What a weekend for the Tigers this past Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The Tigers started their domination of the State of Ohio with a 25-18 win over the #25 Ohio Bobcats before moving down the road to Columbus to take down the #7 Buckeyes 20-19 on tie-breaking criteria. Lots of intriguing decisions and great results to work through, but what stood out the most?
It was a damn good weekend for Mizzou. I think if I have to pick out just 1 stand out, its gotta be Drake Houdashelt. The Sr. decisioned #8 Claxton of Ohio 6-3 and followed that up with a 1st period pin of #3 Stiber from tOSU. New rankings came out today and Houdashelt is showing up anywhere from 2-4 nationally now and has to be considered not just an AA threat, but a legit NCAA title contender at this point.
I’d love to know how it came to pass that Drake ended up sticking Steiber, as these things, especially at the level these to wrestle, can be a combination of attacking and a mistake by the defensive wrestler. But I actually made an audible noise when I refreshed Twitter to see that result.
For me, I loved seeing Cody Johnston get a late TD and then a win in OT. Such highs and lows in that dual. Mayes takes the forfeit at 141, and I thought we were finished, but Drake came right back. After the loss at 157, I feared we might be done, and as the match at 165 went on, it seemed more and more likely. But what a great finish by Johnston to get the win and keep us in it. Talk about wrestling the full 7 minutes.
Speaking of, while the first period and a half from Alan Waters was TREMENDOUS, he seemed to gas out and barely hung on there at the end. What from the weekend has you scratching your head or furrowing your brow?
I was a bit surprised that we forfeited the match against tOSU, I mean we handed them 6 points, why not send someone out there and try to keep it at least to a Tech Fall? Was Smith looking more for other match ups or momentum maybe?
I think with Waters he may have been a tad tired from racking up 16 points the previous day, or hes not all the way back to peak wrestling condition. I'd think he may get to sit out a match or 3 this weekend with the Scuffle upcoming next weekend. I'm also a bit disappointed in Matt Manley dropping both matches over the weekend. I was hoping to see a bit more from him.
Since we are roughly a third of the way through the season, lets take a second and look back before we start to talk about the upcoming duals and Scuffle. Who has done enough so far to improve your outlook on their season and who has fallen a bit short of your expectations?
One last thing on 141 before we move on. I think it is possible Mayes came up a little lame or dinged up and we had no one to fill in. Keep in mind, we are not bringing an entire team with us when we travel. We don’t just have the luxury of looking down the bench. You get someone hurt when you are on the road and that may be that for that weight class. I imagine there are a couple of extra people who come along, but perhaps there was no one at or around 141. Just my $0.02.
Trending in the right direction, in my mind, are Waters, Mayes, Houdashelt, Miklus and Cox. Going in the opposite direction are Manley and the HWY slot. Holding steady are England, Eblen and Johnston (each with different levels of expectation) and Lavallee is probably down just a bit from where I would want him, but still not terrible. You?
I hadn't thought about someone being injured or not having enough guys to backfill at 141. I agree on your list and would say that Miklus and Manley are the biggest surprises for 2 very different reasons.
Not much in terms of ranked matches, but a couple of important matches against Kent State for MAC seedings. At 157, Lavallee goes against #13 Cody Pack. As best I can tell, these two do not have any history. The other I see out there is England against #13 Caleb Marsh. Last year in our dual, England lost 2-0, but at the MAC’s, England stuck Marsh mid-way through the 3rd period for a big win which certainly helped us eek out the title like we did. You seeing anything else worth mentioning for the weekend?
Not really, I'm almost thinking we throw our A squad out against Kent and then put in as many JV guys as possible to get some experience against the other 2 teams.
After this Friday the team gets some much deserved rest before their biggest non MAC or NCAA tournament of the year, the Southern Scuffle. Here is a quick break down of the teams in attendance and the ranked wrestlers in each class:
Team Tournament Ranking:
Penn State 5th
Oklahoma State 7th
Iowa State 13th
NC State 20th
Mizzou - Alan Waters 3rd
Cornell - Nahshon Garrett 2nd
Wyoming - Tyler Cox 9th
Penn State - Jordan Conaway 10th
Ok State - Eddie Kilmara 11th
Stanford - Evan Silver - 12th
Northern Colorado - Trey Andrews 16th
Bucknell - Paul Petrov 17th
Chattanooga - Sean Boyle 19th
Mizzou - Matt Manley 16th
Penn State - Jimmy Gulibon 5th
Lehigh - Mason Beckman 6th
Michigan - Rossi Bruno 8th
Virginia - George DiCamillo 10th
Iowa State - Earl Hall 13th
Chattanooga - Nick Soto 14th
Kent State - Mackenzie McGuire 15th
Mizzou - Lavion Mayes 8th
Michgian - Stephen Dutton 5th
Pittsburgh - Edgar Bright 7th
Virginia - Joe Spisak 13th
North Carolina - Joey Ward 14th
Cornell - Mark Grey 15th
Boise State - Geordan Martinez 17th
NC State - Sam Speno 19th
Nebraska - Anthony Abidin 20th
Mizzou - Drake Houdashelt 5th
Ok State - Josh Kindig 2nd
Cornell - Chris Villalonga 6th
Virginia - Gus Sako 7th
Penn State - Zack Beitz 13th
Michgian - Alec Panaleo 14th
Iowa State - Gabe Moreno 15th
Pittsburgh - Mike Racciato 16th
Duke - Marcu Cain 17th
Nebraska - Justin Arthur 19th
Mizzou - Joey Lavallee 12th
Nebraska - James Green 2nd
Kent State - Ian Miller 3rd
Cornell - Brian REalbuto 4th
Penn STate - Dylan Alton 10th
Michigan - Brian Murphy 15th
Duke - Iammnuel Kerr-Brown 18th
Mizzou - Cody Johnston NR
Ok State - Alex Dieringer 1st
Virginia - Nick Suzler 2nd
Iowa State - Michael Moreno 4th
Cornell - Dylan Palacio 5th
Michigan - Taylor Massa 10th
Stanford - Jim Wilson 13th
Navy - Peyton Walsh 15th
NC State - Max Rohskoph 17th
Nebraska - Austin Wilson 20th
Mizzou - Mikey England NR
Nebraska - Robert Kokesh 1st
Penn State - Matt Brown 2nd
Pittsburgh - Tyler Wilps
Virginia - Blaise Butler 6th
Iowa State - Tanner Weatherman
Kent State - Caleb Marsh 13th
Michigan - Davantoe Mahomes 14th
NC State - Pete Renda 16th
Ok State - Kyle Crutchmer 17th
Stanford - Keaton Subjeck 20th
Mizzou - Willie Miklus 9th
Pittsburgh - Max Thomusseit 1st
Lehigh - Nathaniel Brown 3rd
Cornell - Gabe Dean 7th
Wyoming - Ben Stroh 15th
Michigan - Dominic Abounader 16th
Nebraska - TJ Dudley 17th
Iowa State - Lelund Weatherspoon 18th
Penn State - Matt McClutcheon 19th
Mizzou - J'Den Cox 3rd
Iowa State - Kyven Gadson 1st
Penn State - Morgan McIntosh 4th
Duke - Conner Hartmann 5th
Pittsburgh - Nick Bonaccorsi 10th
Michigan - Max Huntley
Virginia - Zach Nye
Lehigh - Elliot Riddick 17th
Cornell - Jace Bennett 18th
Wyoming - Shane Woods 19th
Ok State - Austin Schafer 20th
Mizzou - ?
NC State - Nick Gwiazdowski 2nd
OK State - Austin Marsden 4th
Michigan - Adam Coon 7th
Penn State - Jon Gingrich 8th
Nebraska - Collin Jensen 14th
Wyoming - Tanner Harms 16th
Bucknell - Joe Stolfi 20th
We can go more in depth next week, but what jumps out at you about the Scuffle for the team as a whole and who is poised to make a deep run?
Wow…tremendous work there.
So…weight by weight first thoughts
125: Hopefully we get the Waters/Garrett match we were supposed to get at the All-Star meet back in November
133: Chance for Manley to make up for some of the missed chances he has had earlier this year
141: Class could be there for the taking if he is healthy
149: Another chance for Drake to get back to being #1 after this somewhat poor NCAA showing
157: Brutal at the top of this class
165: BRUTAL in the whole damn thing
174: Good lord there is a lot of depth at the middle weights in this tourney
184: Perhaps we get to see just how good Miklus is
197: McIntosh in the semis and Gadson in the finals? PLEASE
HWY: Who the hell knows
I will be very interested to see how Penn State wrestles just because most believe their run of NCAA titles is very likely done this year. This will also give us a preview of Cornell for our dual later in the season. Fun to see NU, OSU and ISU in it from an old Big XII standpoint. Central Michigan being in there as well (along with Kent and Buffalo from the MAC) is nice.
I agree on 125, 149 & 197. Those are all 3 set up nicely for Mizzou to have a shot at winning the class, but not without some high level competition along the way. I think I'm most interested in 184 & 141 and see how Miklus and Mayes can do against very good competition that they might well see again come NCAA championship time.
The teams that are going to be at the Scuffle this year are just as deep as the middle weight classes. You've got a bajillion team titles between Penn State & Okie State, good conference action for the MACs and Cornell as well. I'm excited to follow along on January 1st & 2nd along with bowl games.
Anything else you'd like to add for now?
Nope….I imagine we will wrap up the three home duals from the weekend early next week and then take a break until the Scuffle wraps up.
Happy Wrestling everyone!