In all, Mizzou won eight of 10 bouts Wednesday, including six bonus-point wins. Mizzou turned in three technical falls, one pin and two major decisions in the dominant win. With Wednesday's win, Mizzou ensured that Rider (6-1 MAC) could not catch the Tigers in the MAC team race.
Hear from Coach Smith
On Tonight's Dual…
"I saw a lot of positives from our team tonight. All year, people have been coming up to me and telling me we're struggling and having a down year, but I don't look at it like that. I look at like we we are continuing to get better every week. I'm enjoying this season it because they are getting better every time out. I enjoyed watching us compete against Arizona State Sunday and I enjoyed watching it tonight. It was exciting to see Cam wrestle relaxed and Chevy (Cevion Severado) put on a clinic. Alex (Butler) has gotten two wins in a row and Dylan Wisman is wrestling lights out, which is good to see from a senior. Connor Flynn was great tonight as well."
On claiming the MAC regular season title outright…
"It's not easy to do. Everywhere we go, teams have their biggest crowds and we get every team's best shot every time we wrestle them. It's not something that I take for granted at all. Now we have to shift our focus to Iowa State, and then get ready for the MAC Tournament. Our goal every year is to win that title. I'm happy for our team."
A Quick Recap
After losing the opening bout of the dual at 157 pounds, Mizzou ran off four straight bout wins from 165 through 197, posting bonus-point wins in all four of those weights, including a pair of technical falls from Wisman and Koelling. That gave Mizzou an 18-4 lead moving into heavyweight.
After dropping a tightly-contested heavyweight bout, the dual flipped back to the lightweights. At 125, Valdiviez righted the ship quickly, and rather literally. He needed just 47 seconds to pin Edwardsville's Matt Malavsky, extending Mizzou's lead to 24-7. Severado then picked up Mizzou's third technical fall of the dual at 133 pounds. class. He needed just 5:52 to earn a 22-7 win over Jake Blaha. Butler then moved his personal winning streak to two with a 3-2 win and Mauller closed the dual with a 5-3 win in the sudden victory period as Mizzou closed the dual by winning the final four bouts. Mauller is now 23-1 on the year and has yet to lose this calendar year.
157: Phyllip DeLoach (11-6) vs. Justin Ruffin (21-6): L, 9-0 Major Decision | 0-4
165: Peyton Mocco (20-9) vs. Chase Diehl (6-16): W, 12-3 Major Decision | 4-4
174: Connor Flynn (16-7) vs. Kevin Gschwendtner (8-16) - W, 17-4 Major Decision | 8-4
184: Dylan Wisman (15-7) vs. Austin Andres (2-12): W, 20-4 Technical Fall (3:53) | 13-4
197: #20 Wyatt Koelling (19-5) vs. Aric Bohn (5-12): W, 17-2 Technical Fall (5:51) | 18-4
HWT: Jake Bohlken (10-11) vs. Colton McKiernan (12-8): L, 3-0 | 18-7
125: Cameron Valdiviez (16-7) vs. Matt Malavsky (1-8): W, Fall (0:47) | 24-7
133: Cevion Severado (8-3) vs. Jacob Blaha (0-11): W, 22-7 Technical Fall (5:52) | 29-7
141: Alex Butler (11-7) vs. Saul Ervin (10-13): W, 3-2 | 32-7
149: #5 Brock Mauller (23-1) vs. Tyshawn Williams (10-6): W, 5-3 (SV-1) | 35-7