The streak is alive.
Junior 197-pounder J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.) provided the magic No. 4 Mizzou Wrestling (7-0) needed to erase a 17-10 deficit to defeat No. 14 Cornell (1-3), 18-17, Sunday at Jesse Auditorium. Head Coach Brian Smith bumped redshirt sophomore Willie Miklus (Altoona, Iowa) and Cox up one weight class to 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively. The strategy paid off, as Miklus won his match by decision, and Cox earned a victory by technical fall over Jeramy Sweany, 24-9, to push Mizzou over the top for the 18-17 win.
Mizzou's dual win-streak improved to 35 duals with the defeat of the No. 14-rated Big Red. 1,224 fans were in attendance Sunday to witness the Tigers' win, the second time in program history Mizzou has wrestled in Jesse Auditorium. The Tigers defeated Ohio, 23-10, on Dec. 6, 2013.
Cox tallied 10 takedowns and prevented Jeramy Sweany’s closing effort for an escape point to secure a 24-9 technical fall in the final bout of No. 4 Missouri’s 18-17 victory over No. 14 Cornell (1-3) in front of a lively crowd of 1,224 in a building that has hosted a variety of performances – maybe none as exhilarating as this one – since its opening in 1893.
Fans leaped from their seats and cheered as the final seconds of Cox’s victory ticked away. After the clock hit 0:00, the hometown hero ran the length of the stage, high-fiving adoring fans.
"Each takedown, it was getting louder and louder and louder," said Cox, Missouri’s junior who is a Hickman alumnus. "The uproar, it rose within everyone. It was amazing. It was awesome. The most exciting match I’ve ever been in, hands down."
TI and DA could be such great energy guys off the bench, huh?
[Allen] was glad to get a chance to be part of the action.
"The thing about me, I’m not worried about the playing time," he told reporters afterward. "I’m a little sad, but it’s just a learning thing. It’s nothing about me and Coach A. It’s no arguments or nothing like that between us. Right now we’re trying to find some things. We know what’s going on. Basically I’m not worried about that. I’m just going to keep on producing when I get a minute to get into a game."
He said he tries to stay ready at all times because he hasn’t been sure when his opportunities for playing time will come.
Allen said he’s also tried to make the most of practice.
"I love practice," he said. "I ain’t like Allen Iverson or something like that. I go to practice and do my thing. I want to show them I’m here."
Allen’s eight first-half minutes were more than he had in all but one of MU’s previous 10 games. As the 11th player in Anderson’s rotation, Allen didn’t get off the bench in three games earlier this season.
"It’s hard to play 11 guys in a game," Anderson said. "D.A. just happened to be the guy who hasn’t played as much. … He’s much more active now than he was a year ago. He’s just running around attacking the boards. It’s like he’s hungry."
It all started with Allen and Isabell charging the Tigers up in the midst of a nip-and-tuck, ho-hum first half.
"Tramaine came in and played well. DA came in and played well," Anderson said. "I thought that was impressive."
Isabell ended the night with 12 points. Allen added seven and each grabbed four rebounds as Missouri’s bench outscored Auburn’s 40-5.
"I think he deserves a lot of credit," Isabell said of Allen. "He’s an energy guy. He brought that. He brings it every day. We know when we put him in exactly what he’s gonna bring.
A heck of a learning experience this week for women's hoops
A tough road win sandwiched by two whoopings by really good teams. A tough week, but one that could (hopefully) be pretty good for Mizzou down the line.
A couple more seasons starting well...
RIP, David Bowie
I just didn't realize that beautiful, benevolent aliens could die of cancer, is all.