Missouri's Smith named MAC Wrestling Coach of the Year

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 8:51 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday. The honor comes after being named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year last season after the Tigers' last year in the league.

Missouri won the MAC tournament in its first year as an affiliate member of the conference. The Tigers' 136 team points were the most in a MAC championship, and they had four individuals win their weight divisions. The title ended an 11-year reign held by the Central Michigan, and gave Missouri its second straight conference crown after winning the Big 12 the previous season.

Missouri also repeated last year's efforts in this season's NCAA competition, once again sending all 10 of its starters to the competition. The Tigers finished seventh in the 72-team field, and Alan Waters, Dom Bradley, Nathan McCormick, Drake Houdashelt and Mike Larson all earned All-America honors. The Tigers ended the year ranked No. 4 by the NWCA/USA Today poll.

Since he took over the Missouri program in 1998, Smith has gone 189-88-3 and coached 19 All-Americans.

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