Zach Toal will rematch against Cornell's Kyle Dake this weekend in NYC. Dake, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 165 pounds, defeated Mizzou's Toal 14-3 in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Dec. 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 7-ranked Missouri Tigers fly to New York City this weekend for a pair of dual meets at the first ever college-wrestling event held at Madison Square Garden. "Grapple at the Garden, presented by Suplay.com", will feature more than 65 ranked wrestlers from 14 colleges, including four NCAA champions. Six of the competing programs are ranked in the top-25 nationally. Among the nationally ranked matchups on the day include No. 2 Oklahoma State against No. 8 Cornell and No. 4 Ohio State against No. 17 Maryland. For more information on this historic event, visit their website.
Recently, the Tigers went toe-to-toe with No. 4 Ohio State in the Cliff Keen Invitational, falling one point short of the tournament championship. Missouri is 5-0 in duals on the season, allowing a grand total of 5 team points against in those duals.
On Sunday, Missouri's dual meet opponents will be No. 8 Cornell and No. 25 Bloomsburg. The eighth-ranked Big Red also participated in the Cliff Keen Invitational, finishing in third place as a team. Cornell senior Kyle Dake is currently the top-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds. Last year, he became the first wrestler in NCAA history to win three NCAA championships at three different weight classes. Dake will lead the Cornell starting lineup that features three other nationally ranked grapplers. The Bloomsburg Huskies enter the weekend with three wrestlers ranked in the top 25 nationally. Junior Richard Perry is 15-1 at 197 pounds.
Missouri's match against Cornell will begin at 10 a.m. CT. They will finish the day against Bloomsburg at 12 p.m. CT.
Here are Missouri's projected lineups for the event.
No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 8 Cornell
125 - No. 2 Alan Waters (14-0) vs. No. 10 Nahshon Garrett (Fr., 17-1)
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick (14-1) vs. Bricker Dixon (So., 10-6)/No. 8 Nick Arujua (Jr., 4-2)
141 - No. 24 Nicholas Hucke (5-4) vs. No. 10 Mike Nevinger (Jr., 17-5)
149 - No. 16 Drake Houdashelt (10-4) vs. No. 20 Chris Villalonga (Jr., 8-4)
157 - No. 29 Kyle Bradley (11-5) vs. Chris Dowdy (Fr., 11-6)
165 - No. 10 Zach Toal (11-4) vs. No. 1 Kyle Dake (Sr., 9-0)
174 - No. 17 Todd Porter (12-4) vs. Duke Pickett (Fr., 11-8)
184 - No. 6 Mike Larson (14-2) vs. Craig Scott (Fr., 12-4)
197 - No. 10 Brent Haynes (13-3) vs. Jace Bennett (So., 13-5)
HWT - No. 2 Dom Bradley (15-0) vs. Stryker Lane (Sr., 11-5)
No. 7 Missouri vs. No.25 Bloomsburg
125 - No. 2 Alan Waters (14-0) vs. Sean Boylan (Jr., 9-7)
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick (13-1) vs. No. 19 Nick Wilcox (Jr., 10-3)
141 - No. 25 Nicholas Hucke (5-4) vs. Matt Rappo (R-Fr., 5-7)
149 - No. 16 Drake Houdashelt (10-4) vs. Josh Roosa (R-Sr., 12-2)/Alex Lincoln (R-So., 1-2)/Derek Goodwin (R-So., 1-6)
157 - No. 25 Kyle Bradley (11-5) vs. No. 7 Frank Hickman (R-Sr., 9-2)/Mike Testen R-So., 1-4)/Ron Vaughters (Fr., 7-3)
165 - No. 11 Zach Toal (11-4) vs. Josh Veltre (R-Jr., 14-5)
174 - No. 17 Todd Porter (12-4) vs. Chris Smith (R-Jr., 6-6)
184 - No. 6 Mike Larson (14-2) vs. Andre Petroski (So., 8-6)/Sam Shirey (R-Jr., 3-2)
197 - No. 9 Brent Haynes (13-3) vs. No. 15 Richard Perry (R-Jr., 15-1)
HWT - No. 2 Dom Bradley (15-0) vs. Justin Grant (R-Jr., 11-0)
This will be the first college-wrestling event held at Madison Square Garden. Senior Brent Haynes is six wins shy of 100 career wins at Missouri. The No. 9 ranked grappler at 197 pounds has a 13-3 record on the year. Junior Alan Waters (14-0) and Senior Dom Bradley (15-0) both remain undefeated on the year and rank second in the nation in their respective weight classes of 125 pounds and heavyweight. Redshirt freshman Trevor Jauch and sophomores Johnny Eblen and Devin Mellon will travel with the team to New York City this weekend. Follow the team this weekend on trackwrestling.com.
Following the Grapple at the Garden, the Tigers won't return to the mat until the team heads south to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they will participate in the Southern Scuffle tournament. For all the latest on Missouri wrestling, follow us on Twitter, @MizzouWrestling, and right here on MUTigers.com
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