Junior Mike Larson
Dec. 8, 2011
What: No. 12 Mizzou at No. 20 Kent State
When: Friday, Dec. 9 - 6:05 p.m. CT
Where: Kent, Ohio - M.A.C. Center
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After a highly successful weekend at the Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open in St. Louis, the No. 12 Missouri wrestling team returns to dual action and concludes their month-long road trip with a match against No. 20 Kent State on Friday evening. The Tigers and Golden Flashes are scheduled to face off at 6:05 p.m. CT on Dec. 9 in Kent,Ohio. Live video will be available for free at mac-sports.com, while live results will be tweeted from Mizzou Wrestling’s official Twitter account: @MizzouWrestling.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
The Kent State Golden Flashes enter this contest ranked No. 20 in the nation according to the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll. Kent State is currently 2-2 on the dual season and are riding a two-match winning streak. They opened their season with a 19-17 loss to Nebraska and a 24-18 defeat at the hands of Illinois, but bounced back and defeated Navy, 24-15, and Edinboro by a 22-15 margin. They finished second at the Body Bar Invitational in mid-November and placed ninth out of 34 teams at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend.
Leading the way is senior 125 pounder Nic Bedelyon, who is 16-0 on the year and ranked No. 2 in the nation according to Intermat. The Kent State projected starting lineup features three other top-20 wrestlers in sophomore Tyler Small, ranked 13th at 141, freshman Ian Miller, the No. 18 149 pounder and No. 15 Brendan Barrow, the squad’s heavyweight.
Kent State went 14-6 in duals last season and tied for first in the MAC with a 4-1 dual meet record. They placed 17th at NCAA’s and return eight of their 10 starters and four of their six NCAA qualifiers. Jim Andrassy is their head coach, and he’s in his ninth season at Kent State.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Missouri and Kent State met on Dec. 5, 2010 in Columbia, with the No. 16 Tigers pulling out a 19-15 win. Alan Waters, ranked No. 11 at the time, upset No. 5 Nic Bedelyon by a 3-1 score to improve to 19-0 on the season. Zach Toal knocked off Ross Tice, 7-4, Dorian Henderson defeated Brandonn Johnson, 5-4, and Mike Larson pulled out a 4-3 decision over Casey Newburg. All four Mizzou grapplers are expected to see the same opponents on Friday.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Both teams return many of their starters from last year’s team, creating many rematches from last year’s dual. Here are three of the more intriguing contests set for Friday evening.
•125: No. 5 Alan Waters (MU) vs. No. 2 Nic Bedelyon (KSU) - Waters pulled out a 3-1 decision last year in Columbia, using his strong riding skills to pull the upset on No. 5 Bedelyon. Late in the second period of a scoreless match, Waters was able to turn Bedelyon to his back for two nearfall points. Each wrestler would get a point of an escape, and Waters was able to avoid a late takedown attempt by Bedelyon to hold him off. A win for Waters on Friday would bump him into the top-three of the class and play a huge role in NCAA Championships seeding in March.
•141: Brandon Wiest (MU) vs. No. 13 Tyler Small (KSU) - Small competed at 133 last year, and upset No. 17 Nathan McCormick in last December’s dual by an 8-6 score. This year, at 141, he’s ranked 13th in the country and is 15-4 on the season. Wiest is 2-2 in duals this year, with both losses coming to top-10 wrestlers. In his last match against a ranked opponent, he took No. 5 Mike Mangrum of Oregon State to sudden victory before falling 7-5. A win for Wiest on Friday would be huge for his postseason resume.
•149: Kyle Bradley (MU) vs. No. 18 Ian Miller (KSU) - Miller enters the Kent State lineup as a true freshman and finds himself ranked No. 18 in the nation after a solid 11-2 start. He was the No. 2 recruit at 152 pounds coming out of high school and won the 149-pound title at the Body Bar Invitational a few weeks ago. Bradley, ranked 19th, finally got off the schneid in the team’s last dual, getting an 8-0 win over Timmy Boone of Stanford. His other three losses have come against top-14 competition and all come by less than three points.
Missouri will close out the 2011 portion of their schedule with a home dual meet against Big 12 Conference foe Iowa State. The Tigers and Cyclones will face off at Noon CT on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Hearnes Center.
NINE TIGERS WIN TITLES AT KAUFMAN-BRAND OPEN
The University of Missouri wrestling team sent 34 of their grapplers to the Maryville Kaufman-Brand Open in St. Louis on Sunday, with 25 of those wrestlers finishing in the top-six of their respective weight classes. Of the 25 placers for Missouri, nine of them took home first place titles.
Alan Waters (125), Nathan McCormick (133), Kyle Bradley (149), Drake Houdashelt (157), Zach Toal (165), Dorian Henderson (174), Mike Larson (184), Brent Haynes (197) and Devin Mellon (HWT) each finished in first in their respective weight classes. Taking runner-up honors were Boomer Boyd (125), Jordan Gagliano (165), Patrick Wright (174) and Johnny Eblen (184), while Eric Wilson (133), Nicholas Hucke (141), Austin Lindsay (157), Ty Prazma (165), Todd Porter (174) and Justin Heberlie (197).
Also placing for Mizzou were: Brandon Wiest (4th, 141), Kellen Bounous (4th, 149), Cody Johnston (4th, 174), Dustin Williams (6th, 174), Clarence Neely (4th, 184) and Jake Glore (4th, HWT).
TIGERS BLAST NO. 25 STANFORD, 26-9
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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