Missouri crowns 3 champs at Cowboy Challenge

STILLWATER, Okla. -- No. 5 Mizzou Wrestling (10-0, 4-0 MAC) finished the regular season with three champions in the Cowboy Challenge featuring wrestlers from No. 6 Oklahoma State, Wyoming and West Virginia.

Redshirt junior Dack Punke took the first place title at 125 pounds, defeating sophomore teammate Noah Surtin in the finals. Freshman Josh Edmond won the title at 141 pounds, to improve to 10-0 on the season. Junior Brock Mauller also took home the championship at 149 pounds, defeating No. 4 Boo Lewallen in the finals.

Freshmen Trey Crawford, Sean Harman and Duwayne Villalpondo all secured third place finishes in their weight classes.

Hear From Head Coach Brian Smith

On Sunday's tournament champions…

"It was a good day. It was a very productive day. Starting with a two hour weigh-in and then a tournament format, we haven't had that all season. Brock was unbelievable. We was our only starter going today. He wrestled a top five opponent in the country and gets three wins and a big win in the finals. I really liked the way Brock wrestled today. They were some of the best matches I've seen him wrestle in his career. I'm really happy for Dack in getting a tournament title today and of course Josh Edmond gets an injury default in the finals but he was winning before that. I'm really happy with how he's improved throughout the season."

On Mizzou's young wrestlers…

"When I think of all the young guys we had wrestling today. For me as a coach to get to see them and how they wrestle in a tournament was one of the better days. I knew we were getting some big wins. Just seeing Duwayne Villapondo, Sean Harman and some of the guys getting some big wins today, it was a very good day."


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