By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Missouri (2-0) narrowly defeated Hofstra (0-1), 22-21, before 2,017 fans at the David S. Mack Sports Complex. The Pride, ranked 13th and the Tigers, ranked 7th, each won five bouts in the closely contested dual, the difference coming with the bonus points scored by Mizzou squad. Hofstra won the first three bouts and senior
Dave Tomasette opened the dual with a barrage of single leg takedowns and tilts and cruised to a 16-2 major decision at 125 pounds. Sophomore Lou Ruggirello faced senior Tyler McCormick, a returning All-American and currently ranked second in the nation at 133 pounds. Ruggirello strucked quickly with a low single and a tight spiral half for a 5-0 lead at the end of the first stanza.In the third period, Ruggirello applied a bar arm and deep half and ran McCormick over the top and stunned the Missouri team with a fall at the 5:30 mark to give the Pride a 10-0 lead. Returning All-American Charles Griffin continued the onslaught at 141, as he used his powerful single leg takedowns and tight waist tilts for a solid 13-0 decision. Missouri won the next three bouts to bring the team score to 14-11, before junior Alton Lucas got the Pride back on track at 174 pounds. Lucas used his patented duck under and quick escapes and recorded a 10-1 to give the Pride an 18-11 advantage with three bouts remaining in the meet. Missouri responded with a fall at 184 to close the gap to 18-17. At 197 pounds, two nationally ranked wrestlers squared off as Pride senior Joe Rovelli (ranked 10th) and sophomore Max Askren (ranked 4th) were embroiled in a very competive bout. Rovelli scored with a key shoulder roll reversal and posted near fall points for a 4-0 first periodlead and held off Askren for a 4-2 decision. In the final bout of the dual, Missouri's Mark Ellis responded with a 21-6 technical fall at 285 pounds and secured the team victory.

Mat Notes:
Hofstra now begins its 60th season of wrestling. Missouri has defeated Hofstra in their previous meetings, 25-13 (2002) and 19-13 at the 2004 National Duals. Mizzou head coach, Brian Smith, now in his tenth season, is the cousin of former St. Anthony's HS coach Kevin Smith. Charles Griffin (90-20 career mark) has been selected to participate in the 42nd annual NWCA All-Star Classic at the University of Oregon on November 19th and will face Oklahoma State's two-time All-American Nathan Morgan. The Pride's next opponent is tenth ranked Penn State on November 17th at State College at 1:00 PM.
                MISSOURI 22         HOFSTRA 21

125-Dave Tomasette(H) d. Tony Pescaglia (M) 16-2
133-Lou Ruggirello(H) p. Tyler McCormick(M) 5:30
141-Charles Griffin(H) d. Marcus Hoehn(M) 13-0
149-Josh Wagner(M) d. Mitch Smith(H) 5-3
157-Michael Chandler(M) d. J.Bonilla-Bowman(H) 14-6
165-Nicholas Marable(M) d. Ryan Patrovich(H) 10-2
174-Alton Lucas(H) d. James Williamson(M) 10-1
184-Raymond Jordan(M) p. Jeff Siciliano(H) 4:20
197-Joe Rovelli(H) d. Max Askren(M) 4-2
Hwt-Mark Ellis(M) tf. James Guerin(H) 21-6
Alton Lucas (Hofstra) takes down James Williamson (Missouri) enroute to a 10-1 victory at 174 pounds.
Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) works his half on second ranked Tyler McCormick (Missouri). Ruggirello, who was ranked ninth picked up the third period fall to put Hofstra ahead 10-0.
Charles Griffin (Hofstra) the leg of  Marcus Hoehn (Missouri). The All-American, Griffin, went on to a 13-0 victory at 141 pounds.
Dave Tomasette (Hofstra) takes down Tony Pescaglia (Missouri) to start the scoring off for the Pride with a 16-2 win at 125 pounds..
Joe Rovelli (Hofstra) reverses fourth ranked Max Askren (Missouri). Rovelli who is ranked tenth upset Askren with a 4-2 win at 197 pounds.