NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session One. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 21, 2013.
2012-13: Continuing to his success from his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Waters finished out the year with a record of 33-2 and his third consecutive NCAA Championship qualification. He started off the year with two major decisions (10-2 each) wins on Nov. 10, the second of which was against No. 10 Camden Eppert (Purdue). The Joe Parisi Open brought a first place title for Waters, winning five straight matches. The first three matches, all won by falls (1:59, 1:06, 1:34), were followed by a major decision (14-3) win against Mizzou-teammate Boomer Boyd. Nov. 24 brought two more wins, the first of which was by major decision (16-2) against South Dakota States' Aaron Pickrel. Waters earned another first place title at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. A fall at 2:59 followed by two major decision wins closed out November and the first day began the Invitational. The following day, which would end with decision wins against No. 11 Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) and No. 10 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) would also bring Waters up to a season record of 14-0. Waters turned right around to beat Garrett (Cornell) again at Grapple at the Garden, followed by a win against Sean Boylan (Bloomsburg). The new year brought two more wins in January and three more at the beginning of February, setting up Waters with a record of 21-0 going into the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals. The first two matches of the Duals were won by major decisions, one of which was against No. 16 Camden Eppert of Purdue for the second time of the season. A win by fall at 3:52 against Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) came next, followed by a win against Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State) the next day. The second match of Feb. 23, against No. 1 Matt McDonough (Iowa), was one Waters had been looking forward to for almost three years. Waters, ranked No. 4 at the time, went in and upset McDonough with a decision win 4-0. On March 10, the MAC Championships only furthered Waters' success with three straight wins (one by fall, 4:25, one by technical fall 17-2, and the third by decision 4-0). Going into the NCAA Championships (for a third time) with a record of 29-0, Waters pushed forward, taking both matches on March 21. The 22nd brought a win against No. 8 Matthew Snyder (Virginia), but was followed by a loss against No. 4 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) that would bring his 32-match winning-streak to an end. The final day of the Championships brought another win by fall at 1:59 (against No. 9 Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State) but was unfortunately followed by a loss to Cornell's Garrett to close out the season. Waters would, however, earn fourth place overall and would be recognized as an All-American. Waters' eight wins via the fall would rank 2nd among Tigers in 2012-13. Waters ended his junior year with a career record of 101-11 with 17 major decisions, 25 falls, and 9 technical falls.
2011-12: Following his breakout season as a true freshman, Waters was once again one of the top 125-pounders in the nation as a sophomore. He followed up his 39-win freshman season with a record of 29-4 last year and went 15-1 in duals, scoring a team-high 61 dual points despite missing three contests. After sitting out the first two duals due to injury, Waters came back and showed his dominance, defeating Oregon State's Pat Rollins by a 19-3 technical fall on Nov. 25 and Stanford's Matt Sencenbaugh, 25-7, two days later. He rode that momentum in to the Kaufman-Brand Open, taking first place with five victories - four falls and a technical fall. At the Kent State dual, Waters defeated Nic Bedelyon, ranked No. 2 in the country, by a 12-1 major decision, and knocked off No. 10 Ryak Finch of Iowa State by a 13-4 major nine days later. Waters finished second at the Southern Scuffle, which featured a 3-2 decision over No. 7 Frank Perrelli (Cornell). Waters fell by a 1-0 score in the championship to No. 1 Zach Sanders. He bounced back, winning his next 11 matches which included another win over Bedelyon at the Virginia Duals and his first career victories over No. 13 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State), winning 4-0, and No. 8 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma), winning 7-0. His winning streak was snapped once again by Sanders, who outlasted Waters by an 8-6 decision in their meeting at the NWCA National Duals Regionals. Waters' perfect 4-0 record in conference action earned him the No. 1 seed, and he again knocked off Morrison and Patterson by scores of 2-0 and 7-0, respectively, to capture his first individual conference title. He earned the No. 3 overall seed at the NCAA Championship and finished one victory away from the All-America round, falling to No. 4 Jesse Delgado by decision in the Round of 12. Waters was ranked third for most of the season after opening the year at No. 5 in the country. He won 19 matches with bonus points, including five majors, six falls and seven technical falls. Honors: Big 12 Champion (125 pounds), Second Team Academic All-Big 12
2010-11: Wrestling as the only true freshman in Missouri's lineup, Waters emerged as one of the top 125 pound grapplers in the country with an unbelievable rookie season, capped off by earning the No. 10 seed at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Waters enjoyed one of the best starts to a season in program history, as he won his first 24 matches and finished the year with a 39-7 record. He started the year in dominating fashion, winning two open titles while also scoring his first dual victory in an 8-3 win against Logan Artis of Illinois. At the Lindenwood Open, Waters went 5-0 with three of his wins coming via first period pins. He was even more impressive at the UCM Open, where he pinned his first four opponents before scoring an 18-3 technical fall in the finals. At Mizzou's quad meet, Waters registered his first dual fall of the year, pinning Lindenwood's Andrew McArthur in 1:43. He went on to record two wins over ranked opponents later in the day, defeating No. 21 Steve Bonanno of Hostra, 2-1, and Oregon State's Jason Lara, ranked 10th, 3-2. He rolled to four victories at the Northeast Duals, and returned home the following week to upset No. 5 Nic Bedelyon of Kent State. At the Midlands, Waters helped the Tigers take home the team championship with a third place finish, highest on the team, despite losing his first match of the season. He opened the tournament with two easy victories, scoring an 11-0 major decision in his first match before pinning his next opponent in 3:41. After losing to Stanford's Ryan Mango for his first loss of the year, Waters bounced back by winning his next three matches to advance to the third place contest, where he avenged the loss to Mango and defeated the Cardinal, 3-2. Waters rode that momentum into the NWCA National Duals, where he went 4-1 over the two day event. He pinned Caleb Flores to open the tournament, and then knocked off No. 14 Frank Perrelli of Cornell by a 3-0 decision. He'd later defeated another ranked opponent in Allen Bartelli of Boise State, edging out a 1-0 win over the Bronco. Waters' only loss came to Big 12 rival Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State, falling 3-1. Waters won his first Big 12 contest of the year, edging David Klingsheim by a 5-3 decision in the Nebraska dual. After dropping matches to Morrison and Oklahoma's Jarrod Patterson, Waters bounced back to close out the regular season with a 19-8 major decision over Brandon Jones. He'd take third at Big 12's, rallying out of the consolation bracket after losing a tough battle to Patterson, falling 1-0 in the first tiebreaker. He defeated Jones 6-2 in the elimination match and finished third after a medical forfeit. At Nationals, Waters defeated Aaron Kalil of the Naval Academy by a 5-4 decision. For the year, Waters led the team with 71 dual points after going 20-3 during the dual season. His 11 falls were most on the team, and his 39 victories are tied for eighth-most in a single season at Missouri.
High School: A four-time state champion, Waters wrestled as a member of the Park Hill Trojans, a team he helped lead to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010. Wrestling in four different weight classes during his four years at Park Hill, Waters put together an astounding career record of 182-4, which includes a perfect 47-0 senior season. On the national level, Waters was crowned national champion in both freestyle and Greco at the 2007 Fargo Wrestling Nationals. In 2008, he finished fifth in freestyle and second in Greco at nationals, and finished third in both styles at the 2009 event. Waters was also a four-time KCI Champion in high school.
Personal: Alan Waters was born on Nov. 6, 1991 to Kent and Valerie Waters in Kansas City, Mo. Both of his parents are teachers, while his father, Kent, attended Northwest Missouri State and his mother, Valerie, graduated from Missouri Western. He has one older brother, Robb (20). Waters is undecided on his major.