Missouri wrestling earns first MAC championship

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 6:50 p.m. CDT

The Missouri wrestling team dominated the 2013 Mid-American Conference tournament on Sunday, earning 48 more points than runner-up Central Michigan at the University of Buffalo’s Alumni Arena. The Tigers’ victory ends an 11-year Central Michigan MAC tournament winning streak.

Four Missouri wrestlers — Alan Waters (125 pounds), Nathan McCormick (133 pounds), Drake Houdashelt (149 pounds) and Dom Bradley (heavyweight) — won individual championships in their weight classes.

Kent State's Dustin Kilgore defeated Missouri senior Brent Haynes for the 197-pound championship. Kilgore is the nation’s top-ranked wrestler in this class. Another Missouri senior, Mike Larson, defeated Casey Newburg, also of Kent State, to earn third at 184-pounds.

Eight Missouri wrestlers earned automatic qualifications for the NCAA championships next week in Des Moines, Iowa.  Overall, the team totaled 136 points in Buffalo.

The tournament championship marks an impressive end to the Tigers’ first season in the MAC — Missouri finished with a 16-3 overall record. Missouri previously wrestled as members of the Big 12, winning the conference tournament last season.

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