Tiger wrestlers start strong at NCAA tournament

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 11:59 p.m. CDT; updated 1:13 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 16, 2012
Wrestling fans pack Scottrade Center to watch the first round of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday in St Louis.

After the first day of the NCAA Tournament, seven of the 10 Missouri wrestlers to earn a bid are still wrestling. One is in contention for a national championship.

No. 6 seed Brent Haynes is the only Tiger still in contention for a national championship. He won his first two matches without allowing a point. He will take on No. 3 seed Matthew Wilps from Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The highest seeded Tiger, Alan Waters, breezed through the first round, earning a technical fall against Oregon State’s Pat Rollins. In the second round, unseeded Anthony Zanetta from Pittsburgh upset Waters, 4-2. Waters will face Garrett Frey from Princeton in the second wrestle back round.

Nathan McCormick (133 pounds), Nicholas Hucke (141), Kyle Bradley (149), Dorian Henderson (174), and Mike Larson (184) will all continue to wrestle on Friday in the wrestle back rounds.

Drake Houdashelt (157), Zach Toal (165), and Devin Mellon (heavywight) lost their first two matches and are no longer in the tournament.

The Tigers finished the day with 13.5 team points and are tied for 18th in the team standings.

The tournament continues at 10 a.m. Friday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. 

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