WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In its first competition since last year’s NCAA Championships, the Missouri wrestling opened up the year by downing the Old Dominion Monarchs 35 to -1.
The Tigers followed that season-opening performance with a 23-9 victory over host school Purdue.
The Tigers took on their new MAC rival Old Dominion early Saturday morning. Junior Alan Waters set the tone in the 125-pound class, winning a by major decision over Rob Deutsch, 10-2. Possibly the biggest matchup came at 141 pounds, when No. 14-ranked Nicholas Hucke was in a rematch against No. 11 Justin LaValle, who had defeated Hucke in last year’s NCAAs. Hucke had a huge third period against LaValle, handing him a reversal and a 3-point near fall along with an escape to take the match, 8-4.
Sophomore Drake Houdashelt added another four team points at 149 pounds, winning his match in decisive fashion after finishing with 5:22 of riding time. Next up was junior Kyle Bradley, who took a 3-1 lead into the third period and held on over Old Dominion’s No. 11 John Nicholson. Nicholson rejected Bradley’s handshake following the 4-1 decision, which led to a misconduct penalty. By rule, a misconduct penalty in wrestling is also a forfeit of one team point.
This is the third time since Jan. 2 that the Tigers have won all 10 matchups in a dual meet.
Missouri's home opener is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against Baker University.