Nov. 24, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - For the first time since 2008-09, the Tigers are 5-0 to start the 2012-13 campaign. Mizzou continued to their hot start this year by winning 18 of 20 bouts on Saturday as they defeated South Dakota State 36-3 and Stanford, 31-3.
Picking up right where they left off last weekend in Saint Charles at the Joe Parisi Open, No. 4 Alan Waters and No. 6 Nathan McCormick set the tone for the seventh-ranked Wrestling program. Waters picked up wins number eight and nine on the year by way of a decision and major decision. The junior dominated in his first match versus Aaron Pickrel of South Dakota State, tallying 4:07 in riding time along with three 3-point near falls in a 16-2 major decision. He defeated Evan Silver of Stanford by decision 5-1 in the second dual. Silver was 8-3 on the year before facing off against the Mizzou 125-pounder.
McCormick, who jumped from 8th to 6th in the rankings this past week, tacked on two wins as well to improve to 10-0 on the year and 5-0 in dual meets. McCormick won an 8-2 decision over Brance Simms of SDSU, and then added a 15-5 major decision with six takedowns against Stanford's Peter Russo.
At the highly competitive 141-weight class for Mizzou, 14th-ranked senior Nicholas Hucke and redshirt sophomore Trevor Jauch got the call for the Tigers. In his first career dual match as a Tiger, Jauch took full advantage of the opportunity by pinning Ben Gillette of South Dakota State. The pin came at 1:25 after he had taken a quick 5-0 lead with a takedown and a near fall. Jauch is arguably the most surprising wrestler for the Tigers thus far with a 12-0 record and two first place finishes at open tournaments.
Hucke got the nod against Stanford and added to his perfect dual record with a 5-1 decision over Josh Lauderdale. There was 4:32 seconds of riding time in favor of the Tigers' 141-pound grappler. Hucke is 5-2 in 2012, 3-0 in dual meets.
Following his three technical fall wins at Lindenwood last weekend, sophomore Drake Houdashelt won his two bouts as well and accounted for seven of Mizzou's 67 total dual points on the afternoon. After a 5-1 win over SDSU's Dustin Walraven, Houdashelt tallied 12 points against Stanford Cardinal Timmy Boone, seven of which came in the final frame. He is now 3-1 in duals with his only loss coming against Purdue in overtime.
Through the 157-pound bout versus South Dakota State, the Tigers hadn't lost a dual match since Patrick Robinson of Purdue defeated 165-pound Ty Prazma 7-3 back on November 10. Junior Kyle Bradley defeated his Jackrabbit opponent Cody Pack 8-3 to keep the winning streak alive; a streak in which Mizzou's program had outscored their opponents 69-0. During the streak that covered 19 total bouts, the Tigers had only given up one takedown or reversal. All of that came to an end during the 165-pound match between Missouri's Zach Toal and Joseph Brewster of SDSU. Toal had a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, but Brewster managed a takedown to take the lead and would never trail again. Toal tied it up at 3 with a takedown of his own in the 3rd, but the Jackrabbit wrestler pulled away with another two-point throw and went on to win 6-3 with riding time. Those were the only three team points that the visitors would muster.
The No. 10-ranked Toal would redeem himself against Stanford with a 4-3 decision over Bret Baumbach.
Missouri was a perfect 8-0 in the 174, 184, 197, and 285-pound classes. Senior Todd Porter added a major and a decision to his season statistics with a 15-5 win over John Nething II (SDSU) and a 8-2 win against Tommy Kimbrell (STAN). Porter had a monster seven-point second period in his match with Nething II, as he finished with six total takedowns. Porter (9-1) has shot up to 16th in the rankings since beginning this year's campaign ranked around 30th in many polls.
184-pound senior Mike Larson advances to 4-0 in duals and 9-2 overall after two major decision-wins against Hunter Weddington and Alan Yen. Larson defeated Weddington (SDSU) 11-3 with 4:19 of riding time and also had 2:15 in his 9-1 major over Yen.
Mizzou is on the brink of another historic accolade at 197-pounds this year. No. 5-ranked Brent Haynes is only nine wins shy of 100-career wins after his two victories over his upperweight counterparts. Haynes took a 6-2 lead into the final frame versus Brandon Ballard of South Dakota State and went on to win by decision, 11-4. He then added his first major decision of the season against Michael Sojka, 11-2. Haynes is well on his way to joining an elite group of Tigers alumni that includes names such as Ben Askren and former head coach Wes Roper.
Dom Bradley rounded out both duals at heavyweight for Mizzou. Bradley made quick work of his first opponent J.J. Everard (SDSU) with a pin just 1:07 into the match. He now has four falls on the season, three of which came last weekend at the Joe Parisi Open in a total of 6:59. The No. 2-ranked heavyweight in the nation won an extremely close match against Dan Scherer of Stanford to end the afternoon. The bout was tied at 2 after three periods and was eventually decided in the second tiebreaker period with an escape by Mizzou's big man.
Stanford's one victory came at the 157-pound match between Kyle Bradley and Stanford's Kyle Meyer. Meyer won by decision 3-2 in a highly contested bout that came down to riding time.
The Tigers will now take a few days off from competition before traveling to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend. Stay tuned with Missouri Wrestling on MUTigers.com and on Twitter, @MizzouWrestling.
Vs. South Dakota State University
Wt. Wrestler vs. Wrestler: Result
125 Alan Waters (MU) won by major decision over Aaron Pickrel (SDSU) 16-2.
133 Nathan McCormick (MU) won by decision over Brance Simms (SDSU) 8-2.
141 Trevor Jauch (MU) won by pin over Ben Gillette (SDSU) 1:25.
149 Drake Houdashelt (MU) won by decision over Dustin Walraven (SDSU) 5-1.
157 Kyle Bradley (MU) won by decision over Cody Pack (SDSU) 8-3.
165 Joseph Brewster (SDSU) won by decision over Zach Toal (MU) 6-3.
174 Todd Porter (MU) won by major decision over John Nething II (SDSU) 15-5.
184 Mike Larson (MU) won by major decision over Hunter Weddington (SDSU) 11-3.
197 Brent Haynes (MU) won by decision over Brandon Ballard (SDSU) 11-4.
HWT Dom Bradley (Missouri) won by pin over J.J. Everard (SDSU) 1:07.
Vs. Stanford University
Wt. Wrestler vs. Wrestler: Result
125 Alan Waters (MU) won by decision over Evan Silver (STAN) 5-1.
133 Nathan McCormick (MU) won by major decision over Peter Russo (STAN) 15-5.
141 Nicholas Hucke (MU) won by decision over Josh Lauderdale (STAN) 5-1.
149 Drake Houdashelt (MU) won by major decision over Timmy Boone (STAN) 12-3.
157 Kyle Meyer (STAN) won by decision over Kyle Bradley (MU) 3-2.
165 Zach Toal (MU) won by decision over Bret Baumbach (STAN) 4-3.
174 Todd Porter (MU) won by decision over Tommy Kimbrell (STAN) 8-2.
184 Mike Larson (MU) won by major decision over Alan Yen (STAN) 9-1.
197 Brent Haynes (MU) won by major decision over Michael Sojka (STAN) 11-2.
HWT Dom Bradley (MU) won in tie breaker 2 over Dan Scherer (STAN) 2-1.