B.J. Toal, Commits to University of Missouri


B.J. Toal, a senior at Troy Christian High School, verbally committed to pursue a degree and wrestle at the University of Missouri.  Toal won the 2012 Division III state championship at 182 pounds on the strength of back-to-back 3-2 decisions, the first in the semifinal bout against Sam Groff of Sandy Valley High School and the second in the state championship match against fellow junior Kevin Stock of James A. Garifield High School.  The battle with Stock was a rematch of their state semifinal bout the year befoe when Toal edged Stock to get the 8-7 victory.  To go along with his 46-1 overall record, Toal finished an excellent 8-1 against All-Ohioans from all three divisions.  Toal's only loss on the year was in the championship semifinal round at the Ironman, when he battled three-time Division II state finalist Huston Evans to a 5-2 decision.  Toal came back to finish in third place -- no small feat at the Ironman--including a victory over nationally-rancked Michael Mocco of Blair Academy (New Jersey).  As a sophomore, Toal placed second at 171 pounds in Division III to four-time state champion Chris Phillips of Monroeville High School and finished with a 31-8 record.  His climb to the final round was a preview of great things to come.  He not only battled Division III stalwarts like Joe Brandt and Tyler Porter but also notably took Division II state champion Kyle Ryan of Graham High School to the limit in a 11-7 decision.  Toal did not compete as a freshman.  Now set to join his brother, Zach (a three-time Ohio school state champion), at the University of Missouri, B.J. is looking to win the family-s fifth state title.  The University of Missouri staff is led by head coach Brian Smith and includes Olympic silver medalist and World Champion Sammie Henson, national runner-up Joe Johnston, national champion Mark Ellis as well as Todd Schavrien and Nick Marable.