Missouri clinches perfect regular season, 2015 NWCA National Duals title
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No. 2 Mizzou and No. 1 Iowa competed Sunday afternoon at the Carver Hawkeye Arena in an action packed matchup, as the Tigers came away victorious with an 18-12 dual victory. The win clinched Mizzou's perfect 24-0 regular season, and also earned them the 2015 National Duals Finals championship.
Mizzou won six of 10 contests today against the Hawkeyes, including four of the first five matchups. After building a 12-3 lead halfway through the dual, host Iowa roared back with a pair of wins to make it three-point contest.
Redshirt freshman Willie Miklus delivered a key victory at 184 pounds, defeating Alex Meyer by 6-5 decision. Sophomore J'den Cox followed needing a victory of any kind to clinch the Tigers' National Duals crown. Cox came through in a thrilling contest, as he defeated No. 6 Nathan Burak by 4-3 decision.
Cox's win moved his season record to 30-0, and has now won an NCAA leading 50 consecutive dual matches. Also clinching a perfect regular season was redshirt senior Alan Waters, as he defeated yet another ranked opponent in No. 5 Thomas Gilman. Waters closes his season with a perfect 27-0 record with 10 of those victories coming against ranked foes.
Following Waters' win to open the dual, redshirt sophomore Lavion Mayes, redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt and sophomore Joey Lavallee recorded consecutive wins to put the Tigers up early.
All 10 of the Tigers and Hawkeyes matches today resulted in decision wins. The largest lead of the day was nine points by Mizzou on two separate occasions.
|MISSOURI 18, IOWA 12|
|125: No. 1 Alan Waters (M) def. No. 5 Thomas Gilman (I) by 5-4 (TB1) decision|
|133: No. 6 Cory Clark (I) def. No. 20 Zach Synon (M) by 7-2 decision|
|141: No. 5 Lavion Mayes (M) def. No. 6 Josh Dziewa (I) by 13-6 decision|
|149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (M) def. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (I) by 2-1 decision|
|157: No. 12 Joey Lavallee (M) def. No. 16 Michael Kelly (I) by 6-1 decision|
|165: No. 9 Nick Moore (I) def. Mikey England (M) by 3-2 decision|
|174: No. 3 Mike Evans (I) def. No. 4 Johnny Eblen (M) by 4-1 decision|
|184: No. 9 Willie Miklus (M) def. Alex Meyer (I) by 6-5 decision|
|197: No. 1 J'den Cox (M) def. No. 6 Nathan Burak (I) by 4-3 decision|
|HWT: No. 4 Bobby Telford (I) def. No. 10 Devin Mellon (M) by 6-3 decision|