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Missouri Strong in Second Session

MUTIGERS.COM A win in the quarters will stamp Dom Bradley's All-America ticket and put him one match away from the finals
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A win in the quarters will stamp Dom Bradley's All-America ticket and put him one match away from the finals
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March 17, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Missouri wrestling team posted a strong showing in the second session, winning eight of their nine matches to move into 16th place with 15.5 points.  The Tigers are just three points out of the top 10.  Senior Todd Schavrien and junior Dom Bradley entered the evening session as Missouri’s lone competitors in the championship bracket and they each advanced with wins in their respective weight class.

Schavrien advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 decision over Pittsburgh’s Tyler Nauman, the seventh-ranked grappler at 141 pounds.  Down 1-0 in the second, Schavrien landed a takedown near the edge to put himself on top.  He secured the match with 1:35 of riding time after choosing neutral in the third.  Schavrien will now face No. 2 Michael Thorn of Minnesota in tomorrow morning’s session.  The winner secures an All-American bid and will be one match away from going to Saturday night’s finals.

Junior Dom Bradley outlasted No. 12 Eric Bugenhagen by a 3-2 decision in the second tiebreaker to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round.  Each grappler worked an escape in regulation, and did the same in the first tiebreaker.  After a second scoreless sudden victory round, Bradley rode Bugenhagen out in the first half of the second tiebreaker, and fought off Bugenhagen in the second half after Bugenhagen cut Bradley.  The Tiger heavyweight, seeded fifth, will take on Arizona State’s Levi Cooper in the morning.

Freshman Alan Waters bounced back after a first round upset and picked up a 5-4 win in his first consolation match over Aaron Kalil of Navy.  Waters registered two first period takedowns to pace his victory, giving up only two escapes and a last second takedown to Kalil.  Missouri’s No. 10 seed will take on No. 4 seeded James Nicholson of Old Dominion tomorrow.

At 133 pounds, Nathan McCormick moved on with a win in his first consolation match, defeating Liberty’s Thomas Mitchell by a 6-2 score.  The Tiger sophomore was strong on top, picking up two minutes of riding time while also scoring a takedown in the first two periods.  He’ll face No. 12 Kyle Hutter (Old Dominion) in tomorrow morning’s session.

Kyle Bradley also advanced to Session III with a win in his first consolation match, edging Brian Stephens of Virginia Tech, 3-2.  The redshirt sophomore landed a takedown in the third to put him on top for good.  Bradley will face off with Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro) in his next match.

Down 4-1 with under a minute left in the second period, redshirt freshman Zach Toal mounted an impressive comeback over Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel to pull out his first NCAA Championships win.  After escaping, Toal landed a go-behind to even up the match.  Luvsandorj chose neutral to start the third with his 1:16 of riding time, but Toal hit a low single and rode his opponent out, giving him the 6-4 victory.

Junior Dorian Henderson scored the first bonus points of the day for the Tigers with a 9-1 major decision victory in his first consolation match.  The 174 pounder jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, scoring an early takedown and turning Scott Giffin (Penn) for a three point near fall.  The two exchanged escapes in the second and third, which Henderson followed up by landing another takedown late in the match.  His 2:44 of riding time gave him the major decision.  Tomorrow morning, Henderson will take on Ohio’s Nick Purdue.

Sophomore Mike Larson was the first Tiger to get knocked out, as he fell 3-0 in his first consolation match against Cody Magrum of Ohio State.  Larson finished his first year at Mizzou with a 21-15 record.

Closing out the first day of action for the Tigers was sophomore Brent Haynes, who made quick work of Chattanooga’s Nikolas Brown.  Haynes scored a quick takedown and turned Brown five times in the first period, scoring a 17-0 technical fall win in 2:42.  Haynes moves on to face No. 10 Logan Brown of Purdue tomorrow morning.

Missouri’s eight remaining grapplers will be back in action tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. CT with the quarterfinals and two more rounds of wrestlebacks.

125 Pounds: Alan Waters
Anthony Zanetta (Pitt) dec. No. 10 Alan Waters (MU), 7-2
No. 10 Alan Waters (MU) dec. Aaron Kalil (Navy), 5-4
Friday Morning: No. 10 Alan Waters (MU) vs. No. 4 James Nicholson (ODU)

133 Pounds: Nathan McCormick
No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise State) fall Nathan McCormick (MU), 2:26
Nathan McCormick (MU) dec. Thomas Mitchell (Liberty), 6-2
Friday Morning: Nathan McCormick (MU) vs. No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU)

141 Pounds: Todd Schavrien
No. 10 Todd Schavrien (MU) dec. Trevor Melde (Rutgers), 7-3
No. 10 Todd Schavrien (MU) dec. No. 7 Tyler Nauman (Pittsburgh), 3-1
Friday Morning: No. 10 Todd Schavrien (MU) vs. No. 2 Michael Thorn (Minnesota)

149 Pounds: Kyle Bradley
No. 10 Kurt Kinser (UI) dec. Kyle Bradley (MU), 4-2 (SV)
Kyle Bradley (MU) dec. Brian Stephens (VT), 3-2
Friday Morning: Kyle Bradley (MU) vs. Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro)

165 Pounds: Zach Toal
Jim Resnick (Rider) dec. No. 10 Zach Toal (MU), 6-0
No. 10 Zach Toal (MU) dec. Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel), 6-4
Friday Morning: No. 10 Zach Toal (MU) vs. Stephen Burak (Penn)

174 Pounds: Dorian Henderson
Dorian Henderson (MU) dec. Rob Morrison (Rider), 4-1 (TB1)
No. 9 Ethan Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Dorian Henderson (MU), 8-2
Dorian Henderson (MU) major dec. Scott Giffin (Penn), 9-1
Friday Morning: Dorian Henderson (MU) vs. Nick Purdue (Ohio)

184 Pounds: Mike Larson
Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) major dec. Mike Larson (MU), 11-1
Cody Magrum (Ohio State) dec. Mike Larson (MU), 3-0

197 Pounds: Brent Haynes
Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) major dec. Brent Haynes (MU), 13-4
Brent Haynes (MU) tech. fall Nikolas Brown (UTC), 17-0, 2:42
Friday Morning: Brent Haynes (MU) vs. Logan Brown (Purdue)

HWT: Dom Bradley
No. 5 Dom Bradley (MU) dec. J.T. Felix (Boise State), 3-2
No. 5 Dom Bradley (MU) dec. No. 12 Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin), 3-2 (TB2)
Friday Morning: No. 5 Dom Bradley (MU) vs. Levi Cooper (Arizona State)