COLUMBIA, Mo. -- An incoming cold front pushed the dual up six hours, but it could not cool down No. 4 Mizzou Wrestling (13-0, 4-0 MAC), who routed Buffalo, 37-6, on Thursday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. With the win, Mizzou improved to 4-0 in MAC duals, winning the four duals by a combined score of 153-18.
Mizzou continues its pursuit of its perfect season, as the Tigers improve to 13-0 overall, just the third time in program history Mizzou has reached that mark. The 2017-18 campaign joins Mizzou's 15-0 start in 1967-68, and its 24-0 season in 2014-15.
After dropping the first match of the dual, the Tigers ripped off eight straight wins to secure its 13th victory of the season. Mizzou received bonus points wins in five matches, including falls from redshirt junior 174-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman (Columbia, Mo.).
Lewis recorded his team-leading 13th fall of the season with a pin over Ryan Kromer at 2:00. The Tiger junior is now 21-0 on the season (13-0 in duals), and has recorded bonus point wins in his past 11 matches, including seven falls during over that stretch. Lewis needs just one more fall this season to join the top-10 list for falls in a season in program history.
Eierman pinned Nick Casella at 1:53 to record his ninth fall on the season, improving to 19-1 on the season. Eierman has won 15 matches by bonus points this season, as he has also recorded two technical falls and four major decisions.
Three other Tigers scored bonus points, as redshirt sophomore 165-pounder Connor Flynn (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) recorded a technical fall, while redshirt senior 157-pounder Joey Lavallee (Reno, Nev.) and redshirt senior 197-pounder Willie Miklus (Altoona, Iowa) won by major decision.
Flynn improved to 16-6 on the season, while Lavallee moves to 20-1 and Miklus 12-3. Lavallee moves into sole possession of eighth place in program history with 24 career major decisions, while Miklus pulls within five major decisions to enter the top-10 with 18 career major decisions.
Mizzou Head Coach Brian Smith
On the teams win…
"It was a good win. We got some big wins at 165, 174 and 184, those three are really starting to wrestle with some consistency, especially Flynn and Marriott. I'm starting to see them continuing to win their positions, so that's a positive."
On the key to the 13-0 start…
"I think this team is doing a real good job of scoring first. They do a really good job of going out and scoring takedowns and are getting more turns, so I'm excited about how we continue to improve."
Mizzou will be back in action on Saturday at Noon (CT) when the Tigers host MAC-foe Eastern Michigan for its final home dual of the season. Prior to the dual, Mizzou will honor its seniors, Lavallee, redshirt senior 125-pounder Barlow McGhee (Rock Island, Ill.) and redshirt senior 125-pounder Aaron Assad (Brecksville, Ohio). Mizzou Network will once again provide a live stream of the dual.
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125: Justin Patrick (UB) SV-1 No. 22 Barlow McGhee (MIZ): 11-10 | MIZ 0, UB 3
133: No. 4 John Erneste (MIZ) wins by forfeit | MIZ 6, UB 3
141: No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) fall Nick Casella (UB): 1:53 | MIZ 12, UB 3
149: No. 4 Grant Leeth (MIZ) dec. Nick Palumbo (UB): 10-6 | MIZ 15, UB 3
157: No. 2 Joey Lavallee (MIZ) major dec. Kobe Garrehy (UB): 11-3 | MIZ 19, UB 3
165: No. 23 Connor Flynn (MIZ) tech. fall Noah Grover (UB): 15-0 (3:11) | MIZ 24, UB 3
174: No. 4 Daniel Lewis (MIZ) fall Ryan Kromer (UB): 2:00 | MIZ 30, UB 3
184: No. 18 Canten Marriott (MIZ) dec. Brett Perry (UB): 12-7 | MIZ 33, UB 3
197: No. 7 Willie Miklus (MIZ) major dec. Austin Weigel (UB): 11-3 | MIZ 37, UB 3
HWT: Ian James (UB) dec. Dante Jiovenetta (MIZ): 3-2 | MIZ 37, UB 6