The 3rd-ranked Missouri Tigers had another strong week with a 30-12 victory over #18 Oklahoma and a 2nd place finish at the Cougar Clash the following day.
Possibly the most important story of the weekend was the return of Rocky (Elam), a huge addition to this lineup as we dive into dual season. Now that I’m back from a busy weekend of my own in Lincoln, Nebraska, let’s recap all the action from Friday and Saturday.
All rankings are according to FloWrestling.
#17 Noah Surtin: Facing Conrad Hendrikson (OU) on Friday, Surtin struck first with a takedown before riding out the rest of the first period. Starting on bottom in period two, he scored a reversal and two-point nearfall in the first fifteen seconds to extend his lead. On top to begin the third period, he rode out the entire two minutes while adding a two point nearfall, finishing with a 10-1 major decision after adding the extra point for riding time.
NR Preston Spray: Spray finished 6th in his weight class at the Cougar Clash. He won his quarterfinals matchup against Austin Kegley (Lindenwood, #SaveLindenwoodWrestling) by fall before falling to HM Ethan Berginc (Army) by a 13-1 major decision in the semifinals. Moving into the consolation semifinals, he was taken down in a 10-4 decision facing Davian Guanajuato (SIUE) before a losing by medical forfeit in the 5th place match to finish 1-3 on the weekend.
HM Zeke Seltzer: It was a rough weekend for Seltzer, who lost a 10-1 major decision to Jace Koelzer (OU) on Friday before going 0-2 at the Cougar Clash the next day. He was defeated in a 15-0 tech fall to Jager Eisch (Minnesota) in the first round before his day at the tournament ended in an 18-8 major decision facing Joshua Sarpy (Little Rock) in the second consolation round.
NR Kade Moore: Moore finished 4th at the Cougar Clash, starting off his day with a 13-3 major decision over Nathaniel Genobana (Northern Illinois) before falling 7-3 to #19 Tyler Wells (Minnesota) in the quarterfinals. He followed that up with three consecutive victories, first an 18-1 tech fall over Caiden Pelc (Lindenwood), then a 9-3 decision in the third consolation round against Joshua Sarpy (Little Rock), and finally an 8-6 consolation semifinals victory over HM Braden Basile (Army). Moving to the 3rd place match, Moore was unable to collect revenge in a 3-2 loss in his rematch with Wells.
#16 Josh Edmond: After an overtime loss against #14 Mosha Schwartz (OU) on Friday, Edmond took 1st place at the Cougar Clash. Beating Benjamin Lunn (Minnesota) 4-2 in the quarterfinals, he stepped it up with a 16-6 major decision against Logan Brown (Army) in the semifinals. Looking for the title, he took down Danny Martinez (SIUE) 6-2 to earn his crown and finish a strong bounce back from a close loss the day before.
NR Owen Uhls: Uhls went 0-2 on Saturday, losing a narrow 9-8 decision to Armando Garcia (Northern Colorado) in the first round before a 12-4 major decision defeat to Eric Almarinez (SIUE) in the second consolation round.
NR Logan Gioffre: Gioffre pulled off the upset of #22 Willie McDougald in a sudden victory overtime thriller. Both wrestlers only managed one point in regulation, both coming on escapes when starting from bottom. In the overtime period, In the final five seconds of action, Gioffre got around on McDougald for a takedown to secure the win.
NR Joel Mylin: Mylin went 2-0 at the Cougar Clash, defeating HM Drew Roberts (Minnesota) in an 8-5 decision in the quarterfinals before a more comfortable 12-4 victory facing Matthew Williams (Army) in the semifinals. Slated to face teammate Nate Pulliam in the finals, it appears that they chose not to wrestle and tied for first.
NR Nate Pulliam: Pulliam also went home with two victories, earning a 12-1 major decision over Tommy Curran (Northern Illinois) in the quarterfinals before a 10-6 semifinals victory over Thomas Deck (Army).
#7 Brock Mauller: Mauller continued using his newfound aggressive style on Friday, defeating John Wiley (OU) in a 12-4 major decision. The scoring started with a takedown before Mauller rode out most of the remaining time in the first period. Leading 3-1 heading into period two and starting on bottom, Mauller escaped and scored the reversal in a matter of seconds before adding a takedown with roughly 30 seconds left for an 8-2 advantage with plenty of riding time. Going for the major decision, he added one final takedown in the third period along with the extra point for riding time.
NR Cam Steed: Steed had a strong showing on Saturday, winning both of his completed matches by fall. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Jorden Johnson during the second period to advance to the semifinals, where he executed a last-minute pin of Nathan Lukez (Army) to move to the finals. Unfortunately, Steed was a medical forfeit in the finals match against #10 Vinny Zerban (Northern Colorado), finishing in 2nd place.
NR James Conway: Conway earned the bronze at the Cougar Clash, opening up his day with a 17-1 tech fall over Caine Tyus (SIUE) before falling to #10 Vinny Zerban by a 13-4 major decision in the semifinals. Moving over to the consolation semifinals, he took care of Chase Tebbets (Little Rock) 4-1 before defeating Nathan Lukez 8-6 in the 3rd place match.
#1 Keegan O’Toole: Dominant as usual, O’Toole defeated #13 Cael Carlson (OU) by fall on Friday. Leading 4-2 at the end of the first period, O’Toole started on bottom and scored a reversal, quickly moving into a pin to finish up the match in the first minute of period two.
#7 Peyton Mocco: Mocco made quick work of #19 Tate Picklo (OU) on Friday in a 16-1 tech fall. He took an early lead with two takedowns for a 6-1 advantage at the end of the first period, playing phenomenal defense as Picklo got in multiple good shots but Mocco found a way to avoid being taken down. Instead, it was the Tiger scoring the takedowns as Mocco added another one in the second period before converting a two-point nearfall and then four-point nearfall in rapid succession during the final seconds of the period for the win.
#8 Clayton Whiting: Whiting continued his breakout campaign with a 19-4 tech fall of HM Giuseppe Hoose (OU). He wrestled aggressively from the start, scoring three takedowns in the first period and leading 9-2. He cut Hoose multiple times to look for more points, but still managed to eclipse 50 seconds of riding time before the second period. Starting on bottom in period two, he escaped in the first five seconds and added three more takedowns in the final 70 seconds of the period to finish off the victory.
NR Colton Hawks: Hawks finished in 2nd at the Cougar Clash. Advancing to the semifinals after an injury default by Branson Britten (Northern Colorado), he scored a huge upset of #7 Isaiah Salazar (Minnesota) with an 11-5 decision, showcasing the completely absurd depth the Tigers have at this weight class. The good times didn’t last too long, as he was dominated in a 23-6 tech fall against Max McEnelly (Minnesota) in the finals.
NR Sean Harman: Harman placed 4th on Saturday, defeating Deron Pulliam (SIUE) 4-2 in the quarterfinals before a 7-4 loss to the aforementioned McEnelly (whose name keeps reminding me of Mac McAnally, country singer and key member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band) in the semifinals. Harman rebounded by taking down (literally) Brooks Sacharczyk (Little Rock, who I feel sorry for because there probably aren’t many people in Arkansas who can pronounce his last name) by fall in the consolation semis before a 10-3 defeat at the hands of Isaiah Salazar in the 3rd place match.
#4 Rocky Elam: Making his grand return to the mat for the Tigers, Elam showed why he deserved to keep his high ranking with a title in his weight class. After defeating Tanner Mendoza (Little Rock) by fall in the first round, he beat Gabe Nagel (Minnesota) 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Facing another Golden Gopher, this time Gavin Nelson, he earned a comfortable 7-0 decision to advance to the finals where he faced #20 Garrett Joles of (checks notes) Minnesota. Elam finished off his banner day with a 4-2 decision for the championship and a sweep of Golden Gopher wrestlers. He must have called up Kirk Ferentz for some advice, he always has Minnesota’s number. I’m just glad he didn’t go to Carl Spackler instead.
NR Jesse Cassatt: Cassatt’s trip through the Cougar Clash was not so fun. Originally slated to face Stephen Buchanan on Friday before the team decided “nah, we’re beating them by enough already,” (NOT a direct quote) he lost by fall twice on Saturday to go 0-2 at the tournament.
#5 Zach Elam: The other Elam brother had a very busy schedule last weekend, narrowly defeating Josh Heindselman (OU) 2-1 on Friday before taking 1st in his weight class at the Cougar Clash. He started off his day with an 18-3 tech fall of Jacob Christensen (Northern Illinois) in the first round. Elam then decided that he didn’t really feel like wrestling an entire match for the rest of the tournament and won three straight matches by fall, each in under 90 seconds. During this almost comical run of domination, Keith Miley (Little Rock), Tristen Hitchcock (Army) and Lucas Stoddard (Army) were thrown aside in that order as Elam snatched the title.
NR Jarrett Stoner: Stoner finished 8th on Saturday, taking a first round victory over Bryson Buhk (SIUE) by fall before losing a 6-2 decision to Lucas Stoddard in the quarterfinals. He moved on to the second consolation round where he racked up another victory by fall, this time over David Hernandez (Lindenwood). However, his run at the tournament ended with two consecutive loses in an 11-1 major decision against Jacob Christensen and a 12-7 decision facing Keith Miley in the 7th place match.
Mizzou will return to the mat on Friday at 7:00 when they face Wyoming at the Hearnes Center.
Which leads me to my final thought: