COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 10 Mizzou Wrestling closed out its regular season on a high note Wednesday evening, recording a 34-12 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The Tigers (11-4, 7-1 MAC) recorded two falls and a technical fall as a team to top the Cougars (4-12, 4-3 SoCon) for the 10th time in the Coach Smith era. In the victory, four seniors who wrestled their final match inside the Hearnes Center earned victories.
Starting the dual for the second straight time, redshirt freshman heavyweight Austin Myers (Alexandria, Ky.) gave Mizzou an early lead after clinching a 3-1 decision over Jake McKierman in sudden victory. The match remained relatively even with each wrestler recording an escape, sending it to overtime. Just nine seconds into the period, Myers upended McKierman with a takedown and the victory for Mizzou.
SIUE took the lead following a sudden victory at 125 pounds and a fall in the 133 pound bout, but Mizzou quickly tied the score up thanks to redshirt freshman 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman (Columbia, Mo.). Eierman tallied the Tigers second win of the day with his team-leading fifth dual fall over Angelo Silvestro. Eierman maintained control of the entire bout, recording 10 takedowns before getting Silvestro to his back for six points, tying the dual, 9-9.
In his final match at the Hearnes, redshirt senior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes (Mascoutah, Ill.) propelled the Tigers into the lead with a 9-1 major decision over John Fahy. Mayes tabbed a takedown in the first and a pair of late-round takedowns in the third to give Mizzou the 13-9 advantage. With this major decision, Mayes now ties former Tiger All-American and current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley for fourth in Mizzou history for career major decisions with 28.
Making a spot start, redshirt senior 157-pounder Matt Manley (Perry, Okla.) took the mat for the Tigers looking to extend Mizzou's lead. After three grueling rounds, Manley and Tyshawn Williams moved to a sudden victory to decide the bout. Halfway into the round, Manley and Williams engaged in some punishing grappling on the mat. In a quick move, Manley toppled Williams to his back, earning his second fall of the season and putting Mizzou ahead, 19-9.
Following Manley's win, the Tigers took a commanding 28-12 lead thanks to a major decision victory by redshirt sophomore 165-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) and a technical fall win by redshirt senior 184-pounder Matt Lemanowicz (Lee's Summit, Mo.). Lewis posted his 17th bonus point win this season, while Lemanowicz earned his first technical fall of the season. Mizzou capped the scoring at 34-12 following a win by forfeit for senior 197-pounder J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.).
Mizzou now enters postseason competition, beginning with the MAC Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa, March 4-5, where The Tigers seek their fifth straight conference tournament title.
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HWT: Austin Myers (MIZ) dec. Jake McKiernan (SIUE): SV-1, 3-1
125: No. 15 Freddie Rodriguez (SIUE) dec. Barlow McGhee (MIZ):SV-1, 12-6
133: John Muldoon (SIUE) fall Chase Brennan (MIZ): 5:56
141: No. 9 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) fall Angelo Silvestro (SIUE): 5:44
149: No. 4 Lavion Mayes (MIZ) maj. dec. John Fahy (SIUE): 9-1
157: Matt Manley (MIZ) fall Tyshawn Williams (SIUE): 7:34
165: No. 5 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) maj. dec. Clayton Bass (SIUE): 16-2
174: Jake Residori (SIUE) dec. Dylan Wisman (MIZ): 5-2
184: Matt Lemanowicz (MIZ) tech. fall Jake Godinez (SIUE): 18-2 (5:52)
197: No. 1 J'den Cox (MIZ) win by forfeit