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Missouri wrestlers tune out Baker

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 11:18 p.m. CST; updated 12:39 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 15, 2012
Zach Toal, 165, left, wrestles Nathan Sommer from Baker Wednesday at the Hearnes Center. Toal won 16-2 and Missouri won the dual, 37-0.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri wrestling team looked good but sounded better.

The No. 6 Tigers shut out Baker University 37-0 on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center, never trailing the Wildcats in any of the 10 matches on the evening.

But it was the music inside the gym that seemed to provide the most entertainment for the 306 people in attendance.

Before each match, the Tigers were allowed to pick their own song to play while the referee set up for the bout.

Sophomore Johnny Eblen had the audience rocking with his choice of South Korean pop smash "Gangnam Style" by PSY.  A front row patron started to wave his hands in a motion reminiscent of "raising the roof."

He won his 184-pound match against Wildcats senior Parker Owen, 11-3.

Junior Zach Toal ditched his usual heavy metal choice of Metallica for a more old school hip hop feel, choosing Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" before taking senior Nathan Sommer on a "Fantastic Voyage." Toal defeated Sommer 16-2.

"Me and my brother love that song," Toal said, referring to "Gangsta's Paradise." "It was one of the first songs I memorized."

Brent "Wildman" Haynes showed his tamer side when he chose the 1980s ballad "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by English pop band Culture Club.

"Everybody comes out to a serious song. They are all trying to be macho," he said. "I just don't really care, I try to just lighten it up a little bit."

Haynes, who is the fifth-ranked 197-pound wrestler in the country, according to InterMat College Rankings, was not his normal wild self against an evenly-matched Travis Shadrach. Haynes ended the match with a 7-0 victory.

Senior Dom Bradley, the second-ranked heavyweight in the nation, was what rapper Kanye West would call "Amazing."

After taking an Olympic redshirt last season, Bradley looked agile and quick in his close, 3-2 victory over senior Brandon Gebhardt.

In the opening seconds of the final match of the evening, Bradley nearly knocked Gebhardt off the mat for a easy 2-0 lead. Baker head coach Jimmy May screamed "C'mon" to the referee after the takedown.

In all, the Missouri wrestlers went a perfect 10-0 on the night with a season-high 37 team points. This was the team's second shutout in as many meets after beating Old Dominion 35 to negative-1 last weekend. The Tigers also beat Purdue later that same weekend, 23-9.

Before the meet there was a video montage and ring ceremony for the 2011-12 Big 12 Championship team.

The Tigers will head to St. Charles this Saturday to compete in the Lindenwood University Open.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.

 


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