Mizzou wrestling takes MAC title, has five individual champions

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2015 Mar 8, 2015 Sunday, March 08 2015 Sunday, March 08, 2015 5:07:00 PM CDT in Mizzou Xtra
By: Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Mizzou wrestling claimed its third-straight Mid-American Conference (MAC) Wrestling Championships title Sunday at the Hearnes Center. This is Mizzou's fourth consecutive conference win which includes the 2012 Big 12 Championship title.

Tiger grapplers combined to score 139.5 team points this weekend, which set a new MAC record for most points scored during a MAC Wrestling Championships meet.

Redshirt senior Alan Waters was the 125 lb. MAC Champion, and also received the 2015 MAC Wrestling Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler award.

Fellow redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt tallied his fourth career conference championship when he took the 149 lb. MAC title, making him the first Tiger wrestler to earn four individual conference titles.

Mizzou took home five individual championship titles Sunday. Additionally, all 10 wrestlers for Mizzou earned automatic bids to the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships. This is the third season that Mizzou has sent all 10 wrestlers to the NCAA finals, but the first one in which all wrestlers earned automatic bids. In the past two seasons, the only other times Mizzou has sent all 10, there have been some at-large bids.

The five champions for the Tigers were Waters (125), redshirt sophomore Zach Synon (133), Houdashelt (149), sophomore J'den Cox (197) and redshirt senior Devin Mellon (HWT). Because of their first place wins, all five also received 2015 All-MAC First Team honors.

Waters finishes his Mizzou career with three conference titles while Synon and Mellon each earned their first conference titles. Cox wrestled his way to his second consecutive conference title.

Sophomore Joey Lavalle (157), redshirt senior Joey Eblen (174) and redshirt freshman Willie Miklus (184) took second in their weight classes, which earned them All-MAC Honorable Mention honors.

Final 2015 MAC Wrestling Championships Team Standings

1) Mizzou - 139.5
2) Old Dominion - 97.5
3) Ohio - 85.5
4) Kent State - 75.5
5) Central Michigan - 74.5
6) Northern Iowa - 72.5
7) Northern Illinois - 40.0
8) Eastern Michigan - 28.5

Mizzou Match-By-Match Results: Day 2 of 2015 MAC Championships (By Seed)

Championship Finals

125: No. 1 Alan Waters (M) def. No. 2 Dylan Peters (NOI) by 11-4 Decision
133: No. 1 Zach Synon (M) def. No. 2 Tyler Keselring (CMU) by 4-2 Decision
149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (M) def. No. 2 Alexander Richardson (ODU) by 5-2 Decision
157: No. 1 Ian Miller (KS) def. No. 2 Joey Lavallee (M) by 4-2 Decision
174: No. 2 Cody Walters (OH) def. No. 1 Johnny Eblen (M) by 6-4 Decision
184: No. 2 Jack Dechow (ODU) def. No. 1 Willie Miklus (M) by 6-4 Decision
197: No. 1 J'den Cox (M) def. No. 2 Phil Wellington (OH) by 3-1 Decision
285: No. 2 Devin Mellon (M) def. No. 1 Blaize Cabell (NOI) by 4-2 Decision

Consolation Semi-Finals

141: No. 2 Lavion Mayes (M) def. No. 4 Tyler Small (KS) by 4-3 (SV2) Decision
165: No. 3 Harrison Hightower (OH) def. No. 5 Mikey England (M) by 7-2 Decision
3rd Place Match
141: No. 2 Lavion Mayes (M) def. No. 5 Jake Hodges (NOI) by 6-4 Decision
5th Place Match
No. 5 Mikey England (M) def. No. 4 Jordan Wohlfert (CMU) by 4-1 Decision
True 4th Place Match
No. 5 Mikey England (M) def. No. 7 Shaun'Qae McMurty (NI) by 4-1 Decision


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