Mizzou Wrestling Sidesteps Ohio St., Secures Spot in Semis

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The Missouri wrestling team has a date with its formal Big 12 rivals, No. 1 Oklahoma State on Saturday, after defeating No. 5 Ohio state Friday. The 28-6 quarterfinal win for the Tigers advances the team to the semifinal round of the 2013 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals.

Missouri cruised to its win Friday, a night full of upsets, capturing eight victories, only giving up two matches and six points. The two losses for the Tigers came at the hands of the Stieber brothers at 133 pounds and No. 2 Hunter at 141 pounds. The brothers would earn the Buckeyes only points, as Missouri would go on to take 22 straight points, not losing another match.

Missouri opened up the night with a lead three minutes and eight seconds into the match. It was all the time junior Alan Waters needed to come out on top, literally, earning the Tigers their first three points, and a lead they never surrendered.

Highlights on the night included Todd Porter’s 4-3 victory over No. 6 Nick Heflin. Though Heflin managed to score first, No. 13 Porter kept on fighting, earning himself a pair of escapes, and a take down to clench the match. While onlookers may have been surprised by Porter’s win, Missouri fans know all about Porter’s knack for taking down favored opponents. His win over Heflin was his third victory over a higher ranked opponent so far this season.

The most memorable of Porter’s upsets was his major decision victory over No. 1 Chris Perry from Oklahoma State. Porter will see Perry again on Saturday in the semi final round.

Another underdog story for Missouri came from No. 14 Drake Houdeshelt who, after building up an astonishing 2:02 of riding time, defeated No. 11 Cam Tessari 4-2 at 149 pounds. Joining the trend for Mizzou was junior Kyle Bradley scrapping his way to a 4-2 decision over No. 18 Josh Demas. The final upset for the Tigers came a bit easier for Brent Haynes who triumphed over No. 12 Andrew Compollatano by a 5-0 decision.

Missouri is looking to keep its fiery momentum going into Saturday’s semi final matchup against the all-powerful No. 1 Oklahoma State program, who defeated Illinois 33-3 on Friday.

-Janey Marion
23 Sports
Staff Writer