Nov. 12, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a historic opening weekend in Indiana, the seventh-ranked Missouri Wrestling team returns back to Columbia this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. They host the Baker Wildcats (0-0), who will participate in their first dual meet after two open meets to kick off their season. Prior to the meet, there will be a ring ceremony to honor the 2011-12 Big 12 Champion Tigers.
Mizzou opened up 2012-13 with all 10 projected starters ranked in the top-20 of each weight respective weight class. Baker is ranked 4th in the NAIA preseason polls, their highest ranking since their varsity club debuted four years ago. They too have a few starters at the top of their weight classes in the NAIA, most notably senior 165-pounder Nathan Sommer (No. 4) and senior NAIA-All American heavyweight Brandon Gebhardt (No. 2). The duals will feature four matches of top-15 opponents. The two universities have never faced off against each other.
Here is a look at the projected matchups:
125 - No. 5 Alan Waters (2-0) vs. Alan Callahan OR Kevin Magdael OR Nathan Garcia
133 - No. 8 Nathan McCormick (2-0) vs. Bo Pursel
141 - No. 14 Nicholas Hucke (2-0) vs. Joel Olivas
149 - No. 13 Drake Houdashelt (1-1) vs. No. 9 Nick Haugen
157 - No. 15 Kyle Bradley (1-1) vs. Connor Middleton
165 - No. 10 Zach Toal (0-0) vs. No. 4 Nathan Sommer
174 - No. 20 Todd Porter (2-0) vs. Johnathan Hambleton
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson (2-0) vs. Parker Owen
197 - No. 6 Brent Haynes (2-0) vs. No. 5 Robert Shadrach
HWT - No. 2 Dom Bradley (2-0) vs. No. 2 Brandon Gebhardt
The Tigers kicked off the year this past weekend West Lafayette with two dual meets versus Old Dominion and Purdue. Mizzou won all 10 matches against Old Dominion, and a misconduct penalty against the Monarchs made the 35 to negative-1 final a historic one. They then defeated the host-school Purdue by a final of 23-9.
The last time the Tigers competed in the Hearnes Center, they were crowned Big 12 Champions. Stay abreast with everything Wrestling on MUTigers.com, or follow our social media feeds at facebook.com/MizzouWrestling and @MizzouWrestling on Twitter.