COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 12 Mizzou Wrestling (3-0) opened its 2021 campaign with a bang Sunday, cruising to three dual victories over South Dakota State, North Dakota State and Oregon State. The Tigers improved as the afternoon progressed, beginning with a 33-9 win over the Jackrabbits. Mizzou then followed with a 38-3 triumph against the host Bison and capped its day with a 43-0 shutout victory over the Beavers.
Overall, Mizzou tallied an impressive 10 triumphs over nationally ranked opponents, highlighted by a 12-0 major decision victory over No. 7 Devan Turner by redshirt junior Matt Schmitt. Redshirt Junior Allan Hart accounted for two of the Tigers' ranked wins, taking down the nation's No. 16 and No. 23 ranked foes at 141 pounds.
Junior Brock Mauller, redshirt sophomore Peyton Mocco, redshirt freshman Sean Harman, redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Kent and redshirt sophomore Zach Elam all produced an unscathed 3-0 record in Sunday's duals.
The Tigers continued their dominance into extra matches between the four programs following the traditional duals. Mizzou was victorious in eight of nine total supplemental contests with all results counting towards their 2021 individual records.
True freshmen Josh Edmond, Colton Hawks, Keegan O'Toole and Duwayne Villalpando each tallied victories in their Mizzou debuts. Edmond and O'Toole both picked up wins in dual competition, while Hawks and Villalpando recorded victories in extra matches.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH BRIAN SMITH
On Sunday's season-opening success…
"First, we're just grateful to be here and competing. It took a lot of work by a lot of people to get us to this point. I brought up 18 wrestlers this weekend, seven of which were freshmen. When you walk out of the building with three dual wins and everyone is healthy, I'm definitely pleased. To be this young and this competitive, it's fun to be a part of."
On the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the program this offseason…
"It has affected us. It has affected everyone in the world. Last season we had our season shut down right before NCAA Championships. We came back this past July and have been really getting after it since September. We're getting tested three to four times a week and have faced a lot of challenges. We do the best we can considering the circumstances. But we're so thankful to be competing and I'm really proud of them."
NO. 12 MIZZOU OVER (RV) SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, 33-9
125: No. 19 Connor Brown over Daniel Vega by 14-5 major decision
133: No. 30 Zach Price over No. 11 Matt Schmitt by 7-5 decision
141: No. 16 Allan Hart over No. 23 Clay Carlson by 14-4 major decision
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller over Hunter Marko by 8-2 decision
157: Keegan O'Toole over No. 24 Cade DeVos by fall (2:10)
165: No. 16 Peyton Mocco over Kenny O'Neil by 11-1 major decision
174: No. 26 Sean Harman over Cade King by 10-4 decision
184: No. 22 Jeremiah Kent over Nick Casperson by fall (1:47)
197: No. 8 Tanner Sloan over Canten Marriott by fall (2:37)
HWT: No. 7 Zach Elam over Blake Wolters by 6-0 decision
NO. 12 MIZZOU OVER (RV) NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 38-3
125: Noah Surtin over Ryan Henningson by fall (3:47)
133: Kellyn March over Trey Crawford by 7-4 decision
141: Josh Edmond over No. 24 Dylan Droegemueller by 14-5 major decision
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller over Jaden Van Maanen by 12-3 major decision
157: No. 13 Jarrett Jacques over No. 13 Jared Franek by 5-2 decision
165: No. 16 Peyton Mocco over No. 22 Luke Weber by 11-5 decision
174: No. 26 Sean Harman over Austin Brenner by 9-3 decision
184: No. 22 Jeremiah Kent over Gary Wokojance by 16-0 technical fall (4:54)
197: No. 19 Wyatt Koelling over Michael Nelson by 9-1 major decision
HWT: No. 7 Zach Elam over No. 15 Brandon Metz by fall (4:30)
NO. 12 MIZZOU OVER OREGON STATE, 43-0
125: No. 19 Connor Brown over No. 26 Brandon Kaylor by 8-6 decision
133: No. 11 Matt Schmitt over No. 7 Devan Turner by 12-0 major decision
141: No. 16 Allan Hart over No. 16 Grant Willits by fall (0:36)
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller over Lane Stigall by 9-5 decision
157: No. 13 Jarrett Jacques over No. 20 Hunter Willits by 3-2 decision
165: No. 16 Peyton Mocco over Dillon Ulrey by injury default (4:21)
174: No. 26 Sean Harman over Colton Beisley by 7-2 decision
184: No. 22 Jeremiah Kent over Ryan Reyes by 4-3 decision
197: No. 19 Wyatt Koelling over J.J. Dixon by fall (3:36)
HWT: No. 7 Zach Elam by forfeit
125: Tanner Jordan (SDSU) over Noah Surtin by 7-6 decision
133: Trey Crawford over Trayton Anderson (SDSU) by 4-2 decision (SV1)
141: Josh Edmond over Daniel Kimball (SDSU) by 9-4 decision
141: Josh Edmond over Rylee Molitor (SDSU) by 15-8 decision
157: Keegan O'Toole over Jack Thomsen (SDSU) by 18-3 technical fall
174: Martell Boone over Jesse Shearer (NDSU) by 8-6 decision
184: Duwayne Villalpando over Noah Cressell (NDSU) by 13-0 major decision
184: Colton Hawks over Jacob Schoon (SDSU) by 1-0 decision
197: Colton Hawks over Cole Witzig (NDSU) by 6-3 decision
Mizzou improved to 4-2 all-time against South Dakota State, 4-0 versus North Dakota State and 6-1 against Oregon State following Sunday's tri-dual sweep.
After falling in last year's season opener, Mizzou got back to its winning ways Sunday when kicking off a campaign. The Tigers won eight consecutive season openers from 2011-18 and nine of their past 10 overall.
Mizzou is right back in action Friday (Jan. 8) with its 2021 home-opening duals. The Tigers will host No. 21 Central Michigan and Wyoming at 3 p.m. CT and 5 p.m. CT, respectively.
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