Tigers Ready for Kaufman-Brand Open

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Dec. 1, 2011

What: Mizzou at 2011 Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open
When: Sunday, Dec. 4 - All Day
Where: St. Louis, Mo. - Moloney Arena (Simon Center)
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The No. 12 ranked Mizzou wrestling team takes a break from dual action this weekend when they head down I-70 for the Kaufman-Brand Open, hosted by Maryville in St. Louis. This is the first year that Maryville is hosting the event, as they absorbed the University of Nebraska-Omaha's wrestling program, which was shut down last year. UNO hosted this event every November for the past 16 years and was considered the nation's largest collegiate wrestling meet. The Kaufman-Brand open has attracted up to 700 wrestlers from 35 teams in 12 states to the tournament. This year, Missouri will send 39 of their 43 wrestlers to the event.

Live results and video will be provided by Maryville University, and links to each of those can be found on the sidebar at mutigers.com. Additionally, fans can get live match-by-match results by following the Mizzou Wrestling Twitter page, @MizzouWrestling.

Missouri returns to dual action and finishes off their month-long rode trip, as they travel to No. 20 Kent State on Friday, Dec. 9. The match is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. CT.

Last year, the Tigers sent 23 wrestlers to the 2010 Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha, Neb., with six grapplers coming back having placed. Brent Haynes and Devin Mellon led the way, claiming titles at 197 and HWT, respectively. Haynes coasted through the elite bracket, pinning four of his five opponent while scoring a technical fall in the other bout. In the amateur bracket Mellon beat Kyle Slifka of Iowa State and won 3-1 in sudden victory in the championship bout. Weston Keleher finished second at 184-amateur, Drake Houdashelt took third at 157-amateur and Johnny Eblen (184-amateur) and Clarence Neely (184-elite) each placed sixth.

Four bonus point victories helped pace the No. 13 Missouri wrestling team's 26-9 win over No. 25 Stanford, giving the team' their second win of the weekend over a ranked opponent as they improve to 3-1 on the dual season. The Tigers opened the day with back-to-back major decision wins by Kyle Bradley and Drake Houdashelt. They won three of their next four matches to go up 17-3, and Alan Waters' technical fall at 125 put the match out of reach, making it 22-6. Brandon Wiest finished off the day just as the Tigers had started it, scoring one last major decision. Two of Missouri's three losses on the afternoon came to top-five grapplers, as Nathan McCormick dropped a 9-5 contest to No. 5 Ryan Mango, while Dorian Henderson fell to No. 1 Nick Amuchastegui, 3-0.

NO. 13 TIGERS DEFEAT NO. 17 OSU, 21-18
No. 5 Alan Waters scored a technical fall in his first match back from injury and Mike Larson won by major decision at 184 pounds to pace No. 13 Missouri's 21-18 victory over No. 17 Oregon State. The Tigers won six of the 10 matches to secure the match over the Beavers, who scored pins in the last two matches of the night to trim the lead. After Waters' technical fall, McCormick scored a decision to put the Tigers ahead 8-0. Oregon State won the next two matches to cut the lead to 8-6, but Missouri clinched the dual with four straight victories, including Larson's major at 184. Brent Haynes lost to a defensive pin and Devin Mellon was pinned by No. 8 Clayton Jack to close out the match, but it wasn't enough to overcome Mizzou's lead.

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