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Barnes, Butler earn victories in Missouri's win over ODU

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In the final home dual of the 2015-16 season, Mizzou Wrestling (11-1, 7-0 MAC) dominated Old Dominion (4-9, 0-4 MAC), 29-6, on Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. With the win, Mizzou caps a perfect 7-0 season at home (6-0 in the Hearnes Center, 1-0 at Jesse Auditorium). The Tigers have not lost a dual at home over the last three seasons.

Before the dual, Mizzou honored its four seniors, redshirt senior 157-pounder Le'Roy Barnes (Belton, Mo.), redshirt senior 174-pounder Blaise Butler (Belvidere, Ill.), redshirt senior 184-pounder Cody Johnston (Warrensburg, Mo.), and redshirt senior heavyweight Mike Monaghan (Darien, Ill.) Barnes and Butler both picked up wins on the day for the Tigers.

Redshirt junior 141-pounder Matt Manley (Perry, Okla.) started the dual off for the Tigers with a 4-1 decision win over No. 10-ranked (FloWrestling) Chris Mecate. Manley trailed Mecate 1-0 heading into the third period, but Manley scored an escape and a takedown, then was awarded a stalling point for the 4-1 decision. Next, redshirt junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes (Mascoutah, Ill.) matched his career best start to a season with a 2-1 win over No. 7-ranked (W.I.N. Magazine) Alexander Richardson. With the win, Mayes improved to 21-0 overall, the second straight season Mayes has begun the season 21-0.

At 157-pounds, Barnes defeated Austin Eads, 10-5, to improve to 4-3 in dual competition. Barnes utilized two near-falls in the match, one for two points and another for four points, to gain a lead and capture the victory on Senior Day. Next, redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) blanked Seldon Wright, 8-0, for a major decision win, while Butler defeated Brooks Climmons, 11-3 for a major decision of his own.

Heading into the intermission, the Tigers led 17 to -1 after Old Dominion was deducted a team point due to two bench warnings.

The Tigers won three matches following the intermission, the first coming thanks to a forfeit from Old Dominion at 197 pounds. Junior 197-pounder J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.) earned the forfeit win for the Tigers. Redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Barlow McGhee (Rock Island, Ill.) and redshirt junior 133-pounder Zach Synon (Cary, Ill.) picked up the final wins on the day for Mizzou, each earning decision wins to give Mizzou the 29-6 victory.

The Tigers will hit the road for its next dual, traveling to DeKalb, Ill. for a MAC showdown with Northern Illinois on Sunday Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. CT.

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Results:
141: Matt Manley (Mizzou) def. Chris Mecate (Old Dominion) by 4-1 decision
149: Lavion Mayes (Mizzou) def. Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion) by 2-1 decision
157: Le'Roy Barnes (Mizzou) def. Austin Eads (Old Dominion) by 10-5 decision
165: Daniel Lewis (Mizzou) def. Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) by 8-0 major decision
174: Blaise Butler (Mizzou) def. Brooks Climmons (Old Dominion) by 11-3 major decision
184: Jack DeChow (Old Dominion) def. Cody Johnston (Mizzou) by 14-4 major decision
197: J'den Cox (Mizzou) won via forfeit
HWT: Austin Coburn (Old Dominion) def. James Romero (Mizzou) by 3-2 decision
125: Barlow McGhee (Mizzou) def. Brandon Jeske (Old Dominion) by 6-3 decision
133: Zach Synon (Mizzou) def. Josh Markham (Old Dominion) by 3-0 decision

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