Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Major Wrestling Event Set for Saturday at Lindenwood

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Major Wrestling Event Set for Saturday at Lindenwood

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Major wrestling event set for Lindenwood University

The Lindenwood Open, believed to be the biggest one-day college wrestling tournament in the country, is set for Saturday on the St. Charles campus.

Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature freshman-sophomore and open brackets. The event includes 604 participants from 39 schools, including No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Missouri, No. 8 Iowa, No. 14 Illinois, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 22 Purdue from Division I. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The event also will include local Division II powers Lindenwood, McKendree and Maryville, Missouri Valley, ranked No. 2 in NAIA as well as Ellsworth (Iowa), the nation's No. 1-ranked junior college program.

"We've established some history, scheduling it the Saturday before Thanksgiving,'" said Tom Wagganer, the senior assistant athletics director at Lindenwood. "It's a great opportunity for these teams to face some great early-season competition."

Lindenwood coach Jimmy Rollins added: "We have some very good teams and a lot of top-level wrestlers coming in. It really should make for an outstanding day of wrestling." (Joe Lyons)

Washington U. eliminated * The defending NCAA Division III champion Washington University women's soccer team's season ended Friday with a 2-1 loss to No. 15 Wisconsin-La Crosse (20-1-3) in Chicago. The Bears, ranked fifth nationally, finished at 17-2-1. The Eagles led 2-0 when the Bears' Hannah Menard scored on a 30-yard blast with about 10 minutes to play.

* In the NCAA Division II Midwest Region title game in Warrensburg, Mo., ninth-ranked Quincy (17-4-1) lost 3-1 to No. 4 Grand Valley State (20-3). The Hawks, coached by De Smet grad Dave Musso, have a St. Louis-heavy roster; senior Natalie Quisenberry (Lafayette) scored Quincy's goal. (Joe Lyons)

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