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Missouri extends MAC winning streak by downing Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- No. 18 Mizzou Wrestling earned a hard-fought dual win over MAC foe Buffalo, 28-11, Sunday afternoon (Dec. 15) to open MAC competition. The Tigers have now won 15 straight MAC duals. On Sunday, the Tigers won seven of the 10 bouts with two technical falls (157 and 174) and a pin (197). Mizzou improves to 3-2 on the year and 1-0 in MAC competition.

125-pounder Dack Punke got Mizzou started on the right foot with an 8-3 decision to give the team a 3-0 lead after the first bout. An NCAA qualifier a year ago, Punke is now 7-5 on the year.

After Buffalo jumped out to an 8-3 lead after wins at 133 and 141, Mizzou flipped the script with two of its best wrestlers in the middle portion of the lineup. Second-ranked Brock Mauller improved to 11-0 with a 4-2 decision over John Arceri to cut the lead to 8-6. Then, Mauller's former high school teammate No. 14 Jarrett Jacques was dominant at 157 pounds, earning a 24-9 technical fall in 6:40 over Buffalo's Hunter Shaut, giving Mizzou the lead back 11-8.

The dual was tied following 165 pounds as Luke Fortuna dropped a tough 6-4 decision to 21st-ranked Troy Keller.

That set the stage for Jeremiah Kent, who made his first career MAC dual start Sunday, squaring off against Buffalo's Jake Lanning. He needed just 5:31 to pick up a dominant 18-2 technical fall win to give Mizzou the lead back at 16-11.

Kent's win was the first of four-straight wins to close the dual as Mizzou ran away with the contest after it was tied at 11-11. No. 22 Dylan Wisman earned a 7-3 win at 184 and No. 22 Wyatt Koelling posted a fall over No. 25 Sam Schuyler despite trailing 4-2 late in the third. He tallied his pin with just six seconds remaining to seal the win and extend the lead to 25-11.

At heavyweight, Jacob Bohlken earned a 1-0 decision to close the dual.

Results:
125 - Dack Punke (7-5) vs. Jordan Reyes - W, 8-3 | 3-0
133 - Allan Hart (9-4) vs. Derek Spann - L, 20-4 Technical Fall (7:00) | 3-5
141 - Alex Butler (7-4) vs. Marcus Robinson - L, 4-3 | 3-8
149 - Brock Mauller (11-0) vs. John Arceri - W, 4-2 | 6-8
157 - Jarrett Jacques (13-1) vs. Hunter Shaut - W, 24-9 Technical Fall (6:40) |11-8
165 - Luke Fortuna (11-4) vs. Troy Keller - L, 6-4 | 11-11
174 - Jeremiah Kent (12-2) vs. Jake Lanning - W, 18-2 Technical Fall (5:31) | 16-11
184 - Dylan Wisman (6-2) vs. Pete Acciardi - W, 7-3 | 19-11
197 - Wyatt Koelling (10-1) vs. Sam Schuyler - W, Fall (6:54) | 25-11
HWT - Jacob Bohlken (9-2) vs. Nolan Terrence - W, 1-0 | 28-11

Mizzou will be back in action on Dec. 29-30 following the holidays as it heads to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the South Beach Duals where it will compete against Old Dominion, Cornell, Lehigh and NC State. For all the latest on Mizzou Wrestling, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the tam on social media (@MizzouWrestling on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).

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