Coaches Bio’s

Coaches Bio’s2019-01-29T13:51:08+00:00
Coach Nick Purler wrestling Sanshiro Abe (NCAA Champ/Olympian) at a dual meet between Penn State and Oklahoma State. Photo by Chris Roff.

Coach Nick Purler wrestling Sanshiro Abe (NCAA Champ/Olympian) at a dual meet between Penn State and Oklahoma State. Photo by Chris Roff.


Nick Purler™

College Wrestling

  • 1994 NCAA All-American / Oklahoma State University
  • 1994 Big 12 Champion
  • Member of 3 Division I National Championships teams
  • Member of the 1994 Dual Team National Champions / OSU Cowboys
  • Nick’s impressive winning % earned him a spot on Oklahoma States’ All-Time top 20 list for over a decade
  • Espoir National finalist
  • University Nationals finalist
  • 1993 Olympic Sports Festival Champion
  • US Open freestyle All-American
  • Member of the 1994 ALL-STAR TEAM

High School Wrestling

  • 3X MO high school state champion
  • Nick lost only 2 matches in his high school career
  • 2X Junior National Champion
  • Upon graduation, Nick was ranked #1 in the Nation for his weight class
  • 1988 Member of the Asics DREAM TEAM
  • Voted as Outstanding Wrestler of the “Dapper Dan”  Dream Team Classic
  • Cadet Pan American Games bronze medalist


  • Member of the Missouri Wrestling Association Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame


  • Head Coach of the 4X Tulsa National Champions…Purler Wrestling Academy

Kyle Bradley

College Wrestling– University of Missouri 2009-2014

  • 3x NCAA Dv. 1 Qualifier
  • 2013-2014 Team captain, ranked #6 in the nation at 157lbs
  • 2x Big 12 finalist
  • Mid-American Conference finalist
  • Member of the 2012 Big 12 Conference and 2013 MAC Conference Championship Teams
  • Named the 2013 University of Missouri Athletics Male Highlight Of The Year award after posting a win against NCAA Champion Derek St. John of Iowa.
  • 2012 University Nationals 4th place 70KG

High School Wrestling

  • 4X MO high school state medalist 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd
  • Overall Record of 191–9
  • 4x high school All-American at the Cadet and Junior National Championships
  • 3rd place finish at the High School Senior Nationals
  • 4x GAC Conference Champion
  • 4x District Champion


  • 2012 recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award honoring student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic, and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.
  • 2013 Bachelor of Health Professions in Health Sciences
  • 2015 Master of Education in School and Counseling Psychology with a focus in Positive Coaching
  • Member of the Francis Howell Central High School Hall of Fame


  • Head Coach Battle High School

Tony Pescaglia

High School:

Tony Pescaglia earned the Missouri State Title at 119 pounds his junior (2005) and senior (2006) seasons, ranking as high as seventh in the nation in 2006. A three-time team captain, Pescaglia finished sixth as a freshman (2003) and third as a sophomore (2004) earning all-state and All-America honors in each of his four years at Hickman. In 2005, Pescaglia won the Brute Adidas National Championships after getting 5th the year prior.  In 2006, Pescaglia placed 4th at the NHSCA Senior National Tournament.  For his work on the mat, Pescaglia was inducted into the Hickman Hall of Fame and named a four-time Most Outstanding Wrestler, earning the most career wins (171) and pins (112) of his high school. Pescaglia’s 112 falls were just two shy of the state record (114). In 2005, Pescaglia won the prestigious honor of Outstanding Wrestler for the Purler™ Wrestling Academy in the High School Division.  As a senior, Pescaglia finished the year with 51 victories, 39 of which were pins. The five-time Most Dedicated Wrestler was also awarded the Most Inspirational Award and two-time Sportsmanship Award. Pescaglia was a member of the National Honor Society and earned Academic All-State and All-American recognition in each of his years at Hickman.


2007-08: Of the 12 matches in which Pescaglia competed, eight came against wrestlers ranked among the top-15 in the nation of the 125-pound weight class. Pescaglia opened his redshirt freshman campaign Nov. 9 with a 10-4 win by decision over Mitch Fenton of Rider. The bout marked Pescaglia’s first appearance in Missouri’s 10-man lineup and his first of seven wins on the season. Competing at the prestigious Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Pescaglia earned runner-up honors after managing a 5-1 record that included a 12-6 win by decision over Wisconsin’s then-sixth-ranked Colin Cudd and an 8-4 decision of Illinois’ 11th-ranked Gabriel Flores. Pescaglia’s season was cut short due to a knee injury (ACL) halfway through the season.  Since Pescaglia’s season was over, surgery on his shoulder (labrum) was also performed.  With all the injuries he endured over his career, Pescaglia elected to hang up his singlet and focus on his future outside of competing.

“When Tony is healthy, he’s one of the top 125 pounders in the nation,” Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith said.


  • 2008 – 2011                 Assistant Coach at Columbia Hickman High School
  • 2011 – 2014                 Volunteer Coach at Columbia Wrestling Club
  • 2008 – Present             Coach at Purler Wrestling Academy


Pescaglia has two children, a daughter (Eliana) and a son (A.J.) with his wife Brittany.

Trevor Feagans

College Wrestling

  • Wrestled D1 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
  • 3 Year D1 Letterwinner
  • Wins over multiple nationally ranked opponents
  • Ranked as high as #20 in the country by FloWrestling senior year

High School Wrestling

  • Career Record of 178-13
  • 4-Time MO State Medalist (2nd, 5th, 2nd, 2nd,)
  • 4-Time MO District Champion
  • 3-Time Central Ozark Conference Champion
  • 2013 USAW Junior National Folkstyle All-American (5th at Junior 138)


  • 2-Time MO Academic All-State
  • Graduated college with a 3.2 GPA
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology


  • Purler™ Wrestling coach since 2014

Brad Dieckhaus

Northern Illinois senior Brad Dieckhaus was selected to the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s 2012 All- Academic Team

Dieckhaus was one of 87 wrestlers in the country to earn the honor, which is given to individuals who boast at least a 3.3 GPA and either advance to the NCAA Championships or sport an excellent regular season win-loss record. Dieckhaus received a 4.0 GPA.


  • 2011 Mid-American Conference Champion at 184lbs
  • 2x NCAA Div. 1 qualifier
  • 2x Mid-American Finalist
  • 2011-2012 Bruce Swierczewski Most Valuable Wrestler Award
  • 2011 Northern Illinois Play of the year award

High School

  • HS state finalist at 160lbs
  • 2007 Class 4 Most improved wrestler


  • 2012 Master of Science in Sports Management emphasis on business and sales
  • 2011 Bachelors of Science in corporate communications

Jake Thornton

I am from Columbia, MO and started wrestling at the age of 9. In 2001 I joined Purler™ Wrestling Academy, since then I have stayed involved with the program, whether it be coaching camps or helping Nick at weekly practices. Throughout high school I dealt with multiple knee injuries, and unfortunately my seasons were cut short. After high school I chose to attend and wrestle at Virginia Military Institute. I then transferred to Missouri Baptist to wrestle under Brian Jackson. One again I suffered a knee injury, but this time it ended my wrestling career. I made the decision to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to finish my education. I graduated with honors with a BSBA in Finance, and concentration in corporate financial analysis. I now work for Krilogy Financial in Creve Coeur, where I am portfolio strategist and wealth manager. I owe a great deal of my success, on and off the mat, to Nick and the Purler™ Wrestling program. I really love coaching, and I am very excited to be a part of the bright future that Nick has planned.