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11/20/15 Missouri Beats SIU Edwardsville

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11/20/15 Missouri Beats SIU Edwardsville

Postby Allen Brown » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:44 am

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Mizzou Wrestling opened the 2015-16 season in shinning fashion on Friday evening, defeating SIU Edwardsville, 36-7. The Tigers began the dual strong, jumping out to a 15-0 lead with three major decisions to open the night. Redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Willie Miklus (Altoona, Iowa) both picked up pins on the night to earn six points for Mizzou.

Redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Barlow McGhee got the Tigers started on the right foot, posting seven takedowns in a 16-5 major decision win over Troy Gassaway. Following McGhee, redshirt junior 133-pounder Zach Synon earned a major decision win over Dakota Leach, 10-2. Redshirt junior 141-pounder Matt Manley (Perry, Okla.) led Angelo Silvestro 11-4 late in the third period before a near-fall and riding time gave Manley a 16-4 major decision and Mizzou its third consecutive major decision to start the dual.

Redshirt junior Lavion Mayes (Masoutah, Ill.) led John Fahy 7-6 in the third period before an escape and a takedown pushed the match out of reach. Riding time gave the win to Mayes, 11-6. Grabbing the first fall of the season for #Tigerstyle was Lewis, who pinned Eric Travers at 0:58. Last season as a redshirt, Lewis earned pins in 15 of 21 wins.

Following the pin from Lewis, the Miklus brothers picked up back-to-back victories with ease. First up was the younger Miklus, redshirt freshman 174-pounder Tim Miklus (Altoona, Iowa), who defeated Clayton Bass by way of a major decision, 15-5. T. Mkilus fell behind 2-0 early in the first period, but roared back to take a commanding 7-2 lead by the end of the period, soaring to the 15-5 major decision. Older brother W. Miklus was next, and he did his best to outdo younger brother and pinned Derek Nagel in the first period at 2:49, earning six points for the black and gold.

Junior J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.) earned the final win of the night for the Tigers, picking up a win over Jake Tindle by way of technical fall, 25-10. Tindle was the only NCAA qualifier a year a year ago for SIU Edwardsville.

More than 30 #TigerStyle wrestlers will hit the mat again tomorrow at the Lindenwood Open in St. Charles, Mo. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

For all the latest on Mizzou Wrestling, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MizzouWrestling).

^^Here is a copy of the SIUE Release-

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A crowd of 1,025 watched as No. 9 Missouri wrestling upended SIUE 36-7 at the Vadalabene Center.

"We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "We battled in a lot of the matches and came away with a couple of wins."

SIUE's victories came from Nate Higgins at 157 pounds and Chris Johnson at heavyweight.

Higgins, a redshirt freshman from nearby Millstadt, Illinois, won his home debut as a Cougar with a 13-4 major decision over Missouri's Matt Lemanowicz.

"Nate's team brought their whole team up. I told him it would be great to have him wrestle in front of his home crowd," said Spates. Higgins competed at Belleville West High School.

Higgins dominated the match with four takedowns. He grabbed a 5-0 lead after two periods and controlled the tempo of the match.

Johnson blanked James Romero in the heavyweight match 5-0. Neither wrestler scored in the first two periods after Johnson rode Romero for the full two minutes of the second period. Johnson gained a reversal in the third period and earned a quick two points by putting Romero on his back. His final point was by earning the riding time point.

"Chris wrestled great," said Spates. "We thought that was a weight class we could win coming into the dual. He wrestled from the beginning to the end. That was a nice way to end the night for the crowd."

Missouri was in control of the match with two falls, a technical fall and four major decisions. It was the season opener for the Tigers. SIUE fell to 0-3.

The Cougars now have a quick turn-around for the Lindenwood Open Saturday. Missouri, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Northern Illinois are expected to be among the team's competing in the day-long event.

"It's going to be a tough day tomorrow," noted Spates.

Missouri 36 SIUE 7

125 -
Barlow McGhee (Missouri) over Troy Gassaway (SIUE) (MD 16-5)

133 -
Zach Synon (Missouri) over Dakota Leach (SIUE) (MD 10-2)

141 -
Matt Manley (Missouri) over Angelo Silvestro (SIUE) (MD 16-4)

149 -
Lavion Mayes (Missouri) over John Fahy (SIUE) (Dec 11-6)

157 -
Nate Higgins (SIUE) over Matt Lemanowicz (Missouri) (MD 13-4)

165 -
Daniel Lewis (Missouri) over Erik Travers (SIUE) (Fall 0:58)

174 -
Timothy Miklus (Missouri) over Clayton Bass (SIUE) (MD 15-5)

184 -
Willie Miklus (Missouri) over Derek Nagel (SIUE) (Fall 2:49)

197 -
J`Den Cox (Missouri) over Jake Tindle (SIUE) (TF 25-10 6:33)

285 -
Chris Johnson (SIUE) over James Romero (Missouri) (Dec 5-0)
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