Tigers Suffer Setback in Semifinals

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Mike Larson is an All-American in 2013 along with four other Tigers.

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Mike Larson is an All-American in 2013 along with four other Tigers.
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March 22, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - After an elating Friday morning, the Mizzou Wrestling program faltered in the night session. The Tigers sent three to the semifinals, including two No. 1-seeds, however no Tigers will be featured in Saturday night's Championship round. Mizzou added two more All-Americans to give them five on the year, tying a program record set in 2009 when the team finished seventh. Mizzou sits in sixth with 47.5 team points after the second day.

No. 1 Alan Waters fell to Penn State's No. 4 Nico Megaludis in the semifinal at 125 pounds Friday night. After the two traded a couple of escapes, the match went into tiebreaker 2, where it was finally decided. Waters found his way out of Megaludis' grasp to tie the match at 2-a-piece, however an 18-second ride time advantage through two tiebreaker rounds was in favor of Megaludis, and the Nittany Lion's grappler advanced to Saturday night's final against No. 2 Jesse Delgado of Illinois.

The heartbreak-loss marked Waters' first of the year. He will face No. 9 Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State Friday morning as he now competes for third place. Sprenkle defeated the defending champion Matt McDonough in the All-American round of the wrestleback bracket.

After two upsets and a win over Kevin Tao in the quarterfinals, sophomore Drake Houdashelt suffered his first loss of the NCAAs to second-seeded Jason Chamberlain of Boise State. Chamberlain accumulated three takedowns throughout the seven-minute bout, and moves on to the 149-pound championship after a 7-3 win.

Houdashelt will compete for 3rd thru 6th place tomorrow, starting with a rematch of Thursday's upset against No. 6 Dylan Ness of Minnesota. Houdashelt has already upset Ness 5-2, which advanced him to the Quarterfinal round.

In one of the biggest upsets of the night, No. 5 Michael McMullan of Northwestern handed top-seeded Dom Bradley his second loss of the season. McMullan and Bradley went to sudden victory, where McMullan was able to free a foot and circle around on top for the winning takedown. The two were in a near stalemate call, but McMullan was able to rip his foot loose from Bradley's hands.

Bradley had a near takedown late in the second on the edge of the mat that would have given him a 2-1 lead, but the redshirt senior couldn't pull McMullan back to the center and gain control. Bradley will face No. 10 Jarod Trice Saturday with the chance to advance to the third place bout.

Senior-captain Nathan McCormick responded from his loss to No. 3 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin with a pin over Northern Iowa's No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger to claim All-American status for the first time in his career. McCormick hit Wolfensperger with a quick takedown just over 20 seconds in and then finished his new conference foe with a pin at 4:54.

McCormick then met with No. 7 Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State and fell by major decision, 10-2. He will compete for 7th place Saturday morning.

No. 11 Mike Larson was the fifth Tiger to become an All-American after defeating Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh, 4-2. Larson hit a big takedown at the end of the second, and wouldn't get scored on in the third after a neutral start. He will battle No. 6 Ryan Loder for seventh place tomorrow night after losing by decision to Iowa's Ethen Lofthouse, 3-0.

Senior Todd Porter fell in the All-American round to No. 3 Mike Evans of Iowa, 8-0.

The 2013 NCAA Championships resume Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CT with the third, fifth, and seventh place matches. The Championship round will be featured on ESPN Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. Follow the Tigers continued quest for a team trophy at this year's tournament on Facebook and Twitter, and right here on MUTigers.com.

TEAM SCORES
1. Penn State - 114.5 pts.
2. Oklahoma State - 94 pts.
3. Minnesota - 86 pts.
4. Iowa - 68 pts.
5. Cornell - 51 pts.
6. Missouri - 47.5 pts.
7. Ohio State - 46 pts.
8. Iowa State - 41 pts.
8. Oregon State - 41 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 - No. 4 Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) won in tie breaker 2 over Alan Waters (Missouri) (TB-2 3-2)
Cons. Round 6 - Alan Waters (Missouri) vs. No. 9 Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota State)

133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick - GUARANTEED ALL-AMERICAN
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 (Missouri) won by fall over No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa) (Fall 4:54)
Cons. Round 5 - Jonathon Morrison (Oklahoma St.) won by major decision over Nathan McCormick (Missouri) (MD 10-2)
Seventh Place Match - Nathan McCormick (Missouri) vs. No. 8 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma)

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 - Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) won by decision over Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) (Dec 7-3)
Cons. Round 6 - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) vs. No. 6 Dylan Ness (Minnesota)

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 - Michael Evans (Iowa) won by major decision over Todd Porter (Missouri) (MD 8-0)

184 - No. 11 Mike Larson - GUARANTEED ALL-AMERICAN
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) won by decision over Max Thomusseit (Pittsburgh) (Dec 4-2)
Seventh Place Match - Mike Larson (Missouri) vs. No. 6 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa)

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 - Michael McMullan (Northwestern) won in sudden victory 1 over Dom Bradley (Missouri) (SV-1 3-1)
Cons. Round 6 - Dom Bradley (Missouri) vs. No. 10 Jarod Trice (Central Michigan)

 

 

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