Mizzou Wrestling Takes Third at NWCA National Duals

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The No. 6 Missouri wrestling team took down the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes to snatch third place at the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals. After the Tigers fell to Oklahoma State earlier in the day, their seniors took the final three matches to top Iowa.

Alan Waters put Mizzou on the board first with a victory over No. 1 Matt McDonough. Waters didn’t give up a point to the top-ranked wrestler and accumulated 2:10 of riding time.

Iowa scored the next 10 points, getting four bonus points courtesy of a forfeit victory. Nicolas Hucke was taken down three times in his 10-2 loss to Josh Dziewa, giving the Hawkeyes the edge early.

Missouri clawed back into the dual with victories by Drake Houdashelt and Kyle Bradley. Houdashelt garnered 2:04 of riding time in addition to his two takedowns to score a 6-2 win. Bradley had to eke out a 4-3 victory by scoring the final takedown with 27 seconds left in his match.

The Hawkeyes put the pressure back on the Tigers by taking the next two bouts. Zack Toal was taken down in sudden death to lose his match 3-1, while Todd Porter fell short of No. 3 Mike Evans 5-2. Porter scored the first points with a takedown, but couldn’t hang on against Evans.

Mike Larson and Brent Haynes brought Mizzou within a point after winning their matches. Haynes blanked his opponent while scoring the only point of the bout on an escape in the second round. Larson won 3-2 on a near fall in the third round. Like the regional final, the final bout would determine the winner of the third place dual.

No. 1 Dom Bradley took on No. 11 Bobby Telford in the decisive heavyweight contest. Bradley drew first blood with an escape, but Telford responded with a similar action. The wrestlers were tied going into the first sudden death period.

Neither tiebreaker could determine a winner, sending the bout into a second sudden death period. Bradley took down Telford in 28 seconds to secure third place for the Tigers 18-16.

Mizzou gets a nice rest before heading to Buffalo, N.Y., for the MAC Championships on March 10.

-Chinmay Vaidya
23 Sports
Staff Writer