junior. Toal started his season off with a major decision (16-2) win against No. 4 Nathan Sommer of Baker on Nov. 14 and quickly secured a second overall placement in the Joe Parisi Open. He took the first five matches of the Open, losing only in the final match against Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State). The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational brought a fourth place win for Toal when he took four of his five matches, the first being by fall (4:59) against Austin Rugraff of Brown. His dropped matches were against No. 8 Nick Sulzer (Virginia) and No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) both of which he would meet once more during the season. Toal proceeded to take fifth place at the Southern Scuffle after securing five more wins. He won first match of the tournament against Scott Marmoll (Northwestern) by major decision 11-3. After winning another by major decision, Toal closed out the tournament with a win by fall at 2:12. Jan. 27 brought his first meeting of the season with Jarrett Jenson of Northern Iowa, along with a win by decision. Toal started off the Cliff Keen National Duals with a record of 22-14 and added two more wins to that before dropping the final two matches of the tournament. The MAC Championships brought another two wins, one of which being his second meeting with Jarrett Jenson (Northern Iowa). He dropped his other two matches and took fourth place overall. Qualifying for the NCAA Championships on a last second bid, Toal wrestled Austin Wilson (Nebraska) and Pierce Harger (Northwestern) for his two wins of the Championships. He would drop his second and fourth matches, failing to place as a junior. Toal begins his fourth year at Mizzou with 16 major decisions, 11 falls, 2 technical falls and an overall record of 67-43.
2011-12: As a sophomore, Toal served as the starter at 165 pounds for the second straight season, capturing first place at the Big 12 Championship while securing a bid to the NCAA Championship for the second time. He finished the year with a 22-11 record, a career-high in wins, while going 12-6 in duals with 39 points scored. He started the season 9-0, winning in each of the team's first five duals while taking first place at the Kaufman-Brand Open, where he won twice by fall - including one in 0:16 - and two others by major decision. He competed at the Southern Scuffle to open the New Year, taking sixth place with four victories over the two day tournament. He followed that by scoring wins in Mizzou's next seven duals, including 5-4 decisions over Kent State's Ross Tice and Oklahoma State's Dallas Bailey. He earned the No. 3 seed at the Big 12 Championship and pulled two huge upsets to win the title and help Mizzou to their first conference championship in program history. Opening against No. 2 seed Bubby Graham of Oklahoma, ranked No. 20 in the nation, Toal tied the match at 1-1 with a third period escape and won with a takedown with just 30 seconds left in the bout to move in to the finals. In the championship bout, Toal went up against top-seeded Andrew Sorenson (Iowa State), who was ranked No. 4 at the time and beat Toal by a 12-4 major decision earlier in the year. Toal struck first, landing a takedown in the first period to build a 2-1 lead, and escaped seven seconds in to the final period to hold off Sorenson to secure the title. Honors: Big 12 Champion (165 pounds)
2010-11: As a redshirt freshman, Toal spent much of his first season as a starter for the Tigers ranked within the top-15 nationally at 165 pounds. He secured a bid to the 2011 NCAA Championships to cap off a strong first season, where he earned the No. 10 overall seed in the class. He opened the year with back-to-back dual wins, beating Conrad Polz of Illinois by a 10-4 score and then majoring Drae Cox of Lindenwood a week later. At the Northeast Duals he won twice, picking up decisions over two NCAA qualifiers - Patrick Graham of American and Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh. Toal closed out the 2010 dual season with four consecutive victories and rode that momentum into the Midlands Championship, where he took fourth place. Toal opened the tournament with three wins in a row, including a 7-3 decision against Iowa's Aaron Janssen and another win over Graham of American. He'd defeat Janssen again later in the tournament and finished the weekend with a 4-2 record. Toal won four of his five contests at the NWCA National Duals, which included an 8-0 major decision against Ryan Cubberly of Central Michigan and a 6-5 win against Dallas Bailey of Oklahoma State. Toal would defeat the Cowboy again a month later, edging him 3-2 in the dual in Stillwater. Toal finished in fourth at Big 12's, and scored his first NCAA Championships win after defeating Turtogtokj Luvsandorj of The Citadel, 6-4. For the season, Toal went 21-14 with 15 of those wins coming in dual action.
2009-10: Using his redshirt and wrestling at 165 pounds, Toal competed in four tournaments in his first year and turned in top-four finishes in three of those events. Opening the year at the Lindenwood Open, Toal claimed first place at the event. He entered the annual tournament as the No. 4 seed and notched four straight wins to advance to the title bout against Joe Barczak of IU. Toal pinned Barczak in 1:44 for his first tournament title of the campaign. Of his five wins on the day, three were by fall, the fastest coming in 1:00 against opening round opponent Conrad Polz (UI). At the University of Central Missouri Open, Toal posted a 4-2 record on the day, winning once by technical fall and twice by major decision. After starting the day with a 19-2 victory, Toal rolled over Missouri Valley opponent Gian Traverso by a 14-4 score. He followed that up with a 5-4 win over Oklahoma State's Alex Meade. He would drop his next match by a slim 3-2 margin, but bounced back with a 16-8 major decision. Toal would go on to finish in fourth place. The following weekend, Toal secured second place at the Missouri Open. He won his first three matches all by major decision, recording victories of 16-4, 15-7 and 11-0, before falling to teammate Nicholas Marable in the championship match. At The Midlands, Toal picked up four wins, including one by fall, on his way to an eighth place finish. He closed out the year with a record of 16-6.
High School: Toal was a three-time Ohio State Champion capturing top honors as a sophomore (2006-07), junior (2007-08) and senior (2008-09). As a freshman (2005-06), at Troy Christian, Toal finished third in the state. As a senior, Toal managed a perfect season that included 48 wins. A member of the Eagles' wrestling squad coached by Steve Goudy, Toal and his team earned top-five finishes at the state championships all four years in which Toal competed.
Personal: Born Sept. 26, 1989, Zach Toal was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is the son of Bruce and Catherine Toal. Toal has two brothers, Jonathan (25), a former football player at Wheaton College, and B.J. (16).