Thomas Maurer, 23 Sports

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The Missouri Tigers wrestling team came out of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on top this weekend. The Tigers accumulated 154 points and had seven wrestlers place in the top-4.

The team scored 41 points more than the second place finisher and had two individuals headline that accomplishment. Junior J’den Cox brought home the gold at 197 pounds and redshirt junior Lavion Mayes won at 149 pounds.

Cox defeated Jacob Smith of West Virginia in the semifinals 9-3 and went on to defeat Brett Pfarr of Minnesota in the finals 4-1.

Mayes took on Davion Jeffries of Oklahoma in the semifinals and went on to defeat Jake Short of Minnesota by decision, 8-6.

Cox and Mayes were not the only wrestlers who stood out on the weekend. Redshirt freshman Daniel Lewis and redshirt senior Blaise Butler took home third place medals at 165 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively.

Lewis received another individual honor on the night. He received the “Most Falls in the Least Amount of Time” award. He had five first-period pins on the tournament.

Lewis won the third place match by a score of 8-2 against Oklahoma’s Clark Glass.

Fourth place finishes were sealed by redshirt sophomores Barlow McGhee and Willie Miklus at 125 pounds and 184 pounds. Also redshirt junior Matt Manley won at 141 pounds.

This is the Tigers fourth contest of the year and so far the Tigers are off to a strong start.

Look out for the No. 8 Tigers as they host the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes next Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

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