Mizzou's Bradley Wins US Open Wrestling Championship
COLUMBIA -- Mizzou All-American Dom Bradley was crowned the U.S. Open Wrestling Champion at 120 kilograms Friday after defeating 2012 Olympian Tervel Dlagnev. Bradley rallied after dropping the first period to defeat Dlagnev, 0-4, 3-0, 1-0 in the freestyle tournament in Las Vegas.
The bout shifted in favor of the Tiger heavyweight in the second frame, when Bradley managed to push Dlagnev out of the ring twice. In freestyle wrestling, one point is awarded to the wrestler who can manage to get his counterpart out of bounds. Bradley took the second period, 3-0, and followed up in the third with a 1-0 advantage to take the title.
Both heavyweights wrestle for the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, coached by Missouri Head Assistant Coach Sammie Henson. Bradley reached the finals of the 16-man field with wins over Sam Cervantes (Navy), Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State), and a come-from-behind win over former Lehigh grappler Zachery Rey in the semifinals.
After the win, Bradley will continue to train and compete as he aspires to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Stay tuned with everything happening in Mizzou Wrestling by following the team on Facebook and Twitter, and right here on MUTigers.com.