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Mizzou Links: Drake Houdashelt, Kevin Puryear, and close-game baseball magic

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Drake Houdashelt wins Mizzou's sixth individual wrestling championship, Mizzou signee Kevin Puryear and Blue Springs South take the state title at Mizzou Arena, Baseball takes a series from No. 6 South Carolina, and Softball comes up just short at No. 14 Tennessee.

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

The champ speaks.

Mizzou Tigers pennant #TigerStyle finishes fourth

Houdashelt
MUTIGERS.COM: Drake Houdashelt Crowned Program's Sixth National Champion
The Trib: Houdashelt realizes dream, wins 149-pound national title; Tigers place fourth
Post-Dispatch: Houdashelt gives Mizzou a champion
The Missourian: Missouri Houdashelt's dream is reality as a national champion

Tough weekend
MUTIGERS.COM: Waters Takes Third, Cox Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships Session #5
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Waters rallies to place third at NCAA wrestling tournament
The Trib: Duke coaching staff offers more fuel to Cox's fire
The Trib: A victory on the mat and in the interview room
The Missourian: Reactions to Missouri wrestling's NCAA tournament performance
The Trib (Joe Walljasper): Destiny suffers a takedown

For someone who never loses, Cox took his defeat and the team’s lousy day with good sportsmanship and good spirits. He shook the hands of the Ohio State coaches, hugged his family members and spoke philosophically with reporters.

"Not winning a national championship is not going to make me a failure," Cox said. "Not having fun and loving what I do will make me a failure. I want to love what I do and have fun doing it. And I am. And I did."

Not winning a national championship doesn’t make this season a failure for Missouri, either. The Tigers will have five All-Americans, which ties a program record, and have a chance to equal the all-time best team finish of third in 2007.

But with a national championship a realistic goal, Missouri sure picked a bad day to have a bad day.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Kevin Puryear already owns Mizzou Arena

The Trib: Puryear a champion on future home court as Jaguars win state title

Mizzou Tigers pennant I do believe Mizzou will have a top-25 baseball team this week

Mizzou 3, No. 6 South Carolina 2
MUTIGERS.COM: McClain, Mizzou Take Series Opener From No. 6 South Carolina
The Trib: McClain's sterling start boosts Missouri in victory
The Missourian: Missouri baseball upsets No.6 South Carolina 3-2

Mizzou 4, South Carolina 3
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Walks Off to Clinch Series Over No. 6 South Carolina
The Trib: Surprising MU baseball team walks off a winner again
The Missourian: Missouri baseball conquers series against No. 6 South Carolina
PowerMizzou: Tigers walk off, stay perfect

South Carolina 7, Mizzou 5
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Drops Series Finale Against No. 6 South Carolina, 7-5
The Missourian: Missouri baseball can't come back against No. 6 South Carolina

Mizzou Tigers pennant Lots of offense, little pitching for #TeamStubble in Knoxville

No. 14 Tennessee 12, Mizzou 4
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Softball Falls to No. 14 Tennessee, 12-4, to Open Series

Mizzou 9, Tennessee 8
MUTIGERS.COM: Six-Run Sixth Inning Fuels Mizzou to 9-8 Comeback Victory over Tennessee

Tennessee 10, Mizzou 7
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Softball Drops Series Finale to Tennessee, 10-7

Mizzou Tigers pennant Fightin' Pingetons move to WNIT 3rd round

And the Unholy Alliance takes another hit.

MUTIGERS.COM: Eye's Hot Shooting Leads Tigers over Wildcats
Post-Dispatch: Tigers beat K-State, advance in WNIT

Here's the WNIT bracket if you're interested (PDF). Mizzou will play the winner of Michigan-Toledo. The winner of that will face the winner of Eastern Michigan-Southern Miss for a semifinal berth.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Oh, by the way...

You've once again got a top-15 women's swimming & diving team.

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Women Place 14th at NCAA Championships

Mizzou Tigers pennant More from the weekend:

Gymnastics
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Takes Third in Session One of the SEC Championship
SEC Sports: Alabama wins 2015 Gymnastics Championship

Men's Golf
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Golf in Fourth at Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate

Women's Golf
MUTIGERS.COM: Butler Leads Tigers at MountainView
MUTIGERS.COM: Upperclassmen Lead the Way at MountainView Collegiate

Tennis
MUTIGERS.COM: Tigers Fall 6-1 Friday Evening At No. 12 Vanderbilt
MUTIGERS.COM: Hine Tallies Ranked Singles Win At Kentucky