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Bradley, Waters, lead 7 Missouri wrestlers to next round of wrestling championships

Seven of Missouri’s 10 wrestlers won their first round matches Thursday at the NCAA wrestling championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

The winners advance to the next round, while the losers fall to the “wrestleback” bracket. Wrestlers in that bracket will finish no higher than third place for the tournament.

In the team scoring, defending champion Penn State is in first place with 14.5 points. Missouri is tied for eighth place with eight points.

All second round matches are Thursday night. There are two rounds on Friday and the championship matches are Saturday night.

Here’s how the Missouri wrestlers did in the first round.


No. 1 seed Alan Waters (30-0) won by 5-2 decision over David Thorn (Minnesota, 13-11) (Dec 5-2)
• Faces Sean Boyle (Michigan, 23-10) who won by 8-3 decision over Mark Rappo (Pennsylvania, 23-6)

Nathan McCormick (31-4) won by decision, 3-0, over Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech, 17-12)
• Faces Dane Harlowe (Boston U., 10-5) who won by 9-7 decision over George DiCamillo (Virginia, 30-9)

Nicholas Hucke (13-14) lost in sudden victory – 1 over to Michael Mangrum (Oregon St., 37-4) • Faces Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga, 25-13) who lost 5-2 to Trevor Melde (Rutgers, 21-12)

Drake Houdashelt (29-9) won by 4-1 decision over Andrew Alton (Penn State, 26-5)
• Faces Dylan Ness (Minnesota, 15-4) who won by 4-2 decision over Daniel Young (Army, 16-10)

Kyle Bradley (27-13) won in tiebreaker over James Green (Nebraska, 20-5)
• Faces David Bonin (Northern Iowa, 27-7) who won by 1-0 decision over Bobby Barnhisel (Navy, 31-7)

Zach Toal (23-16) won by 6-2 decision over Austin Wilson (Nebraska, 24-13)
• Faces Peter Yates (Virginia Tech, 31-1) who won by 5-3 decision over Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo, 30-8)

Todd Porter (31-11) lost by major decision (10-1) to Mathew Brown (Penn State, 26-4)
• Faces Billy Curling (Old Dominion, 20-11) who lost to by 2-1 decision to Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh, 18-7)

Mike Larson (28-10) won by 8-5 decision over Ophir Bernstein (Brown, 24-10)
• Faces Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa, 31-4) who won by 4-0 decision over Cody Reed (Binghamton, 18-14)


Brent Haynes (31-9) lost by sudden victory to Jackson Hein (Wisconsin, 21-10) (SV-3 5-3)
• Faces Maxwell Huntley (Michigan, 17-15) who lost by fall to Taylor Meeks (Oregon St., 32-5) (Fall 1:49)

No. 1 seed Dominque Bradley (36-1) won by major decision (10-1) over Stryker Lane (Cornell, 20-13)
• Faces Matthew Gibson (Iowa St., 19-9) who won by 6-1 decision over Blake Herrin

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 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)

I Told You So: Fearsome senior leads Mizzou to season-opening win

Dorian Henderson, left, looks away after pinning his opponent, Purdue's Drake Stein, in the 174 pound match. Mizzou won the meet over Purdue 21-15. (Photos by Karen Mitchell)

As you’ve seen in my weekly football prediction columns, I’m not always the best prognosticator in sports history. That a team currently sitting at 8-2 was my pick to finish ninth in the Big 12 is a good sign that I’m not the next incarnation of Jimmy the Greek.

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Darren Hellwege, sports commentator

But sometimes, I get one right. The moment that defined Sunday’s opening day victory for the Missouri wrestling team almost happened so fast you might have missed it, had someone not said, “Watch this.” That was me.

The reporter working for me covering MU wrestling this year for KBIA radio is a freshman. He knows wrestling very well, but being new to Mizzou I tried to tell him a little about a couple of the guys on the team. When we got to 174 pounds, I nudged him.

“Watch this one, Dorian Henderson. This guy’s a fearsome mofo.” Since my mom might be reading, let it be known that I really said that, “mofo”, and not what it stands for. I never swear, at least not if my mom might be reading.

It’s a pity Henderson’s opponent, Purdue’s Drake Stein, didn’t overhear me. Then again, it might not have helped. Eighteen seconds later, Stein was flat on his back, getting a look at the light in the ceiling of the Hearnes Center as Henderson pinned him lightning quick, a key victory in the Tigers’ 21-15 win over the Boilermakers.

Members of the Missouri wrestling team circle the mat as the team is introduced before the dual match with the Purdue Boilermakers Sunday.

“He should be doing that every night,” Tiger coach Brian Smith said afterwards, noting in particular that the “confidence” of the senior would be a big boost for the team.

“I’m pleased with a lot of things, we were wrestling with a lot of energy,” Smith added.

And confidence wasn’t something we saw lacking from Henderson Sunday. The guy who’s appeared at the NCAA championships for three seasons has no intention of merely showing up this year, watching from the sidelines when that gold medal is awarded at the NCAA championships in St. Louis next year. “I’m not content with that. I want to be an All-American. That’s what I came here for. I gotta get on that podium,” Henderson said.

Purdue's Jake Fleckenstein, left, and Missouri's Brandon Wiest maneuver for a good position during their 141 pound match. Wiest won by decision, 3-2.

This whole team may take on that  Henderson swagger. They have some things to prove this year. It was clear in talking with the Smith and some Tiger wrestlers that there are some things they’re tired of talking about.

The move to the SEC. What happens when Mizzou goes to the SEC? Do they know nobody wrestles in the SEC? SEC, SEC, over and over and over, the SEC.

And then there’s Dom Bradley. The Tiger heavyweight is taking the 2011-2012 season off with a goal of wrestling in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With a young team, with Dom Bradley on the sidelines, with a great recruiting class coming in, this Tiger team has possibly heard “wow, you’re going to be great…next year” maybe a few too many times.

The official signals two points for a reversal for Missouri's Brent Haynes as he controls Purdue's A.J. Kissel. Kissel won by decision, 7-2 but Missouri won the match 21-15.

While there’s a ton of respect and love for Dom Bradley among his Tiger teammates, this bunch has no intention of waiting until next year. Kyle Bradley (no relation to Dom) proclaimed, “We’ve got a great team now, we’re going to be top three, with or without Dom.”

And one sign of the high goals this team has for itself came from Kyle Bradley’s less than glowing report on the Tigers’ win. Even though they beat Purdue for the first time after losing 18-15 and 19-15 in the previous two seasons, just winning isn’t good enough.

“There weren’t the bonus points we’d like,” Kyle Bradley said. “Our plan is to dominate. No more questions about where we’re going to move, we’re just gonna go win. And we need back points and pins.”

If their first dual meet of the year is any indication, when it comes to the pins, there’s at least one guy on this year’s team ready to go out and get those pins. Henderson’s a senior, so he doesn’t care to wait until next year. Get ready, Big 12. The rest of the wrestling nation should look out, too. Henderson’s on his way.

And he’s a fearsome mofo.

Match Summary MIZZ PURD
125 Camden Eppert (Purdue) won by forfeit . 0 6.00
133 Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won in overtime over Matt Fields (Purdue) 14-12. 3.00 0
141 Brandon Wiest (Missouri) won by decision over Jake Fleckenstein (Purdue) 3-2. 3.00 0
149 Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue) won by decision over Kyle Bradley (Missouri) 5-3. 0 3.00
157 Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won by decision over Tommy Churchard (Purdue) 11-4. 3.00 0
165 Zach Toal (Missouri) won by decision over Kyle Mosier (Purdue) 7-4. 3.00 0
174 Dorian Henderson (Missouri) won by pin over Drake Stein (Purdue) 0:18. 6.00 0
184 Mike Larson (Missouri) won by decision over Braden Atwood (Purdue) 6-1. 3.00 0
197 A.J. Kissel (Purdue) won by decision over Brent Haynes (Missouri) 7-2. 0 3.00
285 Roger Vukobratovich (Purdue) won by decision over Devon Mellon (Missouri) 6-4. 0 3.00
Dual Meet Score 21.0 15.0

Source: TrackWrestling.com


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