Missouri topples former Big 12 rival Oklahoma

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The fifth-ranked University of Missouri wrestling team defeated No. 22 Oklahoma by a score of 26-8 on Saturday in the Hearnes Center, winning eight of 10 matches to improve to 11-2 for the 2012-13 season. The visiting Sooners dropped to 6-7 overall.

Mizzou recorded back-to-back bonus point victories from senior Tigers with major decision efforts from 174-pounder Todd Porter (House Springs, Mo.) and 184-pounder Mike Larson (McKinleyville, Calif.).

Undefeated junior 125-pounder Alan Waters (Kansas City, Mo.) started the dual off for the Tigers with a controlling 6-3 decision. The No. 3-ranked grappler in his weight class improved to a pristine 20-0 with the victory, using 3:51 riding time to distance himself from his Sooner opponent.

In a matchup pitting two Top 10 competitors, sixth-ranked Tiger 133-pounder Nathan McCormick (Leawood, Kan.) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on No. 8 Cody Brewer of Oklahoma with a takedown in the first period and did not look back. The Mizzou senior outlasted final attempts from Brewer to tie the match in the final seconds and used 1:02 riding time win by decision, 5-2.

The Sooners climbed back into the match with a 23-8 (5:32) technical fall from No. 1 Kendric Maple, suffered by Tiger 141-pounder Nicholas Hucke (Crystal Lake, Ill.). The result set the dual score at 6-5 to Mizzou after three matches.

No. 15 Drake Houdashelt (O'Fallon, Mo.) wrestled to a 0-0 first period against Sooner 149-pounder Nick Lester, ranked 11th. The Tiger changed his fortunes in the match with a reversal at the 1:16 mark in the second period, taking a 2-0 lead into the final period. Houdashelt rode tough in the match, accumulating 2:31 riding time to add an additionalpoint for the win, 3-0.

In one of the tightest matches of the evening, the Tiger wrestler was victorious. No. 19 Kyle Bradley (St. Peters, Mo.) turned away No. 16 Nick Lester of Oklahoma at 157 pounds by a score of 3-2. The junior Tiger fought off Lester's late attempts to steal the match after scoring an escape to take the lead at the beginning of the third period. Mizzou took a12-5 lead into intermission.

It went down to the wire again at 165 pounds coming out of the break, with Oklahoma claiming the win with fourth-ranked Bubby Graham. The Sooner stopped No. 16 Zach Toal (Sidney, Ohio) short of scoring the upset in the final seconds, notching a takedown to win by decision, 3-1.

Fifteenth-ranked 174-pounder Porter powered to major decision over Oklahoma's Matt Reed, scoring the bulk of his points in the third period. A riding time advantage of 3:11secured the bonus points for the victory with Porter winning 10-2. Porter improved to 13-0 in dual meets this weekend after defeating No. 1-ranked Chris Perry of Oklahoma State on Friday night, 9-1.

No. 9 Larson put together a dominant effort at 184 pounds, shutting out Oklahoma's Nolan McBryde by a score of 9-0 for the major decision. Larson is now nine wins shy of 100 as a part of the Mizzou Wrestling program. Fellow Top 10 Tiger Brent Haynes (Kansas City, Mo.), ranked 10th, followed with an 11-5 decision of OU's Brad Johnson to give Mizzou a 23-8 lead into the final bout.

Top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley (Blue Springs, Mo.) improved to 27-0 for his senior season with a stout 10-4 decision over Oklahoma's Keldrick Hall to close out Mizzou's dual victory. Bradley is also closing in on 100 career wins after this weekend with a total of 93.

The Tigers will now take an eleven-day hiatus and enjoy Senior Week before their final homedual of the season against SIU-Edwardsville on February 13. The NWCA National Duals will take place at the Hearnes Center following Mizzou's final home match on Feb. 17. Come out and see the No. 5 Tigers battle No. 18 Purdue, No. 21 Wyoming, and Maryland for a chance to advance to the Finals the following week at the University of Minnesota. For tickets to the event, purchase them online or call the Tiger ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS.

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125 - No. 3 Alan Waters, Jr., (20-0) dec. Kyle Garcia, Fr., (10-12), 6-3
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick, Sr., (26-2) dec. No. 11 Cody Brewer, RFr., (18-5), 5-2
141 - No. 1 Kendric Maple, RJr., (22-0) tech. fall Nick Hucke, Sr., (8-9), 23-8 (5:32)
149 - No. 15 Drake Houdashelt, Soph., (21-8) dec. No. 11 Nick Lester, RJr., (13-8), 3-0
157 - No. 19 Kyle Bradley, Jr., (20-10) dec. No. 16 Matt Lester, RJr., (13-7), 3-2
165 - No. 4 Bubby Graham, RSr., (19-2) dec. No. 16 Zach Toal, Jr., (18-12), 3-1
174 - No. 15 Todd Porter, Sr., (25-6) major dec. Matt Reed, Fr., (12-13), 10-2
184 - No. 9 Mike Larson, Sr., (22-8) major dec. Nolan McBryde, Fr., (3-8), 9-0
197 - No. 11 Brent Haynes, Sr., (25-5) dec. Brad Johnson, Fr., (11-14), 11-5
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley, RSr., (27-0) dec. Keldrick Hall, Sr., (9-13), 10-4


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