June 27, 2013
By Taylor Ronan, Mizzou strategic communications assistant
Throwback Thursday: The Mizzou Tigers entered the annual National Duals Tournament as underdogs. They started off the event finals facing the fourth-ranked squad of Ohio State. After dominating the Buckeyes, 28-6, the Tigers then faced rival Oklahoma State and suffered a setback, falling 22-9. After the loss the Tigers were set to face perennial powerhouse and second-ranked Iowa, which has been a staple in college wrestling ever since the program began.
Alan Waters started off the dual with an upset over the nation's top-ranked 125-pounder Matt McDonough, which set the tone for the dual. Even though the Tigers had to forfeit at 133 pounds, the Tigers were still very much in the dual against the second-ranked Hawkeyes. Then came junior Kyle Bradley's major upset over then No. 1 Derek St. John at 157 pounds. The Tigers had the momentum to make program history.
Going into the 184-pound bout, Mizzou was down by seven points, but had three of the best wrestlers in their respective weight classes going. Mike Larson started off the rally with a decision, which put Mizzou four points back from the Hawkeyes. Next, senior Brent Haynes followed suit by winning a 1-0 decision over Nathan Burak. Finally, it was Dom Bradley's turn. With history on the line, Bradley understood what he had to do: if Bradley won, Mizzou would win the dual. As he did all season, Bradley performed like an elite athlete under pressure. He had a huge double overtime victory to win the match, but also win the dual. The win marked the first time in program history that the Tigers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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