Two MU wrestlers contend for titles after Day I of NCAA Championships

Thursday, March 17, 2011 | 9:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:06 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — After the first day of the NCAA Wrestling National Championships in Philadelphia, Missouri has two wrestlers in contention for individual titles.

Senior 141-pounder Todd Schavrien and junior heavyweight Dom Bradley won both of their first-day matches to reach the quarterfinals of their respective weight classes.

Overall, eight of the nine Tigers who qualified for the tournament advanced to the second day.

Alan Waters, Nathan McCormick, Kyle Bradley, Zach Toal, Dorian Henderson and Brent Haynes all lost in the first round, but won in wrestlebacks to stay alive for a chance at third place.

Mike Larson, a 184-pounder, was the only Tiger eliminated Thursday.

Bradley and Schavrien continue their quests for All-American berths and NCAA titles Friday. Bradley, the No. 5 heavyweight in the country, wrestles Levi Cooper of Arizona State in the heavyweight bracket. Schavrien, the No. 10 141-pounder, will try to upset No. 2 Michael Thorn of Minnesota to advance to Friday night’s semifinals.

Missouri ranks 16th with 15.5 points. Matches resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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