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Edward Redler, 23 Sports

Sunday, February 21—

No. 6 Mizzou Wrestling outlasted No. 11 Nebraska, 19-14, Sunday afternoon in its National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Series matchup. The Tigers won four of the final five matches to come away victorious.

With the Tigers up 12-10 in the 184-pound bout, redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Willie Miklus scored a takedown right before the third period buzzer to upend No. 6-ranked TJ Dudley.

The 5-4 decision gave Mizzou the lead it needed to down the Huskers. Miklus trailed 4-2 with time winding down in the bout but scored an escape and a takedown with less than five seconds to steal the victory in dramatic fashion.

Junior 197-pouner J’den Cox became the 24th wrestler to reach 100 wins with a 16-7 major decision over Aaron Studebaker. Cox is the fastest Tiger wrestler to 100 wins in program history, doing so in 105 matches. Cox scored seven takedowns in the first two periods and added an escape point and a point for riding time to preserve the major decision.

Redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Barlow McGhee began the dual off for the Tigers with a 5-3 win over No. 12-ranked Tim Lambert. McGhee trailed 3-2 in the third period after a stalling call but utilized an escape and a takedown the capture the victory.

In the third match of the night, redshirt junior 141-pounder Matt Manley scored takedowns in the first and second period, along with a reversal in the second for a 6-2 win over No. 19-ranked Anthony Adidin.

The Tigers trailed 10-6 at intermission. Redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis proceeded to bring the Tigers within a point with a 4-0 victory over Austin Wilson. Following Lewis, redshirt senior 174-pounder Blaise Butler regained the lead with a 7-5 win over No. 20-ranked Micah Barnes.

With the bout tied 4-4 heading into the final period, Butler scored a takedown and was awarded a point for riding time to claim the victory. Butler was followed by Miklus and Cox pushing the lead to 19-10 before heavyweight James Romero lost the finale by major decision.

Mizzou will next be in action March 5-6 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, for the Mid-American Conference Championships. The Tigers will be looking for their fourth consecutive title and fifth conference title overall in the tournament.

Photo courtesy of www.intermatwreste.com.