COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 5 Mizzou Wrestling (4-0, 0-0 MAC) swept three duals on Sunday at the Hearnes Center, recording shutout victories in each dual as the Tigers defeated Missouri Valley, 52-0, Truman State, 58-0, and Central Missouri, 56-(-1). Mizzou was dominant throughout the day, as the Tigers won all 26 bouts that were wrestled, and recorded bonus points in 25 wins, including 17 falls, 15 of which occurred in the first period.
In the first match of the day, Mizzou bested Missouri Valley, 52-0, behind five falls, three technical falls and one major decision. The shutout was the first shutout in nearly three years for Mizzou, as the Tigers last blanked Truman State, 54-0, to open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 15, 2015. The victory marked head coach Brian Smith's 250th victory at Mizzou.
Mizzou then defeated Truman State, 58-0, in a dual that lasted less than 20 minutes, thanks to six first period falls and three forfeits from the Bulldogs. The 58-point margin of victory is the largest in program history, surpassing Mizzou's 56-0 win over Shippensburg State during the 1980-81 season.
Finally, Mizzou rolled through Central Missouri, 56-(-1) to cap the 3-0 day. Mizzou recorded six falls, two technical falls and a major decision in the win, while Central Missouri was docked a team point for arguing with the referee between the 149 and 157 pound bouts. The win was the second time in program history Mizzou has defeated a team with the opposition scoring negative points, as Mizzou defeated Old Dominion, 35 to -1, to open the 2012-13 season on Nov. 10, 2012.
Four Tigers; redshirt junior 133-pounder John Erneste (Kansas City, Mo.), redshirt 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman (Columbia, Mo.), redshirt junior 174-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore heavyweight Austin Myers (Alexandria, Ky.) recorded three falls on the day. Myers and Erneste each came within seconds of setting the program's fastest pin record, which was set by Rick Romero in the 1981-82 season when he pinned his opponent in 13 seconds. Myers needed just 15 seconds to pin Truman State's Ashton Mutuwa, while Erneste took 16 seconds to pin Central Missouri's Daide Agnew.
Lewis continued his impressive streak of bonus point wins with his three falls, as he has now posted bonus point wins in 42 of 61 career wins, a staggering 68.9 percent. Lewis now has 22 career falls, and is nearing the top-10 in Mizzou history in falls as four are tied for eighth-most with 27.
In his only two matches of the day, redshirt senior 157-pounder Joey Lavallee (Reno, Nev.) pinned both of his opponents, defeating Missouri Valley's Kenny Boyd in 3:35 and Central Missouri's Kaleb Warner in 1:46.
Mizzou Head Coach Brian Smith
"We got the job done today that we were looking for. This week, we worked on technique and things we missed in our Illinois dual. I saw a lot of improvement today on what we worked on, I saw a lot of turns and tilts, and obviously getting a lot of pins is a good thing. Sometimes, people expect you to win these matches, and you can have the wrong mindset going into the match, so that was a concern with the coaching staff all week. Overall, I really liked our energy and how we performed."
On his 250th win…
"I didn't win 250. There's a lot of young men that won 250 matches. I just sit back and enjoy it."
Mizzou will next wrestle in its first team tournament of the season, as the Tigers make the journey east to St. Charles, Mo., for the Lindenwood Open. The tournament is slated to begin at 9 a.m. (CT), and a live stream of the event will be available on FloWrestling for a fee.
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Mizzou 52, Missouri Valley 0
125: No. 19 Barlow McGhee (MIZ) dec. Jacob Seto (MV): 7-3 | MIZ 3, MV 0
133: No. 9 John Erneste (MIZ) fall Zack Durbin (MV): 3:23 | MIZ 9, MV 0
141: No. 4 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) fall A.J. Bindner (MV): 1:31 | MIZ 15, MV 0
149: No. 18 Grant Leeth (MIZ) tech. fall Seth Johnson (MV): 20-4 (5:29) | MIZ 20, MV 0
157: No. 2 Joey Lavallee (MIZ) fall Kenny Boyd (MV): 3:35 | MIZ 26, MV 0
165: Connor Flynn (MIZ) tech. fall Andrew Simmons (MV): 17-2 (4:07) | MIZ 31, MV 0
174: No. 5 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) fall Alex Destra (MV): 2:25 | MIZ 37, MV 0
184: Canten Marriott (MIZ) tech. fall Tristan Ramberg (MV): 16-0 (3:41) | MIZ 42, MV 0
197: No. 3 Willie Miklus (MIZ) major dec. Donovan Fouchey (MV): 13-3 | MIZ 46, MV 0
HWT: Austin Myers (MIZ) fall Jessie Gomez (MV): 0:43 | MIZ 52, MV 0
Mizzou 58, Truman State 0
125: No. 19 Barlow McGhee (MIZ) winner by forfeit | MIZ 6, TSU 0
133: No. 9 John Erneste (MIZ) fall Caleb Osborn (TSU): 1:43 | MIZ 12, TSU 0
141: No. 4 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) fall Nick Peglow (TSU): 0:48 | MIZ 18, TSU 0
149: Alex Butler (MIZ) major dec. Dakota Schutter (TSU): 17-5 | MIZ 22, TSU 0
157: No. 2 Joey Lavallee (MIZ) winner by forfeit | MIZ 28, TSU 0
165: Connor Flynn (MIZ) fall Zach Taylor (TSU): 1:06 | MIZ 34, TSU 0
174: No. 5 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) fall Malik Beverly (TSU): 0:34 | MIZ 40, TSU 0
184: Wyatt Koelling (MIZ) fall Shane Gallagher (TSU): 0:45 | MIZ 46, TSU 0
197: No. 3 Willie Miklus (MIZ( winner by forfeit | MIZ 52, TSU 0
HWT: Austin Myers (MIZ) fall Ashton Mutuwa (TSU): 0:15 | MIZ 58, TSU 0
Mizzou 56, Central Missouri -1
125: No. 19 Barlow McGhee (MIZ) winner by forfeit | MIZ 6, UCM 0
133: No. 9 John Erneste (MIZ) fall Daide Agnew (UCM): 0:16 | MIZ 12, UCM 0
141: No. 4 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) fall Zach Schridde (UCM): 1:08 | MIZ 18, UCM 0
149: No. 18 Grant Leeth (MIZ) tech. fall Andrew Tujague (UCM): 17-1 (5:49) | MIZ 23, UCM 0
*CENTRAL MISSOURI DEDUCTED A TEAM POINT*
157: No. 2 Joey Lavallee (MIZ) fall Kaleb Warner (UCM): 1:46 | MIZ 29, UCM -1
165: Connor Flynn (MIZ) tech. fall Jack Flack (UCM): 20-2 (2:47) | MIZ 34, UCM -1
174: No. 5 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) fall Tyler Selemaga (UCM): 1:04 | MIZ 40, UCM -1
184: Canten Marriott (MIZ) major dec. Dylan Bollinger (UCM): 15-5 | MIZ 44, UCM -1
197: No. 3 Willie Miklus (MIZ) fall Dominique Hamilton (UCM): 1:57 | MIZ 50, UCM -1
HWT: Austin Myers (MIZ) fall Noah McGinnis (UCM): 1:55 | MIZ 56, UCM -1