J.J. Angelo-23Sports

The 24th ranked Missouri Tigers lost 26-6 to the 11th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday in the 33rd meeting between the schools.
The Tigers started slow, facing an early 3-8 deficit in team points. Sophomore Brock Mauller faced off against the NCAA’s number one ranked wrestler at the 149-pound level, Boo Lewallen, in the third match of the day, hoping to turn the tides.

Mauller was able to surmount a five-point comeback after trailing 3-0 entering the final period. The difference maker? A massive takedown which granted him the 5-3 victory and pinned a loss on Lewallen’s record for the first time this season.

Unfortunately, this momentous win fizzled out quickly as Mizzou was unable to win another match the rest of the day. Frustration continually mounted for the Tigers as they lost several close matches that could’ve changed the overall outcome, specifically, at the 157- and 174-pound level.

Mizzou’s 11th ranked 157-pounder Jarrett Jacques lost 13-6 at the hands of unranked Wyatt Sheets. Senior and 174-pounder, Connor Flynn was decisively taken down with less than 10 seconds by Oklahoma State’s Joe Smith.

With the 26-6 loss, Mizzou moves to 10-6 on the season and are likely to fall out of the NCAA top 25. However, they are still a perfect 7-0 in conference play and stay atop the Mid-American Conference.

The road ahead doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers. They welcome in the 5th ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State and the number one 184-pound wrestler, Zahid Valencia, to the Hearnes Center on Sunday, February 9th.