Missouri wrestling unable to take down No. 1 Oklahoma State

Saturday, February 4, 2012 | 7:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri wrestling team was unable to upset No. 1 Oklahoma State on Saturday after taking the lead late in the meet.

The Cowboys beat No. 13 Missouri 22-12 at the dual meet at Hearnes Center.

During the sixth match between Missouri's heavyweight Devin Mellon and Oklahoma State's No. 2, heavyweight Alan Gelogaev, Mellon took a hit across the face that continued to bleed for the rest of the match.

Gelogaev took a 7-1 lead early in the match. He then reached out and hit Mellon in the nose. The Tigers training staff tried to stop the bleeding so the match could continue. Mellon lost 10-5 in a match that was stopped numerous times to clean up blood that had fallen on the mat. 

"It's frustrating," Mellon said about the stoppages. "You finally get into rhythm and then you have to stop."

Tigers Head Coach Brian Smith said he liked the way Mellon fought back against an opponent he said was one of the best heavyweights in the country. 

"(Mellon) put a scare on him at the end of the match. He needs to wrestle that way from the beginning," Smith said. 

Despite the loss, Mellon received a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked off the mat. 

The victory by Gelogaev tied the score at 9-9.

Missouri's No. 3 Alan Waters took the mat next against No. 12 Jon Morrison. Waters won 4-0, giving the Tigers a 12-9 lead.  

However, Missouri's No. 10 Nathan McCormick fell to No. 2 Jordan Oliver in the first period and gave Oklahoma State a 15-12 lead.

The next two Cowboy wrestlers beat Missouri's Nicholas Hucke and Kyle Bradley, 10-4 and 12-3, to end the meet.

The loss drops the Tigers to 11-3.

"You get opportunities to knock off a No. 1 team and we didn't make the most of those opportunities," Smith said. "Right now we have to put this in a compartment on the side and focus on what we have to do next."

The Tigers face No. 10 Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hearnes Center.

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