Mizzou Wrestling Stops Boilers in their Tracks

Mitch Urban has the coverage as the No. 6 ranked Tiger wrestling squad played host to the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers

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Ending the weekend on a high note, the No. 6 Missouri wrestling team outlasted Purdue on Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers took home the win in each of their two duals and advanced to the NCWA nationals after defeating the Boilermakers 27-15.

Purdue and Mizzou went head to head for the final round of the regional with the winner set to advance on to St. Paul, Minn., later in the week. Many Tigers came up big, including top-ranked Dom Bradley, as well as Alan Waters and Drake Houdashelt. Waters began the strong streak for the Tigers as he defeated No. 16 Camden Eppert pretty handily, 15-3. The two had already met earlier in the season and Waters repeated his domination over Eppert, beating him by major decision for the second time.

After Waters convincing performance, a forfeit in the 133-pound weight class gave Mizzou a 10-0 lead.

Mizzou was able to take its place in the front of the pack upon a technical fall by sophomore Houdashelt at 5:26 and the Tigers never looked back. Taking on Purdue’s Frankie Porras, Houdashelt rallied for six takedowns, including two 3-point near falls, and one 2-point near fall.

Finally, No. 1 Bradley concluded the triumphant day for the Tigers with a few big takedowns of his own. Competing against Purdue’s Alex White he was able to continue with his dominating streak, winning the heavyweight dual 21-7.

It was an exciting win for Bradley as he finished off his home career at Mizzou with a perfect 30-0 mark for the season, and an impressive undefeated record at home in his four-year career. With nothing but playoffs to come, Bradley is now just four wins shy of the 100-win club as a Missouri wrestler.

The Tigers now embark on their journey at the 2013 NWCA National Duals Championship this upcoming weekend at the University of Minnesota. In order to be crowned champions they will need to out compete top-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 4 Minnesota, and No. 5 Ohio State. The competition begins on Feb. 22.

-Jenna Baker
23 Sports
Staff Writer