B.J. Toal was the D-III state runner-up at 171 pounds as a sophomore in 2011. Moving up to 182 pounds, he won consecutive D-III state titles as a junior and senior. Troy Christian won a D-III state team championship in 2013 when Toal was a senior and was the D-III state runner-up the previous season.
B.J. Toal won his second straight D-III state title for Troy Christian in 2013. STAFF FILE
Toal’s coaches at Troy Christian were Steve Goudy and Ty Morgan.
Toal’s brother Zach was a three-time state champion at Troy Christian and preceded B.J. to Missouri, where both wrestled. Zach was a four-time NCAA qualifier and compiled a 93-50 record from 2009-14 for the Tigers.
B.J. redshirted as a freshman at Missouri and an injury forced him to retire from the sport in the fall of 2014. He was an assistant wrestling coach at Battle High School in Columbia the past two years and had hoped to resume his wrestling career.
“Mizzou Wrestling and Mizzou Athletics is saddened to hear of the passing of former wrestler B.J. Toal,” the Missouri athletic department said in a release. “With his older brother Zach being on the team as well, the Toal family has been a part of the Tiger Style family for a long time and forever will be. Our thoughts and prayers are with B.J.’s family and friends during this time of grief.”
Toal was listed as a senior at Missouri, pursing an undergraduate degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism.
Troy Christian athletic director Jeff Sakal said funeral arrangements have not been announced and out of respect for the family any memorial the school will hold to honor Toal is pending.
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College: Senior at Missouri.
High school: 2013 Troy Christian grad.
Notable: 2012-13 D-III state wrestling champ (182 pounds); 2011 state runner-up (171).