Drake Houdashelt crowned National Champion; team finishes fourth

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By Ben Brady, 23 Sports

Saturday, March 21-

Redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt earned the 3-1 decision victory over No. 3 David Habat in the 149 pound contest at the Scottrade Center to become the fifth individual and sixth overall National Champion in Mizzou wrestling history.

The team finished fourth in the country with 73.5 points.

It was no better way to end Houdashelt’s career in black and gold than winning his first ever National Championship. Houdashelt outscored his five opponents 30-3, two of which were by major decision shutouts, while the other three came by decision.

He totaled 134 wins, which puts him at third place on Missouri’s wrestling all-time wins list.

His .854 career winning percentage is fifth all time in program history, and his 39 career major decisions are the most in Mizzou program history.

Houdashelt leaves Columbia, Mo. in the record books. His Big 12 title in 2012 and his Mid-American Conference titles in 2013, 2014, and 2015 make him the only wrestler in Mizzou program history to win four conference championships.

Redshirt senior Alan Waters also ended his career for Missouri on Saturday. Back to back wins secured him the third place finish at 125 pounds.

Waters time at Missouri is also something to behold as his 136 wins are second all-time and his .907 winning percentage also ranks him second all-time.

Sophomore J’den Cox, redshirt sophomore Lavion Mayes, and redshirt freshman Willie Miklus also placed in their respective weight classes.

Cox took fifth place in the 197 pound class, while Mayes and Miklus would take home seventh place at 141 and 184 pounds, respectively.

Houdashelt’s win locked up a fourth place team finish with 73.5 points. This was the best NCAA Championships team score and best finish for Mizzou since the 2006-07 season. The Tigers finished in third place in 2006-07, which still stands as the best finish in program history.

Overall, the 2014-15 NCAA Championships fourth place finish is the sixth all-time top-10 finish in Mizzou program history.