Tigers finish second overall at Southern Scuffle

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By: Emil Lippe, 23 Sports

Friday, Jan. 2

The Missouri Tigers wrestling team came into day two of the Southern Scuffle in third place overall. The team looked to finish as strong, and did just that as they finished with three event championships and finished second overall in the tournament.

For Mizzou, the wrestlers who claimed the titles were redshirt senior Alan Waters, redshirt sophomore Lavion Mayes, and sophomore J’den Cox all finished with titles in their brackets and all contained their perfect records to start the 2014-2015 season.

The Tigers finished off a strong performance in the Southern Scuffle as the second greatest attendance number was registered in Chattanooga with a total of 3,320 spectators entering McKenzie Arena on Friday.

Redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt had a back-and-forth match against No. 15 Mike Racciator (Pittsburg) in the 149 pound semifinal, winning 11-7 to advance to the title match.

Redshirt sophomore Zach Synon later would move on to the blood round, taking down two opponents consecutively, both by decision. The sophomore would win in a tie breaker, following in a suit over Dean Hell (Oklahoma State) en route to the 141 pound semifinals.

One of the most notable performances on the day was redshirt freshman Willie Miklus and Cox, both of who advanced to their semifinals with major decisions.

With the stellar performances of these two Tigers, it left seven more wrestlers still in the running for an event title.

In the afternoon, Waters, Houdashelt, Mayes, and Cox, came up with ranked wins in the field of eight. With these wins, each of them moved into the finals. With these advancements, the Tigers then secured their spot for second place in the two-day event.

Mizzou finished the two-day event with a total of 150 points behind only Penn State’s 165 points. The Tigers did finish ahead of No. 8 Oklahoma State (135.5 pts.), No. 12 Nebraska, (116.0), No. 15 Michigan (88.5), No. 3 Cornell (79.5), No. 11 Lehigh (79.0), No. 9 Pittsburg (72.0), No. 21 Wyoming (57.6), No. 16 Virginia (51.5), and No. 14 Iowa State (49.5).