Mizzou Wrestling Steamrolls No. 22 Oklahoma

Nick Hehemann recaps the wrestling match between two of the best teams in the country, No. 5 Missouri and No. 12 Oklahoma.

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The No. 5 Missouri wrestling team returned to action as the Tigers defeated No. 22 Oklahoma by an impressive score of 26-8 at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou has now won eight of its last ten matches, improving its record to 11-2 on the season.

The match was kicked off by undefeated junior Alan Waters’ 6-3 decision. The No. 2 125-pounder sharpened his record to a flawless 20-0 on the season.

In the 133-pound class, No. 6 senior Nathan McCormick was pitted against another top ranked opponent in freshman Cody Brewer. McCormick got the better of Brewer, defeating him by a 5-2 decision after jumping out to a quick 2-0 advantage.

No. 13 sophomore Drake Houdashelt kept the momentum rolling for the Tigers. After a 0-0 stalemate in the first period, the 149-pounder notched a key reversal and was able grab a 3-0 victory.

Just before intermission, No. 20 junior Kyle Bradley was victorious after a hard fought match with Oklahoma’s junior Nick Lester. The 157-pound Bradley edged Lester 3-2, giving Mizzou a 12-5 lead.

Another tightly contested bout immediately followed intermission as 165-pounder, No. 14 junior Zach Toal dropped a match to Oklahoma senior Bubby Graham. Graham secured the victory after taking down Toal late to win by a 3-1 decision.

Senior Mike Larson was dominant again in the 184-pound class as he shut out the Sooners’ junior Nolan McBryde 9-0. The victory brings Larson only nine wins shy of 100 as a member of the Missouri wrestling team.

Senior Brent Hayes also collected an impressive 11-5 triumph to give Mizzou a 23-8 lead heading into the final bout of the match.

The last clash of the day was not very tightly contested as top-ranked Missouri senior Dom Bradley continued his undefeated season with a 10-4 decision over Oklahoma’s senior Keldrick Hall. Bradley is also approaching 100 career wins as a Tiger. He is now only seven away from the century mark.

The Tigers will be back in action for their final home dual of the season when SIU-Edwardsville comes to the Hearnes Center on Feb. 13.

-Logan McKee
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