Missouri's Schavrien, Bradley win Big 12 wrestling titles

Saturday, March 5, 2011 | 11:36 p.m. CST; updated 12:37 a.m. CST, Sunday, March 6, 2011

AMES, Iowa — Missouri 141-pound senior Todd Schavrien finished third in each of his earlier two Big 12 Conference Wrestling Tournament appearances.

But on Saturday, Schavrien finished his final Big 12 tournament appearance with a victory by defeating Zack Bailey of Oklahoma State, 3-2.

Missouri junior Dom Bradley won the heavyweight title over Oklahoma’s Nathan Fernandez, 3-1.

Bradley became the first heavyweight from Missouri to win a Big 12 championship. Not even former NCAA champion heavyweight Mark Ellis brought home a Big 12 title.

Four Missouri wrestlers advanced to the championship matches of their weight classes, but only Schavrien and Bradley earned victories. Kyle Bradley and Nick Gregoris, 149 and 157-pounders, respectively, lost in their championship matches.

Bradley lost to Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State, and Gregoris lost to Neil Erisman, also from Oklahoma State.

As a team, the Tigers finished in second place behind Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State. The Cowboys finished with 77 points to 60 points for the Tigers. Oklahoma finished in third with 59.5 points; Nebraska had 46.5 points; and Iowa State finished in last with 31 points.

Seven Missouri wrestlers clinched spots in the NCAA Championships, which take place March 17 to 19 in Philadelphia.

Alan Waters, Nathan McCormick, Zach Toal, Dorian Henderson, Brent Haynes and Bradley and Schavrien will all represent the Tigers in the NCAA tournament.

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