O’Toole Wins 2022 Big 12 Wrestler of the Year Award

IRVING, Texas — Missouri freshman Keegan O’Toole has been voted 2022 Wrestler of the Year by league coaches after capping a perfect season with conference and national titles in the weight class of 165 pounds. Merit is the first of the Tigers history program.

O’Toole was the only Big 12 wrestler to remain undefeated in 2022, finishing with a 25-0 record after winning gold at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. He was also the only freshman to appear in a national championship game, knocking out returning champion Shane Griffith of Stanford in a 6-5 decision to win the crown. O’Toole became a two-time All-American after going 5-0 in the national tournament, earning decisive wins over Carson Kharchla of Ohio State and Cameron Amine of Michigan in the quarterfinals and semifinals. .

The Hartland, Wis. native clinched his first Big 12 title with wins over Oklahoma’s Joe Grello (Dec. 6-1), North Dakota State’s Luke Weber (12-3 MD ) and West Virginia’s Peyton Hall (Dec. 13-7). He led the Conference in weekly awards with two this season, earning Wrestler of the Week honors on November 16 and February 15.

O’Toole finished 2022 with a team-best 16 bonus point wins and joined J’den Cox and Ben Askren as the only wrestlers in Mizzou program history to complete perfect seasons. The freshman was named Athlete of the Week in American Wrestling on March 22 and received the Hammer Award from Amateur Wrestling News for winning the NCAA’s most competitive weight class.

Robert J. King