Askren earns Olympic shot

Missouri 185-pound wrestler will compete at the U.S. Team Trials.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:26 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Missouri wrestler Ben Askren qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Askren, a 2004 All-American, wrestled in the 185-pound weight class and finished seventh with a 3-2 decision against Nate Patrick of the New York Athletic Club. Askren fell one win short of the U.S. World Team trials last year.

Scott Schatzman, the director of wrestling operations at MU, also qualified. He finished eighth in the 133-pound bracket. 

Schatzman finished 4-3 in the tournament and had three wins by technical fall. He was a three-time All-American at Northwestern.

The Olympic Team Trials are May 21-23 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.


The Cougars clinched the American Midwest Conference regular season championship with a sweep of Missouri Baptist in St. Louis on Tuesday. Columbia College won 7-2 and 8-0.

Monica Mueller (16-3) allowed seven hits and struck out eight to pick up the win in the first game. Kerri Gapka (15-3) allowed three hits and struck out two in the second game.

The Cougars (31-6) moved up a spot to No. 6 in the NAIA poll.


The Tigers finished 14th at the ASU Indian Classic in Jonesboro, Ark. MU had a score of 601. Iowa State won with a 580. Seniors Michael Radek and David Jenkins shot 1-over-par 73s to lead the Tigers and finished tied for 30th.


The Kewpies lost 5-4 to Jefferson City in Jefferson City. Omeed Latifi and Greg Anderson won their singles matches. The duos of Zach Coble/Anderson and Nate Bohon/Latifi won their doubles matches.


The Kewpies won a triangular against Rock Bridge and Helias at Columbia Country Club. Hickman shot a 311.

Helias finished second with a 318 and Rock Bridge had a 331. Hickman’s Josh Brady and Ben Merideth tied for second at 77.

Thomas Schuenemeyer led the Bruins with a 79.


The Bruins tied Jefferson City at 1 in Jefferson City. Kelly Tanzey scored the Bruins’ goal 13 minutes into the second half. Rock Bridge (6-1-1) relied on seven saves from goalies Emily Schuenemeyer and Emily Roark.


Norm Roberts, a Kansas assistant, became the basketball coach.

In December, Mike Jarvis became the first coach in Big East history to be fired during a season. Assistant Kevin Clark was appointed interim coach, and the Red Storm finished with a 6-21 record and eight players, including four walk-ons, after a string of suspensions and expulsions.

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