03 March 2012

2012 Big 12 Champs

Wrestling brings home first conference championship
by Mizzou Matt
COLUMBIA, MO- The Big 12 wrestling championships were in the Tigers' backyard- the Hearnes Center. It was fitting that the last year in the Big 12 conference is the first year Mizzou won a conference championship. Making it even better is the fact it was on our home floor.

Volunteer asst. coach Joe Johnston with Big XII trophy.
"It is an accomplishment of so many people though that put some put effort in," said head coach Brian Smith. "I thank all the wrestlers that wrestled for me and all the people that donate to the program and make it get to where it is, all the trainers and doctors, there are so many people.  I am just really, really proud of everybody.  This team did an amazing job today."

Alan Waters, top seed at 125, won his match to get Mizzou started. Drake Houdashelt added another Mizzou win over OU's Nick Lester. The biggest win of the tournament for the Tigers was Zach Toal's upset over ISU's Andrew Sorensen..the top seed in the tournament and fourth nationally.

The final team standings:
1. MIZZOU- 77.0
2. Oklahoma- 73.0
3. Oklahoma State- 56.0
4. Iowa State- 21.0

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