MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE NAMES THREE WRESTLING POST-SEASON AWARDS
Missouri Coach Brian Smith, Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore and Ohio’s Cody Walters earn honors
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced today three wrestling post-season awards for the 2013 season as Missouri Wrestling Coach Brian Smith was named Wrestling Coach of the Year, Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore was named Wrestler of the Year and Ohio’s Cody Walters was named Freshman of the Year.
All three awards were voted on by each of the conference’s eight head wrestling coaches following the conclusion of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament.
Smith led Missouri to the Tigers first MAC Tournament Wrestling Title in the programs first year as an affiliate member in wrestling. Missouri also matched a school record as five Tigers earned All-America status at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Tigers placed seventh overall in the 72-team field.
This season marked the 15th for Smith at the helm of the Tigers wrestling program. Under his leadership, Missouri has posted a 189-88-3 record and 19 of his wrestlers have become All-Americans. In addition, Smith’s squads have posted 12 consecutive winning seasons.
Smith witnessed junior Alan Waters, senior-captain Nathan McCormick, sophomore Drake Houdashelt, senior Mike Larson and redshirt senior Dom Bradley earn All-America honors at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines.
Kilgore, a native of Berea, Ohio, witnessed his 62-match winning streak halted at the NCAA Championship for the 197 weight class to Penn State’s Quentin Wright, 8-6. Kilgore finished second at 197 after becoming a National Champion in 2011. Kilgore ended his historic collegiate career as the school’s only three-time All-American and set the Kent State school single-season record with a 43-1 record. Kilgore also finished his career as Kent State’s career leader with 178 wins and 50 pins.
Walters, a native of Macedonia, Ohio, completed his redshirt freshman season and earned All-America honor’s as he placed eighth at the NCAA Championships at the 174 weight class. Walters finished the season with a 39-5 record. At the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Walters opened with a 2-1 decision over Central Michigan’s Craig Kelliher and then defeated Buffalo’s John-Martin Cannon, 3-1. Walters earned a 5-2 decision over Iowa State’s Tanner Weatherman before falling to Illinois’ Jordan Blanton, 4-3.