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Tigers Fall to No. 4 Minnesota in Regional Finals

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Feb. 11, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 13 Mizzou wrestling squad went 2-1 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturday afternoon, defeating Cal Poly and No. 11 Michigan before losing to No. 4 Minnesota in the Rutgers Regional Finals. Missouri is now 14-4 in duals this season.

No. 13 Mizzou 34, Cal Poly 6

Wt.
Result
MU
POLY
125 No. 3 Alan Waters (MU) fall Michael Clemmensen (Cal Poly), 4:21 6 0
133 No. 8 Nathan McCormick (MU) dec. Jacob Tanenbaum (Cal Poly), 9-6 9 0
141 No. 2 Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly) dec. Nicholas Hucke (MU), 7-4 9 3
149 No. 17 Kyle Bradley (MU) major dec. Adam Aslam (Cal Poly), 12-3 13 3
157 No. 17 Drake Houdashelt (MU) fall Ganpier Yanez (Cal Poly), 3:48 19 3
165 Dominic Kastl (Cal Poly) dec. Zach Toal (MU), 3-1 (SV) 19 6
174 No. 18 Dorian Henderson (MU) dec. No. 4 Ryan DesRoches (Cal Poly), 3-2 22 6
184 Clarence Neely wins by forfeit 28 6
197 No. 7 Brent Haynes (MU) dec. No. 18 Ryan Smith (Cal Poly), 7-1 31 6
HWT Devin Mellon (MU) dec. Kelan Bragg (Cal Poly), 5-3 34 6

No. 13 Mizzou 21, No. 11 Michigan 12

Wt.
Result
MU
MICH
125 No. 3 Alan Waters (MU) tech. fall Grant Pizzo (MICH), 19-4 5 0
133 No. 16 Zac Stevens (MICH) dec. No. 8 Nathan McCormick (MU), 7-3 5 3
141 No. 1 Kellen Russell (MICH) dec. Brandon Wiest (MU), 6-2 5 6
149 No. 17 Kyle Bradley (MU) dec. No. 6 Eric Grajales (MICH), 5-3 (SV2) 8 6
157 No. 17 Drake Houdashelt (MU) dec. Brandon Zeerip (MICH), 7-3 11 6
165 No. 13 Dan Yates (MICH) dec. Zach Toal (MU), 4-1 11 9
174 No. 8 Justin Zeerip (MICH) dec. No. 18 Dorian Henderson (MU), 2-0 11 12
184 Clarence Neely (MU) dec. David Johnson (MICH), 6-5 14 12
197 No. 7 Brent Haynes (MU) major dec. No. 15 Max Huntley (MICH), 8-0 18 12
HWT Devin Mellon (MU) dec. No. 10 Ben Apland (MICH), 4-3 21 12

No. 4 Minnesota 26, No. 13 Mizzou 7

Wt.
Result
MU
MINN
125 No. 2 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. No. 3 Alan Waters (MU), 8-6 0 3
133 No. 7 Chris Dardanes (MINN) major dec. No. 8 Nathan McCormick (MU), 15-5 0 7
141 No. 8 Nick Dardanes (MINN) major dec. Brandon Wiest (MU), 15-7 0 11
149 No. 10 Dylan Ness (MINN) dec. No. 17 Kyle Bradley (MU), 8-6 (SV) 0 14
157 No. 17 Drake Houdashelt (MU) dec. Daniel Zilverberg (MINN), 6-4 3 14
165 No. 14 Cody Yohn (MINN) dec. Zach Toal (MU), 6-3 3 17
174 No. 6 Logan Storley (MINN) dec. No. 18 Dorian Henderson (MU), 2-0 3 20
184 No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. Clarence Neely (MU), 6-0 3 23
197 No. 7 Brent Haynes (MU) major dec. No. 6 Sonny Yohn (MINN), 10-0 7 23
HWT No. 4 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. Devin Mellon (MU), 4-1 7 26

Updated Records
Season
Dual
125 Alan Waters 24-2 15-1
133 Nathan McCormick 14-4 10-4
141 Nicholas Hucke 14-11 2-7
141 Brandon Wiest 7-11 2-7
149 Kyle Bradley 21-9 11-7
157 Drake Houdashelt 25-5 14-4
165 Zach Toal 20-8 12-5
174 Dorian Henderson 19-9 9-7
184 Clarence Neely 22-10 4-2
197 Brent Haynes 21-4 12-4
HWT Devin Mellon 19-9 11-7
The Tigers opened the day with a dominating 34-6 victory over Cal Poly, setting up a 21-12 victory over the Wolverines in the semifinals. Minnesota defeated the Tigers by a 26-7 score in the championship bout. Junior Brent Haynes had an impressive day, winning all three of his matches against ranked opponents, scoring bonus points in two of his bouts. Redshirt freshman Drake Houdashelt was also 3-0, which included a pin in his first contest.

No. 3 Alan Waters got the Tigers off on the right foot against Cal Poly, pinning Michael Clemmensen in 4:21 to put Mizzou up by a 6-0 score. Nathan McCormick made it 9-0 with a decision at 133 pounds before No. 2 Boris Novachkov defeated Nicholas Hucke, 7-4, putting Cal Poly on the board. Missouri would win their next two matches as Kyle Bradley scored a major decision and Houdashelt picked up his fall 3:48, giving the Tigers a 19-3 cushion.

After Cal Poly made it 19-6 after 165, the Tigers won the last four bouts, beginning with No. 18 Dorian Henderson’s 3-2 upset of No. 4 Ryan DesRoches. Missouri won by forfeit at 184, and then Haynes defeated No. 18 Ryan Smith by a 7-1 margin. Devin Mellon closed out the match with a 5-3 win at heavyweight.

Against Michigan, Waters again scored bonus points to open the dual, giving the Tigers a 5-0 advantage after his 19-4 technical fall. The Wolverines won the next two contests before Bradley pulled out a 5-3 win in the second sudden victory to upset No. 6 Eric Grajales, putting the Tigers back ahead. Houdashelt defeated Brandon Zeerip, 7-3, but Michigan would go back ahead with wins at the next two weight classes to go ahead 12-11.

Junior Clarence Neely put the Tigers back ahead with a dramatic 6-5 win over David Johnson at 184. Johnson scored a takedown with under 30 seconds left to take the 5-4 advantage, but Neely reversed Johnson with just 11 seconds left in the match to pull out the victory. Haynes then majored No. 15 Max Huntley, 8-0, to put the Tigers ahead by six, while Mellon capped the match with a 4-3 upset over No. 10 Ben Apland to make it 21-12.

In the finals, Minnesota won eight of the 10 contests to move to next weekend’s Final Four round. No. 2 Zach Sanders knocked off Waters for the second time this year, defeating the Tiger, 8-6. It was just the second loss of the year, and first dual loss, for Waters this season. Back-to-back major decisions built the Golden Gopher lead to 11-0, and No. 10 Dylan Ness scored a sudden victory takedown to defeat Bradley at 149.

Missouri finally got on the board with Houdashelt’s victory at 157, as he outlasted Daniel Zilverberg by a 6-4 score. Three straight decisions by Minnesota at 165, 174 and 184 put the match out of reach for the Tigers, but Haynes majored No. 6 Sonny Yohn by a 10-0 final, scoring his second win over Yohn this season.

Mizzou returns to action in two weeks, as they’ll head down to Stillwater, Okla., for the team’s final dual contest of the season. Action gets started at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. For more information, stay tuned to mutigers.com