Tiger Style Finishes Season With Five All-Americans

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Redshirt senior Dom Bradley becomes the 14th Tiger to win multiple All-American honors.

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Redshirt senior Dom Bradley becomes the 14th Tiger to win multiple All-American honors.
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March 23, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The Mizzou Wrestling program's season came to an official close Saturday with five All-American Tigers being recognized in front of 16,131 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. Missouri capped off 2013 with a seventh-place finish at Nationals after accumulating 56.5 team points. Alan Waters, Nathan McCormick, Drake Houdashelt, Mike Larson, and Dom Bradley received medals this year at the 2013 NCAA Championships. The five total All-Americans ties the program's mark set in 2009 in St. Louis.

Junior Alan Waters gained All-American status for the first time in his career after taking fourth in this year's field. Waters lost for the first time in 2013 during the NCAA Semifinals to Penn State's Nico Megaludis. The match was decided by 18 seconds of ride time in the second set of tiebreakers. Waters path to becoming an All-American included wins over Minnesota All-American David Thorn and No. 8 Matthew Snyder of Virginia.

Compiling a record of 33-2 in his third year at 125 pounds, Waters moves into fourth-place all-time in winning percentage (.943) in a single season. He collected his 100th win Friday against Snyder in only 111 matches.

Senior-captain Nathan McCormick joined his brother Tyler on Mizzou's list of All-Americans with a pin against Northern Iowa's Levi Wolfensperger. McCormick made his third NCAA appearance at 133 pounds this season, finishing in eighth after dropping his final two matches. He leaves Mizzou with a 91-46 record and a career-best 34-7 mark this season.

Drake Houdashelt shocked many at the Championships with two upsets over No. 11 Andrew Alton (Penn State) and No. 6 Dylan Ness (Minnesota). A win over Kevin Tao of American in the quarterfinals solidified his spot on the podium at 149 pounds this year. The sophomore fell in a couple of tight matches in the final rounds to higher-ranked opponents and claimed sixth place in his first year at 149 pounds.

Houdashelt finishes 2013 with a 31-12 record. Of his 31 victories, 12 came via major decision, tying the program record set by Wes Roper and Raymond Jordan. He was last year's Marshell Esteppe Most Outstanding Freshman.

184-pounder Mike Larson rode three straight wins in the wrestleback bracket to claim his first All-American honor as a senior. The California native qualified for NCAAs in every year as an attached collegiate wrestler. This year he finished in eighth place despite coming in seeded No. 11.

Larson transferred from Cal State Bakersfield to Mizzou after his redshirt freshman year. He, too, eclipsed the 100-win plateau in his career after defeating Daniel Rinaldi of Rutgers.

Redshirt senior Dom Bradley was named an All-American for the second time in his career in 2013 with a fourth-place finish at heavyweight. Another senior-captain, Bradley had an incredible campaign after taking an Olympic redshirt in 2012, finishing the year with a 39-3 record. His .929 winning percentage is fifth all-time in a single season, and his 39 wins fits in at eighth place all time. He's the 14th grappler to be a repeat All-American at Mizzou.

After six years, Bradley ends his tenure with 105 wins to just 15 losses. His wrestling career isn't over just yet, as the Blue Springs, Mo., native hopes to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

With Brian Smith at the helm, 19 All-Americans have now come through Columbia, Mo., claiming 31 total medals. The five from this season make it 53 total placers at the NCAA Championships since the programs beginning in 1923. Smith's squads have had 12 consecutive winning seasons after posting a 16-3 dual record in 2012-13.

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FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Penn State - 123.5 pts.
2. Oklahoma State - 119.5 pts.
3. Minnesota - 103 pts.
4. Iowa - 73 pts.
5. Cornell - 65 pts.
6. Ohio State - 59.5 pts.
7. Missouri - 56.5 pts.
8. Oregon State - 48.5 pts.
9. Illinois - 45.5 pts.
10. Virginia tech - 43.5 pts.

RESULTS AND SCHEDULE
125 - No. 1 Alan Waters - ALL-AMERICAN (4th Place)
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. Semi - Alan Waters (Missouri) won by fall over No. 9 Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota St.) (Fall 1:59)
3rd Place Match - No. 6 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) won by decision over Alan Waters (Missouri) (Dec 6-1)

133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick - ALL-AMERICAN (8th Place)
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)
7th Place Match - No. 8 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) 25-7 won by decision over Nathan McCormick (Missouri) 33-7 (Dec 15-10)

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 - ALL-AMERICAN (6th Place)
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. Semi - No. 6 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) won by decision over Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match - No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon St.) won by decision over Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) (Dec 6-5)

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 -ALL-AMERICAN (8th Place)
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)
7th Place Match - No. 6 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) won by major decision over Mike Larson (Missouri) (MD 8-0)

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 -ALL-AMERICAN (4th Place)
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. Semi - Dom Bradley (Missouri) won by decision over No. 10 Jarod Trice (Central Michigan) (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match - No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma St.) won by decision over Dom Bradley (Missouri) (Dec 3-2)

 

 

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