Missouri Cruises To 27-9 Win At No. 9 Cornell

Updated: January 11, 2015

THACA, N.Y. – Mizzou wrestling tallied another impressive road victory Saturday at the Friedman Wrestling Center, as they took down Cornell, 27-9. The comfortable dual win marked the 17th straight dual win for the Tigers dating back to last season.

Mizzou (13-0) handed the Big Red (6-1) their first loss of the 2014-15 season after producing wins in seven of the 10 matches. Three of those wins came in convincing fashion, as redshirt sophomore Lavion Mayes, redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt and sophomore J’den Coxall picked up major decisions over their opponents.

The Tigers received an edge before the dual officially started, as redshirt senior Alan Waters was awarded a forfeit victory at 125 pounds. Cornell’s usual 125 pound competitor, No. 3 Nahshon Garrett, bumped up to 133 pounds for Saturday’s contest.

In his third dual start of the season, redshirt sophomore Zach Synon tallied his best win of the year and defeated Garrett by 6-2 decision. The strong start continued for Mizzou at 141 and 149 pounds, as Mayes and Houdashelt tallied respective 11-1 and 10-0 major decisions.

After Cornell produced their first wins of the afternoon at 157 and 165 pounds, the Tigers responded with victories in three of the last four matches. At 174 pounds, redshirt senior Johnny Eblen cruised to a 7-0 decision. After dropping the 184 pound matchup, Cox and redshirt senior Devin Mellon closed out the dual with a 11-0 major decision and 7-3 decision, respectively.