No. 9 Tigers Roll by Purdue, 21-15



Nov. 13, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 9 Missouri wrestling team opened their season with an impressive 21-15 win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers overcame a forfeit at 125 to open the match by winning six of the nine remaining contests on their way to win No. 1 on the year.

No. 9 Mizzou 21, Purdue 15

125 Camden Eppert (PU) wins by forfeit 0 6
133 No. 15 Nathan McCormick (MU) dec. Matt Fields (PU), 14-12 (SV) 3 6
141 Brandon Wiest (MU) dec. Jake Fleckenstein (PU), 3-2 6 6
149 No. 9 Ivan Lopouchanski (PU) dec. No. 13 Kyle Bradley (MU), 5-3 6 9
157 Drake Houdashelt (MU) dec. Tommy Churchard (PU), 11-4 9 9
165 No. 13 Zach Toal (MU) dec. Kyle Mosier (PU), 7-4 12 9
174 No. 6 Dorian Henderson (MU) fall Drake Stein (PU), 0:18 18 9
184 Mike Larson (MU) dec. Braden Atwood (PU), 6-1 21 9
197 No. 13 A.J. Kissel (PU) dec. No. 11 Brent Haynes (MU), 7-2 21 12
HWT Roger Vukobratovich (PU) dec Devin Mellon (MU), 6-4 21 15

Updated Records
125 Alan Waters 0-0 0-0
133 Nathan McCormick 1-0 1-0
141 Brandon Wiest 1-0 1-0
149 Kyle Bradley 0-1 0-1
157 Drake Houdashelt 1-0 1-0
165 Zach Toal 1-0 1-0
174 Dorian Henderson 1-0 1-0
184 Mike Larson 1-0 1-0
197 Brent Haynes 0-1 0-1
HWT Devin Mellon 0-1 0-1

Down 6-0 right off the bat, junior Nathan McCormick and Purdue's Matt Fields put on a show at 133 pounds, with McCormick coming out victorious in sudden victory by a 14-12 final. McCormick scored an early first period takedown but was quickly reversed by Fields. After being ridden for over a minute, McCormick got out from underneath and scored another takedown, but Fields once again landed a reversal. McCormick escaped with two seconds left in the period to take a 6-4 lead into the second.

Strong on top, Fields turned McCormick to his back for a nearfall to take his first lead of the day, but McCormick was able to work a reversal of his own. Fields escape with 25 seconds left and landed a takedown at the buzzer, going up 10-8 into the final period. Fields started on bottom and escaped in 19 seconds, but McCormick took him down shortly after. Fields extended his lead to two with another escape, but McCormick hit another takedown with 24 seconds left and rode Fields out to send it to overtime. McCormick made quick work in the sudden victory period, taking down Fields in just seven seconds to get the Tigers on the board.

Senior Brandon Wiest tied the score up at 6-6 with 3-2 decision over Jake Fleckenstein at 141 pounds, using a second period escape and a takedown with 35 seconds left to pace the victory. No. 9 Ivan Lopouchanski took a 5-3 decision over Kyle Bradley at 149 pounds to give Purdue a 9-6 lead.

At 157 pounds, redshirt freshman Drake Houdashelt made his dual debut and scored an 11-4 win over Tommy Churchard to kick off a string of four straight Missouri victories. Houdashelt led 2-1 in the first period after scoring a takedown 15 seconds in, and then took complete control in the second period. Starting on bottom, Houdashelt reversed Churchard and then put him on his back for a three point nearfall. He tacked on another point with Churchard's second stall warning of the match. In the third, Houdashelt was taken down but scored a reversal and used riding time to take the victory.

Sophomore Zach Toal picked up a 7-4 win over Kyle Mosier at 165 pounds, jumping out to a quick lead with two takedowns within the first 34 seconds. He got an escape and another takedown in the third while limiting Mosier to just four escapes on the match, putting the Tigers up 12-9 for their first lead of the afternoon.

Senior Dorian Henderson blew it wide open at 174 pounds by defeating Drake Stein by fall in just 18 seconds. Henderson took Stein down 14 seconds into the match and immediately turned him and stuck him to the mat for six team points.

Junior Mike Larson iced the dual for the Tigers with a 6-1 win at 184 pounds over Braden Atwood. After a scoreless first, Larson reversed Atwood to open the second and went up 3-0 when Atwood was hit with stalling for the second time. Atwood got his lone point on an escape in the third, but Larson took him down with 40 seconds left and rode him out to gain the riding time point, making it 21-9.

Purdue won matches at 197 and heavyweight to close the day, with No. 13 A.J. Kissel defeating No. 11 Brent Haynes by a 7-2 decision. Redshirt freshman Devin Mellon fell in his first dual match by a 6-4 decision to Roger Vukobratovich.

The Tigers jump right into conference action next week when they head to the state of Oklahoma to take on both the Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mizzou and OU battle on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. CT while the Tigers and Cowboys will face off at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 20. For more information on Missouri wrestling, stay tuned to or check out our Twitter page, @MizzouWrestling.



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