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.
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):
125 – No. 2 Alan Waters (19-0) decision 6-3 over Kyle Garcia (10-12)
133 – No. 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)
149 – No. 13 Drake Houdashelt (21-7) decision 3-0 over No. 11 Nick Lester (13-8)
157 – No. 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)
174 – No. 14 Todd Porter (24-6) major decision 10-2 over Matt Reed (12-13)
184 – No. 8 Mike Larson (22-7) major decision 9-0 over Nolan McBryde (3-8)
197 – No. 10 Brent Haynes (25-4) decision 11-5 over Brad Johnson (11-14)
HWT – No. 1 Dom Bradley (27-0) decision 10-4 over Keldrick Hall (9-13)
Missouri heavyweight Dom Bradley rips off his headgear before lifting up both hands in celebration. Bradley beat Keldrick Hall of Oklahoma 10-4 to remain undefeated. Bradley ranks as the top heavyweight in the nation after taking an olympic redshirt last season.
Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt looks to return his opponent, Nick Lester, to the mat. Both Houdashelt and Lester are from the St. Louis area.
Senior captain Nathan McCormick fights a cradle from Oklahoma’s Cody Brewer. McCormick notched wins over the eighth-ranked and the third-ranked wrestlers in the nation over the weekend.
Senior Brent Haynes glances up at the clock during the 197-pound bout Saturday night. Haynes went on to control his opponent 11-5 for his 106th career win.
Missouri’s Mike Larson struggles to pull his opponent in bounds on the edge of the mat to finish the takedown. Larson went 1-1 on the weekend with a loss to Chris Chionuma of Oklahoma State and a win over Nolan McBryde of Oklahoma.
Alan Waters stares down his opponent in the 125-pound matchup Saturday. Waters is one of two undefeated wrestlers on the Missouri roster.