COLUMBIA — Jon Reader and the No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones wrestling team will be at Hearnes Center on Sunday afternoon to take on the No. 13 Missouri Tigers.
Reader has an impressive 30-0 record this season and is ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds in Division I by wrestlingreport.com.
Reader has been dominating his competition all season with eight major decisions, nine technical falls and three pins on his resume.
Missouri 174-pounder Dorian Henderson is certainly going to have his work cut out for him if he is going to upset Reader.
“Reader’s going to show up and wrestle for seven hard minutes,” Missouri coach Brian Smith said.
Henderson is no slouch with a No. 23 ranking and a 20-7 record this season. But this will be the toughest opponent he’s faced all season.
Smith said if Henderson is going to win, he will need to be aggressive and quick.
“He’s got to get to his leg attacks with his speed,” Smith said.
MU senior Todd Schavrien also has a big match. It will be the last time he wrestles in a home match.
Coming off of two straight losses on the recent road trip to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, Schavrien said he needs to focus on moving forward and not on what he should have done.
“It’s good that you care enough to be mad,” he said. “But you just have to look forward, learn from your mistakes and keep moving on. You’re only going to drive yourself crazy by dwelling on it.”
Sunday’s match will take place at 1 p.m. at Hearnes Center. Then the Tigers are off until March, when they are set to head to the Big 12 Conference tournament on March 5 in Ames, Iowa.