Missouri topples SIUE, completes perfect 2021 dual schedule

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 6 Mizzou Wrestling (10-0, 4-0 MAC) defeated SIUE 35-3 on Sunday afternoon inside the Hearnes Center, finishing its 2021 dual season with a perfect overall and Mid-American conference record.

Historically, the Tigers have now achieved four all-time unscathed dual seasons in program history. Three of those have occurred under head coach Brian Smith (2020-21, 2017-18 and 2014-15), while Coach Hap Whitney accomplished the other (1967-68).

125-pound redshirt junior Connor Brown, 165-pound freshman Keegan O'Toole and 197-pound freshman Rocky Elam all recorded bonus point victories for the Tigers Sunday. Three Tigers added a ranked victory to their 2021 individual resumes, as 141-pound redshirt junior Allan Hart, 157-pound junior Jarret Jacques and heavyweight redshirt sophomore Zach Elam each produced big triumphs.

Hart, Mauller, O'Toole, 174-pound redshirt sophomore Peyton Mocco and R. Elam all maintained their perfect 2021 dual records following Sunday's bouts against the Cougars.

Hear From Head Coach Brian Smith

On Sunday's victory over SIUE…

"There were some real good matches today. Keegan (O'Toole) and Rocky (Elam) really came out to wrestle. They scored a lot of big points and I really liked the way they wrestled. Zach (Elam) struggled in the period in his match, but produced three takedowns and got the win. That was big for him. On the flip side, there were some matches where I felt like we weren't shooting enough. We can't do that. We're a team that attacks and we have to be better than that."

On honoring the Tigers' three seniors today (Grant Leeth, Canten Marriott and Wyatt Koelling)…

"We had three seniors honored today and they're all unbelievable people. Marriott and Koelling got to wrestle in the extra matches and each got a big win. Those three are really great guys and represented Tiger Style in big ways. They're all getting their Master's degrees right now. I couldn't be prouder of those young men."

125: No. 17 Connor Brown (MIZ) over Austin Macisas (SIUE) by 8-0 major decision
133: No. 10 Matt Schmitt (MIZ) wins by forfeit
141: No. 4 Allan Hart (MIZ) over No. 22 Saul Erwin (SIUE) by 4-2 decision (SV1)
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller over (MIZ) Cardeionte Wilson (SIUE) by 2-0 decision
157: No. 10 Jarret Jacques (MIZ) over No. 17 Justin Ruffin (SIUE) by 4-3 decision
165: No. 10 Keegan O'Toole over (MIZ) Chase Diehl (SIUE) by 21-6 technical fall (6:35)
174: No. 10 Peyton Mocco (MIZ) over Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) by 9-7 decision
184: Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) over Colton Hawks (MIZ) by 5-4 decision
197: No. 13 Rocky Elam (MIZ) over Austin Andres (SIUE) by 25-10 technical fall (6:37)
HWT: No. 8 Zach Elam (MIZ) over No. 28 Colton McKiernan (SIUE) by 6-4 decision (SV1)

Extra Matches:
125: Noah Surtin (MIZ) over Tommy Dineen (SIUE) by 19-2 technical fall (6:36)
184: Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) over Jake Raschka (MIZ) by 15-0 technical fall (6:03)
197: Canten Marriott (MIZ) over Austin Cooley (SIUE) by 15-1 major decision
HWT: Wyatt Koelling (MIZ) over Aric Bohn (SIUE) by 4-0 decision
HWT: Rodrigo Diaz (MIZ) over Tommy Helton (SIUE) by 7-2 decision

#TigerStyle Takeaways
  • Mizzou has now won 26 consecutive MAC duals, dating back to the 2017-18 season.
  • The Tigers finished their 2021 MAC dual season undefeated for the fourth year in a row.
  • Mizzou secured a perfect 10-0 dual record for the season, its first since 2017-18 and its fourth-ever overall.
  • Mizzou claimed its 11th consecutive dual victory over SIUE, dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.

    Up Next:
    Mizzou concludes its 2021 regular season next Sunday (Feb. 14) with the Cowboy Challenge in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Tigers will be joined by host No. 5 Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Central Oklahoma. Mizzou opens postseason action in two weeks (Feb. 26-27) at the MAC Championships in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
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    ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
    Anyone else as sick of Missouri at this pernt than I am?