June 6, 2008
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith announced today that an additional four grapplers have signed on to compete with the Tiger team beginning Fall, 2008. Taylor Crane, Cody Farinella, Nicholas Gregoris and Todd Schavrien will round out the recruiting class, bringing Missouri's total number of signees to seven.
"All of these young men are focused in the classroom and on the mat," Smith said. "They are excited about the challenge of competing in the Big 12 Conference and especially anxious to be part of a team that will be battling for an NCAA title. My staff and I are looking forward to working with them in the practice room and seeing them develop."
Expected to wrestle at 141- pounds for Missouri, Crane, a native of Columbia, Mo. attended Rock Bridge High School and tallied a 157-17 record. Crane competed in the 135-pound weight class and earned Freestyle State titles his freshman (2005) and sophomore (2006) seasons. Additionally, Crane was a member of the 2005 Championship Cadet Freestyle National Dual Team and 2006 Championship Junior Grecco National Dual Team. Recognized for his ability to put his opponent on his back, Crane pinned 87 wrestlers throughout his four year career. Entering his senior season, Crane was ranked 14th in the nation by W.I.N. Magazine.
A four-time state placer, Farinella earned top honors at 135 pounds during his senior season at Parkway North High School. Farinella finished the 2007-08 campaign with a perfect 45-0 record, bringing his career mark to 168-11. A native of Maryland Heights, Mo. Farinella wrestled in four different weight classes in high school finishing third at 112 pounds as a freshman, second at 125 pounds as a sophomore and second at 130 pounds as a junior. Farinella is a two-time runner-up at the freestyle state championships and finished third in Greco. The Parkway North Scholar Athlete of the Year, Farinella notched a 4.35 grade-point average and was named North's most outstanding wrestler all four years of high school. Farinella will likely wrestle at 141 or 149-pounds for the Tigers.
Chapel Hill High School grappler Gregoris is a three-time North Carolina State Champion, earning titles his freshman (2005), sophomore (2006) and senior (2008) season. Gregoris, ranked 19th in the nation at 152 pounds, is expected to wrestle at 157-pounds for Missouri. Finishing his season with a 183-7 record, the North Carolina native, earned NHSCA Senior National All-America honors after finishing the tournament in fourth place. In addition, Gregoris was a Super 32 Finalist and Reno Tournament of Champions finalist.
Schavrien is a transfer from Arizona State and will compete at 133 pounds at Missouri. Entering the 2008-09 season as a sophomore in athletic standing, Schavrien redshirted his first season at Arizona State, earning FILA Junior National Championship honors in the 60 kg class in the off-season. A native of San Diego, Calif., Schavrien attended Poway High School and graduated in 2006. Schavrien claimed the California State title in 2006 while wrestling at 130-pounds, finishing third as a junior in 2005. A two-time All-American, Schavrien is an All-State selection and holds the Poway High School record in winning percentage, consecutive wins and tournament titles.