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Missouri claims outright MAC regular season title by downing SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- No. 24 Mizzou Wrestling captured the outright Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championship with a 35-7 win over SIU-Edwardsville Wednesday night (Feb. 12). The win improves the Tigers to 11-7 on the year and a perfect 8-0 in MAC competition. The Tigers have won 22 straight MAC duals since a 25-10 loss to Northern Iowa on Feb. 12, 2017. The Tigers have now won nine straight conference titles, including eight straight since joining the MAC. Mizzou will look to claim the MAC Tournament title from March 7-8 in Dekalb, Ill.

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.

Top Tigers

  • 165-pounder Peyton Mocco snapped a personal two-bout losing streak with a dominant 12-3 major decision over Chase Diehl. He now has a career-high 20 wins on the season and has three major decisions on the year. Nine of his 20 wins have come via bonus-point decisions.
  • Senior 174-pounder Connor Flynn was one takedown short of a technical fall with a 17-4 major decision over Kevin Gschwendtner. Flynn is now 16-7 on the season with 10 bonus point wins.
  • Senior 184-pounder Dylan Wisman improved to 15-7 on the year with his first technical fall of 2019-20, posting a 20-4 win in just 3:53 of action.
  • Ranked No. 20 at 197 pounds, Wyatt Koelling earned his 19th win of the season and his first technical fall of the year over SIU-E's Aric Bohn, 17-2.
  • 125-pounder Cameron Valdiviez earned his eighth pin of the year Wednesday. He needed just 47 seconds wo pin Matt Malavsky. His eight pins are a team-high.
  • Cevion Severado posted a 22-7 technical fall win over Jake Blaha, improving to 8-3 on the season. It was his second technical fall of the year in his first MAC dual action of the season.
  • Brock Mauller continued his impressive season with a 5-3, sudden-victory win at 149 pounds. He's 23-1 and has not lost since the year flipped to 2020.
  • Alex Butler has now claimed two straight bout wins since Sunday, winning 3-2 Wednesday in Edwardsville.

    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.

    vs. SIU-Edwardsville
    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
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