Oct. 31, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Tiger grapplers are back at it again in their first dual match of the 2013-14 season against North Dakota State on Friday, Nov. 1. Missouri wrestling had an outstanding 2012-2013 season, bringing in its second-consecutive conference championship and sending all 10 starters to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The Tigers went 16-3 in dual meets last year and look to continue that dominance in the upcoming season.
Mizzou and NDSU met up last year in Columbia, with Mizzou coming out on top, 37-7. The Tigers won six of eight bouts on the mat, as well as two additional wins by forfeit at 157 pounds and 184 pounds. Former senior-captain Nathan McCormick added a pin at 4:36 in the 133-pound bout to give the Tigers a boost. Drake Houdashelt and Brent Haynes handed out a couple major decisions at 149 and 197 pounds before heavyweight Dom Bradley came in to cement the victory with a win by technical fall over NDSU's John Gusewelle.
This will be the third meeting in history between the programs, with Mizzou holding a 2-0 record against North Dakota State.
No. 17 Mizzou vs. No. 24 NDSU
*All rankings provided by InterMat
125 - Zach Synon (RSFr.) OR Barlow McGhee (Fr) vs. Hunter Weber
133 - Matt Manley (RSFr.) OR Eric Wilson (Sr.) vs. Justin Scherkenbach
141 - Lavion Mayes (RSFr.) OR Trevor Jauch (So.) vs. No. 18 Justin LaValle
149 - No. 3 Drake Houdashelt (Jr.) vs. Tyler Diamond
157 - No. 8 Kyle Bradley (Sr.) vs. Matt Gray OR Anthony Caputo
165 - No. 9 Zach Toal (Sr.) OR Jordan Gagliano (Sr.) vs. No. 3 Steven Monk
174 - Cody Johnston (So.) OR Mikey England (Jr.) vs. Hayden Zillmer
184 - No. 15 Johnny Eblen (Jr.) vs. Kurtis Julson
197 - Justin Heberlie (So.) OR J'den Cox (Fr.) vs. Colt Castlebury
HWT - No. 16 Devin Mellon (Jr.) vs. Evan Knutson
TIGERS TO COMPETE IN DAKTRONICS OPEN
On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Missouri Tigers will travel to South Dakota to compete in the 21st Annual Warren Williams/Daktronics Open. It Mizzou's first open tournament of the 2013-2014 season and will feature grapplers from Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, and many other NCAA programs.
The Tigers will send 27 grapplers from its roster to compete in the open at South Dakota State University. Among these 27 include true freshman BJ Toal, Barlow McGhee, and J'den Cox.
Looking ahead, Mizzou has a three-week break before their next tournament appearance at the Joe Parisi Open. The Tigers will compete at the Joe Parisi Open the weekend before Thanksgiving in St. Charles, Mo., hosted by LIndenwood University. Missouri had 18 grapplers place at the Joe Parisi Open last year with five atop the podium and another eight placing in the top three. They look forward to continuing the momentum from last season into 2013.
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