Mizzou claims third consecutive MAC title, sends full squad to NCAA champs
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 1 Missouri continued its historic 2014-15 season Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center, as they were crowned 2015 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Wrestling Championships winners for the third consecutive season. Sunday's crown also marks the fourth consecutive conference tournament win for Mizzou, dating back to the 2012 Big 12 Championship title.
The Tigers' 139.5 team points this weekend set a new mark for most points scored at a MAC Wrestling Championships. It surpasses the previous record of 136.0 team points set by the 2013 Mizzou wrestling squad.
Highlighting the weekend for Mizzou was redshirt senior Alan Waters, as he tallied the 125-pound MAC Championship and 2015 MAC Wrestling Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler award.
Also of note, redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt was crowned the 149-pound MAC champion and it marked his fourth career conference championship. Houdashelt becomes the first ever Mizzou wrestler to garner four all-time individual conference titles.
Five Mizzou grapplers earned individual championship titles on the day. In all, each of the 10 Tiger competitors locked up automatic bids to the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Taking home titles were Waters (125), redshirt sophomore Zach Synon (133), Houdashelt (149), sophomore J'den Cox (197) and redshirt senior Devin Mellon (HWT). For their victories, all five grapplers also received 2015 All-MAC First Team honors.
Waters ends his Tiger Style career with three conference championships, Cox picked up second career conference title, while Synon and Mellon each received their first ever conference crown.
As runner ups at their respective weight classes, sophomore Joey Lavallee (157), redshirt senior Johnny Eblen (174), and redshirt freshman Willie Miklus (184) were named All-MAC Honorable Mention honorees.
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