No. 7-Tigers Drop Top-10 Test to No.7-Northern Iowa, 24-10

MUTIGERS.COM Freshman J'den Cox picked up his second win against UNI's Basil Minto this season, an 8-1 decision at 197 pounds.
Freshman J'den Cox picked up his second win against UNI's Basil Minto this season, an 8-1 decision at 197 pounds.

Jan. 24, 2014

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - For the first time in 2013-14, the No. 7 Mizzou Wrestling program fell short in dual play at the hands of Northern Iowa, 24-10. The Tigers won three bouts on the night, highlighted by the first career dual win at 157 pounds for Joey Lavallee.

Mizzou had a chance to cut an early 6-0 deficit in half at 141 pounds in a matchup between sophomore Trevor Jauch and UNI's No. 19 Joey Lazor. Jauch started the second period in the down position, where he would escape and get a takedown on his ranked counterpart for a 3-0 lead. Lazor would answer in the third, however, with a quick reversal, closing the gap to 3-2. With less than 20 seconds remaining, Jauch was hit with his second stalling call, and as time expired Lazor wrapped him up for two more, and the match. Lazor's 5-4 decision increased UNI's lead to 9-0, a gap that the Tigers could never overcome.

Junior Drake Houdashelt, tabbed the top 149-pounder in the land, put Mizzou on the board with a 12-4 major decision over Tyler Patten, thanks to three third period takedowns. Lavallee followed suit at 157, with his first collegiate dual win. The Tiger true freshman was a hammer on top, accumulating 3:51 of riding time in a 4-1 win over Jarrett Jensen to close UNI's lead to 9-7.

The Tigers only other victory came at 197, an 8-1 decision for J'den Cox at the hands of UNI's Basil Minto.

Upsets at 165 and 174 pounds put the Tigers in a hole that they couldn't climb out of. Senior Zach Toal, ranked 8th by USA Today/AWN, fell to No. 10 Cooper Moore, 6-2. Then at 174, UNI's Cody Caldwell turned No. 18 Mikey England for backpoints in the third en route to a 10-7 win. Missouri lost three matches that were tied or they held the lead headed into the third period on Friday night.



"We showed our immaturity tonight," said Head Coach Brian Smith following the team's first loss. "We talk about wrestling for a full seven minutes, and tonight we didn't do that in some matches. We have to get better."

The Tigers have a chance to get back on the winning side of things with an afternoon dual Saturday at Northern Illinois, beginning at 2 p.m. The Tigers sport a 12-2 all-time record against NIU, who looks to get back to the .500-mark against Brian Smith's squad.

The team doesn't slow down for the next couple of weekend's, with two more top-10 matchups coming next weekend when Mizzou heads back on the road for duals against No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 9 Oklahoma State. The squad will then host Buffalo and Eastern Michigan at the Hearnes Center on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in what will be the first action at the Hearnes Center for the Tigers this year.

Mizzou's matchup on Feb. 7 versus Buffalo will be a part of Mizzou Athletics' annual Beauty and the Beast event, where both Mizzou Wrestling and Mizzou's Gymnastics team compete simultaneously. Tickets for the event are on sale now at

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125 - No. 6 Dylan Peters (UNI) decision over Barlow McGhee (MIZZ), 7-4. (3-0 UNI)
133 - No. 1 Joe Colon (UNI) decision over Matt Manley (MIZZ), 8-1. (6-0 UNI)
141 - No. 19 Joey Lazor (UNI) decision over Trevor Jauch (MIZZ), 5-4. (9-0 UNI)
149 - No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (MIZZ) major dec. over Tyler Patten (UNI), 12-4. (9-4 UNI)
157 - Joey Lavallee (MIZZ) decision over Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 4-1. (9-7 UNI)
165 - No. 10 Cooper Moore (UNI) decision over No. 8 Zach Toal (MIZZ), 6-2. (12-7 UNI)
174 - Cody Caldwell (UNI) decision over No. 18 Mikey England, 10-7. (15-7 UNI)
184 - No. 5 Ryan Loder (UNI) fall over No. 15 Johnny Eblen (MIZZ) at 0:26. (21-7 UNI)
197 - No. 5 J'den Cox (MIZZ) decision over Basil Minto (UNI), 8-1. (21-10 UNI)
HWT - Blaize Cabell (UNI) decision over Devin Mellon (MIZZ), 6-5. (24-10 UNI)

*All Individual Rankings are USA Today/AWN Wrestling
*All Team Rankings are from the NWCA Coaches Poll

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