Oct. 29, 2009
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri Wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith released the lineup for Sunday's, Nov. 1, Black and Gold Wrestle-Off's set to begin at 1 p.m. (CT) in the Hearnes Center. This year's event features 11 matches, including one exhibition bout. The afternoon dual is free and open to the public.
"We're kicking off the season with the Black and Gold Wrestle-Off's," Smith said. "This is always an intense competition for our wrestlers. Each grappler is fighting for a spot in our starting lineup. For the fans, it's a great experience. They'll have the opportunity to see some of the nation's top-ranked wrestlers in action as well as watch some of our younger guys on the mat."
Opening competition at 125 pounds, sophomore Troy Dolan (Blairsville, Pa.) will don the black singlet while newcomer Bradley Wisdom (Farmington, Mo.) will represent the Gold Team. Wisdom is one of three true freshmen competing in the Sunday event.
2009 NCAA qualifier Todd Schavrien (Poway, Calif.) will move up one weight class and represent the Gold Team in the 141 pound bout. Schavrien will pair with redshirt freshman Nicholas Hucke (Pewaukee, Wis.) in the third match of the day.
The 11-match lineup features four newcomers including recent transfer Scott O'Donnell (Kansas City, Mo). O'Donnell will compete for the Black Team and challenge sophomore Brandon Wiest (O'Fallon, Mo.) at 149 pounds.
This year's Black Team features two-time All-American Maxwell Askren (Hartland, Wis.) at 184 pounds and 2009 NCAA Champion Mark Ellis (Peculiar, Mo.) at heavyweight. The Gold Team is made up of two NCAA qualifiers in Schavrien and 174 pounder Dorian Henderson (Columbus, Ga.) as well as two-time All-American Nicholas Marable (Collierville, Tenn.) at 165 pounds. Additionally, the Gold Team heavyweight representative is none other than Junior World Champion Dominique Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo.).
The final bout of the day, an exhibition match, will feature redshirt freshman Cody Farinella (Maryland Heights, Mo.) against true freshman Kyle Bradley (St. Peters, Mo.) at 141 pounds.
Missouri will begin its season Thursday, Nov. 12, with a 6:30 p.m. (CT) dual against border opponent Illinois.