- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A former Missouri wrestler and recent Battle High School assistant wrestling coach has died after sustaining head trauma in an accident in downtown Columbia.

The Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/2opq3UQ ) reports that 23-year-old Bruce Toal died Monday.

Columbia Public Department Officer Latisha Stroer says that an officer saw Toal and another man in a “verbal disturbance” on the street. When the officer went to contact the men, Toal ran away. He was taken to a hospital after being found early April 1 in an alley with a laceration to his head from falling down.

Battle head wrestling coach Michael Wakim says Toal was someone everyone could depend on.

As of noon Tuesday, more than $9,200 had been raised on GoFundMe to pay for Toal’s hospital stay.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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