The Missouri wrestling team Wednesday announced the signing of three recruits, one a Missouri native and another the brother of All-American 174-pounder Ben Askren.
Robert Conn, from Marquette High School in Ballwin, won last season’s state title at 145 pounds with a 37-0 record. He was second at that weight in 2003 and fourth at 125 pounds as a freshman. His coach at Marquette is Joe Weir, a former Big Eight champion for Missouri.
Max Askren, a senior at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wis., is expected to wrestle at 184-pounds for Missouri. He is 109-9 thus far in his high school career.
Sean Connole graduated Erie (Pa.) Catholic Preparatory in 2004. The Tigers expect him to wrestle at 197-pounds or heavyweight.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOCCER: Vladimir Roganovic is the first NAIA men’s soccer All-American from Columbia College.
Roganovic, a third-team selection in 2003 and honorable mention in 2002, was one of five Cougars the NAIA honored.
Juan Irrera, a senior forward, was named to the second team for the second time after he was honorable mention in 2002 and 2000.
Steve Williams, a senior goalkeeper, was honorable mention for the second straight year and Matt Mueller, a junior defender was honorable mention for the first time.
Mueller and Nano Recondo, a junior goalkeeper, were named to the NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete team.
Roganovic, a junior defender, had a goal and two assists in 17 games this season and helped the Cougars limit opponents to only 15 goals.
HICKMAN BASKETBALL: The Kewpies beat Washington 57-39 on Tuesday night in the first-round of the Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.
Hickman will play Lafayette at 7:30 tonight in Washington.
Kyle Smith scored 18, with three 3-pointers and Taylor Florence had 12, with two 3-pointers. Hickman made 8-of-16 free throws, 22 field goals and five 3-pointers.
For Washington, Seth McNeal scored 13 and Tony DiFatta had 12. Washington made 12 field goals, 15-of-25 free throws and no 3-pointers.
“Our pressure caused 28 turnovers,” assistant coach Dan Bachmeier said. “Their defense wasn’t too bad.
“We’re just happy to start the season off with a win.”
HICKMAN CROSS COUNTRY: The Kewpies’ Tim Cornell will compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional on Saturday in Kenosha, Wis.
Cornell won his second consecutive state cross country championship earlier this month. The top eight boys and girls from each of four regional competitions will compete next month for a place on the national team. Cornell finished 19th at last year’s regional.
The 26th annual 5,000-meter race features thousands of high school runners from around the country.