We'll address hoops later this morning (that's not a threat ... I guess), but for now, here's everything else in the Mizzou universe.
Mizzou Wrestling had itself a hell of a weekend.
The fifth-largest crowd in Mizzou Wrestling history witnessed No. 8 #TigerStyle take down No. 3 Ohio State by a score of 26-17. The Tigers trailed the Buckeyes 10-0 following the first two bouts, but Mizzou fought back to win six of the next eight to win the dual. Redshirt junior 133-pounder Zach Synon (Cary, Ill.) swung the momentum in Mizzou's favor following a pin for #TigerStyle's first points of the night, while redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Willie Miklus (Altoona, Iowa) put Mizzou in the lead for good with a 15-0 technical fall over Kenny Courts.
An announced crowd of 2,507 saw Synon pin Johnni DiJulius at 5:59 in the third period. Synon and DiJulius were deadlocked, 2-2, heading into the third period, before Synon put DiJulius on his back following a takedown. The Hearnes Center crowd erupted following the pin. DiJulius was ranked No. 5 in the nation heading into the match, while Synon ranked in at No. 12.
Mizzou Wrestling (4-0) improved its dual-win streak to 32 following a 27-9 win over No. 21 Ohio (3-1) on Sunday. Redshirt junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes (Mascoutah, Ill.) and redshirt freshman 165-pounder Daniel Lewis (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored bonus points in the dual for #TigerStyle, earning a major decision and technical fall, respectively. [...]
The Tigers will return to action Sunday, December 20 when they travel to Kent, Ohio to face Kent State in a Mid-American Conference matchup.
The holiday dead period has now begun, which means recruiting news will slow to a trickle and we'll almost certainly finally learn about some assistant coach hires this week. But here are some links from the weekend.
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Looking back, looking ahead
I've been holding off on my own "looking to 2016" pieces until we know the assistant coaches, but here's something to whet the appetite...
Of course, no amount of playmaking prowess matters if the offensive line can’t play consistently. Even with Senior Bowl-bound Evan Boehm at center and Connor McGovern playing out of position by necessity at left tackle, the Tigers ranked 118th in the FBS with 3.49 yards per carry and tied for 93rd with 2.50 sacks allowed per game. And Missouri graduates about 80 percent of its offensive snaps across the line.
Nate Crawford gained starting experience at right tackle and left guard this year, Alec Abeln can play left guard or center and Paul Adams (right tackle) and Kevin Pendleton (right guard) started getting into the rotation toward the end of the year. Outside of those four, whoever takes over as Missouri’s offensive line coach needs to find some solutions, possibly in the form of rising senior Malik Cuellar at tackle and redshirt freshman A.J. Harris on the interior.
Longtime position coach Craig Kuligowski won’t be back, but barring any unexpected departures, Mizzou’s defensive line will be stacked with depth and talent. Charles Harris, a second-team All-SEC pick, was a force on one edge, while Walter Brady earned freshman All-American honors on the other side. MU’s top three tackles return, though Terry Beckner Jr., another freshman All-American, will be coming back from a season-ending knee injury. Then there’s Harold Brantley. Poised for a monster 2015, Brantley missed the season after suffering multiple injuries in a car accident. His return could bolster the SEC’s best defensive line.