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Missouri extends MAC winning streak to 17 with win over Ohio

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 23 Mizzou Wrestling extended its MAC winning streak to 17 consecutive duals with a 22-12 win over Ohio Friday night (Jan. 10) at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou won seven of the 10 weight classes over the Bobcats as the Tigers are now 8-0 all-time against the MAC foe, including a perfect 7-0 since moving to the conference. Mizzou is now 6-4 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in MAC competition following the win.

"For me as a coach, I feel like I did something wrong because I didn't have my team ready to wrestle," Coach Brian Smith said. "It wasn't every match, but that's what I saw. Ohio came out with fight and they had opportunities when we made mental mistakes in matches. We can't beat good teams if you're going to do that. Not a disrespect to Ohio, but we did not wrestle well."

Friday's dual started at 165 pounds, and Peyton Mocco needed an exciting third-period to pull off an exciting 4-3 comeback win. He started down in the third, earned an escape and then took Nick Vestal down and rode him out for the last half minute to secure the 4-3 win.

At 174 pounds, Jeremiah Kent was pinned by Ohio's Logan Stanley in 3:25, despite a dowminant first period. Dylan Wisman righted the ship for Mizzou with a dominant 16-4 major decision with 2:38 of riding time to put Mizzou on top, 7-6, moving to 197. It was Wisman's second major decision this season.

At 197, Wyatt Koelling made it two straight wins for Mizzou as he used a takedown in the firs sudden victory period to take a 3-1 win back to the bench. That extended Mizzou's lead to 10-6.

The Tigers dropped a tough heavyweight bout as Jacob Bohlken was victim of a late takedown at the hands of Jordan Earnest, who escaped with a 4-3 victory, despite a late escape by Bohlken. Mizzou led, 10-9, moving into intermission. The Tigers were presented with their 2019 MAC Championship rings during the intermission.

AS the dual flipped back to the lighter weights, Mizzou 125-pounder Dack Punke turned in the dual's most exciting win. Down 3-1 late in the third after a takedown, Punke earned an escape and immediately took down his opponent, Giovanni DiSabato, to take a 4-3 lead with less than 30 seconds. He rode him out to secure the win and ignite the Hearnes Center crowd.

Cameron Valdiviez earned another dominant win for Mizzou with an 8-2 decision, piling up 3:13 or riding time over Trevor Giallambardo. That extended Mizzou's lead to 16-9. Returning All-American Grant Leeth extended Mizzou's lead to 19-9 with an 8-4 win over Shakur Laney.

All-American and fifth-ranked Brock Mauller then grinded out a 2-0 win over Ohio's Alec Hagan, scoring one point with 1:47 of riding time.

At 157 pounds, 2019 NCAA qualifier Jarrett Jacques dropped a 3-2 decision to Zac Carson to close the night, but Mizzou had more than secured enough points for the victory at that point.

Results:
165: Peyton Mocco (15-7) vs. Nick Vestal - W, 4-3 | 3-0
174: Jeremiah Kent (15-5) vs. So. Logan Stanley - L, Fall (3:25) | 3-6
184: No. 23 Dylan Wisman (9-4) vs. Hunter Yeargen - W, 16-4 (2:38 RT) Major Decision | 7-6
197: No. 24 Wyatt Koelling (13-3) vs. R-Jr. Jake Walker - W, 3-1 (SV-1) | 10-6
HWT: Jacob Bohlken (9-6) vs. R-Fr. Jordan Earnest - L, 4-3 | 10-9
125: Dack Punke (11-7) vs. R-Fr. Giovanni DiSabato - W, 4-3 | 13-9
133: Cameron Valdiviez (14-6) vs. RS Jr. Trevor Giallambardo - W, 8-2 (3:13 RT) | 16-9
141: No. 12 Grant Leeth (6-2) vs. R-Sr. Shakur Laney - W, 8-4 | 19-9
149: No. 5 Brock Mauller (15-1) vs. R-So. Alec Hagan - W, 2-0 (1:47 RT)
157: No. 15 Jarrett Jacques (16-3) vs. R-Sr. Zac Carson - L, 3-2

Mizzou will be back in action Sunday as it heads to Northern Iowa for a 2 p.m. dual in Cedar Falls.

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