MARYVILLE, Mo. — Maryville hosted its inaugural home wrestling meet, the Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open at Moloney Arena which featured nearly 250 wrestlers representing almost 20 schools.
For the host Saints, freshman Keenan Hagerty reached the final of the 149-pound division before coming up just short against Missouri’s Kyle Bradley. Maryville’s Matt Baker also took home a second-place finish in the 197-pound class as the junior reached the championship match against Brent Haynes from Mizzou.
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Two other Saints recorded fifth-place finishes. Tyrell Galloway took the fifth-place match by pin against Brandon Benvenuti in the 141-pound classification, and fellow freshman Joey Moorhouse won the fifth-place match at 157 pounds in a 5-4 decision against Patrick Robinson from Purdue. Dimitri Willis reached the fifth-place match in the 165-pound division but came up on the short end to Chad Welch from Purdue.
The meet, originally named the UNO Open, was renamed in honor of the late Ryan Kaufman, a Nebraska-Omaha national champion and a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Kaufman, who served as an Omaha, Neb., fireman, was killed in a traffic accident in early 1991. His legacy lives on through this tournament.
Glen Brand, an Omaha, Neb., resident and former Olympic wrestling champion, has provided financial support to the tournament and sponsored the Glen Brand open, which was held at UNO every January. Glen passed away several years ago, and his son, Greg Brand, has taken over responsibilities for the meet.
First-year Maryville coach Mike Denny won seven national titles including the last three at Nebraska-Omaha before the program was cut last year as UNO decided to make the move to Division I.