Photos by Karen Mitchell
Missouri’s Mike Larson struggles to break free of the hold of Central Michigan’s Ben Bennett in the 184 weight class Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. Missouri lost the dual meet 17-16.
The No. 6 Missouri Tigers suffered their first dual-match loss on Sunday to No. 11 Central Michigan, 17-16. With the loss Missouri falls to 8-1 for the season.
Central Michigan entered Sunday’s match with a lower ranking but with 11 consecutive Mid-American Conference championships. This is Missouri’s first season in the MAC.
Both teams brought nationally ranked wrestlers into the match. Missouri’s No. 1 heavyweight Dom Bradley beat No. 6 Jarod Trice. Central Michigan’s No. 2 Ben Bennett beat No. 6 Mike Larson at 184.
Official Jerry Middleton watches as Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt get the near fall on Donnie Corby of Central Michigan. Houdashelt won the 149 bout, 8-2.
Heavyweights Dom Bradley, left, and Jarod Trice needed overtime to decide their match. Both men are nationally ranked.
Missouri Head Assistant Coach Sammie Henson, left, and head coach Brian Smith watch one of the bouts.
Missouri’s No. 10 Zach Toal, right, works to gain an advantage over Mike Ottinger in the 165 wieght class. Toal lost in the first sudden victory period, 6-4.
Todd Porter, right, tries to keep from getting poked in the eye by Central Michigan’s Craig Kelliher. Porter won the 174 match, 2-0.
125 – Christian Cullinan (Central Michigan) beat Boomer Boyd (Missouri) 11-0. 4-0 CMU
133 –Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won by decision over Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan) 7-1. 4-3 CMU
141 –Scott Mattingly (Central Michigan) won by decision over Eric Wilson (Missouri) 4-3. 7-3 CMU
149 –Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won by decision over Donnie Corby (Central Michigan) 8-2. 7-6 CMU
157 –Luke Smith (Central Michigan) won in tie breaker 1 over Kyle Bradley (Missouri) 6-5. 10-6 CMU
165 –Mike Ottinger (Central Michigan) won in sudden victory 1 over Zach Toal (Missouri) 6-4. 13-6 CMU
174 –Todd Porter (Missouri) won by decision over Craig Kelliher (Central Michigan) 2-0. 13-9 CMU
184 –Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) won by major decision over Mike Larson (Missouri) 8-0. 17-9 CMU
197 –Brent Haynes (Missouri) won by major decision over Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan) 10-0. 17-13 CMU
HWT –Dom Bradley (Missouri) won in tie breaker 1 over Jarod Trice (Central Michigan) 3-1. 17-16 CMU
The Tigers’ next matches will be on the road: Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Northern Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 27. The team’s next home match is the Beauty and the Beast match — a combination event with the Missouri gymnastics team — on Feb. 1 at the Hearnes Center.
Information from MUTigers.com was used for this story.