Brothers Compete Together on Mizzou Wrestling Team

6 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, November 07 2013 Nov 7, 2013 Thursday, November 07, 2013 3:54:00 PM CST November 07, 2013 in Sports
By: Joe Proszek, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

COLUMBIA - Mothers often tell their kids not to wrestle with their siblings.

But not wrestling with each other is nearly impossible for Zach and B.J. Toal. The brothers both compete on the Missouri wrestling team.

Zach is a senior and B.J. is a freshman. But being the older brother doesn't mean that Zach is the "big" brother. Zach starts for the Tigers in the 165 pound weight division, while B.J. is set to wrestle for the Tigers at 184 pounds.

"I've always worked on getting bigger," B.J. said. "I've just always been a little bigger than him. My goal is to always get strong."

"Ever since he started growing he's been pretty big," Zach said. "I mean, it's a fact. He's bigger than me."

But Zach added that despite B.J. being bigger, Zach is still the better wrestler.

"I think I've still got better technique than he does," Zach said. "I can still take him."

Zach has 67 wins in his Tiger career and last year he qualified for the NCAA championships. He hopes his success will help inspire his brother to work hard and succeed.

But the two are just as much brothers as they are teammates.

"I try to show him what to do both on and off the mat," Zach said. "I had to help him move into his dorm and get his [student] I.D. and stuff like that."

"He's been there for me since we were kids," B.J. said. "He's my best friend. He helps me with my technique and tells me what not to do and how to stay out of trouble."

The brothers will compete together as Tigers for the first time on November 23, in the Joe Parisi Open.

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