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Missouri tallies two MAC wins Saturday at Hearnes

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 6 Mizzou Wrestling (9-0, 3-0 MAC) remained perfect overall and in Mid-American Conference duals with a 46-0 shutout win over Ohio, followed by a 24-12 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday inside the Hearnes Center.

Mizzou's victory over Ohio marked its first shutout triumph of the season. The Tigers' 46-point margin of victory was their largest since a 48-0 win over SIU-Edwardsville two seasons ago (Dec. 9, 2018).

The Tigers tallied eight bonus point victories between the afternoon's two duals, seven of which occurring against the Bobcats. 197-pound freshman Rocky Elam produced two falls on the day. 165-pound freshman Keegan O'Toole secured his third pin of the season, tying 184-pound redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Kent in leading the team.

O'Toole and 174-pound redshirt sophomore Peyton Mocco both defeated ranked opponents from Northern Illinois, with O'Toole beating No. 18 Izzak Olejnik and Mocco toppling No. 31 Mason Kauffman in the second tie breaker.

Hear From Head Coach Brian Smith

On Saturday's pair of victories in Mid-Missouri…

"We got after it against Ohio. We got a bunch of good wins and got bonus points, which we obviously like. Against Northern Illinois, we lost three matches and didn't get a lot of bonus point wins so that was a little frustrating. Rocky (Elam) did a good job at 197 pounds getting two pins today. He was the only wrestler against Northern Illinois to get bonus points however, so I know we can improve there as a team. They frustrated us a bit by slowing down the pace."

Hear From 197-Pound Freshman Rocky Elam

On tallying two wins via fall Saturday…

"It felt good. As a team we had a dominant performance today against Ohio. Everyone looked good and felt fresh. Personally, I really wanted to go out there today and score points in the first period. That was my game plan in both matches."

Hear From 165-Pound Freshman Keegan O'Toole

On his two victories against the Bobcats and Huskies…

"They both felt pretty good. The first one against Ohio went really well and I was moving my feet. I was able to attack well and picked up the fall. In the finale versus Northern Illinois, I thought I wrestled decent against a tougher kid. I need to find more ways to get to my attacks. They were really trying to lock us all down. Moving forward, I need to continue to get better every day."

No. 6 Mizzou over Ohio, 46-0
125: Noah Surtin (MIZ) over Oscar Sanchez (OH) by 6-0 decision
133: Trey Crawford (MIZ) over Brayden Littel (OH) by fall (1:47)
141: No. 4 Allan Hart (MIZ) over Collin Yinger (OH) by 20-4 technical fall (2:44)
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller (MIZ) over Alex Mosconi (OH) by 18-4 major decision
157: No. 10 Jarrett Jacques (MIZ) over Jordan Slivka (OH) by 6-2 decision
165: No. 12 Keegan O'Toole (MIZ) over Sean O'Dwyer (OH) by fall (3:58)
174: No. 18 Peyton Mocco (MIZ) over Logan Stanley (OH) by 9-6 decision
184: Colton Hawks (MIZ) over Carson Brewer (OH) by 12-2 major decision
197: No. 14 Rocky Elam (MIZ) over Jake Walker (OH) by fall (2:05)
HWT: No. 8 Zach Elam (MIZ) over Jacob Padilla (OH) by fall (0:39)

No. 6 Mizzou over Northern Illinois, 24-12
125: Connor Brown (MIZ) over Lucian Brink (NI) by 10-5 decision
133: Bryce West (NI) over Trey Crawford (MIZ) by fall (6:55)
141: No. 4 Allan Hart (MIZ) over Caleb Brooks (NI) by 6-0 decision
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller (MIZ) over Anthony Cheloni (NI) by 9-3 decision
157: No. 10 Jarrett Jacques (MIZ) over Anthony Gibson (NI) by 5-0 decision
165: No. 12 Keegan O'Toole (MIZ) over No. 18 Izzak Olejnik (NI) by 5-1 decision
174: No. 18 Peyton Mocco (MIZ) over No. 31 Mason Kauffman (NI) by 2-1 decision (TB2)
184: No. 10 Brit Wilson (NI) over Colton Hawks (MIZ) by 5-4 decision
197: No. 14 Rocky Elam (MIZ) over Will Feldkamp (NI) by fall (1:39)
HWT: No. 25 Max Ihry (NI) over Wyatt Koelling (MIZ) by 3-1 decision (SV1)

Extra Matches:
133: Mikey Kaminski (NI) over Cam Valdiviez (MIZ) by fall (1:33)
141: Ethan Turner (MIZ) over Nick Termini (NI) by fall (6:23)
141: Josh Edmond (MIZ) over Dillon Nichols (NI) by 13-5 major decision
157: Mitchell Bohlken (MIZ) over Nick Vestal (OH) by 5-4 decision
184: Sean Harman (MIZ) over Mason Kroening (OH) by 14-5 major decision
HWT: Rodrigo Diaz (MIZ) over Johnny Shafer (NI) by 3-0 decision

#TigerStyle Takeaways
  • Mizzou's shutout victory over Ohio was its first since its 45-0 win over Missouri Valley last season (Nov. 21, 2019).
  • The Tigers have now won 25 consecutive MAC duals, dating back to the 2017-18 season.

    Up Next:
    Mizzou hits the road once again next weekend, visiting MAC foes Kent State and Rider. The Tigers will open their afternoon in Kent, Ohio, with a dual against the Golden Flashes at 11 a.m. CT.
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