Ben Askren, an All-American wrestler for Missouri in 2004, was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Virginia Dual last week.
Askren, a sophomore, improved his season record to 25-0 and clocked the fastest pin of his career at 21 seconds. A co-captain of the No. 12 Tigers, the 174-pounder has 18 of his 25 victories this season in the form of a pin. Askren is one pin away from breaking the record of most falls in a season set in 1983 by Kevin Herron (18).
HICKMAN BOYS BASKETBALL: The Hickman Kewpies boys’ basketball team fell to tournament host Lee’s Summit North at their on Tuesday 42-41.
The loss drops the Kewpies to 4-10.
The Kewpies return to tournament action on Thursday night against Lee’s Summit South.
MU GYMNASTICS: Senior Alisha Robinson was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for her performance at the Arizona Invitational last week.
Robinson, ranked 29th in national all-around standings, won the honor for the third time in her career at Missouri. She competed against such opponents as No. 6 Michigan State, No. 21 Arizona, and Illinois-Chicago to win the all-around and vault competitions.
HICKMAN WRESTLING: The Hickman High School wrestling team fell to Marshall on Tuesday night 45-28.
Strong performances from Kewpies Tony Pescaglia at 119 pounds., Jordon Lanham at 130, Drea Cox at 145 and Zach Arnold at 189 led to individual wins for the Kewpies. Jacob Thornton (103) and KC Pescaglia (125) recorded pins for Hickman.
But the wins weren’t enough to capture the dual at Marshall. The Kewpies will hit the mats again at their own tournament, which opens Friday at 5 p.m. in a tournament they host that begins Friday at 5:00 p.m.