Missouri Hosts No. 25 Cal Poly and Purdue Friday in the Hearnes Center.
Nov. 19, 2009
One week removed from a season opening 18-16 victory over Border Opponent Illinois, the eighth-ranked Missouri wrestling team is set to host No. 25 Cal Poly and Purdue in a pair of duals, Friday, Nov. 20, in the Hearnes Center. The Tigers will challenge the Mustangs of Cal Poly beginning at Noon (CT) followed by a 7 p.m. (CT) contest against Purdue. Fans who attend the afternoon contest against the Mustangs can use their ticket stub to re-enter for free to the evening matchup. Live stats, audio and video will be provided through www.mutigers.com.
Following Friday's competition, the Tigers will return to the mats on Sunday, Nov. 22, in the 10th annual Missouri Open. Held in the Fieldhouse, wrestling begins at 9 a.m. (CT), and is free and open to the public. Parking will be limited to Lot X or Garage No. 7, located across Stadium Blvd. from the Hearnes Center, due to a men's basketball game slated for a 1 p.m. tip. Please visit www.mutigers.com to access a parking map.
Also this weekend, Missouri seniors Maxwell Askren and Mark Ellis will compete in the 44th annual NWCA All-Star Classic beginning at 4 p.m. (CT) in Fullerton, Calif. Fans unable to attend the exhibition matches can watch online at livesportsvideo.com for a $10.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, the Missouri wrestling team will recognize its former athletes and coaches with the first-annual Wrestling Homecoming.
Scouting the Mustangs
John Azevedo is in his seventh year as Head Coach of the No. 25 Cal Poly Mustangs. Prior to beginning his career as head coach, Azevedo, a former Olympian and NCAA Champion, was an assistant under Lennis Cowell for two years before taking over the reins.
After taking sending three Mustangs to the 2009 NCAA Championships, with two crowned Pac-10 Champions, Cal Poly comes to Columbia ranked 25th in the nation. Cal Poly is led by All-American Chase Pami, who placed seventh at the NCAA Championships in the 165 pound weight class and won and individual title at the Pac-10 Conference Championships. Also expected to wrestle is Filip Novachkov, who placed third in the Pac-10 Conference Championships.
Cal Poly is coming off a victorious season opener where they dispatched Cal State Fullerton, 26-13, in a Pac-10 Conference dual meet. Cal Poly's schedule is a brutal one, filled with nationally ranked teams from the Big 12 like Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State as well as other ranked teams such as Boise State. In addition to competing in the dual Friday against Missouri, the Mustangs will also take to the center circle in the 10th annual Missouri Open, Sunday, Nov. 22.
Scouting the BoilerMakers
Third year Head Coach Scott Hinkel leads the Boilermakers in 2009. After guiding Purdue to a 23rd place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships, Hinkel, a former All-American for Purdue who was an assistant coach for 14 years, hopes to continue to build on last season's success.
Purdue comes into Columbia, Mo., with a 2-1 record, fresh off a Big Ten Conference victory over Northwestern. The Boilermakers are led by juniors Colton Salazar, Luke Manuel and Logan Brown who are a combined 22-0 this season. Salazar is ranked 10th in the nation at 175 pounds, Brown is currently ranked 11th at 197 pounds, and Manuel is 12th at 174 pounds. While Missouri emerged victorious the last time these two teams met in 2004, edging Purdue 25-10, it is the Boilermakers who own the overall advantage, at 11-8-1 against the Tigers since the teams first met in 1965.
Purdue's schedule does not get any easier after they leave Columbia, Mo., as they face a brutal Big Ten Conference Schedule that has them squaring off with nationally ranked teams like Iowa and Ohio State.
The Missouri Open
The 10th annual Missouri will kickoff at 9 a.m. (CT) in the Hearnes Fieldhouse. Featuring nearly 400 wrestlers from some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, fans can watch as grapplers compete in one of two brackets, the freshman/sophomore division of open bracket. Fans unable to attend the annual, all-day event, can check www.mutigers.com, for updated brackets. Championship finals are expected to begin around 5 p.m., so arrive early and watch your Tigers in action! Entrance is free. Teams attending include Cal Poly, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Missouri and several of the state schools, Central Missouri, Missouri Valley, Truman State and more.
Missouri holds a 3-0 lead in the all-time series with Cal Poly, last besting the Mustangs,36-6, at the Pac 10/Big 12 duals last season in San Luis Obispo. All three contests with Cal Poly have come under the direction of Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith. The Friday afternoon dual marks the first time that the two teams have met in a non-neutral facility. Competing in the 2002-03 campaign, Missouri held off Cal Poly 26-18 at the Lone Star Duals, followed by a 37-6 Missouri win in 2003-04 at the Sun Devil Duals. Altogether, Missouri has outscored Cal Poly 99-30.
Big Ten opponent Purdue holds the lead, 11-7 over Missouri. The two schools first met in the 1965-66 season and the Boilermakers collected a 19-8 in their home facility. The last time these two teams squared off came in Missouri's 2004-05 season opener. Missouri won, 25-10, wrestling at Meramec College in St. Louis. Since Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith took the helm in 1998, the Tigers have split the series with Purdue, 3-3, however Missouri has won the last three straight meets.
Askren Ranked No. 1
Senior 184 pounder Maxwell Askren was awarded the No. 1 ranking in his weight class as announced by InterMat. The last time Askren was ranked No. 1 in the nation came during the 2006-07 campaign when he stood at No. 1 in the 197 pound weight class. This marks the first time a Tiger grappler has been ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds.
In 64 years of Missouri wrestling, the Tigers have amassed a 35-29 record in season openers and sit at 8-4 under current Head Coach Brian Smith. Following the Nov. 12 opener against Illinois, the Tigers now own a seven dual home opening streak beginning with their 21-17 win over then-No. 1 Oklahoma State in 2003. The seven dual home opening is the longest in program history.
More Than a Decision for Marable
Senior 165 pounder Nicholas Marable was often teased last season for winning so many of his matches by two points or fewer, 15 to be exact. This summer, the two-time All-American worked with the TigerStyle wrestling staff and laid out a game plan that helped Marable improve on his scoring. Now 6-0 on the year, three of Marable's wins have been marked as bonus point victories, including his first fall in 27 matches. Marable pinned Mike Vieirra of Neosho in 1:12 at the UCM Open on Nov. 14. Also, Marable notched his seventh career win by major decision, besting Joseph Ali of Oklahoma State, 20-6, en route to a first place finish at the UCM Open. Marable managed a season high three wins by major decision as a sophomore (2007-08).
Haynes is Happy, Not Content
Redshirt freshman Brent Haynes stepped into Missouri's lineup for the first time Nov. 12, earning not only his first career dual victory, but his first win over a ranked opponent. With the win, Haynes became the first Tiger redshirt freshman since Maxwell Askren (2006-07) to crack the top-15 grapplers in his weight class this early in the season. Haynes accomplished the feat by upsetting Illinois' No. 12 Patrick Bond, 4-1, at 197 pounds, earning Missouri's second victory of the evening. Two days later, the two-time Missouri High School State Champion took third at the UCM Open, finishing the day with a 5-1 record that included a tournament opening win by fall and 18-2 win by technical fall in 4:42. Haynes ranks as high as 12th by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat and is the only Missouri redshirt freshman to rank among the top-15 grapplers of his respective weight class.
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