Jan. 5, 2012
Missouri prepares for their first dual of 2012 as they are set to head to Ames, Iowa for a rematch against the Iowa State Cyclones. Action will get started at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 8 from Hilton Coliseum. The Tigers (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) and the Cyclones (1-8, 0-3 Big 12), faced off on Dec. 18 in Columbia, with Missouri pulling out a dominating 31-10 win.
Iowa State will run a live blog at Cyclones.com. The official Mizzou Wrestling Twitter account, @MizzouWrestling, will also tweet match results. Live video will be available for CloneZone subscribers, also at Cyclones.com
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
Iowa State is coming off their first dual win of the season, as they topped Arizona State by a 25-14 score on Jan. 3. The Cyclones won four of their six matches with bonus points. At the end of December, the Cyclones posted an eighth place finish at the Midlands Championships, scoring 62.5 points. Iowa State placed five wrestlers in the top-eight of their classes, led by heavyweight Matt Gibson, who took third.
The Cyclones have four wrestlers ranked in the top-20 of Intermat’s latest individual rankings. Senior Andrew Sorenson is ranked fifth at 165 pounds and is 17-1 on the season. Boaz Beard sits at 11th at 184 pounds and is 6-1 this year, while redshirt freshman Ryak Finch is the 12th-ranked 125 pounder with a 9-3 record. Gibson now sits at 18th at heavyweight after improving to 13-6 on the season.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Mizzou pulled out a 31-10 win on Dec. 18 over the Cyclones, winning seven of the 10 matches. Mike Larson and Kyle Bradley scored wins by fall, while Brent Haynes registered a technical fall at 197 pounds. Devin Mellon pulled out a 3-2 decision over Gibson, while Alan Waters overcame an early 4-1 deficit to Finch, coming back to win by a 13-4 major. Also scoring a major decision was Drake Houdashelt at 157 pounds. Iowa State opened the match with an upset at 174 pounds, as then-No. 7 Chris Spangler defeated then-No. 3 Dorian Henderson, 7-4. Sorenson scored a major decision over Zach Toal, while Luke Goettl pulled out a 6-5 win over Brandon Wiest at 141 pounds.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
• 125: No. 3 Alan Waters (MU) vs. No. 12 Ryak Finch (ISU) - Finch had upset on his mind in Columbia, as he took Waters down twice in the first period to build a 4-2 lead. However, Waters showed his ability on top, scoring back points to take the lead that eventually turned into a 13-4 major decision.
• 184: No. 16 Mike Larson (MU) vs. No. 11 Boaz Beard (ISU) - Beard didn’t wrestle in the dual in Columbia, as Larson went up against Mikey England, who is set to wrestle at 174 pounds this time around. Beard is 6-1 on the season, while Larson stands at 13-3. Larson is looking for his first win over a ranked opponent this year, as he stands at 0-3.
• HWT: Devin Mellon (MU) vs. No. 18 Matt Gibson (ISU) - Mellon got the best of Gibson back in December, pulling out a 3-2 decision over the Cyclone grappler. However, Gibson has been hot lately, going 5-2 since that loss to Mellon and moving up to No. 18 in the country.
Missouri will head to their second major tournament of the year, as they travel east to the Virginia Duals. Joining the Tigers will be 13 other teams, including No. 20 Rutgers, No. 22 Kent State and No. 24 Edinboro. Other teams in the field include Arizona State, Bucknell, Buffalo, Campbell, Drexel, North Carolina, North Dakota State, Old Dominion, Rider, Rutgers and The Citadel.
HAYNES WINS TITLE, TIGERS FINISH THIRD AT SCUFFLE
The University of Missouri wrestling squad wrapped up the Southern Scuffle on Monday, finishing in third place in the team standings with 136.0 points. Penn State took home the title, scoring 191.5 points, while Minnesota (177.5 points) finished in second. Rounding out the top five were Cornell (130.0 points) and Oregon State (103.0 points).
Missouri had two finalists heading into Monday evening’s championship round. Brent Haynes was scheduled to go up against his third top-four wrestler of the weekend in No. 1 Cam Simaz of Cornell, but an injury to Simaz forced him to injury default, awarding Haynes the 197 pound championship. Waters dropped his first match of the year in the championship, losing 1-0 to No. 1 Zach Sanders (Minnesota). The bout was scoreless after two periods, with Waters choosing down to start the third. Sanders would ride Waters out to secure the riding time point and give him the victory.
Along with Waters and Haynes, eight other Tigers placed in the top-eight of their respective classes. Redshirt freshman Drake Houdashelt took third at 157 pounds, while junior Nicholas Hucke (141), sophomore Kyle Bradley (149) and senior Patrick Wright (174) each finished in fourth. Placing fifth at 174 pounds was senior Dorian Henderson, while sophomore Zach Toal took sixth at 165. At 184 pounds, juniors Mike Larson and Clarence Neely finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
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