Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan and Missouri each claimed five matches on the mat Sunday afternoon, but a major decision at 197 pounds by sixth-ranked J'den Cox gave the seventh-ranked Tigers the edge, 16-15.
The Chippewas (7-6, 3-2 MAC) claimed wins at 125, 133, 141, 157 and 174 pounds, but were unable to secure any bonus points in the process. The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 MAC) meanwhile, claimed the 184, 197, 285, 149 and 165 divisions, with Cox pulling off an 11-0 major decision over sophomore Jackson Lewis at 197 pounds.
CMU fell behind 10-0 early as the match started at 184 pounds and senior Craig Kelliher dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 10 Johnny Eblen. After Lewis' loss, sophomore Adam Robinson fell in a closely contested match to Devin Mellon, 8-3.
Redshirt freshman Corey Keener, ranked 12th in the country at 125 pounds, got the Chippewas on the board behind three takedowns en route to a 6-3 decision over Zach Synon.
Senior No. 16 Joe Roth followed Keener's victory with a 7-2 decision of his own behind three more takedowns for the Maroon and Gold and sophomore No. 9 Zach Horan posted a dramatic victory at 141 to pull CMU within a point, 10-9.
Horan and and Javion Mayes were even through regulation, 1-1, and appeared to be on their way to a first tiebreaker, but Horan scored a takedown with just one second remaining in sudden victory to improve to 19-2 overall on the year.
Despite dropping a 13-6 decision to No. 1-ranked Drake Houdasheldt at 149 pounds, senior Scott Mattingly came up with a key reversal late in the third period to avoid a major decision and keep CMU within striking distance.
Sophomore Lucas Smith continued his superb wrestling as of late, pulling off a 4-0 decision over Joey Lavallee. Smith entered the third period up just 1-0 on a second-period escape, but rode Lavallee out the entire third period and scored a pair of back points late in the period to secure the win.
The Tigers ultimately sealed the match with a 4-1 decision by No. 8 Zach Toal over redshirt freshman Nick Becker at 165. The win put the Tigers in front, 16-12, forcing junior Mike Ottinger to win by fall for a CMU victory.
Ottinger, ranked No. 12 in the country, went into a second tiebreaker versus No. 17 Mike England, but was able to accumulate 15 seconds of riding time to post a 4-3 decision.
CMU is back in action next Sunday, Jan. 26 when it takes on rival Kent State at 2 p.m. in Kent, Ohio. The Chippewas return home Thursday, Feb. 13 to battle in-state foe Eastern Michigan.
No. 7 Missouri 16, Central Michigan 15
184: No. 10 Johnny Eblen (Mizzou) dec. Craig Kelliher, 4-0; MU, 3-0
197: No. 6 J'den Cox (Mizzou) major dec. Jackson Lewis, 11-0; MU, 7-0
285: Devin Mellon (Mizzou) dec. Adam Robinson, 8-3; MU, 10-0
125: No. 12 Corey Keener (CMU) dec. Zach Synon, 6-3; MU, 10-3
133: No. 16 Joe Roth (CMU) dec. Matt Manley, 7-2; MU, 10-6
141: No. 9 Zach Horan (CMU) dec. Javion Mayes, 3-1 SV; MU, 10-9
149: No. 1 Drake Houdasheldt (Mizzou) dec. Scott Mattingly, 13-6; MU, 13-9
157: No. 20 Lucas Smith (CMU) dec. Joey Lavallee, 4-0; MU, 13-12
165: No. 8 Zach Toal (Mizzou) dec. Nick Becker, 4-1; MU, 16-12
174: No. 12 Mike Ottinger (CMU) dec. No. 17 Mikey England, 4-3 TB2; MU, 16-15