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Missouri defeats ODU to open MAC slate

Daniel Lewis won by technical fall (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Wrestling (7-0, 1-0 MAC) opened its conference schedule with a 36-3 win over Mid-American Conference foe Old Dominion on Saturday at the Hearnes Center. After dropping the opening the match, Mizzou rolled out nine straight victories, and received bonus point wins in the dual from redshirt junior 149-pounder Grant Leeth (Kearney, Mo.), redshirt junior 174-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt heavyweight Austin Myers (Alexandria, Ky.).

With the win, Mizzou remains undefeated in duals this season, improving to 7-0. The perfect start to the season is the ninth 7-0 start for Mizzou under head coach Brian Smith and the 11th all-time in program history.

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In the 149 pound bout, Leeth record the first official pin of his career when he put Kenan Carter on his back in the third period (Leeth had four falls during his redshirt season at Duke in 2014-15). After beginning the year unranked in the individual rankings, Leeth has skyrocketed to as high as No. 12 by FloWrestling, and is now 9-2 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in dual competition.

Lewis posted his ninth win by bonus points this season with his first technical fall of the season, as the two-time All-American defeated No. 20-ranked Seldon Wright, 15-0 in 6:05. Lewis was dominant from the first whistle, as he scored a takedown 11 seconds into the match and then recorded two four-point near falls before the end of the first period. Lewis finished off the technical fall with a third period takedown to record his sixth career technical fall. In 68 career wins, Lewis has now posted bonus point victories in 47-of-68 wins (69.1 percent).

Austin Meyers claimed a 13-2 victory at heavyweight (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

In the final match of the dual, Myers put the hammer down on Ali Wahab, winning the match by major decision, 13-2. Myers controlled the bout from the start, scoring a takedown 30 seconds into the match, then growing his lead to 10-0 with two four-point near falls before the end of the period. The deficit was too much for much for Wahab to come back, as Myers recorded his first major decision on the season.

QUOTABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Brian Smith

On Wyatt Koelling filling in for Willie Miklus…

"He got a win. That's good, that's hard to do. He's a freshman and you're bumping up a weight. That's not an easy thing to do in Division I, so I'm pleased with that. I think he can score more, so we'll talk about that and get him better. But it gives him an opportunity to get out there and compete and he did some good things."

On whether the team's aggressiveness after the intermission was due to something he said to them…

"No, the same thing I tell them all the time, keep shooting and you'll score more. The more shots you take, the more points you can score."

Mizzou redshirt junior 174-pounder Daniel Lewis

On getting out to a quick start in the first period…

"It's big. It sets my game plan in motion - to get on top and start working a guy, opening him up, imposing my will and making him feel all my weight, having him build up and work. So, first takedowns are huge and it really sets the tempo for what I want to do the rest of the match."

On how he feels going into conference action and whether he feels as if he's hit a stride…

"I definitely feel that I've hit a stride - I mean definitely not my peak though. That's for later in the season, but I feel comfortable doing some things. Each one of these duals shows me more that I can work on, so that's helpful. But I definitely feel like I'm in a pretty good stride -my conditioning is better, but I'm always working to improve."

UP NEXT

Next, Mizzou welcomes MAC opponent Ohio to the Hearnes Center for a dual on Sunday, Dec. 8. The dual is scheduled to start a 1 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast on the Mizzou Network.

For all the latest on Mizzou Wrestling, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MizzouWrestling).

Results:
125: No. 24 Michael McGee (ODU) dec. No. 15 Barlow McGhee (MIZ): 2-1 | MIZ 0, ODU 3
133: No. 8 John Erneste (MIZ) dec. Caleb Richardson: 4-0 | MIZ 3, ODU 3
141: No. 4 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) inj. def. No. 15 Alex Madrigal (ODU): 3:10 | MIZ 9, ODU 3
149: No. 12 Grant Leeth (MIZ) fall Kenan Carter (ODU): 5:59 | MIZ 15, ODU 3
157: No. 2 Joey Lavallee (MIZ) dec. Larry Early (ODU): 6-2 | MIZ 18, ODU 3
165: Connor Flynn (MIZ) dec. Luke Drugac (ODU): 4-2 | MIZ 21, ODU 3
174: No. 4 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) tech. fall No. 20 Seldon Wright (ODU): 15-0 (6:05) | MIZ 26, ODU 3
184: Canten Marriott (MIZ) dec. Antonio Agee (ODU): 8-2 | MIZ 29, ODU 3
197: Wyatt Koelling (MIZ) dec. Noah Bushman (ODU): 4-0 | MIZ 32, ODU 3
HWT: Austin Myers (MIZ) major dec. Ali Wahab (ODU): 13-2 | MIZ 36, ODU 3

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