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Missouri tops UNI to extend winning streak to 32

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Fifth-ranked Mizzou Wrestling extended its winning streak to 32 consecutive duals as it earned a top-15 win by toppling No. 14 Northern Iowa, 29-12, Thursday night at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou is now 12-0 this season and has not lost a dual since Feb. 12, 2017, which coincidentally was against UNI as Mizzou avenged that loss Thursday.

Mizzou earned two wins over ranked opponents in the dual win, including senior 174-pounder No. 4 Daniel Lewis picking up a pin of eighth-ranked Taylor Jujan. Freshman Brock Mauller upset the nation's No. 8 wrestler at 141 and John Erneste picked up his sixth pin of the season at 133 to highlight the dual.

"I was nervous coming into the dual because Northern Iowa was sending five ranked wrestlers out against us and we had to forfeit a weight, but our guys got out there and got it done tonight and I'm proud of the way that they continue to compete," head coach Brian Smith said. "The winning streak is great for our program and great for our fans, but so many of the guys wrestling now weren't on the team when it started. We are a young team, so to see them continue to win every time we step out to compete has been fun."

Freshman 125-pounder Dack Punke got Mizzou started on the right foot as he earned a 6-3 decision in a hard-fought opening bout. He went up 6-2 through the first two periods with three very strategic shots. He then fended off UNI's Jay Scwarm in the third to hold on for the win, his third in four bouts.

At 133, No. 10 Erneste was dominant against his UNI counterpart, earning a fall in 2:39, his sixth pin of the season. He has won four straight bouts dating back to the South Beach Duals.

In a match that featured a pair of top-10 wrestlers, Mizzou's third-ranked Jaydin Eierman and UNI's Josh Alber wrestled to a 2-2 tie heading into the third period. Eierman began down and earned an escape, but Albers landed a takedown with less than 10 seconds remaining to earn the win, putting UNI on the scoreboard.

In another bout featuring top-15 wrestlers, Mizzou's 11th-ranked Mauller tallied a key takedown late in the first period against No. 8 Max Thomsen, taking a 2-0 lead into the second. He started the period on top and quickly turned that into a four-point near fall, extending the lead to 6-0. He held on for a 9-3 win to earn the upset as he improves to 21-1 in his freshman season.

Another Mizzou true freshman Jarrett Jacques kept it rolling at 157 pounds, earning a dominant major decision at 12-4, extending Mizzou's lead to 16-3. He is now 19-5 in his true freshman season. After intermission, No. 13 Connor Flynn lost a tough 7-1 bout against No. 11 Bryce Steiert as UNI cut into the lead, moving the dual score to 16-6.

Senior No. 4 Lewis earned his 10th pin of the season, needing just 1:42 to do so against eighth-ranked Taylor Lujan. It was ninth pin in his last 13 bouts as he has now won nine consecutive bouts while remaining undefeated in dual competition (12-0).

Mizzou forfeited at 184 pounds to pull the dual score to 22-12 and then No. 16 Wyatt Koelling took the mat at 197. The two were knotted at 1-1 in the third after a pair of escapes and Koelling tallied a takedown with 1:22 remaining in the third to take a 3-1 lead. He earned a stall point and added 1:29 of riding time to earn a 5-1 decision.

At heavyweight, freshman Zach Elam was methodical in a 10-2 major decision, giving Mizzou a 29-12 win and second straight over Northern Iowa.

Results:
125: Dack Punke (MU) dec. Jay Schwarm (UNI), 6-3
133: #10 John Erneste (MU) pinned Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI), 2:39
141: #8 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. #3 Jaydin Eierman (MU), 4-3
149: #13 Brock Mauller (MU) dec. #9 Max Thomsen (UNI), 9-3
157: #16 Jarrett Jacques (MU) maj. dec. Patrick Schoenfelder (UNI), 12-4
165: #12 Bryce Steiert (UNI) dec. #13 Connor Flynn (MU), 7-1
174: #4 Daniel Lewis (MU) pinned #8 Taylor Lujan (UNI), 1:42
184:#6 Drew Foster (UNI) by forfeit
197: Wyatt Koelling (MU) dec. Tyrell Gordon (UNI), 5-1
285: Zach Elam (MU) maj. dec. Izaak Shedenhelm (UNI), 10-2

UP NEXT
Mizzou will remain in Columbia this weekend as it will host Central Michigan at Mizzou Arena as part of the Athletic Department's Beauty & The Beast, alongside Mizzou Gymnastics. The event will begin at 1 p.m.

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smeadium (1) about 7 months ago
Was this televised anywhere? Anyone know where I can watch a replay?