Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:09 PM
COLUMBIA - Sophomore grappler Drake Houdashelt has been named the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for the week of January 23 the Conference announced Wednesday. Houdashelt claims his first weekly conference honor of his career after having a huge weekend against Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa.
This past weekend, Houdashelt was a scoring machine. In his match against Rob Jillard of NIU, the Mizzou grappler tallied eight takedowns, the most of any Tiger in a match this year. Six of those takedowns came in the third period alone en route to an 18-6 major decision, where Jillard could only score via the escape. Sunday against the 21-ranked Panthers of Northern Iowa, Houdashelt was victorious again by major decision over Bart Reiter, 12-3. He tallied four takedowns and a reversal in his team-leading ninth major decision.
Houdashelt's accolade marks the fourth time that a Mizzou grappler has been named as the MAC Wrestler of the Week so far in 2012-13. Senior-captains Nathan McCormick (133) and Dom Bradley (HWT) have also both been honored with this award, with Bradley claiming it twice.
The Tigers 149-pounder, ranked as high as 13th in the polls, is 20-7 on theyear and has won 10 of his last 12 bouts. Eight of those 10 wins have come by either fall or major decision.
Houdashelt qualified for the NCAA Championships last season as a redshirt freshman. He will continue his quest to qualify again in 2013 when No. 1-ranked Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State comes to Columbia this Friday. The two will square off at this year's Beauty and the Beast event.
Posted 8:16 PM 12/1/2015 by Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - State representatives and senators pre-filed bills Tuesday to review in the 2016 legislative session, which starts Jan. 6. Tuesday was the first day lawmakers could pre-file. The bills range from ethics reform in Missouri's general assembly and raising the minimum wage.(More)
Posted 6:45 PM 12/1/2015 by Megan Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – A new bill proposed by one state lawmaker could help pay some of the adoption costs for parents.
December 1 is the first day state lawmakers can pre-file bills for the 2016 legislative session.
Bill sponsor and House Representative Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) said (More)
Posted 6:25 PM 12/1/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY – State Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, pre-filed legislation Tuesday to increase the state minimum wage to $10.25 an hour.
“The single most important thing Missouri can do for low-income families is to boost the minimum wage,” Ellington said. (More)
Adv. - more news below
Posted 6:22 PM 12/1/2015 by Chris Gervino, KOMU 8 Sports Director
COLUMBIA - Sources tell KOMU that University of California Head Football Coach Sonny Dykes interviewed with Missouri Athletic Director Mack Rhoades in Denver today.
Dykes is 13-23 in three years as head coach at Cal, but has gone from one win to five wins to seven wins in those three (More)
Posted 6:15 PM 12/1/2015 by Micheala Sosby, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY - Columbia resident Malcolm Desean Redmon, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his role in a Boone County cocaine trafficking ring.
Redmon, also known as "Harp," pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in (More)
Posted 6:15 PM 12/1/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Amid the deals and bargains of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a day set aside for being thankful for what you have and giving back to the community.
"Giving Tuesday is a global movement in its fourth year as a movement," Central Missouri Humane Society (More)
Posted 6:13 PM 12/1/2015 by Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - According to the Regional Aids Interfaith Network, people ages 18-25 are more likely to test positive for HIV in mid-Missouri.
Cale Mitchell, executive director of Rain-Central Missouri said testing isn't as popular as it was in the 90's, partially due to the lack of celebrity (More)
Adv. - more news below
Posted 12:40 PM 10/7/2015 by Michael Lindquist, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – A report presented to Columbia City Council in September stated that illegal sewer connections are causing backups and overflows in residents homes.
That's led the City of Columbia to crack down on illegal sewer connections that are leading to messy situations around (More)
Posted 4:15 PM 12/1/2015 by Andria Kirkland, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Jefferson City Public School officials are rewriting next year’s Internet provider contract, anticipating that 2016 may bring in more tech-savvy students. Jefferson City Public Schools (JCPS) is implementing a technology program called “One to (More)