Dec. 13, 2008

Courtesy of Missouri Athletics

Columbia, Mo. - Missouri wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith and his fifth-ranked Tiger squad are set to compete in the first-ever Central Coast Duals, Saturday, Dec. 13, before taking on Oregon State, Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. (CT) in Corvallis, Ore. Missouri will compete in four duals in two days, beginning with its 11 a.m. (CT) contest with Cal State Fullerton at the Madonna Inn Convention Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

A total of 14 Tiger grapplers made the trip West including five that own a top-10 ranking in their respective weight class. In addition to the 10 regulars in Missouri's lineup, redshirt freshmen Brandon Wiest (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Patrick Wright (Grand Ledge, Mich.) as well as sophomore Luke Cherep (Naperville, Ill.) and senior John Andrews (McLean, Va.) have also made the journey and could see time in the lineup.

Following the late morning meet with Cal State Fullerton, Missouri will square off with Cal State Bakersfield at 1 p.m. (CT) and end the day with a 3 p.m. (CT) dual with host school, Cal Poly. From California, the Tigers will head north and take on the Beavers of Oregon State in the second meeting between the two programs.

Throughout the two days of competition, nine members of Missouri's lineup will face off against at least one nationally ranked opponent. Only senior Raymond Jordan, ranked fourth in the nation at 174 pounds, will not battle with a ranked foe. Each of Missouri's four weekend opponents have at least two ranked wrestlers on their team. Missouri's dual with Cal State Bakersfield could provide fans with an exciting match at heavyweight. Third-ranked Tiger Mark Ellis (Peculiar, Mo.) is slated to compete against fourth-ranked Mitch Montiero. Ellis currently holds the highest ranking of his Tiger teammates, while 157 pounder Michael Chandler (High Ridge, Mo.), Jordan and junior 197 pound starter Maxwell Askren (Hartland, Wis.) all stand at fourth in their respective weight class.
 
Missouri is down to both Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton by one loss and stands tied with Cal Poly, 1-1.