They've waited 16 years, 16 long, painful years, but Missouri finally has earned some redemption for one of my favorite childhood memories. Though the Missouri wrestling victory over the Buckeyes likely didn't put an end to the night terrors of the #45 for Corby Jones, it may have helped ease the pain a bit.
In a bout that we knew from the outset would be hotly contested, the #5 seeded Missouri Tigers outwrestled the Buckeyes in a number of hotly contested bouts to tip the scales in favor of the Tigers.
Starting out the dual, #4 ranked Alan Waters beat Buckeye redshirt senior Nikko Triggas (#12) by way of a pin. Though Triggas is usually the one on the right end of a pin, it wasn't to be against Waters. The pin gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead.
Monroeville's finest wrestling family then took to the mat as #1 ranked Logan Stieber defeated #4 ranked Nathan McCormick 8-2, giving Logan his 2nd victory over McCormick on the season. Younger brother Hunter Stieber beat Nicholas Hucke 8-4 to extend his undefeated season and tie up the match 6-6.
Still with me? 6-6 was the closest the Buckeyes would get throughout the night as the Tigers took all of the swing matches and the matches they were predicted to win from here on out. #14 Drake Houdashelt was able to knock off All-American Cam Tessari of the Buckeyes by a score of 4-2, which was the identical score of the 157 lb match. Missouri's Kyle Bradley took out Josh Demas 4-2 in overtime.
A pair of wrestlers who spent their high school days in Ohio met as Missouri's Zach Toal (Troy Christian) edged Mark Martin (St. Edward) 1-0 to push the team score to 15-6.
At 174 lbs, Todd Porter earned a mild upset, defeating Buckeye Nick Heflin by the score of 4-3. Porter is on a roll of late, also knocking off then #1 Chris Perry at the start of the month. Porter's win pushed the team score to 18-6, still within reach of the Buckeyes.
At 184 lbs, Buckeye elder statesman CJ Magrum fell to #13 Mike Larson 5-0. Also falling 5-0 was Andrew Campolattano, who was making his return to the lineup against Brent Haynes at 197 lbs.
In the heavyweight match, Kosta Karageorge filled in for injured Peter Capone in an unenviable position. Karageorge took on #1 ranked and undefeated Dom Bradley and fell by the score of 12-4. The major decision for Bradley gave the Missouri Tigers the 28-6 decision over the Buckeyes.
The Tigers will advance to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the semifinals today. The winner will face the winner of the Iowa/Minnesota bout for the NWCA National Duals title.
The Buckeyes will take a few weeks off to regroup and lick their wounds before returning to action at the Big Ten Championships on March 9th and 10th in Champaign, Illinois. Those Buckeyes who wrestle well enough at Big Tens will advance to the NCAA tournament March 21-23.
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