Missouri wrestler earns Big 12 honor

Monday, January 9, 2012 | 9:55 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri's Brent Haynes was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, the first time the 197-pound junior has earned the honor.

Haynes won his division at the Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1 and 2 at UTC in Chattanooga, Tenn. He started the tournament with back-to-back first period falls, pinning Ryan Malo of Virginia in 2:08 and Navy's Colynn Cook in 1:00. In the quarterfinals, Haynes dominated No. 4 Matt Powless of Indiana, scoring a 15-0 technical fall. From there, Haynes knocked off No. 2 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota by a 6-0 decision to advance to the championship. He was scheduled to take on his third straight top-four grappler in No. 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell), but an injury to Simaz forced him to forfeit to Haynes. Haynes didn't allow a single point at the tournament.

Haynes, a two-time NCAA qualifier, who is 13-3 this season kept the momentum going at Sunday's dual against Iowa State, where he picked up a technical fall win over Shafer, his second technical fall victory over the Cyclone grappler this season. Scoring three reversals and six near falls, Haynes defeated Shafer by a 22-7 final in 6:29. Back in December, Haynes knocked off Shafer 15-0 in Columbia. Haynes hasn't allowed a point since his match on Dec. 9 at Kent State.

It is the second time this year that a Missouri wrestler has earned the award. Tigers sophomore Alan Waters, who is 14-1 at 125 pounds was recognized on Dec. 11.

The Missouri wrestling team is 6-1 and 2-1 in the Big 12 Conference this season after a 24-11 victory Sunday over Iowa State. The Tigers are set to compete this weekend at the Virginia Duals in Virginia Beach, Va.

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