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Tigers Hold Off No. 16 Hofstra, Win 22-12

Columbia, Mo. – For the second year in a row, the fifth-ranked Missouri wrestling team used a come-from-behind effort to hold off 16th-ranked Hofstra, 22-12, in the Hearnes Center. A total of 2,015 fans watched as the Tigers rattled off seven straight victories to collect their third win of the campaign.

“Hofstra has an incredibly tough wrestling program,” Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith said. “I’m pleased with how the team performed today, but we still have a ways to go before we’re where we need to be in March.”

The Missouri wrestling program raised $11,000 from the first Wrestling Supports Wrestling dual. All of the money from ticket sales of the afternoon event will go towards the Wrestling Endowment Fund.

The Pride took wins in the first three matches of the night to build a 12-0 advantage over Missouri. Senior Andrew Sherry (Sewickley, Pa.) was first to come up with a win for the Tigers, finishing his 149-pound bout, 8-6, over P.J. Gillespie. His 40th career victory, Sherry now stands at 2-1 on the season.

“Andrew came up with a big win for us today,” Smith said. He keeps finding ways to win and it’s really paying off. He’s doing a great job in our lineup.”

Next on the mat, senior captain Michael Chandler (High Ridge, Mo.) made his first start in the Missouri lineup for the 2008-09 campaign. In a rematch from last season, seventh-ranked Chandler notched a 13-2 win over 15th-ranked Jonny Bonilla Bowman. The win puts Chandler at 2-0 over Bonilla-Bowman with both victories recorded by major decision.

Second-ranked Nicholas Marable (Collierville, Tenn.) sent his second straight 165-pound match of the season into overtime. Tied at one at the end of regulation, Marable and Ryan Patrovich were forced into 30-second overtime periods after going scoreless in the initial one minute sudden victory period. Patrovich chose down for the first 30 seconds and Marable rode out his opponent. With Marable on bottom to start the second 30 second period, the Tiger escaped in nine seconds to win the match, 2-1.

One of two overtime bouts, the 174 pound match saw third-ranked Missouri All-American Raymond Jordan (New Bern, N.C.) best eighth-ranked Alton Lucas, 3-1. Jordan won his first match of the season over a ranked opponent by scoring a takedown 27 seconds into the one minute sudden victory period.

 

“When you wrestle guys like Ben and Maxwell Askren in the practice room day in and day out, you get a lot more comfortable in funky position,” Jordan commented after finding himself close to being taken down by Lucas.

Redshirt freshman Dorian Henderson (Columbus, Ga.) won his first career match in the Hearnes Center by way of a 9-3 victory over Ben Clymer at 184 pounds. Henderson closed out the second period with a 7-1 lead over Clymer after managing a reversal and three-point nearfall.

“(Ben) Clymer is a real good competitor,” Henderson said. “Beating a guy like him really helps with my confidence.”

Henderson’s win by decision gave Missouri its first lead of the night, 13-12.

Improving to 3-0 on the season and 57-7 on his career, fifth-ranked junior Maxwell Askren (Hartland, Wis.) recorded a 12-6 win over 17th-ranked Joe Fagiano in the 197 pound match. Askren used four takedowns and an escape as well as one point for Hofstra stalling and one point for over a minute of riding time to win his match.

Redshirt freshman Dominique Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo.) closed out the day with a 4-2 win over Jordan Enck at heavyweight. Tied at two heading into the final two minutes of action, Bradley scored a takedown with 32 seconds left in the match to improve to 3-0 on his young season.

The Tigers will have less than 24 hours to rest and prepare for tournament action when they compete in the ninth annual Missouri Open beginning at 9 a.m. (CT) in the Hearnes Fieldhouse. Admission is free and finals are expected to begin around 4 p.m. Live brackets from the Freshman/Sophomore and Open Division tournaments will be updated periodically throughout the course of the day.

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Wrestler vs. Wrestler: Result

HU

MU

125

Steve Bonanno (HU) decision Troy Dolan (MU): 8-2

3

0

133

No. 7 Lou Ruggirello (HU) fall Todd Schavrien (MU): :51    

9

0

141

Justin Accordino (HU) decision Marcus Hoehn (MU): 5-1  

12

0

149

Andrew Sherry (MU) decision P.J. Gillespie (HU): 8-6

12

3

157

No. 7 Michael Chandler (MU) major decision No. 15 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (HU): 13-2

12

7

165

No. 2 Nicholas Marable (MU) decision Ryan Patrovich (HU): 3-1 (OT)

12

10

174

No. 3 Raymond Jordan (MU) decision No. 8 Alton Lucas (HU): 3-1 (OT)

12

13

184

Dorian Henderson (MU) decision Ben Clymer (HU): 9-3

12

16

197

No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) decision No. 17 Joe Fagiano (HU): 12-6

12

19

HWT

Dominique Bradley (MU) decision Jordan Enck (HU): 4-2

12

22

 

Wt

Wrestler

Season

Career

125

Troy Dolan

0-3

0-3

133

Todd Schavrien

1-3

16-13

141

Marcus Hoehn

2-1

33-21

149

Andrew Sherry

2-1

40-31

157

Michael Chandler

1-0

73-32

165

Nicholas Marable

2-1

55-13

174

Raymond Jordan

3-0

91-24

184

Dorian Henderson

2-1

2-1

197

Maxwell Askren

3-0

57-7

HWT

Dominique Bradley

3-0

3-0

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