Photo by Quinn Ritzdorf
Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports
Sunday, February 12—
The atmosphere was emotional in the Hearnes Center on Sunday as Northern Iowa came to visit Mizzou. It was senior day for the Missouri Tigers, and seven of their wrestlers were honored before the duel. On top of that, the No. 7 Tigers and No. 18 Panthers both came into the day with a 7-0 conference record in the MAC.
The pregame emotions would soon settle, as the Panthers came out and won the first three matches en route to a dominating 25-10 victory over the Tigers. The loss ended Mizzou’s 28 dual meet winning streak in MAC play.
The only senior to walk away with a victory on senior day was J’den Cox, who was honored with a bobblehead giveaway before the day’s events. Cox shined brightest on senior day, winning by technical fall 17-1. His 20 career technical falls are good for second in program history.
Senior night was a letdown for Matt Lemanowicz (184) and No. 2 Lavion Mayes (149). Both were defeated by decision, and each came against top 10 wrestlers.
The only other Tigers to win on the day were redshirt freshman No. 9 Jaydin Eierman (141) and redshirt junior No. 5 Joey Lavalle (157).
Eierman scored an 8-4 victory, highlighted by three takedowns (two in the first period and one in the third). Lavalle was injured during his match, but fought through. He also compiled two takedowns in the first period and would earn an 8-3 victory.
The seniors, and the team as a whole, have another shot to go out on top at Hearnes Center. SIU Edwardsville visits Mizzou on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The match is set for 4:45 p.m. and will be the last of the season.