March 9, 2011
2011 NCAA Brackets
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri wrestling team will send a school record nine grapplers to the 2011 NCAA Championships, beginning next Thursday, March 17 and running through Saturday, March 19 in Philadelphia, Pa. Missouri had previously sent eight grapplers in 2007 and 2009.
Sophomore Mike Larson and redshirt freshman Kyle Bradley joined Mizzou’s seven automatic qualifiers from the Big 12 Championships as wild card selections. Larson, who is 21-13 this season, is making his second career NCAA appearance, while Bradley, with a 14-14 record, is making his first. Larson’s first round matchup is against No. 2 seed Robert Hamlin of Lehigh, and Bradley will take on No. 10 seed Kurt Kinser of Indiana. Kinser defeated Bradley 4-0 in their dual back in December, while Larson dropped three matches to Hamlin during the year, losing 10-3 in the dual and 6-3 and 4-0 at the Midlands.
Junior heavyweight Dom Bradley earned the highest seed for Missouri, coming in at No. 5 in his class. Currently 25-3 on the year, Bradley will take on J.T. Felix of Boise State. Bradley was the first heavyweight in Missouri history to win the Big 12 title last weekend.
Three other grapplers earned seeds, with true freshman Alan Waters, senior Todd Schavrien and redshirt freshman Zach Toal all being picked as the No. 10 seed in their class. Waters, the first true freshman for Missouri to make NCAA’s since Justin Spates in 2001, is 38-5 in his first year. He’ll take on Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh, who he defeated by a 2-0 final at the Midlands.
Schavrien, fresh off his first career Big 12 title, will take on Trevor Melde of Rutgers in the opening round. Schavrien majored Melde twice this year, winning 9-1 in the dual and 13-2 at the Midlands. Schavrien is 26-6 this year. Toal, with a record of 20-12, is set to take on Jim Resnick of Rider in his first career NCAA’s.
Also in the field for the Tigers is sophomore Nathan McCormick, junior Dorian Henderson and sophomore Brent Haynes. McCormick, making his first career NCAA appearance, is 21-14 this season. He’s matched up with No. 2 seed Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State, who edged McCormick by a 7-2 decision at National Duals.
Henderson is making his third consecutive appearance at the NCAA’s, and will take on Rider’s Rob Morrison in an opening round pigtail match. The winner moves on to take on No. 9 Ethan Lofthouse of Iowa. Henderson is 22-9 this year.
Haynes, who qualified for his second NCAA’s with a third place finish at Big 12’s, is matched up with No. 4 Dustin Kilgore of Kent State. Haynes’ record stands at 27-9.
Stay tuned to mutigers.com for more information about the 2011 NCAA Championships as the week progresses.