Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports

Sunday, January 22—

Mizzou rolled to a dual win for the 27th consecutive time in MAC action Sunday at the Heaerns Center. The Tigers now sit with an impressive 6-0 record in MAC play, and perhaps looked more impressive than they have all season in this 24-8 victory.

The Tigers took the meet in dominating fashion, winning seven out of 10 matchups. This included a 4-1 record in matches between two ranked wrestlers. The only loss came in the 174-pound class, where No. 17 CJ Brucki defeated No. 19 Dylan Wisman by decision.

The team was helped by No. 1 ranked, and Olympic gold medalist, J’den Cox, which set the tone for the afternoon. Cox was up against No. 19 Austin Severn and took the match handily, earning a major decision and an early 4-0 lead for the Tigers.

One of the most noteworthy stats from the night came out of the 133-pound matchup. Missouri’s John Erneste (No. 12) earned his third victory over a ranked opponent this season, defeating No. 19 Corey Keener.

Erneste’s victory was part of a five-match winning streak that the Tigers went on in the middle of the meet. This run also included No. 6 Joey Lavallee taking down No. 7 Colin Heffernan 3-1 in a sudden death overtime.

The victory today was huge for Missouri. Not only did they remain unbeaten in conference play, but they built a lot of momentum ahead of Friday’s meet vs. No. 1 Oklahoma State in Columbia. The Cowboys are 8-0 on the year, and have won both of their road matches by a combined score of 67-6. There’s no doubt the Tigers will have their hands full Friday night, but today indicated that there may be hope for an upset.