Oct. 28, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri wrestling squad kicks off their season with the annual black and gold wrestle-off’s, being held this Saturday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. CT in the Hearnes Center. The event will feature seven matches and admission is free and open to the public. Due to the open weight classes, there will be no team scoring.
The meet will kick off with sophomore Nathan McCormick, a starter last year, going up against senior Luke Cherep at the 133 pound level. McCormick went 19-14 in 2009-10 during his first season as a starter. Cherep won 11 matches last season, including three by technical fall.
At 141 pounds, two-time NCAA qualifier Todd Schavrien will face off with sophomore Cody Farinella. Schavrien won two matches at national’s last season and posted a 26-12 record. Farinella won 13 matches last year and pinned five of his opponents.
The 149 pound match will put redshirt freshman Kyle Bradley against sophomore Nick Hucke. Bradley went 13-6 during his redshirt season, while Hucke stepped in and placed third at Big 12’s.
A pair of redshirt freshmen will battle at 165 pounds, with Zach Toal and Jordan Gagliano scheduled to grapple. Toal had a big redshirt season, as he went 16-6 on the year while also claiming first at the Lindenwood Open. Gagliano won six matches, three of which came via major decision.
Two experienced juniors in Patrick Wright and Dorian Henderson will face off at 174 pounds. Henderson qualified for nationals for the second time in his career last season, while Wright, who is expected to shift between 165 and 174 pounds this season, won 19 matches a year ago.
The 184 pound match will pit two sophomore newcomers against each other. Mike Larson, a transfer from Cal-State Bakersfield, and Clarence Neely, a transfer from Meramec, will face off. Larson qualified for nationals last year and placed second at the Pac-10 Championships.
Closing out the meet will be sophomore Jake Glore and redshirt freshman Ryan Robinson at 197 pounds. Glore won 10 times last year, while Robinson picked up a pair of wins during his redshirt year.
The rest of the squad will be in action at the Lindenwood Open. Mizzou officially opens their season on Friday, Nov. 12 in Edwardsville, Ill. with a match against the No. 10 Illinois Fighting Illini.