Four Tornado Place at Maryville Open

Four Tornado Place at Maryville Open
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Four King College grapplers placed in the inaugural Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open, held on Sunday. More than 250 wrestlers from nearly 20 institutions gathered at Moloney Arena (St. Louis, Mo.) to participate in Maryville University's first home meet.

Dakota Moore (Pemberton, N.J.) placed third in the 184-pound division but had an uphill battle to earn his medal. After falling in his first bout, Moore ran the table in his next six matches on the day, winning five by decision by a combined score of 41-17. In four of his five wins by decision, he defeated his opponent by five or more points. He also recorded one pin, that over Josh Manu (Missouri Valley) to advance to the third-place match. He defeated Clarence Neely of Missouri (DI) in a 12-7 decision to win the third place medal, the highest of the four won by King.

Patrick Spano (Tampa Fla.) took home a fourth place finish for the Tornado and was tested early out of the date by the University of Purdue's Andy Hoselton (165#). He defeated Hoselton, 6-2, before being pinned by the eventual champion Zach Toal (Missouri), however rebounded with five consecutive wins to advance to the third place bout. On his way to the medal round, he pinned two opponents, both in the first period. He defeated Dimitri Willis of Maryville University, 10-0, before suffering a 10-3 defeat to Missouri's Ty Prazma, 10-3, in the third place match.

Jon Forbes (Miami, Fla.) and Cullen King (Memphis, Tenn.) each pulled down fifth place finishes for the Tornado. King (133#) went a combined 3-3 en route to winning the fifth place match. Forbes (174#) also fell behind early with a loss in his opening match, but came back to throttle Brett Bader (Missouri Valley) in a 21-5 technical fall, earning a victory by injury default and then winning back-to-back decisions. After falling to Cody Johnston (Missouri) by decision, he defeated another MIzzou Tiger, Dustin Williams, in a narrow 3-2 decision for the fifth place medal.

Nationally-ranked Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) went 2-2 in the 184-pound division, losing out to the eventual fourth place finisher, Clarence Neely, to end his day.

King ends in run of four straight tournament opens and will participate in its first dual of the season against East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. The meet will be on Dec.6 and be held at 7:00 p.m. The Tornado will follow the dual with a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in the Midwest Classic, a highly anticipated trip where top-ranked competition will lay in waiting.

The meet, originally named the UNO Open, was renamed in honor of the late Ryan Kaufman, a UNO national champion and a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Kaufman, who served as an Omaha, Neb., fireman, was killed in a traffic accident in early 1991. His legacy lives on through this tournament.

Glen Brand, an Omaha, Neb., resident and former Olympic wrestling champion, has provided financial support to the tournament and sponsored the Glen Brand open, which was held at UNO every January. Glen passed away several years ago, and his son, Greg Brand, has taken over responsibilities for the meet.