Jan. 31, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a weekend road sweep of MAC opponents Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa, Missouri returns to Columbia, Mo., for a star-studded home stand against No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 22 Oklahoma.
Missouri (10-1) took care of business last weekend, dropping Northern Illinois 39-3 and No. 20 Northern Iowa 27-9 for two road victories. The Tigers won 9 of 10 matches against Northern Illinois. Junior Alan Waters made a triumphant return to the lineup over the weekend, pinning NIU's Nick Harrison in 2:27 and defeating Northern Iowa's Ryan Jauch by decision 5-2. Waters, the second-ranked wrestler at 125 pounds, is a perfect 18-0 on the year. Top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley (26-0) also improved on his perfect record, highlighted by his 4-1 victory over Northern Iowa's Blayne Beale.
Friday's meet with No. 2 Oklahoma State (11-0) features many of last year's Big 12 champions and rematches at several weight classes from earlier this year. At this year's Joe Parisi Open, the Cowboys and Tigers won 9 of the tournament's 10 weight classes combined. Missouri's Alan Waters, Drake Houdashelt, Zach Toal and Mike Larson won Big 12 Championships last season en route to a conference tournament title for the school. OSU's Jordan Oliver (149) and Chris Perry (174) also won Big 12 titles and both rank No. 1 in the nation at their weight classes. Oliver, last year's national runner-up at 133 pounds, will face Houdashelt in a rematch from earlier this year.
Senior Nathan McCormick
is headed for a showdown with OSU's No. 4 Jon Morrison at 133 pounds. The sixth-ranked McCormick defeated Morrison 4-3 at the Joe Parisi Open in a thrilling match. Todd Porter
(23-6) looks to avenge a loss earlier in the year to No. 1 Chris Perry at 174. At the heavyweight class, senior Dom Bradley
puts his undefeated record on the line against OSU's No. 3 Alan Galogeav. The top-ranked Bradley toppled Galogeav earlier this year 3-1 en route to the Southern Scuffle championship.
No. 22 Oklahoma (6-6) is coming off of a tough loss to No. 8 Virginia Tech last weekend. The Sooners are led by Kendric Maple (21-0), who is the top-ranked grappler at 141 pounds. Maple took fourth place at the NCAA tournament last year. Oklahoma captured 3rd place at the Midlands Championships this season. No. 4-ranked Buddy Graham (18-2) finished 3rd at last year's Big 12 Championships at 165 pounds. Graham made some noise in the NCAA tournament last season, upsetting Conrad Polz of Illinois. He'll likely face junior Zach Toal on Friday night.
The Tigers will host their 7th Annual Beauty and the Beast versus No. 2 Oklahoma St. on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Hearnes Center. In the event's five-year history, the Tigers are 4-2 after winning two matches in 2011 against Chattanooga and SIU-Edwardsville. Missouri will close the weekend home stand in against No. 22 Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Here are Missouri's projected lineups for this weekend's matches.
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State
125 - No. 2 Alan Waters, Jr., (18-0) vs. Eddie Klimara, Fr., (21-10)
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick, Sr., (24-2) vs. No. 4 Jon Morrison, Jr., (16-3)
141 - No. 26 Nicholas Hucke, Sr., (7-8)/Trevor Jauch, RFr., (22-7) vs. Julian Feikert, So., (15-11)
149 - No. 13 Drake Houdashelt, Soph., (20-7) vs. No. 1 Jordan Oliver, Sr., (21-0)
157 - No. 20 Kyle Bradley, Jr., (19-9) vs. No. 10 Alex Dieringer, RFr., (19-2)
165 - No. 14 Zach Toal, Jr., (18-10) vs. No. 3 Tyler Caldwell, Jr., (19-3)
174 - No. 14 Todd Porter, Sr., (23-6) vs. No. 1 Chris Perry, Jr., (21-0)
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson, Sr., (21-7)/Johnny Eblen, Soph., (19-3) vs. No. 12 Chris Chionuma, Sr., (18-5)
197 - No. 10 Brent Haynes, Sr., (24-4) vs. No. 16 Blake Rosholt, Jr., (8-2)
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley, RSr., (26-0)/Devin Mellon, So., (21-3) vs. No. 3 Alan Gelogaev, Sr. (13-2)
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 22 Oklahoma
125 - No. 2 Alan Waters, Jr., (18-0) vs. Kyle Garcia, Fr., (10-11)
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick, Sr., (24-2) vs. No. 8 Cody Brewer, RFr., (18-4)
141 - No. 26 Nicholas Hucke, Sr., (7-8)/Trevor Jauch, RFr., (22-7) vs. No. 1 Kendric Maple, RJr., (21-0)
149 - No. 13 Drake Houdashelt, Soph., (20-7) vs. No. 11 Nick Lester, RJr., (13-7)
157 - No. 20 Kyle Bradley, Jr., (19-9) vs. No. 16 Matt Lester, RJr., (13-6)/Justin DeAngelis, RSo., (11-4)
165 - No. 14 Zach Toal, Jr., (18-10) vs. No. 4 Bubby Graham, RSr., (18-2)/Justin DeAngelis, RSo., (11-4)
174 - No. 14 Todd Porter, Sr., (23-6) vs. Matt Reed, Fr., (12-12)/No. 4 Bubby Graham, RSr., (18-2)
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson, Sr., (21-7)/Johnny Eblen, Soph., (19-3) vs. Nolan McBryde, Fr., (3-7)/Matt Reed, Fr., (12-12)
197 - No. 10 Brent Haynes, Sr., (24-4) vs. Brad Johnson, Fr., (11-13)
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley, RSr., (26-0)/Devin Mellon, So., (21-3) vs. Keldrick Hall, Sr., (9-12)
The Beauty and the Beast meet started in 2007 with the Mizzou Gymnastics and Wrestling teams. Sophomore Drake Houdashelt, the MAC Wrestler of the Week, is 10-2 in his last twelve matches this season. Missouri faced Oklahoma State last February, where they fell to the Cowboys 32-9. The Tigers responded by winning the Big 12 Championship later in the year. Oklahoma State has the most dual victories in NCAA history. Missouri defeated Oklahoma 25-12 last year in their final season as a member of the Big 12. For tickets online to Friday's Beauty and the Beast, click here.
Following this weekend's duals, the Tigers will not return to mat action until Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. CT against the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at the Hearnes Center. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for youth/senior citizens. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, Missouri will host the Regional rounds of the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I National Dual Meet Championship at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou will take on Maryland, No. 18 Purdue, and No. 21 Wyoming for the chance to advance to the Finals the following weekend in St. Paul, Minn., at the University of Minnesota. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT. The Cliff Keen National Duals will feature 13 of the nation's top-25 wrestling programs from across the country. For more information and tickets to the National Duals, visit this link. For all the latest on Missouri wrestling, follow us on Twitter @MizzouWrestling and right here on MUTigers.com.