Waters Earns Second Wrestler of the Week Honor
COLUMBIA -- For the second time this season, sophomore Alan Waters has been named as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office. Waters was recognized with the award back on Dec. 12, 2011, while junior Brent Haynes won the award last week. This is the first time that Mizzou has had three Wrestler of the Week winners since the 2006-07 season.
Waters was a perfect 3-0 at the Virginia Duals this past weekend, helping the Tigers reach the championship bout. He opened things up with a 4-2 victory over No. 19 Trent Sprinkle of North Dakota State, as Mizzou went on to win 24-9. In the semifinals against Edinboro, Waters defeated Kory Mines by a 6-2 score, helping the Tigers pull out a 19-16 victory. Despite the team loss in the championship to Kent State, Waters scored his second win of the year over No. 4 Nic Bedelyon. The two battled into overtime, with Waters scoring the decisive takedown in sudden victory. Waters is now 3-0 all-time against Bedelyon.
This season, Waters is 17-1 overall and 8-0 in duals. He is 6-1 on the year against top-20 wrestlers and has won 12 of his 17 matches with bonus points.
Waters and the Tigers have a week off before returning to action on Sunday, January 29. Missouri will travel to Edwardsville, Illinois for a quad-meet against Eastern Michigan, SIU-Edwardsville and Truman State, beginning at 1 P.M.