Gold Bests Black in Missouri Wrestle-Off's, Josh Wagner injured.
The sixth-ranked Missouri wrestling team held its annual Black and Gold wrestle-off's in the Hearnes Center, with Gold topping Black, 30-14. Led by Head Coach Brian Smith, the Gold team earned 18 of its points through falls with junior Marcus Hoehn (Farmington, Mo.) sophomore Nicholas Marable (Collierville, Tenn.) and junior Raymond Jordan (New Bern, N.C.) all pinning their opponents. After completing six wrestle-in bouts, the 10-man lineup for both teams was set. Assistant coach Lee Pritts led the Black team effort with three of his grapplers combining for 13 points.
Opening at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Tony Pescaglia (Columbia, Mo.) earned the Gold team's first win of the afternoon, besting sophomore John Olanowski (Virginia Beach, Va.), 3-2. Olanowski took the early lead, but Pescaglia managed two escapes to tie the match and was credited with 1:38 of riding time for the one-point advantage.
Senior 133 pound All-American Tyler McCormick (Leawood, Kan.) proved dominant in his bout with redshirt freshman Nick Velliquette (Nixa, Mo.), winning the seven-minute match by a score of 10-7. McCormick recorded three takedowns in the first period, a reversal in the second, and was awarded one point after Velliquette was hit with stalling and one point for 2:09 of riding time.
Hoehn continued the Gold team's win streak by pinning redshirt freshman opponent Willie Saxton (Rayland, Ohio) in 6:15. Prior to the fall, Saxton led the match, 6-2, nearly pinning Hoehn in the first period.
The 149 pound win was awarded to sophomore Ashtin Primus (South Connelsville, Pa.) after senior Josh Wagner (Milton, Wis.) was forced out by injury.
A native of Cahokia, Ill., junior Emanuel Brooks earned a one-point win over junior Michael Chandler (High Ridge, Mo.), 2-1. Wrestling for the Gold team, Brooks earned his first point off of a technical violation by Chandler, scoring his second point off of a third period escape 17 seconds into the period.
Pinning freshman Patrick Wright in 4:27, Marable added six points to the Gold team's score, with senior James Williamson (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Jordan winning the squads final points of the day. Williamson, won a hard fought 5-2 decision against sophomore Ryan Sonderegger (Overland Park, Kan.) at 174 pounds, with Jordan pinning redshirt freshman Josh Skurnik (Kirkland, Wash.) at 184 pounds in 1:36.
The Black team won at 197 pounds and heavyweight. Sophomore Big 12 Champion Maxwell Askren (Hartland, Wis.) won the only major decision victory of the dual, 15-6, over freshman Trever Collins (Nixa, Mo.) at 197 pounds. Askren recorded three takedowns in the first period alone, choosing down to start the second period, escaping in seven seconds and taking down Collins for a fourth time at with 1:39 left on the clock. Following the takedown with a three-point nearfall, Collins escape but was quickly taken down again before the end of the second period. Collins managed an escape in the third, but with Askren's 3:27 of riding time, the sophomore came out ahead.
One of two overtime bouts on the day, freshman Dominique Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo.) outscored sophomore Tyler Perry (Hannibal, Mo.), 3-2, with a takedown 12 seconds into the one minute overtime period. Bradley and Perry were scoreless through the first period, but Bradley escaped in the second after choosing down. Perry also escaped in the third to tie the bout and send it into overtime.
Missouri's first dual of the season is set for Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. (CT) against No. 27 Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Tigers will continue their swing through the Northeast with a 6 p.m. (CT) dual with Hofstra on Saturday, Nov. 10. Fans will have their first chance to see Missouri's squad in action Sunday, Nov. 18 at the annual Missouri Open held in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.
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