Wrestling in Jesse Auditorium, No. 5 Mizzou wrestling defeated No. 6 Virginia Tech, 23-19, on Sunday afternoon. In front of an announced crowd of 1,479, Mizzou won six of 10 bouts in the top-10 showdown. Mizzou’s next dual takes place Dec. 8 when the Tigers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 4 Ohio State.
Redshirt freshman and Columbia native Jaydin Eierman celebrates a first-period pin against Dominic Latona in the 133-pound weight class.
Cathy Cox, mother of Olympic bronze medalist J’den Cox, sings the National Anthem on Jesse Auditorium’s stage.
Wrestling in Jesse Auditorium for the third time in four years, No. 5 Mizzou defeated No. 6 Virginia Tech, 23-19.
Head coach Brian Smith waits backstage before the dual against Virginia Tech begins.
Dylan Wisman sits next to his teammates after his match against the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 174-pounds.
Redshirt senior Zach Synon recorded a 2-0 decision win over Dennis Gustafson at 141 pounds.
Cox returns Haught to the mat before ending the match with a 2-0 victory.
Head coach Brian Smith signals for a holding call against Virginia Tech’s No. 1-ranked Zach Epperly in the 174-pound match against Dylan Wisman.
After intermission, redshirt sophomore Daniel Lewis records his second major decision of the year, defeating Mike Ciavarro, 13-0, at 165 pounds. In two matches this season, Lewis has yet to give up a point, winning 8-0 over No. 11 Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) on Nov. 13 and 13-0 against Virginia Tech.
Mizzou cross-country champion junior Karissa Schweizer waves to the crowd and receives a standing ovation. Schweizer capped off the cross-country season by winning the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. Schweizer becomes Mizzou’s first female national champion in cross country and the first in program history since Keith Bacon won the national title in 1955. She is Mizzou’s 27th overall individual national champion.
A tug-of-war entertains wrestling fans during intermission. The two-man team on the left ended in victory.
No. 1-ranked J’den Cox faces off against No. 3-ranked Jared Haught at 197 pounds.
Haught attempts to get a leg up on Cox but fails to take him down.
Redshirt junior 157-pounder Joey Lavallee jumps out to a 10-2 lead after the first period, helping him earn his second straight major decision to open the year, 15-5, over No. 17 Sal Mastriani. The win gave Mizzou a 16-3 lead at intermission.
Fans fill Jesse Auditorium and watch the Tigers win their first home dual of the 2016-17 season.
Mike Larson, the strength and conditioning coach, sits with head coach Brian Smith, middle, and Alex Clemsen, associate head coach.
Willie Miklus suffers an injury default against Zach Zavatsky in the 184-pound match. Miklus is a returning All-American and currently ranked 5th in the country.
Members of the media interview Coach Smith on the stage of Jesse Auditorium after the dual ends.