Missouri earns 23-15 win over ISU in season finale

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Fifth-ranked Mizzou Wrestling closed its regular season with a 23-15 win over No. 11 Iowa State to finish the 2018-19 campaign with a 16-1 record. RS senior Daniel Lewis earned his 47th career pin in a Mizzou singlet, tied for the second-most in school history, trailing only two-time Hodge Trophy winner Ben Askren who had 91 in his career. Lewis wasn't the only Tiger to impress as RS senior John Erneste earned a technical fall over the nation's No. 8 wrestler and junior Jaydin Eierman also tallied a pin, his fifth straight and team-leading 14th this season.

Mizzou finishes the regular season with just one loss, coming at the hands of No. 2 Oklahoma State in a 19-15 decision. Mizzou has won 36 of its last 37 duals. The Tigers finish the regular season with a 9-1 mark against ranked teams.

The dual started at heavyweight as the two programs agreed to finish the dual at 197 pounds to honor former Mizzou wrestler Willie Miklus, who transferred to Iowa State this season to be closer to home as his father battles ALS. Freshman Zach Elam took the mat at heavyweight against Gannon Gremmel and the two were knotted at 3-3 following regulation. Elam nearly got a takedown as time expired in the first sudden victory period, but Gremmel had a hold of his foot. Gremmel then scored a takedown midway through the second sudden victory period, the seventh period of the bout, to earn a 5-3 win.

The dual then flipped back over to 125 pounds as Dack Punke and nationally ranked Alex Mackall took the mat. Punke trailed 3-2 late in the third and tried to land a shot late, but it was fended off by Mackall, who won a 4-2 decision after racking up 1:21 of advantage time.

In a top-10 matchup at 133, Erneste established his dominance over No. 8 Austin Gomez quickly in the first period. He scored a takedown with 39 seconds left in the first and wrapped up a cradle as time was expiring. He couldn't land the pin, but picked up a four-point nearfall to take a 6-0 lead into the second period. Erneste nearly pinned him again in the second, scoring another four-point nearfall. It was the exact same script in the third as he again nearly put Gomez on his back as a four-point nearfall wrapped up a 22-6 technical fall.

In a top-15 matchup at 141, Eierman tallied his team-leading 14th pin of the season with seven seconds remaining in the second period. It was his fifth straight win, all coming by fall.

At 149, freshman Brock Mauller was upset by No. 13 Jarrett Degen, 11-4. It was Mauller's second loss this season to Degen as his only two have come to the Cyclone 149-pounder. It snapped a 15-bout personal win streak for Mauller and pulled the dual score to 11-9 heading into intermission.

At 157, true freshman Jarrett Jacques grinded out a 5-2 decision, scoring a pair of takedowns, including one at the buzzer in the third. That extended Mizzou's dual lead to 14-9 as he improved to 23-6 on the year. Connor Flynn made it two straight for Mizzou following the intermission, grinding out a 4-2 win at 165 to extend Mizzou's lead to 17-9.

Lewis picked up his 47th career fall in just 2:03 at 174 pounds, extending the lead to 23-9. At 184, Dyaln Wisman came up on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision in a top-20 bout and Miklus earned a 4-0 win at 197 to close the dual.

285: Gannon Gremmel (ISU) dec. Zach Elam (MU), 5-3 SV-2
125: Alex Mackall (ISU) dec. Dack Punke (MU), 4-2
133: John Erneste (MU) tech. fall Austin Gomez (ISU), 22-6 (6:20)
141: Jaydin Eierman (MU) pinned Ian Parker (ISU), 4:53
149: Jarrett Degen (ISU) dec. Brock Mauller (MU), 11-4
157: Jarrett Jacques (MU) dec. Chase Straw (ISU), 5-2
165: Connor Flynn (MU) dec. Logan Schumacher (ISU), 4-2
174: Daniel Lewis (MU pinned Marcus Coleman (ISU), 2:03
184: Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Dylan Wisman (MU), 3-2
197: Willie Miklus (ISU) dec. Wyatt Koelling (MU), 4-0


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