Mizzou Easily Sweeps the In State Duals

Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

The No. 5 Missouri Tigers wrestling team was dominant on Sunday, sweeping the In-State Duals with points to spare. The Tigers took on Missouri Valley, Truman State, and Central Missouri, shutting out all three teams. In the first match of the day Mizzou defeated Missouri Valley by a score of 52-0, marking their first shutout in almost three years, thanks to five falls, three technical falls and one major decision. This was also head coach Brian Smith’s 250th win with the black and gold.

Next came Truman State, who the Tigers dominated, beating them by a score of 58-0. That is the largest margin of victory for the Tigers since their 1980-1981 season. It was a quick dual, lasting only 20 minutes thanks to six first period falls and three forfeits by the Truman State Bulldogs.

Finally came Missouri Valley, and Mizzou handled them with ease as they won by a score of 56-(-1). This is only the second time in program history that the Tigers have defeated a team who ended up with negative points, the first came in 2013 after they defeated Old Dominion in their season opener. Mizzou recorded six falls, two technical falls, and one major decision in the win.

A few notable performances from the In-State Duals came from redshirt junior John Erneste and redshirt sophomore Austin Myers. Both Erneste and Myers came within just seconds of beating the record for quickest pin in Mizzou wrestling history which was set in 1980-1981 season by Rick Romero, who pinned his opponent in a mere 13 seconds. Myers took down Truman State’s Ashton Mutuwa in an astonishing 15 seconds, and Erneste was able to pin Central Missouri’s Daide Agnew in 16 seconds. Joey Lavallee, a 157 pound senior for the Tigers, was able to pin both of his opponents in his only two matches of the day, taking down Missouri Valley’s Kenny Boyd in 3:35 and Central Missouri’s Kaleb Warner in 1:46.

Those three wins improved Mizzou to a perfect 4-0 on the season, and they look to continue their dominance at the Lindenwood Open on November 18 in St. Charles.