Missouri State University

Missouri Winter Games

Missouri State University
Wrestling Club      

 Club members with Rulon Gardner,
2-time Olympic wrestling medalist
at the Missouri Winter Games - 2010
 With Rulon Gardner, Winter Games 2010

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This club webpage has information about our club, and much more.  Check out the buttons just above the club logo.  This homepage was updated (slightly) 10/01/2008. The new 2008-2009 officers have been added.


For the Spring 2010 semester, we will be holding open-mat  in racquetball court #12 in Plaster Sports Complex (stadium).  The time that was available for the most members appears to be Mon 4:00 - 6:00 & Thurs at 3:00 - 5:00, starting January 21st



Send an email to the webmaster (see below) with questions or to receive further announcements.

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Club Leadership (2008-2009)

 Jay Jackson (club president) 
 Joe O'Neill (vice president for service)
                (vice president for competition)
 Kotie Huhs (treasurer)
 Neosha Mackey (secretary & publicity)
 Tom Tomasi (faculty advisor & webmaster)  836-5169

For larger versions of the comics below, click on them.




Feb 14th: tentative date for competition with SW Missouri State University (McDonald Arena)

Missouri Winter Games 2010: 
Our club will be co-sponsoring and participating in this tournament again this year at McDonald Arena.  It will be Feb 27th (HS, Open & Seniors) and Feb (youth).  We have a special event planned this year.  Rulon Gardner (2000 & 2004 Olympic medalist - Greco-Roman Hwt ).  He is scheduled to speak to the crowd about 5:00, sign books, and pose for pictures.  We will need help, so please put this on your calendar or contact one of the club officers for more information.




Missouri Winter Games 2009:  Our club co-sponsored and participated in this tournament again this year at McDonald Arena.  It was be Feb 28th & Mar 1st. Sunday was a youth tournament, and Saturday was for for HS, College, and Senior divisions. 

Missouri Winter Games (March 1 & 2, 2008) at McDonald Arena again.  Saturday was a youth tournament, and Sunday was for HS, College, and Senior divisions. 

Organizational meeting:  The best time for open Mat was determined to be on Monday and Thursday from 4-6 pm in Court 12 of the handball courts in Plaster Sports Complex.  This is "Open Mat" so there are sometimes high school wrestlers, students form other colleges in the area and just interested people there. 

We are looking for table workers to help at the Arkansas State HS championship in Little Rock on March 14-15 ($75 for experienced table workers & free road trip for beginners who want to learn).  If interested, contact Tom Tomasi.

Possible competitions with other college clubs was discussed.

Tom Tomasi reminded everyone of the importance of showering immediately after work-outs.  Showers and lockers are available in Plaster. 
Grapplemania VI (the youth tournament co-sponsored with the Springfield Youth Wrestling Club) was held on the Missouri State campus in McDonald Arena on Saturday February 11, 2006.  Almost 600 young wrestlers participated.  Many thanks to all that helped.  PICTURES OF THE ACTION

Scrimmage/Clinic with Arkansas club - On Sunday, February 12, 2006, a wrestling club from Bentonville came to our campus to engage in a scrimmage and short clinic.  Although their club members are in grades 8-11, and many had little experience wrestling, they performed very well.  Our club members who are new to the sport got their first competitive experience, and everyone shared there expertise in an informal demonstration of moves and holds.  Thanks to Rod Hughes and his group for coming up and allowing us to share our love of the sport. 

Intramural Tournament - Missouri State University's 1st annual Intramural Wrestling Tournament was held on November 16, 2005 in the "studio" (wresting room) in the Plaster Sports Complex.  Fourteen wrestlers competed in 5 weight classes.  Thanks to all who participated and/or helped, and congratulations to our 2005 Intramural champions:

Cory Bextermueller
David Pollock
Jared Opp
Justin Cranmer
Tommy Donovan

Wrestling Exhibition - We had an exhibition match with top area high school wrestlers on Sunday April 24th, 2005 at 3:00-6:00 in McDonald Arena.  This coincided with the shooting of a movie by a local film company, so everyone who was there is an extra in the movie and may be able to see himself/herself in the crowd.  

Grapplemania V (the youth tournament co-sponsored with the Springfield Youth Wrestling Club) was held on the Missouri State campus in McDonald Arena on Saturday February 5, 2005.  Lots of complements were received about how well the tournament was run.  Many thanks to all that helped.

Sumo Wrestling - Neosha Mackey educated those in attendance on the tradition, pomp & circumstance, and history of this version of the sport. We were also treated to a video featuring some Japanese champions.  For more information, contact Neosha at email below.

Intramural Wrestling Tournament -The Missouri State intramural wrestling tournament for this year was held informally on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2004.  Attendance could have been better, but everyone seemed to have fun and no one was hurt.

Grapplemania IV (youth tournament co-sponsored by our club and the Springfield Youth Wrestling Club) was held on Saturday January 25, 2003.  Photos to be posted on this website soon.  Use the link at the top of the page for "youth clubs".

Intramural Wrestling Tournament - On November 13, 2002, the Wrestling Club and Campus Recreation Office co-sponsored a small but very successful tournament in Plaster Sports Complex.  Special thanks go to Kelly Shanley for setting up all the brackets and bout cards, to Andy Lokie for officiating, to Neosha and John Mackey scoring, and to the Intramural Office personnel for their assistance in setting up and conducting the tournament.

Women's wrestling at Missouri State: it came and went with little fan-fare.  We had two teams here, on March 14th, 2002 and watched some excellent free-style wrestling, but the fans were nowhere to be found.  Perhaps 30 people showed up.  Despite the poor turnout, I hope everyone enjoyed the evening, and we would especially like to thank the teams involved.  They were Missouri Valley College (coached by  Mike Machholz - ranked 1st in the nation) and Neosho Co. Community College (coached by John Taylor - ranked 6th in college women's wrestling). 

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In April 1999, a small group of students and faculty at Missouri State got together and decided to start a wrestling club.  This led to the formation of the Missouri State Wrestling Club, a student organization formally recognized by the Office of Student Activities.

An organizational meeting was held on Monday, Aug 30, 1999.  Ten students attended, and will formed the nucleus for that year's club.  hopefully, more will join as the word spreads.  We are also looking for members who do not wrestle but are fans of the sport.  These members (male & female) are important if we are to fulfill our "service" mission, and promote the sport in SW Missouri.


This club is for anyone who is interested in supporting the sport of
wrestling, at all levels, in southwest Missouri. As such, this club has
two complementary missions, competition and service.  The former
is met by organizing some recreational/competitive wrestling
opportunities. The latter is met by helping area tournaments (K-12)
and teams, raising awareness and/or funds to promote the sport,
maintaining this webpage, etc.


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Andy Lokie, officiating at "Grapplemania III"  - a youth tournament at McDonald Arena on the Missouri State campus - Jan 19, 2002 Tom Tomasi, officiating at "Grapplemania III", co-sponsored by the Missouri State Wrestling Club and the Springfield Youth Wrestling Club

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Missouri Wrestling (with links to lots of wrestling news & state rankings)

 NCAA Wrestling results and news

National Collegiate Wrestling Association

List of websites for wrestling camps



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