Tigers Fall to No. 12 Sooners, 19-18



Nov. 18, 2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 9 Missouri wrestling team fell behind early against the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners and couldn't overcome the deficit as they dropped the Big 12 Conference opener on Friday night. Missouri had to forfeit the 125 pound match and the Sooners would win three of the next four matches to jump ahead.

No. 12 Oklahoma 19, No. 9 Missouri 18

125 No. 3 Jarrod Patterson (OU) wins by forfeit 0 6
133 No. 14 Nathan McCormick (MU) dec. No. 11 Jordan Keller (OU). 2-1 3 6
141 No. 8 Kendric Maple (OU) major dec. Brandon Wiest (MU), 15-3 3 10
149 No. 14 Nick Lester (OU) dec. No. 11 Kyle Bradley (MU) , 1-0 3 13
157 No. 12 Matt Lester (OU) dec. Drake Houdashelt (MU), 5-2 3 16
165 No. 13 Zach Toal dec. Bubby Graham (OU), 8-3 6 16
174 No. 6 Dorian Henderson dec. Chase Nelson (OU), 8-5 9 16
184 No. 18 Erich Schmidtke (OU) dec. Mike Larson (MU), 6-4 9 19
197 No. 12 Brent Haynes (MU) wins by forfeit 15 19
HWT Devin Mellon (MU) dec. Elijah Madison (OU), 6-4 (SV2) 18 19

Updated Records
125 Alan Waters 0-0 0-0
133 Nathan McCormick 2-0 2-0
141 Brandon Wiest 1-1 1-1
149 Kyle Bradley 0-2 0-2
157 Drake Houdashelt 1-1 1-1
165 Zach Toal 2-0 2-0
174 Dorian Henderson 2-0 2-0
184 Mike Larson 1-1 1-1
197 Brent Haynes 1-1 1-1
HWT Devin Mellon 1-1 1-1

With the Tigers trailing 6-0, No. 14 Nathan McCormick put the Tigers on the board with a victory over No. 11 Jordan Keller, winning by a 2-1 decision. McCormick scored a takedown with 1:54 left in the first period to go up 2-0, and Keller's escape 22 seconds later cut the lead to 2-1. McCormick would ride out Keller in the second, but Keller returned the favor in the third, leaving the score at 2-1.

The Sooners then rallied off three straight wins, highlighted by a 15-3 major decision by No. 8 Kendric Maple at 141 pounds over Brandon Wiest. Maple scored a takedown and a near fall in the first to jump ahead, and followed up with two takedowns in the second period. Maple scored two more takedowns in the third, while Wiest could manage just three escapes on the match.

At 149 pounds, No. 14 Nick Lester squeaked out a 1-0 win over No. 11 Kyle Bradley to put the Sooners up by a 13-3 margin. The only point came when Lester escaped with 43 seconds left in the final period. His brother, No. 12 Matt Lester, made it 16-3 with a 5-2 win over Drake Houdashelt at 157 pounds. The two were scoreless heading into the third period after Lester rode out Houdashelt in the second, but Lester broke the 0-0 tie with an escape in four seconds to start the period. Lester took down Houdashelt 38 seconds letter, and added another point when Houdashelt was hit for his second stall warning of the match. Houdashelt scored a reversal on Lester, but riding time gave the Sooner the 5-2 lead.

No. 13 Zach Toal got Missouri back on the winning side of things with an 8-3 decision against Bubby Graham to cut the lead to 16-6. Toal led 2-1 after the first, scoring a takedown halfway through the period, and went up 5-1 with an escape and takedown in the second. Graham scored two escapes in the third, but another Toal takedown, along with 1:56 in riding time, gave the Tiger the victory.

Senior Dorian Henderson moved to 2-0 on the season with an 8-5 decision over Chase Nelson at 174 pounds. The No. 6 ranked Tiger fell behind 2-0 early after surrendering an early takedown, but finished out the first period with an escape and takedown of his own to go up 3-2. In the second period, Henderson landed a quick reversal to go up 5-2. After starting neutral in the third, Henderson scored a takedown with 28 seconds left in the match. Nelson was able to escape and get a takedown of his own, both coming with less than 11 seconds left, but it wasn't enough to overcome Henderson's lead.

At 184, junior Mike Larson dropped a tough contest to No. 18 Erich Schmidtke, losing 6-4. Schmidtke landed a takedown with 10 seconds left in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Larson was able to grab the lead in the second, escaping in 15 seconds after choosing down, and then hitting a takedown with 52 seconds left, but Schmidtke escaped quickly to tie things up headed to the third. Schmidtke chose down to start the period and escaped in 11 seconds before taking Larson down with 1:20 left. Larson was able to escape 20 seconds later, but couldn't hit a tying takedown as he fell by a 6-4 decision to put Oklahoma up by a 19-9 score.

The Sooners forfeited at 197, cutting their lead to 19-15 heading into the final match. Despite not being able to pull out the team win, redshirt freshman secured his first collegiate victory with a 6-4 decision over Elijah Madison in the second sudden victory. Scoreless after the first, Madison struck first with a quick four second escape, but a penalty on Madison with 23 seconds left in the period evened things up heading to the third. Mellon escaped even quicker, getting out from underneath in two seconds, to take the 2-1 lead, but allowed a takedown with 36 seconds left. Still, Mellon escaped 14 seconds later, evening the score at 3-3 and sending it to overtime. After a scoreless first sudden victory, each wrestler scored an escape in their half of the tiebreaker periods to make it 4-4. In the second sudden victory, Mellon hit a takedown with 33 seconds left to pick up his first win as a Tiger.

Missouri was set to take on No. 3 Oklahoma State on Sunday, but due to the tragic events surrounding the OSU women's basketball program, the meet has been postponed with a makeup date to be announced. The Tigers will  next be in action next weekend, when they head west for a meeting with No. 18 Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. CT. On Sunday, Mizzou will battle No. 22 Stanford, beginning at 2 p.m. CT. For more information on TigerStyle wrestling, stay tuned to mutigers.com or visit the team's Twitter page, @MizzouWrestling.



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