Nov. 21, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Twenty-three members of the Missouri wrestling team competed at the Joe Parisi Wrestling Open over the weekend, hosted by Lindenwood University. Of those 23 grapplers, nine earned places in the top-four of their weight class, with senior Patrick Wright (174) and junior Clarence Neely (184) finishing in first place to lead the way for Missouri.
Wright went 5-0 on the day, scoring bonus points in two of his victories. After opening with a 7-0 win, Wright scored back-to-back major decisions to advance to the semifinals, where he won 3-2. Wrestling against Iowa's Ethan Lofthouse in the finals, Wright pulled out a 3-1 win to claim the championship.
At 184 pounds, Neely pinned his first two opponents in under two minutes, sticking Central Missouri's Marcus Sunde in 1:08 and Missouri Valley's Josh Manu in 1:48. He followed that up by beating teammate Johnny Eblen by a 4-2 decision in the semifinals to set up a match with Jeremy Fahler of Iowa, who he defeated by a 6-3 margin.
Finishing in second place for Missouri was Kellen Bounous at 149 pounds. Highlighting his day was a 7-3 decision over Guy Kirby of Illinois and a victory by fall in 4:35 against Missouri Valley's Shay Shive. Bounous fell in the finals to Iowa's Brody Grothus.
Taking third on the way were Jordan Gagliano (165), who went 4-1 with three major decisions, and Todd Porter (174), who won five of his six matches, scoring two decisions, a 12-0 major decision, a 17-2 technical fall and a pin in 2:21.
Eric Wilson (133), Ty Prazma (165), Johnny Eblen (184) and Ryan Robinson (197) each finished in fourth place in their respective classes. The tournament did not record fifth or sixth place finishes, of which Missouri would have had three.
The Tigers head west this weekend for a pair of top-25 duals. Missouri will face No. 18 Oregon State on Friday at 9 p.m. CT and No. 22 Stanford at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday. For more information, keep checking mutigers.com