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Edward Redler, 23 Sports

Sunday, December 20—

Fourth ranked Missouri Wrestling won seven of the final eight duals to defeat Kent State, 35-12, Sunday in Kent, Ohio. Mizzou, the reigning national dual champion, extended its dual winning streak to 33.

The Tigers (5-0, 3-0) lost the first two matches of the dual for the second time in eight days, falling behind 9-0, before four pins and two major decisions. They also came back to win against Ohio State last Saturday.

Redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis, redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Willie Miklus, junior 197-pounder J’den Cox and freshman heavyweight James Romero all picked up pins, earning six points each for the Tigers. Lewis, Cox and Romero’s pins were in the first period.

Kent State came out firing when Del Vinas at 125 and Mack McGuire at 133 pounds defeated Missouri’s Barlow McGhee by forfeit and reigning MAC wrestler of the week Zach Synon, 8-5.

Redshirt junior 141-pounder Matt Manley picked up the first win of the day for Mizzou when he beat Anthony Tutolo by major decision, 10-1. Redshirt junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes followed up Manley’s win with a 9-3 decision win of his own over Mike DePalma.

Kent State got their last win of the day at 157 when Casey Sparkman defeated Blake Pepper by 7-2 decision. Mizzou took the lead in the next match when Lewis pinned Tyler Buckwalter by cradle, giving the tigers a 13-12 advantage. That sparked five-in-a-row. Next was redshirt senior 174-pounder Blaise Butler, who beat Mike Vollant with a 14-5 major decision.

Miklus faced off against Cole Baxter at 184 lbs. Miklus got the fall at 3:55. The national champion Cox followed, outclassing and eventually pinning Jerald Spohn at 1:02. Romero picked up the fourth pin of the night and the third in a row in the heavyweight match to cap the dual. It came at the expense of Devin Nye at 0:58 to finalize the score at 35-12.

Mizzou will next wrestle on Jan. 8 when the Tigers host Buffalo for the annual Beauty and the Beast event with gymnastics.

Photo courtesy of columbiatribune.com.