Chase Wetenkamp has a lot of weight on his shoulders, in addition to his 275-pound frame.
The mental pressure on heavy-weights can be immense. Like a football kicker called in for a winning field goal, heavyweights are often the last to wrestle, and a match can be won or lost based on their performance.
Expectations for the Tigers at the beginning of the season were not high, but even the harshest critics wouldn’t have expected Missouri to be in the position it is now.
On Saturday night, Kansas State completed its first sweep of Missouri in more than 20 years. The loss also dropped Missouri to 10-10 on the season and 2-5 in Big 12 Conference play.
KANSAS CITY — It turns out football is not the only thing the Big 12 Conference’s South teams do better than their counterparts in the North.
The South plays a better brand of basketball, too.
BOULDER, Colo. — Oklahoma State freshman JamesOn Curry played a lot like a senior in his first start on Sunday.
Curry scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half of No. 9 Oklahoma State’s 104-86 victory against Colorado. He was 6-of-8 from 3-point range, making all five in the second half.
Four of Kansas State’s starting five weren’t even alive the last time the Wildcats won in Columbia.
And the last time they swept the season series against Missouri the other starter, Cartier Martin, was 1.
It’s one of the only times you’ll see them adorned in Kansas State purple.
But that’s a concession Thomas Gardner, Jason Conley and Jimmy McKinney are willing to make for a hair cut.
Lauren Harris, a 6-foot-3 freshman center at Kennesaw (Ga.) State, recently called home and told her father that she led the nation in blocked shots.
“Where’d you get your information?” Alvin Harris asked.
Keeping a consistent offense is difficult for any team.
For the Tigers, it’s almost impossible.
Twenty minutes after Missouri had dispatched Nebraska 80-70 on Jan. 22, Tiger freshman Glen Dandridge was back in the gym.
He was alone, an unassuming presence in Mizzou Arena’s practice gym with the hood of his gray sweatshirt pulled tight around his eyes.
Football coach Gary Pinkel attended the men’s basketball game between Missouri and Kansas State, but he was doing more than just enjoying the show.
At halftime, Pinkel, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden and Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm accompanied a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle onto the court.
After the No. 12 Missouri wrestling team fell to No. 6 Nebraska 26-12 Saturday night, individual accomplishments were all the Tigers had to fall back on.
“Nebraska (16-1-1, 1-0 Big 12) wrestled really well tonight, and we just got outtoughed tonight,” coach Brian Smith said. “In a lot of matches, we just really didn’t wrestle our best tonight. I’m not happy about it, they’re not happy about it, but we’ve got to bounce back.”
When Missouri Baptist’s desperation 3-pointer caromed off the rim as time expired, Columbia College players met at center court and exchanged fanatical embraces and wild high fives amid a sea of applause from their grateful fans.
They had a 90-89 overtime win against a American Midwest Conference heavyweight.
Defeating the top ranked team in the state earlier in the week didn’t distract Pembroke Hill’s girls’ basketball team against Hickman on Saturday night.
Pembroke Hill, which defeated Notre Dame de Sion in overtime Thursday, led the entire game against the Kewpies in a 48-41 victory.
After a lackadaisical start to his team’s Tuesday night loss at Central Methodist, Stephens College basketball coach Dane Pavlovich thought the Stars needed a new warm-up to get ready to go at the beginning of each game.
The new warm-ups accomplished that purpose Saturday, as Stephens jumped out to a 15-0 lead and cruised to an easy 88-19 victory against Mount Mary College, which arrived at Silverthorne Arena from Milwaukeewith only five players.
Columbia College guard Tiffany Foote’s words before the Cougars’ 71-55 win against William Woods were prophetic.
“(William Woods) always gives us a good run in the first half, but we usually finish out strong,” Foote said before Saturday’s game at the Arena of Southwell Complex.
As if it wasn't hard enough to tell Amanda and Megan Morford apart, they complicate the matter by showing up at class sometimes in the same outfit.
The identical twin sisters are seniors on the Missouri women's swimming and diving team. Amanda swims the backstroke and individual medley for the Tigers. Megan, meanwhile, swims the individual medley and the breaststroke.
The Missouri gymnastics team fell short of a win on Friday night.
The Tigers, 0-2 in conference, lost to No. 23 Nebraska (0-1) in a meet that measured the Tigers’ talent in comparison to nationally competitive teams.
For the second time this year the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team beat top rival Hickman. The Bruins topped the Kewpies 52-43 on Friday. The win improves the Bruins’ record to 16-3.
BOULDER, COLO.— After a disheartening 64-62 loss to Colorado on Wednesday, Missouri sophomore forward Linas Kleiza was asked if he felt his team was running out of time on its season.
Kleiza took a long pause, apparently trying to craft an answer that wouldn’t sound too pessimistic.
The Missouri wrestling team hasn’t forgotten. It knows how important this match is.
It has been slightly more than a year since then-No. 3 Missouri fell to then-No. 4 Nebraska 23-13 at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln.