Tigers Blast No. 25 Stanford, 26-9



Nov. 27, 2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Four bonus point victories helped pace the No. 13 Missouri wrestling team's 26-9 win over No. 25 Stanford on Sunday afternoon. The victory was the team's second win of the weekend over a ranked opponent, as they improve to 3-1 on the dual season.

No. 13 Mizzou 26, No. 25 Stanford 9

125 No. 5 Alan Waters (MU) tech. fall Matt Sencenbaugh (STAN), 25-7 22 6
133 No. 5 Ryan Mango (STAN) dec. No. 13 Nathan McCormick (MU), 9-5 22 9
141 Brandon Wiest (MU) major dec. Donovan Halpin (STAN), 14-4 26 9
149 No. 15 Kyle Bradley (MU) major dec. Timmy Boone (STAN), 8-0 4 0
157 Drake Houdashelt (MU) major dec. Josh Lauderdale (STAN), 19-6 8 0
165 No. 13 Zach Toal (MU) dec. Bret Baumbach (STAN), 6-2 11 0
174 No. 1 Nick Amuchastegui (STAN) dec. No. 5 Dorian Henderson (MU), 3-0 11 3
184 Mike Larson (MU) dec. Spence Patrick (STAN), 4-1 14 3
197 No. 12 Brent Haynes (MU) dec. Richard Kessler (STAN), 5-3 17 3
HWT Dan Scherer (STAN) dec. Devin Mellon (MU), 3-1 17 6

Updated Records
125 Alan Waters 2-0 2-0
133 Nathan McCormick 3-1 3-1
141 Brandon Wiest 2-2 2-2
149 Kyle Bradley 1-3 1-3
157 Drake Houdashelt 3-1 3-1
165 Zach Toal 4-0 4-0
174 Dorian Henderson 3-1 3-1
184 Mike Larson 3-1 3-1
197 Brent Haynes 2-2 2-2
HWT Devin Mellon 1-3 1-3
Back-to-back major decisions by sophomore No. 15 Kyle Bradley and redshirt freshman Drake Houdashelt jump-started the Missouri squad. Starting at 149 pounds, the first time this year Mizzou hasn't started at 125, Bradley pitched an 8-0 shutout against Stanford's Timmy Boone. He went up 4-0 in the first with a takedown and a two-point nearfall, rode Boone out in the second and added an escape, another takedown and riding time in the third. It was the first win of the year for Bradley, who dropped his first three contests of the season to nationally-ranked wrestlers.

Houdashelt improved to 3-1 in his first year as a starter with a 19-6 major decision over Josh Lauderdale. The Tiger jumped out to an 8-4 lead after a wild first period that saw four takedowns by Houdashelt. He cut Lauderdale three times, while Lauderdale also picked up a penalty point. Houdashelt added three points with an escape and takedown in the second to extend his lead to 11-4. In the third, Houdashelt hit two takedowns, was awarded a point when Lauderdale fled the mat and put Lauderdale on his back for a near fall to get the team bonus points.

At 165, No. 13 Zach Toal made it three straight for Mizzou with a 6-2 win over Bret Baumbach. Baumbach got the first takedown of the day for the Cardinal to take an early 2-0 lead, but Toal would reverse him to end the first. Toal rode Baumbach out in the second, and after starting down in the third, quickly escaped and scored another takedown to go with his riding time, putting the Tigers up 11-0.

The most anticipated match of the day came at 174, as No. 5 Dorian Henderson went up against No. 1 Nick Amuchastegui. The two were scoreless after the first, but Amuchastegui hit a takedown in the second to take the lead. He escaped in the third period to go up 3-0, which is how the match would end as the top-ranked 174-pounder put the Cardinal on the board and handed Henderson his first loss of the year.

In front of his hometown crowd, junior Mike Larson pulled out a 5-1 win over Spence Patrick. The two were scoreless heading to the third period, where Larson worked an escape and scored the only takedown of the match to go up 3-0. Larson cut Patrick to make it 3-1, but Patrick was hit with his second stall warning of the contest. Larson accumulated 2:19 in riding time after riding out Patrick in the second.

No.12 Brent Haynes improved Mizzou's lead to 17-3 with a 5-3 decision at 197 pounds over Richard Kessler. Kessler scored the first takedown of the match to take the early lead, but Haynes escaped before the end of the first to cut the lead to 2-1. In the second, Haynes escaped after starting down and then took the lead with a takedown. A Kessler escape made it 4-3 in Haynes' favor heading to the third, where Haynes rode out Kessler for the entire frame, giving him the riding time advantage.

Stanford's second win of the day came at heavyweight, as Dan Scherer pulled out a tight 3-1 victory over Mizzou's Devin Mellon. Tied 1-1 late in the third, Scherer came up with a takedown after a great scramble to pull out the win.

Sophomore Alan Waters scored his second technical fall in as many matches with a 24-7 win over Matt Sencenbaugh to extend Missouri's lead to 22-6. Waters dominated Sencenbaugh, scoring six takedowns, nine points in near fall and a reversal, getting the win in just 4:09 to move to 2-0 on the season. The two were tied at 3-3 early in the first, but Waters scored nine points before the end of the period to take complete control.

No. 13 Nathan McCormick dropped his first match of the year, losing a tough 9-5 decision to No. 5 Ryan Mango. Each wrestler scored a takedown and escape in the first period to make it 3-3. McCormick had a chance to take the lead late in the first as he was in deep on a shot, but couldn't finish it off. Mango started down in the second and escaped and took McCormick down again to make it 6-3. He landed a third takedown in the final period to go with 1:04 in riding time, giving him the win.

Closing out the day at 141 pounds, senior Brandon Wiest finished the match for the Tigers just as they started it, scoring a 14-4 major decision over Donovan Halpin. Wiest took a 4-1 lead into the second period after two early takedowns in the first. He'd hit three more takedowns on the match, giving up just three escapes to Halpin, while also securing 1:58 in riding time for his second win on the year.

Missouri will take a brief break from dual action next weekend as the team will head to St. Louis for the Kaufman/Brand Open on Sunday, Dec. 4. Their next dual match will be on Friday, Dec. 9 against No. 23 Kent State. For more information, stay tuned to mutigers.com or check out the Mizzou Wrestling Twitter page, @MizzouWrestling.



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