Missouri Grapplers Pin Oklahoma

Sunday, February 5 –

Following a disappointing 22-12 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Oklahoma State, the Mizzou wrestling squad looked to rebound the following day, Feb. 5, as they took on the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners.

And rebound the Tigers did, as Missouri came away with a convincing 25-12 victory on Senior Day, where Missouri also recognized and thanked the four senior members of their wrestling squad: Jacob Guerrant, Dorian Henderson, Brandon Wiest and Patrick Wright.

In typical Tiger fashion, Kansas City native Alan Waters gave Missouri a quick 3-0 lead after defeating a ranked opponent, Jarrod Patterson, in the 125-pound weight class. Waters improved his mark on the season to an unheard of 22-1.

But Missouri followed up the impressive lightweight performance with another victory in the 133-pound class by junior Nathan McCormick. However, Oklahoma fought back in the 141-weight class, as Kendric Maple recorded a late third period pin to defeat Missouri’s Nicholas Hucke.

Missouri regained control of the lead in the 149-pound set as Kyle Bradley disrupted a last-second deep shot and turned it into his own score for the decision. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Sooners then enjoyed their first, and only, back-to-back victories of the day in the 157 and 165-pound sets.

That was all she wrote for the Sooners, however, as the Tigers won the final four sets to take the match. Dorian Henderson started the winning trend for Mizzou, thanks to his 11-0 major decision over OU’s Kyle Detmer in the 174-pound class. The four points gave Missouri a slim 13-12 lead.

The Tigers would continue to build on that lead as Missouri junior Mike Larson recorded a huge pin over Oklahoma foe Eric Schmidtke. The pin gave Missouri a commanding 19-12 lead with just two sets left.

Thanks to victories by junior Brent Haynes and redshirt freshman Devin Mellon in the 197 and heavyweight-class, respectively, the Tigers were able to close the door on the Sooners, 25-12.

Next weekend, Missouri will travel to Rutgers for the first round of the NWCA national duals. The winner of the NWCA regionals will advance to the final four following the weekend performances.

– Ben Yarrington
23 Sports
Staff Writer