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Henderson, Larson lead Missouri wrestlers past Oklahoma on senior night

Sunday, February 5, 2012 | 7:25 p.m. CST; updated 7:46 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — Before the start of the match against No. 10 Oklahoma on Sunday, the Tigers honored the four seniors on their roster for senior night.

The Missouri wrestling team was trailing 12-9 entering the seventh match of the Tigers' dual against Oklahoma on Sunday at Hearnes Center.

The match, a 174-pound bout between No. 18-ranked Dorian Henderson and the Sooners' Kyle Detmer was scoreless after the first period. Henderson, however, scored a pair of near falls in the second period to give him a 8-0 lead. Henderson went on to earn an 11-0 major decision to give the Tigers a 13-12 lead in the dual. 

"Words can't explain it," Henderson said about the victory.

It was a special win for Henderson, who along with fellow seniors Jacob Guerrant, Brandon Wiest and Pat Wright, received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 1,000.

"It's been a long four years, and I'm sad its coming to an end, but it's a good way to cap it off," said Henderson, the only senior on the Tigers' starting roster Sunday.

No. 13-ranked Missouri went on to beat 10th-ranked Oklahoma, 25-12.

After Henderson finished off his opponent, the Tigers' Matt Larson, ranked No. 15 at 184 pounds, faced off against Erich Schmidtke for the fifth time in his career. In the final period, Larson used a cradle move to pin Schmidtke and put the Tigers ahead 19-12.

"Larson has a great open cradle move," Tigers coach Brian Smith said. "When he took his opponent down, he looked over, gave me a nod and went for it."

Larson pinned Schmidtke with 12 seconds left in the third period. Afterward, he faced the crowd and waved his arms and received huge applause from the excited crowd.

"We have had some bad blood before, and I wanted this win so badly," Larson said. 

At a match in Norman, Okla., Larson kicked Schmidtke in the face while they were tangled up. "We don't like each other very much," Larson said.

The Tigers next take the mat Feb. 11 when they will compete in the National Duals in New Jersey.


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