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 MUTigers.com was used in this report.

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