Tigers take advantage of hurting Hoosiers

Sunday, December 14, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Almost everything went wrong for Indiana wrestlers Saturday.

Missouri defeated the Hoosiers 29-15 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. The Tigers, whom InterMat ranks No. 6, improved to 2-0.

The Hoosiers’ biggest win was Coyte Cooper’s 11-4 major decision against J.P. Reese. InterMat ranks Cooper No. 5 and Reese No. 11.

Cooper’s win tied the teams at 6, but the Hoosiers never took the lead after that.

MU took a 12-6 lead after the Hoosiers (2-1) forfeited the 133- and 149-pound matches because of injuries.

“We had guys out,” Indiana coach Duane Goldman said. “It’s not to say we would have won, but it would have been more competitive.”

In the match’s only pin, MU’s Kenny Burleson stopped J.P. Stanley in 3:45.

MU sealed the win at 174 pounds with three matches left. Redshirt freshman Ben Askren defeated Brady Richardson in a 9-0 major decision. InterMat ranks Askren No. 7 and Richardson No. 13.

Askren scored a takedown in the first period, but didn’t score again until the third. An escape, takedown and three-point near fall gave Askren a 8-0 lead.

He had 4:08 of riding time for the final point.

All-American Tyron Woodley had the Tigers’ other major decision. Woodley, whom InterMat ranks No. 12, defeated Tim Falls 14-3. Falls scored on an escape each period.

Redshirt freshman Matt Pell defeated Andy Rios 8-7 in the final seconds of the 184-pound match. InterMat ranks Pell No. 10 and Rios No. 14.

“I missed about five takedowns,” Pell said. “I just couldn’t score because he was out of bounds or scrambling. I just figured I had worked so hard I wasn’t going to let it go.”

Pell led 5-4 after the second period. Rios took the lead with an early escape and takedown. Pell scored an escape with less than 30 seconds left, then scored on a takedown in the final seconds to seal the win.

Tigers coach Brian Smith said that he wasn’t sure what was going to happen in the 184-pound match. Rios placed second at the Missouri Open, and Pell placed fourth.

“That wasn’t (Pell’s) best,” Smith said. “He wrestled good then he kind of slowed down, but Rios makes you do that. (Rios) isn’t super athletic but he’s got a grip and is hard to finish shots on. The good thing is that he is a freshman and he found a way to win in the end.”

The Hoosiers won two matches by decision. Joe Dubuque defeated Austin DeVoe 7-5 at 125, and Jeff Foust fell to Pat DeGain 4-1 at 197.

The Tigers’ Clint Freeman forfeited to Joel Powers at heavyweight. Freeman is expected to have knee surgery next week and decided not to wrestle.

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