Missouri wins eight of 10 matches to beat former conference foe Oklahoma
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri defeated Oklahoma 26-8 on Saturday in the Hearnes Center, winning eight of 10 matches to improve to 11-2. The visiting Sooners dropped to 6-7.
Mizzou recorded back-to-back bonus point victories from senior Tigers with major decisions from 174-pounder Todd Porter and 184-pounder Mike Larson.
Undefeated junior Alan Waters (125 pounds) started the dual for the Tigers with a controlling 6-3 decision. Ranked second in his weight class, Waters improved to 20-0 with the victory, using 3:51 of riding time to distance himself from his opponent.
In a matchup pitting two top-10 competitors, sixth-ranked Nathan McCormick (133) of Missouri 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. McCormick outlasted final attempts from Brewer to tie the match in the final seconds and used 1:02 of riding time win by decision 5-2.
The Sooners climbed back into the match with a 23-8 (5:32) technical fall as No. 1 Kendric Maple beat Nicholas Hucke at 141 pounds.
No. 13 Drake Houdashelt (149) wrestled to a 0-0 first period against Oklahoma's 11th-ranked Nick Lester. Houdashelt 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 of riding time to add an additional point for the 3-0 win.
In one of the tightest matches of the dual, No. 20 Kyle Bradley of Missouri turned away No. 16 Nick Lester of Oklahoma at 157 pounds, 3-2. Bradley 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 a 12-5 lead into intermission.
Coming out of the break, it went down to the wire again at 165 pounds, with Oklahoma claiming the win with fourth-ranked Bubby Graham. He stopped No. 14 Zach Toal short of scoring the upset in the final seconds, notching a takedown to win by decision, 3-1.
Porter, ranked 14th, powered to a major decision versus Oklahoma's Matt Reed, scoring the bulk of his points in the third period. A riding time advantage of 3:11 secured 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 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State 9-1 on Friday night.
No. 8 Larson put together a dominant efforts, shutting out Oklahoma's Nolan McBryde 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, ranked 10th, followed with an 11-5 decision of OU's Brad Johnson to give Mizzou a 23-8 lead going into the final bout.
Top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley improved to 27-0 for his senior season with a stout 10-4 decision against Oklahoma's Keldrick Hall to close out Mizzou's dual victory. Bradley also is closing in on 100 career wins after this weekend, with a total of 93.