Three Tigers Guaranteed All-American Honors

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Senior Mike Larson collected his 100th win in his collegiate career. Junior Alan Waters also reached that milestone in Friday's quarterfinals.

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Senior Mike Larson collected his 100th win in his collegiate career. Junior Alan Waters also reached that milestone in Friday's quarterfinals.
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March 22, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Three Tigers have already claimed All-American status by winning quarterfinal matches in Friday's morning session at Wells Fargo Arena. Top-seeded Alan Waters and Dom Bradley both defeated their counterparts, and sophomore Drake Houdashelt continued his magic through the 2013 field with a tiebreaker victory over Kevin Tao of American. The Tigers sit in fifth place with 38.5 team points halfway through the tournament.

Waters claimed his first All-American honor after defeating No. 8 Matthew Snyder of Virginia. Waters hit a takedown early in the first and then capped off the contest with another one with a little over 30 seconds left to win by decision, 4-0. The win marked the 100th of his career, a milestone the Mizzou junior reached in just 111 matches.

Redshirt senior Dom Bradley advances to Friday's semifinal round after a win against No. 9 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh). The quarterfinal match went into tiebreaker 1, where Bradley escaped and then kept a hold of Thomusseit for the second 30-second period. After the 2-1 victory, Dom will now meet up with Michael McMullan of Northwestern. The two met prior to this year's season at the NWCA All-Star Classic, where the Tiger-heavyweight came out on top, 3-2.

This is the second time Bradley has earned All-American honors after claiming third place in 2011.

Houdashelt is the third Tiger to reach the Semifinals this year. In a quarterfinal battle of unranked opponents, the sophomore squeaked by Kevin Tao to advance to the final four at 149 pounds. Houdashelt had a 1-0 lead late in the third with a locked-in ride time point, however Tao was able to role over the top and cash in on a two-point reversal. The contest went to tiebreakers, where Tao had a near escape but the officials waved off their initial call. Houdashelt then escaped just five seconds in to the final tiebreaker period to emerge victorious, 3-2.

Houdashelt looks to avenge a loss from earlier this season against No. 2-seed Jason Chamberlain of Boise State. The two faced off in Las Vegas at the Cliff Keen Invitational in December, with Chamberlain taking the match 6-4 in overtime.

Senior Nathan McCormick dropped his quarterfinal match to three-seed Tyler Graff of Wisconsin. In what was a close match, McCormick couldn't finish off a late leg attack and fell, 5-3. He will face No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger Friday night, with the winner claiming All-American status.

Seniors Mike Larson and Todd Porter are also still alive in this year's Championships. Should they win their first match tonight, they too will become All-Americans. Larson will meet up with Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh, and Porter will rematch No. 3 Mike Evans of Iowa.

Larson defeated Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers, 5-2, to advance to Session IV this year in Des Moines. The win was also his 100th career win while donning a Black and Gold singlet. He joins Bradley, senior Brent Haynes, and most recently, Waters, as Tigers who have reached that milestone this season.

The Semifinal round will begin at 6 p.m. CT and can be seen live on ESPNU or ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter, @MizzouWrestling.

TEAM SCORES
1. Penn State - 77.5 pts.
2. Oklahoma State - 66.5 pts.
3. Minnesota - 49.5 pts.
4. Iowa - 39 pts.
5. Missouri - 38.5 pts.
6. Cornell - 37 pts.
7. Ohio State - 30.5 pts.
8. Edinboro - 27 pts.
8. Nebraska - 27 pts.

RESULTS AND SCHEDULE
125 - No. 1 Alan Waters - GUARANTEED ALL-AMERICAN
Champ. Round 1 - Alan Waters (Missouri) won by decision over David Thorn (Minnesota) (Dec 5-2)
Champ. Round 2 - Alan Waters (Missouri) won by decision over Sean Boyle (Michigan) (Dec 4-2)
Quarterfinal - Alan Waters (Missouri) won by decision over No. 8 Matthew Snyder (Virginia) (Dec 4-0)
Semifinal - Alan Waters (Missouri) vs. No. 4 Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State)

133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick
Champ. Round 1 - Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won by decision over Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech) (Dec 3-0)
Champ. Round 2 - Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won by major decision over Dane Harlowe (Boston U.) (MD 11-1)
Quarterfinal - Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) won by decision over Nathan McCormick (Missouri) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 4 - Nathan McCormick vs. Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg)

141 - Nicholas Hucke
Champ. Round 1 - No. 3 Michael Mangrum (Oregon St.) won in sudden victory 1 over Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) (SV-1 6-4)
Cons. Round 1 - Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) won by decision over Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) won by decision over Luke Vaith (Hofstra) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 3 - Michael Nevinger (Cornell) won by decision over Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) (Dec 7-2)

149 - Drake Houdashelt - GUARANTEED ALL-AMERICAN
Champ. Round 1 - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won by decision over No. 11 Andrew Alton (Penn State) (Dec 4-1)
Champ. Round 2 - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won by decision over No. 6 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) (Dec 5-2)
Quarterfinal - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won in tie breaker 1 over Kevin Tao (American) (TB-1 3-2)
Semifinal - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) vs. No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State)

157 - Kyle Bradley
Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Bradley (Missouri) won in tie breaker 2 over No. 4 James Green (Nebraska) (TB-2 6-5)
Champ. Round 2 - David Bonin (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Bradley (Missouri) (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota) won by decision over Kyle Bradley (Missouri) (Dec 6-0)

165 - Zach Toal
Champ. Round 1 - Zach Toal (Missouri) won by decision over Austin Wilson (Nebraska) (Dec 6-2)
Champ. Round 2 - No. 3 Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Zach Toal (Missouri) (Dec 7-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Zach Toal (Missouri) won by decision over Pierce Harger (Northwestern) (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Round 3 - No. 6 Patrick Graham (Oklahoma) won by decision over Zach Toal (Missouri) (Dec 5-4)

174 - Todd Porter
Champ. Round 1 - No. 2 Mathew Brown (Penn State) won by major decision over Todd Porter (Missouri) (MD 10-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Todd Porter (Missouri) won by decision over Billy Curling (Old Dominion) (Dec 8-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Todd Porter (Missouri) won by decision over Jonathan Fausey (Virginia) (Dec 8-7)
Cons. Round 3 - Todd Porter (Missouri) won by decision over No. 10 Daniel Yates (Michigan) (Dec 6-2)
Cons. Round 4 - Todd Porter (Missouri) vs. No. 3 Mike Evans (Iowa)

184 - No. 11 Mike Larson
Champ. Round 1 - Mike Larson (Missouri) won by decision over Ophir Bernstein (Brown) (Dec 8-5)
Champ. Round 2 - No. 6 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Mike Larson (Missouri) (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Mike Larson (Missouri) won by decision over Boaz Beard (Iowa St.) (Dec 2-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Mike Larson (Missouri) won by decision over Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 4 - Mike Larson (Missouri) vs. Max Thomusseit (Pittsburgh)

197 - No. 12 Brent Haynes
Champ. Round 1 - Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) won in sudden victory 3 over Brent Haynes (Missouri) (SV-3 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Brent Haynes (Missouri) won by decision over Maxwell Huntley (Michigan) (Dec 9-4)
Cons. Round 2 - No. 6 Kyven Gadson (Iowa St.) won by decision over Brent Haynes (Missouri) (Dec 7-3)

HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley - GUARANTEED ALL-AMERICAN
Champ. Round 1 - Dom Bradley (Missouri) won by major decision over Stryker Lane (Cornell) (MD 10-1)
Champ. Round 2 - Dom Bradley (Missouri) won by decision over Matthew Gibson (Iowa St.) (Dec 4-2)
Quarterfinal - Dom Bradley (Missouri) won in tie breaker 1 over No. 9 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh) (TB-1 2-1)
Semifinal - Dom Bradley (Missouri) vs. Michael McMullan (Northwestern)

 

 

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