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As a fan I've never seen a better atmosphere for wrestling than a packed West Gym. There is an energy and a closeness to the action that just isn't matched in bigger arenas. Even a full capacity Carver can't match the atmosphere.

 

I would much prefer for Mizzou to hold their home duals in a smaller gym, and move out of Hearnes (13k+ capacity) - which is off-campus. In the middle of campus they have Brewer Fieldhouse, which used to (at one point) seat around 5k but has been renovated over the years and turned into the student rec center. I haven't been in there in 20 years, but I'm sure it would not take much to turn it into a couple-thousand-seat venue. I'm sure they would be able to pull a good amount of students to home meets who don't usually go, as there are dorms literally all around it. The energy & excitement that the wrestlers and fans feel at a dual is part of the experience, and when there is 800 people at the cavernous & dreary Hearnes Arena the atmosphere is pretty much dead.

 

Agreed

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some schools with small arenas like duke actually make more money off the smaller arenas than if they built a big one since they are always full the cost of the facility is low and they charge donations in order to get on the ticket list I can see small arenas like cornell really paying off when even a small dual is packed an exciting

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This all does seem ironic to me though (size of venue), given the fact that everyone screams for "growing the sport," yet, literally, UNI cannot grow the sport, due to the fact that we can't get anymore people into the gym.

 

We can grow it financially, but in terms of butts in seats, it cannot grow any more at UNI. :?:

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If Mizzou built something like the The Friedman Wrestling Center at Cornell that would be awesome. . Replicate their wrestling facilities at Hearnes with a smaller arena included. It would be a top 5 facility in the Country. If I was recruit and saw something that cool that could hold around 2000 people and it was dedicated to wrestling I would be intrigued.

 

BTW, If Jensen gasses like he did in the OU meet... I see Mizzou winning at 157.

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Watching that match, it appeared Jensen didn't know the "bicycle move". When the opponent is continually "catching and releasing" you, you need to get on the bike and flee the mat. Sure, it costs you a point, but at least you get some time to catch your composure and have a truly neutral restart.

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This all does seem ironic to me though (size of venue), given the fact that everyone screams for "growing the sport," yet, literally, UNI cannot grow the sport, due to the fact that we can't get anymore people into the gym.

 

We can grow it financially, but in terms of butts in seats, it cannot grow any more at UNI. :?:

 

You don't build a church for Easter Sunday.

 

UNI is doing a great job and I really do think it is better to turn people away to build a program than it is to have empty seats. 20 Mile March... I am a much greater fan of sustainable growth.

 

I actually think staying in Rec Hall has helped Penn State. People fight to get into the Lock Haven dual, not because it is the most competitive, but because it may be their only chance to attend a home Penn State dual. Even with Iowa having a lot of fans they have huge swings in attendance figures from event to event which does impact the atmosphere. Part of the reason Pitt at the Bryce Jordan sold out and was so successful, in my opinion, was the novelty of it.

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Watching that match, it appeared Jensen didn't know the "bicycle move". When the opponent is continually "catching and releasing" you, you need to get on the bike and flee the mat. Sure, it costs you a point, but at least you get some time to catch your composure and have a truly neutral restart.

 

I'm not so sure that Jensen ran out of gas as much as he panicked. At the time, and upon replay I still say this, what he was desperately trying to do was get in on a leg and hold on until the end of the match. Yes, part of that was from being a bit out of gas, but he would immediately dive in just to get a hold of a leg. That's what led to the points getting racked up so quickly.

 

He also may or may not be at 157 Friday. Time will tell.

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i sure wish Maryland would stop hosting duals in the cavernous Comcast Area. Its an A+ facility but also about 15,000 seats too many for wrestling. Cole Fieldhouse or the Ritchie Coliseum would be much better but the Athletic Department doesn't seem to want to use them for varsity sports. not sure if they're obligated to have everything in the Comcast center or what but it's kind of a shame.

 

i like the intimate area and then once a year having an event in the big basketball arenas if a program can pull it off.

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i sure wish Maryland would stop hosting duals in the cavernous Comcast Area. Its an A+ facility but also about 15,000 seats too many for wrestling. Cole Fieldhouse or the Ritchie Coliseum would be much better but the Athletic Department doesn't seem to want to use them for varsity sports. not sure if they're obligated to have everything in the Comcast center or what but it's kind of a shame.

 

i like the intimate area and then once a year having an event in the big basketball arenas if a program can pull it off.

 

I have been to the Terp Duals at the Comcast Center Arena and agree that it is not a great venue for the program but aren't most of the season duals at the Comcast Center Pavilion? I enjoy watching duals at the Pavilion a lot more than the Arena. http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml ... =208133542

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i sure wish Maryland would stop hosting duals in the cavernous Comcast Area. Its an A+ facility but also about 15,000 seats too many for wrestling. Cole Fieldhouse or the Ritchie Coliseum would be much better but the Athletic Department doesn't seem to want to use them for varsity sports. not sure if they're obligated to have everything in the Comcast center or what but it's kind of a shame.

 

i like the intimate area and then once a year having an event in the big basketball arenas if a program can pull it off.

 

I have been to the Terp Duals at the Comcast Center Arena and agree that it is not a great venue for the program but aren't most of the season duals at the Comcast Center Pavilion? I enjoy watching duals at the Pavilion a lot more than the Arena. http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml ... =208133542

 

ah, that would make a lot more sense and also yes i am an idiot. i was at the ACC championships in the (mostly empty) arena but never made it to a regular dual. just saw on the press releases that it took place at the Comcast 'Center' but never made the distinction between the two gyms. i've even been in the Pavilion before just thought it was only a practice gym!

 

anyway, thanks for the correction to my derpy complaint. now i need to try and make it to one of their remaining meets!

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UNI to Defend Perfect Record Against No. 7 Mizzou

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications

Release: Wednesday 01/22/2014

 

No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 5 UNI

Site: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Venue: West Gym

Date: Friday, Jan. 24

Time: 7 p.m. (CT)

Live stream: UNIPanthers.com

Tickets: (319) 273-4849

 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI wrestling faces its second top 10 opponent in as many weeks when undefeated Missouri invades the West Gym on Military Appreciation Night Friday.

 

The Panthers will look to avenge last year’s 27-9 loss to Mizzou. The latest wrestling polls have mixed opinions on the strongest team when it comes to Missouri and UNI. The weekly InterMat and NCAA polls favor UNI. However, the latest MAC poll gives the edge to Missouri, the reigning conference champs.

 

There are four undefeated teams in the top 10, including Missouri and UNI.

 

“I keep telling our guys they need to be ready to wrestle, but those teams need to be ready to wrestle us,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “And wrestle us on our home turf and wrestle a team that is very confident right now.”

 

The Panthers are coming off a big win after knocking off No. 4 Oklahoma for the second year in a row. Last year’s win earned the team a spot in the national rankings.

 

“I really like where we are at. I like how our guys are coming together as a team,” said Schwab. “They are getting to the point now where when they step out there with anyone, they expect to win. They expect to win no matter who they step out there against.”

 

MATCHUPS

 

UNI has earned the most points against teams in the lighter weights, while most of Missouri’s ranked wrestlers compete at 149 pounds and heavier.

 

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT

 

The Iowa National Guard will be presented with a specially designed singlet for its service to the nation and sponsorship of the dual. In addition, two veterans will be honored for their service prior to the start of the dual.

 

The first 150 fans through the doors will receive a camouflage UNI wrestling hat, courtesy of Roling Ford.

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No. 7-Wrestling Puts Perfect Season on Line at No. 5 UNI, NIU

No. 7 Mizzou and No. 5 Northern Iowa both will put their undefeated seasons on the line for Friday night's dual

 

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Jan. 23, 2014

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Behind a major decision win by true freshman J'den Cox, the seventh-ranked Tigers defeated Central Michigan 16-15 last weekend in Mount Pleasant, Mich., to improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season. They will put their unblemished record (4-0, 2-0) on the line this weekend, starting Friday night at the West Gym, home to the No. 5 Northern Iowa Panthers (6-0, 3-0). The Tigers will then head to DeKalb, Ill., for a date with Northern Illinois (6-7, 1-3) on Saturday afternoon.

 

Mizzou, fresh off their conference victory over the Chippewas, will have their hands full Friday night with the Panthers, who are also coming off one of the biggest upsets of the 2013-14 season. The Panthers topped No. 4 Oklahoma this past weekend on the road with a 19-17 over an undefeated Sooner program. The win helped the Panthers jump four spots in this week's USA Today/NWCA/AWN Coaches Poll to No. 5, their highest ranking under Head Coach Doug Schwab.

 

The Tigers hope to continue their recent dominance over Northern Iowa, having won the last four meetings including a 27-9 win last year at UNI. Friday night will feature seven wrestlers ranked in the top-10 of their respective weight classes, including great showdowns at 165 pounds between Mizzou's No. 8 Zach Toal and No. 10 Cooper Moore of UNI, as well as at 184 between Tiger-captain No. 15 Johnny Eblen and UNI-senior No. 5 Ryan Loder.

 

"This is the best Northern Iowa team I've seen in over 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level," Head Coach Brian Smith said of the UNI program. "Doug (Schwab) has done a great job getting his guys to reach the level they are at now. Their first three weights are bonus-point machines, and they just got their 184-pound All-American (Ryan Loder) back in the lineup. They really don't have a weak spot and are solid all the way through, and I think we are too, so it is going to be a competitive match. We are going to have to step in to West Gym and be ready to compete with the crowd noise and the intensity of the matchup. It should be a great atmosphere."

 

Coming into Friday's action, the Tigers hold on to the top spot in the MAC-rankings, with Northern Iowa ranked right behind them at No. 2. Action begins at 7 p.m. from West Gym on the UNI campus.

Following Friday's dual, Mizzou will make its way to Northern Illinois for a Saturday matinee with the Huskies, beginning at 2 p.m. The Tigers sport a 12-2 all-time record against NIU, who looks to get back to the .500 mark against Brian Smith's squad.

 

BOUTCARD at No. 5 Northern Iowa (Friday, 7 p.m.)

125: Zach Synon, RSFr. (27-9) OR Barlow McGhee, Fr. (16-4) vs. No. 6 Dylan Peters, Fr. (21-4)

133: Matt Manley, RSFr. (19-6) OR vs. No. 1 Joe Colon, Sr. (20-1)

141: Lavion Mayes, RSFr. (20-8) OR Trevor Jauch, So. (16-3) vs. No. 19 Joey Lazor, Sr. (9-3)

149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, Jr. (23-1) vs. Tyler Patten, RSFR. (17-9)

157: Joey Lavallee, Fr. (19-5) vs. Jarrett Jensen, So. (7-5)

165: No. 8 Zach Toal, Sr. (19-3) vs. No. 10 Cooper Moore, RSFr. (17-5)

174: No. 18 Mikey England, Jr. (13-7) vs. Cody Caldwell, So. (11-7)

184: No. 15 Johnny Eblen, Jr. (18-6) vs. No. 5 Ryan Loder, Sr. (4-0)

197: No. 5 J'den Cox, Fr. (22-2) vs. Basil Minto, Jr. (14-8)

HWT: Devin Mellon, Jr. (16-7) vs. Blaize Cabell, So. (15-9)

 

 

BOUTCARD at Northern Illinois (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

125: Zach Synon, RSFr. (27-9) OR Barlow McGhee, Fr. (16-4) vs. Nick Harrison, RSSo.

133: Matt Manley, RSFr. (19-6) OR vs. Nick Smith, Sr.

141: Lavion Mayes, RSFr. (20-8) OR Trevor Jauch, So. (16-3) vs. Tyler Argue, Jr.

149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, Jr. (23-1) vs. Rob Jillard, Sr.

157: Joey Lavallee, Fr. (19-5) vs. Andrew Morse, So.

165: No. 8 Zach Toal, Sr. (19-3) vs. Sam Bennett, RSJr. OR Shaun'Qae McMurty, RSFr.

174: No. 18 Mikey England, Jr. (13-7) vs. Matt Mougin, RSSr.

184: No. 15 Johnny Eblen, Jr. (18-6) vs. Caleb Busson, RSJr.

197: No. 5 J'den Cox, Fr. (22-2) vs. Shawn Scott, RSFr.

HWT: Devin Mellon, Jr. (16-7) vs. Jared Torrence, RSSr.

 

 

FOLLOW LIVE

Live Stream (both duals): MAC-sports.com

Stats/Results: trackwrestling.com

Live in-match updates: @MizzouWrestling

 

WHAT'S NEXT

The Tigers don't slow down for the next couple of weekend's, with two more top-10 matchups coming next weekend when Mizzou heads back on the road for duals against No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 9 Oklahoma State. The squad will then host Buffalo and Eastern Michigan at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in what will be the first action at the Hearnes Center for the Tigers this year.

 

Mizzou's matchup on Feb. 7 versus Buffalo will be a part of Mizzou Athletics' annual Beauty and the Beast event, where both Mizzou Wrestling and Mizzou's Gymnastics team compete simultaneously. Tickets for the event are on sale now at MUTigers.com/tickets.

 

Stay tuned with everything Tiger Style wrestling by following the program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also join the conversation by using hashtag #TigerStyle.

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i sure wish Maryland would stop hosting duals in the cavernous Comcast Area. Its an A+ facility but also about 15,000 seats too many for wrestling. Cole Fieldhouse or the Ritchie Coliseum would be much better but the Athletic Department doesn't seem to want to use them for varsity sports. not sure if they're obligated to have everything in the Comcast center or what but it's kind of a shame.

 

i like the intimate area and then once a year having an event in the big basketball arenas if a program can pull it off.

 

Come on! HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK. It echoes throughout the Comcast Center so much better with so many empty seats. Too bad we don't get to hear, "Hear comes the ASPERATOR!" anymore.......

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Come on! HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK. It echoes throughout the Comcast Center so much better with so many empty seats. Too bad we don't get to hear, "Hear comes the ASPERATOR!" anymore.......

 

maybe its just funny to me but instead of ASPIRATOR i always heard A$$ PARADER.

 

also, i understand the desire to come up with a play on words but aspirate is probably one of the least intimidating words in the english language.

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Come on! HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK. It echoes throughout the Comcast Center so much better with so many empty seats. Too bad we don't get to hear, "Hear comes the ASPERATOR!" anymore.......

 

maybe its just funny to me but instead of ASPIRATOR i always heard A$$ PARADER.

 

also, i understand the desire to come up with a play on words but aspirate is probably one of the least intimidating words in the english language.

 

"You think thier is 3 but there is really only one"

Had to sit behind him once at the NCAA tournament it was funny for a little while but it got old fairly quickly

 

Go Tigers

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i sure wish Maryland would stop hosting duals in the cavernous Comcast Area. Its an A+ facility but also about 15,000 seats too many for wrestling. Cole Fieldhouse or the Ritchie Coliseum would be much better but the Athletic Department doesn't seem to want to use them for varsity sports. not sure if they're obligated to have everything in the Comcast center or what but it's kind of a shame.

 

i like the intimate area and then once a year having an event in the big basketball arenas if a program can pull it off.

 

Come on! HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK....HEADLOCK SHEPTOCK. It echoes throughout the Comcast Center so much better with so many empty seats. Too bad we don't get to hear, "Hear comes the ASPERATOR!" anymore.......

Of their three home meets so far this season, two have been at the Comcast Pavilion (the Terrapin Duals and Pitt), and only one (the Penn dual, due to a scheduling conflict with women's gymnastics doing a closed-doors intrasquad) was held at the Comcast Center, ie. the big gym. The only reason I remember that dual against Penn is because, of course, I was there.

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