Feb. 13, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Winning seven of the 10 matches on the day, the No. 13 Tiger wrestling squad closed out their regular season campaign with an impressive 23-11 victory over the No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday afternoon. Missouri finished the regular season with a 15-9 dual record and a 1-3 record in conference competition.
No. 13 Mizzou 23, No. 17 Iowa State 11
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||No. 9 Alan Waters (MU) major dec. Brandon Jones (ISU), 19-8
||Nathan McCormick (MU) major dec. Ben Cash (ISU), 10-2
||No. 12 Todd Schavrien (MU) dec. No. 15 Chris Drouin (ISU), 3-1
||Kyle Bradley (MU) dec. Nate Carr (ISU), 6-2
||Nick Gregoris (MU) dec. Trent Weatherman (ISU), 7-4
||No. 8 Andrew Sorenson (ISU) dec. No. 9 Zach Toal (MU), 7-3
||No. 1 Jon Reader (ISU) tech. fall No. 20 Dorian Henderson (MU), 16-0 (5:43)
||No. 15 Mike Larson (MU) dec. Cole Shafer (ISU), 4-3
||No. 10 Jerome Ward (ISU) dec. No. 13 Brent Haynes (MU), 8-3
||No. 3 Dom Bradley (MU) dec. Kyle Slifka (ISU), 4-0
Prior to the match, the Tigers honored their three seniors for Senior Day, as Luke Cherep
, Tyler Perry
and Todd Schavrien
were recognize for the hard work and dedication they had given the Missouri program over the years. An announced attendance of 1,512 was there to witness Missouri's final dual of the season.
Starting at 149 pounds for the first time this season, redshirt freshman Kyle Bradley
got the Tigers off on the right foot with a solid 6-2 victory to open the afternoon. A pair of first period takedowns guided Bradley to an early lead, and he capped off the win with a third period escape and 2:33 of riding time.
Sophomore Nick Gregoris
followed with a 7-4 win of his own, giving the Tigers an early 6-0 lead. Scoring a takedown in the first minute of the match, Gregoris put Trent Weatherman on his back with 15 seconds left in the opening period for a two-point near fall, giving him the early 4-0 edge. An escape in the second put him up 5-0, and though Weatherman scored two takedowns in the third, it wasn't enough, as another escape and 1:39 of riding time kept Weatherman at bay.
Iowa State took their first lead of the day after winning by a 7-3 decision at 165 and by a 16-0 technical fall at 174, putting them up 8-6.
At 184, sophomore Mike Larson
snapped a three-match losing streak with a 4-3 decision over Cole Shafer. After giving up an early takedown, Larson escaped to cut the first period lead to 2-1. After tying it with another escape in the second, Larson landed a takedown of his own. Shafer quickly got out, making it 4-3 after two periods, but a scoreless third played out in Larson's favor.
Iowa State scored their last win of the day at 197 pounds, getting a decision to make it 11-9 at the intermission. However, the Tigers would go on to win the last four matches, including two by bonus points, to put themselves ahead for good.
At heavyweight, junior Dom Bradley
won his 15th straight match as he topped Kyle Slifka by a 4-0 score. Scoreless heading into the third, Bradley worked an escape 10 seconds into the period and landed a takedown with nine seconds left while also picking up 1:59 in riding time after Slifka out in the second.
At 125 and 133, the Tigers put the match out of reach with a pair of major decisions to put Mizzou up 20-11. Freshman Alan Waters
knocked off Brandon Jones in a chaotic match that saw both grapplers get hit with penalty points. Waters jumped out to an early lead after the first, as a takedown 27 seconds in turned into a three point near fall, giving him the early 5-0 edge. Two more takedowns in the period put Waters up 9-3 after one. In the second, with Jones starting on bottom, Waters worked a tilt and put Jones on his back for a two point near fall and increased his lead to 11-4 headed to the third. From there, Waters earned a point when Jones was called for locked hands, and then worked an escape. After getting another point when Jones was hit with his second stall warning, both wrestlers were hit with unsportsmanlike conduct calls, with Jones earning one point and Waters picking up two. Jones scored an escape and a takedown at the buzzer, but when all was said and done, Waters came out victories by a 19-8 final.
An impressive third period by sophomore Nathan McCormick
helped guide him to his major decision, as he picked up an escape, a takedown and two points on a near fall in the final frame to go along with 2:54 in riding time, as he edged Benjamin Cash by a 10-2 final. McCormick led 4-2 after the first two periods, as he picked up a pair of takedowns in the opening three minutes.
In a fitting way to close out senior day, Schavrien finished off the day for the Tigers at 141 pounds in his last match at the Hearnes Center, where he knocked off No. 15 Chris Drouin by a 3-1 decision. After a scoreless first, Schavrien took the 1-0 edge on an escape to begin the second. Drouin matched that in the third, making it 1-1, but the Tiger landed a takedown on a scramble with 20 seconds left in the match, riding out Drouin and picking up one last win in front of the Tiger faithful.
After a few weeks off from competition, the Tigers will return to action on Saturday, March 5 when they head to Ames, Iowa for the 2011 Big 12 Championship. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information.