Tigers Take Down Illini

Evan Hatmaker, 23 Sports

No. 5 ranked Mizzou wrestling started the 2017-18 season by defeating No.12 ranked Illinois 20-17 as 1,810 fans packed the softball stadium in Missouri’s first ever outdoor dual.

As the match got underway, Illinois struck first as Travis Piotrowski beat Barlow McGhee with a decision victory of 3-1, giving Illinois a 3-0 lead. Despite being behind, Mizzou was able to gain momentum, winning the next four bouts in row, giving the Tigers a 13-3 lead over the fighting Illini.

Despite Mizzou’s lead, Illinois refused to lay down and fought to win three out of the five remaining matches to bring the final score to 20-17. In all the Tigers won six of the ten matchups.

The full results where:

125: Travis Piotrowski (ILL)  won by decision over Barlow McGhee (MIZ) 3-1

133: John Erneste (MIZ) won by decision over Dylan Duncan (ILL) 5-4

141: Jaydin Eierman (MIZ) won by major decision over Mike Carr (ILL) 20-11

149:Grant Leeth (MIZ) won by decision over Eric Barone (ILL) 6-2

157: Joey Lavallee (MIZ) won by decision over Kyle Langenderfer (ILL) 9-3

165: Isaiah Martinez (ILL) won by  tech over Connor Flynn (MIZ) 24-8

174: Daniel Lewis (MIZ) won by major decision over over Xavier Montalvo 14-2

184:Emery Parker (ILL) won by decision over Canten Marriott (MIZ) 6-2

197: Willie Miklus (MIZ) won by decision over Andre Lee (ILL) 3-1

HWT: Decue Rachal (ILL) fall to Austin Myers in 2:13

The two most notable matches of the night came when Daniel Lewis beat Xavier Montalvo 14-2 with a major decision victory that gave Missouri an extra team point over a regular decision victory. Jayden Eierman also was able to get a major decision victory over Mike Carr, giving Missouri yet another extra point over the Illinois side.

Missouri started the season off with a statement from this match; that Missouri may have lost talent but they are still a nationally competitive team which they proved with this win over Illinois. They’ve also started the season off in great form in their quest to win their 7th consecutive conference title.

The Missouri Tigers will host the Truman State Bulldogs, the Mules of Central Missouri,and the Missouri Valley Vikings as the Tigers look to distinguish themselves against some of Missouri’s strongest wrestling teams.