MATT MANLEY, Gladiator of Missouri
Matt Manley is a graduate from the Perry High School wrestling program in Oklahoma. While there, Matt lead his team to 3 state titles and 4 dual state titles as well as earning 3 individual state titles at 103lbs, 112lbs, and 126lbs. Graduating from Perry in 2012, Matt’s career record was 171 wins and 17 losses, the most wins in school history. Upon graduation Matt signed to wrestle at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou, Matt helped his team to four top 10 team finishes at the NCAA tournament as well as a National Duals championship in 2015 and 5 straight MAC Conference Titles. Manley was also a 2X placer at the MAC Conference tournament placing 6th in 2014 and 2nd in 2016 and was also named MAC wrestler of the week during his career. Matt was an NCAA qualifier in 2014 at 133lbs and an NCAA qualifier in 2016 at 141lbs before finishing his career in 2017 at 157lbs. In Freestyle while at Mizzou, Matt was a 2016 University All-American at 65kilos. Matt’s overall record at Mizzou was 67 wins and 27 losses.
Drake Houdashelt, Gladiator OF Texas
Drake is a graduate from Ft. Zumwalt West in O’Fallon Missouri where he won two state championships before graduation in 2010. Upon graduation, Drake attended the University of Missouri where he would help lead his teams to 3 MAC championships, 1 Big 12 championship, and 3 top ten NCAA National Tournament finishes. While at Mizzou, Drake was a 3X all-American including an NCAA national champion in 2015 at 149lbs. Upon dominating his way to a national title, Drake earned MAC wrestler of the year honors in 2015 as well as outstanding wrestler in the MAC tournament. Houdashelt was also the first Mizzou wrestler to win 4 conference titles (2012-BIG12/157lbs, 2013-2015 MAC/149lbs). Drake finished his career at Mizzou with a career record of 134 wins and only 23 losses which places him in third for all time wins at Mizzou. After graduation, Houdashelt accepted a graduate assistant coaching position with the University of Missouri at which he helped the tigers to a MAC Championship and 6th place NCAA finish in 2016.