Devin Mellon is ranked in all six major polls for the first time this season
Feb. 22, 2012
Missouri closes out the 2012 regular season this Friday, as they travel to Stillwater, Okla., for their final dual of the year against No. 3 Oklahoma State. Action will get underway from Gallagher-Iba Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday evening.
Two weeks ago, the Tigers jumped back into the top-10 of the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll for the first time since coming in at ninth on Jan. 10. Mizzou ranked 10th in the country, a spot they held onto this week after having being off last weekend.
These two last met just a few weeks ago on Feb. 4 in Columbia. Missouri lead 12-9 with three matches to go, but the Cowboys would take all three contests to pull out the 22-12 victory. Drake Houdashelt scored a win over then-No. 9 Albert White to open things up, while Brent Haynes defetated then-No. 7 Blake Rosholt, 10-4.
Live play-by-play and results will be provided for free at the Oklahoma State website, www.okstate.com. For a fee, fans can watch live streaming video of the match at www.okstate.tv. The Mizzou Wrestling Twitter account, @MizzouWrestling, will also post updates and results.
SCOUTING OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State is currently ranked No. 3 in the country and is coming off their first loss of the year, falling 18-13 to Minnesota in the NWCA National Duals championship bout this past weekend. Since facing the Tigers back on Feb. 4 in Columbia, Oklahoma State has defeated No. 10 Wyoming (28-7), No. 6 Ohio State (25-6), No. 12 Oklahoma (19-18) and No. 5 Illinois (19-15) before falling to Minnesota.
The Cowboys have already clinched the first-ever Big 12 regular season dual championship with their 5-0 record in the league. The Oklahoma Sooners finished the year at 3-3, while Iowa State was winless at 0-6. The Tigers are currently 3-2 in the Big 12 this year.
OSU has seven wrestlers ranked in the latest Intermat rankings. Leading the way is junior Jordan Oliver, who is No. 1 at 133 pounds, and senior Jamal Parks, who ranks second at 149. Also earning top-20 spots are No. 13 Jon Morrison (125), No. 11 Josh Kindig (141), No. 19 Albert White (157), No. 3 Chris Perry (174) and No. 8 Blake Rosholt (197). Heavyweight Alan Gelogaev, who ranked in at No. 2 in the nation last week, has been lost for the year due to injury.
Oklahoma State defeated Missouri by a 22-12 final in Columbia earlier in the month. The Cowboys own the all-time series by a 35-5-1 margin.
Missouri hosts the Big 12 Championships next Saturday, March 3, at the Hearnes Center. Session One will begin at 11 a.m. CT, with doors opening at 10 a.m. The championship round will take place that evening at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit mutigers.com.
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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.
TIGERS GO 2-1 AT NATIONAL DUALS REGIONAL
The No. 13 Mizzou wrestling squad went 2-1 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturda, Feb. 11, defeating Cal Poly and No. 11 Michigan before losing to No. 4 Minnesota in the Rutgers Regional Finals. Missouri is now 14-4 in duals this season.
The Tigers opened the day with a dominating 34-6 victory over Cal Poly, setting up a 21-12 victory over the Wolverines in the semifinals. Minnesota defeated the Tigers by a 26-7 score in the championship bout. Junior Brent Haynes had an impressive day, winning all three of his matches against ranked opponents, scoring bonus points in two of his bouts. Redshirt freshman Drake Houdashelt was also 3-0, which included a pin in his first contest.
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