Nov. 13, 2007
Columbia, Mo. -Twenty-four members of Missouri's sixth-ranked Tiger wrestling team competed unattached at the University of Central Missouri Open, Sunday, Nov. 11, in Warrensburg, Mo. Junior Joey Garrity (Orion, Ill.) finished second at 174 pounds and eight Tiger grapplers ended the all-day tournament among the top six of their respective weight class.
Missouri combined for 59 wins at the tournament, 23 of which were for extra points. Together the Tigers managed 14 wins by fall and nine by major decision. The fastest Tiger fall of the tournament came in freshman Dominique Bradley's (Blue Springs, Mo.) opening match. The Missouri heavyweight pinned Bobbie DeLeon of McKendree College in 45 seconds.
Garrity, who finished with a 3-1 record, began his run at the tournament title with an 8-6 win by decision over Blake Malloy of Ft. Hays State. Advancing through the championship bracket, Garrity won a 3-1 and 4-3 decision before falling to third-ranked Brandon Mason of Oklahoma State, 9-0, in the championship finals. The second place showing ties Garrity's highest finish at the tournament and gives him 32 career wins.
Four Tigers, freshman Troy Dolan (Blairsville, Pa.), redshirt freshman Willie Saxton (Rayland, Ohio), sophomore Ashtin Primus (South Connelsville, Pa.) and Bradley took third in their respective weight class.
Wrestling at 125 pounds, Dolan recorded three of his four wins by way of bonus point victories. Dolan recorded back-to-back wins by major decision before falling to sixth-ranked Tanner Gardner of Stanford. Garner went on to capture the tournament title, while Dolan took third pinning Donte' Butler of NCCC in 1:45.
Saxton went on a three-match win streak before suffering a 16-5 loss by major decision to third-ranked Nathan Morgan of Oklahoma State. Battling back through the consolation bracket, Saxton held off Tiger opponent Vince Hannon, 3-2, to advance to the third-place medal round where he pinned Kyle Jahn of McKendree in 2:54. Hannon finished the tournament in sixth place.
Redshirting his sophomore season to move up to the 149 pound weight class, Primus was credited with three pins including a fall over Oklahoma State's Dakota Simpson in 56 seconds. Competing against Oklahoma's Seth Vernon, Primus captured third place with a 2-1 decision over his Big 12 opponent.
Bradley set out to win the second tournament title of his young collegiate career, but fell just short of the finals suffering a 4-0 shutout by Oklahoma State's 11th-ranked Jared Rosholt. Bradley held off Tiger teammate Tyler Perry, 3-2, to advance to the third-place medal round where he won by default in a match against Ryan Sutton of McKendree College. Perry went on to finish the tournament in fifth place.
Freshman K.C. Pescaglia wrestled at 133 pounds and finished fifth with a 4-2 record. Pescaglia recorded an 11-0 shutout of Micah Ankenman of Ft. Hays State to start the day and followed with a fall in 54 seconds over UCO's Trey Branscum. Suffering a loss to No. 1 ranked Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State, 5-2, Pescaglia was forced to the consolation bracket where he fell victim to Lindenwood's Jon Lloyd, 6-3. In the end, Pescaglia claimed fifth place on a win by forfeit.
3rd: Troy Dolan
5th: K.C. Pescaglia
3rd: Willie Saxton
6th: Vince Hannon
3rd: Ashtin Primus
2nd: Joey Garrity
3rd: Dominique Bradley
5th: Tyler Perry