Mizzou Wrestling Ousts Maryland, Heads to Regional Finals

Stephanie Watson brings you all of the highlights from 5th ranked Missouri wrestling’s match against Maryland in the first round of the NWCA Keen Regional Duals.

Sunday, Feb. 17-

The No. 6 Missouri wrestling team advanced to the second round of the NWCA National Duals regional with a 27-13 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. The Tigers won their first six matches en route to the triumph.

Alan Waters got Mizzou going with an 11-2 decision over Shane Gentry in the 125-pound class bout. Waters accumulated 2:25 of riding time and scored two takedowns. Nathan McCormick added points for the Tigers with his victory against No. 12 Geoffry Alexander. It was his third straight win over a ranked opponent.

Senior Nicholas Hucke kept the streak going for Missouri with a 6-2 win. Drake Houdashelt followed suit, convincingly taking his bout 13-4 behind five takedowns and 2:44 of riding time.

Kyle Bradley and Zach Toal continued Mizzou’s domination. The pair of No. 16 juniors took their bouts by a combined score of 20-2. Both wrestlers scored points for riding time, with Bradley garnering 4:54, and Toal gaining 2:34. These were the last points for the Tigers before the final round.

Slowly, but surely, the Terps came back. Maryland went on a 13-0 run that saw seniors Todd Porter and Brent Haynes lose matches. Porter fell to No. 5 Josh Asper in a defensive contest. Asper had the only takedown of the match, giving him the edge 3-1. Haynes, on the other hand, lasted only 2:59. He was pinned at the end of the first round, giving Maryland bonus points.

The Terps saw their run end when No. 1 Dom Bradley won his match by forfeit. Bradley tallied Missouri’s final points of the morning, and the Tigers advanced to the second round of the regional later that day.

On the other side mat, No. 16 Purdue beat No. 20 Wyoming in a dual that came down to the final match. The Boilermakers triumphed in the heavyweight bout, giving them a 20-16 victory.

Missouri will meet Purdue at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Hearnes Center for the regional final and a spot in the NWCA National Duals final in Minnesota.

-Chinmay Vaidya
23 Sports
Staff Writer