Feb. 2, 2012
Nearly two months since their last home dual, the No. 13 Missouri wrestling team (11-2, 2-1 Big 12) will host a pair of top-10 conference opponents this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Tigers will welcome the top-ranked team in the country in the Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-0, 3-0 Big 12) beginning at Noon CT. The following day, at 1 p.m., the Tigers will face off against No. 10 Oklahoma on Senior Day.
After going 3-0 at the SIUE Duals, Mizzou moved up two spots in the latest NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll to No. 13. Mizzou also has all 10 starters ranked in the top-33 of the initial NCAA Coaches Rankings, released a few weeks ago.
For Saturday’s dual against Oklahoma State, admission is FREE and the first 200 fans in attendance will receive free gold “Growl Towels.” General Public Parking is available in Lot J (to immediate west of the Hearnes Center), and reserved for wrestling fans. Limited General Public parking will be available in Lot M (to immediate east of Hearnes Center). Fans are encouraged to wear GOLD. Doors will open at 11:00 AM on Saturday and 12:00 PM on Sunday.
Both duals will be aired live and for free courtesy of FloWrestling.org, as part of their Big Live Duals series, along with at mizzounetwork.com for subscribers. Live play-by-play and results will be provided through trackwrestling.com, with links available at mutigers.com. Updates will also be posted on the team’s official Twitter page, @MizzouWrestling. MUTigers.com will host a live blog on each day, providing detailed descriptions of each match.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
The Cowboys are the top-ranked team in the nation in the latest NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, and are 11-0 on the season with a 2-0 record in Big 12 play. They haven’t given up more than seven points to a team in their last five matches, and have wins this year over then-No. 4 Minnesota (23-14) and then-No. 1 Iowa (17-16).
Eight of their 10 grapplers are ranked in the top-10 of the latest Intermat rankings, with three grapplers coming in at No. 2. Junior Jordan Oliver (133), senior Jamal Parks (149) and junior Alan Gelogaev (HWT) are all ranked second in the nation in their respective classes. Also ranking in the top-10 are No. 9 Albert White (157), No. 3 Chris Perry (174) and No. 7 Blake Rosholt (197).
Ranked 10th in the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners come into the weekend with a record of 12-2 and are 3-1 in the Big 12. Their only losses this year came in a 25-13 final to Oklahoma State and to Wyoming, falling 18-17. Since that loss to Wyoming, the Sooners have won nine straight contests dating back to Jan. 7.
All five of Oklahoma’s lower-weights find themselves in the top-15 of the Intermat rankings. Sophomore 141-pounder Kendric Maple leads the team with a No. 3 ranking and is 22-1 on the season. Junior Jarrod Patterson (125) is eighth and is 21-3 on the season, while 133-pounder Jordan Keller ranks 10th and boasts a 19-4 record. Also in the rankings are Nick Lester (149) at 11th and Matt Lester (157) at 14th.
The Tigers will head to Piscataway, N.J., for the newly-renovated NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I National Duals. Missouri will join host school Rutgers, Minnesota, Kent State, Michigan and Cal Poly in one of four regional rounds for the National Dual Meet Championship. The winner of each regional site will meet the following weekend in the Final Four, where the 2012 National Dual Meet Champion will be crowned.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN IN 2012
The NCAA Wrestling Championships will return to the Midwest in 2012, as the event heads back to St. Louis, Mo., after a two year hiatus. The three day tournament will run from March 15-17 and be held at the Scottrade Center. A limited number of tickets remain for the NCAA Championships and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.
MIZZOU TO HOST BIG 12’S
For the fourth time in program history and first time since 2007, the University of Missouri will play host to the Big 12 Wrestling Championships, held in the Hearnes Center. The event will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Head to mutigers.com for information on purchasing tickets.
NO. 15 MIZZOU DOMINATES QUAD MEET
The No. 15 Missouri wrestling team improved to 11-2 on the season, as they swept the quad meet hosted by Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Tigers scored victory against Eastern Michigan, SIUE and Truman State, shutting out the latter two opponents and winning 28 of the 30 matches on the day. Missouri defeated Eastern Michigan, 25-6, SIUE, 42-0, and Truman State, 52-0. The Tigers scored 18 bonus point victories, including winning all 10 matches against Truman State by major decision or better.
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