Bradley Takes First at Open

Joe Johnston

Oct. 31, 2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri heavyweight wrestler Dom Bradley took first place at the Sunkist Kids International Open in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday. Bradley is taking an Olympic redshirt this season as he pursues a spot on the U.S. National Team.

Bradley, wrestling for the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, opened up action in the 120KG/264.5 lbs. freestyle class with a 3-2, 8-1 decision over Charles Fish of the Marines. He them dominated Florian Temengil of Team Palau in the finals, winning 5-0, 6-0. This is the second tournament title for Bradley this year, as he won University Nationals gold back in April.

Mizzou’s volunteer assistant coach Joe Johnston took second place at the 66 KG/145.5 weight class. He opened up with a decision over Ryan Weicker of Brock University, rallying to a 0-1, 2-0, 1-0 victory. He then dominated Nathan Hoffer in his second contest, winning 5-0, 7-0. In the semifinals, Johnston took the first period over Army’s Philip Simpson by a 2-0 score before Simpson was forced to default due to injury. In the finals, Johnston dropped the first round to Jared Frayer (Gator Club), 4-0, but rallied back with a 3-1 win in the second period to second it to a decisive third. Frayer got the best of Johnston, 3-1, in the period to capture gold.

Two other former Tigers were in freestyle action, with both Max Askren and Raymond Jordan wrestling at the 84 KG/185 lbs. weight. Jordan opened up with a first round victory of 3-0, 3-0 before winning his next match 1-0, 1-0. He then defeated his third round opponent by a 4-0, 3-1 decision to advance to the quarterfinals. Askren won his first match 3-0, 7-0 and his second bout, 2-0, 2-0. He defeated Tetsuro Asami from Japan by a 4-0, 3-1 final in the third round, setting up a matchup between the two Tiger All-Americans in the quarterfinals. Jordan got the best of Askren, winning 1-0, 0-2, 3-2 to advance to the finals. Jordan captured gold with an 0-1, 1-0, 1-0 victory in the finals over Jon Reader. Askren bounced back with two wins in the wrestleback round to take third place.

Bradley and Mizzou’s strength and conditioning coach Nick Marable have already punched their ticket to the 2012 Olympic Team Trials, held on April 21-22 in Iowa City, Iowa. The Mizzou wrestling squad opens their season on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Purdue at 1 p.m. CT in Columbia. To stay updated on TigerStyle wrestling, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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