Feb. 12, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After splitting a weekend home stand against former Big 12 foes No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 22 Oklahoma, the fifth-ranked Tigers return to the Hearnes Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars.
Missouri (11-2) fell 21-13 to the top-ranked OSU Cowboys on Friday, Feb. 1, in front of 6,000 plus fans. Junior Alan Waters struck first for the Tigers by defeating OSU's Eddie Kilmara 4-2. Senior captain Nathan McCormick picked up a big 4-3 win at 133 pounds over No. 5 Jon Morrison. Senior Todd Porter thrilled the home crowd to end the dual, upsetting No.1-ranked Chris Perry by major decision 9-1.
The fifth-ranked Tigers rebounded the following night against No. 22 Oklahoma to split the home stand. Waters once against kicked off the scoring for Missouri, defeating Sooner freshman Kyle Garcia 6-3. Senior Zach Toal nearly held off the No. 4-ranked Bubby Graham, but Graham notched a takedown with four seconds left in the match to win 3-1 over Toal. Porter and fellow senior Mike Larson followed up with back-to-back major decisions at 174 and 189. Top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley ended the match with a 10-4 victory over Oklahoma's Keldrick Hall.
SIU-Edwardsville (3-15) has struggled to find wins on the schedule this season. The Cougars have faced five top-25 ranked teams this season, including second-ranked Iowa on the road. The last time SIUE took the mat, they battled from behind to defeat the Truman Bulldogs 23-22. Trailing 22-6, the team notched four consecutive victories from Jake Residori, Derek Nagel, Deshoun White, and David Devine to take home the win. Devine has been a bright spot at heavyweight, with 42 career victories and a third place finish at the NCWA Championships in 2011.
Seven senior Tigers will be honored before the start of Wednesday's dual. The meet will be of Missouri's final home meets of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Hearnes Center for Mizzou Wrestling Senior Night.
Here are the projected lineups for Missouri and SIUE.
No. 5 Missouri vs. SIU-Edwardsville
125 - No. 2 Alan Waters, Jr., (20-0) vs. Open
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick, Sr., (26-2) vs. Patrick Meyers, RSo., (15-8)
141 - Nicholas Hucke, Sr., (8-9)/Trevor Jauch, RFr., (22-7)/Eric Wilson, Jr., (23-10) vs. Brandon Brindley, Fr., (1-12)
149 - No. 13 Drake Houdashelt, So., (21-8) vs. Logun Taylor, Jr., (0-1)
157 - No. 20 Kyle Bradley, Jr., (20-10) vs. Kyle Lowman, Sr., (7-17)
165 - No. 14 Zach Toal, Jr., (18-12) vs. Open
174 - No. 14 Todd Porter, Sr., (25-6) vs. Jake Residori, Fr., (9-6)
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson, Sr., (22-8)/Johnny Eblen, So., (19-3) vs. Derek Nagel, RFr., (9-6)
197 - No. 10 Brent Haynes, Sr., (25-5) vs. Deshoun White, Jr., (2-1)
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley, RSr., (27-0)/Devin Mellon, So., (21-4) vs. David Devine, RJr., (12-6)
This year's senior class includes No. 1 Dom Bradley, Jake Glore, No. 10 Brent Haynes, Nicholas Hucke, No. 8 Mike Larson, No. 6 Nathan McCormick, and No. 14 Todd Porter. Since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign, this Tiger senior class has earned 62 victories overall and a Big 12 conference championship in 2011.
For the fourth time this season, a Missouri Tiger was named the MAC Wrestler of the Week. Todd Porter earned the honor last week following his victories by major decisionagainst OSU's No. 1-ranked Chris Perry and Oklahoma's Matt Reed. Last season, Missouri blanked SIUE 42-0 at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers are 19-4 all-time against SIUE. The last time the Cougars scored team points on Missouri was during the 1999-00 season.
Following Missouri Senior Night, the Tigers will host the Regional rounds of the NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I National Dual Meet Championship on Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Hearnes Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth and all seats are general admission. All tickets can be purchased online or at 1-800-CAT-PAWS. Mizzouwill 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 Cliff Keen National Duals will feature 13 of the nation's top-25 wrestling programs from across the country. For all the latest on Missouri Wrestling, follow us on Twitter @MizzouWrestling and right here on MUTigers.com.