Brendan Lavell, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 20—

Junior J’den Cox won his second national title and Missouri finished sixth as nine Tigers competed at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York City.

Missouri scored 74.5 points and finished behind Penn State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Iowa.

Cox, competing in the 197-pound class, became the second wrestler in Mizzou history to win two national titles. Cox went 33-1 this year and improved his career record to 108-5. He defeated Penn State senior Morgan McIntosh in the finals. Including McIntosh, Cox defeated five wrestlers on his way to the title.

Wrestling in the 149-pound class, redshirt junior Lavion Mayes finished in third, defeating junior Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State to win the consolation bracket.

Redshirt freshman Daniel Lewis finished fourth in the 165-pound class, losing to redshirt freshman Bo Jordan of Ohio State in the third-place matchup. Redshirt sophomore Willie Miklus finished sixth in the 184-pound class.

Cox, Mayes, Lewis and Miklus each earned All-American recognition.

Redshirt sophomore Barlow McGhee won his first match before losing in the second round. Redshirt juniors Zach Synon and Matt Manley and redshirt seniors Le’Roy Barnes and Blaise Butler all lost in the first round.

The tournament was held in Madison Square Garden from March 17-19.

Mizzou finished 14-2 on the season, losing only to Oklahoma State and North Carolina State. The Tigers finished 8-0 in the Mid-American Conference and won their fifth straight conference title.

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