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MU grapplers win big in Missouri, head to National Dual Championship.

After winning the Missouri Regional Feb. 17, the MU Tigers wrestling team continues its quest to become the 2013 NWCA National Duals Champions this weekend at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. The Tigers will need to grapple past top-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 4 Minnesota and No. 5 Ohio State if they want to be crowned champions in this year's event. The NWCA Cliff Keen National Championship features eight of the nation’s top-10 teams.

MU faces Ohio State at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The second round begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The event will conclude with a championship final and a consolation third-place match at 7 p.m.

Update:Tigers take third place, defeat Iowa, in the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals

For the second time in as many days, the Tigers topped a higher-ranked opponent. Saturday night the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes fell victim to the No. 6 Tigers in the third place match of the 2013 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals. Mizzou trailed by seven with three weight classes remaining, but wins by seniors Mike Larson, Brent Haynes, and Dom Bradley propelled the Tigers to victory. Top-ranked Hawkeyes Matt McDonough (125) and Derek St. John (157) both lost to No. 4 Alan Waters and No. 19 Kyle Bradley, respectively.

Junior Alan Waters capped off a fantastic weekend in Minnesota with a win over the No. 1-ranked McDonough. Waters got on the board early with a takedown 30 seconds into the bout, which was all Mizzou's leadoff man needed. Waters added an escape in the second and a riding time point after two minutes of advantage over the top-ranked 125 pounder.

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