The action started at 7:30 a.m. central time, so we are already three hours into the day. I have found one website which seems to be updating the brackets, but I am not sure of the frequency. Of course, as I return to the site to get the link, they appear to have updated them, so lets take a spin through the classes to see how some of the Mizzou boys are doing this morning. For anyone interested in between updates, click here
Howdy everyone! The Wrestling Tigers traveled east this weekend to take part in the Nittany Lion Open all day today. By my count, I see wrestlers from eight ranked teams, along with other wrestlers I know to be ranked by name. The Tigers have brought at least one wrestler at each weight, except for 184, where the guarding and resting of #1 Max Askren will be a theme all season. For more on the wrestlers Mizzou took with them, drop a click here. As always, ranking are courtesy of the fine folks a InterMat
125 - Brad Wisdom (now #22 in one poll) has had one match (byed into the main bracket), an impressive 17-2 win over an opponent from The Citadel. He will take on Brian Wright of George Mason next (owner of a 13-1 win and a pin in his two matches)
133 - Nathan McCormick has also only had one match, a third period pin of Ben Levin. He moves on to face Tyler Saltsman of Penn State next.
141 - The Tigers brought THREE grapplers in this class. Cody Farinella has had a great morning, with TWO wins by pin (one in the third, the other late in the first). Mitch Crowley from UNC-G is up next for him. #18 Todd Schavrien also had two matches and was almost as dominant with a tech fall (18-1) and a third period pin. He moves on to fight Eric Filipowicz of the Navy next. Lastly, Nick Hucke scored a first match pin before being shut out 12-0 against #8 Naumann of Pitt. He now moves down to the losers bracket to wrestler a Rider wrestler.
149 - Brandon Wiest is one of two MU wrestlers here and he too owns two wins. An early 10-3 win, along with a 3-1 win in sudden victory. His prize? A next round match against #6 Molinaro of Penn State. Scott O'Donnell has two decisions for wins today (5-4 and 12-3), and moves on against a Lehigh wrestler in the next round.
157 - Another weight class with two tigers, as Nick Gregoris won his first match 11-2 this morning, while #17 Patrick Wright did the same with a 1:05 pin.
165 - Just #7 Nick Marable made the trip for the Tigers in this class, and he scored an impressive 15-4 win in his only match today.
174 - Two wrestlers in action here, with #15 Dorian Henderson, who is not yet recorded as having wrestled. Todd Porter had some early action, and has moved to the main bracket with a 13-2 win.
184 - No Max Askren, no action here.
197 - Two more wrestlers here, with #12 Brent Haynes pitches the impressive tech shut out (15-0), while Jake Glore won his wrestle-in 3-1, and awaits #3 Hudson Taylor in his next match.
HWY - Will we see an all Mizzou final? It is possible, as both monsters traveled. Mark Ellis scored a pin at the 1:12 mark of his first match, while #3 Dom Bradley won 11-3.