Mizzou Wrestling Claws Past Ohio 23-10

By Nick Yahl, 23 Sports

Saturday, Dec. 7-

The No. 9 Mizzou Tigers wrestling team defeated conference opponent Ohio last night by a score of 23-10 at Jesse Hall. The athletic event was the first in Jesse Hall’s history. With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season and the Bobcats fall to 3-1.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early 7-4 lead with wins from No. 15 Phil Wellingotn and No. 9 heavyweight Jeremy Johnson. Wellington matched up against Mizzou;s J’Den Cox tallying two big takedowns early. Cox fought hard and nearly came back, but could not finish the job as Wellington won by decision 6-4. Coming into the dual Cox was ranked eighth in the nation with a record of 10-0.

In the heavyweight matchup, Johnson faced off against Mizzou’s Devin Mellon. Although Mellon came out strong to tally an early point, Johnson showed why he is a top ten wrestler scoring 10 unanswered points and grabbed the victory 11-2.

The Tiger freshman showed up big in the victory as Barlow McGhee, Matt Manley, and Lavion Hayes all recorded consecutive wins, which was capped by a Mayes 12-3 major decision in his first career dual start. McGhee narrowly beat out Ohio’s KeVon Powell 2-1 to tie the score up at 7.

Manley added another 1-0 victory to push the Tiger lead 10-7. Mayes came back in a completed the Missouri rally with a 12-3 major decision over the Bobcats Noah Frider.

The big upset on the night was Ohio’s No. 18 Tywan Claxton defeat of Mizzou captain Drake Houdashelt. Houdashelt, ranked as the nations top wrestler at 149 pounds lost on a 5-3 decision.

Following the Clash of the Cats event, Mizzou wrestling is next in action on Dec. 14 when the team travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa to compete in the Northern Iowa Open.