Aaron Carter, 23 Sports

Wednesday, December 21—

Senior J’den Cox was dominant in the double-header Wednesday night as the fifth-ranked Tigers defeated Kent State and No. 22 Appalachian State. Cox cemented himself into the wrestling record books on Wednesday by moving into the top-10 all-time in program history with 117 career wins. Cox also recorded two technical falls, increasing his career total to 17, which is good for second-best in program history.

Redshirt junior Joey Lavallee wrestled well alongside Cox; at 157 pounds, Lavallee recorded two major decisions on the day: a 19-8 win over Kent State’s Casey Sparkman and a 12-1 win over Appalachian State’s Gavin Londoff.

Behind the strength of Cox and Lavallee, the Tigers dominated all day Wednesday. In the first matchup with Kent State, Mizzou rattled off eight consecutive victories within the dual, which resulted in a 34-4 win for the men in black and gold.

The Tigers continued their dominance against Appalachian State, although the matchup was much more competitive than the first. The Tigers got off to a hot start, leading 7-0 after a major decision from Lavallee and increased their lead to 15-3 after wins from Cox, Daniel Lewis and Matt Lemanowicz. The Mountaineers were able to close the gap to five points (18-13) before redshirt senior Zach Synon recorded a comeback victory to close the meet out for Mizzou.

The Tigers will compete in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to begin the New Year from Jan. 1-2. The next dual for the Tigers will be against another ranked opponent, as the No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners host the Tigers on Jan. 8.