Ten Missouri wrestlers earn bids to NCAA tournament

Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 7:23 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Fresh off Missouri wrestling’s first Big 12 Championship, the No. 10 ranked Tigers had all 10 of its starters qualify for the NCAA Championships.

This is the first time the program has had all 10 of its starters earn trips to the national tournament. The Tigers are also the only team in the country to have 10 wrestlers qualify for the tournament.

Two Tigers received high seeds in the bracket. Alan Waters (125 pounds) earned the No. 3 seed and Brent Haynes (197) got the No. 6 Seed.

Waters will face Pat Rollins of Oregon State in the first round. Waters defeated Rollins 19-3 when the Tigers faced off against the Beavers in a dual meet back in November.

Haynes first-round opponent is Maxwell Huntley from Michigan.

The other wrestlers to receive a bid were Nathan McCormick (133 pounds), Nicholas Hucke (141), Kyle Bradley (149), Drake Houdashelt (157), Zach Toal (165), Dorian Henderson (174), Mike Larson (184) and Devin Mellon (heavyweight).

The Tigers finished 17th in last year's NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA Championship starts March 15 and runs through March 17. All matches will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  

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