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O’Toole advances to 165-pound final, MU wrestling fifth after Day 2

by News Tribune | March 18, 2023 at 12:27 a.m.
Missouri's Keegan O'Toole scrambles with Ohio State's Carson Kharchla during their 165-pound match Friday at the NCAA Division I wrestling national championships in Tulsa, Okla. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via the Associated Press)

TULSA -- Keegan O’Toole of the Missouri Tigers will wrestle for the NCAA Division I title at 165 pounds tonight.

O’Toole, the defending national champion at the weight, advanced with a 6-0 victory against Cameron Amine of Michigan in the semifinals. Earlier in the day, O’Toole won by technical fall against Carson Kharchia of Ohio State in the quarterfinals.

O’Toole (19-2) will face David Carr of Iowa State (26-0) for the title in the clash of the top two seeds. Carr, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated second-seeded O’Toole earlier this month in the Big 12 Championships.

Missouri enters the final day of the championships fifth in the team standings with 55 points. Penn State is first with 116.5, followed by Iowa (77), Cornell (64) and Ohio State (62).

O’Toole is one of four of Missouri’s 10 qualifiers still alive in the tournament.

Peyton Mocco will wrestle Ethan Smith of Ohio State for seventh at 174. Mocco was the No. 7 seed at his weight

Rocky Elam of the Tigers can finish anywhere from third to sixth at 197, as can Zach Elam at 285. Rocky Elam was the No. 3 seed at 197, while Zach Elam was the No. 10 seed at 285.


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