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No. 16 Tigers Host Kent State Sunday

MUTIGERS.COM Missouri looks to stay perfect all-time against Kent State
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Missouri looks to stay perfect all-time against Kent State
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Dec. 2, 2010

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Fresh off a 3-1 trip to the Northeast Duals in Albany, N.Y. last weekend, the No. 16 Missouri Tigers return home this weekend to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in front of the hometown crowd at the Hearnes Center.  The first match is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Scouting Kent State
Guided by eighth year head coach Jim Andrassy, the Golden Flashes come into the dual sporting a 2-3 record against an extremely tough schedule.  The team’s two victories have come against Chattanooga and North Carolina, while they’ve lost to No. 14 Iowa State, No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Virginia.  Though unranked in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, the Golden Flashes are tied for 12th according to Intermat and ranked 15th according to WIN Magazine.

Five of the projected starters for this weekend are ranked in the top-25, highlighted by Dustin Kilgore, the No. 1 ranked 197-pounder in the country.  Kilgore is 13-0 on the season, and has scored bonus points in nine of his victories.  The junior All-American has won 35 straight dual meets dating back to January of 2009.  Nic Bedelyon, Kent State’s 125 pounder, is ranked fifth in the country and comes in with a 9-0 record.  Bedelyon has registered bonus points six times this season, which includes a technical fall victory over No. 10 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech.  Bedelyon will go up against Mizzou’s Alan Waters, ranked 11th, in one of the most anticipated matches of the day.  Also in the rankings for KSU are Matt Cathell, No. 20 at 157 pounds, Ross Tice, the 24th ranked 165 pounder and heavyweight Brendan Barlow, who is No. 12.

Missouri and Kent State have faced off three other times, with the Tigers taking all three victories.  The last meeting came in 2006, with the Tigers pulling off a 22-15 victory.  This will be the first time these two teams have met in Columbia, as each of the previous three matches came at neutral sites

Watch Live on Flowrestling
Flowrestling.org will air the Missouri vs. Kent State dual live and for free on their website as the Feature Match of the Week on their Big Live Duals Series.  Flowrestling’s Big Live Duals Series is quickly growing in popularity and features a top college dual meet live each and every week.  Last week, Flowrestling featured No. 1 Cornell against No. 6 Central Michigan, with the Big Red winning 24-10.  A link to the video is available on the sidebar at the mutigers.com wrestling page.  Also, live scoring through NWCA’s online scorebook will be available as well.  The scorebook link can also be found at mutigers.com

Ticket Info
Tickets can be purchased at the Hearnes Center on the day of the event.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, while children under two years of age get in free.  This weekend, Columbia Public School can get free admission for four with a voucher.  There is also a discount for Mizzou faculty and staff, who can get a ticket for just $2.  For more information, or to order tickets in advance, call 1-800-CAT-PAWS.

What’s Next
Missouri hits the road next weekend for their first of two consecutive weekends in the state of Indiana.  The Tigers will head to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on the No. 23 Purdue Boilermakers.  Action gets started at 11 a.m. CT, and the dual will air live on the Big Ten Network.

Waters’ Early Impact

When Alan Waters came to Mizzou, people knew the Tigers were going to finally have that top grappler at the 125 pound mark that they’ve longed for.  However, no one probably expected the true freshman to have this big of an impact this early.  The four-time state champion has put together a 18-0 record in his first month of collegiate action, as he’s won all four dual matches he’s wrestled in while capturing two tournament titles, winning at the Lindenwood Open and the Central Missouri Open.  Two weekends ago he defeated No. 21 Steve Bonanno of Hofstra by a 2-1 decision and No. 10 Jason Lara of Oregon State by a 3-2 score.  Last weekend, at the Northeast Duals, Waters had a perfect 4-0 day, scoring four decisions to improve to 18-0 overall and 8-0 in duals.  After starting the season unranked, Waters is now up to as high as No. 11 in the country in the major polls.

Tigers Win Three at Northeast Duals
The 16th ranked Mizzou wrestling team (5-3) picked up three wins in four matches at the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals, held in Albany, N.Y. on Saturday. Missouri knocked off American by a 23-15 to open the day, and after a loss to No. 24 Rutgers by a 19-16 score, bounced back to defeat No. 11 Lehigh, 21-10, and Maryland, 18-12.  Freshman Alan Waters (125), sophomore Nathan McCormick (133) and senior Todd Schavrien (141) combined to go 12-0 in their matches, helping the Tigers jump out to early leads in each of the duals.

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