No. 9 Wrestling Earns Top Seed at Virginia Duals

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Redshirt freshman Devin Mellon

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Redshirt freshman Devin Mellon
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Jan. 11, 2012

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The No. 9 Missouri Tigers are set for their first of two dual tournaments, as they travel to Hampton, Va., for the 2012 Virginia Duals. Mizzou enters the 14-team tournament as the No. 1 seed and will receive a first round bye. Their first match will be at 2 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 13 against the winner of the Campbell vs. North Dakota State opening round dual. Regardless of the matchup, it will be a first for Missouri, as they have never faced Campbell or North Dakota State in a dual. This is the first time since 2005 that Missouri has wrestled at the Virginia Duals. In 2005, the Tigers finished in third place with Ben Askren being named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

With their fifth straight dual victory on Sunday, the Tigers moved back into the top-10 of the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 9. It matches the highest ranking for the Tigers this year, as they opened the season at ninth and were also ranked No. 9 in the Week Two poll.

Live results for the tournament will be posted at trackwrestling.com and links can be found at mutigers.com on the sidebar of the wrestling page. USA Wrestling/TheMat.com/TheMat.TV will also provide a free live video webcast of the tournament, found at virginiaduals.org. Finally, the official Mizzou Wrestling Twitter account, @MizzouWrestling, will tweet match updates and results.

SCOUTING CAMPBELL
The Campbell Camels enter the Virginia Duals with an 8-9 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the Southern Conference this season. They have split their last six matches, scoring wins over SIU-Edwardsville, George Mason and Cleveland State while falling to Bloomsburg, North Carolina State and Appalachian State. They competed at the Southern Scuffle two weeks ago, finishing 18th with 21.5 points. John Weakley finished in eighth place at 197 pounds. Campbell is led by first year head coach Joe Boardwine. Missouri and Campbell have never faced each other.

SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA STATE
North Dakota State earned the No. 8 seed at this weekend's Virginia Duals. For the season, the Bison stand at 1-2 in duals. Their lone victory came against South Dakota State, while their two losses have come to nationally-ranked opponents in Minnesota and Nebraska. The Bison have competed in two major tournaments this year, finishing13th out of 34 teams at the Las Vegas Invitational and tying for 16th out of 42 squads at the Midlands Championships.

First year head coach Roger Kish leads the Bison, taking over for Bucky Maughan, who retired after 47 years as head coach at NDSU. The Bison sent two grapplers to last year's NCAA Championships, with junior 125-pounder Trent Sprenkle, currently ranked 19th in the nation, serving as the team's lone returner.  Also ranked for North Dakota State is Steven Monk at 157 pounds, who is currently ranked 11th. Mizzou and North Dakota State have never faced each other.

THE REST OF THE FIELD
The rest of the tournament is made up of 11 other squads, three of which are ranked in the top-25 of the latest NWCA/USA Today poll. Here's a quick look at the rest of the field:
 
• Rider: Rider earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament and is currently 4-4 on the season. They will face North Carolina in the opening round, with the winner facing the winner of Drexel/Edinboro. At 174 pounds, Jim Resnick is ranked 13th in the country. Mizzou is 2-1 all-time against Rider.
• North Carolina: The Tar Heels are 1-7 on the season and will face Rider in the first round, while the winner will wrestle the winner of Drexel/Edinboro. Evan Henderson is ranked 14th at 141 pounds, while Corey Mock is 19th at 157 pounds. Mizzou is 1-0 all-time against the Tar Heels.
• Drexel: The Dragons are 3-3 on the year and start the tournament with a matchup against No. 23 Edinboro. The winner is set to go against the winner of Rider/UNC. Junior Joe Booth is ranked 18th at 165 pounds, and sophomore Brandon Palik ranks 20th at 197. Mizzou is 1-0 all-time against Drexel.
• No. 23 Edinboro: The fourth seed in the tournament, the Fighting Scots will open against Drexel, with the winner facing the winner of Rider/UNC. Edinboro is 2-1 on the year and has four ranked wrestlers. Chris Honeycutt (197) is No. 2, A.J. Schopp (133) and David Habat (149) are sixth and Mitchell Port (141) is 20th. Mizzou is 2-1 against Edinboro all-time.
• No. 22 Kent State: The Golden Flashes are 4-4 on the season and earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament. They kick things off with The Citadel, with the winner of the dual scheduled to face either Buffalo or Bucknell. No. 4 Nic Bedelyon (125), No. 9 Tyler Small (141), No. 14 Ian Miller (149) and No. 16 Brendan Barlow (HWT) are all ranked for Kent State. Mizzou is 5-0 all-time against Kent State, which includes a 34-12 win earlier this season.
• The Citadel: With a record of 2-3, The Citadel's first match is against Kent State, with the winner facing Buffalo/Bucknell. Turtogtokh Luvsandorj is ranked No. 18 at 174 pounds. Missouri is 1-0 all-time against The Citadel.
• Buffalo: Buffalo is 2-9 on the season and will face Bucknell in the first round, with the winner to take on the winner of Kent State/The Citadel. Mizzou is 1-0 all-time against Buffalo.
• Bucknell: The Bison are 2-6 on the season but have won two of their last three contests. They will face Buffalo to start the tournament with the winner moving on to battle the winner of Kent State/The Citadel. Missouri is 2-0 all-time against Bucknell.
• Old Dominion: Earning the No. 7 seed, the Monarchs sit at .500 on the year with a record of 4-4. ODU will wrestle Arizona State in the first round, with the winner advancing to take on Rutgers. Te Edwards is the 17th ranked 174 pounder in the country. The Tigers are 6-0-1 all-time against the Monarchs.
• Arizona State: The Sun Devils are receiving votes in the latest NWCA/USA Today poll and currently stand at 5-5 on the year. They'll compete against Old Dominion to start the tournament, while the winner will wrestle Rutgers in the second round. Heavyweight Levi Cooper is ranked 10th in the country according to Intermat. Mizzou is 1-2-1 all-time against ASU.
• No. 20 Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights earned the other first round bye as they are the second seed in the tournament. They will compete against the winner of Old Dominion/Arizona State in the second round. Rutgers is currently 8-1 on the year and has won six straight duals. At 149 pounds, Mario Mason is ranked fifth in the nation, while Scott Winston ranks 10th at 165. Junior Greg Zannetti comes in at 16th at 174 pounds. Mizzou is 0-1 all-time against Rutgers.

LAST TIME AT THE VIRGINIA DUALS
Missouri hasn't competed at the Virginia Duals since 2005, when the 12th-ranked Tigers finished in third place after going 5-1 over the span of two days. The Tigers won their first match by a 41-3 final over The Citadel but fell in the second round, 19-16, to Chattanooga. They wrestled back to third place with wins over North Carolina (25-13), Rider (37-9), Edinboro (27-12) and Cal State Bakersfield (31-14). Ben Askren was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after going 6-0 with five wins by fall.

WHAT'S NEXT
Following the Virginia Duals, Missouri will have a week off before returning to action on Sunday, Jan. 29. The Tigers will travel to Edwardsville, Ill., for a quad meet against Eastern Michigan, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Truman State. Action gets underway between Mizzou and Eastern michigan at 1 p.m. CT.

HAYNES CLAIMS BIG 12 WEEKLY HONOR
After a first place finish at the Southern Scuffle and a dominating 22-7 win over Iowa State's Cole Shafer in Sunday's dual, Missouri's Brent Haynes has been named as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, announced Monday, Jan. 9. It is the first career honor for Haynes and the second time this year that Mizzou has earned the award, as sophomore Alan Waters was recognized on Dec. 11. This is the first time since the 2008-09 campaign that the Tigers have had multiple winners in the same year. The Tiger junior didn't allow a single point between Dec. 18 through Jan. 2.

NO. 11 TIGERS DEFEAT IOWA STATE, 24-11
The No. 11 Missouri wrestling team won their fifth straight dual on Sunday afternoon, improving to 6-1 on the year and 2-1 in the Big 12 with a 24-11 victory over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum. The win marks the second time in program history that the Tigers have defeated the Cyclones twice in one season, having done so in 2005-06 with 21-18 and 16-15 wins. Missouri has won four of their last five against Iowa State.

Starting at 125 pounds, No. 3 Alan Waters earned his second win over No. 12 Ryak Finch this season, shutting the Cyclone out with a 4-0 win. Sophomore Eric Wilson made his first dual start since Feb. 14, 2010 and scored a 9-3 win at 133 pounds to give Missouri the 6-0 lead. Iowa State took the 141 pound match to cut the deficit in half, but No. 20 Kyle Bradley knocked off Luke Swalla by a 5-2 score to make it 9-3. No. 17 Drake Houdashelt defeated Michael Moreno by major decision for the second time this season to give the Tigers a commanding lead at the midway point.

Iowa State got back into it with a 20-2 technical fall win by No. 5 Andrew Sorenson at 165 pounds, but three straight victories clinched the match for the Tigers. Patrick Wright and No. 16 Mike Larson each pulled out overtime wins, with Larson's coming over No. 11 Boaz Beard for his first win over a ranked opponent this season. Brent Haynes put the match out of reach with a 22-7 technical fall over Cole Shafer at 197 pounds.

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