Category Archives: MAC

Toal and Eblen return as Mizzou wrestling defeats Old Dominion 21-9

Photos and story by Ryan Shiner

Missouri’s John Eblen (top) attempts to take down Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow during the 184-pound match at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 16, 2014. Eblen would go on to win his match, 7-5.

Missouri’s John Eblen (top) attempts to take down Old Dominion’s Jack Dechow during the 184-pound match at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 16, 2014. Eblen would go on to win his match, 7-5.

COLUMBIA — The No. 10 Missouri wrestling team looked to continue its winning ways on Sunday against Old Dominion after winning back-to-back home meets last weekend. Missouri did just that by defeating the visiting Monarchs, 21-9.

The Missouri crowd made noise early on in the match at the Hearnes Center, calling for what they thought were stalling penalties on ODU.

Two stalling penalties were called in the 149-pound match. No. 14 Alex Richardson, of ODU (22-7), was called Read more of this post

Mizzou wrestling edges out Eastern Michigan, 18-15

Story and photos by Ryan Shiner

Missouri's Lavion Mayes (black) dominates his opponent, Nicholas Barber in the 141 match. Mayes won the match 14-4.

Missouri’s Lavion Mayes (black) dominates his opponent, Nicholas Barber in the 141 match. Mayes won the match 14-4.

COLUMBIA — After pounding Buffalo 41-0 on Friday night and even with four nationally ranked wrestlers taking the mat, the Missouri wrestling team found itself in a tight dual against Eastern Michigan. The Tigers and the Eagles were tied going into the final match, Missouri’s Devin Mellon against Eastern Michigan’s Khodar Hoballah.

After a scoreless first period, Mellon was able to pull out the 5-2 win, giving Missouri the victory 18-15.

Coach Brian Smith said this is the second week in a row that the Missouri wrestling team Read more of this post

Mizzou Wrestling Dominates Buffalo at Beauty and the Beast Event

By Ryan Shiner

COLUMBIA — After losing at No. 8 Oklahoma State 28-6 on Jan. 31, the No. 9 Missouri wrestling team was set to get back to its winning ways. And Missouri did just that by defeating Buffalo 41-0 at the Hearnes Center on Friday.

Missouri is now 7-2 in dual meets this season and Friday’s win marked the team’s third shutout of the season, and its second following a loss.

“I think unfortunately, losing does refocus you,” coach Brian Smith said. “This is where we are going to have to start maturing as a team, putting two and three matches in a row like that, and tomorrow’s really important.” Read more of this post

Mizzou’s Dom Bradley chases Olympic dream

By Peter Terpstra

You may think the Missouri wrestling season ended after the NCAA Wrestling Championships in March. As it turns out, the season never ends for senior Tiger heavyweight Dom Bradley.

Bradley is a former FILA Jr. World Champion and has his eyes set on an Olympic bid in 2016. He’s off to a quick start too after winning the U.S. Open this past weekend, beating American heavyweight Olympian Tervel Diagnev in the finals.

KBIA’s Peter Terpstra spoke with the Olympic-hopeful about his career after college.

Mizzou’s Smith earns conference coach of the year

By Peter Terpstra

Coach Brian Smith’s list of accomplishments keeps growing.

The Mid-American Conference named Smith the conference coach of the year Tuesday. It’s the second year in a row the Missouri wrestling coach earned the honor after winning the Big 12 coach of the year last season.

The Tigers bested runner-up Central Michigan at the conference tournament by earning the most points in conference history. The Tiger victory stopped an 11-year championship run by the Chippewas.

Smith’s Tigers sent all 10 starters to the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row after winning the MAC Tournament team title. The Tigers took seventh place in the nation and came home with five All-Americans, tying a program high.

Smith started coaching at Missouri in 1998 where he’s coached the Tigers to 12 consecutive winning seasons. He’s the winningest wrestling coach at Missouri with a 189-88-3 record.

Mizzou wrestlers marches away with MAC title; looks ahead to nationals

by Peter Terpstra

The Missouri wrestling squad has won two conference championships in two years. It might have been the Tigers’ first time finishing first in the Mid-American Conference, but as KBIA’s Peter Terpstra shows, Missouri grabbed a title away from a team who hasn’t stepped off of the podium since 2001.

Ten Missouri wrestlers qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships, which start Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Eight received automatic bids and two received at-large bids. Alan Waters (125) and Dom Bradley (HWT) are No. 1 seeds.

Here are the wrestlers who made the tournament and their first round matches:

125- No. 1 Alan Waters (29-0) vs. David Thorn, Minnesota, (13-10)
133- No. 6 Nathan McCormick vs. Erik Spjut, Virginia Tech, (17-10)
141- Nicholas Hucke (13-13) vs. No. 3 Michael Mangram, Oregon State, (36-4)
149- Drake Houdashelt (28-9) vs. No. 11 Andrew Alton, Penn State, (26-4)
157- Kyle Bradley (26-13) vs. No. 4 James Green, Nebraska, (20-4)
165- Zach Toal (22-16) vs. Ryan Leblanc, Indiana, (22-8)
174- Todd Porter (31-10) vs. No. 2 Mathew Brown, Penn State, (25-4)
184- No. 11 Mike Larson (27-10) vs. Ophir Bernstein, Brown, (24-9)
197- No. 12 Brent Haynes (31-8) vs. Jackson Hein, Wisconsin, (20-10)
285- No. 1 Dom Bradley (35-1) vs. Stryker Lane, Cornell, (20-10)

Information from was used in this report.

Remembering Mizzou’s Win Over Iowa

By Peter Terpstra

It’s been a week since Missouri wrestling beat Iowa to take third place in the Cliff Keen National Duals.
The win had special meaning for a Tiger assistant coach.
KBIA’s Peter Terpstra sat down with Joe Johnston on what the win meant not only for Missouri, but for himself too.

Two Missouri Tigers grabbed the spotlight in the victory.
Both Alan Waters and Kyle Bradley notched wins over top-ranked opponents.
KBIA’s Peter Terpstra talked with both wrestlers on how their individual performance helped the team pull off the victory.

Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler

Mizzou’s McCormick follows family’s footsteps

By Peter Terpstra

Walk into the Hearnes Center for a Missouri wrestling dual and you will likely hear one voice above the rest. It’s a bit high pitched and if you don’t understand wrestling, you probably won’t know what he’s talking about.

His name is Tyler McCormick. He’s a former two-time All-American wrestler for the Missouri Tigers and he’s at every competition to cheer, or coach to use a more accurate word, his younger brother Nathan McCormick.

For many wrestlers, the sport just runs in the family. For Nathan McCormick, being great at the sport is part of the family.

Missouri’s 133-pound starter checks in as the No.5 wrestler in the nation. It’s his senior season and his last chance at landing on the podium in March — something he has yet to accomplish. But he’s familiar with success both on and off the mat.

Nathan is the third McCormick brother to start for the Tigers. His older brothers, Chris McCormick and Tyler, both started for four years at Missouri.

KBIA’s Peter Terpstra shows the story of Nathan McCormick and how he doesn’t see his brothers success as pressure, but as a path set for him that he plans to follow.

The Supervising Editor for this story was Megan Rentschler  

Mizzou wrestlers repeat history stomping SIU-Edwardsville

By Peter Terpstra

You could say the No. 6 Missouri wrestling team walked into the Hearnes Center as the favorite against Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville on senior night.

The assumption comes naturally. The last time the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars scored team points against Missouri was in 2000 with the Tigers holding a 19-4 all-time record over Wednesday’s opponent.

The dual marked more of the same with the No. 6 Tigers dominating the Cougars 43-3 with five of Missouri’s seven seniors in the starting lineup in front of 935 home fans.

Although, Missouri would lose grip on a shutout in the first contested match. Missouri’s Boomer Boyd, wrestling up a weight class from 125 pounds to 133 pounds, would lose 6-1 to SIU-Edwardsville’s Patrick Meyers. But from then on the Tigers would rattle off eight straight wins.

The Tigers did not wrestle starters Nathan McCormick and Drake Houdashelt at 133 and 149 pounds respectively.

Here are the full results (Missouri wrestler in bold):

125 – No. 4 Alan Waters win by forfeit
133 – Patrick Meyers 6-1 decision over Boomer Boyd
141 – Nicholas Hucke 10-2 major decision over Brandon Brindley
149 – Trevor Weist 25-9 technical fall over Logun Taylor
157 – No. 16 Kyle Bradley 13-4 major decision over Kyle Lowman
165 – No. 13 Zach Toal pins (2:25) Adam Osmoe
174 – No. 11 Todd Porter 17-5 major decision over Jake Residori
184 – No. 10 Mike Larson pins (6:59) Derek Nagel
197 – No. 11 Brent Haynes 17-2 technical fall over Deshoun White
HWT – No. 1 Dom Bradley 6-2 decision over David Devine

The supervising editor on this story was Jared Jeffries

Mizzou minces Oklahoma in Saturday’s showdown

By Peter Terpstra 

Missouri 125-pound wrestler Alan Waters torques the knee of his Oklahoma opponent Kyle Garcia. Waters lead off the dual with a 6-3 decision over Garcia giving the Tigers the early team lead. The Missouri wrestler ranks second in the nation.

Missouri 125-pound wrestler Alan Waters torques the knee of his Oklahoma opponent Kyle Garcia. Waters lead off the dual with a 6-3 decision over Garcia giving the Tigers the early team lead. The Missouri wrestler ranks second in the nation.

You could say two matches hold the most pressure in a wrestling dual, the first match and the last match.

For No. 5 Missouri’s dual with No. 22 Oklahoma on Saturday, the Tigers started with an elite wrestler and finished with one. Missouri won eight of 10 bouts making the final score, 26-8.

Missouri’s match-up began at 125 pounds with Tigers’ second-ranked Alan Waters. Waters beat freshman Kyle Garcia 6-3.

The Tigers would rattle off victories in seven of the next nine matches including wins at 149 and 157 pounds by Drake Houdashelt (149) and Kyle Bradley (157).

Missouri led 23-8 heading into the final match between the Tigers’ No. 1 heavyweight Dom Bradley and Oklahoma’s Keldrick Hall. Dom Bradley did not wrestle in Missouri’s dual with the Oklahoma State Cowboys just one day before, but he beat his opponent 10-4.

Dom Bradley and Waters both remain unbeaten on the season.

Results (bold indicates Missouri wrestler):

125No. 2 Alan Waters (19-0) decision 6-3 over Kyle Garcia (10-12)

133No. 6 Nathan McCormick (25-2) decision 5-2 over No. 8 Cody Brewer (18-5)

141 – No. 1 Kendrick Maple (22-0) technical fall 23-8 over Nicholas Hucke (7-9)

149No. 13 Drake Houdashelt (21-7) decision 3-0 over No. 11 Nick Lester (13-8)

157No. 20 Kyle Bradley (20-9) decision 3-2 over No. 16 Matt Lester (13-7)

165 – No. 4 Bubby Graham (19-2) decision 3-1 over No. 14 Zach Toal (18-11)

174No. 14 Todd Porter (24-6) major decision 10-2 over Matt Reed (12-13)

184No. 8 Mike Larson (22-7) major decision 9-0 over Nolan McBryde (3-8)

197No. 10 Brent Haynes (25-4) decision 11-5 over Brad Johnson (11-14)

HWTNo. 1 Dom Bradley (27-0) decision 10-4 over Keldrick Hall (9-13)


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