Here is a preview of this weekend's MAC wrestling action.
Buffalo will battle Purdue on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 am ET in Lancaster, Pa.
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Eastern Michigan Head Wrestling Coach Derek DelPorto will send six wrestlers to the National Collegiate Open in Richmond, Va. Sunday, Feb. 24. Wrestlers from all over the country and across all divisions will compete at the tournament for a chance to be named National Collegiate Open All-Americans.
“We are excited to be traveling with some of our former starters who will return to the mat for the first time in eight weeks,” said DelPorto. “The timing is unfortunate, considering our regular season is complete, but hopefully these guys can prove they are healthy and ready to contribute to the team again.”
Among those wrestlers absent from the lineup in previous weeks will be 2012 NCAA qualifier Jared Germaine. The 125-pound redshirt junior has been out since he finished up competition at the Midlands, Dec. 29. Also returning to the mat will be 133-pounder Vincent Pizzuto, whose impressive first season as a starter was also derailed by injury at the beginning of the 2013 calendar year.
Also heading to Richmond will be redshirt sophomore Jake Byers, redshirt senior Filiberto Colon, redshirt sophomore Mike Curby and redshirt junior Nick Whitenburg. Whitenburg missed the first half of the season due to injury, but has rebounded nicely since his return at the Midlands, posting an 11-4 record over that time. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. inside the Arthur Ashe Center.
Mizzou joins eight of the nation's elite programs in the Twin Cities for the NWCA Cliff Keen Championship Meet.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 6-ranked Missouri Tigers will take a weekend road trip to the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn., for the NWCA Cliff Keen National Championship Meets, featuring eight of the nation's top-10 teams.
Missouri (14-2) notched two victories over the weekend at home against Maryland 27-13 and No. 16 Purdue 27-15 to win the Missouri Regional of the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals. Junior Alan Waters (23-0) led the way with major decisions over Maryland's Shane Gentry 11-2 and Purdue's No. 16 Camden Eppert 15-3. Senior Nathan McCormick (28-2) recorded his third consecutive victory against a ranked opponent in the opening dual against Maryland's No. 12 Geoffrey Alexander. Senior Todd Porter (27-7) used six takedowns to defeat Purdue's Chad Welch 19-9 in the championship round. Top-ranked heavyweight Dom Bradley (30-0) finished off the day with a commanding 21-7 major decision over Purdue's Alex White.
The sixth-ranked Tigers will be one of eight teams competing for the NWCA Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championship. No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Iowa, No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Virginia Tech, No. 8 Illinois and No. 10 Cornell round out the rest of the nationally ranked bracket. Missouri faced off against top-ranked Oklahoma State earlier this year, falling to the Cowboys 21-13. The No. 13-ranked Porter knocked off OSU's No. 1-ranked Chris Perry in that meet 9-1. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes narrowly defeated the Tigers by one point for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational title last December. Missouri and Ohio State will battle head-to-head this time in the opening rounds of the meet.
The National Dual Meet Championship Finals will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday Feb. 23 in St. Paul, Minn., at Williams Arena. Missouri will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament taking on No. 4 seed Ohio State on Friday night. The first round matchups are as follows:
Mat 1-- No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Illinois, Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:00 p.m. CT
Mat 2-- No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Missouri, Friday, Feb. 22, at 6:00 p.m. CT
Mat 1-- No. 3 Minnesota vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech, Friday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m. CT
Mat 2-- No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 7 Cornell, Friday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m. CT
The second round will begin on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. CT. The event will conclude with championship final and a consolation third place match at 7:00 p.m. CT.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Wrestling fans can follow this each round of this weekend's ranked duals with an All-Access subscription to the Big Ten Network. Trackwrestling will also have live scoring of all of the action from every mat, which can be found by clicking on this link. And as always, stay tuned to @MizzouWrestling on Twitter for updates during every Tiger match.
ON THE MAT:
125 - No. 4 Alan Waters, Jr., (23-0)
Junior has compiled 91 career wins in only three seasons as the Tiger lightweight. Is a perfect 23-0 thus far in 2012-13 and is even ranked No. 1 by Wrestling Report.
133 - No. 4 Nathan McCormick, Sr., (28-2)
Senior-captain has had a phenomenal year with his only two losses coming against No. 1 Logan Steiber and No. 4 Jon Morrison. He avenged his loss against Morrison on Feb. 1 with a 4-3 decision.
141 - Nicholas Hucke, Sr., (10-10)
Trying to fight his way back in the rankings after an inconsistent year at 141 pounds. Has wavered around the .500 mark all year.
149 - No. 14 Drake Houdashelt, So., (23-8)
Been one of the most aggressive Tigers this year in terms of takedowns (43) and major decisions (10).
149 - Trevor Wiest, So., (28-12)
Turned in a strong sophomore campaign. Wresting up two weight classes on Sunday, Wiest lost to Purdue's Pat Robinson.
157 - No. 19 Kyle Bradley, Jr., (22-11)
Tied for the team lead in major decisions this year (10) and has been wrestling well as of late, with five of his last seven bouts.
165 - No. 20 Zach Toal, Jr., (20-12)
Coming off a win by fall as he tries to get back to winning ways. Many of his 12 losses have come against ranked foes.
165 - Ty Prazma, So., (21-10)
Holds a 46-17 record as a Tiger in only his second year as an attached wrestler. Hasn't competed in a dual meet since opening weekend against Purdue.
174 - No. 13 Todd Porter, Sr., (27-7)
One of the most consistent grapplers this season with a 15-1 dual record and a team-leading 55 takedowns in those wins.
184 - No. 13 Mike Larson, Sr., (23-8)
Has inched closer to becoming a part of the 100-win club at Mizzou (92) and holds a 23-8 record in 2012-13.
184 - Johnny Eblen, So., (21-4)
Quietly has had a great year for the Tigers, tallying 21 wins, eight of which have come by major decision.
197 - No. 17 Brent Haynes, Sr., (26-7)
Part of the 100-win club (107) and has won 10 of his last 13 bouts.
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley, RSr., (30-0)
Ranked atop the nation at heavyweight with a record of 30-0. Leads the team in decisions (19) after a win against Alex White of Purdue.
No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes
125 - No. 12 Nikko Triggas, Sr., (17-9)
133 - No. 1 Logan Stieber, RSo., (18-0)
141 - No. 2 Hunter Stieber, So., (26-0)
149 - No. 12 Cam Tessari, So., (13-6)/Ian Paddock, RJr., (14-4)
157 - No. 18 Josh Demas, RSo., (16-7)
165 - Mark Martin, Fr., (16-11)
174 - No. 6 Nick Heflin, RJr., (12-2)
184 - No. 20 C.J. Magrum, RSr., (11-4)/Kenny Courts, RFr., (19-8)
197 - Andrew Campolattano, So., (15-7)
HWT - No. 10 Peter Capone, RJr., (17-6)
No. 1 Oklahoma State Cowboys
125 - Eddie Klimara Fr., (23-12)
133 - No. 6 Jon Morrison Jr., (18-5)
141 - Julian Feikert So., (16-4)
149 - No. 1 Jordan Oliver Sr., (25-0)
157 - No. 10 Alex Dieringer RFr., (23-2)
165 - No. 3 Tyler Caldwell Jr., (23-3)
174 - No. 2 Chris Perry Jr., (24-1)
184 - No. 12 Chris Chionuma Sr., (20-7)
197 - No. 11 Blake Rosholt Jr., (10-4)
HWT - No. 3 Alan Gelogaev Sr., (18-2)
No. 9 Cornell Big Red
125 - No. 5 Nahshon Garrett, Fr., (33-3)
133 - Bricker Dixon, Soph., (18-12)
141 - No. 10 Mike Nevinger, Jr., (30-9)
149 - Chris Villalonga, Jr., (19-9)
157 - Jesse Shanaman, Jr., (10-6)
165 - No. 1 Kyle Dake, Sr., (27-0)
174 - Marshall Peppelman, Jr., (16-12)/Duke Pickett, Fr., (18-14)
184 - No. 4 Steve Bosak, Sr., (16-2)
197 - Jace Bennett, Soph., (24-13)/Billy George, Soph., (19-11)
HWT - Stryker Lane, Sr., (15-10)/Jacob Aiken-Phillips, Soph., (15-7)
GAME NOTES: Seven of the nation's No. 1-ranked wrestlers will compete in this championship meet. Overall, there are 60 top-20 ranked grapplers participating in the tournament, the most of any tournament in college wrestling this year.
Series vs. Oklahoma State
Overall: Oklahoma State leads, 36-5
Last Meeting (2012-13): OSU 21, Missouri 13
Possible Matchups- No. 4 Nathan McCormick vs. No. 6 Jon Morrison, No. 1 Dom Bradley vs. No 3 Alan Gelogaev
Series vs. Iowa
Overall: Iowa leads, 4-0
Last Meeting (2005-06): Iowa 31, Missouri 12
Possible Matchups- No. 4 Alan Waters vs. No. 1 Matt McDonough, No. 4 Nathan McCormick vs. No. 2 Tony Ramos
Series vs. Minnesota
Overall: Minnesota leads, 8-2
Last Meeting (2011-12): Minnesota 26, Missouri 7
Possible Matchups- No. 1 Dom Bradley vs. No. 2 Tony Nelson, No. 13 Todd Porter vs. No. 1 Logan Storley
Series vs. Ohio State
Overall: Missouri leads, 8-5
Last Meeting (2008-09): Ohio State 23, Missouri 19
Possible Matchups- No. 4 Nathan McCormick vs. No. 1 Logan Stieber, No. 13 Todd Porter vs. No. 6 Nick Heflin
Series vs. Virginia Tech
Overall: Missouri leads, 1-0
Last Meeting (2004-05): Missouri 33, Virginia Tech 6
Possible Matchups- No. 19 Kyle Bradley vs. No. 7 Jesse Dong, No. 14 Drake Houdashelt vs. No. 9 Nick Brascetta
Series vs. Illinois
Overall: Illinois leads, 20-10
Last Meeting (2010-11): Illinois 18, Missouri 13
Possible Matchups- No. 4 Alan Waters vs. No. 3 Jesse Delgado, No. 8 Jordan Blanton vs. No. 13 Todd Porter
Series vs. Cornell
Overall: Missouri leads, 4-2
Last Meeting (2012-13): Missouri 22, Cornell 12
Possible Matchups- No. 4 Alan Waters vs. No. 5 Nahshon Garrett, No. 20 Zach Toal vs. No. 1 Kyle Dake
WHAT'S NEXT: Following the Cliff Keen National Dual Meet Championships, the Tigers will take a two-week hiatus from team play. Missouri will hit the road and return on Sunday, March 10, where the program will battle for their first ever Mid-American Conference championship at the MAC Tournament in Buffalo, NY. For all the latest on Missouri wrestling, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and right here on MUTigers.com.
The Huskies will face Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State on Sunday, Feb. 24 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Bobcats will face Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State on Sunday, Feb. 24 in Cleveland, Ohio.