Good weekend in Garden for Missouri wrestlers

The No. 7 Missouri Tigers Wrestling program traveled to Madison Square Garden Sunday for the inaugural Grapple at the Garden.

Mizzou won both duals on the day to improve to a perfect 7-0, defeating No. 8 Cornell 22-12 and No. 25 Bloomsburg with a 22-9 final. The event featured fourteen universities, six of which are ranked in the top-25 in the nation.

The Tigers got off to a fast start against Cornell with wins in the first three weight classes of 125, 133 and 141 pounds.

Junior Alan Waters, tabbed No. 2 in the country, remained perfect in 2012 with his second win against Cornell's Nahshon Garrett this year.

Waters tallied a quick takedown and a three-point near fall en route to his fifteenth win on the year. Nathan McCormick added four team points after he took his match by major decision 11-3 over No. 8 Naryman Arujau.

Possibly the biggest win came at 141, when senior Nicholas Hucke defeated tenth-ranked Mike Nevinger by decision, 9-7.

Hucke and Nevinger scrambled around for about 20 seconds before the Mizzou senior managed a takedown.

Before Nevinger could escape, Hucke had added back points as well as three nearfall points.

A reversal in the third period after Hucke started in the down position to start sealed the match.

Hucke had lost his last two matches against unranked opponents coming in to the bout. Hucke's decision gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead over the Big Red after three matches.

Cornell closed the Mizzou lead to one point, 10-9, after three straight decisions at 149, 157 and 165 pounds. No. 20 Chris Villalonga took care of Mizzou's No. 16-ranked sophomore Drake Houdashelt 2-1 in overtime in a bout that didn't have much action to offer.

Jesse Shanaman also squeaked out a victory over Kyle Bradley, 3-2. Missouri's Zach Toal (No. 10) rematched against Kyle Dake, the top-seeded 165-pounder in the nation.

Dake continued his dominance with a 4-0 win over Toal. Cornell's three-time NCAA Champion was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for this year's event.

Toal and Dake had previously faced off in Las Vegas on December 1, with Dake taking the match by major decision, 14-3.

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