Jan. 26, 2012
After a week off, the Missouri wrestling squad returns to action this Sunday, Jan. 29 with a quad-meet hosted by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill. The Tigers will open the day with Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. before meeting SIUE at approximately 2:45 p.m. Mizzou will close the day with a matchup against fellow in-state school Truman State at 4:30 p.m.
In the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll, the Tigers rank in at 15th in the nation. Mizzou also has all 10 starters ranked in the top-33 of the initial NCAA Coaches Rankings. Mizzou also has eight of their 10 grapplers ranked in the top-20 of Intermat's latest poll.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan enters this weekend with an 11-4 record on the season and are riding a four match winning streak. They are 4-1 at home, 3-1 on the road and 4-2 at neutral sites. They started the season with six wins in their first seven contests, including victories over Michigan State and Bucknell. In their last four matches they've defeated Clarion University, Indiana Tech, Olivet and Northern Illinois.
The Eagles have four seniors in their projected lineup, led by Andrew Novak at 133 pounds, who is 15-6 on the season. Sophomore Jared Germaine boasts a 19-6 record at 125 pounds, while junior Aaron Sulzer is 17-6 on the year at 157. EMU is led by head coach Derek DelPorto, who is in his seventh season as head coach of the Eagles.
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is currently 3-9 on the season, but stand at 2-1 in their home arena. The Cougars dropped their first five contests of the season before defeating Truman State in December. They opened 2012 with a 26-16 victory over Anderson (S.C.), and knocked off Central Missouri on Jan. 12. At 125 pounds, Patrick Myers is 9-4 on the season with a major decision, while Brendan Murphy, who has wrestled at 133 and 141 pounds, is currently 8-2 with two falls and a major. Head Coach David Ray is in his fourth season as head coach at SIUE.
SCOUTING TRUMAN STATE
Truman State is currently looking to snap a seven match losing streak after winning their first two contests of the season. The opened the year with wins over Central Baptist College and Hannibal-LaGrange College, putting them at 2-7 on the season. At 141 pounds, Alex Maus has posted a 17-9 record, while brother Ryan Maus is 19-6 at 149 pounds. Devon Fenstermaker has won 15 contests this year and is projected to start at 157 pounds for Truman State. They are led by head coach David Schutter, who is in his 21st season as the Bulldogs' head coach.
Next weekend, Missouri will return home for the first time in over a month and a half, when they host a pair of Big 12 duals. On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Tigers will go against No. 1 Oklahoma State, beginning at Noon CT. The following day, Feb. 5, Mizzou and No. 10 Oklahoma will go heads up, starting at 1 p.m. CT.
WATERS EARNS SECOND WOW HONOR
For the second time this season, sophomore Alan Waters has been named as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, as announced on Jan. 17. Waters was recognized with the award back on Dec. 12, 2011, while junior Brent Haynes won the award last week. This is the first time that Mizzou has had three Wrestler of the Week winners since the 2006-07 season.
Waters was a perfect 3-0 at the Virginia Duals this past weekend, helping the Tigers reach the championship bout. He opened things up with a 4-2 victory over No. 19 Trent Sprinkle of North Dakota State, as Mizzou went on to win 24-9. In the semifinals against Edinboro, Waters defeated Kory Mines by a 6-2 score, helping the Tigers pull out a 19-16 victory. Despite the team loss in the championship to Kent State, Waters scored his second win of the year over No. 4 Nic Bedelyon. The two battled into overtime, with Waters scoring the decisive takedown in sudden victory. Waters is now 3-0 all-time against Bedelyon.
MISSOURI FINISHES IN SECOND AT VIRGINIA DUALS
The Missouri wrestling team saw their seven dual winning streak come to an end on Saturday night, as they fell by an 18-14 final to No. 22 Kent State in the championship of the Virginia Duals. The Golden Flashes won six of the 10 matches, overcoming two wins by major decision by the Tigers. The Tigers claimed victories over North Dakota State and No. 23 Edinboro earlier in the tournament to move into the finals.
Against Kent State, No. 3 Alan Waters scored his third career victory - second of the season - over No. 4 Nic Bedelyon with a 7-5 win in sudden victory. However, Kent State would claim the next three victories to take a 9-3 lead. Drake Houdashelt scored a major decision and Zach Toal picked up a late third period win to regain the lead at 10-9, but Kent State won three of the last four contests to take the dual.
Missouri got into the finals with a 19-16 win over No. 23 Edinboro, overcoming an early 12-3 deficit. Waters got the win at 125 to start the match, but a fall and two decisions put the Fighting Scots up after four matches. However, the Tigers got back into it with four straight wins, including a major decision by Drake Houdashelt at 157 and a win by Dorian Henderson, who was wrestling up to 184, to go up 16-12. Edinboro managed to even the match with a major decision win at 197, bringing the contest down to heavyweight. Redshirt freshman Devin Mellon won by riding time in the third tiebreaker round, giving MU the win.
The Tigers kicked off the Virginia Duals with a 24-9 victory over North Dakota State. Waters defeated No. 19 Trent Sprinkle, while Eric Wilson defeated Justin Solberg in overtime to put MU up 6-0. It was 9-6 at the midway point, but the Tigers would go on to win four of the last five contests to separate themselves from the Bison. Patrick Wright won by maojr decision at 174, while Brent Haynes scored a technical fall at 197.
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