No. 6 Missouri beats No. 2 Iowa to win consolation match at National Duals
Tigers lost in semifinals to top-ranked Oklahoma State
MINNEAPOLIS -- No. 6 Missouri beat No. 2 Iowa 18-16 in the third-place match of the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturday night at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena.
Mizzou trailed by seven with three weight classes remaining, but wins by seniors Mike Larson, Brent Haynes and Dom Bradley propelled the Tigers to victory. Top-ranked Hawkeyes Matt McDonough (125 pounds) and Derek St. John (157) both lost to No. 4 Alan Waters and No. 19 Kyle Bradley, respectively.
Waters got on the board early with a takedown 30 seconds into the bout, which was all Mizzou's leadoff man needed. Waters added an escape in the second and a riding-time point after two minutes of advantage.
"That's a match I've been looking forward to for the past three years," Waters said. "I haven't had the chance to wrestle him in my college career yet, and it's a big win for me. But I go out there expecting to win so it isn't anything that I didn't expect from myself. I want that to happen in the finals at Nationals. This doesn't mean anything other than maybe moving up in the rankings, so I'm just looking forward to a possible rematch in March."
Waters was named the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week last week. He improved to 26-0 this year and is only six wins away from 100.
Kyle Bradley followed suit by defeating St. John. Bradley was down 3-2 as time ticked away but, with 27 seconds remaining, Bradley connected on a double-leg takedown. He held strong on top for the final seconds and emerged with a 4-3 win. Bradley went 2-1 on the weekend with his other win coming against No. 18 Josh Demas of Ohio State in the first sudden-victory period, 4-2.
The Tigers needed big performances from their senior upperweights. At 184 pounds, No. 13 Larson fell behind 2-0 early to No. 17 Ethen Lofthouse after a Lofthouse takedown in the final minute of the first. Larson escaped after starting down in the second, and finally took the lead in the third with a two-point nearfall. Larson took the match 3-2.
No. 17 Haynes (197 pounds) tallied his 109th career victory in a tight 1-0 decision against Nathan Burak. Haynes was able to escape Burak's hold after starting down in the second to get the deciding point. Burak chose a neutral start in the third but was unable to score against Haynes. The win closed Iowa's lead to two points with top-ranked Dom Bradley on deck.
Bradley (285 pounds) finished off the rally. The match went to a second sudden-victory period and, after nearly nine-and-a-half minutes of wrestling, Bradley sent the Tigers home victorious. The sixth-year senior secured a takedown against No. 11 Bobby Telford with 28 seconds remaining for a 4-2 win, his 32nd of the year.
Despite a forfeit at 133 pounds, Mizzou battled past the second-ranked program in the nation for their first win against the Hawkeyes since the program's beginning in 1923. The Tigers finished their dual season with a 16-3 record, arguably their best season since 2008-09 when the squad went 18-4.
"This was a big win for the program. We've never beaten Iowa, and to go out there and get it and win six matches, that was good. That was a good win for us," Missouri head coach Brian Smith said.
Iowa won just three contested matches and earned a forfeit at 133 pounds.
Josh Dziewa earned a major decision at 141 pounds in his first dual of the season. Dziewa stepped to the mat with a 14-2 record in tournament competition, and improved to 15-2 overall with a 10-2 victory against Nicholas Hucke. Dziewa opened the scoring with a five-point move in the first period, and added a takedown in each of the final two frames to earn his third major decision of the season.
Nick Moore (165 pounds) and Mike Evans (174) recorded Iowa's other two wins. Moore got to the legs of No. 20 Zach Toal with 21 seconds left in sudden victory to win 3-1, and Evans rallied from a 2-0 deficit with five unanswered points to finish No. 13 Todd Porter 5-2.
Missouri falls to Oklahoma State in semfinals
Top-ranked Oklahoma State defeated Missouri 22-9 in the semifinals Saturday. The Tigers got on the board quickly with a win at 125 pounds, but the Cowboys won seven of the next nine bouts and were on their way to another victory against Mizzou this season.
The Tigers picked up wins at 125, 141, and 197 pounds. Waters won for the second time over OSU freshman Eddie Klimara by a score of 3-1. Hucke also found a way to get a 4-1 decision against Julian Feikert. In a match where reversals were the popular scoring technique, Haynes defeated Darnell Bortz 10-4.
Missouri lost a few tight matches, especially at 133, 174, and 285 pounds. Senior Nathan McCormick (133 pounds) fell to No. 6 Jon Morrison despite defeating his counterpart twice this season. Heavyweight Bradley also dropped his first match of the year against No. 3 Alan Gelogaev 4-3. The heavyweight match almost got out of hand halfway through the second frame after Bradley ran Gelogaev out of bounds. Both grapplers were docked for unsportsmanlike conduct after the altercation.
Oklahoma State's Chris Perry (174 pounds) also got a second shot against No. 13 Todd Porter, who handed the second-ranked Perry his first loss of the season in early February. Perry took the match this time with a 3-2 decision.
No. 1 Jordan Oliver (149 pounds) scored the only bonus points against Missouri, defeating No. 14 Drake Houdashelt 15-5.
Iowa and Oklahoma State Athletics contributed to this report.