No. 1 Mizzou wrestling leads after first day of MAC Championships
COLUMBIA - No. 1 Missouri wrestling got a great start to the MAC Championship on Saturday, going 9-1 in quarterfinals and 8-1 in semifnals in individual events and leading with a team score of 122.0 points.
The Tigers are looking for their third-straight MAC Championship and the next closest team is Old Dominion with 76.5.
In the quarterfinals, No. 1 J'Den Cox dominated in the 197-pound class where he won by major decision over Jackson Lewis. Cox got an excape early in the match and earned a takedown to help set up the 17-3 victory.
No. 3 Drake Houdashelt and Alan Waters also earned big victories combining to go 33-2 with victories on technical falls.
In the semi-finals, senior Alan Waters dominated again with a 17-0 technical fall victory over EMU's Blake Caudil, finishing the day by outscoring his opponents 34-1. Waters meets Northern Iowa's Dylan Peters for the 125-pound MAC Championship.
Reshirt freshman Willie Miklus impressed in his first MAC Championship, pinning his opponent in his quarterfinal match, and taking a major decision in the semi-finals.
Joining Miklus and Waters as championship match qualifers include redshirt sophomore Zach Synon, redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt, sophomore Joey Lavallee, redshirt senior Johnny Eblen, sophomore J'den Cox, and redshirt senior Devin Mellon.
Based on the NCAA qualifier allocations for the MAC confercence, Waters, Houdashelt, Lavallee, Eblen, Miklus, Cox, and Mellon have all secured spots to the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis.
The final day of the MAC Championships begins Sunday, Mar. 8 at 12 p.m. CT.
Match-by-match results (semifinals):
125: Alan Waters (MIZ) over Blake Caudill (EMU) by technical fall, 17-0.
125: Dylan Peters (UNI) over Brandon Jeske (ODU) by decision, 12-10.
133: Zach Synon (MIZ) over Kagan Squire (Ohio) by decision, 4-3.
133: Tyler Keselring (CMU) over Vincent Pizzuto (EMU) by decision, 8-3.
141: Zach Horan (CMU) over Jake Hodges (UNI) by decision, 5-3.
141: Chris Mecate (ODU) over Lavion Mayes (MIZ) by decision, 3-1 in sudden victory 1.
149: Drake Houdashelt (MIZ) over Tywan Claxton (Ohio) by decision, 7-4.
149: Alex Richardson (ODU) over Michael Depalma (KSU) by decision, 5-2.
157: Joey Lavallee (MIZ) over Jarrett Jensen (UNI) by decision, 3-2.
157: Ian Miller (KSU) over Brandon Zeerip (EMU) by decision, 13-6.
165: Tristan Warner (ODU) over Jordan Wohlfert (CMU) by decision, 7-4.
165: Cooper Moore (UNI) over Harrision Hightower (Ohio) by decision, 5-3.
174: Johnny Eblen (MIZ) over Caleb Marsh (KSU) by decision, 6-2.
174: Cody Walters (Ohio) over Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) by decision, 3-0.
184: Willie Miklus (MIZ) over Andrew Romanchik (Ohio) by MD, 12-4.
184: Jack Dechow (ODU) over Jerald Spohn (KSU) by technical fall, 16-0.
197: J'den Cox (MIZ) over Shawn Scott (NIU) by medical forfeit.
197: Phil Wellington (Ohio) over Kevin Beazley (ODU) by decision, 6-1.
HWT: Devin Mellon (MIZ) over Mimmo Lytle (KSU) by decision, 8-3.
HWT: Blaize Cabell (UNI) over Jacob Henderson (ODU) by decision, 4-2.
Match-by-math results (quarterfinals):
125: Alan Waters (MIZ) over Blake Caudill (EMU) by technical fall, 17-1.
133: Zach Synon (MIZ) over Jordan Northrup (NIU) by decision, 4-2.
141: Lavion Mayes (MIZ) over Michael Shaw (EMU) by decision, 8-1.
149: Drake Houdashelt (MIZ) over Austin Culton (NIU) by technical fall, 16-1.
157: Joey Lavallee (MIZ) over Spartak Chino (Ohio) by MD, 9-1.
165: Jordan Wohlfert (CMU) over Mikey England (MIZ) by decision, 3-2.
174: Johnny Eblen (MIZ) over Kayne MacCallum (EMU) by MD, 9-1.
184: Willie Miklus (MIZ) over Michael Curby (EMU) by fall, 6:19.
197: J'den Cox (MIZ) over Jackson Lewis (CMU) by MD, 17-3.
HWT: Devin Mellon (MIZ) over Jesse Webb (Ohio) by fall, 3:57.
Day One Team Scores
1. Missouri 122.0
2. Old Dominion 76.5
3. Northern Iowa 63.0
4. Ohio 55.0
5. Central Michigan 54.5
6. Kent State 48.5
7. Eastern Michigan 24.5
8. Northern Illinois 23.5