The Tigers haven't started off a season with five straight wins since 2008-09, when they won their first 11 duals.
Nov. 23, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Tigers are quickly 3-0 in 2012-13, and can add two more victories to the win column Saturday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou has two home duals scheduled against the Stanford Cardinals and the Jackrabbits from South Dakota State. MIzzou's squad has performed up to expectation up to this point in the young season, as five Tiger grapplers won first place at the Joe Parisi Open last weekend in Saint Charles, Mo. The squad has also already completed two shutout victories in three dual matches.
Stanford is 3-2 this year, with their two losses coming against No. 10-ranked Northwestern University (32-6) and No. 13-ranked Michigan (26-6). Saturday marks the third time that Mizzou will match up against Stanford, with the Tigers holding the edge in the all-time series, 2-0. The Tigers faced off against the Cardinal wrestling squad last year at `The Farm' and escaped with a 26-9 victory behind four bonus-point victories.
South Dakota State comes in at 2-3, with all five duals coming on the road so far. They close out their season-opening seven dual road trip in Columbia this Saturday after having dropped their last two duals versus North Carolina (36-6) and No. 9 Nebraska (32-7). The Jackrabbits were tied with the Cornhuskers in their most recent dual at 7-7, but lost their final six matches of the dual to fall to under .500. The Tigers and Jackrabbits have met three times in history, with South Dakota St. holding a 2-1 advantage. The two teams haven't met since 1970-71. The Jacks are being led by Head Coach Chris Bono, who is in his first year at the helm of the program.
Senior 125-pounder Aaron Pickrel has four pins on the year so far for South Dakota St., which could make for an interesting bout with No. 4-ranked Alan Waters, who added three pins of his own last Saturday at the Joe Parisi Open in a total of 4:39.
The Tigers will be weighing in around 20 wrestlers this weekend. Here are the probable starters for each dual:
Versus Stanford - 1:30 p.m.
125 - No. 4 Alan Waters OR Boomer Boyd vs. Evan Silver
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick vs. Peter Russo
141 - No. 14 Nicholas Hucke OR Trevor Jauch vs. Josh Lauderdale
149 - No. 15 Drake Houdashelt OR Trevor Wiest vs. Timmy Boone
157 - No. 13 Kyle Bradley vs. Garrett Schaner OR Kyle Meyer
165 - No. 10 Zach Toal OR Ty Prazma vs. Bret Baumbach
174 - No. 16 Todd Porter OR Jordan Gagliano vs. Thomas Kimbrell OR Ryan Davies
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson OR Johnny Eblen vs. Alan Yen
197 - No. 5 Brent Haynes OR Justin Heberlie vs. Michael Sojka
HWT - No. 2 Dom Bradley OR Devin Mellon vs. Dan Scherer
Versus South Dakota State - 3 p.m.
125 - No. 4 Alan Waters OR Boomer Boyd vs. Aaron Pickrel
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick vs. Brance Simms
141 - No. 14 Nicholas Hucke OR Trevor Jauch vs. Ben Gillette
149 - No. 15 Drake Houdashelt OR Trevor Wiest vs. Dustin Walraven
157 - No. 13 Kyle Bradley vs. Garrett Schaner OR Cody Pack
165 - No. 10 Zach Toal OR Ty Prazma vs. Joe Brewster
174 - No. 16 Todd Porter OR Jordan Gagliano vs. Troy Morisette OR John Nething II
184 - No. 8 Mike Larson OR Johnny Eblen vs. Hunter Weddington OR Shea Nolan
197 - No. 5 Brent Haynes OR Justin Heberlie vs. Brandon Ballard
HWT - No. 2 Dom Bradley OR Devin Mellon vs. J.J. Everard
Mizzou will take a week off following Saturday's duals before they head to Las Vegas for the 31st Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Following their road trip to Las Vegas, the Tigers won't be in action again until they head north to New York City, where they will face off against No. 8 Cornell and Bloomsberg at the Grapple at the Garden on December 16th.
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