March 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - Mizzou junior-captain Drake Houdashelt won a 3-0 decision over Mitchell Minotti (Leh) to take fifth place at 149 pounds at the 2014 National Championships Saturday morning. Houdashelt's podium finish gives him All-American status for the second time in as many years. He took sixth in last year's NCAAs in Des Moines, Iowa.
Houdashelt got things going with a quick escape in the second period and tacked on another two points with a takedown a minute and a half later. That's all he would need, as the Tiger junior finishes the season with an outstanding 38-3 record. Houdashelt's third loss of the season came at the hands of No. 8 David Habat (Edinboro) in the wrestleback semifinals, 4-3.
With only three losses in 41 matches, Houdashelt finishes his junior year with a .927 winning percentage. His successes put him in seventh all-time for winning percentage in a single season. Houdashelt is the 15th multi-All-American winner out of Mizzou's 36 All-Americans. Drake led all Tigers in bonus point victories on the season (24), and his 12 majors ties for most in a season which he set last year. He finishes 2014 with 97 career wins, just three shy from joining Missouri's elite 100-win club.
Tonight, freshman-phenom J'den Cox looks to become Missouri's youngest national champion in the program's history. He is seeded No. 2 and will wrestle Ohio State's No. 1 seed Nick Heflin at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Fans can tune in to ESPN to watch all ten NCAA Finals matches beginning at 7 p.m. For in-match updates on tonight's final, follow @MizzouWrestling on Twitter.
133 - Matt Manley
Champ. Round 1: Matt Manley decision over Mack McGuire (Kent State) in sudden victory 2, 7-5.
Champ. Round 2: No. 1 Joe Colon (UNI) decision over Matt Manley, 5-1.
Cons. Round 2: Mark Grey (Cornell) decision over Matt Manley, 3-0.
141 - Lavion Mayes
Champ. Round 1: No. 2 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) fall over Lavion Mayes at 2:48.
Cons. Round 1: Lavion Mayes major decision over Avery Garner (Utah Valley), 15-5.
Cons. Round 2: Lavion Mayes decision over Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 9-5.
Cons. Round 3: Luke Vaith (Hofstra) decision over Lavion Mayes, 6-2.
149 - No. 1 Drake Houdashelt - ALL-AMERICAN (FIFTH)
Champ. Round 1: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt major decision over Alex Kocer (SDSU), 12-3.
Champ. Round 2: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt major decision over No. 16 Alex Richardson (ODU), 13-0.
Quarterfinals: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt decision over No. 9 Eric Grajales (Michigan), 3-1.
Semifinals: No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (NW) decision over No. 1 Drake Houdashelt in tie-breaker 1, 2-1.
Cons. Semifinal: No. 8 David Habat (Edin) decision over No. 1 Drake Houdashelt, 5-4.
Fifth Place Match: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt decision over No. 15 Mitchell Minotti, 3-0.
157 - No. 14 Joey Lavallee
Champ. Round 1: No. 14 Joey Lavallee decision over Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke), 10-3.
Champ. Round 2: No. 3 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall over No. 14 Joey Lavallee at 1:38.
Cons. Round 2: No. 14 Joey Lavallee technical fall over Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro), 22-7.
Cons. Round 3: No. 14 Joey Lavallee major decision over Paul Hancock (Army), 14-4.
Cons. Round 4: No. 1 James Green (Neb) major decision over No. 14 Joey Lavallee, 12-2.
197 - No. 2 J'den Cox - ALL-AMERICAN
Champ. Round 1: No. 2 J'den Cox decision over Mario Gonzalez (Illinois), 10-4.
Champ. Round 2: No. 2 J'den Cox major decision over No. 15 Braden Atwood (Purdue), 19-6.
Quarterfinals: No. 2 J'den Cox decision over Conner Hartmann (Duke), 5-1.
Semifinals: No. 2 J'den Cox decision over No. 14 Chris Penny (VT), 4-1.
HWT - Devin Mellon
Champ. Round 1: No. 9 Connor Medberry (Wisconsin) major decision over Devin Mellon, 11-2.
Cons. Round 1: Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) decision over Devin Mellon in sudden victory 1, 6-4.
197: (Champ. Finals) No. 2 J'den Cox vs. No. 1 Nick Heflin (OHST).
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