Tale as Old as Time

1 decade 2 weeks 2 days ago February 08, 2007 Feb 8, 2007 Thursday, February 08 2007 Thursday, February 08, 2007 9:34:51 PM CST in Tiger Talk

There's a place in mid-Missouri that will show off flexibility and physicality on its floor. The Missouri Athletic Department has planned a milestone event to attract a family crowd sort of like a well-known magical theme park.

"It's a Disney theme, so it's a good wholesome family thing. And then it's just kind of the way each sport is portrayed. The wrestlers are rough tough guys and beastly, you know, and typically your gymnasts are more of the feminine lady-like athletes," said Missouri head coach Rob Drass.

There will be two competitions, two crowds, and two public announcers, all in one historic venue that thought it had seen it all.

Even though Missouri may not have created the concept of having wrestling and gymnastics going at the same time, they may have created a three ring circus for the Hearnes Center.

But will your team be able to ignore the noises?

"Most of it we'll be able to zone out. The only thing that I know most of the girls are concerned about is the buzzer, but, I mean we just got to focus," said senior gymnast Amanda Pezzullo.

And just why exactly are the wrestlers labeled as the beasts?

"We're pretty, so we have to be the beauties," she added.

Coach Drass adopted the idea of simultaneous competition from Boise State University.

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