Houdashelt, Cox and two freshmen won their opening bouts Thursday morning at the 2014 NCAAs
2012-13: Matt Manley compiled a 13-4 record while competing in three tournaments at 125 pounds in his redshirt season at Mizzou. Manley opened his season with a second place finish at the UCM Open where he earned five won five matches including a fall in his Tiger debut and a 7-2 decision over teammate Austin Roper to propel him into the finals. Matt won five matches en route to a fifth place finish at the Joe Parisi open. Manley finished his season with three wins and a second place finish at the Roger Denker Open. On the year, Matt went 4-0 versus fellow Tigers (3-0 vs. Austin Roper and 1-0 vs. Cole Baumgartner).
High School: Matt Manley was a four-time letter winner at Perry High School in Perry, Oklahoma. A 3-time state champion, Manley competed at 103 pounds in his freshman and sophomore years before moving to the 112 and 126 classes in his junior and senior years, respectively. He finished in 1st place at state his sophomore, junior, and senior years after a 3rd place finish as a freshman. Manley accumulated an outstanding 171-17 record at for the Perry Maroons, highlighted by an incredible 48-1 record as a senior (13 of Manley's 17 losses came as a freshman). He helped the Maroons finish in 1st place in state in each of his four years. 100 of his 171 wins came via the fall. He was honored as an All-State Wrestler, Oklahoma 3A Wrestler of the Year, and a Jim Thorpe Award Finalist.
Academically, Manley was a part of the National Honor Society, as well as being a Junior Rotarian. He was awarded the Masonic Lodge Student of Today award in 2010. He chose Missouri because it is a strong program on and off of the mat.
Personal: Matt was born to Brian and Abby Manley. He has three siblings - Crystal (27), Coy (25), and Steve (14). He is majoring in Wildlife Management at Mizzou.