Porter Topples No. 1 Opponent, Mizzou Wrestling Falls to No. 2 OSU

Ryan Peraino and Avery Franklin team up to cover the Beauty and the Beast event at the Hearnes Center for Mizzou. 5th ranked Missouri wrestling battled 2nd ranked Oklahoma State, while Missouri gymnastics took on the 17th ranked Auburn Tigers. The catch? The events were taking place side-by-side! It was quite a night for Missouri fans, so check it out!

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Despite the upset of a top-ranked, undefeated wrestler, the No. 5 Missouri wrestlers couldn’t top No. 2 Oklahoma State, falling 21-13. The Big 12 rematch came as part of Beauty and the Beast, a special event putting gymnastics and wrestling side-by-side. The Cowboys left the Tigers behind early, and Missouri’s short run couldn’t provide the spark to take the entire contest.

Oklahoma State jumped out to a 12-0 lead, winning the first three contests. The Cowboys got away with close calls early. No. 10 Chris Chionuma beat No. 9 Mike Larson by a score of 5-4, and Brett Haynes lost his decision 4-3. The Tigers were without top wrestler Dom Bradley, and that cost them another match.

Alan Waters got Missouri on the board with a win over Eddie Kilmara 4-3. Nathan McCormick further cut the deficit with victory in his bout. Mizzou got back in the contest with a third straight victory as Nicholas Hucke defeated Julian Feikert 5-4. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Oklahoma State’s next run left them behind for good.

The Cowboys lassoed three straight victories, getting wins from No. 1 Jordan Oliver, No. 3 Tyler Caldwell, and Alex Dieringer. While these results sealed the contest for Oklahoma State, Mizzou saved the best for last for its old rival.

Missouri’s Todd Porter took on undefeated Chris Perry. This was a rematch from earlier in the season, when Perry easily defeated Porter. With 6,486 fans on hand, Porter garnered almost three minutes of riding time on Perry, upsetting the top-ranked wrestler 9-1. The turning point in the match was a point after two warnings were given to Perry, allowing Porter to take a risk and pull away.

The Tigers will host their other Big 12 rivals next as No. 12 Oklahoma rolls into Columbia, Mo.

The dual takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hearnes Center.

-Chinmay Vaidya
23 Sports
Staff Writer