No. 1 Missouri Tops Wrestling, 27-15

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -No. 1 Missourigot bonus points in four matches asit took out No. 14 Penn, 27-15, Saturday in the opening round of the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals at the UNI-Dome.

The Quakers (2-3) were facing the nation's top-ranked team for the second time this season; they had previously faced Minnesota on Nov. 25. The Tigers (5-0) remained undefeated.

Penn will now face West Virginia, a 28-14 loser to No. 8 Northwestern,at 1 p.m. Central (2 p.m. Eastern)in the consolation first round.

“Our kids competed well,” said Head Coach Zeke Jones. “I think our wrestlers walked away feeling like they were capable of winning that dual meet. I’m proud of that. We were certainly capable of winning additional bouts.”

The Quakers ran out to a 9-0 start after wins at 125 and 133. No. 14 Matt Eveleth started the dual with a third-period pin of No. 18 John Olanowski. Leading 7-0 at the time, Eveleth took down Olanowski and immediately worked him into the fall.

No. 2 Matt Valenti faced a tough No. 15 Tyler McCormick at 133, but walked away a 3-2 victor. After a scoreless first, McCormick chose down for the second. Valenti picked up a penalty point early in the period, but McCormick reversed him to take a 2-1 lead. Valenti escaped to end the period, then chose down for the third and escaped for the deciding point.

The 141-pound match was perhaps the most entertaining of the meet with Rick Rappo taking #15 Ashtin Primus to sudden victory. Primus took a 2-0 lead on a takedown in the first before Rappo reversed him, then Rappo scored another reversal in the second. Primus tied the match at four with a third-period takedown, and then also scored the match-winning takedown in sudden victory.

At 149 pounds, No. 15 Josh Wagner blanked Rob Hitschler, 10-0, behind a big second period. Taking a 2-0 lead into the second period, Wagner escaped, scored a takedown, got a stalling penalty point and then scored a near-fall 3.

No. 14 Matt Dragon ended up the winner in a gritty 157-pound battle with Nick Marable. Dragon ran out to a 5-0 first period lead, immediately takingMarable down and riding him out. Neutral to start the second,Marable scored a takedown, but Dragon escaped, then racked up a pair of stalling warnings .Dragon escaped to start the third, gave up a penalty and a takedown, but with better than two minutes of riding time locked up, he won 8-6.

Things came unraveled starting at 165 as Mizzou took four-straight matches, three of them with bonus points.

At 165 pounds, No. 7 Matt Pell scored a first-period pin over No. 16 Zack Shanaman in 2:05. Pell led 2-0 at the time of the fall. Undefeated No. 1 Ben Askren was even quicker at 174, taking out Jeff Zannetti in just 39 seconds.

No. 13 Lior Zamir got into a battle with No. 5 Raymond Jordan at 184, but dropped the decision, 12-6. After a scoreless first period, the two exchanged a flurry of scoring in the second. Jordan started down, escaped, but Zamir took him down before being reversed. Jordan scored a two-point near fall, but Zamir escaped and scored a takedown which Jordan again reversed. In the third, Zamir escaped after being down to start, but Jordan locked up the match with a takedown into a two-point near-fall.

No. 1 Max Askren scored a tech fall over Jack Sullivan at 197. Sullivan went the distance, as Askren led 14-0 at the end only to pick up the extra bonus point thanks to a large 5:38 riding time advantage.

At heavyweight, Ben Reiter picked up a 2-0 win over Tyler Perry. Reiter scored the only point, an escape, in the third period, and held a 1:26 riding time advantage.

No. 1 Missouri 27, No. 14 Penn 15

Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals First Round

125 – #14 Matt Eveleth def. #18 John Olanowski; F, 5:44

133 – #2 Matt Valenti def. #15 Tyler McCormick; D, 3-2

141 – #15 Ashtin Primus def. Rick Rappo; D SV, 6-4

149 – #15 Josh Wagner def. Rob Hitschler; MD, 10-0

157 – #14 Matt Dragon def. Nick Marable; D, 8-6

165 – #7 Matt Pell def. #16 Zack Shanaman; F, 2:05

174 – #1 Ben Askren def. Jeff Zannetti; F, 0:39

184 – #5 Raymond Jordan def. #13 Lior Zamir; D, 12-6

197 - #1 Max Askren def. Jack Sullivan; TF, 15-0

285 – Ben Reiter def. Tyler Perry; D, 2-0